Valid XHTML 1.0!

Valid CSS!

Product: Audio CD
Title: From the Heart (Italian Arias & Neapolitan Songs)
Label: Telarc
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
A very good CD and a talented singer

While I won't go as high as 5 stars for this one, I would put it right above 4 (at 4.2 or so if Amazon allowed me). Richard Leech has a nice, lyrical tenor sound that matches up well with the repertoire he selected for this CD. As a former student of voice, I must be frank in saying that he has somewhat of a wobble that creeps in occasionally (the other reviewers seemed to miss that); however, it doesn't detract from the overall performance or effect, and most people probably wouldn't even notice it.
Mr. Leech has an incredible top and is surely one of the rising stars of our time. He doesn't rise to the quality of Ben Heppner or Roberto Alagna, but he is light years ahead of Andrea Boccelli and the host of pseudo-singers that are now haunting the classical CD sections at most music stores. I would have given Leech 5 stars if he had corrected that wobble I referred to, but even with it, he is an excellent singer, and this CD would make a very nice addition to anyone's classical voice collection. I have a feeling we'll be hearing more from Mr. Leech in the future.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Dreamland
Label: Arista
Artist: Robert Miles
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
Great to some, but simplistic to others.

When I first heard Children on the radio (and who hasn't), I thought wow, what a great song. Too bad somebody beat me to it at writing it. Anybody's who's ever played around with a piano for any length of time (not playing sheet music, but just playing around) has already played the overused chord progressions that Robert Miles has played in Children and Fable. It was just a matter of time before somebody throws in some dance beats and suddenly the song becomes a great hit. And I admit, he *did* do a good job with Children, despite it's simplicity. Fable is probably the most overrated song on the album.
The problem with some of the songs is that he repeats the melody too often. Without words, it's difficult to repeat parts of the songs without sounding, well, repetitive. What a lot of dance artists do is put in strange instruments or little twists in the song that keeps each repeating part of the song interesting. Robert Miles doesn't do any of this in half of the tracks, and hence each melodic component becomes an arduous journey to the end of the track.
I like Heatwave for the breakbeat to set it apart from the rest of the CD. In My Dreams for a melodic line that falls on the half beat rather than right on the beat. One and one for the melody. The other songs are just OK, and Red Zone is just unbearable. Ok, I guess the album isn't that bad, but it's not that great either.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Ricky Martin [1999]
Label: Sony
Artist: Ricky Martin
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Muy Bien

Very good. Ricky Martin, is fantastic. Not only are his lyrics amazing and symbolic, but his voice unbelievable. Livin La Vida Loca is the best song but it sits on the CD amoung some other very worthy ones. The CD is a definite buy, and nothing can compare. Lively, fun, brilliant!

Product: Audio CD
Title: Michael Card - Joy in the Journey: 10 Years of Greatest Hits
Label: Sparrow / Emd
Artist: Michael Card
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
...making the journey really joyful

Browsing through Michael Card's CD's you've probably noticed that I'm a Michael Card fan. It's great to experience how God uses man and his music to strengthen others in their relationship with Him. I ca testify to that!
The lyrics of this CD all play a role in making the journey joyful. We all are part of the "Chorus of Faith", from there we glorify God in "El Shaddai". "Why" was it necessary for Jesus to die on a cross?... Do you sometimes wonder what faith is all about? Then listen to "That's what faith must be"! All in all, a great CD to buy!
Glory to God