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Product: Audio CD
Title: The Irish Tenors / McNamara, McDermott, Kearns, Tynan
Label: Music Matters
Artist: Ronan Tynan, Frank McNamara
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
overwhelming


I am of Irish ancestry and it brought back such good memories of my father singing these same Irish tunes when I was a little girl. The Tenors brought tears to my eyes.



Product: Audio CD
Title: American Life
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
Good, Solid, Not Quite Great


I'd have given this 3 1/2 stars if I could. This disc is an extension of the direction Madonna had on Music - hard electronic beats with cold, clear vocals on most songs, softer and more personal guitar on the rest. After a few listens I discovered there is more depth to the songs than is apparent at first. The lyrics are personal - almost all in the first person about her own life and experiences - but not as revelatory or warm as on Ray of Light. And the electronica is not as fresh or bright as on Music - I fault the production for that. The same sounds pop up in many of the songs, giving the album a needless level of sameness. While the songs themselves are quite good - look for quite a few hit singles - the production holds them back a bit. I'm looking forward to remixes that bring out more of the melody and warmth that is kind of buried on the album. Overall, a very good Madonna album, but Ray of Light, Music and Erotica are better.



Product: Audio CD
Title: 5 Tracks [Holland CD]
Label: EMI Int'l
Artist: John Cale
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
New era in Cale's brilliant career ushered in....


In an era of corporate, youth-centred behaviour by record companies, it's pleasing that a true artist like Cale has been signed by EMI. Some evidence that it's not all best ofs and reissues and short-term pop with a nature that seems pre-rock&roll. 5 Tracks is a taster of the world Cale expands on the album HoboSapiens (2003)- the 5 Tracks are well worth getting- Cale's pilgrimage to contemporary Wales where he came across The Beta Band & Super Furry Animals showcases a sense of reinvigoration- something that ex-cohort Lou Reed is in need of!!!!!
The production is contemporary- opening track Verses a wonderful pop song with an electronic sheen reminiscent of Mark Bell (LFO, Exciter, Homogenic) or Matmos (Vespertine) or Fennesz (Endless Summer, A Fire in the Forest from Sylvian's Blemish)- though Waiting for Blonde is even better, using reportage from 9/11 "You are New Yorkers...You are the very best...You are New Yorkers..."- the bass is wild on this track, a disturbing soundtrack "Remember you're New Yorkers, it's your last chance/Good morning, step away from the closing doors"- its theme is somewhere between those in Bruce Springsteen's The Rising & Suicide's American Supreme. The title may allude to Nico, and New York, where Cale loved/worked with her- Nico perhaps representing death? & you can't help but think of the old title "I'm Waiting for the Man"...
Chums of Dumpty (we all are) is probably the least track here, though it is far from bad- it's easily up there with anything on the last two Bowie albums Heathen (2002) & Reality (2003). E is Missing is possibly my favourite track here, its lyrics alluding to the PC-dismissal of Ezra Pound from the lexicon of great poets- due to his fascist collaboration. As with Celine or Leni Riefenstahl (or Akira Kurosawa or Yukio Mishima), fascistic involvement does not make the art inherently bad- though I was taught Pound on a Modernism module on my university course! The strings feel wild on this, & the harmonium again recalls those records Cale made with Nico, Desertshore & The Marble Index. Closing track Wilderness Approaching stems from Cale's frequent film work, on such films as American Psycho, The Beach, I Shot Andy Warhol & Shrek (!) - this stems from the film Paris, & has a gorgeous quality up there with the delivery of old classics found on Cale's live album Fragments of a Rainy Season (1993) or the Drella-track Forever Changed (1990).
5 Tracks is a brilliant ep from a legendary artist, & deserves to be purchased alongside the long-player follow up HoboSapiens- great stuff!



Product: Audio CD
Title: No Strings Attached
Label: Jive
Artist: *NSYNC
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
BoyBand I think so


Nsync is a very talented Boyband, and I like the feel of this album but come on boys lets see what is up your sleeves and pull out something that can be a legend something I would still listen to in 10 years. BYE BYE BYE...Good break up song but gets annoying after hearing it over and over...Come up with a song that doesnt get annoying such as the one song on your album Ill be good for you. Now that is a song I could hear over and over hell I do listen to it over and over.