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Product: Audio CD
Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Label: Atlantic
Artist: John Williams, William Ross
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
Williams on the way out


"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" represents the second big disappointment from film composer extraordinaire John Williams in 2002, the first being his lackluster, uninspiring score for "Star Wars: Episode II."
The "Chamber of Secrets" score has little to say that wasn't already said in "The Sorcerer's Stone." All of the themes from the previous film appear, and they are drilled into our heads over and over and over again on this new album. The only new theme to speak of is for Fawkes the Phoenix, and it is a rather unmemorable one at that.
Then there's this business of the score being "adapted and conducted by William Ross," yet the album liner notes insist that John Williams composed the music. Why does this sound suspiciously like they're crediting Williams for his "Sorcerer's Stone" score here, and William Ross is responsible for what little new material there is to hear? Either way, Williams has not delivered.
Is John Williams finally tired of scoring overblown fantasy films? It certainly seems that way. He didn't even bother to write new music for the spectacular arena battle at the end of "Episode II" -- the film just recycled cues right out of "Episode I." Sure, his "Minority Report" score was an interesting switch for Williams, but can you remember anything about it other than it was "different"? I can't.
After the double disappointment of "Potter" and "Episode II," Williams can no longer be considered the premier film composer; perhaps that title belongs to Thomas Newman, Hans Zimmer or Howard Shore nowadays.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Madman Across the Water
Label: Island
Artist: Elton John
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Madman Genius


Madman Across The Water completed a trilogy of albums (including Elton John & Tumbleweed Connection) that rank right up there in rock history. Madman Across The Water's songs are more like short stories. The writing is so detailed and precise and the music is sprawling and thematic. "Tiny Dancer" is a beautiful song and has experienced a rebirth with its inclusion in Almost Famous. "Levon" is a classic and the title track is a haunting piece. "Indian Sunset" has the Old West sound that mimes the sound of Tumbleweed Connection. "Holiday Inn" is a tale of life on the road and "Goodbye" is an epilogue to the album.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Reflections
Label: Mute U.S.
Artist: Paul Van Dyk
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Best album from Paul Van Dyk !


Paul Van Dyk has again proved that he is Master in electronic music. Some people consider his music as Trance but that is not right. In his own words - "I don't create `Trance Music', I really don't like to give my music a name, I don't like to categorize it. If I had to, I'd call it `Electronic Dance Music'. For me, this is my language." (Extract from www.paulvandyk.com)
So therefore, we should not rate this album (Reflections) as " not so good Trance album"! This is actually something you can listen to doing anything. Though it is not a hardcore club album but it does contain certain beats that can move your body. This one is a lot different from `Politics Of Dancing', and `Out There And Back'.
Personally I like this album a lot and believe me this one is much better than his earlier albums. After listening to this album you will realize how PVD had improved a lot in his skills since "45 RPM".
Tracks you will definitely like in this album:1. Kaleidoscope2. Homage3. Crush4. Nothing But You5. Spellbound
I still believe he one of the best music producers around and I have this album with me as a proof.
If you like PVD, I don't have to tell you to buy it. But even if you don't, try this one out... cause it's different!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Inner Mounting Flame
Label: Sony
Artist: John McLaughlin & Mahavishnu Orchestra, Mahavishnu Orchestra
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Heaven and Earth Coalesce


Most new music consists of incremental change to the existing milieu. With Inner Mounting Flame, the boundaries of rhythm and harmony were shattered. Others have shattered these boundaries, but the results are usually a weird and boring mixture that leaves the listener listless. Inner Mounting Flame was and is a breakthrough in musical composition and performance. The effects on the listener are both coherent and cacophonic. The expression of unity and diversity, hope and fear, movement and stability, give the music a spectrum of sensations that give the music a freshness after decades of listening.