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Product: Audio CD
Title: Paint My Love
Label: EMI Int'l
Artist: Michael Learns to Rock
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Simply a great one

I still have it on my desk CD tray, on the my favorite album. If friends ask me for foreign love songs, it would be the first to come out of my mind. Still remember the beautiful music video with Joshua playing a piano to a girl in the middle of the sky. I love the music.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Greatest
Label: Capitol
Artist: Duran Duran
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
Duran,Duran is Boring.Boring.

Nothing really so great about these songs. They all sound recycled, sung badly, terrible instrumentation, back tracks, vocals, sound quality,everything. They are among the most over-rated performers ever.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Michael Jackson - Vol. 1-Greatest Hits History
Label: Sony
Artist: Michael Jackson
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
The good years!

What more can I say. Michael Jackson is great. This is a very well put together CD with the song "Billie Jean" as the opening and "Heal the World" as the closing song. This CD contains all the songs from the good years of Michael. I'm not really interested in his new CD's but I'd still like to have them for the sake of my collection. Greatest Hits History is a very great CD and I don't think any Jackson fan could live without it.Bottom Line: Vol 1. Greatest Hits History: Michael Jackson kicks butt

Product: Audio CD
Title: Earthling
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: David Bowie
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Bowie s comes out firing with high -charged "Earthling"

By C.S. David Bowie has been a clear cut case and point of an artist who is in the game for the long haul- to make good music and not compromise personal creativity for commercial gain. On "Earthling" he has put forth a collection that is a musical bag of treats.Bowie is backed by a gorgeous group of musicians, headed by co- producer Reeves Gabriel on synths and guitars, Mike Garson on piano, Zach Alford on live drumsand loops, and Gail Ann Dorsey on bass. "Little Wonder" is case and point of the ensemble working in striking unison with it's funky, warm, bass- led breakdown and guitar driven quick- tempo version of the same at the latter stages of the track. The approach of using both programmed and live drums in the same arrangement works well on quyite a few numbers here, and Bowie's eccentricity also surfaces on the quirky "Looking For Satellites",where technology beautifully co- exists with crisp guitars, and the politically charged "Seven Years In Tibet", with it's Nine Inch Nails like intro,spooky keyboards that create the feeling the listener is entrapped in a funky haunted house, and the accompanying dark vocals by Bowie,"are you okay you've been shot in the head. Im holding your brains the old lady said" The volume and energy level rise a couple more decibels on "Dead Man Walking",a track mired in a layered wall of bassy,spacey synths,intense tempo breaks, and world- class bass playing from Dorsey, and "The Last Thing You Should Do", where a repeat menu punchy bass-lines and heavy guitars layered beautifully against futuristic synths,exploit the precision with which Bowie and his running mates are able to incorporate all of the weapons effectively. With the exception of "the single "I'm Afraid of Americans" and "Law"(Earthling On Fire) which are a over- produced failures by the slightest of margins, "Earthling" is a near picture perfect portrait of songs If nothing else,the way this record was mixed where each instrument pushes it's way to the forefront without overwhelming the other, makes a very attractive listening experience, with strong material to match. An album of supreme quality, "Earthling" gets a four star rating.
C.S. 6-26-03