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Product: Audio CD
Title: Schindler's List: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Label: Mca
Artist: John Williams, Itzhak Perlman
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
A Subtle and Emotionally Apt Score

From the response that one can observe to the score from Schindler's List, it is like no one took John Williams' work seriously prior to its release. He had been renowned for his bombast music and his loud marches, but his subtler works might have been too easily forgotten. However, there seems to be a turnaround in the public conception of Williams after Schindler's List. To many people, he became a composer capable of the deep emotion inherent in more somber films. To long time fans, this may have always been apparent, but for those who could not recognize his skill, Schindler's List divulged it completely and indubitably.
Schindler's List, even when it is depicting the greatest evil and the most visually horrifying images, never collapses and never overpowers. Its greatest gift is its ability to outline and highlight, not to overshadow and reconstruct. The multiple themes are all extraordinary and powerful, recurring where necessary, and coming to a crescendo as appropriate. Frequently intermingled are appropriate and stirring excerpts from Hebrew hymns that humanize and reconnect the images on screen with the validity of the past. Combined within are two sides of a film score that work together to create a magical whole. The dominant passages are the string pieces, led by Ithzak Pearlman, and colasceing the traditional images of the film with music that isn't wholly inappropriate from the era depicted. Alternately, there are delightful mechanical cues that reference Hebrew music and lighten the mood as necessary. Best depicted in the track "Schindler's Workforce"--perhaps the best an most delightful of the tracks, outside of the suites--maintains a constant beat that circles and epitomizes the interaction of the Jews and their forced occupation.
Ultimately, it is a perfect film that is complimented by a completely appropriate score. One can intensely understand and concur with the lifelong relationship between Williams and Spielberg, understanding where they are in tune, why they are so equally successful, and just how much they love filmmaking; all because they are good at what they do and share a mind in how it should be done. Listening to the score from Schindler's List is an experience equally pleasant and disturbing; pleasant where the music relates the sanguine outlooks of the Jewish people, and disturbing as we see the atrocities that try to break their spirit. The score in the end, represents, perhaps, the pinnacle of Williams' film scoring career, a point where he gained ubiquitous respect and appreciation. The score for Schindler's List is an undeniable feat that should not be missed for its perfection, its depiction, and its beauty.

Product: Audio CD
Title: No Strings Attached
Label: Jive
Artist: *NSYNC
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5

I liked "Bringin the Noise" and "I`ll Be Good For You" the best. But they were all pretty good, except for the last one. I`m glad they are writing more of their own songs, but they are so, well it just doesn`t seem like them. Oh well it`s good anyways I still like them.

Product: Audio CD
Title: 30 on the Rail
Label: Atlantic
Artist: Mark Bryan
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
A Great CD

This solo by Mark Bryan makes you want to, "Roll down the windows and let the wind blow back your hair". His voice has come a long way....job well-done Mark!I short you one star, soley because you aren't jamming that six string in my livingroom!

Product: Audio CD
Title: LIVE at The Old Blinking Light
Artist: Michael Hearne & Friends
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Live at the OBL

Buy this CD NOW! THE BEST! We were in Taos, NM in Spring 2003 and happened on the Old Blinking Light- a local eatery, drinkery and fravolitery. We heard music played over the sound system that sounded excellent, professional, but did not know the artist because of all of the originals we were hearing. Finally, we asked our waitress, and she informed us we were hearing a local artist Michael Hearne, and that it was recorded here and the young lady Kelly Stebbins on the CD was a waitress discovered there at the OBL and Michael would be playing that Monday evening.(and every Monday eve.) We made reservations for the following Monday and fell in love with his music; we bought 3 copies that night! In fact, we drove way out of our way in 2004 just to hear Michael, Kelly, and Eric on the bongos! (Eric is the BEST waiter!) I apologize for telling my life story in discovering Michael Hearne, but it is a story close to my heart as a musician with a very discerning ear. It is one thing to sound good in the studio and quite another to pull it off live with very few effects and NO dub-overs - Michael has all of the components of an artist who WILL make it big - stage presence, personality, great sound (for you non-musicians, to sound FANTASTIC live by yourself and ONLY your guitar - that is a REAL gift) and being able to write originals, well, as I said, he will make it big. Either way, trust a great ear, buy this CD!!!! This is the best! THANK YOU MICHAEL!