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Product: Audio CD
Title: The Phantom of the Opera (Original 1986 London Cast)
Label: Decca U.S.
Artist:
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
A Real Tear-Jerker


Yes, this "opera" was a real tear-jerker. As I was sitting there, I felt Andrew Lloyd Webber's music poking me in the eyes with a sharp needle, begging me to cry despite the shallowness of his music. The lyrics, though juvenile and seeming as if they had been written by a seemingly articulate man in a drunken state during a day-long lyric-writing binge, at least tried to move the story or be coherent. Michael Crawford's performance was wonderful, I will admit to liking that. However, Webber finally completely sold out with this sucker. JCS was a wonderful rock opera, and showed the guy had talent. Evita was a bit of a sell-out, but at least its approach to the subject matter was interesting. CATS was sort of a "See? I can write different styles" type score. Starlight Express can get away with its destructiveness towards all things good about theatre by at least being ambitious. However, Phantom of the Opera has had countless movies made out of its story. It has had three or four musicals made to my knowledge, probably far more. He approaches it in a less-than-ambitious way. Webber just completely sold out. Listening to this, I pictured the Sex Pistols doing a commercial with Ricky Martin for Pepsi. POTO is, from an artistic point of view, a complete sell-out. From a musical point of view, it is shallow and poorly constructed, with far too many reprises of THE SAME DAMN SONG OVER AND OVER! Lyrically, it is juvenile. Visually, it is astounding. I don't know why Hal Prince, after his legendary ground-breaking projects with Stephen Sondheim, would stoop this low, but hey - the guy did a good job. I'm not sure what to think of this. For someone knew to theatre, it usually gets them interested, until they are able to move on to better musicals and plays and operas. However, I know far too many people who hate all musicals because of POTO. They see all musicals and operas as simple pieces of crap. But, if that's what floats your boat, it's fine with me.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Forever Your Girl
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: Paula Abdul
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Strait Up-And Forever


Um dos melhores disco dance que j? ouvi! Finalmente uma cantora dance de peso! Porque Paula Abdul anda sumida no Brasil??????? Se algu?m puder me informar sobre novos lan?amentos, agrade?o! M?rcio



Product: Audio CD
Title: We R in Need of a Musical Revolution [EP]
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Esthero
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
seven years for this???


Being that Esthero's debut album was one of my favorites I waited in great anticipation for a new release, and waited...and waited some more. And when I'd about given up hope she had a new song on a soundtrack come out and then released O.G. Bitch. And then this EP popped up on the release charts and despite the negative and medicore reviews I'd read I had to have it. Sorry to say that the reviews are true. Esthero has always been all over the place, part of the draw of her first album was the mix of genres and how well her voice blended it all together. Her voice is still beautiful here. It is the insipid lyrics of "We R in Need of a Musical Revolution" (I'm no Ashanti fan Esthero but you don't have room to diss anyone when this is the best lead in you can muster in seven years) and the tacky all over the place production and instrumentation that kill it. The Sean Lennon duet is cringe worthy at best. As is the duet with Cee Lo Green who I am also a huge fan of. "Everday is a Holiday" is a far cry from her team up with Cee Lo and the rest of Goodie Mob on the Slam Soundtrack remix of Country Livin. There isn't one song on here that stands out as anything above horribly mediocre to me. At first I was bummed to hear this was just an EP but after listening I'm kinda glad to be spared. At least it was cheap I guess.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Hilary Duff
Label: Hollywood Records
Artist: Hilary Duff
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
unbelieveably good. every song is great


This is a great CD. I recommend it to everyone. It has really great songs, plus the lyrics are good too. It has 17 total songs, more than Metamorphasis, so you can enjoy more. If you haven't already bought this CD you should do so quickly.