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Product: Audio CD
Title: The Higher They Climb the Harder They Fall
Label: Bmg Int'l
Artist: David Cassidy
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
buy it ,open it ,play it and enjoy it.

this is a totally cool album of davids ..... do like i do enjoy listening to it.

Product: Audio CD
Title: The Ultimate Divas Album
Label: Decca
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
A gorgeous collection!

I heard this CD playing in a music store and immediately bought it. If you are searching for a collection of the finest arias sung by the finest female singers in the world, this is it. My only complaint is that they did not include Maria Callas or Jessye Norman on the recording. If they do not qualify as divas, then who does? All in all, a fabulous album!

Product: Audio CD
Title: Peachtree Road
Label: Universal
Artist: Elton John
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
Critical Peak Long Gone & The Muse Has Left The Room...

Elton John fans (and I count myself as a major one, having discovered Elton John 30 years ago this past January) unfortunately have a penchant to say the best about Elton's latter day work, when in reality they know the truth. Fanatacism blindsides the critical ear and what's left are desperate attempts to legitimize the clearly uninspired remnants of Elton's once formidable talents. Check out the other reviews and words-phrases such as "renaissance," "rustic," "lyrical pictures" used with total abandonment. The shame of this is that one doesn't have to feel that they're doing a disservice to their favorite artist by speaking the truth. I give Elton every opportunity to prove himself worthy of the reputation he built easily in the 1970's. Age issues aside, drippy ballads that begin and end with piano meanderings in search of a memorable melody characterize what we've seen from Elton in the last few years. Of course, 1980 was pretty much the dividing line between Elton's creative peak years and the downward spiral, but at least he was still able to knock out an exceptional ballad or rocker melody in the form of 2-3 tracks per album. The songs "Cold As Christmas," "Sartorial Eloquence," "Poor Cow," "Pain," "Blessed," "That's Why They Call it The Blues," "The One," "Whitewash County," "Emily," "Sacrifice," "Healing Hands," "No Valentines," and even the title track from "Leather Jackets" proved while his albums were not consistently of the quality he produced in his peak years, they nevertheless contained gems that sparked of that remarkable sense of melody and fun. From the "Big Picture" on, this has been sorely missing from his work. His "roots" approach to try to recapture "Tumbleweed Connection" era rustic material is really a desperate ploy to hide the fact that he simply can't write energetic songs of the caliber found on mid 70's releases like "Yellow Brick Road," "Captain Fantastic" and even "Rock of The Westies". Don't construe the quiet reflection of his recent albums as a "sign of contentment of happiness". Listening to this exercise in tedium, you wonder if this the same man who gave us "High Flying Bird" and "Harmony"? In 2005, the man is simply tired and out of fresh ideas. Beyond these issues, there's the voice which is just simply shot and sounding more and more each day like elderly Lucille Ball's latter-day nicotine ravaged vocal cords (at least Lucy could blame the cigarrettes). Alot of his very early 70's work was rustic and similarly paced to some of the balads he does today, but the main difference was the fire, the passion, and yes the glorious melodies that are missing today were then there in abundance. When it's gone, it's gone. Upon hearing each new successive Elton John release I sometimes wish he had pulled a Garbo either at the height of his career, much in the same way Abba did in 1982. He would have left behind only a legacy of great music. I'd like to end this review by changing the words to a classic early song and wish he'd come to this reaization and say "I have no wish to be singing this type of material sixty years on".

Product: Audio CD
Title: Madonna: GHV2
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Another decade of music redefined by Madonna

As a teenager in the 1980s, I absolutely loved Madonna; I refused to go a single day without listening to at least one Madonna song. By the time the 1990s rolled around, the obsession had faded and, while I still liked Madonna, I really didn't keep up with her music (or pop music in general, the poor quality of which finally pushed me over to the oldies stations on my radio). For me, GHV2 is a perfect match. My previous exposure to most of these songs ranged from a little to none whatsoever, so I basically rediscovered Madonna when I bought this collection. Madonna has never gotten the respect she deserves for her music; all I heard about her for many years were criticisms of her movies, jokes, etc. Most of the critics seem to dismiss her music altogether, yet she unleashed some huge hits (not to mention impressive albums) during the 1990s, most of the best of which are included in this retrospective collection. Now I know that Madonna is larger than life and that her music is really only a part of her persona. Many people have disapproved of some of her antics over the years, including myself on occasion, but I have always loved and admired her strength, resolve, and undying commitment to be a complete individual and do whatever she wants to do. It's easy to get lost in all the ephemeral nonsense that surrounds the woman, but her very foundation is her music, and this collection shows what an amazing performer she really is.
Madonna has been around quite a long time now, as hard as that is for me to believe. The reason she is still turning out hits while many other artists from the early 80s are gone and forgotten comes down to her unmatched ability to completely recreate herself. Not only does she adapt to changes in the musical scene, she leads the charge for change herself. Over her career, this has allowed her to excel across a wide spectrum of song types. I'm no dance music expert, but Madonna lays down the most infectious dance beats I know of in songs such as Deeper and Deeper (featuring a brilliant bridge into a part of her earlier song Vogue) and the totally funked up Music. Beautiful Stranger is another great dance song (but I'll never be able to hear this song without conjuring up images from the music video featuring Austin Powers). Of course, Madonna has her naughty side, as revealed in the edited versions of Erotica and - depending on your state of mind - Bedtime Stories. Madonna never looks back or has regrets, a trait I greatly admire, and she makes this fact pretty clear in the sexually mischievous song Human Nature. What It Feels Like For a Girl makes the point even more convincingly as it points out the ways in which men and women are judged by different standards.
Madonna is also the voice behind some of the best love songs of the 1990s. Classics such as The Power of Goodbye, Frozen, and Take a Bow are just beautiful, featuring some of the most moving choruses I've ever heard in pop music. The lyrics, for those who stop to listen to them, are really quite poignant and touching - you won't find any bubble gum pop on GHV2. Then there are the great songs I find hard to classify: Ray of Light is almost cosmic in its appeal and manic in its musical expression. Drowned World/Substitute For Love carries a life-affirming beat in support of its unusually touching message. Then there is Don't Tell Me, a song I like more and more each time I hear it. I remember hearing it for the first time on the radio, as the deejay assured the audience that the "skips" we were about to hear in the early moments of the track were actually supposed to be there. In the 1990s, Madonna was still taking chances, still taking music in new directions, and still turning out some of the best music in the business. GHV2 is a great joy for Madonna fans and ample proof to all the disbelievers out there who deny this remarkable woman's musical talent.