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Product: Audio CD
Title: Josh Groban
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
JOSH GROBAN


HE IS THE NEXT GREAT VOICE ON THE SCENE. MR. WRIGHT, AS WITH SARAH, WAS VERY RIGHT! BRILLIANT! THE VOICE, THE STYLE, THE SONGSTHEY LEAVE ME "ON FIRE" WANTING MORE, MORE. SO WHEN WILL THE NEXT RELEASE BE?? DO TELL AND LET ME KNOW.THANK YOU FOR INTRODUCING ME TO THIS NEW ARTIST.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Back to the Roots
Label: Polydor / Pgd
Artist: John Mayall
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Its About Time!


I have been a fan of John Mayall since I was 10 years old and have enjoyed nearly all his music before and since, but Back To The Roots merits a special place on the long list of Mayall blockbusters. The 1960s and early 1970s were a period of tremendous creative ferment in the world of music and Mayall was always in the vanguard of experimentation. He is known to most who know of him as a blues artist, but on this CD he stretches that concept even beyond the new musical ground covered on his groundbreaking album Turning Point. On Back to the Roots, Mayall touches more on social issues and the everyday concerns of the people than at any time before or since. What commuter couldn't relate to Prisons on the Road, a song even more meaningful today than it was in 1970? Accidental Suicide is a cautionary song about the dangers of excessive drug use. Groupie Girl ridicules the bimbos who are "chasing after fake love in the world". Marriage Madness expounds Mayall's view that marriage is a legal albatross around an individual's neck, however he has since come a long way from the libertine sentiments expressed in this and in his earlier hippie anthem, Room to Move. Mr. Censor Man lashes out at the tyranny of the censorship that was then fairly prevalent. One of my favorites, lyrically, is Television Eye, which denounces the hypnotic and addictive power of television and its commercials which try to make him "buy things I'll never use". Along with the social commentary the listener is treated to some damn good music throughout, including the remixes of some of the songs with Joe Yuele on drums dubbed in. Mayall once again assembled an all-star cast of musicians, some of whom are still well-known today and those who have faded into obscurity. The well-known include Eric Clapton and Mick Taylor, while the more obscure include such late 60s-early 70s heavyweights as guitarist Harvey Mandel, sax and flute player Johnny Almond, violinist Sugarcane Harris, and legendary drummer Keef Hartley. While Back to the Roots offers little in the way of traditional blues, there is a lot of Mayall's signature piano here and a lot of good progressive music in the inimitable Mayall style. This CD deserves more than five stars and I say its about time that this superb Mayall album is available to both his old stalwarts and a new generation of fans.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Odyssey
Label: Capitol
Artist: Fischerspooner
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Much MUCH better than the first!!


Okay, so the first CD was alright. I really didn't like anything besides "Emerge".

Now this one comes around, and I'm like. "Hmmmm....I really liked that Emerge song...let's see."

So I listen to "Just Let Go". I like it. I decide to buy the CD because the video for the song was pretty neat.

Well I'm very glad I did.

The music is very good. Much more polished than the first album. They seem to have gotten away from trying to be weird "electro/weird/bleep/stuff" and got more into making actual music with lyrics and structure, and I have to say. That was for the better.

I found myself getting lost in just listening to the CD. I didn't even realize the CD had ended and gone on again. That's how good and relaxing this stuff is. It's great music.

My favorite track probably has to be "Everything to Gain". The song really shows off the talent of these musicians. Great buildup, the chorus is catchy, and they add in enough rock elements so that you're just like "Yay!".

Anyway, a great improvement over their first album.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Bridget Jones's Diary
Label: Island
Artist: Various Artists
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Shelby Rules


Hear Shelby Lynnes' new single here because you certainly won't be lucky enough to hear it on the radio since programmers avoid intelligent adult oriented pop. Lynne takes her new song in a more upbeat pop direction and hopefully it is a preview of whats in store for her follow up. Her voice is as mature and full bodied as Linda Ronstadt--wise and heart felt, hard to find these days huh? Other tracks take a backseat to Lynnes' dynamic opener but are worth a listen. Most notable is Gabrielle whose CD "Rise" was one of the most criminally overlooked of the past couple of years. This is a chance for the masses to get a taste of what they've been missing. Ignore the negative reviews here, this is as good a soundtrack compilation as any these days.