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

Again, the talented guys of N'SYNC created another GREAT cd! I really like "Space Cowboy"! So go out and buy the cd!

Product: Audio CD
Title: Imagine
Label: Capitol
Artist: John Lennon
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
Remastered-- but still not The Beatles

First of all, although I love all group Beatles albums (all 5-stars), this solo-Lennon album, while containing the stand-out track "Gimme Some Truth," has traditionally been over-rated. "Plastic Ono Band" and "Walls and Bridges" are superior Lennon albums. The problem with "Imagine" is an overall lack of enthusiasm in the performances and arrangements. The musicianship, with the exception of George Harrison's excellent slide and electric guitar work, is competent but lacks spark. "How," "How Do You Sleep," "I Don't Want To Be A Soldier" have a dragging feel, and beautiful melodies are sometimes irritatingly drawn-out and awash in reflective piano echo. "Jealous Guy" for example started as a beautiful acoustic guitar track, similar to the Beatles "Across the Universe," but on this album, it evokes a depressing piano-lounge sound. The same comment holds true for the beautifully poetic title track. That being said, "Gimme Some Truth" is excellent -- and on par with some of Lennon's late Beatles tracks. Harrison's slide guitar and catchy twelve-string riff evoke "Abbey Road."
The 20-bit re-mix/mastering has improved the the definition of the individual parts compared to previous releases. If you are familiar with the original, you will notice the sound improvement. However, the re-mixing has not altered the original arrangements or the over-all feel.
If you are looking to explore the Beatles "solo" albums for the first time, I would strongly recommend George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass" (5-stars). That album is long overdue for a 20-bit re-mix.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Signs
Label: Hollywood Records
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
good, but ..

this score is missing something. i'll say that up front, but i'll also say that if you were a fan of this movie, and you're a fan of james newton howard, you'll enjoy this. basically all of the tracks are variations on a recurring theme, which makes this score somewhat repetitive. it's a score that is used more for the effect of seeing the imagery combined with the music - for the movie, in short. it's not something you can just pop in and listen to. however, i will say that howard is one of the better artists in hollywood - i would suggest his score of "the sixth sense" which is brooding, melancholy, and ultimately wrenching emotionally. while it, too, hinges on the same theme, it does employ more difference in the variations. this score might also be worth having if you are a fan of Bernard Herrmann or perhaps the soundtracks to the older horror movies, as it evokes that sort of atmospheric, stomach-tightening terror.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Label: Sony
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
A Great Score For a Great Movie

This has got to be one of the greatest movie soundtracks that I own. The music that was put together for this movie is superb with a very rich sound. I find listening to the scores that accompany many of the movie scenes provoke the same intrigue as watching the movie alone. But John Williams really out did himself with much of this work.
I will not go into great detail on every song on the soundtrack. However, I say this because I think every Star Wars fan should have this CD in their collection and hear it for themselves! The first time I listened to this CD, I was impressed (and surprised that I missed it in the movie)with the foreshadowing that is present even in the music! Now, we all know that little Ani is the future Darth Vader, but how cool of Williams to throw in a bit of the Imperial March in the background of Anakin's Theme. And I would have bought this CD on Duel Of The Fates alone. I could listen to that all day!