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Product: Audio CD
Title: The World Is Not Enough: Music From The MGM Motion Picture
Label: Mca
Artist: David Arnold
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Irregular Bond music. Where's John Barry anyway?


This is for sure one of the most frustrating James Bond's soundtracks I've ever heard in my entire life. I've seen all of Bond's movies and buy its music, but I never thought that there would be a time when I would say: Bond music is bad music. The main song is cool, very charming too, but the rest of the cd doesn't leave the land of previsibility. Such a waste of talent from David Arnold for what! I would love to know. Well, it's just an average Bond score and nothing else. Buy it if you really want to, bu beware: it's not a masterpiece.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Of Rivers and Religion
Label: Collector's Choice
Artist: John Fahey
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Hypnotic, peaceful, beautiful


Although I have since obtained a slew of great John Fahey albums, several better than OF RIVERS AND RELIGION, this one retains a special place in my heart. Partly this is because it was the first John Fahey album I ever purchased. I was seized by it immediately. It isn't quite like any other album I had heard either before or since. Compared to his other albums, it isn't terribly virtuosic: Fahey isn't keen to put on display his utter masterly of complex and startling chord progressions and harmonics (though some do exist on the album; check out various breathtaking moments in his dobro work on "Steamboat 'Gwine the Bend"). This is dramatically toned-down Fahey, and not just on the numbers where he is accompanied by an "orchestra" of such instruments as banjo and mandolin. This album evokes a lazy river on a summer day, and the playing keeps that mood throughout.
A perfect example of what makes me love this album is "Dixie Pig BBQ Blues," where Fahey plays lazily, slowly, and deliberately to a background banjo and mandolin to create a sense of nostalgia that is almost palpable. Fahey plays even more restrained than usual, as if to confirm that the mood is the thing in the piece, not the virtuosic skills of the performers. The band is equally superb and comparably restrained on the magnificent "Funeral Song for Mississippi John Hurt."
One of the great regrets of my concert-going life is that I never heard John Fahey live. In recent years before his death, his health prevented him from performing anywhere, and when he was finally able to perform again, his health caused frequent cancellations. In the summer of 2000 I went to the Empty Bottle in Chicago hoping to hear him, but he had to cancel because of his health. He died not too long afterwards.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Measure of a Man
Label: Rca
Artist: Clay Aiken
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Aiken's Talent Is Immeasurably Great


For a debut CD, one might hope for at least two or three standout singles in order to mark a success. If that standard holds, Clay Aiken has nothing to worry about. Every song on the cd has been souped up with a radio-friendly vibe, from the bouncy first single "Invisible," to the stirring title track, "Measure of a Man." It seems Aiken can do no wrong when it comes to feeling the song and making us believe the yearning, the conifidence, the disappointment or whichever emotion the songs call for. His range is tremendous, and whatever one might find fault in a few generic lyrics, he overcomes that with his full pallet of deliveries, whether tender, desperate, or even forceful in some places. He seems capable of it all. Favorites will likely be the delicate "The Way" and the no-holds-barred happy "A Peferct Day." Then again, "Touch" offers a more edgy vibe that may keep you moving, or even the country rythym of "When You Say You Love Me." We get to see a different side of his chracter in the brilliant "I Survived You" as well as his regret in "No More Sad Song." It seems the favorite song might be whichever one is pouring through the speakers at the time. This disc is polished and shining with tracks designed to please verybody. Some people argue that's never a good thing, but coming from Aiken's golden voice and impassioned delivery, they were certainly not refering to him. A definite must have!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Measure of a Man
Label: Rca
Artist: Clay Aiken
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Nice, energetic and inspirational cd.


I was very excited to get this cd and I was not dissappointed. Clay is a wonderful singer with a big clear voice with a very good range. What I liked most about this cd is that the songs deliver good messages and no dirt. I would say that this album is a mix of pop rock and inspirational. Some of my favorite songs would be:
Invisible- fun, upbeat, and good lyric about not being noticed by the person you are attracted to.
The Way- Wonderful, romantic and I expect that it will be played at a number of dances and proms.
I Will Carry You- reminds me of the songs Bridge Over Troubled Waters and He's Not Heavy, He's My Brother with its moving and inspirational message.
This is the Night- another romantic song that gives me the tingles.
Measure of a Man- This song could easily fit in a gospel/inspirational album. Fabulous message in it.
This cd makes me go back and forth between dancing and getting teary eyed. I bet you will feel the same way.