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Product: Audio CD
Title: Heavier Things
Label: Sony
Artist: John Mayer
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
Did not perform up to potential

I am a huge John Mayer fan, especially of his live recordings. I was surprised by this record as he does not appear take his musical arrangements to the next step. John's first cd speaks to a potential filled with songs infused with funk, melodic lines, intelligent lyrics and thoughful composition. He did not perform up to his potential.
What he delivered was what one would expect from a 10 day studio session, during which 9 new songs were created due to record label pressure to get the new songs out. Unlike his first record, these songs were not road tested... they are not the finely crafted product of a young adult's life. Rather, they are nice, boring pop songs, with very little original composition or inspired development.
He can do so much better and I am sure he knows it. The guy needs to take some time off from nearly 1.5 years on the road and push himself to produce art that is truly inspired and creative.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Les Miserables - The Complete Symphonic Recording
Label: Relativity
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
Complete Symphonic Recording

This is a CD for any Les Mis fan who wants to hear the WHOLE, ENTIRE, NOTHING LEFT OUT, recording of their favorite musical. However, there are many BAD and GOOD aspects to the CD.
THE GOOD:It's the WHOLE, ENTIRE, NOTHING LEFT OUT, recording of my favorite musical.
PHILLIP QUAST as Javert: He's very, very good, and it's hard to tell who's better; him or Terrance Mann of the OBC.
MICHAEL BALL as Marius: He is supposedly 'THE MARIUS' and I agree that he is fabulous on here, the OLC, and the 10th Anniversary concert but sometimes he is very mild and I almost wish I was listening to David Bryant. Almost.
KAHO SHIMIDA as Eponine: For someone who couldn't speak any English, Kaho is good, and it's very fun to hear ALL of Eponine's songs but I really wish it was Frances Ruffelle on this album.
THE BAD:Considering the good part of the singers on here are awful you really need to be bad to be on this list!
GAY SOPER AND BARRY JAMES as The Thenardiers: Yeah, they got the Cockney accents down, but that's about all I can keep down when I listen to them.
ANTHONY WARLOWE AS ENJOLRAS: He is no Michael Maguire, I will tell you that!
The final word: Add it to your collection, but be prepared to wince every time someone besides Michael Ball, Phillip Quast, or Kaho Shimida opens their mouth. I would say have this be the second addition to your Les Mis collection so every time Gary Morris starts singing you can run to the OBC or OLC and take relief in people who can sing.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Josh Groban in Concert (with Bonus DVD)
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Walter Afanasieff, Albert / Sharron, Marti Hammond
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
More Incredible Josh

If possible Josh gives us an additional CD and DVD that is just as, or more incredible than the original. I feel I must share this CD with everyone I know (much like I did with the original) - no one should miss hearing this most remarkable young man sing. Josh is a talent that comes along once in a generation....a true blessing from God.Nancy Radcliffe

Product: Audio CD
Title: Blue Moves (Reis)
Label: Mca
Artist: Elton John
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
black and blue moves

elton assembled a great band for this album-the same band he had in "rock"-which in my opinion was a great rock and roll record-{daryl hall used the same rhythm section on his "sacred songs" album}-u can't get much better than these guys playing their hearts out-but after "rock"-elton just wasted the talents of these musicians on "blue moves"-yeah -theres' some good songs-like "crazy water"-but why put together a great rock band when you're going to wimp out musically?-"blue moves" is sad-a sad reflection on eltons' feelings' at the time-a dreary two album piece that should have been a double-sided single-elton musically and emotionally downtrodden-and bernie didn't help-"blue moves"-aptly titled-not one of his best-by a long shot-though this rhythm section is excellent-check them out on "sacred songs" and "redline...and ofcourse "rock"-in my opinion-elton wasted the talents of some real good musicians and quality studio time-which could have been put to much better use-but who was to argue with elton in 1976?-how elton went from "rock" to "blue" is beyond me-i guess it takes a musical genius-but he miscalculated this one-some good songs though-but not worth a double album-if "snow queen" was on here(u know that slap in the face song about CHER)-i would have rated it a 3-at least him and bernie showed what they felt in that tune-overall-overblown-tired and depressing-i guess thats when the drugs kicked in -and elton looked for other lyricists after this morbid effort-but theres' nothing like elton and bernie-and "21 at 33" and the great underrated single "ego" gave us a feel that they weren't done yet-well-i guess u know the rest-ps-i just received the remastered version of this cd on april 12-i got to tell u-the songs that were omitted from the budget cd are some of the best-"where's the shoorah"-alone-is worth the admission-and 'cage the songbird" -not norma jean-but a great tribute to edith piaf-why these songs were left off the cd-it remains a mystery-but the ones that were left out are some of eltons' and bernies' best-check it out-