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Product: Audio CD
Title: Heavier Things
Label: Sony
Artist: John Mayer
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Poetry set to Music


Real music, different music, but good music. His words aren't the same like every other musician out there. They mean something, to him and his fans. With an ability to play the guitar that could make Jimi Hendrix beam, John Mayer will certainly be around for awhile. He is someone kids can admire, he doesn't lead a reckless life and he sings about what he cares about. Perfect for teenage kids who are searching for a niche to fit into, this CD will push them in the right direction. Nothing really cynical, sings about how his world is going which ironically seems to be just like ours... hm, go figure.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Selected Ambient Works, Vol. 2
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Aphex Twin
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
This gives Ambient a bad name!


I seem to be the only one on these pages consistantly trying to be brief. Reading half of these reviews would take longer than listening to the goddamn record.
Very good. Excellently weird sounds and atleast some continuity in the rythmns. Not sure if it's any good half the time. But it keeps me intrugued and guessing about what strange thing is going to come at me later.
Try 'Pole' if you like this. Similar but a little less linear on the beats.
Cheers



Product: Audio CD
Title: Timeless: The Classics 2
Label: Sony
Artist: Michael Bolton
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Spectacular


These songs and Bolton's voice are a terrific combination. If there is a woman anywhere who doesn't melt at Michael's rendition of Try A Little Tenderness, honey, you've got ice water in your veins.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Born in the U.S.A.
Label: Sony
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
What an album!


Starting when I was really young, like two or three years old, I listenened to music my parents liked. One of their favorites was Springsteen. I got older, and at about 5th grade I started listening to modern rock stations and not the oldies stations. I was listening to what I liked, I told myself, instead of what my parents liked. In reality I was listening to what my friends liked, though. At about 16 I realized this, and only then did I start listening to stuff I liked. Indie rock like the Replacements, Husker Du, Soul Asylum, Uncle Tupelo, etc. But I also found some really great old gems. Pet Sounds, Dylan, and especially my parents' old copies of Springsteen's albums.
I fell in love with everything by Springsteen up through this record. Springsteen's songwriting on this album is, while more pop-oriented, just as strong as that on previous records like Born To Run and Darkness on the Edge of Town. On the Boss's commercial breakthrough Born To Run we have him singing energetically about being young and if not of the idea that "everything's going to be alright," then at least of the hope that lies in "getting out of here." While Darkness, River, and Nebraska are all dissillusioned works, Born in the USA is to date, Springsteen's only record that sounds nostalgic.
Songs like "No Surrender," "Bobby Jean," and "My Hometown" are evidence to this. Sure there are songs that were on a 2nd tier as far as songwriting is concerned, but they still rank up with the best songs of the decade, no, the best songs rock has ever produced! In songs like "Workin' On A Highway" we see evidence of the energetic spirit not witnessed in Springsteen's work since Born To Run, and it was the last time to date that we have seen it.
This album has everything you could possibly want in a rock record. Almost every song says something to you of importance, something that reaches down into you and speaks to you. It's the kind of record that makes you say, "Yeah, that's what life is about."
For me this album has been a good friend. It is admittedly not Springsteen's finest, but it is one of his best, and not to be missed.