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Product: Audio CD
Title: Worship
Label: Reunion
Artist: Michael W. Smith
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
a mature Michael W. Smith


At 29, I might be Michael W. Smith's ideal demographic. I was 10 when Project was released and was a full-fledged fan by the time Big Picture rolled around. Basically, I matured as his music did. So, when I think about the songs or albums of Michael's that haven't done it for me, the ones that stick out are the ones where his music was out of sync with where I was in life. ("Picture Perfect" is a good example.)
So, all that background to say, that I really enjoy this album. And it is directly related to what I described above (see, you knew I would tie it all together!). Worship leaders won't grab this disc looking for new music, because almost all of it has been done before. And I agree with some of the other reviewers, the songs selected are not all my favorites and it is a little flat in places.
However (and this is a big "However"), it feels like very authentic praise... that's its strength. You may not love all the music, but I think you will be drawn to a very mature and authentic Michael W. Smith.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Emotions
Label: Sony
Artist: Mariah Carey
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Emotions In Motion


Mariah Carey,one of the hottest divas of the nineties, issued her second album EMOTIONS in 1991. The previous year,her self-titled debut sold well and went platinum. The title track was probably inspired by a group called The Emotions who had a hit in the 70's entitled BEST OF MY LOVE. The title track also has the same rhythm as Cheryl Lynn's GOT TO BE REAL. Aside from the title track,hits include CAN'T LET GO and MAKE IT HAPPEN. All those three songs later appeared on MARIAH CAREY'S GREATEST HITS. All the other songs are enjoyable.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Adventures of the Imagination
Label: Shrapnel
Artist: Michael Schenker
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Michael's Masterpiece !


Blown Away! That is my two word review after I heard this album for the first time. I have to admit that I considered some of Michael's other stuff to be borderline average. I was not sure what to expect when I bought this CD. Well, I put it in the CD player in the car and that baby did not come out for a month. This album grabs you with the first song and just puts you in a trance. I really think that Michael Schenker achieves icon status with this effort (if he did not already have it). If you are interested in guitar oriented albums, but you are put off by mindless shredders, give this thing a listen. I guarantee you will like it.



Product: Audio CD
Title: From South Africa to South Carolina
Label: Tvt
Artist: Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Not flashy but solid


Despite the '70s crowd-pleasing, anti-apartheid anthem, "Johannesburg", this album remains a bit of an obscurity in the discography of Gil Scott-Heron.
Gil hit a nerve with street-inspired poetry and powerful rhythms that presaged rap on tunes like "Whitey on the Moon", "Brother", "The Bottle", and of course, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," which has become not only widely sampled, but even -- undeservedly -- reduced to something of a cliche. "South Africa to South Carolina" displays Gil's and Brian Jackson's lyrical side with ideas and rhythms more subtle than "Johannesburg."
The strong lyricism is best illustrated by "Beginnings" and, especially, the disarming "A Lovely Day," which recalls, for me, the beautiful "Very Precious Time" from the great "Winter in America." Both of the tunes make me think of the "Doonesbury" line in which Mark, the hard-core ideologist, confesses, "Even revolutionaries like chocolate chip cookies." The revolutionary on this album shows his chocolate chip cookie side with "A Lovely Day," a song that this writer turned to often back in the day for solace during dark times.
A bit of a hodge-podge in styles, and in some ways much a product of its times, this album may not be of use for all, but I still consider it a strong piece of work from a very important American artist whose name and contributions to the current scene should be kept alive.