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Product: Audio CD
Title: Moulin Rouge 2
Label: Interscope Records
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Spectacular, Spectacular!!!

Finally, I get to hear some of my favorite songs from the movie in my car. With the first CD I found myself skipping to the songs sung by Nicole and Ewan and skipping over Beck and other singers that do nothing for me. As a Broadway lover, this is the kind of movie and soundtrack for me. I love instrumental scores and this one has a few, but a few are enough for me to be able to finally have Jim Broadbents fabulous version of "Like A Virgin" on CD. Along with the version of "Come What May" that Nicole and Ewan sang in the film and "Spectacular, Spectacular" which is one of the funniest songs ever.
The only thing that is missing for my own personal enjoyment is the version of "Come What May." that is sung at the end, because it is filled with so much emotion that every time I watch it I end up in tears. I also enjoy the combination of songs everyone sings after that, "No matter what you say, the show is ending our way. Stand our ground, for freedom, beauty, truth and love." and the way it combines all the songs together, it's the perfect song before the tragic end.
I guess my point is that I love this soundtrack. This one was made for people who LOVE the movie and not just the music. So, generally I like it.:)

Product: Audio CD
Title: Always: Motion Picture Soundtrack Album
Label: Mca
Artist: John Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
ALWAYS--An Unfairly Maligned Movie

A loose reworking of Victor Fleming's 1943 World War II drama A GUY NAMED JOE, ALWAYS has to rank as perhaps director Steven Spielberg's most unfairly maligned movie. Even though it has a very old-fashioned feel updated to the late 1980s, this is still a fine movie done with real poignancy. This is nowhere near the bottom of the Spielberg canon; that dubious distinction belongs to "1941" and HOOK.
Richard Dreyfuss stars as Pete, a dare-devil aerial firefighter with a penchant for taking a lot of unneccesary chances in his line of work. As much "fun" as he has, he is worrying not only his partner Al (John Goodman), but also his one true love Dorinda (Holly Hunter). After much pressure, including Hunter's threat to leave him, he agrees to settle down and become an instructor for up-and-coming flyers in Colorado after one last mission. But on that mission, in the process of saving Goodman when his plane catches fire, Dreyfuss loses his life when his aircraft explodes. Goodman is horrified, and Hunter devastated.
In heaven (or a burned-out section of forest), Dreyfuss is met by a guardian angel (Audrey Hepburn, in her final role). He comes back to earth as a spirit, to help a rookie fire-fighter (Brad Johnson) learn the tricks of the trade. Johnson does this and more; unfortunately, he also falls head over heels for Hunter, and Dreyfuss feels the pain of having to watch this, not being able to let go. But Hepburn gives him very good counsel, and he is redeemed by saving Hunter from a fiery death in a flight through a nightmarish firestorm.
One of Spielberg's most touching movies, ALWAYS was unfairly castigated by critics as being heavy-handed and manipulative. I, however, am extremely cynical of such critics who only analyze certain films and don't really FEEL anything. This is a film of pure emotions, ranging from comedy, both dark and slapstick, to tear-jerking drama to a suspense and terror-laden climax. The cinematography and the special effects are typical for Spielberg--convincing and top notch. Spielberg, however, wisely, does not stint on the drama. Dreyfuss and Hunter are excellent, as are Goodman and Hepburn. Johnson, often heavily trashed, does a fairly good job with his role, complete with his John Wayne imitation (specifically borrowing a line from John Ford's THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE).
A typically fine score by John Williams, which presages his work for Spielberg's controversial 2001 sci-fi drama A.I.: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, tops off ALWAYS, one of the most misunderstood movies of recent times. For poignant romantic drama, this is an essential movie, a true must-see.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Hilary Duff
Label: Hollywood Records
Artist: Hilary Duff
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
Don't waste your money. Here's why...

After the mediocre but still likable "Metamorphosis" debut from Hilary, things get worse, and this is where it begins.

Duff thinks she can be a crossover actress to artist, but it just doesn't work. Part of the problem lies in the fact that her record company controlled and managed most of "Metamorphosis", while on this album Hilary gets personal freedom to write and express herself. Unfortuneatly, Hilary's not exactly a gifted songwriter, and with the lack of good ones contributing to the album it just ends up sounding terrible and confusing.

Hilary, for one thing, is not a good singer. She has a very girlish but strained vocal quality that makes her quite an unbelievable pop star, let alone the "Rock Star" image Hilary's meakly trying to portray. She said so herself she was nervous about this album's release, and it's obvious why.

The songs fall flat. The lyrics sound like a depressed girl's average poetry, the music is like a wannabe 80's sound but is too same-sounding, and all in's boring.Hilary is usually trying to be so happy-go-go that she fails to show a more vunerable side, which is why this album probably ended up blowing. Only Duff's obsessed fans will probably gobble this one up. Unless you are one of them, I reccomend you save a few precious bucks.

Notable tracks include "The Getaway", which would have made for a good single, and "Underneath This Smile" which has well produced lyrics. "Jericho" and "Someone's Watching Over Me" are also nice songs, but again would have been better if a more vocally talented artist sung them. The worst tracks here are probably "Mr. James Dean" where Duff tries her hand at songwriting (and fails), "Fly" (ironically Hilary's single) and "Haters".

Product: Audio CD
Title: Felt Mountain
Label: Mute U.S.
Artist: Goldfrapp
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Kaboom--this is hot

Wow, this music came out of left field and hit me square in the gut (and a little in the groin too). Probably one of the best albums I've heard all year...Goldfrapp have created sophisticated, beautifully orchestrated music that will take your breath away. Although I am a big Portishead fan (and Adrian Utley of Portishead plays on this CD as well), they are going to have to try a lot harder on their next album. Essentially, Goldfrapp have taken trip/hop, noir, cabaret, s-track music to the next level. Good luck Portishead, Massive Attack, Moorcheeba, and Julee Cruise. Goldfrapp are one up on you all.