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


I can honestly say I have NEVER heard a more annointed, Holy Spirit filled CD than this one. I am on my second tape, having worn out the first. It seems that no matter how many times I listen to it, its like the first time. I'm laughing one minute and crying the next, all the while praising God! Michael was truly touched by the Holy Spirit in this CD, and I believe it comes across to everyone who listens. I am sooo thankful I have found this.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Whitney Houston - The Greatest Hits
Label: Arista
Artist: Whitney Houston
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
Whitney's Greatest Not So Great!


If you're looking for Whitney's greatest hits, buy the other albums. Even though most of our favorites are on this 2-disc album, many of them are remixes that sound horrible. Especially if you are a big fan of her hit, "I Will Always Love You," you will be terribly disappointed. Her previous hits were good, but this album kills most of them. Although the remixes have a great beat, many of them sound like they don't go with the lyrics at all. Whitney could have done better if she would have stayed with the originals that her fans have loved over the years!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Pigeon John Is Dating Your Sister
Label: Basement Records
Artist: Pigeon John
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
how does he do it?!


Thoughtful lyrics... yes. Clever and amusing lyrics... yes. Breakthrough beats... yes. One of the best hip hop CDs on the market... YES! PJ does it again- he combines his unique voice and style with amazing beats coupled with lyrics that make you laugh and cry. You won't get sampled crap or 6 different songs about partying and being rich when you listen to PJ. You'll get songs you can actually relate to. Trust me, you'll listen to this one over and over!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Gettin' in Over My Head
Label: Rhino Records
Artist: Brian Wilson
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
A good but flawed album


Although I'm a long-time fan of Brian and the Beach Boys, I bought this album not expecting too much--Brian's voice isn't what it used to be, and I noticed that a number of the tracks were leftovers from older, abandoned albums--Sweet Insanity from 1991, Beach Boys and Brian Wilson projects from the mid-1990s, and even Smile from 1967.

It's not a bad album, though. Fans of Brian will enjoy it more than the casual listener, and it will appeal to older listeners more than younger ones.

Highlights on this CD include "How Could We Still Be Dancin'," which features a terriffic Brian Wilson arrangement/background vocal and a great lead by Elton John. This wouldn't be out of place on a circa-1974 Elton release. "Soul Searchin'" features a wonderful vocal by the late Carl Wilson--the tape was rescued from an abandoned Beach Boys project, and Brian has reworked the background track beautifully. "You've Touched Me" is slight, but the title track has a very nice mid-1960s Brian Wilson feel to it.

"City Blues" is somewhat generic--Eric Clapton's guitar solo could just as well be on Elton John's early 1990s release The One. I can't get through Brian's duet with Paul McCartney, "A Friend Like You"--the sentimentality wouldn't be out of place on the Beach Boys Love You, but the performances really aren't that impressive. (Paul sounds particularly uninspired.) On the other hand, "Desert Drive" is an excellent upbeat tune that sounds a lot like an adult "409," but with a bit more humor in it.

Several reviewers have said that "Make a Wish" is out of place; I agree. Its message is very much in the vein of two earlier Brian Wilson songs, "Love and Mercy" and "This Whole World," but it's a bit heavy-handed for this album (and with the tune and production, I can't help but recall an early 1970s bubblegum songs--Brady Bunch songs come to mind). "Saturday Morning in the City" is a mid-1990s leftover collaboration with Andy Paley, although in truth it's a good remake of the never-released Smile-era song, "On a Holiday" (to be heard on Brian's upcoming SMiLE release). "Fairy Tale" isn't a bad song--very listenable--and "Don't Let Her Know She's An Angel" is pretty much a return to form for Brian. Perhaps the oddest piece here is "The Waltz," a collaboration with Van Dyke Parks--some have been baffled by it, but I find it to be a hilarious and fun song not unlike what you'd expect from a collaboration between them.

Overall, the Elton John and Carl Wilson collaborations alone make this CD worth owning. Despite a few missteps, flat notes, and hurried vocals here and there, there are plenty of other good songs on this album as well.