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Product: Audio CD
Title: American Life
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Listen without prejudice

After reading the flurry of negative reviews in the mainstream press, I was more than a little nervous about Madonna's new album. "Could it really [be bad]?," I thought. Now that I have my own copy, happiliy I can say NO! I love the production that Mirwais Ahmadzai has brought to Madonna's sound and also enjoy the fact that this time around, they are not playing hide-and-seek with her voice...her vocals are right up front. Also, I must stress that listeners mustn't be put off by the American Life single; IMHO, it's not the strongest choice for a single but serves as a good introduction to all that is to come. Only the lack of a full-on dancefloor stormer keeps me from awarding 5 stars...

Product: Audio CD
Title: The World Is Not Enough: Music From The MGM Motion Picture
Label: Mca
Artist: David Arnold
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
The World Is Not Enough

David Arnold is the best composer since John Barry for James Bond soundtrack. When I heard the Tomorrow Never Dies soundtrack, I though that this man was the perfect composer for replacing Barry, more after to now that he war a die hard fans of this music. Without a doubt the music of TND was terrific, every theme had the James Bond spirit, however I can?t say the same for TWINE soundtrack. In this soundtrack we hear less the James Bond Theme and there are a lot of track very hard to listen. I believe that Arnold wanted to set his personal style in this job, but for some moments I recalled the Michael Kamen?s work for Bond.
The best track: Come In 007, your time is Up Welcome to Baku Casino Elektra?s Theme.
I have not seen the movie, but I have heard the the brilliant song Only Myself To Blame was not featured in the film, sad new, however this one is one of the best song in the last time (if you compare with The Experience Of Love or Tomorrow Never Dies)
Despite my review, I would expect to hear again in Bond 20 a new David Arnold soundtrack, hppefully in the same way of TND.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Darkness on the Edge of Town
Label: Sony
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
A different turn, but a welcome one

Thoroughly more soul-infused and much darker than his earlier work with the E Street Band, "Darkness..." is still somewhat of an enigma in it's eclectic collection of hope and despair all in the same place.
The album segues in and out of varying moods, from the hopeful bang of "Badlands" directly to the hard-rocking, gritty "Adam Raised a Cain."
But it's the more soulful songs that caught my attention. Ballads like "Something in the Night," the hot-rod-inspired "Racing in the Streets," and the organ-driven "Streets of Fire" are the emotional centerpieces of the album, which focuses on aspirations more than anything.
The uptempo songs on this album actually slowed it down a little, for me, anyway. While I did like "The Promised Land," "Candy's Room" was too busy, and "Factory" was a little non-descript, but then, I can't identify with the elements in it. I'm sure it's a lot of fans' favorite song.
Overall, this is a good Springsteen album, but if you're just getting started listening to him, start somewhere else and work your way here.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Before and After Science
Label: E.G. Records
Artist: Brian Eno
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
A tangent in the shadows

Punk was breaking, post-punk was already in the plodding throes of birth, the glam era was crawling home zooted and drunk for the last gasp, and Brian Eno was quietly doing his own thing, manifesting one of the best records of all time - "Before and after Science". This was the last record of his great rock 'n' roll period and the first of his understated electro-ambient phase which has persisted to this day. This album was made and released around the same time as David Bowie's "low" and both albums are disturbingly similar. Why? Because Eno produced and even co-wrote some of the songs on "low". There is much which Bowie, in the mid-70's, owed to Eno, yet Bowie went on to his plastic fame while Eno preferred sticking to the simplicity and the music itself. This album, a watershed and a turning point, will rock you out and then drift you gently out to sea, darkly, calmly. The final lines of the final song, "Spider and I": "We sleep in the mornings, we dream of a ship that sails away - a thousand miles away." Swells of synth slowly fade away and usher in the ambience which has become Brian Eno.