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Product: Audio CD
Title: Seven Pt. 2
Label: Phantom
Artist: David Bowie
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
Bowie and Nine Inch Nails are Afraid Of Americans


Although this new single CD release by Bowie is based the track Seven; we find that on this CD, the second in series of three (not seven)!!, the title track is straight from the album. So what's worth having here - THE ENHANCED BIT of course! The CD contains an audio version of Nine Inch Nails' rendition of "I'm Afraid Of Americans" V1 Mix that comes from the man's "Earthling" album (The Drum & Bass one :-)). The enhanced part is a video featuring the above mentioned N.I.N soundtrack with Bowie being stalked within a city environment by the big N.I.N himself (Trent Reznor). The video is good, but the N.I.N soundtrack is superb adding a good pulsing beat and extra drive from the guitars - very tasty and a must buy for any Bowie, N.I.N fans or anybody else for that matter.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Believe
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Cher
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Cher's great comeback


"Believe" is a wonderfull dance record,but it starts to get a little boring by time you get to the 5th track.Besides the mega hit,"Believe," I really liked Taxi Taxi," Dov'e L'amore,but can't understand why they included "We all sleep alone."Cher must have needed on more song for the short album.I wish "One by One,"from "A Man's World," was the last cut.Its one of my all time favorite Cher songs.If you enjoyed the hit single,and love dance music,you have to get this record.



Product: Audio CD
Title: America
Label: Takoma
Artist: John Fahey
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Enigmatic masterpiece


Fahey's "America," in its expanded 79 minute form, bridges two phases of the man's musical evolution. The first half is generally in the early "Blind Joe Death" manner of 3-4 minute original compositions and arrangements of old popular tunes. We're treated to a skeletal "Amazing Grace," a skeletal Skip James lick called "Special Rider Blues," a lush reduction of a slow movement from Dvorak's 8th Symphony (trust Fahey to pass over interpolations from the "New World" symphony for his "America" program), and a couple of resonant versions of a Charlie Patton number called "Jesus is A Dying Bedmaker." Two longer tracks, "America" and "Dalhart, Texas 1967," approach the more meandering improvisational style that dominates the second half of the program - but both tracks are so tightly focused that they seem as if they'd be impossible to improvise. "Mark I:15" and "Voice of the Turtle" run 30 minutes between the two and are among the best examples of Fahey's mystical musical "voyaging."
If Fahey's other albums weren't so uniformly good, I'd assert that "America" is the only Fahey album you'd ever need to appreciate and enjoy all the artist's various facets. But it's hard to imagine anyone being satisfied with only one Fahey album, particularly one so impressive as "America." All of Fahey's albums aren't "essential," or even "classic," but they're all worth having on the shelf. Listeners who come to Fahey from rock music are fortunate if they investigate some of Fahey's blues influences - the celebrated Charlie Patton, Skip James, Bukka White, and John Hurt among them.



Product: Audio CD
Title: In The Zone
Label: Jive
Artist: Britney Spears
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
Is this music??


This is definitely, by far, Britney Spears' best album to date. It is a transition (yet not total seperation) from her former teenybopper pop days. There are still pop influences incorporated through this album, but with heavier and darker beats, and even dance and techno influences on different songs. All of the songs are really really good, with some exceptions of course. The CD starts out with the danceable "Me Against The Music" featuring Britney's new best friend, Madonna. The album then plunges a bit with the rap-laced "(I Got That) Boom Boom", but rebounds with the awesome beats of "Showdown". The next song, "Breathe On Me", sounds like something straight off of either Madonna's "Ray of Light" CD, or Kylie Minogue's "Fever" CD. "Early Mornin'", the next song on the album, was produced by, surprisingly, Moby. It's pretty good. Next, comes, in my opinion, the best song on the album: "Toxic". "Toxic" is very very very good, with a fun chorus, and an awesome beat. The next song, R. Kelly's "Outrageous", is a bit repetitive and gets old fairly quickly. Following, is the ultra-sexy "Touch Of My Hand", in which Britney talks about a certain hush-hush topic. It's surprisingly good, and deserves all the hype it is already getting. The next song, "The Hookup" is one of my least favourite songs on the CD. It sounds like a wannabe "Baby Boy" (Beyonc?) but doesn't even come close to being as good as "Baby Boy". The album slows down a bit with "Shadow", one of Britney's best ballads. Then comes "Brave New Girl", the song closest to being from the Britney of the past, with a pop-ish sound, and a computerized Britney-ish voice singing along with her (yes I like the song). And, for a singer not especially noted for her singing ability or ballads, or personal songs for that matter, Britney shines her way through "Everytime", one of the best songs on the CD. Finally, the fun concludes with a "Me Against The Music" remix, which isn't that bad. It's not great, but it's not bad. So, you see, this album is one of the best CD's of the year, and, in my opinion, Britney's best CD to date. I highly recommend this, and I give it two thumbs way up! ENJOY!!!!!!!!