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Product: Audio CD
Title: Nothing But a Burning Light
Label: Sony
Artist: Bruce Cockburn
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
truth and beauty put to music


The best song is "Cry of a Tiny Babe".
CHORUS:
Like a stone on the surface of a still river, Driving the ripples on forever, Redemption rips through the surface of time, In the cry of a tiny babe
The chorus moves me in a way that only poetry can. The chorus communicates to me the concept of redemption in a way that haunts me and fills me a sense of wonder. Although I am not a devout christian, the message of Jesus in the chorus is very moving.
This is one of my favorite discs.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Saving Private Ryan: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Label: Dreamworks
Artist: John Williams
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
A somber underscore that does not really stand alone


John Williams' score for "Saving Private Ryan" has less of an ability to stand on its own than any other collaboration of the celebrated composer and director Steven Spielberg. This is primarily because the Spielberg movie, with its devastating opening scenes of the assault on Omaha Beach on D-Day (sixty years ago today), does not use musical underscoring for the action sequence: as the picture changes from the eyes of the old James Patrick Ryan "Revisiting Normandy" to the young Captain Miller about to hit the beach, the music ends and does not pick up again until Miller's eyes take in the view of "Omaha Beach." This is totally appropriate for making the film effective because it is the memorable images and the sounds of battle that are compelling, not the music. However, this means that as a listening experience the soundtrack for "Saving Private Ryan" is somewhat devoid of the emotional resonance that makes the film unforgettable. The music is not really associated with what we remember from the film and which we experience every time we watch it (I know I am not the only one who spent today watching the film).
The exception that proves the rule, of course, is the opening track, "Hymn to the Fallen," which is the musical highpoint of the album and gets reprised at the end of the album. Between those two tracks this is a somber musical score and it will take you a while to be able to recognize the individual tracks between the two hymns as being distinct pieces of music. Again, this is not to say that this approach is inappropriate, just that the music enhances the images and without the images the music is lacking. The sense of peacefulness of the music represents the quiet before the storm, providing temporary respite from the horrors of war. This was the score that Spielberg requested for his film, and the best way to enjoy the music is to listen to it in the context of the film where it performs its function. Except for the opening and closing credits there is no moment where the music really commands our attention more than the images. That is not usually the case with Williams' music (I still have not listened to any other orchestral score as much as I did the original "Star Wars" double-album), which is why this one has such a unique place in his distinguished career. It makes perfect sense to me that this score was nominated for an Academy Award but did not earn Williams his sixth Oscar.



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Rising
Label: Sony
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Brilliant


This is one of the most powerful albums I have heard in a long time. Bruce has taken the emotions, angst, and hope many of us felt in the aftermath of 9/11 and created one of his most brilliant albums ever. I have been unable to remove this from my cd player.
Its great to hear Bruce spread his wings musically, trying new sounds and ideas. His lyrics continue to move me, particularly on 'your missing,'an absolute masterpiece of a song. Sparse, spare, and immensely poignent.
My only gripe with the album is the song, "Mary's Place" which just makes no sense. Its a great sound, but the words don't work. "I've got 7 pictures of buddha...so meet me down at Mary's Place, we'll have a party" just doesn't make sense. Bruce makes up for it with some of the other tracks, including "Nothing Man" a song that brings home how aspects of the world have changed, and some just don't realize that yet.
I strongly recommend this album to all.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Astronaut
Label: Sony
Artist: Duran Duran
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Fun In Music Is Back!!


This is classic Duran Duran and an awesome album! One of their best to be sure. I bought it the first day of its release and can't stop listening. Most importantly, it's infectious fun and isn't that what it's supposed to be about? Pure fun and a wonderful escape!