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Product: Audio CD
Title: Heavier Things
Label: Sony
Artist: John Mayer
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
A totally different approach from John Mayer; I'm impressed.

John Mayer is my favorite artist anyway, so I knew I'd like this album. But I like it in for a reason I didn't expect, something I was initially worried about: it's different.
I read enough about the album ahead of time to know it was not "Room For Squares: Part II". John decided to utilize his band and write an album that has a completely different sound from his acoustic setting.
As a result, I can tell you that this album accomplishes the same depth and soul that John Mayer's previous releases have expressed, but provides a different mood and atmosphere for his expressions.
If I had been told to compare it to "Room For Squares", I couldn't. "Room For Squares" is my favorite album, and this is certainly not Room For Squares. The two albums stand independently, not connected at all. This album has a great electric sound while still possessing the depth of the expected John Mayer lyrics. It's a bluesy, southern rock style album overall, but has a lot of interesting twists.
"Split Screen Sadness" will get you wondering if you bought the wrong album. "Daughters" returns to the John Mayer acoustic feel, and it's a great, sweet song. "Something's Missing" is birthed in studio form after appearing on "Any Given Thursday" as a live track, and the version is very good, although quite different (more mellow) than the hard, guitar-driven live version.
John Mayer did a good thing with this album --- he didn't attempt to top "Room For Squares". He didn't attempt to write a new album to replace the old one. R4S is phenomenal.
John has allowed that album to remain in my CD player alongside the new album. You don't have to throw out your old John Mayer to make room for the new...the different albums operate on totally different moods, so there's the best songwriter available to sing you the best songs anytime, and each album does a phenomenal job of catering to its particular mood.
This is definitely worth your purchase. I won't let my friends burn it from me...they have to go buy it too. :)

Product: Audio CD
Title: Frida
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5

This is a great soundtrack. The tracks are dynamic and energetic, perfect for any day (or night). Would highly recomend for any lover of latin music. Very beautiful.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Motown
Label: Motown / Pgd
Artist: Michael McDonald
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Owning the music

Michael McDonald made it sound that he was the original voice behind these Motown classics! The songs fit him to a tee and there is a balance between the danceable hits and the soul ballads. Sound recording is excellent and is faithful to the spirit of Motown albeit updated. I highly recommend this album.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Cieli di Toscana
Label: Philips
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Cieli di Toscana

Andrea Bocelli has done it again. His glorious voice shines once again. This may well be his best classical pop CD with all the compositions original works. "Cieli di Toscana" will make excellent Christmas gifts for lovers of good music especially for those who appreciate this artist.