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Product: Audio CD
Title: Last Emperor
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: David Byrne, Ryuichi Sakamoto
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
The Power of Empire of China

From this CD, I heard the classic style of Chinese music

Product: Audio CD
Title: Elaine Stritch - At Liberty (2002 Original Broadway Production)
Label: Drg
Artist: Irving Berlin, John/ Stritch, Elaine Lohr
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5

I just listened to this cd and I am still glowing from this brilliant and electrifying performance. Elaine Stritch is STILL a glorious and unique performer. The previous reviewer commented on her age and said that "she should retire". NONSENSE! No one can sell a song or instill the heart in a lyric as well as can Miss Stritch. As, for her relationship with Noel Coward, read the book of his personal reminisences, "The Noel Coward Diaries",in which he praises her in glowing terms as an actress and as a person. On her part, she has spoken fondly and respectfully about Noel in several interviews that I have read and seen over the years. BRAVA, MISS STRITCH! She is tops in my book!

Product: Audio CD
Title: The Mirror Conspiracy
Label: Esl Music
Artist: Thievery Corporation
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
I don't get it!

Gee...really nice album cover. I wish the music was as good. I just don't get it. I think this is marginal at best. I love down tempo electronica but I think this is dull and uninspiring...ugly at times. If you want some good down tempo stuff, try The Starseeds or Ambient Dub Vol. Two! I know that others may love this material...but I don't!

Product: Audio CD
Title: Laundry Service
Label: Sony
Artist: Shakira
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5

Based on the usual reactionary word of mouth when an artist attempts a major pop crossover, I though I'd hate this. After one listen, I actually DID hate it. Fortunately, I suspected that my aversion was due to being exposed to something totally unexpected, so I kept listening. Final verdict: This is glitzy and crass but also surprisingly well-crafted both lyrically and musically. (I hear echoes of everyone from Lene Lovich and Cher to the B-52s.)The clincher, though, is Shakira's voice, which floats like a butterfly from octave to octave, and her winsomely flat enunciation of English vowels and consonants. Though she dresses like Charo's illegitimate niece, her lyrics are heartfelt, humble, even tough-minded--teenage girls can, and will, find much worse to model themselves after. Get it while you can...Predicted next career move: Vegas--or Hollywood, wherever the plane lands first.