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Product: Audio CD
Title: Stripped
Label: RCA
Artist: Christina Aguilera
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
A special CD I will always treasure


This is a CD very special to me for reasons I'm about to explain. First off, my story about how I got into Christina... During the time she first came out, I was 'musically retarted' and almost never listened to any music. I'm unsure why, but maybe because I saw music in general as lyrically explicit or too much rap; teenybopper music was another form of music I had against, and this was how Christina started out, so I was not a fan from the beginning. After I graduated from HS in 2002, I had just started regularly listening to music, and I was soon listening to decent pop/rock bands like Ace of Base, Smash Mouth, Blink-182, and A*Teens.

Last Thanksgiving 2003, I was remembering how the "Dirrty" music video had so much media attention when it came out the year before. When I first saw it, I thought of Christina as just a Britney Spears wannabe. I was bored one day around this time and decided just for the heck of it to listen to a 30 sec sample clip at Wal-Mart.com of "Dirrty." It turned out to be the most catchy song I had ever heard of and was listening to the full song around 45 minutes daily for two months! After *finally* beginning to grow tired of "Dirrty", I checked out "Beautiful" next and loved it, then "The Voice Within", and finally "Can't Hold Us Down." After listeing to those songs in full, it was January 2004 when I decided to purchase her CD, feeling very confident that I will love the rest of the songs and would be worth every cent. And I was very right.

I was reading a recent review here on Amazon about this album by "Foxy" from, I think, October 12? It was his/her final sentence that inspired me to take the time and write this review. He/she said that this album helped him through hard times, and this is one of the major reasons I find this CD a special treasure to me. My mom has been seriously ill this whole year and was in a major hospital twice for a very long time each time she was there. And I would be there every chance I got when I wasn't working and even during the hardest times there, I would put this CD in my player and it helped make me feel better and kept me entertained through emotionally difficult times.

Another major reason for this CD being my favorite is that it proves that Christina has one of the best singing voices the music business has EVER had. She can do many things with her voices that others can't, especially the high notes. Not only her voice is truly amazing, but her music is, too. She can sing any type of music she wants, and she does exactly that on this album. Here, she does pop, rock, classical, jazz, hip-hop, ballads, slow songs, gospel, you name it!!

Now I understand Christina's music, image, and her life's history, so I can't criticize her like some others do. As mentioned before, I got the CD in January and I am still not tired of it. Though, I AM ready for her next album which she is currently working on now. It's assumed to be 1930s and 40s flavored jazz and soul music, and she's already changed her image from a "Dirrty Girl" to the Marilyn Monroe type classic-Hollywood style.

Thank you, Christina. Your highly-developed, state-of-the-art CD has influenced my taste in music and you continue to amaze me. Never stop what you are doing.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Marie Christine (1999 Broadway Cast)
Label: RCA
Artist: Audra McDonald, Darius de Haas
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Worth it Just to Hear "Beautiful" and "Way Back to Paradise"


I cannot honestly say that I like the tale of Medea. She kills her lover's new wife, her two small children and her brother. This is not the type of thing that causes the audience to symapthize with a character! I love the way LaChiusa has maneuvered the plot and moved it forward a couple thousand years into a very plausible setting. Audra is incredible as Marie Christine, and Her renditions of Beautiful and Way Back To Paradise make buying the cd more than worthwhile. Way Back To Paradise can also be heard on her debut cd of the same name, the same version as on this cd. I would highly recommend that as well.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Charlotte Church
Label: Sony
Artist:
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Amazing voice!!


I bought thus cd about a year ago and also have her new album "Dream A Dream" and I just htink she has an amazing voice. It's hard to believe that a girl of such a young age could have such a mature sounding voice. When I first heard her single "Just Wave Hello",I thought that she was like 25 years old. Then I saw this album and was very suprised and amazed. I reccommend this album to anyone who can appreciat the sounds of calssical music.



Product: Audio CD
Title: In The Zone
Label: Jive
Artist: Britney Spears
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Best Britney album so far


After four years, the public has watched this girl grow up. After three hit records, she does it again with "In The Zone". So far, I think this is her best album to date. He last album wasn't her best effort, but she makes up for it with this one! Go buy it, you'll be pleasantly surprised!