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Product: Audio CD
Title: Adore
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: The Smashing Pumpkins
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Bad puns aside... I Adore this album.


When I first bought Adore, I was a very big fan of the Smashing Pumpkins. I had already bought Mellon Collie and played it to death. Unfortunately, I bought this record expecting that it would be like Mellon Collie. Well, I listened to it right when I got home, and found myself only liking a few tracks ("Ava Adore," "Tear," etc.). But, as stubborn as I am, I never gave up on this record. For a long while I tried to get into the other tracks with no success. Then I just gave up, and left the CD to gather dust.
A couple months later, my music tastes had a definite change. While I still loved the Pumpkins, I had found other great bands like Radiohead and Tool. Then, one day I popped this CD in and listened in my bed with the lights out. I almost suffocated myself when I discovered the true beauty of "To Sheila." Why did I not notice this beauty before? I soon listened through the whole album and found myself totally in love with "Adore." Even though "Siamese Dream" might have been better, "Adore" is and will always be my favorite Pumpkins album.
The songs on Adore are full of heart-aching songs that never leave you. Some have a obvious techno influence (thanks to Brad Wood of Garabage fame, who co-produced many of the songs), while some songs are just a lonely piano with some distorted guitar in the background. Clearly, the biggest stand-out track on this album is "For Martha," a beautiful song that Billy Corgan wrote for his late mother. It starts out with a fragile piano, but then explodes into one of the greatest rock songs of all time. The final track, "17," ends in the middle of a note... making you sure of the fact that the Pumpkins are not going to leave that note unfinished (and they proved just that with Machina.)
Adore is a beautiful album that will never leave you after you listen to it. I'd recommend it to anybody who loves any kind of music. In a world of Limp Bizkits and Matchbox Twentys that plague radio-waves like a virus, this record shines above all, yet receives little attention. Any fan of the Pumpkins both then and now will appreciate this album to the highest.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Last Train to Hicksville
Label: Mca
Artist: Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
thoroughly satisfying, original, listenable, good times musi


dh&thl, are one of a kind. every tune is enjoyable, the next even better, play it again. their voices mellow and sonorous, instrumental arrangements are fun,but skillfully done. not a boring cut on the album. i love it. in fact my first album wore out years ago (original 1973 vinyl), and i'm replacing it, at last. the catches in the grooves, finally trashed my stylist. no worries. both the album and my turn table were shot. i'm no longer groovy...cd's now, baby!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
Label: J-Records
Artist: Various Artists
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
Nothing hot and heavy here


I bought this CD because I am a latin music lover. That is what I expected to here. Not hip/hop or latin-esque rap. The first song I remotely liked was Santana's. The only true "latin" song is #11 by the Julio Daivel Big Band. Several others (including Santana) are OK. This was an utter disappointment, and judging by the soundtrack I won't bother with the movie.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Dangerously in Love
Label: Sony
Artist: Beyoncé
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
Beyonce - Dangerously In Love


It's clear that Beyonc? Knowles aspires to the upper echelons of the pop elite - namely, the group of single-monikered divas (Whitney, Mariah, etc.) who seem to have some sort of muscular problem that requires them to twist their arms in bizarre poses above their heads whenever they have their photos taken. Oh, and they all need to have buns of steel, perfect bodies and a fondness for those never-ending woah-woahs as well.
Without the support of Destiny's Child, however, Beyonc?'s self-confidence is a bit wobbly, like on Naughty Girl where her vocals lack the attitude required by the punchy beats. Sadly, although the bootylicious songstress tries hard to show her sexy, grown-up side by leaning towards slower ballads, even guest stars like boyfriend Jay-Z and Missy Elliot can't stop them from being tedious and forgettable.
I'm not dissing Beyonc?'s singing abilities - the girl can warble like a fat old lady wearing a horned helmet singing Wagnerian opera. It's just that in her eagerness to pay tribute to the greats of R&B by sampling Donna Summer and roping in Luther Vandross for a ballad that doesn't put one note past the 1980s, Beyonc? has cannibalised their sounds without having the good grace to cook them in new sauces.
Perhaps it all boils down to the fact that I'm so envious of Beyonc?'s Stair-Mastered body and tousled hair that I don't really give a damn about her musical assets. I'm sure a lot of her fans feel the same and if the skimpy outfits she wears on the sleeve are anything to go by, Ms Knowles doesn't seem to mind too much.