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Product: Audio CD
Title: I'll Lead You Home
Label: Reunion
Artist: Michael W. Smith
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
A Most Amazing Album


The complete package. Wonderful ballads and terrific up-tempo songs. The lyrics are phenomenal. One of my top 10 favorite albums of all time. His best album along with eye to eye.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Dangerously in Love
Label: Sony
Artist: Beyoncé
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
Milk it, baby, for all its worth!!!


How appropriate it is for Knowles to incorporate Donna Summer's "Love to Love You, Baby" on "Naughty Girl". The ubiquitous Miss Knowles is all over the map like Summer was during HER 70's heyday. Perhaps, Summer's is the pattern for which the younger is following. Not a bad icon to emulate.
With that said, it must be noted that "Dangerously in Love" is not very "perilous". It features routine pop/urban fluff with too many guest stars that overshadow Knowles's attempts at independence as a solo artist. Like so many of her contemporaries, the album's length weighs it down. Ten songs, at most, would have elevated the album a notch or two. The success of this album is, no doubt, driven by the onslaught of the "Crazy in Love" video. The song, by itself, is lyrically unintelligible but it does boast a killer dance beat.
If Knowles really wants to impress, she needs to do a few more like the tasty "Speechless", the strongest track on the album, or a duet on the caliber of her pairing with superstar Luther Vandross ("The Closer I Get to You").
Oh, yeah, food for thought: Summer has an Oscar on her mantle, by the way.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Fire
Label: Xl / Beggars Us Ada
Artist: Electric Six
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Cliches are appropriate


Like so many of the recent garage bands, Electric Six wear their influences on their respective sleeves. These guys must have a great record collection, since they seem to have more influences stretching across more genres than their contemporaries. The idea that a band could combine the pop-metal sensibilities of 70's-era Kiss, the camp-cheese of Tom Jones (!), the funk/sex in Studio 54 disco and post-modern punk, and make it work, is pretty astonishing. Lord knows, you've heard the songs on "Fire" somewhere, (the Stones' 1978 classic "Shattered" comes to mind), but that doesn't make them any less fun. My guess is that Electric Six will never sustain a career, but this album may be enough. The fact that the band landed "Danger! High Voltage!", which was already a hit in the U.K., on the Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle soundtrack, is especially appropriate considering that, like the movie, it's instantly forgettable, but when you're there, you are fully immersed in the moment, and, well, isn't that what great rock n' roll is all about?



Product: Audio CD
Title: Metamorphosis
Label: Buena Vista
Artist: Hilary Duff
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Wait on Hilary and check out Genie in the meantime


The song choices are not bad, but she really needs some maturity in the singing area.
I recommend you search Amazon for GENIE and check out her WILDFLOWERS CD, for a similar vibe with much more authenticity.