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Product: Audio CD
Title: Fever
Label: Capitol
Artist: Kylie Minogue, Kylie Minogue
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5

Let's start by saying I was jumpy when I heard that Kylie Minogue's "Fever" CD was going to get a United States release February. I heard the first single "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" and, well, really, it's kind of self-explanatory. The lyrics don't move or touch you, (Boy, your lovin' is all I think about) But a good song is a good song in my book. But sadly, most of the rest of the album can't hold a candle to it. More, More, More, track one, wasn't a smart choice for the opening track, even though most people will turn straight to track three anyway. Her voice is squeaky and annoying. I'm just wantin' less less less here, to be brief, and the pun was intended. Love at First Sight is full of more disco-pop, and guess what? A song of the same title was included on her 1988 release, KYLIE. Should we check it out? Maybe! This song is filler, just like most of these songs. Track three, CAN'T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD, I've explained. Track four is a really fun song with lots of medical puns...Fever? (Well, doctor, just tell me exactly what do you diagnose? I'm lovesick when you aren't around, so should I remove my clothes) -or something along the lines of that- This is one of about 4 non-filler songs. Track 5 is pretty cool in the way of plot, it's about her (falling in love, big surprise) but the guy wants to move to fast, and she's saying, Give It To Me (the song title) The Way I Want It. Just skip six, FRAGILE. I don't think this would chart if it was a single. COME INTO MY WORLD is by the same writers of CGYOOMH. It's not half as good, but it's still decent and, hey, listenable. IN YOUR EYES, the second single, track eight, is the third best song on this album (Fever was #2) and is a good disco track (Wow, disco again) with pretty decent lyrics. Great melody anyway. Dancefloor is really cool, although the last of the no-filler tracks. Yet another discopop track when Kylie decides to get over a original. (Sarcasm alert) Your Love, track 11, is a girlgroup "wow i just fell in love with a cute guy" track. It's better than some, but of course, worse than others. Give it a listen, it might suit you. Track 12's start is just laughable, and the lyrics are pathetic. As for the bonus tracks, BOY and BUTTERFLY, let's just say that BUTTERFLY (Your love gives me wings like a butterfly) is good and BOY is well, the other one. We'll leave it at that.
BOTTOM LINE: Kylie has embarassed herself and at the same time showed the world she's a great singer. So what is she?

Product: Audio CD
Title: Remixed
Label: Decca
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5

BOND REMIXED IS A SOLID EFFORT> THE REMIXED SONGS ARE FAMILIAR YET DIFFERENT ENOUGH TO FEEL NEW AND TO ALSO SEND YOU BACK TO THE TWO PREVIOUS CD's. What really set this cd apart for me were the new tracks which were great and also the two music videos which show how much passion Haylie, Eos, Tania, and GAY-Yee have for their music. You just have to look at their eyes to see their passion and the reason they are set apart from most groups these days. Overall, nice funk in the mixes and solid Bond the rest of the way through.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Graveyard Blues [Specialty Reissue Series]
Label: Specialty
Artist: John Lee Hooker
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
Same old twelve bar, three chord monotony

Sometimes I think that all of John Lee Hooker's earliest material sounds alike. Sometimes I think he had three or four songs, at most, and that he simply performed these again and again under slightly different titles. Then I notice subtle variations, and new riffs and sub-riffs, and I realize that Hooker's music was always evolving, even if the evolution was a kind of micro-evolution. And then I realize that I'm babbling. Someone stop me. Help!
O.K., Hooker's music gets a bit monotonous, but it's a good kind of monotony. No, a great kind of monotony. Some people have claimed that Hooker's brand of blues dates back to The Civil War, a bit of crank musicology that sounds plausible enough when you listen to these tracks--at least, some of these SOUND like they were recorded during The Civil War. But the irony of these sides is that they were, in fact, quite modern when they came out--a kind of revved-up country blues. They no longer sound that way, of course, because this is no longer 1948. And because we're used to hearing Hooker's bag o' riffs in a louder, more distorted, and rock-friendly mix courtesy of the innumerable bands that continue to steal from--er, be inspired by--him.
Early Hooker. Great early Hooker. Same thing.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Thankful
Label: RCA
Artist: Kelly Clarkson
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Great Voice!

This album is amazing beyond words. Absolutely no "filler songs" with each song worthy of being a single! And that's what makes a good album, one that is well-rounded, and you can listen to without having the impulse to skip tracks! "Anytime" is my favorite, with an amazing background music, and superb vocals from Kelly Clarkson."Just Missed the Train" is the second best song in my book, with a great guitar feel that makes Michelle Branch sound amateur! This album is a great album, and Kelly Clarkson really does have an amazing talent for singing. Hopefully the radio stations will appreciate this album, and allow those that have not yet heard some of these songs to be exposed to them.