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Product: Audio CD
Title: Kickin' It Up
Label: Atlantic
Artist: John Michael Montgomery
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
He Sure Is Kicking It Up.


Once I Heard The Romantic Tune "I Swear" I Started Liking It. It Is Really Number 1. It Is John Michael's Best Song Of All Time. The Pop Group All-4-One Did A Remake Of The Song. Other Songs Included On Here Are: "Be My Baby Tonight", "Rope The Moon" And "If You Got Love". This Is A Must Have For Any John Michael Fan.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Reprise [2003]
Label: Decca
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
This version is brilliant, so is Watson


This recording features Russell Watson in all his singing glory. The songs are unbelievable. His tenor voice in the classical realm and raspy or smooth pop voice is unparalleled. I only wonder why this album is somewhat condensed from the original Reprise CD. This version is still brilliant, it comes off as so perfect and flawless. When you listen to Watson, you can visualize his singing directly to you, a real talent that few singers have.
If you want to own only one Russell Watson album, or are just starting a Russell collection, this is the one to get!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Original Pirate Material
Label: Vice/Atlantic
Artist: The Streets
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
Not my cup of tea, but not a bad effort


Yes, that's correct. I don't like this album very much but I still believe that this artist deserves plaudits for doing some very original and good stuff. This music might be described as Alternative Hip Hop, or Britrap, I suppose. This particular album was voted to Q Magazine's Best of 2002 and I believe that it deserves to be there. The Streets themselves are primarily one skinny young lispy white English fellow who speaks with an affected cockney accent -my understanding being that he actually hails from up North- backed by a few of his musical mates. I mention the skinniness the whiteness, the Englishness, and the speech impediment because this may not be the stereotypical profile of a rap artist of today. Perhaps because the Streets comes at the genre with this slightly odd perspective, it is able to produce a strain of esoteric rap music that is intriguing, interesting and really quite listenable. Some of it is totally original: A kind of stuttery, spoken word vocal delivery with a minimum of backing sounds and samples, and a few more heavily produced numbers say with a strong wah wah guitar and funky background sound, or a computer gamish soundtrack as the backing beat. Some of it is totally derivative: UB 40 & Gangsta Rap derivatives, etc. Still, because the artist has something to say and the ability to do it in his own way it would be a real stretch to compare the Streets to any recording artist working today. This is the ideal album for a hardcore hip hop or rap fanatic who just wants to hear as many different kinds or variations of the theme as he can. It is also great for the teen/ young adult, who is fascinated by things British and wants to sample something that is happening right now that does not consist of four part heavy metal harmony accompanied by the obligatory agonized grunting and groaning about one of life's bummers. It is also a consideration for someone such as I who merely enjoys listening to contemporary independent music by artists who aren't afraid to take risks and who have the talent and ability to make some really fun, good tunes; even though I don't really care that much for this one.



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


For a first debut solo album, this is not a bad start at all. I had to listen to it twice, to really start to enjoy some of the songs. Out of the 13 tracks (14 if you count interlude) I liked about 60% of it, making that 8 songs. My favorites were 'Crazy In Love', 'Naughty Girl', and 'Signs'. They all had great beats, and in 'Signs' Beyonce kinda sounds like Aaliyah. The featured artists really make this cd better, artists like Jay-Z and Sean Paul made the tracks sound awesome.
A few things I disliked was the fact that 50% of the tracks were slow tunes, some of them were good, but I really like the more upbeat tracks. Also the track 'Dangerously in Love 2' is an exact re-play of the 'Dangerously in Love' off the Destiny's Child 'Survivor' album; I thought that was weak, it should have been at least a remix.
All in all if you are a Destiny's Child fan, or just a R&B fan you will most likely enjoy this album. After listening to it a second time I enjoyed it more. But since I really only like about 60% of the cd I have to give it a 3.