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Product: Audio CD
Title: And This Is Our Music
Label: Tee Pee Records
Artist: The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
the softer side of the jonestown massacre


This is a different sort of Brian Jonestown Massacre album, Phase 2, with only "When Jokers Attack" showcasing that CLASSIC Massacre sound, guaranteed to please the BJM's core audience of Sonny Barger and the San Bernadino chapter of the Hell's Angels. It's a track that would have sat just fine on "Strung Out in Heaven" or "Take It from the Man"; but here it sticks out like a sore thumb. I'm not sure why that should be, because after releasing some 42 albums in ten years, I'd long ago decided that all BJM albums sound pretty much the same.
Don't get me wrong; I love the Massacre. But there's a delicacy on display here for the first time, a fragility to Anton Newcombe's faux-Limey vocals. The title of the album is a clue to this unusually inward looking offering from a reliably backwards looking band. The BJM have a history of lifting their album titles from other bands: 1996's "Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request" (The Rolling Stones), 1999's "Bringing It All Back Home Again" (Bob Dylan), and now "...And This Is Our Music," where the obvious antecedent is the Galaxie 500's "This is Our Music" from 1992. That album was a landmark for the unhappy adherents of miserable slow core, and it's easy to hear its influence in the BJM's molasses-slow grooves. Both albums share a penchant for extended codas and psychedelic noodling, but one wonders where's the percentage in playing point-counterpoint with a 12-year-old record relegated to the back racks of fey obscurists?
Not that the BJM have in anyway cloned the lugubrious dream pop of Galaxie 500. The album storms out of the gates with "The Wrong Way," not an actual song but an answering machine message from a severely pissed off girlfriend who rants obscenely for 22 seconds before finishing: "F**k you, Anton! F**k off!" The songs here are slyer, more incandescent than previous Massacre offerings. The nearly seven minute instrumental track "You Look Great When I'm F**ked Up" comes on like some Ennio Morricone fever-dream, all tumbleweeds and peyote, while "Tschusse" threatens to become achingly beautiful, with its strained vocals hovering just above the delicate chimes of a xylophone. "Threatens," I say, because the main riff is lifted straight out of the theme to "The Odd Couple," and thus it also threatens to become completely goofy.
If there's any real problem with the album, it's TOO MANY INSTRUMENTALS. There are six of them here, and most of them go nowhere. It's a personal bias, but I tend to equate instrumentals with indolence, just too purely lazy to write a coherent set of lyrics. It doesn't help that most of the instrumentals here sound like lame first attempts at mastering Pro Tools. Beeps and blips and bloops. Add the six instrumentals to the two answering machine messages that bookend the album, subtract from seventeen total tracks, and you're left with only nine fully realized songs. Good songs they are too, but it's difficult not to dream about what might be one day if Anton took a couple of years off between albums and hooked up with a decent producer who reigned in his tendency to commit every stray thought and voicemail to tape.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Whitney Houston
Label: Arista
Artist: Whitney Houston
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
She is the Best !!!!!


This was Whitney*s first Album. And as soon as I heard it in 1985, I fell in love with her great voice. She is really the best female Artist around!!! Buy this CD, you will never be disapointed about it . It is really great!!! I love you Whitney!!!



Product: Audio CD
Title: John Denver's Greatest Hits
Label: RCA
Artist: John Denver
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
All the hits up to that point in John Denver's career


"Take Me Home, Country Roads," "Rocky Mountain High," "Sunshine On My Shoulders," and "Leaving On A Jet Plane," (which he composed for Peter, Paul and Mary) make JOHN DENVER's GREATEST HITS worthwhile.



Product: Audio CD
Title: No Strings Attached
Label: Jive
Artist: *NSYNC
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
It's a great Cd, but........


No Strings Attatched is a great CD, but I think there should be more slow songs. There are so many fast, up beat songs, it doesn't sound together in the whole CD. For instance Digital Get Down has an awesome beat, but the words aren't meant for the little girls who listen to *N SYNC's music. Bottom line: this is a more mature CD, meant for more mature people.