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Product: Audio CD
Title: Singles 93-03 [Bonus Disc]
Label: Astralwerks / Emd
Artist: The Chemical Brothers
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Get it anyway...


"The Singles 93-03" is obviously the first singles compilation from Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons (a.k.a., The Chemical Brothers). While all the tracks on the first disc are great, the first disc is somewhat lacking and incomplete. Like a previous reviewer stated, where is "Life Is Sweet"? Or how about "Elektrobank"? Or even "It Began In Afrika"? Those tracks should've been included on the first disc as they all were released as singles. Apart from that, I can't complain much. If you're just a casual listener, then the eleven tracks on the first disc should suffice, although I'd recommend buying all the previous studio albums just to have the entire main course. After all, "Singles" is just an appetizer (at least in my humble opinion! :-)). However, if you do have all the studio albums, then you should still buy the "Singles" compilation for the second disc alone! Tracks such as "Not Another Drugstore" (featuring an interesting rap by Justin Warfield), "Morning Lemon", "Loops Of Fury", and "Delik" are definitely worth listening to! And then there's the alternate version of "Galaxy Bounce" which sounds similar to the original version, but not quite. Anyways, whether you're a casual fan or a devoted fan, you won't go wrong by getting this compilation!



Product: Audio CD
Title: X-Men: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Label: Decca
Artist: Michael Kamen
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Great for hardcore movie soundtrack collectors


If you're only interested in exciting, fast-paced scores, this probably isn't for you, but if you're looking for something that conveys the true mood and themes of the movie, this is a definite must-have. The music is melodic without being obtrusive; exciting but not boistierous. With the ominous beginning of "Death Camp," which starts the movie off on a dark note, Kamen catches your attention without shouting "Hey, something bad's happening here!" Ambush is appropriately startling and fast-paced. Cerebro succesfully conveys the sense of grandness that inheritly went with that particular scene of the film. If you're looking for the main theme, it is probably most likely found in "X-jet," which is fast-paced and thrilling. Variations of the same theme can be found throughout the CD. The real gem of this score, however, is "Logan and Rogue," which appropriately conveys the emotions of the most intricate, complicated, and perhaps most touching relationship of the movie. All in all, Kamen did an excellent job of putting a great score with a great plot, and if you liked the movie, you'll love the soundtrack.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Katy Lied
Label: Uni/Mca
Artist: Steely Dan
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Their Finest Overall Album?


Question: This must be at least the third time the oiginal SD albums have been imposed upon the buying public.Released once in the eighties;released in a lavish(and flawed)box set in the ninetees.Why,nearly twenty years into the CD revolution, are the artists only now taking a hands-on approach in the remastering of the individual discs? Considering Becker and Fagen's legendary anal retentiveness this doesn't make sense. Answer: is twofold. Money and Cynicism. The two motivating forces driving all the major labels. Are long-time fans supposed to keep shelling out while continually being led to believe that each new series of reissues is the best and truest? I, for one, am tired of reissues of reissues of reissues of reissues.Caveat Emptor!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Room for Squares
Label: Sony
Artist: John Mayer
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
SRV, Eric Johnson, Phil Keaggy, Duncan Sheik...


Well... I will just say the musicality of this album is wonderful... A nice fresh sound. The lyrics work for me, and feel heartfelt. However, the musicality is what shines. Great voice... more reminiscent to Duncan Sheik than Dave Mathews in my opinion. The overall sound reminds me a lot of Stevie Ray Vaughan (check out his version of Lenny... good stuff), and a smooth guitar tone of Eric Johnson, with acoustic stylings of Phil Keaggy... Great album!