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Product: Audio CD
Title: The End of the Affair: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1999 Film)
Label: Sony
Artist: Michael Nyman, Michael Nyman
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
Carrington Revisted and Watered Down


I haven't seen the film (Andrew Sarris's best of the year) yet, but it sounds like Neil Jordan temp-tracked the film with _Carrington_ (also by Nyman), and told him to copy the temp track. While I began to appreciate the score for what it is after listening to it a number of times, its relation to the other score is remarkable. The only energetic piece is "Vigo Passage", the most blatant re-use of a theme from _Carrington_, while the romantic music is good, but nothing to make it stand out from the more original but similar _GATTACA_. It's not enough of a disappointment to make me stop buying Nyman albums as they come out, and I wouldn' want to return it, but it's probably bst for those who like the film or Nyman's more romantic scores. It just goes to prove that what someone is recognized for (the score was nominated for a Golden Globe that went to Ennio Morricone) isn't their best output, as Nyman's other scores for 1999 were much more striking and original.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Madonna: GHV2
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
MADONNA!!!


I have waited for quite some time for this second greatest hits album from Madonna to be released, and now it is finally in stores. Even though it excludes many of my favorite songs, I really think it is a collection worthy of the Material Girl's status at the moment. This is a companion piece to "The Video Collection (93:99)", released two years ago. If you like this album, be sure to check that out. Her music videos from this era are especially innovative.



Product: Audio CD
Title: All I See Is Good!
Label: The Brian Waite Band
Artist: The Brian Waite Band
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Fun, Interactive and Confidence Building


Brian Waite knows children! He has compiled several songs that not only entertain, but teach, encourage, stimulate the imagination, and make my 3 year old (since he was 1!) and his friends want to get up and participate. He chooses themes and words that instill confidence and power in my child. The songs are actually good original music - none of the hokey kid-jingle or ripoff tunes. My husband and I laugh and sing along. (sometimes I listen without my kids ;-) )



Product: Audio CD
Title: Invincible
Label: Sony
Artist: Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Refreshing


Michael jackson is back with "Invincible". To be honest, I do believe this title is a little exagerated.The album goes from excellent to terrible."Break Of Dawn" is a masterpiece,one of Michael's best song ever. Sweet, soulful and moving. The same for "Heaven Can wait" and butterfly", both wonderful songs.The rest of the album is more shaded. "You Rock My world" is a good up-tempo song and the more you hear it, the more you like it.The other up-tempo numbers are dissapointing but Listenable (except the laughable "Privacy", I was Diana's Friend,....we don't care).They're all produced by Rodney Jerkins. Darkchild used to be a good producer but he's not anymore. His tracks sound old-fashionned and dated, "History"'s b-side tracks. The new tracks on "Blood On The Dancefloor" were better (Remember the fabulous "Is It Scary?").The rest of the album is the worst: Slow songs, ballad after ballad, sugary and terrible lyrics ("The Lost Children", ironic to say the least). The best slow track is the R-Kelly penned "Cry", "You are not alone Number 2" but still cool.
The main problem of invincible are the slow tracks. Enough is enough.There are way too many ballads.Let's just hope we'll get some GOOD CLUB MIXES.
Overall, the album has it's moment and is worth the purchase for BREAK OF DAWN, heaven can wait, butterfly and a few others.