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Product: Audio CD
Title: Joshua Bell - Gershwin Fantasy
Label: Sony
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
S'Wonderful


Love it! I had heard of Josh Bell but never had purchased any of his music. I am a full fan now. This cd is wonderful. I am a Gershwin fan and have been for years. Bell breathes new life into the old classics and the result is breathtaking. His touch with the violin is beyound discription. He even plays with George in one cut, Sweet and Low Down. That alone is worth the price of the cd. Buy this cd and expect to be enchanted. It has been in my changer for weeks now, I can't get enough.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Destiny Fulfilled
Label: Sony
Artist: Destiny's Child
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
Reunion "Fulfilled", Nothing Else (2.5 Stars)


Was anybody seriously expecting a good album by Destiny's Child? All of their previous albums have remained to be the same; a trifecta of catchy singles with the rest of the tracks being fillers. After 2001's superfluously substandard "Survivor", all signs point to the same direction; nothing spectacular is to be expected. An assumption like this would be inferential and truthful, evident with this album, "Destiny Fulfilled". It's not the fact that the album is more slow-paced than the usual "Destiny Child" album; that's hardly the case. Instead, the problem lies in sub par lyrics, which range from the lazy hook in "T-Shirt", the clich?d "Cater 2 U", the fake "Soldier", and the annoying self-feministic proclaiming in "Girl", which is so sappy that you can actually see syrup dripping out from the speakers. Vocally, there is nothing bad nor perfection. The only thing positive to say is the production. The drums in "Lose My Breath" are simply too catchy to not like while the old-school feel of "If" is reminiscent of an old "Supremes" song. Also, the bass heavy sensualistic vibe in "T-Shirt" makes it alluring while the catchy beat of "Through with Love" makes an otherwise boring track appealing. Apparently, Beyonc? co-produced ten out of eleven songs, which probably explains the slight simplicity in most of the production. Somehow, the album feels like an experiment; to see if Beyonc? can stretch out her r?sum? by saying she's a "producer". She does the job, not necessarily an excellent job, since the album barely meets mediocre standards; if more time and effort was put into making this album, it could've been much better. When it comes down to it, this is just another typical Destiny's Child album.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Verve Remixed, Vol. 2
Label: Verve
Artist: Various Artists
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Verve Remix 2 Rocks!!!!


Finally Verve gets the point! They are sitting on a pile of gold-- all those old original recording sessions are just what every dj wants to get their hands on. These remixes are the perfect thing to drop into the playlist of anybody who knows anything about music. Having the late Nina Simone represented so well is a nice touch too! More!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Like a Virgin
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Eighties pop masterpiece


Like A Virgin (1984.) Madonna's second album.
Early in the eighties, Madonna came onto the musical scene with the single Everybody. Not long after its release, her 1983 debut LP was released. The LP contained a number of excellent tracks. But, while many of the songs it featured are revered as classics today, at its time of release it didn't do very much to put Madonna in the spotlight. She needed to release another album, and she did so the following year. 1985's Like A Virgin is the album that first brought Madonna the popularity she has had for so very long, and this is arguably her most popular album. Is it deserving of this reputation, or is it just an overrated release? Read on for my review of Like A Virgin.
To put it in the simplest terms possible, this IS an overrated album (and I personally like the lesser-known debut better), but it's an album that deserves to be overrated. There were many female pop singers trying to make it big in the eighties, and Madonna was one of the few whose music was worthwhile. This is the album that put her in the spotlight, and rightfully so. The title track is arguably the biggest hit of her entire career. And, of course, that's not the only hit. We've also got Material Girl and Dress You Up, both of which became extremely popular. But, much like her first LP, some of the best tracks on Madonna's sophomore effort are the tracks that were never very popular at all. Angel and Over And Over had some minor popularity, but sadly, they never became as popular as the really popular tracks featured on the album. That's a shame, because these songs feature the kind of upbeat, bouncy pop music that only the eighties incarnation of Madonna could ever shell out. She even serves up a ballad, Love Don't Live Here Anymore. One of the most interesting songs on the album is Shoo-Be-Doo, because it's the perfect balance between a pop hit and a ballad. This goes to show just how excellent her music is. The closers, Pretender and Stay, tend to go overlooked, even by Madonna fans. That's bites, because they are VERY good songs. The fact that they were featured as single B-Sides doesn't help their reputation any, either. In the end, Madonna's sophomore album is a damn fine piece of eighties pop music.
THIS TEXT REFERS EXCLUSIVELY TO THE WARNER REMASTERS EDITION OF THE ALBUM. Many of Madonna's albums were recently rereleased as part of the Warner Remasters series of album reissues. The liner notes have been expanded, the sound quality has been improved, and bonus tracks have been added! In the case of the Like A Virgin album, you get extended dance remixes of two of the tracks! That's pretty cool. Too bad they didn't put bonus tracks like this on their Van Halen reissues...
Like A Virgin is the album that shot Madonna straight up to instant popularity, and rightly so. She has shelled out a number of excellent albums over the years, and this is among the finest. They don't call her the Queen of Pop for nothing! If you're a fan of Madonna or eighties pop music in general, don't hesitate to add this one to your collection.