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Product: Audio CD
Title: Britney
Label: Jive
Artist: Britney Spears
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Britney has won my respect


Okay, this album is great. I'll admit, until I heard "I'm a Slave 4 U" I didn't even really like Britney Spears. I actually despised her. But "Slave" was just a great song, and so I took a chance and bought the album. Every song on this album is high quality. You can literally sit through the entire thing and not skip a track, which for Britney is unusual since she usually likes to kill her albums with boring ballads. Well this album hardly has any, and the ones it does have are pretty good. Actually really good. So in light of all this global chaos I'd really recommend buying this CD, because it just makes you feel good.



Product: Audio CD
Title: MCMXC A.D.
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: Enigma
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
the most beautiful music i have ever heard


MCMXC A.D. has changed me as a person. I cannot believe it has an average of 4.5 stars. This is simply the most beautiful album in existence.



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Healer
Label: Razor & Tie
Artist: John Lee Hooker
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
**3/4. Superflous


Don't get me wrong, I like John Lee Hooker a lot. It's just that this album adds little of interest to his legacy.
The loooong guest list makes "The Healer" a weird, unengaging and not very cohesive listen, and the album is actually best when it stays closest to the kind of basic, stripped-down boogie Hooker played for fifty years.

In my opinion, the guest stars detract from most of the songs rather than adding to them...most of these songs are just too slick and professional, lacking the grit and gravel (and the sincerity) of the original recordings. The title cut is a stylistic experiment gone (really, really) wrong, and why anyone would want to bring George Thorogood and Bonnie Raitt in to play guitar on a John Lee Hooker album is truly beyond me.
There are moments where it clicks, sure, but that's usually when the music doesn't greatly expand on the kind of stripped-down boogie that Hooker played for fifty years - like on the lean, mean "Baby Lee" and the harp-driven "That's Alright", and...well, that's pretty much it, actually. "Think Twice Before You Go" used to be such a good song before it was swamped by wailing guitars.

If you prefer band-backed Hooker, go look for "The Early Years" vol. 1 and 2 from Rhino Records. Most of these recordings are bland, run-of-the-mill blues rock, lacking the grit and power which made John Lee Hooker special.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Measure of a Man
Label: Rca
Artist: Clay Aiken
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
clay is a true measure of a man


Clay's first CD is actually very good. It is not the raw voice that all of us Clay fans expected from the american idol performances but, it is of a more experienced Clay. His voice range is incredible and the music is soft and beautiful. It is not surprising that this CD has gone double platinum in one week. The fans really appreciate his talent. This young man is going to be around for a long time. This CD is the blossoming of a living legend.