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Product: Audio CD
Title: Bedtime Stories
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
cool


Like a slow sexy mutha Madonna expresses herself right into the ninties with this album. Once again she proves she's the drama queen of the ninties in"Take A bow", queen of expression in "Human Nature", and best of all queen of the dance floor in "Bedtime Story".



Product: Audio CD
Title: Whoa, Nelly!
Label: Dreamworks
Artist: Nelly Furtado
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Gives hope for the future of Pop Music!!!


A fantastic first album from a fantastic singer. It's easy to write off anything called 'pop' especially when a cartoon builder can get to number one! (in the UK) But this album really shouldn't be overlooked. This is what pop music should be about, and any real fan of music can't help but love this album, its influences range from hip-hop to funk, and the end product is nothing short of the best pop album in recent years. For those of you who have heard the highly acclaimed singles "Turn Off The Lights", "I'm Like a Bird", and "...On the Radio (Remember the days)", this album will not disappoint you with its other songs of similar style like "Baby Girl", "Legend" and "Tryna Finda Way", all with the trademark brilliant soulful singing, and very, very close harmonies, the last time I heard harmonies like that was on a song called "Kate" on the Steely Dan album "Asia" sung by Michael Macdonald (from the dooby brothers). Each song is unique, the lyrics are delivered in English, Portuguese, and Hindi, there are many traditional styles incorporated into the music including some Spanish guitar playing, some Brazilian and Caribbean instruments like the steel drums, and Indian instruments including the Tabla and the Sitar. All lyrics are written by Nelly Furtado herself which some how adds an edge to the music that most pop artists today really don't have as they have there songs written for them. All lead and background vocals are performed by Nelly Furtado except for a beautiful duet with Esthero ("I feel you") and "My Love Grows Deeper (single version)" with an unnamed male singer, probably Gerald Eaton (one of the producers, and vocalist from the Canadian funk band 'The Philosopher Kings'). Some of the songs are also co-written by Eaton & West (the guitarist). Nelly Furtado also plays the guitar on a couple of tracks. All the tracks are brilliant, although some took some time for me to get into, as I don't listen to much pop. If I had to choose a Best track though it would have to be "Onde Estas", the vocals are outstanding.
This however doesn't make it hard to listen to, it's quite the opposite in fact; the music fits together so well it seems natural to have a Berimbau ('ethnic' string instrument) followed by a distortion guitar! The style is a subtle cross between something like "Beyond Skin" by Nitin Sawhney, "Pre-Emptive Strike" by DJ Shadow and "all about chemistry" by Semisonic.
Altogether I think that makes this album one of the best in recent years, and I certainly rate it as one of my personal favourites, it has pushed the boundaries of pop music and broken all the moulds. This is one of the least stereotypical albums I've heard, you can't really call this music anything other than music, She deservedly won the Top of the Pops Best newcomer award. This should really be on everyone's Christmas list. I can't wait for the next album!
N.B. This review refers to the UK EDITION which has 16 tracks!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Harem
Label: Angel Records
Artist: Sarah Brightman, Frank Peterson
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Beautiful


I heard this album today and it is simply beautiful. This album is not like Sarah Brightman's usual classical music albums. This album combines Middle Eastern flavor as well as some electronic beats. It reminds me of Deep Forest flavors. To top it off, her voice is as beautiful as ever. The only remake that I'm aware of is What a Wonderful World, to which she added her own beautiful style to. My favorite tracks are Harem, Beautiful, Arabian Nights, and You Take My Breathe Away.



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Gentle Side of John Coltrane
Label: Grp Records
Artist: John Coltrane
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Erotic brilliance and perfection


This compilation album provides a cool, sensuous, evocative, and purely erotic soundtrack to spend a gentle romantic evening.
Combining with the purely golden vocalist Johnny Hartman on several cuts (including my favorite version of the languid "My One and Only Love"), Coltrane's sax drips with smooth sensual delight invoking visions of candlelight, midnight cityscapes, or in my rural case rolling hills enveloping in purple-orange twilight. This is a great classic album that invites the listener to kick off the dust of the day, leave a frantic busy week behind, close the eyes, wrap their arms around that special sensual person and waltz fingertips across the skin.
A perfect mellowing agent for a frantic world. Intimate. Pure. Perfect.
A must own.