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Product: Audio CD
Title: Glitter
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: Mariah Carey
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Not bad Mariah.

Well bless her heart! The movie may have sucked but her soundtack isn't so bad. A great 80's style album with a variety of hot R&B and rap stars.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Fever [UK]
Label: Wea International
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
Madonna's Fever

The Faster Remixes of this song really turn the old Peggy Lee song into a house/club mix that I would be happy to play

Product: Audio CD
Title: Bad
Label: Sony
Artist: Michael Jackson
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Jacque Dusang, Pop Prince

Bad is an extremly good CD. It's good as good as Thriller, but it's almost identical of how good Michael worked on both of them. Bad isn't the #1 highlight on it believe it or's actually the sensual and extremly enjoyable "The Way U Make Me Feel".

Product: Audio CD
Title: Vespertine
Label: Elektra
Artist: Björk
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5

Bjork's latest is filled with etheral melodies, carried on strange electrical beats and pulses. Accompanied by music boxes, a harp, strings and a choir. Scored with wonderful mystical sometimes erotic lyrics. She describes as her most intimate and introverted, in contrast to Homogenic. My favorites from this album are: "Hidden Place", "Pagan Poetry", "Frosti" (an instrumental played on a giant music box!) "Aurora" "An Echo, A Stain", "Unison".
I heard some describe Vespertine as depressing, but I disagree. I think more than one track sends the message to relax, life isn't suppose to a struggle. Evident in "It's not up to you" and "Undo" "If you leave it alone it might just happen" and "You're trying too hard, surrender. Give yourself in. It's not meant to be a strife. It's not meant to be a struggle uphill."
Others cleary are about love, being in love...and that's not depressing!
I asolutely love Hidden Place, the way it starts out with staticy pulses and lush overtones, then with the choir joining in, and clickity-clack of percussion. Very mystical. "I'm so close to tears, And so close to simply calling you up, And simply suggesting, We go to that hidden place....."
Cocoon is well obviously about s-e-x but while the content may make overly-prudish people wince, or make some people think it's pointless... luckily I'm not one of them. Bjork handles it with an aura of almost childlike-innocence, certainly not in a crude way! The whole song is brimming with these wonderful sounding beats, they almost sound like rice-crispies! quietly snapping and crackling...
Pagan Poetry is hard to describe, although it's one of the most lovely. It's starts out with a harp then deep chords as Bjork sings "Pedaling through the dark currents, I find an accurate copy, a blue print, of the pleasure in me" Bjork's voice joins in the background singing "Swirling black lilies totally ripe" Nearing the end the melody suddenly stops and she cries "I love him, I love him, I love him, I love him" the harp restarts and she quietly continues "This time, I'm going to keep me all to myself...but he makes me want to hand myself over!..." It's a rush.
Aurora starts with staticy beats and music box sounds then a lush harp melody as Bjork sings "Threading the glacier head, Looking hard for moments of shine, From twilight to twilight. Heading for sublime"....gorgeous
I find An Echo, A Stain the most perplexing (what's it about?!) I read somewhere Bjork said it was about communication...but that still doesn't explain it for me. But nevertheless I still love the song, even if I don't know what it's about " ...I can't say no to you.....say nothing......freefalling........complete" the whole thing makes me shiver, it's spellbinding.
Sun in my mouth, with the lyrics taken from an e.e. cummings, sung sweetly against a beautiful melody of classical strings. "I will wade out till my thighs are steeped in burning flowers, I will take the sun in my mouth, and leap into the ripe air, alive, with closed eyes" Beautiful!
And I love Unison with it's beautiful strings, rippling undertones and warm crackly beats (It also contains a sample from Oval's album Systemisch)..Bjork sings:
"One hand loves the other, so much on me..."
....Born stubborn me, will always be..Before you count, 123I have grown my own private branch, off this tree...You gardener you, discipliner domesticly.I can obey all of your rules, and still be me......I never thought I would compromise.
"I thrive best hermit style, with a beard and a pipe :-)and a parrot on each side......but now I can't do this without you......I never thought I would compromise.".
--I think it's so tender and moving.
Vespertine over all, makes me think of winter time when snow is falling and you can quietly watch the glistening snow falling from the warmth and safety of your home, with a mug of hot chocolate. :-) While the songs are quiet not so extroverted as Homogenic, they don't make me drowsy! just content and very peaceful....
I can't wait for the Vespertine tour to be available on dvd!