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Product: Audio CD
Title: Born to Run
Label: Sony
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Incredibly affecting music from a prodigious talent


I was born in the year when this album was first released, so perhaps understandably I had little awareness of it at the time. Growing up, Bruce Springsteen to me was always Born In The USA and Glory Days, and none of the copious airplay devoted to the "Live 1975-1985" box set in my parents' house could shake that initial impression.

But I always quite liked what bits of Springsteen's live performances I happened upon; whether or not you're a fan, you can't help but feel the energy that the E Street Band projects. That in itself is a rare enough commodity (especially in the current music scene) and one to be appreciated, so I eventually relented and bought Born To Run.

What can be said about this album that hasn't already been committed to the page over the past 30 years? Not much - and for good reason, I'd wager. This is one of those records that I've assiduously avoided trying to dissect and intellectualize. The songs here are too visceral and too affecting to be waved aside by some dismissive categorization.

You needn't be a staunch American patriot or blue collar worker to relate to these songs or to feel an endless affinity for the way that Springsteen evokes the plight of the characters that inhabit his stories. God, if you've ever felt the frighteningly boundless passion of youth you know exactly what it means when you hear "Together, Wendy, we can live with the sadness / I'll love you with all the madness in my soul". If you've ever felt the gnawing need for escape from a situation that peels your soul away, you feel "It's a town full of losers / And I'm pulling out of here to win" in the pit of your being. If you've fallen short of the ideal version of yourself you saw stretched out at the peak of your youth, you've never heard more bittersweet words, I would wager, than "Remember all the movies, Terry / We'd go to see / Trying to learn to walk like the heroes / We thought we had to be."

For me, these songs resonate with something very primal, and the fact that I've lived a comparatively comfortable middle class life in a perfect family detracts in absolutely no way from my appreciation of this album. Springsteen has captured the essence of the most human experiences on Born To Run, in a way that links the most disparate demographics together in the commonality of struggle through everyday life.

What more can be said ...? It's all said with infinitely more meaning in each note, in each word on every song on this record.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Josh Groban
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist:
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Move over Pavoratti!!


Josh Groban is one of those young rare talents that come around not nearly enough. Hearing him for the first time on Ally McBeal drew me to tears. His sheer expression of love and upsetness was so real. His voice has a song of a hero and a young boy in love.The CD is a brillant collection of songs ranging from arias to pop. I adore the English tracks, "To Where You Are" and "You're Still You". These are songs that you can sit back and listen to, close your eyes and feel inspiration from his songs to drift to a nether world. As well I feel both these songs can be used for a wedding or funeral. Groban does an indeniably breath-taking rendition of "Starry, Starry Night". It is a difficult piece that he does with such ease.His duets are with Coors, a poppy sounding piece with pump. It also shows the true versitility of Josh's singing talents. The last track is with child prodigy Charolette Church. With these two singing together, it is hard to not to get a song that is of brillance. These voices blend together as if they were meant to be used together; a treat for the ears.Josh Groban, is going to be one the next big things. He is a tenor with a voice to be reckoned with; watch out 3 Tenors.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Now That's What I Call Music! 17
Label: Capitol
Artist: Various Artists
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Awsome


This CD has alot of good hits!
highlights are I like that/Baby its you/Locked up/and Goodies.
Bad sons are Ch-Check it out/Cold/Days Go By
All in All a Awsome cd to buy!

Prediction list for now 18
1.Ghetto-Akon
2.Let me love you-Mario
3.Rumors-Lindsay Lohan
4.Oye Mi Canto-N.O.R.E.
5.New York-Ja Rule
6.Drop it like its hot-Snoop Dogg
7.My Perogitive-Britney Spears
8.Over and Over-Nelly f/Tim McGraw
9.Loose my breath-Destineys Child
10.1,2 Step-Ciara
11.Balla Baby-Chingy
12.Girls-Cam'ron
13.Only You-Ashanti
14.Beautiful Soul-Jesse McCartney
15.LaLa-Ashlee Simpson
16.Were All To Blame-Sum41
17.She Will Be Loved-Maroon 5
18.Vertigo-U2
19.Disapear-Hoobastank
20.Live like you were dying-Tim McGraw

Now 18 Will be another tight cd so make sure you buy it on March 15



Product: Audio CD
Title: John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
Label: Grp Records
Artist: John Coltrane, Johnny Hartman
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Hartman and Coltrane: Jazz Soul Mates


Since this recording was originally issued, I've played it literally thousands of times. And the last time touched me emotionally as powerfully as the first time. Every track is a masterpiece of sensitive interpretation, but Strayhorn's Lush Life gets my vote as the most artistically perfect jazz ballad ever recorded. If my house were on fire, I'd brave the inferno to rescue this recording.