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Product: Audio CD
Title: Synkronized
Label: Sony
Artist: Jamiroquai
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
ANOTHER CLASSIC!


Surprisingly equally as good as the classic 1997 album TRAVELLING WITHOUT MOVING. Like that album it contains a cool blend of acid jazz and soulful pop with Jason Kays vocals again in fine form with them being highly charged and soulful. Some of these tracks are simply riotously funky! The songs are ,as always, truly magnificent with the main highlights being FALLING, CANNED HEAT, SUPERSONIC, KING FOR A DAY, BLACK CAPRICORN DAY and SOUL EDUCATION. The remainder of the album is still great though! Highly recommended and another fine classic from an ernormously talented group that will no doubt continue for many years to come!



Product: Audio CD
Title: No Strings Attached
Label: Jive
Artist: *NSYNC
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
I'm hooked!


'N Sync first got my attention with "Tearin' Up My Heart" and I thought it was really good. After hearing "Bye, Bye, Bye", I knew I had to get their new CD. I was somewhat surprised by the more R&B oriented songs, but soon grew to love them after listening just a few times. Now "It's Gonna Be Me" is one of my all-time favorites. I love JC's smooth voice, and Justin's is a nice compliment. I think that this CD will attract old 'N Sync fans as well as a whole new audience! I think there is a song on this CD for everyone!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Kiss Of The Spider Woman: The Musical (1994 Broadway Cast)
Label: Polygram Records
Artist: John Kander, Fred Ebb, Vanessa Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Kander & Ebb at Their Best


I have been a long-time admirer of the musicals of Kander & Ebb, particularly "Chicago" and "Cabaret". With "KOTSW," they are at the peak of their prowess, creating a score/lyrics of dazzling and heartbreaking brilliance.
Vanessa Williams is astounding as Aurora/The Spider Woman -- one is reminded of the great sultry film vamps of the 30s and 40s, which Aurora obviously is. Williams demonstrates great expressivity in her voice, as well as an impressive range.
Howard McGillin is a fine Molina, though in the dialogue sections he tends to come across as a bit too fey. His singing voice is quite good, and he absolutely triumphs with "Dressing Them Up", a showstopping high-camp number. I am anxious to acquire the OBC recording of KOTSW, simply to hear how Brent Carver approaches the role.
Brian (soon-to-add Stokes) Mitchell is wonderful as Valentin, capturing well the anger and frustration and initial homophobia of the character, and the development of his relationship with Molina is subtle but convincing. Mitchell is given what I think is one of the most rousing numbers written for the musical stage, "The Day After That".
There is a level of sophistication to KOTSW that seems to be a first for Kander & Ebb. This is not to say that they have tried and failed before, but "Chicago" and "Cabaret" didn't call for the emotional sweep which imbues KOTSW; rather, they delivered what they promised: hard, glittering scores with incisively biting lyrics.
Particularly impressive among the songs are "Over the Wall," "Dressing Them Up," "Dear One," "Where You Are," "Gabriel's Letter/My First Woman," "Gimme Love," "The Day After That," and "Anything For Him."
Ultimately, the score and lyrics succeed on the two leads; Mitchell and McGillin flesh out the characters and give their relationship a complexity and believeability. The score builds up to what I think is the climactic number, "Anything For Him," which provides the key turning point in their friendship, while maintaining the complex nature of their relationship.
KOTSW has more than earned its place alongside "Chicago" and "Cabaret" as pinnacles in the careers of Kander & Ebb, and at the same time secures its place as a pinnacle in the genre of musical theatre overall.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Premonition
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: John Fogerty
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
OK


It's been years since I have listened to any of my old Creedance or John Fogarty albums and I must say that I was blown away by this recent release. John has never sounded better! His guitar solos and vocals are superb. (I believe that his voice has improved with age) Kenny Aronoff on drums and Bob Glaub on bass are also superb and provide flawless back-up. Recording, mixing and mastering are also perfect and ensure that this recording will sound great even when "cranked-up" on the best audio equipment.