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Product: Audio CD
Title: Are We There Yet?
Label: Gotee Records
Artist: John Reuben
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
An inspirational and fun album.


This is a really great record. i got it almost a year ago. And it still sounds great during each listen. He is a visionary in the christian hip-hop scene and I hope he stays around. His lyrics are actully thought out and mean something. This is an album that can reach outside of Gospel music and into mainstream should it get noticed. It is highly recomended.



Product: Audio CD
Title: American Life
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
Okay ... Not her best!


Now i am a Madonna fan and wasn't expecting a very danceable album but most of the songs are a step or two up above ballads not very catchy but good! Standout song: Hollywood good hook and get stuck in you head! But not worth 5 stars!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Play
Label: V2. / Bmg
Artist: Moby
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
If too many cooks spoil the broth, then too many adverts....


...spoil an album that was teetering on the brink anyway. I am not familiar with Moby's music before this album, and have heard the spiel about how he changes style and direction with every album and is a musical genius who calls himself the "little idiot", blah, blah, blah, wurble, wurble. However, after hearing "Why does my heart feel so bad?", I was prepared to give him a go. Well, I can tell you, none of the music press rhapsodising rang true to me. When first I listened to this album, I thought all the songs sounded very alike, but decided that each would become more distinct the more I heard it. I was wrong. I know all music is formulaic, but this is ridiculous. As singles all these songs would be good, but as an album, they fail to really make an impression. An album, to me, is a whole piece constructed of different, yet interlocking pieces. This however, was rather "variations on a popular theme", and as we know, what is once popular, very soon becomes old and boring. Yes, these bright, brittle and sometimes sad songs are, individually, well worth the listen: they are not hastilly constructed dance trash, and they have the power to move, but they do not make consistant and good listening. The very thing that makes this album good as a soundtrack to advertising now, is what makes it a bad album (and looses it 2 stars), it is very now, will never become a classic, and each song sounds so the same, they become perfect background "muzak" rather than an eventful anthemic masterpiece. This was a very popular album in 1999 because it was the best of that year, rather than being the best of the best, maybe this is why Moby wants to retain his "little idiot" moniker, to distract us from examing futher, and discovering the truth behind the media hype. A highly flawed album, with many flecks of brillience and the odd glimmer of a masterpiece.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Souvenirs
Label: Sony
Artist: Dan Fogelberg
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
One of My Top Ten of All Time


"Souvenirs" holds a special place in my heart since a male friend recommended it to me in the late '70s. Dan's lovely melodies and haunting lyrics beckoned to me immediately.

While not a huge best-seller back then, "Souvenirs" expressed a mature longing and a sweet sensibility not usually found in the writings of a 21-year old young man... but then, Dan Fogelberg was an 'old soul' even then. Poised to return to his native "Illinois", Dan writes of an interim spent in California's 'cold' sun... he sings of a love affair running out of time in the brisk "Morning Sky" and espouses his personal philosophy to 'love when you can, cry when you have to, be who you must...' in the familiar "Part of the Plan". An innate kindness, romantic nature and respect for the cycle of life is apparent in his beautiful "Song From Half Mountain".

The languorous title song, "Souvenirs" may be a little slow-moving for some. However, it's my favorite song on the album, embellished by natural images: canyons, the dawn and a mysterious leaf found to have been written upon. Its enigmatic charm wraps you into a somewhat reflective reverie.... which is why I chose Souvenirs to sing in a talent contest back in college.

The songs' ethereal, almost spiritual frankness last long after their playing - DF's clear, sensitive voice (and his deft handling of many musical instruments!) is the vehicle through which this very real, very SINCERE songwriter moves the very lucky listener.