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Product: Audio CD
Title: Leather Jackets
Label: Mca
Artist: Elton John
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
Yet another step down from the previous ICE ON FIRE,

unbelievingly nearly 2/3rds of this album are either musical or lyrical low points on an album put to waste.Aside from VICTIM OF LOVE, the horrifiying low point in eltons career ,this is as far elton got from a near quality album ever.the tunes are cheap 80s thumping beats filled with dissapointing lyrics.Heartache all over the world, the albums only near hit,still isn't that great.Although i seemed to like a track,Slow rivers that isn't anything like a track off of some of his earlier albums.The only reason i can see for buying this disk is If you want to throwaway your money.Not good at all.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Bump
Label: Polygram Records
Artist: John Scofield
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
A Different Sco

It's a different album from the MMW one and A Go GO, and it's not exactly jazz - but it's cool and it grooves.
Sco has done a lot over the years and why would we want to hear the same stuff anyhow. It's still his signature sound in there though.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Original Pirate Material
Label: Vice/Atlantic
Artist: The Streets
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Is it rap? Spoken Word? Who cares; it WINS

Was so far under the radar that it's a crime. This record is the best hip-hop record of 2002 you never heard.
Well, calling it a hip-hop record is a little disengenuous. The vocal stylings of this one-man show (UK layabout Mike Skinner) come off like rap, but the vocal rhythm is all over the place and it ends up coming off like spoken word more than rap. Thing is, the second you think he's going in one direction, it flips into others and we're left with a record that almost defies every category but trip-hop comfortably. Even the beats are all over the place in context: dance, hip-hop, drum-n-bass...the kid's got a mad record collection at home.
It's catchy stuff, with sung choruses and VERY funny stories if you can decipher the UK dialect ("roight? Sod off, blud'y bastard!"). He's got smart, great takes on the music industry ("Let's Push Things Forward"), the legalization of weed, youth rebellion and Playstation, especially on a super-witty self-duet entitled "The Irony of it All" about how off it is that alcohol is legal and weed isn't, especially in light of the (here) frequently comicly violent outcome of alcholics when weighed against the puff-puff-live philosophies of your average weedhead. This track is a instant classic.
The beats are almost straight old school, but fresh, bootleg-like takes on the genre. "Sharp Darts" and "Geezers Need Excitement" could just as easily have ended up on a dozen hip-hop records that came out last week. The more dance-oriented fare even manages to keep the attention of the electronic illiterate on tracks like "Has It Come To This?" One of the most winning tracks on here, one so witty it bears pointing out single-handedly, is the extremly fun "Don't Mug Yourself", which is about a guy getting all bent up over a girl while his boys dog him out for being soft. Hilarious, and real. Oy!
The cool thing about this record is that it isn't about being the best rapper or having the most vast and overwrought production, it's about being oneself...something The Streets does with not only grace, but a sharp eye for what wins hearts.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Scary Monsters
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: David Bowie
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Well worth the money!

I Purchased this cd about 2 weeks ago and to be honest I thought it was going to sound rather dated being from 1980 but when I listened to it I was very wrong!My favorite tracks would probably be ashes to ashes and scream like a baby but every song is very well done.