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Product: Audio CD
Title: Thriller [Bonus Tracks]
Label: Sony
Artist: Michael Jackson
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
The King of Pop creates the King of Albums


Pauls Album Quickies:Michael Jackson has done so much in his 30 year career, but his greatest acheivement is the 1982 release of THRILLER. He created an entire new genre of music that has been imitated from then on, but not outdone as of this writing. This album shows us what pop music should be and how to make it like it is meant to be made. From the first track to the last, THRILLER delivers an incredible amount of emotion and danceable tunes that never get old, as many songs do. In short, it is the BEST and greatest album ever created and shows the amazing things you can do with music.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Destiny Fulfilled
Label: Sony
Artist: Destiny's Child
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Destiny's Child Fulfills their Destiny


Destiny Fulfilled is sure to Fulfill You

The theory says that all major female groups cannot fulfill their destiny for the fans, the skeptical media, or themselves but Destiny's Child again proves the theory wrong. `Destiny Fulfilled' the fourth installment from our girls (and the second from DC3) ignores the slump of the typical comeback album and reaches for a timeless listening experience. Four solo albums, three years, two acting careers, and one Broadway show later, the girls display their growth as women and as artists on the album. All three of the women are credited as executive producers but Beyonce again shines playing a hand in the production and the vision for the album. This is totally and indisputable a group album! Each woman's parts are all somewhat balanced with Kelly or Beyonce splitting the first two verses and Michelle making the song click with the hooks/bridges. It's suprising to say EVERY woman has grown vocally especially Michelle who has always sounded as the odd-man and even Beyonce who we've been hearing since Destiny's Child came on the scene.

The opening "Lose My Breath" with its drum cadences and dance-driven rhythm is for all you "Jumpin, Jumpin" fans. "Soldier" and "T-Shirt" shows each girl in a strong Hip-Hop influenced track and this continues throughout the album.

One of the stand-out songs is "Girl" a typical DC3-themed song displaying a rather classyreality of female-empowerment. "Cater 2 U" and "Bad Habit" are somewhat Usher influenced by beat and rhythm but the girls do the songs justice.

The inspirational song "Free" is a breath of fresh air, more mature than the child-like "Happy Face". It is almost like Jill Scott's song Golden. "If," and "Love" will remind us why we love DC3; their delicious harmonious ballads. "Is She the Reason" is almost "Say My Name" part 2 in theme and lyrics asking the man if the other girl is the reason why he can't return phone calls. It also has somewhat of a 70s RnB feel to it. "Game Over" (the bonus track) is another love song and is considered a bonus track because it is not listed. It's just a treat that buyers get for not PIRATING the CD! TRUE DC3 Fans would not have to.

"Through with Love" is a mid-tempo Gospel-like break-up song that proves deep and loveable. The music is pulsating like "The Story of Beauty" which automatically makes it a must-hear. The girls outdo themselves on this song.

Just like the song, the girls outdo themselves on the entire album. Again timeless and memorable, DC3 is back with another hit album. Beyonce, Michelle, and Kelly are DC3 forever and have indeed fulfilled their destiny with `Destiny Fulfilled.'

Personal Favorite Song: Through With Love
Personal Top 3 Songs: Through with Love, Girl, Free
Lyrics: 88
Originality: 88
Production: 95
Vocals: 100
Overall: 93



Product: Audio CD
Title: Bridge Over Troubled Water/This Is The Night
Label: RCA
Artist: Clay Aiken
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
This CD


Clay Aiken has the most beautiful voice that just makes all your problems melt away. My only regret is that the choir in the background of Bridge is unneccessary for his pure voice.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Stripped
Label: RCA
Artist: Christina Aguilera
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Stripped


Whatever you do, don't judge Stripped by its cover -- either the provocative (read: tarty) front cover, or your initial impression of first single "Dirrty." The worst song of 2002 won't give you any indication of what's to come. Fact is, as a pop record, Stripped is practically flawless: There's not a single dud among the other 15 tracks, and the number of highlights is mind-boggling. Torch songs, guitar-tinged mid-tempo numbers -- the work on Aguilera's second album is impeccable, from the songs to the production to her rich, multi-timbral voice. This album is to the former teenybopper what Daydream was to Mariah Carey: A collection of sure-to-be hits that's also a perennially strong, occasionally magical pop album.
Carey comparisons will fly on the numerous piano-driven ballads ("The Voice Within," "Soar") where Aguilera indulges in vocal workouts over the nuanced orchestrations; hopefully strong tear-jerkers "Walk Away" and "Beautiful" will relieve her of the impulse to cover Etta James' "At Last" in concert. The power ballad ("Cruz") and the sugary hip-pop cut ("Can't Hold Me Down") come just as effortlessly.
But where Aguilera finally distinguishes herself -- from Mariah, Britney, or whomever -- is in her willingness to take chances, and put in the effort to make them pay off. There's no doubt that ardent fans are going to hate parts of this record; they're not going to be prepared for psychedelic power pop (the very Hole-like "Make Over"), atmospheric neo-soul ("Loving Me 4 Me"), or street-corner funk ("Underappreciated") -- and certainly won't like the results.
They'll likely be flabbergasted by the Alicia Keys-penned "Impossible" -- which sounds like Motown soul channeled through Ronnie Spector -- and depressed by the particularly chilling guitar-based ballad "I'm Okay," which recasts her father's abusive behavior in all the painful and weird ways Top 40 tries to avoid. In all this, though, is the real definition of Stripped: The real Christina Aguilera coming into her own, a beautiful thing to behold