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Product: Audio CD
Title: Outside
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: David Bowie
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Bowie Tackles Madness


A superb collection of art-sound from a seriously misunderstood audio impressionist. The album Outside is a criminally underrated piece of genius which did not achieve the commercial success it richly deserved. The monologues between the eclectic tunes are often disturbing, and the album as a whole obviously was not aimed at the radio market. Fans from the 'Let's Dance' era will probably have switched off after the first two tracks, but more discerning listeners will find this album incredibly interesting to begin with, and will find that there is so much depth in the recording that they will listen and UNDERSTAND more and more every time they play it. The songs taken as single entities are powerful and in places brilliantly constructed, but it is when the whole album is considered that the wider picture becomes clear. The collection as a whole tells the story of an art-detective, Nathan Adler, investigating the art-murder of a 14 year old runaway, Baby Grace Blue. The characterisations are as strong as in the Ziggy-era. This album is a rollercoaster ride throught the mind of an obviously rejuvenated Bowie, who seems to be only now reaching his creative peak. Stand-outs include 'We Prick You', 'Thru These Architect's Eyes', 'I have not been to Oxford Town' and the climactic closing track 'Strangers When we meet'. The variety of musical genres encompassed by the album are breathtaking, from the techno-rock of 'We Prick You', to the mournful crooning on 'Wishful Beginnings', to the smooth rock of 'Strangers when we meet'. In my humble opinion, this album once again demonstrates Bowie's ability to remain ahead of the game, and plays with new ideas so creative that they shame many artists half Bowie's age. The album is undoubtedly one of the best of the 90s and proves what many knew already-Bowie is a multi-genred musical deity, who remains one of the most relevant, challenging and fascinating today.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Human After All
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: Daft Punk
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
Not worth buying


This cd just isn't up to Daft Punks usual standerds. It seem like this is just all the songs that weren't good enough to go on their last album. While there are two good tracks(Technologic, which is almost exactly like Harder, Stronger, Faster, and Human After All, it's just not worth paying for.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Encore [Decca]
Label: Decca
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
An upcoming tremendous talent


Russell Watson sings quite beautifully in his 2nd recording. Even though this second CD is more difficult overall than the "The VOICE", Watson still comes through with a greater performance. Encore proves that Watson is an upcoming talent with tremendous range and emotion.
What will Watson come up with next with those fantastic voices?



Product: Audio CD
Title: Motown
Label: Motown / Pgd
Artist: Michael McDonald
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Impressive and Pretty Damn Good!


I am a very hard critic when it comes to Blue-eyed soul persons trying to sing soul, but this CD surprised me. I am a die-hard Marvin Gaye fan and I truly believe Marvin would be very proud of Michael's faithful and soulful renditions of "I Want You" and "Distant Lover." In general, Michael does Marvin Gaye very well and it's obvious he went to the Marvin Gaye School of Music. I also liked "Since I Lost my Baby," and "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me." "You Are Everything" is definitely not an original Motown song but it was recorded by Marvin and Diana. My least favorite tracks were "Reflections," "Too High," "I Believe When I Fall in Love," and "Signed, Sealed and Delivered." I wished for a Four Tops song or one from Smokey and the Miracles. All in all, Michael did an impressive job and I long for Volume Two. My selections would be: "Four Tops' Still Waters," "Smokey's Ooh Baby, Baby" "Dynamic Superiors' Shoe, Shoe Shine," "Edwin Starr's Twenty-five Miles," Junior Walker's "Shotgun," "Baby I'm For Real" or "We Can Make It Baby, by The Originals," and Marvin's "If I Should Die Tonight." Yes, these would all be my choices for an equally impressive second set. Michael, I hope you're reading these. A great job and keep up the soulful sounds.