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Product: Audio CD
Title: Evita: Music From The Motion Picture
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, Madonna
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
A musical tale of two icons


"Evita," the soundtrack to the film version of the musical play, is noteworthy for a number of reasons. But one of the aspects of this double CD that most intrigues me is the fact that we have a contemporary cultural icon (Madonna) portraying another cultural icon from an earlier generation (Eva Peron, the late First Lady of Argentina). But that curious fact aside, this double CD is an excellent collection of music. The emotionally rich music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, the illuminating lyrics of Tim Rice, and the performances of a fine cast (principally Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce, and Jimmy Nail) come together splendidly.
The story of Eva "Evita" Peron unfolds like a classic tragedy: a girl from the wrong side of the tracks rises to a position of power and influence, only to be undone by an element beyond her control.
These discs are a triumphant response to all those critics who have, for years, said that Madonna's talent lies more in marketing than in singing. The role of Evita is complex and demanding, and Madonna really rises to the challenge. Her performance is both fine singing and fine acting.
I was pleasantly surprised by the performance of Madonna's costar, Antonio Banderas. Yes, his command of the English lyrics seems a bit shaky at the start of his first big number, disc one's "Oh What a Circus." But Banderas quickly gains control of the material, and ultimately delivers a triumphant performance that matches that of Madonna. His performance on disc two's "High Flying, Adored" is particularly skillful, and full of emotion.
One of my favorite childhood memories consists of listening to the recording of the original Broadway cast of "Evita," so I approached the Madonna version with a little hesitation. But I found this double CD to be as stirring and as beautiful as the first version of my memory. My thanks and congratulations to all involved.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Laundry Service
Label: Sony
Artist: Shakira
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
You did great!! Shakira!


I had never listened to much of Shakira's music before this debut though I had heard of her. I had some doubts about buying this cd, since I had heard Pies Desczaldos and... well, it just wasn't my type of music! However, I bought the cd, and it's incredible! While I agree with others that the English lyrics are a little jumbled and don't really flow, the songs more than make up for the strange, irregular wording. I usually like more upbeat, dance tracks, so I really enjoy Objection and its Spanish version, Ready for the Good Times, Whenever Whenever (though it's been a little overplayed now), and I LOVE the middle eastern feel of Eyes Like Yours. Her belly dancing is very cool, and her multicultural heritage of Colombian/Lebanese gives her an added dimension. Her phrasing and vocal style is very unique (though it may just be because she is not quite fluent in English). Overall though, I think this is a fabulous album that proves Shakira's journey is just beginning. And just wondering- why did it take so long for English speakers to find her?!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Revancha Del Tango (Bonus CD)
Label: Xl / Beggars Us Ada
Artist: Gotan Project
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
WHO WANTS TO TANGO? I DO...I DO!!!


After hearing nearly every song on Gotan Project's "La Revancha del Tango" on other compilations CDs that I own, I started not to get it. BUT--being the compulsive CD shopper/collector that I am--I'm down to buying a CD every other day now--I decided, oh, what the hell? Won't be the first time I've bought a CD where I've heard nearly all the songs somewhere else. TANGO is the order of the day when you pop this baby in...equally relaxing as it is energetic, "La Revancha del Tango" is a great CD full of Parisian/Brazillian flavor sure to impress and entertain all your friends, siblings, parents, neighbors and maybe even the cat!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Enchantment
Label: Sony
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
It's the Voice that Counts


Charlotte church is a clean-cut girl that sells her voice more than her image. She is a beautiful person and sings with words of inspiration and hope. Her songs are easy to understand. Her since of stlye is MODEST and at the same time up to date. You can clearly tell that Charlotte has a gift of song. Enchantment lifts your spirit and helps you relax and enjoy yourself. Charlotte started singing at a very young age and captured the hearts of thousands with her intelligence and her stunning voice. She is well on her way to success. Her personality shines through and she will go far.