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Product: Audio CD
Title: Deltron 3030
Label: Tommy Boy
Artist: Deltron 3030
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Perfection.......


There is no other word that would better describe this album. I am strictly a hip-hop junkie, I dont listen to other types of music, but I am extremely into hiphop. Deltron is more like a crossover artist. If many people heard this album they would be amazed. Its too bad talent like this will remain underground and not mainstream. Dmx, JayZ, or Eminem could never come up with something this creative, this original. Emcees today are still blabbing about their cars and their bank accounts. deltron offers a different aspect to this art we real hiphop heads love so much. Every track is off the wall, Automator has commited his best work on this lp so has del. This is the best album I have heard since Gza's Liquid Swords back in 1995. This album is no joke, the tracks will have listeners begging for more. This album deserves more than 5 stars, more like 25 stars. Del and Automator must have spent countless hours and days working on this pure masterpiece, the outcome is perfection!
Josh Warren ~~ deep hiphop analyst



Product: Audio CD
Title: Felt Mountain
Label: Mute U.S.
Artist: Goldfrapp
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Dream Music


I am writing this review in a semi-conscious, semi-dreamy state. I guess this is the perfect way of listening to this album, the album sounds like a dream to me. Way too lauguid to get out of this dreamy state, one can just let inertia take control, let the melancholy creep onto you. When you realize that you are gradually being sucked into this vortex, you know it is bad, but omigawd, it feels soooo good. Alison Goldfrapp's voice can sound like Lori Carson, Beth Orton or even Shirley Bassey(just check out 'Human'). However, just before you get the impression that this album sounds retro, I gotta tell you how forward seeking this album is. Instead of merely following Portishead's trip-hop melancholia, the instrumentation here provides a more organic touch to the sound, yeah, this album definitely sounds old or outdated when you first hear it. Probably most of you will get the feeling that you have heard it all before, some of you might even dismiss this album saying this is derivative from 'Dummy'. Well, just pay more attention to the detail, to the soundscape, you will realize how unique this album is. The first note of the album is an out-of-place high note, followed by some whistle, leads you into a beautiful village surrounded by mountains. Alison's vocal is mesmerizing, lauguid and frail, that's what I call 'beauty'. 'Paper Bag' is the most acoustic track here, one even gets the feeling that this is a baroquish unplugged album. Under scrutiny, you realize that she is wearing this fur coat made of soft ambient electronica, together with the instrumentation here, the string, the harpischord...her voice is seductive like that of a siren, draws you nearer and nearer to her trap.'Human' is essentially a Shirley Bassey track with a modern touch, making that Shirley Bassey remix album toally obsolete. Probably Goldfrapp will be chosen to make the next James Bond soundtrack? After that, we have the retroish 'Pilot', the Portishead-like displeasure on 'Deer Stop', the ethereal 'Felt Mountain' and the drunken country 'Oompa Radar'. The latest single 'Utopia' starts off with some soprano singing in the background, then it fades out to make way for Alison's half-spoken, half-sung vocal. Together with the gorgeous sound of harpischord and more...more electronic coating here, making this my single of the year.What's more? The lyrics is brilliant, probably better than anything Beth Gibbons can ever dream of. The low-key 'Horse Tears' is best served with a glass of red wine at 2 am. This fantastic closer provides a very natural...even perfect way of finishing this album, it only leaves you begging for more...What more can I say? A perfect pop classic from a future diva, let's just wait and see.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Label: Sony
Artist:
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Fresh New Take on Star Wars


I remember walking out of the theatre after my second viewingof Episode I. I went straight to Sam Goody and bought thissoundtrack. I own all of the Star Wars soundtracks, but keep coming back to this one. It's a great, fresh new take on Star Wars. John Williams has come a long way since Return of the Jedi, and this CD is proof. From the menacing "Duel of the Fates," to the fun, playful "Augie's Great Municipal Band," to the quiet, mysterious "Anakin's Theme," this CD has what every great soundtrack should. I only rated it a 4 because it was, sadly, missing 3 tracks: the moving, powerful rendition of the Force theme played as Qui-Gon takes Anakin from his mother to begin his Jedi training; much of the music played during the space battle in which Anakin participates; and the music played when Qui-Gon and Darth Maul first do battle on Tatooine. But, overall, this CD is must for any fan of classical/soundtrack music! p.s. did anyone else notice that track 12, "Panaka and the Queen's Protectors," contains some of the theme from Jaws...?



Product: Audio CD
Title: Adore
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: The Smashing Pumpkins
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Adore-Smashing Pumpkins


The Pumpkins' much underrated release is indeed a departure from previous albums, but its not necesarily a step in the wrong direction. Adore is a beeping electronic pulse, filled with tales of true love, lost love, and everything in between. While it doesn't effect you the way Gish or Siamese Dream does, it succeeds in creating a luscious atmosphere filled with otherworldy sonics. The lead "Ava Adore" beeps with its obsession and is easily accessible as "Today" or "1979". While its not as strong as the previous ones, the pumpkins manage to loop, plop, and scratch their way into your heart. "Perfect" is a little dull, and it sounds too sure of itself, but other than that, Adore is worth purchasing..I cant really say the same for Machina.