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Product: Audio CD
Title: Victim of Love
Label: Universal Int'l
Artist: Elton John
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
Setting This Record Straight

"Victim Of Love" is probably the most harshly-judged, misunderstood album in Elton's catalog. Every review I've ever read about this album instantly compares it to his other studio albums...but they are missing the point! "Victim Of Love" was never intended as a "let's go in the studio and cut a disco album and jump on the disco bandwagon" release.
The story goes like this: While Elton was in Nice, France recording what would become his "21 At 33" album, he was contacted by disco writer-producer Pete Bellotte. Pete was in Munich and told Elton that he had tracks for a disco album and invited Elton to record the main vocals. Being the ultimate music fan, Elton jumped at the chance. The sessions were done basically in one day, and Elton returned to France to continue work on "21 At 33". As Elton himself would say, "this was completely a 'one-off' project".
If you keep an open mind, you'll hear that it's quite obvious that Elton is having a ball laying down the vocals. His voice (thanks to some vocal advice on singing in his lower register from producer Thom Bell two years before) was the strongest and most exuberant of any of his previous output up to that point. And wisely, his vocals were allowed to soar over the arrangements. And though the remake of "Johnny B. Goode" may be unthinkable to rock purists, the fact of it is this isn't a rock album.
Best tracks are "Warm Love In A Cold World", "Thunder In The Night" (which has just about every Bee-Gees lick you can think of) and the title track, which just plain soars!
I give this one 3-stars, partially for the clean, energetic arrangements and his strongest vocals of the 70's, but mostly for being willing to just cut an album for the pure sake of just having a good time...regardless of what the critics would think.
NOTE TO AEROBIC INSTRUCTORS: This album is perfect for your classes...lots of energy and a steady, consistent beat.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Ray of Light
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Kejserinden med de mange image

Madonnas f?rste album udkom i 1983 og hvem ville have troet at hun ville v?re s? ber?mt i dag, som hun er. Madonna har haft mange looks og den nye i r?kken er moderrollen. Madonna er falden til ro efter hendes datter Lurdes er kommet til verden og hun har bl.a. v?ret inspirationen til Madonnas nye album Ray Of Light, som er en af Madonnas besdte album til dato. S.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Laundry Service
Label: Sony
Artist: Shakira
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
Not as good as I thought it would be

If you like Shakira's spanish albums (a lot) be prepared for a big change. I love her spanish work so I bought this with out even listening to it. Mistake... and I can't return it because I opened it. I suggest listening to it before you buy it.

Product: Audio CD
Title: The Best That I Could Do 1978-1988
Label: Mercury / Universal
Artist: John Mellencamp
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Not exactly the best that he can do.

As true Mellencamp followers know, his best work has never seen a spot on the billboard charts. This CD contains hits that span 10 years (good songs), but the true gems from those years were never played on the radio. This album features "Ain't Even Done With the Night" from his early effort, "Nothin' Matters and What if it Did?" His actual best on that album, however, was "To M.G." or perhaps, "Make Me Feel." Similarly, you won't find "Hand to Hold On To" or "Weakest Moments" from "American Fool" on this compilation. "Pink Houses" from "Uh-Huh" is arguably one of his best songs and since it was a chart-topper, it does appear here. The entire "Scarecrow" album is incredible -- and hardly adequately represented by "R.O.C.K." and "Small Town." The point is, if you want to listen to some excellent songs that were played on the radio in the 80's, the! ! n get this one. But if you want to hear the "best that he can do," you'll have to start collecting all the Mellencamp albums one by one.