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Product: Audio CD
Title: Play
Label: V2. / Bmg
Artist: Moby
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Blues Gets Dance Treatment!


What a long slow burner this album has been.It's hard to believe that it is practically two years old.One of the first places it first came to prominence was in Ireland and in Germany.Then many of the tracks were used on t.v. adverts in the U.K. and it has been a steady climber in North America for a long time.Many people describe this as purely a dance album,but I think the sound is far to varied to closet it into one category.
The first thing that struck me about the c.d. the first time I heard it was the way Moby used the sound of old spiritual music and combined it with drum machines,synths and plenty of bass to give it a really dancey feel.Many of the songs though like this are just a bit too slow to be looked upon as dancefloor faves.The first two songs and track 8 the blues song Natural Blues have this groundbreaking sound to them.
Then of course there are the ambient tracks like Porcelain-which is a really beautiful song apart from the weedy singing.This song takes you to a dreamy paradise and it was no surprise they used it on the soundtrack to the movie The Beach.Track 6 Rushing is also quite ambient but in an even slower more mellow sort of way.Track 13 does ambient but in a style you would associate with The Chemical's-especially the excellent bass riff that dominates this song.
Track 4 "Why Does My Heart...." Was a huge hit in Germany before this c.d. was huge worldwide and it's easy to see why.The sound is more poppy then most of the tracks.It's sort of a halfway house between the tracks which are totally influenced by those spiritual sounds and a commercial dance,soul pop song.It's the most commercial track on a pretty commercial c.d."Bodyrock" has the quickest tempo-a real dance song,with a rock edge guitar riff and non-stop in your face rap.
This is a long c.d.-63 mins and it has 18 tracks.Some of the more interesting tracks are towards the end-but these tracks seem to have been more or less ignored.Track 14-Everloving is a beautiful song-almost folky acoustic guitar,haunting piano and ambient synth effects.Which build into a glorious almost technicolour climax.Track 15 has total minimalist ambience-strong drum machine beating out an even,constant and simple rhythmic pattern;sweeping synth chords and then the dark strong single piano notes add to 5 minutes of dreamy pleasure.Things get even slower on the next track called "Guitar flute & string"-the sound is fully explained by the song title.
All in all this c.d. is an essential purchase.It's also a nice introduction to a semi-dance sound for those only getting into that musical genre.The c.d. has been a bit over-exposed over here,yet there are enough tracks of excellent quality towards the end of the c.d. that remain fairly untouched by those commercial powers.The songs at the start still sound great though,especially up at a healthy volume and when you haven't heard them in a long time.next one should be interesting!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Bunkka
Label: Maverick
Artist: Paul Oakenfold
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
Why are we paying attention to him again?


In a word, "ugh". A lot of people are going to be predisposed to disliking or underestimating this record before they even hear it, thinking that anyone whose highly-lauded world reputation mainly consists of spinning other people's music (in the words of the inimitable Henry Rollins, "a record player player") is probably a suspect musician at best. And while there are sufficient examples of DJs who have released original material that weren't wretched to counter this belief, this album and DJ is not one of them.
Let me make this much clear: I wanted to give the record a straight one star because the music is either derivative, doesn't go anywhere or just seems devoid of any consideration for quality control. The fact that Oakenfold was brave enough to not simply craft a record containing the types of music he's known for spinning is daring, with influences and vocal appearances from all OVER the place, so he gets an extra star from me for being brave, even if the execution was fairly horrendous. Actually, now that I think about it, consider the 2 stars 1 and a half. Bravery will only get you so far. There's pushing the envelope, and there's tossing it into the wind hoping it lands in someone's mailbox that can read the letter inside.
Don't be confused: this record isn't the kind of stuff you're used to hearing him spin, so consider yourself warned.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Born to Run
Label: Sony
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
elvis may be the king....but springsteen is the BOSS


This album is an absolute must have for any rock n' roll fan. It contains what is possibly the single greatest rock n roll song ever written (Born to Run). The song's mix of bold and brash sounds combined with Springsteen's poetic versers and imagery (such as the Peter Pan overtones of innocence being lost makes it a classic, the classic). The album is rounded out with other Springsteen classics such as 10th Avenue Freeze out and Thunder Road. Thunder Road is one of Springsteen's lyrical masterpieces. The song presents the themes of escape and acceptance in moving tones with forceful but not overly strong musical accompanyment.
Backstreets, a song which rises in vigor just as its lyrics is a classic rock tune and for those who have never heard Jungleland, you will wonder why Springsteen is not revered as Frost, Whitman, and other great American poets are.
The album's music is awesome and the album could be purchased on that basis alone. However, if you do not listen to the lyrics then you are missing out on the greatest elements of the album.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Doing This...On Ice!
Label: Pilot
Artist: Jack Bruce
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
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This is a repackage of the same concert as Live Vol 9. It includes 3 tracks not found on Live. It should have been labeled as a re-package (...)