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Product: Audio CD
Title: MP4: Days Since a Lost Time Accident
Label: Sony
Artist: Michael Penn
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Trying A Little Too Hard...But Still Entertaining

It's odd....I seem to like every other release from Michael Penn. I really liked his 1989 debut "March" and I loved 1997's "Resigned". On the other hand, I hated 1992's "Free-For-All" (I still can't sit thru it all the way!). Needless to say, I was a bit wary about his fourth release. Well, I'm happy to say that there's more on the plus side than the minus when it comes to "MP4". Starting in the negative column we have the title (what's up with that! ), a wordy, weird mishmash that is a prime example of the CD's main weak point. While Penn has always been a clever, insightful wordsmith, he seems to be trying too hard on this release. It's almost as if marriage to Aimee Mann has awakened a slumbering beast in Penn. What seemed natural and second nature to him in the past now at times seems forced and contrived. He's gotten wordy for word's sake. It's almost like he's trying to prove he's as eloquent a lyricist as Mann. Michael.....lighten up! You've got nothing to prove! On the plus side, we've got some top-notch songs, starting with the chiming opening track "Lucky One", probably one of the few songs to make both change and the Millennium sound fun. Also of note is "Whole Truth", an aching, painful piece of hurt, and the charming slice of life known as "High Time", which sports such real, thoughtful lyrics as "that was mean/that was totally uncalled for" and "til you reach the point where you must choose/between what you lost and what you stand to loose". My favorite track, though, is the pounding, driving "Footdown"; using it's density to great effect, it trys to mask a sense of yearning and desperation. Rounding out the CD is the somber closing track "Bucket Brigade". Sooooo......while I don't consider this one of Michael Penn's BEST releases, it's still a STRONG one.One thing for sure.....I'm sure looking forward to his next one!

Product: Audio CD
Title: Rocky Mountain High: A Tribute To John Denver
Label: Cmh Records
Artist: T, T John Denver
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
Sweet Lonesome

The review above seems to take for granted a prejudice against country people and bluegrass music--my question is: if you don't like sweet annd honest twang, what on earth are you doing buying a blugrass disc? Perhaps if the author had seen Matewan or Coal Miner's Daughter as well as Deliverance, the poignancy of true American folk music wouldn't have been lost on him or her.
I confess that I've always had a soft spot for John Denver despite his cheesy fan base (see above)--perhaps it has something to do with that Muppets Christmas album I still adore--and to be able to hear his sweet, simple tunes as rendered in banjo, dobro, lap steel, hammer dulcimer and such is truly a joy.
I recommend this disc to you if you're the sort of person who respects the twang and have ever (perhaps shamefacedly) enjoyed getting Annie's Song stuck in your head.

Product: Audio CD
Title: In The Zone
Label: Jive
Artist: Britney Spears
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Much, much better!

I have all of Britney's albums, but I was never completely satisfied with them. Her style has become more mature and I can tell that she isn't trying to impress the mainstream media. I am actually satisfied with this album! Although some the songs remind of Kylie Minogue, I think it fits Britney well. I gave 4 stars because it coulda been better, but it's still really good! It's great that she's not all teeny-bopper-bubblegum-pop anymore!
1. Me Against the Music - very catchy, great to dance to.2. I Got That (Boom Boom) - the collaboration with the Ying Yang Twins is, well, intersting. I like it! 3. Showdown - the beginnig of the song reminds me of Nip/Tuck for some reason, but anywho...not the best song the album but good.4. Breath on Me - this is very different from her old stuff. I like it. Her voice sounds nice in this song. I guess it's cuz she's not tryin' so hard to be bubblegum-ish, she's just being her!5. Early Mornin' - right when I heard this song I could tell that Moby had something to do with it! Of course he produced and did a great job. 6. Toxic - My favorite song on the album! It's very dance-ish, very catchy, and fun.7. Outrageous - Ok song, but R. Kelly needs to experiment with new sounds! It's getting annoying hearing the same stuff from that man!8. Touch My Hand - My other favorite song on the album. Great song! No wonder this was the first song she cut for the album!9. The Hook Up - Not so great, but tolerable. I think this is the worse song on the album. Christina would of tore this song up though.10. Shadow - eh! not much to say about this song, just alright.11. Brave New Girl - very catchy and...well...girly. It's a fun song.12. Everytime - It's an OK song.13. Me Against the Music (remix) - good remix.

Product: Audio CD
Title: No Strings Attached
Label: Jive
Artist: *NSYNC
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
Not Very Good.

This CD is poor quality. There is only 4 songs I like. It is Bye Bye Bye It's Gonna Be Me It Makes Me ill (kinda') This I Promise You (kinda, because Justin's voice ruins it, but it is such a beautiful song...).
Why does a lot of people like Digital Getdown? It is about.... cybersex! Ewwww! It is a attempt at techno music, which they don't do well at, in my opinion. Another bad song is the two last tracks at the end of the album, I'll Be Good For You and another song. I don't like those two. bye