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Product: Audio CD
Title: After the Ball
Label: Collector's Choice
Artist: John Fahey
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Surprisingly Distinctive

I became interested in John Fahey while in college through the credit Leo Kottke gave to Fahey in liner notes and in covering several Fahey tunes. Between Kottke releases, hungry for more of this type of music, I sought out Fahey and Peter Lang to satisfy my lust. Some Kottke fans can't make the transition to Fahey's slow tempo, and sometimes weird offerings. But I kept on listening because I heard an inner voice in the eccentricity of Fahey's music.
Among Fahey fans, this disc is not particularly popular because as with 'Rivers and Religion' (my Fahey favorite) he uses a Dixieland/ragtime orchestra on several cuts. But he uses it well, and sprinkles it judiciously throughout the recording. Now that bands like Squirrel Nut Zippers have risen in popularity, there might be a new audience for this disc.
Fahey was always trying to do something interesting with his music. Here he's picked the tunes, the musicians and the arrangements and pulled it off. New Orleans Shuffle (2) in the Squirrel Nut Zippers instrumental style, with solos of guitar, clarinet, and cornet. I wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free (5) is played with the reverence and precision a church hymn should. After the Ball (10) evokes images of the last number in a long night for 30's dance band.
But there's plenty of classic Fahey for the purists, and it's quality stuff. The acoustic tunes on *After The Ball* are more up-tempo than the funereal sound many people think of when Fahey's name comes to mind. Horses (1) is a jaunt with a bouncy, happy canter and a few flashes of Fahey's fancy fretwork. Beverly (3) starts out beautifully sinister and slow, then quickening in tempo and alternating again until it rises to satisfying finish. Om Shanti Norris (4) is my all-time favorite John Fahey tune for its intricacy of musical patterns. It's a delicate, blusesygrass mantra, done like a vocal round. It is like what a musical Jackson Pollack painting would be--- banjos providing a basic melodic drop cloth upon which slide guitars dribble ever so lightly, and Fahey's finger-pickin' good licks embroider their own patterns over all. When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose (6) A pleasant, happy song that evidences the influence Fahey's style had on the early Kottke. Hawaiian Two-Step (7) It's a shame this song is on such an obscure record, because it undoes the damage to ukulele music by Arthur Godfrey and Tiny Tim. Bucktown Stomp (8) acoustic guitar, with a little calliope/organ thrown in for good measure. Why didn't somebody use this for a TV commercial backdrop? Candy Man (9) A happy-go-lucky interpretation of the traditional tune.
Richie Unterberger wrote the interesting liner notes to the Collector's Choice Music CD, adding historical anecdotes of the production and marketing response to this recording and are worth reading. And if you like American music, this disc is well worth purchasing.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Room for Squares
Label: Sony
Artist: John Mayer
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Good CD better live

This is a really good CD if you like a DMB sounding type music. I have traded a lot of his stuff and some of his best works he hasn't released and the guitar playing and backround is much better from the stuff I got this way. The CD isn't as good period as his other stuff. So is ummary good CD but if you want to hear him at his best see him live or download some of his stuff from concerts.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Metamorphosis
Label: Buena Vista
Artist: Hilary Duff
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
pretty good

I like Hilary, but her Cd still needs some work ;) Good luck to her next CD releaseing in Spetember 28, 2004.

1. So Yesterday 3/5
2. Come Clean 5/5
3. Workin' It Out 3/5
4. Little Voice 2/5
5. Where Did I Go Right? 5/5
6. Anywhere but Here 3/5
7. The Math 2/5
8. Love Just Is 4/5
9. Sweet Sixteen 3/5
10. Party Up 2/5
11. Metamorphosis 4/5
12. Inner Strength 3/5
13. Why Not 5/5

Product: Audio CD
Title: Chemical Wedding
Label: Cmc International
Artist: Bruce Dickinson
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
The greatest Heavy Metal CD.

This is going to be a simple review.
Buying a new album is like a gamble. You know there's at least one good song, the single you probably heard on the radio/television, but you don't know about the other songs. If you know Bruce Dickinson and you were lucky enough to hear/buy Accident of Birth, you know this album has to be something special. So you put on this album and are immediately blown away by how heavy it is. Chemical Wedding, Gates of Urizen and Jerusalem will immediately grab you. After a second listen you'll realize that there is not one weak song on the album. In fact, you'll even have a hard time deciding which one is your favorite. This is the best album I've ever heard in my life. This is the culmination of everything Bruce Dickinson has done musically in his life and you would do very well sharing the experience. I can't possibly recommend it enough.