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Product: Audio CD
Title: On the 6
Label: Sony
Artist: Jennifer Lopez
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
more luck next time

Ok, now let's be honest: Jennifer Lopez always looks gorgeous and she definitely knows how to catch the public's attention, but she never was and never will be a great vocal talent. Like Janet Jackson, JLo relies largely on her much revealing outfits and eye-catching videos, rather than her music. All in all there are five songs on this album that I really like: "no me ames (tropical mix, not the slow version)", "let's get loud" - the ultimate party song, "if you had my love", "waiting for tonight" and "feelin' so good" - also the four singles released from the album. Coincidence, huh? I don't think so. None of those songs are terribly original, nor can they fall back on very intelligent lyrics. They're just a bunch of unpretentious party songs and that's all right with me. The rest of the album, I'm sorry to say, is absolute rubbish. So here's my advice to Miss Lopez: stick to acting, you're so much better at it and if you really can't repress the urge to make music, then stay away from the ballads, 'cause we've heard them all about a million times before!

Product: Audio CD
Title: Bruce Springsteen - Greatest Hits
Label: Sony
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
A Confused, Awkward Collection

Admittedly, the Boss is one hard guy to compile. For one thing, Bruce's hit singles barely touch the surface of what he's all about (it doesn't help that the majority of these songs are found on Born in the U.S.A.). On the other had, the casual fan doesn't want "Growing Up" or "Candy's Room" over "Glory Days" and "I'm On Fire". Which is why it would've made sense to release this as a double-disc set.
Instead, Springsteen has given us a single-disc "greatest hits" package that's a bit schitzoid. He gives the die-hards their share with "Badlands" and "Thunder Road". For the mainstream base, Bruce adds on a few "U.S.A." tunes and "Streets of Philadelphia". To please himself, "Atlantic City" and "Better Days" crop up. What this amounts to is a rather awkward listen. Because he has tried to please everybody, he has satisfied no one. There aren't enough legitimate hits for the AM-crowd, and the die-hard tracks are almost teasers for what should've been a more comprehesive listen. The tracks are fine, of course, but they lose a bit of their luster outside of their parent albums. To sum it up, the casual fan is better off with "U.S.A." and the die-hards will just have to wait for the inevitable box set.

Product: Audio CD
Title: MCMXC A.D.
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: Enigma
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5

I have owned this cd since it's release in '91, and have not stopped listening to it since. Others have echoed my sentiments about the redeeming facets of this music, so I need not be redundant there. Some people have gone so far to say that their (well, Cretu's..) newer relelase, "Le Roi Est Mort...." is not nearly as interesting. I disagree strongly. Cretu has matured as an artist, but I do wish he would sing less. It would have a far better effect used more sparingly - as on "Rivers of Belief," the only track on MCMXC A.D. he sings on. For those starving for music like this, I recommened you search out titles by Delerium. Many have said they out-and-out mimicked the style of Enigma, but Leeb and Fulber have been around far too long to stoop so low. There is plenty of room in this "mixed-bag" genre for newcomers to push the boundaries of these sounds in new directions.
You like this cd?? Then check out Delerium's "Semantic Spaces," Deep Forest's debut cd (steer clear of the follow-ups, as they are dogs!) and also Mike Oldfield's "Songs For Distant Earth." He makes excellent use of world-music blurbs and Gregorian chanting on his effort.
But long may Cretu and Enigma rule!!!!

Product: Audio CD
Title: Highlights From The Phantom Of The Opera: The Original Cast Recording (1986 London Cast)
Label: Decca U.S.
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
About $30 Cheaper Than Actually Seeing Phantom

The show is an unforgettable once in a lifetime experience. The CD is wonderful with the best cast ever assembled for this.