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Product: Audio CD
Title: Paper Monsters (CD & DVD)
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: David Gahan
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
WOW!!! FANTASTIC CD & DVD, DEFINATELY A MUST HAVE!!!!!!!


Let me say at the outset that I believe the best Depeche Mode work spanned from Black Celebration through Songs of Faith and Devotion. That doesn't mean they haven't done good work since then, but it hasn't been as consistently good since.
Having said that, I am not going to lament the synth-blues sound that permeates Paper Monsters. Dave's solo debut sounds a fair amount like Ultra, and I don't think he should have to apologize for that resemblance. "Dirty Sticky Floors" is Dave's new "Barrel of a Gun;" "Black and Blue" feels a lot like "Useless;" and "Stay," "A Little Piece," and "Bitter Apple" all feel like cousins to "Home," "Insight," and "The Love Thieves." These tunes sound good in their own right, and stand up well both in comparison to DM and as Dave's initial solo work.
Where Paper Monsters is weak is in some of the lyrical choices. DM have largely been successful because Martin and Dave work well together. Dave is a great singer and I like his taste in music, but his lyrics are lacking in places. ("Bitter Apple" is not one of them -- it's an exceptional song, probably the best on the album, reflecting the mellow wisdom found only in retrospection.) Is Paper Monsters perfect? No, not quite. Is it DM? No, not quite that either. But there is no reason why any artist, in any genre, should have to plead with his fans for not being the same way he was fifteen years ago. There is a maturity to Dave's voice and music that should not be bartered away in the name of some childish insistence on maintaining the sounds we already know and love.
If you are a DM fan, you won't necessarily be happy with Paper Monsters. But if you love Dave's singing voice, and can allow an elder statesman like Dave to explore musical territory without holding him to anything, you might have a new favorite CD. If only Martin's Counterfeit2 sounded this good.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Bridge Over Troubled Water/This Is The Night
Label: RCA
Artist: Clay Aiken
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Wow...very wow


My mom bought this for me, and I could not believe it. It's really wonderful. "This is the Night" is a great, fun song, and "Bridge" is classic and stunning. I highly recommend this for anyone who likes Sinatra, or Josh Groban



Product: Audio CD
Title: New Kids on the Block - Greatest Hits
Label: Sony
Artist: New Kids on the Block
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
This album rocks!!!


When i saw this album sitting in the store, i just had to buy it!!! I was so excited to listen to it, and let me just say it is awesome!! It brought back so many memories for me. I remember when my room was wallpapered with pictures of them, and i had all the buttons! I still even have the sleeping bag!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Synkronized
Label: Sony
Artist: Jamiroquai
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Great !


Even though it's not as good as Travelling without Moving or Return of the Space Cowboy, Synkronized has some really great tracks. The best being Butterfly, Canned Heat, and Falling. This CD has more slow songs than some of his other albums, and i can't say i have a problem with that. The only song i don't really like is Supersonic, even though I can stand that.
1. Canned Heat - Great Up-Tempo song. Off "Center Stage" soundtrack. 10/10.2. Planet Home - Another Upbeat song, though not as good as Canned Heat. Still good. 8.5/103. Black Capricorn Day - Not one of my favorites. A little too rockish and the song is too slow. It's like a fast song caged in a slow beat (hard to explain). 7.5/104. Soul Education - Great Song. Typical Jamiroquai funk. 9/10.5. Falling - I personally love this song. Slow, & jazzy. 9/106. Destitute Illusion - Upbeat. Good song to dance to. 8.5/10 7. Supersonic - Strange, electronic beat. Not Jamiroquai's best. 7/10. 8. Butterfly - Best Jamiroquai song I've heard. The lyrics aren't impressive, but the beat alone merits a 10. AMAZING. 10/10.9. Where Do We Go From Here - Decent. 8/10. 10. King For A Day - Has almost a halloweenish, scary beat. Even still, it's not bad. 8/10.
If you don't have enough money to buy all the Jamiroquai albums, you can skip this one, but it's still a sound investment.