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Product: Audio CD
Title: Born
Label: Decca
Artist:
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
Travesty of Classical Music


Call me a purist, but despite what Bond may say, they are not a classical group. Yes, they were supposedly classically trained at a conservatory and are "talented" (the use of the word is rather subjective), but they obviously do not need any of that training or talent in this cd. It seems like a monkey with some high-tech synthesizers and a recording studio could put out this cd. I'm not saying I don't enjoy techno, but don't fuse classical music and techno. To me this marriage not only sounds really crappy, it's also a travesty of classical music written to have more depth and emotion than Bond remixes it to have, and it is just really bad techno music. Some may say, it successfully "bonds" the two genres of music. In my opinion, it achieves nothing at all except bad music. P.S. May I recommend Sarah Brightman if you are looking for New Ageish/Classical music.



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Notebook
Label: New Line Records
Artist: Various Artists
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Smooth, lovely listen.


* This review is concentrated on the musical score of the movie, composed by AARON ZIGMAN *

AARON ZIGMAN - The Notebook

A really wonderful, subtle and romantic score which is supreme as a smooth background listen as well.Based on a beautiful main theme, performed mainly by a tender-sounding piano and backed up by string orchestra, completed by some flute (and general woodwinds) plus saxophone passages. The score's built over some simple but effective harmony, slow 4/4 meters and interchanges between major and minor chords that altogether with the sweeping string lines succeed in expressing emotional outbursts. The whole experience gets even better if you cut off the numerous (and admittedly disturbing and flaw-interrupting) songs included on the cd, and concentrate on the heartfelt musical score. Fans of the particular area will discover another gem in the face of this work.

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Product: Audio CD
Title: Born to Do It
Label: Atlantic
Artist: Craig David, Craig David
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
DOES NOT BLOW ME AWAY LIKE I THOUGHT!


The album is only worthy for the catchy "Fill me In" and the latin-influenced "7 Days", the rest of the album is totally BORING and w/out any interest. Of course, Craig has a great voice, filled with soul and heat, and the Artfull Dodger's Mark Hill production tries to be a bit creative, using the "garage" style as an alibi to guarantee innovation, but is that enough to make a good album? DON'T BE FOOLED!!!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Encore [Decca]
Label: Decca
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Russell you will be the best too.


Russell Watson is my favorite singer, bar none! What amazes me about this statement is I am another fan who never went for classical or even semi-classical singing and here I am just raving about Watson. This CD is highly recommended by me for the student of just plain good music! I would love to have him achieve the success he has always deserved. He appears, however, to be content to enlighten people like myself who are relatively unfamiliar with classical music. He would surely have more fans in this country if his newer recordings were aired more on pop radio. I have seen him in person a couple of times, and each time he has been just outstanding. I realize it is virtually impossible to translate his pure voice, superb showmanship and overall versatility to any recording! He is fantastic and his modesty in always acknowledging well-wishers lead me to believe he doesn't know the talent he has himself. He has always acknowledged that Pavarotti is the best, but Russell you will be the best too.