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Product: Audio CD
Title: Get Ready
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: New Order
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
An inauspicious reunion


Having been a hardcore New Order fan since 1986 I looked forward to their reunion album with great enthusiam. It pains me to say this, but they probably shouldn't have bothered. Get Ready is an embarrassingly limp rehash of early New Order guitar rock that never should have seen the light of day.
For me the main problem is the lyrics. Bernard Sumner has never exactly been a poet, but these belong in the "bad high school" category. Consider the chorus of "Turn My Way": "I don't wanna be like other people are/Don't wanna own a key, don't wanna wash my car". Uh, OK.
Even worse is the closing ballad "Run Wild", which makes me cringe, not only for the uber-cheesy guitar balladry of it (which is bad enough), but consider this bold statement: "You're the kind of person/I always wanted to be with/Well you're really cool/And you always say the right things to me". Give me a break.And the song "Rock the Shack" seems to exist simply for guest Primal Scream vocalist Bobby Gillespie to shyell meekly behind Bernard in the goofy chorus.
The best songs on the album are "Close Range" and "60 MPH", combining driving beats, lush keyboards, and N.O.'s requisite clanging guitars. Lead single "Crystal" isn't too bad, but it's certainly their weakest single ever.
I can't fathom all of the positive reviews that this album is getting. Am I completely missing it somehow? I don't think so. By using lyrics that sound like they were written on the way to the studio, pointless guest appearances, too few hooks, and no apparent inspiration, New Order have succeeded in putting out a worse batch of tunes than I thought possible. OK maybe there does seem to be a bit more energy and fun being exhibited on this release, but it's far too little to save the record.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Rebirth
Label: Sony
Artist: Jennifer Lopez
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
What a disappointment!


After the first single was released, I was so excited to go out and buy her CD when it came out! However, after listening to the tracks on Amazon, I re-thought that decision. I think all of the songs leave much to be desired. What is it with artists who attempt to lure the public to buy their CD by releasing an awesome first single? Gwen did it with "Love, Angel, Music, Baby," and Jen's doing it with "Rebirth." I LOVE "Get Right," but the rest of the album doesn't sound promising, so they won't be getting my money. Just a tip for people considering buying the album - listen to the track samples first. If you like the majority of them, THEN buy the album. Otherwise, just stick to iTunes, and pay for the songs you like.



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Hours (Score)
Label: Nonesuch
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
I am glad I purchased this!


I was in a hurry while shoppping, so I grabbed the first CD I saw. I had never heard of the composer, so I begin to regret buying this score. All that regret faded into the background when the first track started. It was simply stunning!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael
Label: Sony
Artist: George Michael
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
George Micheal rules!!!!!!!!!!


I have got the CD Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael and I love it. I am big George Michael fan. He is my favourite singer. This CD is wonderful. All songs on Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael are wonderful. A must buy.