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Product: Audio CD
Title: Black and Blue
Label: Jive
Artist: Backstreet Boys
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
A disappointment


It was a mix of pop and soft hit and for that It was one of the best c.d.'s I'v ever sampled. -Ria-



Product: Audio CD
Title: Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?
Label: Alien8 Recording
Artist: The Unicorns
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Best CD I've heard in a while


Yes, the above reviews are right. It's sugar, it's energy, it's experimental, and most of all...it's fantastic! I'm in love with this CD. They are very experimental in their sounds (using everything from a echoplex to a clarinet), but they do it with style. It's a fun CD, yet has a deeper spiritual undertone to it. Serious enough to keep your attention, yet not taking themselves so serious you lose interest. Highly recommended if you're into the indie scene.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Heathen
Label: Sony
Artist: David Bowie
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
RARE GEM OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN FROM EARTH'S FAVE RESIDENT ALIEN


Hmmm...as a card-carrying, record-buying Bowie fan of some 30 years, I'm going to try and write down my initial impressions of this important opus without holding it up to the super-nova light of Bowie's past numerous works of genius. "Heathen" is a fine record, relatively accessible upon first listen, but no doubt a work that the listener will gain further appreciation of upon repeated listenings. In many ways this record sounds like it could be the logical progression from his excellent "hours.." album of two years ago, more cohesive and aged like a fine port. Nice to have long-time Bowie producer and occasional bass guitarist Tony Visconti back in the fold (hey Tony, don't be afraid to take credit for those superb early 70's Strawbs recordings you produced...they never seem to surface on your list of credits). Together, Bowie and Visconti succeed in creating a fresh new sound, strangely (by today's musical standards) & wonderfully filled with analogue synths, some neat rockin' strings, & Mellotron (and so what if it might be a sample...I always loved Bowie's use of this classic keyboard...go listen to "Big Brother"). Bowie even dusted-off his Stylophone from the "Space Oddity" sessions! There is a thread of sadness - no, that's not accurate - more like a feeling of wistful reflectiveness - that permeates this record. Yet, in inimitable Bowie fashion, there seems to be a great deal of freshness and optimism bubbling just below the surface of this recording when considered as a whole. Any long-time fan of Bowie's will immediately recognize "Slip Away" as pure, unadulterated Bowie at his finest - this time immortalizing the great-lost comedic genius of Uncle Floyd, whose cable-only TV "vaudeville" show flickered boldly here in the NY/NJ area in the early 80's (for me, the feel here is very reminiscent of "The Bewley Brothers", where, in fact, we first heard David's reference to "slip away"); "I'm Afraid" is perhaps the best tip of the hat to the vintage rock n roll sound here, augmented by what has to be one of the finest, most driving string arrangements ever captured on plastic (!), and David's bold assertion (at least in today's mainstream mucky music markets) of "I believe in Beatles"?...Yee-hay! Casting-off those chains of industrial, techno, gloom & doom perhaps? You won't be able to get the catchy pop hooks of "Everyone Says Hi" out of your head; and try driving into a fiery sunset blasting "I Took A Ride On A Gemini Space Ship" and tell me you don't feel as though you could be riding the star-stream on the cusp of a new dawn...a brave new world...glittery, golden...filled with hope for a better future, as per Bowie's demands (pausing for meds...'scuse me...ok...but seriously...try the sunset suggestion...you'll see). Sometimes I think that Bowie, being the chameleon that he is, and ever-so-delicately plucking out the best of others and adapting them to his own style, might be spinning some Morrissey & Captain Sensible discs in his free time (well, we know he always had a special place in his heart for Syd's Pink Floyd...it's in here, believe me). This record captures Bowie refining his vital place in the future of rock; dusting-off his throne, if you will, as the space-invading crooner perhaps: refined, mature, but just as passionate and surreal as ever...doing the music he wants to do, with nary a care for a video! Now how's that for attitude? And let's face it, "Heathen" has got to be one of Bowie's greatest album covers ever. The upside-down printing of the title almost reads like Martian hieroglyphs...my only complaint with the packaging is the nearly microscopic spiraling lyrics, tiny enough to read, without the strikethroughs to boot! But hey, it makes you more determined to actually read 'em, I guess (though most are audible..half the fun of any new Bowie disc is reading the lyrics). Can we get CD's packaged in 12" vinyl sleeves? Anybody out there takin' notes? In conclusion, all I can say is...after I listen to "Heathen", I thank the Gods that Bowie's still breathin' (oops...hope I didn't traumatize anyone by using "Gods" in a sentence)! PS - I would just like to go on record as asserting that, despite all the seemingly negative press Tin Machine seems to get in hindsight, I think Bowie has progressed wonderfully onward and upward ever since he did that gig - and the material on both those records should NOT be written-off as trivial - for Bowie, at the time, it was ground-breaking, and it proved to be the kick in the [butt] he really needed to resurrect himself and not only cast-off what had become an almost floundering, directionless and insipid writing style, but more importantly, a slumping self-image as an artist too; there's lots of excellent material on those records...go re-discover them, and then spin "Heathen". Go...run along now...don't look back...



Product: Audio CD
Title: Voices for Gilda
Label:
Artist: Various Artists
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
A Mothers Wish


I really enjoy listening to Voices for Gilda because it is funny, sentimental, touching and entertaining. It's nice to see the various artists come together to remember Gilda and help others. Way to go Mary Kay Johnson for the fabulous idea and all of your hard work. Eileen sounds beautiful. Her song, "A Friend in You", is wonderful. I would highly suggest buying this CD!