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Product: Audio CD
Title: Invincible
Label: Sony
Artist: Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
FANTASTIC


This album is fantastic - please buy it, ignore the media Michael bashing and let the music speak for itself. It is AMAZING.



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
Two For One Deal


Clay's awesome. Let's just get said and done right now. Though his gospel choir has a tendency to drown out his awe-inspiring voice on "Bridge Over Troubled Water", he sounds like perfection in this song. It's definitely more rehearsed than his performances, less raw quality to his voice, but he still sounds great, and the song is awesome. "This Is The Night" is one of those songs that grows on you until you play it on repeat until two in the morning. Here, his voice is very clear, and again, completely perfect. It sounds more like a performance, with the way he gets so into it at the end, but hey, he sounds great. While Ruben's single contains "Superstar", a song that is already on another CD from American Idol, Clay's single contains two new songs from him...and neither will disappoint in the least.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Citizen Steely Dan: 1972-1980
Label: Mca
Artist: Steely Dan
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
TIMELESS


I was born in 1975, so I was all of 5 years old when Steely Dan released " Gaucho". This was, of course, their final album before the recent "Two Against Nature". Which brings me to the point. At a time when pop music is essentially about nothing and my generation buys Limp Bizkit albums to no end, why is it that I feel a connection with this particular group whose career began 3 years before I was born? The reason is because Steely Dan were a) ahead of their time b)keenly aware and UNAFRAID of their musical roots and influences AND c) some damn fine musical craftsmen. This box-set collects every song on every one of their first seven albums. It's cheaper than buying the albums separately AND it comes in a great looking package. It also keeps the music in order of release, so you get a nice sense of growth as you listen. I got this as a Christmas gift and I've treasured it every day since. The CD's sound very crisp and the songs are great. I feel the stories told by Donald & Walter are universal and even my generation could relate to them if only they gave it a REAL LISTEN. Steely Dan is truly timeless, so don't sleep on this collection. Scoop it up, pour yourself a drink, light a cigarette, and enjoy the show.



Product: Audio CD
Title: HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I
Label: Sony
Artist: Michael Jackson
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
If you like Michael Jackson...


You'll love this set. Michael's descent into madness/plastic surgery mania/weird stuff with children has put a huge blot on his career entirely of his own making. But the quality of his work puts fellow pop acts to shame. Is there a more flat-out dance tune to define the 80s than Beat It? How many Britney or NSYNC songs reach the emotional complexity of "Billie Jean is not my lover, she's just a girl who says that I am the one, but the kid is not my son"? (Answer: None.)
Okay, so it's not THAT complex. This is pop, after all. But Jackson's post-Thriller work also has some undeniable gems. Man in the Mirror is my favorite Jackson song of all time, and I'm not afraid to say it (although I'm sure I will get ridiculed at the office). It's a great song with a great message.
Disc 1 is clearly the star of this two-disc opus, with most of the really big hits. But Disc 2 has some interesting songs dealing with Jackson's isolation and tabloidization. It's less poppy disc with harder edges "They don't really care about us."
Two questions: Where are "Smooth Criminal" and "Leave Me Alone"? Maybe he's saving that for History Part II when it comes out in, oh 2009.