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Product: Audio CD
Title: Off the Wall [Bonus Tracks]
Label: Sony
Artist: Michael Jackson
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
the best michael jackson album!!!


Michael Jackson is one of the most successful, famous and influential music artists in history. His music is among some of the best ever recorded and his debut album represents a large part of this. "Off The Wall" was Michael's debut album and was released in 1979. He was already a huge star as the lead singer of the Jacksons, but this debut album introduced the world to the adult Michael. He was willing to leave the band that made him famous behind and pursue a solo career. This is where it began.
Off The Wall begins with the classic "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough." Released in September 1979, the song was a massive US No.1 and peaked at No.3 in the UK. The beat is strong, and Michael's vocals are very high-pitched in their iconic style. The song has many instrumental styles, but the focus is on the incredible vocal arrangement. At just over six minutes long, the song is a classic in every sense of the word. "Rock With You" was released in February 1980 and was another US No.1. The beat on this song is great and Michael's vocals are very strong. The trumpet that signals after Michael sings "I wanna rock with you" is deeply classy and the eerie instrumental is pure disco fun. "Workin' Day And Night" is perhaps the most uptempo song on this album, and it works very well. The beat is rather muddled, even a little tribal. The verses are speedy, as is the chorus, and Michael has many of his famous noises going on, such as the "Ow!"
"Get On The Floor" is my favourite unreleased song from this album. This song is pure pop disco fun. The beat is brash and loud, along with an echoing feel to it, which makes Michael's vocals stand out a lot more. Michael adds lots of chanting after three minutes which adds to the crazy feel to the song. The album's title track, "Off The Wall" is the worst song on the album, yet it's still a great song. Released in November 1979, the song has a very strange beginning before breaking out with a funky beat and clap. Michael's vocals are excellent and not only showcase his talent, but cement the fact that his vocal range can vary dramatically throughout a song. The verses showcase his deep manly vocals while the choruses show his high-pitched voice. "Girlfriend" is the brilliant song written by Paul McCartney. The song is very sweet and innocent. Michael takes time between his singing in the verses and one begins to wonder just where he's taking it. "Girlfriend...I'm gonna tell your boyfriend...Tell him...Exactly what we're doin'...Tell him what you do to me...Late at night when the wind is free...Girlfriend...I'm gonna show your boyfriend...Show him...The letters I've been saving." Get the picture?
"She's Out Of My Life" is one of the highlights on this album. While a short song at just over three and a half minutes, this deeply emotional ballad makes a big impact. Released in May 1980, the song peaked at No.3 in the UK. Michael's vocals are the strongest on the album on this particular song. Michael fills the lyrics with rich emotion. This is only enhanced when he sings the tear-jerking last word of the song; "life." "I Can't Help It" is a pure funky pop song with soulful tones that make it an ultimate album highlight. The song has some excellent beats and the chorus is particularly memorable. The song is perfect for chilling to or dancing to slowly. "It's The Falling In Love" is a great mid-tempo ballad with great vocals and a brilliant chorus that captures everything that this album is about; funky beats, innocent lyrics and strong vocals. The song also features guest vocals from Patti Austin. "Burn This Disco Out" is an excellent song to finish this classic album. The song begins with a stylish introduction on the trumpet, as Michael begins his singing. The vocals are strong, and the lyrics represent good times and are very trouble-free.
OVERALL GRADE: 10/10
This special re-marstered edition of Off The Wall contains some excellent bonus features. Included are interviews with producer Quincy Jones, and songwriter Rod Temperton. These are particularly insightful, and we also get the bonus original demo versions of Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough and Workin' Day And Night on which Michael's younger sister Janet plays instruments. These bonus features are excellent and add to the album's quality. In conclusion, Off The Wall may not be Michael Jackson's best album, but it is definitely the one which brings back the fondest memories. This album is literally off the wall.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Music
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
GIVE ME A BREAK!


Definitely go the Napster rout on this Madonna Reincarnation. I'm sorry; you can only reinvent yourself so many times. No doubt, this CD will go Multi-Platinum. Not on its merits mind you, but by the name pasted on it, MADONNA.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Encore [Decca]
Label: Decca
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Encore is terrific, going back for more Watson Cds.


This was shipped by a love supreme last Fri. received to-day. It is simply great and if you miss out on buying this you will be so sorry.
Encore was Watson's second recording and is absolutely terrific - am going back for more of his CDs.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Measure of a Man
Label: Rca
Artist: Clay Aiken
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Has he ever let us down?


Clay shines in this CD. Take into consideration it was made so quickly, and that it's his first CD, and the results are even more impressive. His voice just won't quit, and it's nice to know that Clay doesn't have to resort to shock methods or suggestive lyrics to sell an album. He doesn't have to -- he has REAL talent, and this is evident on every cut. Especially great is "I Will Carry You".