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Product: Audio CD
Title: Believe
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Cher
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
How can you even MOVE with that much surgery?


Cher has never sounded better. Not being a fan of her in any way, this CD has captured my attention I love the up tempo beat. I am glad to see that she is making a nice come back at the age of 50. Good for her!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Two Against Nature
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Steely Dan
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
STEELY DAN COOLS DOWN TO A SIMMER WITH 2vN


This latest DAN album is not for the uninitiated. This is not the "CLASSIC" HEY NINETEEN Steely Dan, that one can still hear on the MOR stations.Rather, this latest venture is an evolution basically on some of Fagan's solo work.If you are new to this pair's work, buy the definitive Aja album or some of the earlier ones. The genre here is mostly funky-cool,with a somewhat dark aura---listen to the lyrics! As a drummer,some of the the tracks lack the typical fills and dynamics and sound more like a drum machine.All in all however,an engaging and worthwhile album!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Mezzanine
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: Massive Attack
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
How do you define perfection?


I hope you can forgive the nauseous pun in my summary. But what can I say, I miss Tricky's involvement with Massive Attack. He's taken his music into new terrain on his recent solo albums, but his skills are missed here. But people move on, we all know that.
Massive Attack has also embarked into some new territory with Mezzanine. The grooves for the most part have become more dense and futuristic, and away from the jazzy soul that appeared on Protection. SO you may not be able to kick back and relaz when listening to Mezzanine. The listening is a bit more active, as the music exists in the foreground more so than the background.
They've obviously been listening to what else is going on in the "electronica" (I'm going to puke) category.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Another Late Night
Label: Moonshine Music
Artist: DJ Dan
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Dan's 2nd best full length CD


"Another Late Night" falls more into the big beat/breaks classification than Dan's usual "funky tech house" realm, and for that reason I feel as if this particular album (much like Beats4Freaks) lacks the soul I expect to hear in one of his sets. Not to say that it's bad... it's just not what I'm expecting to hear from Dan and it lacks his essential sound.
For starters, the whole 73 minutes is spent flawlessly mixing from kickin' track to kickin' track... now as good as this may sound, there's none of his funky lulls, and never any of his carefully crafted dramatic breaks. It just sounds as if he sat down with all his most pounding tracks and spun 'till the needles broke. Now sure this makes for an energetic set, but it also makes for a somewhat repetitive one in that every point on the CD carries the same flow. If I had to make a comparison, I'd say that this album sounds like a cleaner, funkier version of "Beats4Freaks"... only without his usually masterfull "trip engineering".
As for singular tracks, the terminally funky Rhythm Masters rexix of Carl Cox's "Dr. Funk" is worth the price of admission alone. Other cool selections are the saxophone overlayed Trevor Rockcliffe remix of Sgt. Slick's "White Treble, Black Bass", and The Mutator's head spinning "Psycho". Oh, and the Rhythm Masters' "Oriental Cyber Phunk" is absolute insanity, and Dan's flawless transition from it to "Dr. Phunk" gets the album's "best mix" award.
All in all, DJ Dan's "Another Late Night" is an excellently mixed CD that keeps movin from beginning to end, and I strongly suggest even his mildest fan should have this in their collection. But may the "Dan enthusiast" be warned that it's a far cry from the aural excellence of his legendary "URB Mix 2".