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Product: Audio CD
Title: The Butterfly Effect (Score)
Label: La-La Land Records
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Haunting Score, resonates after viewing ...

As is proving customary these days, a lot of overlooked genre films are delivering the best OSTs around. The real gem on this album is "Kayleigh's Funeral" which sets up the plot directly in the film and just evokes this raw sentimental power behind it. Really moving.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Shaved Fish
Label: Capitol
Artist: John Lennon
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
Early Greatest Hits Now Outdated

Less an album than a hodge-podge of Lennon tunes thrown together for a quick buck. Although I sometimes listen to it, I am repeatedly let down by its lack of cohesion or sense. After purchasing this, I felt used.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Les Miserables - The Complete Symphonic Recording
Label: Relativity
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
The best Les Miserables Yet!

Having listened to the Original London cast recording till it wore out, I was delighted to obtain the complete symphonic recording of Les Mis. My only gripe (and I agree wholly with other reviewers) is the integration of different nationalities singing together. As with different versions, you have to get accustomed to different singers and their 'portrayal' of their character. For many reasons I do indeed prefer the Original LCR, and one of the reasons for this is that the singers all sing in the one accent, ie, British. The problem with the CSR is that it mixes American with British (Australian is very similar to British, in my opinion). I find that the American artists are very different with the British and vice versa. Their voices grate, sound tinny or nasel-ly. Call me biased, but that's how I see it.
I think the idea to unite different artists worldwide for this recording was a wonderful idea, especially in selecting Michael Ball (who is the only Marius to me), Anthony Warlow, Philip Quast (who created and gave oomph to these characters, respectively), etc. I'm sorry to say but the American artists don't fit well with the other artists. That is my one gripe with the recording. Especially Tracey Shayne or Garry Morris. (I personally find it hard to believe that the producers thought these two were the cream of the crop for this recording.)
Other than this 'flaw', I must say that I loved this recording of Les Mis. I'm a big fan of the musical, and the numbers are especially memorable. Pat on the back for the producers of this 'must-have' recording of Les Mis.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Stripped
Label: RCA
Artist: Christina Aguilera
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Don't judge the book by its cover, in that case Christina

In spite of her oversexy look, she's not just another untalented girl trying to gain space through the looks. She's a terrific singer, has a powerful and beautiful voice and has written almost all the songs. It certainly makes the difference. She sings from her heart because the lyrics are about her own experiences. All the songs are great. People who underrate her work only because of her appearence should liten to the cd. It's much better than her first album, which was really nice too. The best songs are Fighter (that is now a big hit and the video is also amazing), Beautiful, Make Over, Walk Away, Soar, Cruz, Get Mine Get Yours, Loving Me 4 Me, etc etc. It's certainly not another album with only one good song. The lyrics are well written and the melodies are fine, and very different one from the other, which makes the cd so not boring. It totally worth your money.