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Product: Audio CD
Title: State Songs
Label: Zoe Records
Artist: John Linnell
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Absolutely gob-stoppingly brilliant


The chorus of 'Montana' makes me jump in the air . Also 'Maine' and 'New Hampshire' - who knew such intrigue could lurk within their doughty borders. If I were from any of these states (I'm not) or if I was a dj with a program based out of any of them (which I'm not either) I would immediately adopt my state song as a personal anthem and play the living bejesus out of it. Looking forward to the gigs coming up in LA, New York and Chicago with the bandorgan and band? Mr Linnell - you are a great statesman



Product: Audio CD
Title: Dangerous [Remastered]
Label: Sony
Artist: Michael Jackson
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
He's dangerous, he's bad - and he's a king!


Michael Jackson is definitely one of the most powerful (and controversial) figures in popular music. Aside from the alleged sex abuse scandals, plastic surgery and countless other stories about him, he's made some of the most enduring music to be heard. _Thriller_ and _Bad_ are certified classic albums released during the 1980s. Entering the 1990s, he makes an updated, funky, catchy and addictive album with loads of dance grooves - without losing any of the emotion, passion and sincerity he always injects into his music. However, with the updated production, it still sounds like Michael Jackson...with all those hypnotic vocal nooks and crannies found lurking in many of the tracks, period!
Songs like "Jam," "Why You Wanna Trip On Me" and "Can't Let Her Get Away" are so funky and downright exciting and energetic, they should get many lovers of energetic dance grooves jumping. Sex-tinged numbers like "In The Closet" and "She Drives Me Wild" show off Michael's latent sexual interests. There's also diversity to be found (Michael always possessed a certain diversity.) Slower, poignant numbers like "Heal The World" and "Will You Be There" are almost certain to tug at your emotions. The former is mainly a "wordly" pop anthem with it's earthy, mellow melody. All this changes when the choir comes in near the end of the song and a pattern of two semitones are increased from the standard, backing keys twice during the song. The vocal/choiral crescendos send shivers down my body. The latter track some will recognize from the movie "Free Willy." Like the former track, it mostly begins softly featuring Michael's plaintive vocals, exotic percussion and the hushed vocals of a choir. Later, you know it'll progress to an emotional high, as Michael goes through this passionate and almost crying vocal performance, backed by the heavenly choir in full-effect by now. Both these tracks nearly send me to tears. "Black Or White" is the big hit of the album featuring Slash (Guns N' Roses) on guitar. "Who Is It" has a somber atmosphere combined with a forcefulness that is downright sexy, and "Give Into Me" is a passionate, intense and smothering number featuring some keyboards (if not synthesizers) and fiery guitar licks.
I've always admired Michael Jackson and the music he's made, even with all the scandals, rumors and other stories that have bogged the airwaves. Let's hope he continues to make music for another 30 years or so.



Product: Audio CD
Title: American Life
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
An amazing album...period.


I'm a huge fan of Madonna, and all of albums have been excellent, but this album is one of the very best ever. This album is written and produced very good, and the lyrics are so amazing. So many songs make you start thinking about life & what it's really like. It just really gets you flowing creatively. Madonna did what she does best her very best with her latest effort "American Life". After listening you feel like you know her, because you learn about everything she's experienced in the spotlight & how it's not as pretty as it all seems. All the songs are 5 stars & there are absolutely no filler tracks on here. But my favorites so far if I had to say would be "American Life", "Hollywood", "Nothing Fails", "Intervention", "X-Static Process", and "Easy Ride". But the album is so wonderful as a whole & you will want to put it on repeat and let it play over and over again. Just really brilliant!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Made in England
Label: Island
Artist: Elton John
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
The best current rocker


Fabulous!Fabulous! Especially the title song. It's the kind of album that makes you never want to stop being a rocker. EJ's ballads are also powerful. I play this one over and over.