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Product: Audio CD
Title: Laundry Service
Label: Sony
Artist: Shakira
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
Laundry Service


For foreign artists who've become superstars singing in their native language, English crossovers are always a bit sketchy. It's especially rocky when the artist is famous for their exceptional lyricism and hope to transfer their skills over to a language they just barely learned. When the idea to present Colombian pop-rock queen Shakira for an English crossover came up in 1998, Gloria Estefan and her producer husband, Emilio, offered to write songs for her. However, she politely refused and instead dived into learning the language and writing on her own. The result is Laundry Service, a slick pop record on the outside but uneven and awkwardly structured when stripped down. It's not a bad album; this is Shakira after all, quite possibly the best Latin pop star in the world right now. But certainly in comparison to her Spanish work, the songs here pale heavily in comparison. Sure, Laundry Service does have its good moments- the Andean-inspired pop ditty "Whenever, Wherever" and the rocking "Objection"- but for the most part she stumbles over trying to create an artistic tapestry of words in a language that she just barely began speaking. But one can't hold that against her,- just take one listen to Donde Estan Los Ladrones? and it's certain that the girl is ridiculously talented. If anything, Laundry Service is a promise of what might come and a reiteration at just how stunning her previous work is.



Product: Audio CD
Title: American Life
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
american dream


I'm not giving this album 5 stars just because I'm a die hard madonna fan. I bought the album, got home, turned down the lights, and had a glass of wine as I listened to it, and as usual, madonna left me with goosebumps and teary eyed with a few songs. It's very spiritual very similar to "Like A Prayer" and has elements of trance similar to "Ray of Light". Her fans wont be disappointed. At first, I was not that happy to know she was co writing each song with Mirwais. Don't get me wrong, "Music" was phenomenal, but I'm more into William Orbits style as well as her previous hit collaborators Stephen Bray and Patrick Leonard. But this effort with Mirwais proved to be challenging and worth the wait. The best song on this album has to be "Nothing Fails". "X-Static Process" is tied up there with the best. It has a very 60's folk feel, and her lyrics on all of her songs prove that Madonna continues to evolve as a spiritual person. She still hurts over her mothers death and has come to find peace with the relationship she has with her father. And she has surrendered and has found thought provoking words regarding her relationship to Jesus Christ. This american life may belong to her, but this american dream belongs to all of her fans.



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Journey: The Very Best of Donna Summer
Label: Utv Records
Artist: Donna Summer
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Superb collection by the brightest star to emerge from 70's


Purchased this CD to replace a vinyl "Greatest Hits" in my collection. Donna Summer surely would have been a star in any era. This disc is thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish and the remastering job is first rate. I was not familiar with Donna's recording of Barry Manilow's "Could It Be Magic". It was her second chart appearance and a minor hit nationally. The song just blew me away. Just about all of her big Casablanca hits appear including "Last Dance", "Heaven Knows" and "Dim All the Lights". Also represented on this collection are some of the hits from her Geffen days as well as "She Works Hard for the Money" and my all-time favorite Donna Summer tune, "This Time I Know It's For Real". Of particular interest to me were the two newly recorded tunes. Both are outstanding and vintage Donna!!! I agree with another reviewer who thought that "That's The Way" has radio hit written all over it. The initial pressing also includes a bonus disc with about a half dozen extended 12" mixes. The liner notes included are acceptable but I would have preferred a few more details. But all in all, this is a great value!!!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Don't Tell Me, Pt. 2
Label: Wea International
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Don't tell me +Thunderpuss = perfection


To correct the previous reviewer - Maverick releases multi-part CD singles in the UK because the UK has horrible chart rules. If I am not mistaken, those rules basically are that there must be less than 20 minutes, and no more than 3 audio tracks.
That said, the TP2K mix is pleasant and catchy enough. The Vission is useless. The original song is pretty classic though.
If you're American, than just buy the domestic maxi coming out 1/16. It'll also have remixes by Tracy Young, Victor Calderone, and a great remix by Timo Maas.