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Product: Audio CD
Title: The Emancipation of Mimi
Label: Island
Artist: Mariah Carey
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
I don't understand all the hype


I admire Mariah Carey, and I think she has a terrific voice. However, I'm baffled by all the good hype about this album. Every song sounds like the song before.

Ms. Carey is a great talent. However, I think she needs to find either a better songwriter, or a producer who can find her better songs.

If you listen to this album, you won't find a tune you can sing, hum, or recognize from another.

That, in my opinion, is what makes a great singer--someone who can immortalize a song.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Music
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Madonna did it again!


Madonna is at it again with her low-down get-down dance up the floor album including her new smash release "Music". For the past two decades since the age of 24, Madonna has been wowing the music audience with hits like "Vogue", "Material Girl", and her re-make of Don McLean`s "American Pie". Before Madonna releases her albums, the music that blares through a teenager's radio speakers is unpredictable. Madonna has over-the-line musical bounderies which she crossess every time she releases a new hit. Her popularizing electronic and dance music has been hitting critics from behind from day one. Her new hit song is a smash hit and the CD is all to throw a party over. Many critics say that Madonna is "too old for the type of music she is making" and that she is "going over the line with her expression of her music". I beg to differ. Who wouldn't like her new single that poeple of all ages can dance to. Not only is this true about this single, but about all other up-beat tempo songs that Madonna has released. Even though she has released some songs that have slowed down the tempo a little, music listeners can still figure out a way to groove to her great music. All in all, madonna really does express good music and can show any "Beautiful Stranger" a "Ray of Light" to good dance music.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Kind of Blue
Label: Sony
Artist: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
And I'm not just saying that


I barely know anything about jazz music, but what I DO know is what good music is - and this is certainly it. Sure, you can analyse the musicianship here until you're kind of blue (weak pun but bear with me) in the face, you can talk about the emotion or lack of it that was brought to bear in these cuts, you can talk about the historical significance of this album as much as you want - but it doesn't change the opinion of a jazz-newbie that this is where it's at.
My personaly feeling is that there are only a handful of musicians who can really be called legends. Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, 2pac and a few others. A lot of people have said that Miles Davis needs to be on that list as well - and I can assure you that he's on mine purely because of this album.
Even with the minimal amount of jazz knowledge that I have and the 4 CDs of it I have (this, Herbie Hancock's greatest hits and 2 Paris Combo albums) I am certain that this is a masterpiece. I've listened to this so many times that I can hear the music in my head every time I think about it. This was quite interesting to realise in the middle of an exam when, instead of thinking about Geography, I started thinking about the intro to "So What".
Every single performer on this album excells himself in order to make it what it is. The sax work is superb, as is the horn (would it be less than that with Miles playing it?) - while the bass, piano and drums provide all the impetus they have to. When I think that vast amounts of what was played here was just straight-up improvisation, my mind is well and truly boggled. Surely, these performers must have had some otherworldly talent to produce something this good.
I was worried before buying this that there might be some hiss and so forth on the CD (after all, it is an old album) but I shouldn't have been. The remastering has made the performance as clear as if Miles and friends were playing in your own room.
On feature I particularly like about this CD is the alternate take of "Flamenco Sketches". It is a very interesting feeling to listen to the earlier version and compare it with the later one. Most of the work is exactly the same on both, however there are some interesting differences which appear - generally bits of solos which don't quite seem to work. Far from showing a human side of these players, it shows that even the first go they have of playing something, they come very close to getting it right.
Sure everyone else is going to rate this 5 stars. That's because it is that good - if not better. Prove it for yourself.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Bridge Over Troubled Water/This Is The Night
Label: RCA
Artist: Clay Aiken
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Awesome Song


Clay Aiken just shines in the song This Is The Night. This is going to be a huge hit and a great song for years to come.Bridge Over Troubled Water is awesome and Clay Aiken has done the best rendition of this song ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!