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Product: Audio CD
Title: Menuhin & Grappelli Play
Label: EMI Classics
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
A strange experience...

They're both brilliant violinists but in very different genres, and Menuhin by his own admission never learned to improvise (unlike many of today's classical performers): he was trained in the post-Liszt, pre-jazz window when improvisation had died out in classical music and even cadenzas followed the score strictly (if Beethoven didn't write one, play Kreisler's). And it shows, rather painfully. He achieves a brilliant tone but that's about it: he plays these Broadway tunes completely "straight", and any student could do that equally well.
The CD is worthwhile for its curiosity value, but you'd get much better musical value buying Grappelli's jazz and Menuhin's classical recordings separately.

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
Clay Aiken's voice is magical

I cannot get enough of listening to Clay sing. There is something about his voice that just freezes me in my tracks so I can soak in every note he sings. He is just magical! I highly recommend buying this and any other CDs that he will have in the future! WONDERFUL!

Product: Audio CD
Title: Reality
Label: Sony
Artist: David Bowie
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5

Okay, I was going to write about this CD the day I bought it, but I'm glad I didn't because my opinion has improved greatly! First thing: It's not Heathen. At first, that was bad for me. I loved about half the songs on Heathen...great vampy epic pieces like "Slip Away" and "Sunday." Of course Heathen was bogged down by ChEazy-Listening songs like "Everyone Says Hi" and "A Better Future."
If none of the songs on Reality are of the same genre as the better tracks on Heathen, at least they're more consistantly good, and more upbeat and rocky. These are great songs. I am confused by Bowie's sometimes cheesey production, like the use of backing vocals that are the equivalent of a sit-com laugh track on otherwise great songs like "Never Get Old." I wish he'd let them be more "real," and less produced, to let the songs shine by themselves. But I'm being picky. It's another great album by a great musician.
Highlights are "Never Get Old," "Reality," "New Killer Star," and the haunting, gorgeous, epic ballad "Bring Me the Disco King." (Am I weird for thinking Joni Mitchell should cover this? It's jazzy, introspective, lyrical, and her voice sounds a lot like Bowie's these days. Joni, if you're reading this....)

Product: Audio CD
Title: Metamorphosis
Label: Buena Vista
Artist: Hilary Duff
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
I'm not a preteen and I like the album!

Hilary is one of my favorite new artists so I was very excited when this album was released. I enjoyed it so much because it wasn't awful bubbly pop, but it was partly rock. Its mostly about life as a teen and what you go through, so I could relate. Some of my favorite songs are:= So Yesterday= Come Clean (Best Song)= Where Did I Go Right?= Anywhere But Here