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Product: Audio CD
Title: Tunnel of Love
Label: Sony
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
His best album. Period.

Or subtitled "Who the hell did I marry?". From the exhuberant opening of "Ain't Got You" to the mellow, hypnotic closing of "Lonely Valentine", Bruce looks at where he's strayed to after his marriage to Julianne Phillips and the whole superstar strata. There is nothing reminiscent of the raucous E street band screamer anthems, either. Please note that not long after this album he dismissed E street, moved back to Jersey, and married the girl in the band, all the while recording some very clean, underrated tracks that finally showed what he could do with his voice (Human Touch/Lucky Town). Meanwhile, back to 'Tunnel', every song is about his doubts about his girl, his life, his footsteps. It's a very moving album, and odd that Bruce lets you so deeply inside of him this time to witness the human condition. The best cuts would be "One Step Up", "Tunnel of Love", "Walk Like A Man", and "Brilliant Disguise", which I also consider one of the best music videos I've ever seen. An incredible work of art, and with the exceptions of Nebraska and Tom Joad, not typical Bruce-fare.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Gypsy (2003 Broadway Revival Cast)
Label: Angel Records
Artist: Jule Styne
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
.... a rose is a Rose .... is Miss Bernadette!!

SO, the late Great Tony Quinn whilst rehearsing [with apology] "la Strada" didn't quite know WHY it was NOT working .... then he reflected .... and looked [closely]
SAME thing with Miss B. ... BRILLIANT performance [!] a ROSE for the 21st Century [with apology to the teflon lunged ladies before this gem of a Gal was given this chance] ... SHE brings now poignance [and meaning] to the ETERNAL stage mother ...
Listen and appreciate with Care!
This one's gonna stay! [for long!~}
[Bravo Mendes!] too!

Product: Audio CD
Title: On the 6
Label: Sony
Artist: Jennifer Lopez
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5


Product: Audio CD
Title: Metamorphosis
Label: Buena Vista
Artist: Hilary Duff
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Surprisingly solid

You probably know Hilary Duff as Lizzie McGuire, the main draw of the Disney Channel. She's made a hit movie, a Christmas album, and sang two songs on the now-platinum soundtrack. It was really no surprise that she would become a singer--it seems that most actors nowadays take that route--what is surprising is how sharp "Metamorphosis" really is. While not creating any musical reinvention--this is a pure pop record--she has managed to create something different on the hip-hop dominated airwaves.
Hilary Duff has a lot in common with her actress-cum-singer counterpart, Jennifer Lopez. Both achieved commercial success in the movies, and now music--but neither Hilary nor Jennifer have real pipes. In all honesty, Hilary's voice is subpar at best. It never really claws its way above the music, but she is definitely a savvy 16-year old. Much like Jennifer Lopez did with P.Diddy, she ropes in crack production team The Matrix (who produced both Avril Lavigne and Lillix) to craft some of the strongest instrumental backdrops on today's radio, and disguise her lacking vocals with style and flair. The production of the lead single, "So Yesterday," coupled with shrewd doubling of her voice and nearly constant echoes make the song superbly rich, and, more importantly, catchy. "The Math," another Matrix creation, is definite single material, with its blistering guitar riffs and clever arrangement and lyrical style. Basically, the girl doesn't have the voice, but she has the smarts to surround herself with a camp that makes her voice irrelevant.
No pop records this clever and catchy have come around since Britney's "Oops...I Did It Again!" Hilary has proven herself the heir apparent to the pop throne. With music this drug-like and blatantly radio-friendly, the near platinum "Metamorphosis" could, and should, sell millions more.