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Product: Audio CD
Title: Dummy
Label: Polygram Records
Artist: Portishead
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
My all time favorite CD.

I bought this CD 2 years ago and I have been amazed by the sound and mood that this CD can provide since the first time I listened to it. The melody, the arrangement, and Beth's voice are such an astonishing combination that it is liked a "sonic painting" in my head when I listen to it with my eyes close. One of my best friend who is visually-impaired had told me that Portishead's music make him 'see' in his head. I absolutely believe what he said. The sound of this CD is and has been so unique that it just gets better and better with time. Even though there are many groups might have tried to inmitate them consciously or unconsciously, like Lamb, Hooverphonic, or Morcheeba, (I like them all too), they can't come close to create the sonic effect that Portishead had able to create. I like their second CD too, but "Dummy" is just better! I can't forget the time when I was driving in a raining night alone on a highway in Boston and was listening to "Road", and "Sour Times". Beth's voice sent chill down my spine. It is just an unbelievable album. I can't say more how good it is!

Product: Audio CD
Title: Encore [Decca]
Label: Decca
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
One star is already too many

I am an artist of more hands on work, but I know artistic style when I see and hear it. I recently fell in love with the song Va, pensiero by Russell. Ever since I heard that song, I have loved every other song that he has sung.
This great cd offers me this wonderful song, as well as all of the other classics that I have grown to love. What an Artist, and unforgetable one too.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Saving Private Ryan: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Label: Dreamworks
Artist: John Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
A score that is flawless.

Lots of horns, underscored by strings and supported by his 90's penchant for percussion, this is what you'd expect from John Williams- except that it's by far the most understated of his scores for a Spielberg film. You won't remember any music after you've seen the film- in part because its images are so powerful, but even moreso because of how music is used, which is *sparingly*. The music is not made up of motifs and cues, but of small suites bridged by overlapping horns. Williams only breaks from this pattern over the end credits, with the haunting 'Hymn For The Fallen', which is never heard in the actual body of the film.

Product: Audio CD
Title: 2 A.M. Wakeup Call
Label: Artist Direct Bmg
Artist: tweaker
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
dreams, nightmares and insomnia...

I have been listening to this record for a few months now and it still seems amazing. Chris Vrenna who used to be in Nine Inch Nails has made one of those highly collaborative records. When some in the past like Just Jack have not been so great, Tweaker turns out to be a great journey. The first song "Ruby" features Will Oldham and has the feel of a Nine Inch Nail track. "Worse Than Yesterday" is more melodic. "Truth Is" with Robert Smith is pretty good jazzy track. David Sylvian adds some ambient atmospherics on "Pure Genius." The best songs on the CD is probably "It's Still Happening" with Hamilton Leithauser (of The Walkmen). It's has all the best dynamics of rock and electronic music and how Leithauser could be a pretty good singer in any type of band. Johnny Marr and Jennifer Charles make some minor contributions as well. Jennifer Charles pulls off the Hope Sandoval/Dot Allison bit on the final song "Crude Sunlight." It is a diverse record but it comes together. It's not a goth affair. It's more like UNKLE or Death in Vegas when all is said and done. Live they are generic.