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Product: Audio CD
Title: Russell Watson · The Voice
Label: Decca
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
The Voice... An unexpected Surprise


I discovered this CD while on holiday in London. I was surprised to hear music on the "pop" station that was so classical. What they were playing was Nella fantasia from this album. After seeing an interview with Russell Watson, I was intrigued. My biggest surprise came when I finally got to listen to the entire album. I would never have expected classic opera, new classic and 1980's pop to be so comfortable together on one CD. There are so many great pieces of music and Russell Watson delivers an amazing performance. My only slight disapointment was in "Bridge over troubled water." The arrangement and production is great, I have just never been fond of that song. Except for that, the CD very rarely leaves the car, unless it is housekeeping day, and then the whole neighborhood gets to hear it...



Product: Audio CD
Title: Volume 1: Sound Magic
Label: Real World
Artist: Afro Celt Sound System
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Ditto


Five stars to all four of the albums put out by these grand folks. I do not need to offer a description as other reviewers have done a perfect job; but if it's helpful to you to see an emphatic "ditto to that" as a review, then here it is.
This, along with Enya, is truly my above all, favorite music across the board. Beats all my other faves in every other music category.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Medúlla
Label: Elektra
Artist: Björk
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Performance Art at its best


It is funny to read the reviews of people who don't like Bjork's new album. It is true that some fans of an artist tend to balk when presented with a radical departure from previous styles of music/presentation. Instead, we should rejoice that we are not being sold the same product over and over again, disguised in a different wrapper and attempting to fool us. It is not as if Bjork suddenly pulled a "Jewel" and did sell-out, mindless dance crap -- or pulled a "Liz Phair" and tried to do 18 year old innocent girly-pop to try to revive her career. Bjork has gone beyond the boundaries that we have set for "popular" artists. She is exploring true Performance Art territory here. It is not self-important or "hey, look at how weird I can be". It is exploratory and experimental. Sure, the result isn't always pretty or easy to listen to, but it is always interesting and rewarding. Use your brains and open up. Honestly, you don't have to like it (in fact, I'm still exploring it....), but at least have an appreciation for the process.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Selected Ambient Works, Vol. 2
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Aphex Twin
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Framed Harmony without Me


4 1/2 stars is the review. Not that it matters anyway. After the brutal attacks on New York, I became immeadiately depressed. I didn't know anyone that was directly affected by the attacks, nor was I directly affected. But I felt in a melancholy mood, and I needed the music to match, uplifting music wasn't going to do it, words weren't going to do it. So where did I turn, I turned to good old RDJ, I picked this CD out of my collection, dusted it off, and listened again. Of course it didn't cheer me up, but it just felt better. This review doesn't mean that this cd is only for the depressed, it isn't. It's just for people who in the mood for something without a beat, something that makes an atmosphere. This album isn't an album I frequently listen to, the extremely long songs and downbeat atmosphere generally aren't what I go for. But it fills that gap that is missing sometimes, and while it may minimal, and a little disturbing at times. It's damn good, and worth owning because you'll never know when you'll need it.