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Product: Audio CD
Title: Now That's What I Call Music! 16
Label: Utv Records
Artist: Various Artists
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
impressed...i guess


These NOW mixes are getting and better.Some of these tracks are more then 5 months old but whatever...Here are my reviews and the their Billboard Hot 100 peak positions...correct if Im wrong!
1. My Band - D12 #5 B- ANNOYING
2. Hey Ya! - Outkast #1 A+ Classic
3. Naughty Girl - Beyonce #3 A-
4. Move Ya Body - Nina Sky #6+ B+
5. Dip It Low - Christina Milan #10+ C-
6. Hey Mama - Black Eyed Peas #28? B-
7. Dude - Beennie Man #20~ C-
8. Freek-A-Leek - Petey Pablo #8 B-
9. Slow Motion - Juvenile #2+ B+
10. Leave (Get Out) - JoJo #12+ B+
11. One Call Away - Chingy #2 A-
12. Everytime - Britney Spears #15+ A-
13. Take My Breath Away - Jessica Simpson #20~ C+
14. The Reason - Hoobastank #2 B+
15. Where Are We Runnin'? - Lenny Kravitz #?! A!
16. Ocean Avenue - Yellowcard #20+ C+
17. Just Like You - Three Days Grace#? C+
18. Meant To Live - Switchfoot#? B-
19. Heaven - Los Lonely Boys #20+ B
20. Redneck Woman - Gretchen Wilson #25+ ??

Wheres USHER?!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Inner Mounting Flame
Label: Sony
Artist: John McLaughlin & Mahavishnu Orchestra, Mahavishnu Orchestra
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Much more cohesive than most of their other albums


One of the things that I am put off about most of Mahavishnu's music is that all their songs seem to be just fragments of riffs and ideas that they try to stretch out for 5 minutes or so. What winds up happening is that the idea gets beaten to a pulp by minute 2 and I can't listen to it anymore.I find this album to be the most entertaining because, although they still will take a riff and play it for 5 minutes, they venture into other places and themes with the song. For example, the Dance of Maya (still my favorite Mahavishnu song) has a very long head that they'll play around, which has a beat that keeps you guessing the first few times around. Right when it's about to get old, they flip it into a sort of bluesy style, which they jam around very thoroughly, and then go back to the head before you start getting bored.Then there's Awakening... well, that song makes the whole album worth it. I still don't know what note's they're playing the whole time, but it's definitely something that Awakens. All in all, I think this is their best, and one of THE best of their genre; I love their sound, their style, and the fact that the music jams without sounding dueless. Definitely a must have.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Give Up
Label: Sub Pop
Artist: The Postal Service
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
Chiming elecro-pop that manages to fill a void


I strangely bought this on a whim along with the Notwist's Neon Golden, and I was surprised to seeat first that they were quite similar in basic structure. Compared side to side, however, they are more like flipsides of the same coin.
While Notwist's album is more moody, somber, spare, and restrained, this is a much more busy, less genre-bending, and chipper album, complemented by Ben Gibbard's and Jen's vocal interplay. The general mood is poppy, with its low-key moments, and the subject matter dealing more with the difficulties of relationships, and the (sometimes black) humor present in our personal lives today than the grander feel of Notwist's effort.
The record starts off strongly with "The District Sleeps Tonight," a paean to unrequited love, but seems to follow the drum-machine/guitar formula a bit too strongly for the first half, despite some terrific melodies ("Clark Gable" for example). Later on a more trip-hop/drum & bass feel prevades the proceedings, giving the music a bit more edge. The tunes in general remain poppy throughout, a less overbearing Depeche Mode in a way. Gibbard's lyrical sensibilities could use some work, but they are made up by moments of genius. Overall a unique and fairly strong release and a significant addition to the electronic canon.



Product: Audio CD
Title: The View from Home
Label: Flying Fish Records
Artist: Bryan Bowers
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Spell-binding music that comes alive on the autoharp!


I attended a Bryan Bower performance in Provo, Utah, in April, 2005, and was _totally_ blown away by the virtuosity of Bower's skill, combined with his passion for the autoharp. I've heard autoharpists before but none compare to Bowers. This guy is legendary on this amazing acoustical instrument. I purchased "The View From Home" and "Friends for Life" CDs after Bower's performance and our family will probably wear them out before we tire of this classic American folk genre. If you like Blue Grass or American folk music, Bower is for you. Moreover, if you ever get a chance to see Bower in concert, don't miss it. His story telling and ability to involve the audience is truly captivating.