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Product: Audio CD
Title: Laundry Service
Label: Sony
Artist: Shakira
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
A bit disapointed but still worth it


Shakira came up with her debut in English and let us fans more than happy. The four spanish tracks in the CD deliver undiluted Shakira, the same quirky observations about life and relationships that she's given us in "Donde est?n los ladrones" and "Pies Descalzos" with the world beats and Latin influences she knows so well how to mix. As for the songs in english, her fire and passion come across, with a mixed message of a new sweetness in her raw voice and the promise of more to enjoy when the new language ceases to be so unfamiliar. I really enjoy her new work and I listen to it all the time. She's still able to put words to my innermost feelings, no matter in what language she wrote the song!



Product: Audio CD
Title: So Far...
Label: Jay Records
Artist: Martin Yates
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
A Pleasant CD


Contrary to other reviewers, I appreciate her rendition of Maybe This Time. Some would say that it is completely inappropriate, "weak", or not "dirty" enough compared with other versions. However, one would really appreciate it if the song would be taken out from the show's context. Her version of Maybe This Time is quiet and surprisingly hopeful (listen to her attack on the last line...Maybe This time). One could hear the "levels" in her acting/singing. Some of the songs are enjoyable. However, most of them are relatively safe. It is a good thing that Susan Egan is an unpredictable singer. Just when I am sure she would fail to hit a note, she delivers, that is good enough. A singer who can pull-off the unexpected, not with the usual bravura (generic with most belters, especially broadway singers) but with honesty. A trait that separates belters from actors. I just wished she is the featured singer in the new version of Tell Me on a Sunday, that would have been nice.



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Sign
Label: Arista
Artist: Ace of Base
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
One of my favorites


The Sign was my favorite album in 1994. It had mostly dance music!! Whenever an album has mostly dance songs, it does very well with me. I danced aerobically to some of the songs on this album. I was soooo disappointed with their second album because it lacked great songs. The only good one was "It's A Beautiful Life"! :( Fortunately, I gave their second album away.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Nothing Really Matters [US Maxi CD Single]
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Love is all we need...


In line with the introspective album Ray Of Light, the final single off the album Nothing Really Matters is also a revelatory single in which Madonna confessed about being self-centered in the past and finally she's beginning to embrace the notion of love and karma.

On this fantatsic maxi-single, also the last good one from Madonna, there are 9 remixes, most of which are hemlmed by Club 69 (Peter Rauhofer) and one by Talvin Singh and another by groove master Kruder and Dorfmeister. The Club 69 mixes are mostly the same except for some minor revisions in each, some made for radio, some for the clubs, but ultimately, it's remixed into a very danceable anthem that's more upbeat than the original.

The Vikram Mix is mixed with a slight middle-eastern Indian sound and comes across very chillout.

The best mix comes from Kruder and Dorfmeister which presents the song as an electronic ambient piece which brings a fresh contrast aginst the original.

Of course, there's the exceelent original version as well. A pity that this wasn't properly promoted to radio, it could have been a much bigger hit in the US.

Overall, this is a very good maxi.