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Product: Audio CD
Title: Ray of Light
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Definitely something to remember!

If you can't innovate, get the hell out of the way. On this album, Madonna proves (once again) that she indeed can innovate. Each of the 13 tracks is as structurally different and as emotionally complete as the one before it. The light electronica sounds crafted by William Orbit season the songs to perfection, creating an ambience that translates directly to the listener's ears. After listening to this album, I found myself growing quite attached to the little whirring, buzzing, and bleeping noises that pepper it from start to finish. And Madonnna's lyrics are nothing less than brilliant. Simple, yes, but still brilliant. In every song, she relates an experience that has undoubtedly changed her life. The familiarity she creates with her words makes it that much easier for the listener to empathize with what she is singing about. These 13 songs are not just about Madonna's spiritual journey, but our day-to-day journey within our realm of existence. Her voice is at times soothing and defiant, sometimes in the same song. It is freshly polished from her days as Evita, and it fits each song like a glove. Madonna is an enigmatic force not just in the music world, but the world in general. Here, she harnesses that influence and puts it to work for her. This is one of the few albums that one can actually learn something from, if not about the world, then about ourselves. Kudos to Madonna for challenging us to look at our world in a new light.

Product: Audio CD
Title: This Is Your Time
Label: Reunion
Artist: Michael W. Smith
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Does it get any better than this?

Wow - I'm amazed I get to write the first review on Amazon for this, actually I'm quite honored... but here goes -?I don't even know what to say as I listen to this album even now, but Michael W. Smith never ceases to amaze me. Of course we all have high expectations when MWS releases a new record, and like always, those expectations have been met, if not exceeded. This is definitely the richest album, musically and lyrically, Smitty has put out. It truly is refreshing to see a life that has not just come and gone with the times, but has stood firm for their convictions. "This is Your Time" is a very poignant reminder of what truly does matter as these years slip by. Thanks you, Michael, for the wonderful album... So whether you've grown on up MWS or just decided to check this review, you will enjoy this one. It is an AWESOME album, and possibly Smitty's best ever...

Product: Audio CD
Title: The Very Best Of Dr. John
Label: Rhino Records
Artist: Dr John
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
WOW, great stuff

I'm listening to Dr. John on the iPod, and thought I should offer a review. I haven't ever heard anything of Dr. John before I purchased this disc, and I must say it was surely a great place to start. I really enjoy this music and the approach to lively fun music here. I lent the CD to my mom and she hasn't given it back! Good thing I have an iPod, but anyways, you won't go wrong with this CD, no matter what music you like.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Poet: Romance for Cello
Label: Elektra
Artist: Michael Hoppe
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Beautiful Beyond Belief

Before listening to this CD, I was more into heavy metal and alternative music. Imagine my surprise when I first heard this CD at a friend's house a few years ago, and found myself mesmerized by the absolute beauty of it. I had to have a copy for myself. I quickly learned that this music was the perfect companion to a warm bath and a glass of good wine; you know those evenings when you just want to relax and maybe do a little soul searching. I love this CD so much that I am buying another copy because I lost my first one when I recently moved. I can't live without it!