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Product: Audio CD
Title: Room for Squares
Label: Sony
Artist: John Mayer
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Great album for those of the right age


John Mayer falls into a class of great songwriters like Bob Dylan. His songs are much better conceived than the standard FM radio fluff. His acoustic guitar and great singing voice make for enjoyable songs. His songs are clearly for the young - teenagers or twenty-somethings - and are written from that perspective: somewhat self-absorbed, naive, and all about the potential of the future. His concerns about his "quarter-life crisis" are a little over the top at times, but this is a good album celebrating the wonderfulness of youth.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Evita: Music From The Motion Picture
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, Madonna
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Madonna is different from Elaine and others


The songs from Evita have been recorded several times. First, there was the studio cast recoding in 1976, which yielded a UK number one hit for Julie Covington with her original version of Don't cry for me Argentina. Then there were the original stage recordings - the London cast featuring Elaine Paige and the Broadway cast featuring Patti LuPone. Eventually, the movie starring Madonna was made and this collection features music from the soundtrack. You can buy a double-CD to get the complete soundtrack, but the single CD contains all the essentials.
While I can understand the opinions of those who criticise this collection, I cannot agree. Certainly, Madonna is not Elaine Paige or Patti LuPone. I am not familiar with Patti, but I am a huge fan of both Madonna and Elaine, who are very different types of singer. Elaine has a clear, powerful, soprano voice with a wide vocal range - a British version of Barbra Streisand. Despite the hit versions by Julie Covington in the seventies and Madonna in the nineties, Don't cry for me Argentina is generally regarded (at least in Britain) as Elaine's song. Madonna, by contrast, has a deeper voice and a more limited vocal range. Nevertheless, her version of Don't cry for me Argentina is brilliant in its own way - and she is also in great form elsewhere on this soundtrack. Indeed, many will prefer Madonna's voice to those of Elaine or Patti.
So, taken on its own, this is a wonderful soundtrack. It demonstrates an extra dimension to Madonna's music that was previously absent, while it will reach places that Elaine Paige and Patti LuPone had no hope of ever reaching. If even a small proportion of Madonna's fans end up discovering Elaine's music because of the Evita connection, even better.
Enjoy this for what it is - a mainstream pop soundtrack - but if you are a serious fan of theatrical music, buy one of those original stage recordings (London or Broadway) or buy some of Elaine Paige's own music.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Seal IV
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Seal
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
Less Than More of the Same


I would have been satisfied with more of the same. After the first three albums, I came to terms with the fact that Seal wasn't going to grow as a musician. However, I didn't expect him to attempt to replicate his formula for hitmaking. Loud, flatly produced vocals over sparce piano chords playing an uplifting progression used to work for Seal in the past. But as time marches on, so should an artist's creativity, and that simply hasn't happened here. At least four songs start this way, and quite franky, it's boring and done to death. It's as if he hasn't listened to any other music other than his own in the last five years. Trevor has fallen asleep at the controls as well. Even the production has a "been there and done that" vibe. The only thing more uninspiring than the music is the lyrics. I don't mind waiting for an artist's next album, but if he has nothing to say...than remain silent. The only reason for the two stars is the groove on the upbeat songs. They move, but the ballads stand still.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Back to the Light
Label: Hollywood Records
Artist: Brian May
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
creo que es el mejor disco de brian.


yo tengo este disco y el another world y e escuchado otras canciones de brian pero enrealidad este es el MEJOR