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Product: Audio CD
Title: Heavier Things
Label: Sony
Artist: John Mayer
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Album is Worth it for Hardcore fans!


John Mayer's Heaver Things, is a great album. Room for Squares was very ispirational, and I listened to it hour after hour. Heavier Things is not as insirational, but John's talent certainly shines through. Althought not like previous album, it is not a dissapointment. A few of his songs have his old sensuality, but his new cd shows a different style and his maturity as a writer and preformer. John experiments instead of sticking to old styles, who would want every one of his songs to sound the same? The difference is negligable, forget the bad reviews, This album leads into a great new direction for John, his cd is great for hardcore fans.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Marie Christine (1999 Broadway Cast)
Label: RCA
Artist: Audra McDonald, Darius de Haas
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
The best voice on broadway


Every composer should be as lucky as Michael John Lachiusa; he gets the amazing Jonathan Tunick to orchestrate his work, the incandescent Audra McDonald to sing it, the brilliant Graciela Daniele to direct it, and a superb recording staff to make the cast recording come to life.
What's more amazing is that his own talent is deserving all of this. Marie Christine is a fascinating concept: "Medea" told in turn-of-the-century New Orleans and Chicago, with sounds of African voodoun, intriguing melodies, and poweful dissonances. It's an amazingly ambitious work, and it almost succeeds.
Starting with the good points: The cast is top-notch. Audra McDonald does her usual jaw-droppingly amazing job (the woman is a national treasure), and her performance is matched in intensity by Anthony Crivello (who manages to project power, insecurity, and narcissism; sometimes simultaneously). The supporting cast includes the magnificent Vivian Reed, the boisterous Mary Testa, and wonderful choral work. "Before the Morning," "Way Back To Paradise," "C'est L'amour," and "Tell Me" are powerful, unique, and stunning songs.
The most serious flaw with this work as it comes through on CD is that LaChiusa seems uninterested in writing a simple melody when a dramatic one will do... "Nothing Beats Chicago," "Cincinnati," and "The Scorpion" are all light moments, but you'd never know it from the music, which LaChiusa imbues with as much complexity as the stunning "Way Back to Paradise" and "I Will Give". LaChiusa's most obvious predecessor is Sondheim (although it's hardly fair to compare them; LaChiusa is his own voice), but he lacks the latter's lyric ability. The words in general serve more as soliloquies and dialogue rather than musical lyrics (although he does come up with some nice turns of phrase, they are too few and far between for my taste), which is probably why this sounds more like an opera than a musical.
LaChiusa is incredibly exciting, though: He's prolific, creative, talented, and devoted to re-inventing musical theater. I'm looking forward to what comes next. Look at this recording as part of the start of the future, and maybe this insane world of musical theater has some post-"Footloose" and "Saturday Night Fever" hope after all.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Black and Blue
Label: Jive
Artist: Backstreet Boys
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
this aint the rolling stones album


black and blue is the name of this horrible album which these backstreet thugs blatantly and unashamedly stole from the legendary stones.this music reeks.it is one of the worst of the worst.AN ABSOLUTELY AVOIDABLE TRAVESTY OF AN ALBUM.get the original black and blue album from the stones instead.minus trillion stars.



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection
Label: Decca U.S.
Artist:
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Stick to Surrender


I am a major Sarah Brightman fan. I've listened to most of her work and greatly enjoy it. The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection is a compilation of the 1992 recording "Sarah Brightman Sings Andrew Lloyd Webber" and the 1995 recording "Surrender," also called "Surrender: the unexpected songs." The 1995 recording is a much better recording than the 1992 because Ms. Brightman's voice had developed immensely since 1992 and the orchestra is of a better quality. "The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection" draws songs from both recordings and both recordings are good, but the 1992 songs are weaker. I do, however, immensely enjoy the "Anything But Lonely" track which is a 1992 recording and not found on the 1995 Surrender CD. However, if you're not in the mood to spend a great deal of money, buy Surrender instead of the "Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection."