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Product: Audio CD
Title: Medúlla
Label: Elektra
Artist: Björk
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
Not enough hooks

I'm sorry to be one of the lone voices of dissent, but I was very disappointed by this album.

I've loved all of Bjork's album, including Vespertine. I love Bjork because of her soaring voice, pounding grooves and great hooks. I didn't find much of the grooves or the hooks on this album besides on the track "Who Is It" which is the sole awesome song.

I find some of the reviews a little annoying because it seems they all want to reward Bjork for making a crazy and avant garde album. Sorry, I don't buy it. I like hooks and I like stuff to be listenable. I don't find this album to be very listenable. It's a great audio experiment that is executed with incredible virtuosity, I'll certainly give her that, but it's weird - very weird. Many of the songs are short (four songs are two minutes or less) and they seem to just indulge Bjork's occasional self-indulgent tendencies (also see Vespertine's Frosti for an example of such a song).

The goal of this review is simply to warn some Bjork fan that may purchase the album without hearing it first: it's very different from all other Bjork albums, so beware! Go to your favorite online music store and listen to the 30 second samples of the songs first!

Product: Audio CD
Title: Here's to You, Charlie Brown!: 50 Great Years!
Label: Grp Records
Artist: David Benoit
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
The Best Jazz CD I've Ever Heard... and that says a lot

I'm a pretty big jazz buff and am skilled at the piano and drums. This CD is absolutely amazing. David Benoit is almost better than Vince Guaraldi, but nobody beats Vince. I love the twists Benoit takes to the classic songs and how he performs them with guests. Peanuts always takes me back to my childhood and this album does just the same; a wonderful 50 minutes of classic quartet jazz.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Everything Must Go
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Steely Dan
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Oh Man this is good stuff...

Yes they are my favorite band of all time. Yes i have listened to Gaucho at least twice a week for the last 17 years. Yes I was thrilled yet slightly disappointed with 2vn. This masterpiece, however, has me in a state of giddy ecstasy.What makes this such a dynamic new release is the great Fagen's work of the pen. I mean who else can break your heart AND make you laugh with a line like "I am building the andrea doria out of balsa wood." This is classic Dan: the strange stories, twisted lives, and shady characters all played out in Fagen's post-postmodern sarcastic neighborhood under a backdrop of jazzed out musical madness. The subtle difference on this one is that it feels like it's gonna be the last time around the block: images and references of death, failure and destruction haunt us in between the licks. But, don't worry, cause "the boys" just want us to turn up the cd and keep driving off into the sunset...even if it is an apocalyptic hue of red and orange.

Product: Audio CD
Title: My Favorite Things [Deluxe Edition]
Label: Rhino Records
Artist: John Coltrane
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Great music, disappointing packaging

This is a great album. I have the LP version from 20 years ago and ordered the CD to give as an xmas gift. It just came today and of course I haven't opened it, but I'm disappointed with the packaging. It comes in a crummy looking cardboard sleeve (typical of Rhino Records, I now realize) instead of a jewel case, with a cheesy looking sticker on the outside saying "His Breakthrough Jazz Album!". Since it's a full priced CD, I'd have expected traditional packaging; and since it's a gift, its appearance actually makes a difference. I'll use it anyway but wish they hadn't cheaped out like this.