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Product: Audio CD
Title: David Cassidy & the Partridge Family: The Definitive Collection
Label: Arista
Artist: David Cassidy & The Partridge Family
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
Best left in the 70's


I WAS LIKE A LITTLE KID AGAIN TO LEARN THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY WERE BEING RE-RELEASED AGAIN IN 2000 FOR A NEW GENERATION TO HEAR AND LIKE,I LOVE ALL THE OLD SONGS -WITH THESE NEW TRACKS I'VE NEVER HEARD BEFORE,AND YES, THEIR GREAT TOO. DAVID CASSIDY ALWAYS HAD AND STILL HAS A BRILLANT VOICE. IT'S A REAL TREASURE TO HAVE -THANKS DAVID AND ARISTA RECORDS FOR MAKING US PARTRIDGE FANS ''HAPPY''AS THE BUS DRIVES OFF INTO THE MULTICOLORED SUNSET.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Let's Dance [ECD]
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: David Bowie
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Most popular....is that good or bad?


Hard-core Bowie fans hate to even look at the cover "Let's Dance" for the sole reason of its popularity during the 1980s. This is stupid. As always, there quite a few highlights on the album, most notably "Modern Love" and "Let's Dance." However, there are some surprises like "Criminal World." But as with most pop albums, you are bound to come across some fillers. The two fillers that come to mind on "Let's dance" are "Shake It" and "Without You." Both seem to be simple songs with shallow meanings and lyrics. Bowie's talent shines to the world on this, and is a must for all those who worship the musical chameleon.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Harem
Label: Angel Records
Artist: Sarah Brightman, Frank Peterson
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Wow!


I love Sarah. Her voice is impeccable. If there is anybody who deserves the title "voice of an angel," it's Sarah Brightman. Her tone is pure and crystalline, frail yet strong.
If you're not familiar with Sarah Brightman, her albums are thematic. They're themed records. For instance, on her Eden CD, all the songs were chosen to reflect her idea of the Garden of Eden. Then, she followed up with La Luna, on which the songs were selected to invoke her image of the moon. Even the photography and artwork that goes into the packaging of her CDs revolve around the theme. So, what you get isn't a compilation of personal work that sings about love, pain, and whatever the heartbreak or joy the artist went through. What you get is a play, an act, a wonderful interpretation of what Sarah's feelings towards the theme is, which is truly inspiring because she's very vivid, imaginative, and passionate.
With that in mind, this isn't a 100% Eastern inspired album. This is more about what Sarah feels when she thinks of the Middle Eastern theme (the deserts, for instance) and less about Eastern instrumentals and interpretations. Yes, there are some tracks on here that take on a very heavy Middle Eastern influence, like the track 'Harem,' for example. However, there are many 'western' tracks on here, as well. There are tracks on here that no way fit the mold of Middle Eastern influenced music, but do fit the theme. I bring this up so you know what to expect, in case you're excited that Sarah's doing Eastern music (I was one of those people). This album is closer to Eden than it is to La Luna.
The theme of this album is "Arabain Nights." So, it's very much her own personal interpretation of what Arabian Nights feel and mean to her. It's an interpretation of her own thoughts, not Middle Eastern music. In fact, there are a lot of electronic, dance beats on this album. She's leaning towards dance and further away from classical in this album- there is a distinct lack of operatic material that there was on Eden and La Luna (I'm not saying there's no opera; there's some operatic musings, but they just don't take center stage often at all). There's more abandon reflected in this album, thus the inclination for a more dance/pop approach, which is freer from definition and constriction than opera (don't get me wrong, I love opera). However, don't worry; Sarah still hits those crystal soprano notes.
The quality of the production is gorgeous. The packaging itself is very thoughtful. The CD doesn't come contained in the usual jewel case; it comes in a cardboard case that's foldable. At first I grimaced, but I soon saw her reason. When the case is unfolded, you see a panoramic shot on the back, which totally fits the mood of the album. I was even amazed to feel the lyric book; the paper the pictures and lyrics are printed on is high quality, glossed paper! I'm a CD junkie and I've flipped through many CD jacket books in my time, so I paid attention to the paper because it felt so different in my fingers. From musical details down to the asthetics of the packaging, Sarah is truly a talented, passionate, and consummate entertainer who knows her stuff and loves her art.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Selected Ambient Works, Vol. 2
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Aphex Twin
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
glow your mind


Late at night, pop this on, think about things...
(Track 8 CD 2 is one of the most affecting things I've ever heard. It is an incredible piece of music, in that it manages to be painfully mournful and upliftingly joyous simultaneously... People will be having it played at their funerals in the 21st century. I know I will).