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Product: Audio CD
Title: Northern Exposure 1
Label: Ultra Records
Artist: Sasha & John Digweed
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Masterpiece


These discs are the ones that started it all. The first disc (availabel in the U.S.) is slow and filled with the most detailed and intricate mixing I've heard in such a slow paced CD. The CD climaxes at the perfect time with Apollo 440's Liquid Cool. But the second disc (which never made it to the states) is where this album really shines. From X-tracks's Plan 94 to a spine chilling mix of Underworld's Dark and Long. Just get some roll or some fungus and sit back and let yourself twist, turn, and spiral around the room. Although there are 3 sets of Northern Exposure now, (1999), this is still BY FAR the best. NO real collection is complete without it. If you enjoy this kind of trance, you should check out titles like Dragonfly, Voyage into Trance by Paul Oakenfold and Sasha's Global Underground in San Francisco.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Russell Watson · The Voice
Label: Decca
Artist:
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Not for opera snobs perhaps, but for others . . . .


Russell Watson has a beautiful and impressive voice, but doesn't pretend to be an opera singer. He has no intention of going on the stage to perform, but wants to remain a concert artist. That's fine with me. He's a pleasure to listen to and not bad to look at (which is more than I can say for some tenors).
His Italian is occasionally not quite as fluid as it might be, perhaps sometimes even a bit ponderous. But after he's had a chance to do it for a few years, it will doubtless improve and it's not all that bad. I find that he sings opera arias and art songs, the experience is both transporting and uplifting. On his d?but album, "The Voice," there's enough opera and other Italian songs suitable for an operatic style to keep me entertained.
The fact is, Watson can actually sing popular music as well. Those who have watched "Enterprise" have heard him sing the theme song "Where My Heart Will Take Me" in a soft rock and roll style. It's good to hear, too. But the problem with the album "The Voice" lies with some of the "pop" numbers such as "Barcelona" and "Bridge Over Troubled Waters." These numbers have very annoying orchestrations, wholly inappropriate to the songs, that ruin them. I'm sure Watson could sing "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" in a most listenable way with the right instrumental score to go with it, but the version of "Bridge" on "The Voice" falls flat on its face accompaniment-wise.
I'm betting that those who like a wide variety of vocal music, not just opera, will likely find Watson's strong and beautiful voice worth hearing. I especially appreciate the fact that he has gotten a number of people to realize that opera can be wonderful to hear, not at all offputting and inaccessible, and that opera singers need not be eyesores.
As to those who say he hasn't got the voice or the technique, I can only reply "There's no accounting for taste or the lack thereof."



Product: Audio CD
Title: Kind of Blue
Label: Sony
Artist: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
A "must-have" for music lovers.


All Blues is the greatest chart out there right now. I don't know where he came up with the bass line, but even today, it is innovative and groovy. Get this Album if you even THINK you like jazz!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Laundry Service
Label: Sony
Artist: Shakira
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
Lovely lady, lovely music, but much much better in spanish


Although Shakira's english is perfect, the music loses somethingin english (like watching a foreign-language DVD with a english voice-overs). I'd go for her earlier albums, songs like "ojos asi" in english don't cut it. Her earlier albums are highly recommended.