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Product: Audio CD
Title: DLR Band
Label: Wawazat Records
Artist: David Lee Roth
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Diamond Dave back with a vengeance!

I've been a David Lee Roth fan for more years than I care to admit, so I was really excited by the news that Dave had started a new band, recorded a new CD and was making plans to tour. I was elated when word went out among the fans that "the old Dave is back." Then I bought the cd. This is a really good rock and roll cd, but it's not "the old Dave." I could write several paragraphs detailing ways I think the new stuff could be improved, but I won't waste my time or yours, because the biggest problem isn't the lyrics or the production, it's that "Diamond Dave" is missing. Maybe you have to be a long time fan to understand what I'm talking about, but I'll try to explain.
First, I miss Dave's famous asides. You know, the smart-ass comments sprinkled throughout the classic Van Halen music. My favorite David Lee Roth moment is the last few seconds of "Everybody Wants Some." Dave made being a smart-ass fashionable.
Second, I know doing covers is not considered prestigious for a rock band, but the "old Dave" was the master of covers. He has a knack for taking someone else's songs and making them his own. Who else could have recorded "Happy Trails to You" and made it work? When is the last time Dave recorded a good cover?
Last and most important, what's missing is the attitude. I think Dave's trying too hard. Blacklight, Relentless, and Indeedido seem almost forced. I've always thought that Dave's style was very autobiographical. Anger, anxiety, etc. showed in his music at what seemed to be the appropriate times. I think Dave is just as anxious to get a few hits and get out on the road as the fans are, but the anxiety has overtaken the fun . Maybe I was expecting a more celebratory feel to the album. Dave is the one that taught us that rock and roll is supposed to be fun. "Where Have All the Good Times Gone?", indeed.

Product: Audio CD
Title: The Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits: The Record
Label: Universal
Artist: The Bee Gees
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
The Only Bee Gees Collection You'll Ever Need!

This two cd hits collection from The Bee Gees represents over 30 years of their music. Originally a melodic soft rock band from the sixties then turning disco in the mid-seventies, The Bee Gees are one group that has diversity and style. Early songs such as "To Love Somebody" and "I've Gotta Get A Message To You" represent the songwriting talents of the Gibb Brothers. Many compare the Bee Gees to The Beatles which there are similarities in the terrific songwriting and harmonies they display. The Bee Gees popularity soared to gigantic proporations when The Bee Gees wrote and performed many of the songs for the disco soundtrack "Saturday Night Fever". Some die hards wrote them off as trying to cash in on the disco craze when actually this was some of their best music ever. How can you dislike songs like "More Than A Woman", "How Deep Is Your Love", "Stayin' Alive" or "Night Fever"? Great songs all. This collection contains songs all the way to 2001 - quite a nice collection indeed. Remastered with nice packaging make this collection a must have for Bee Gees,Disco or Rock fans alike. Highly recommended.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Whoa, Nelly!
Label: Dreamworks
Artist: Nelly Furtado
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
Whoa, Nelly! Worst album I evah heard!

When I ordered this cd I wasn't sure what I'd get. I enjoyed "I'm Like A Bird", but was worried it was going to be one of those cd's with just one good song. I was thrilled when I played it and realized how very wrong I was. This cd is full of music you don't hear often enough. Its original, having lyrics that don't sound computer generated. The music is wonderful, so different from anything else out there right now. Its refreshing to come across an artist who shows true creativity in a sea of pop singers who all sound alike. My favorite song on the album is "Hey, Man!". Its intro is great and I love the lyrics. If you like music thats original, upbeat, has meaning, and is just different from what we've been served lately, BUY Woah. Nelly!

Product: Audio CD
Title: Devils & Dust
Label: Sony
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
Devils, Dust and Dissapointment

I guess I shouldn't have had great expectations regarding this one. It's actually the first CD that I've purchased in over a year. There was a full page add in Canada's NATIONAL POST that hooked me. It drew comparrisons to his "Nebraska" album, which to be honest, is the only Springsteenism that I own in full, and that I find utterly listenable. However, this one is not such a gem. It sounds very phoney to me, and the bonus DVD makes it clear what a crock this disc really is. Whereas "Nebraska" put you into the passenger seat beside the dude in "State Trooper", this one just has you looking at a washed up pop star, former Bel-Air resident, divorced from a supermodel, and you're saying to him:"You have GOT to be kidding". He tries to throw in a rather bizzare reference to negotiating "up the ass" with a hooker in "Reno", and it ends up sounding just contrived and ridiculous. This guy just can't pull it off. Admittedly, I have never been a huge fan, but it seems to me that Bruce has left his darkness (and his edge) on the edge of town. Let's face the geographical reality. This boy grew up a long way from the southwest. If I recall my US map, Jersey is in the north east. This disc makes it obvious how far "The Boss" is removed from these social and geographical realities. It is just embarrasing to see (and painfull to listen to) how hard the guy is trying, and how miserably he fails. Somehow he was able to transcend some of these boundaries in previous work (notably the sometimes brilliant "Nebraska"), but not this time. In some regards, this is still a breath of fresh air compared to recent filler like "The Rising", but clearly the best part of this disc is the title, the packaging, and the marketing. If you want the real deal; the stuff that really digs deep, try "The Dirty South" by "The Drive-By Truckers".
Oh yeah, I'm having a garage sale this summer, and if anybody wants this, I'll let it go for 5 bucks or best offer.