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Product: Audio CD
Title: Suzuki
Label: Studio K7
Artist: Tosca
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Sublime sounds from Dorfmeister/Huber


It seems that the duo of Kruder and Dorfmeister just refuse to make an album of their own material. But we'll forgive them for now if their side projects are like this. Dorfmeister, with Rupert Huber, spin a lively mix of tranquil sounds and lively smooth beats to help you drift an hour away. While these 12 tracks are somewhat lacking in innovation (most feature chilled drum loops, a few chords, and a stuttery sample or breathy vocal) they make up for in consistency. And a few rise to excellence- "Honey" will most likely gain the most attention thanks to a seductive croon throughout, it's tracks like "Annanans" with its floaty melody that shine brighter. Heck, they even turn it up half a notch now and then ("Boss on the Boat", "the Key"- one of the mediocre tracks.)
If you want a languid, late-night set, you'll be generally pleased with this, and it's a safe pick-up for the K & D fan.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Ace Of Base - Greatest Hits
Label: Arista
Artist: Ace of Base
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Ace Of Base In A Nutshell


Ace of Base, one of the world's great groups, has brought out their "best" in the 2000 release entitled "Ace Of Base Greatest Hits". This collection of the Swedish pop group's biggest songs from 1993-2000 is about as complete as you can get. There are 12 tracks on here, one of which is the brand new "EVERYTIME IT RAINS". This song is a perfect example of this group's sense of unbeatable melody and lyric. No group since ABBA has ever had a bigger collection of absolutely perfect music, and each song is a memorable gem. "EVERYTIME IT RAINS"(#3) and the big European hit "C'EST LA VIE"(#10) are hands-down my favorite tracks on this album. However, each track has it's own special place on the album, including "ALL THAT SHE WANTS"(#1) that was the group's first US hit back in 1993 and "LIFE IS A FLOWER"(#9) which was one of Ace of Base's biggest songs in Europe, but never got any attention from US radio. "Ace of Base Greatest Hits" is a tremendous collection that hopefully is a prelude to another decade of hits.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Movies
Label: Hip-O Records
Artist: Michael Ball
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Gorgeous


This CD is definitely one of Michael's best! I bought it about a week ago and haven't stopped listening to it. Track listing:1. Wind Beneath My Wings - I loved this song, very sweet with a great melody, delivered with his wonderful croon.2. Love on the Rocks - About a broken relationship. Sad but sweet, and he sounds like he really means it.3. We Have All The Time In The World - Another good melody, though not quite as catchy as some of the others, with a beautiful string section.4. People Are Strange - This is one of the highlights. Very fun, done in a jazzy style.5. My Heart Will Go On - Alright, this is the one that everyone is sick of, but Michael's rendition is exquisite and worth listening to over and over again. Move over, Celine, this is the definitive version!6. Have I Told You Lately - Another pretty melody with great lyrics.7. Everybody's Talkin' - This one is one of the more forgettable songs, but still good, especially near the end where he goes up into falsetto.8. Hot Stuff - I admit, this song will be a shock if your experience with Michael has been more of the music theatre type. But after a listen or two, you can't help but love it. (Warning: the lyrics are somewhat steamy, you may not want your kids listening to this one).9. How Deep Is Your Love - A gorgeous song that shows off both Michael's soaring top and smoky low notes.10. I Believe I Can Fly - I love this one! Lyrics and music are both beautiful, and he sings it with a lot of conviction.11. The Way We Were - Breathtaking. I love Barbra Streisand's version, but this one is so much better that there is no comparison.12. Against All Odds - Another sad song about a broken relationship, sung with passion.13. Blues Brothers Medley - Pure fun! Shake Your Tail Feathers is hysterical.14. Because You Loved Me - One of the best tracks. "I'm who I am because you loved me."All in all, a great CD, especially as a change from Michael's more serious side. :-)



Product: Audio CD
Title: Stripped
Label: RCA
Artist: Christina Aguilera
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Aguilera grows up, along with her fans.


Face it. In 1998, when Ms. Aguilera if you will, burst on the scene, she was a teenager, as were most of her fans. But with her 2002 release, STRIPPED, she puts out another CD her fans will like, and manages to realize her fans aren't the same age that they were, but is the same age she is. If Christina gets noted for anything, it is surely the video for "Dirrty", the pure popness of "Beautiful" and the fierce "Fighter". The next single "Can't Hold Us Down (Feat. L'il Kim)" is just as hot as the artists who are in it. Here's to the new Mariah, hopefully without the emotional breakdown. Thank You Xtina.