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Product: Audio CD
Title: Hours
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: David Bowie
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Best Bowie since the mid '80s!


This Cd flows from one song to the next like a river pulling you to its source. Here, unlike his work over the last decade, that source is Bowie himself and no other.
Simply put, his best set of songs in a very long time.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Mezzanine
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: Massive Attack
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Music Swirls & Caputures


The moment I heard this CD I knew I had to have it. Since then I have played it countless times. This CD is dark and senuous as the melodic, deep rooted beats creep across the mind of the listener. I think it is music you might hear during a fetish fashion show - especially my favorites Risingson and Dissolved Girl. I played this CD at a shop I used to work out and even the customers of the store were drawn in and always asking who this band was. A definite must for any music fan who loves discovering music or trys to stay away from the "mainstream"



Product: Audio CD
Title: A Michael English Christmas
Label: Curb Records
Artist: Michael English
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Amazing Voice


This is an excellent new project from the gifted vocalist.Michael adds his own self described style "english in it".This project combines his powerful voice singing the majorityof the songs in an R&B/ jazz style.
The remake of Mary Did You Know is incredible and is actually better the his original release of the song in the 90's.
Other tunes are fan favorites in Silent Night, Go Tell It On The Mountain, O Holy Night, etc.
English fans will be very pleased with this latest effort from English.



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Fat of the Land
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: The Prodigy
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Prodigy's Third Album


Before we begin the review, let's get one thing straight - Liam Howlett is a genius. A genius! Okay, now that we've said that, let's get on with the review. The Fat of the Land is the title for Prodigy's third album. What we have here is an incredible array of sound and walls of noise from none other than synth master Liam Howlett himself. This man has got rythm down. He knows how to make you move. This is the record that will have you bouncing off the walls. However, this time around, Liam has been wise enough to utilize talents from other people. This means a more vocal, dare we say "rock" oriented approach on several of the songs. This album sold a lot of copies. It is, to my knowledge, the fastest-selling record of all time. Why, one might ask, did the record sell so much? Because it's good. Plain and simple. Let's look at some of the songs. First off, this album, while good musically, has some songs that were controversial. These include the first track, "Smack," and "Firestarter." Say what you will on these songs. "Smack" uses a rap sample from the group Ultramagnetic MC's. "Firestarter" is about Keith Flint and his manic zaniness. The first track, "Smack," features a propulsive beat, nice bass, nice sound, it's all nice. It's hard and in-your-face. The song breaks down to feature an Indian vocalist. This is a cohesive, memorable track. The second track, "Breathe," was, to me upon first listen, quite confrontational. It features Maxim (the Prodigy's MC) and Keith Flint on vocals. This song is about drug psychosis. However, you don't need to know that to enjoy it... This one will get you moving. This was one of the two hit singles on this album ("Breathe" and "Firestarter.") The vocals on this song have been likened to the Sex Pistols, and they are somewhat similar. The beat is fast and crazy. "Diesel Power" is a rap number with, also, a really nice beat, and Kool Keith (also known as Dr. Octagon) on vocals. A nice song, but not quite as memorable to me. "Funky Sh**" is a fast techno thriller. It has a menacing sound, and includes well-used samples, such as a disco sample. "Mindfields" is an excellent song with a slightly Japanese feel, a really nice rap sort of beat, and nice electronic effects. "Narayan" is perhaps one of my favorite songs on this album. It has Crispian Mills, from the band Kula Shaker, on vocals, but the charm of this song lies in Liam Howlett's production and orchestration. This is an Eastern sounding number, but it's really quite hard-hitting... It even has a spooky piano line, and the whole thing sounds kind of emotional. At some points in the track you feel like you are being sonically whipped. Mind-bending. And then there's "Firestarter," a stomper and burner of a track, with Keith Flint's manic British accent vocal delivery. Has a good beat, good guitar, good vocals. A good cohesive track. This was the second of the two hit singles. Climbatize was the last song Liam made for the album. It's an instrumental track, with a Middle Eastern feel. It's good, but not one of my favorites. They played it on the commercial for the Tomb Raider movie... The album ends on somewhat of a surprise note - a cover of an L7 song. This song is very "thrashy," and almost purely rock. It has electronic effects, but is in essense a thrash rock song. So-so. My sister liked it. In my opinion, about the only thing this album has against it, and what keeps me from listening to it as much as Music for the Jilted Generation (Prodigy's second album) is the lack of variety in it. Some of the songs can sound a little too similar, even though they are all good. Also, the album as a whole is pretty hard-hitting, and maybe could have used a few "breathers," as well. After a while it may begin to grate on you. However, despite the harsh, urban, underground, hardcore feel of the album, there lies a beauty in it, a deep beauty, and one that has stayed with me and not left me. A lot of work went into this album, and it shows. When I put the cd into the cd player and let it play, it's pure sonic bliss. In fact, often just by putting it in, I find I may end up listening to the whole album - it's that cohesive. Each track is well-made, and they fit together and flow nicely. My second favorite Prodigy album, after Music for the Jilted Generation. Excellent production. If you like rock, chances are you will like this album. If you like a variety of music, such as rock and hip hop, chances are even higher that you will like it.