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Product: Audio CD
Title: Pearl Harbor
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Martin Tillman, Diane Warren, Hans Zimmer, David Campbell, Gavin Greenaway, Heitor Pereira, Tim Pierce, Johnny Mori, Michael Fisher, Julia Migenes, Bruce Fowler, Hans Zimmer, Faith Hill
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Absolutely wonderful

I am not completely disappointed by the fact that there are only 9 tracks on a 3 hour movie soundtrack, but the tracks that ARE on the soundtrack are beautiful. I saw the movie and loved it, it was everything a great movie should be. I've seen some complaints as to there not being a more moving score, or additional tracks from the trailer, but being raised in a musical family and having piano lessons for 10 years, the scores that are in the movie are touching. I listen to the cd everyday and I still get teary-eyed just from listening to it. The songs on this cd have a very profound affect in its simplicity. You can almost feel the emotion that Hans Zimmer put in to making this score a moving one to match the emotions felt in the movie. Overall, I'm not disappointed at all with the soundtrack, I love it. It's moving, it's touching and it's easy to picture the scenes in your head as you listen to it. It's an absolute must to add to any collection.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Matter + Form
Label: Metropolis Records
Artist: VNV Nation
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Fantastic album, but to many instrumentals

I am giving this CD 5 starts comparing it to a lot of the music on the radio and comparing to other EBM bands. I would give it 4 stars comparing this CD to VNV's previous CD's Futureperfect and Empires, which I think are a little stronger sounding. However, I do think the songs on this album are still very good. I like the real drum sound, it's a nice change. And the last track, Perpetual, is fantastic and I keep playing this song over and over. Homeward is also an incredible VNV track.
And the last half of Chrome is absolutely fantastic and I always turn the volume WAY up on this song. Can't wait to see them live at the end of this month!

Product: Audio CD
Title: Medúlla
Label: Elektra
Artist: Björk
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
The Power of a Voice

Though she is not known for having an astute sense of fashion, there is no denying that Bjork is an intriguing musician. She has further solidified her reputation with the recent release of "Medulla" (Latin for "marrow"), her most challenging album yet.

Bjork began creating the record with the stipulation that she would not utilize any instruments in the creative process; she was simply "bored" with them. Inspired by Paganism and the notion of a universe wholly human, sans "tools or religions or nationalities" she decided the human voice would be the instrument of the album.

Among the instruments she enlisted the assistance of are classical vocalist Gregory Purnhagen, Inuit throat singer Tagaq, the Icelandic and London choirs and singer/songwriter Robert Wyatt who duets with her on the eerie "Submarine." Interspersed amidst the vocals are heavy breaths, whistles and growls, which in turn provide a particularly cryptic experience when turning up the bass.

The initial single "Oceania," which the Icelandic innovator performed at the opening of the 2004 Olympic games in Athens, contains vivid imagery of "sting rays floating across the sky" and creates a serene sense of peace a la Enya. Meanwhile, the second single "Who Is It (Carry My Joy On the Left, Carry My Pain on the Right)" is rather mainstream material with an alluring chorus and rhyming lyrics - which the rest of "Medulla is completely devoid of.

The disc's lyrical highlight is "Desired Constellation," which contemplates the risks we take that don't always work out the way we hope they will, resulting in our need to correct the mistakes we've made.

"With a palm full of stars/I throw them like dice/Repeatedly/I shake them like dice/And throw them on the table/Repeatedly/Repeatedly/Until the desired constellation appears/And I ask myself/How do I make it right?"

Other standouts include inquisitiveness with the beat box-driven "Where Is the Line?" the sensual, sparse "Pleasure Is All Mine," the slickly produced closer "Triumph of a Heart" and "Sonnets/Unrealities" which marries Bjork's dazzling voice with a pristine, gorgeous melody.

The overall result of "Medulla" is a tapestry of vocal workings with abstract lyrics that induce a sense of being trapped in an asylum one moment and then invoke a feeling of inherent beauty the next. A unique disc that is at once both repulsive and enthralling, it is an album that is ultimately a rewarding experience for those seeking something fresh and original.

A limited edition of the album features a slipcase, a 32-panel color poster, and a 4 panel gatefold digipak. Also available is "Inner Part of an Animal or Plant Structure," a companion DVD offering information and insight on the making of "Medulla."

Product: Audio CD
Title: Fever
Label: Capitol
Artist: Kylie Minogue, Kylie Minogue
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Not as Good as "Light Years", but Still Great!

I became a huge Kylie Minogue fan last year. Her 2000 album, "Light Years", blew me away. It was the perfect blend of dance pop and disco, and quickly became one of my favorite CDs in my collection. Kylie hasn't had a hit in the U.S. for a very long time, and, with the release of "Can't Get You Out Of My Head", she has re-established herself and snuck past the velvet rope of America.
I was very much looking forward to the release of "Fever". I wasn't disappointed by any means, but the album is a small step down from "Light Years". "Fever" is very similar to "Light Years" in the dance pop and disco sense, but the material is less substantial. Don't get me wrong, because the album is still a blast. The best tracks it's got going for it are "Can't Get You Out Of My Head", the title track, "Give It To Me", "In Your Eyes", and "Burning Up".
A very good CD for dance pop and disco fans alike! Kylie Minogue is spectacular!!