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Product: Audio CD
Title: Josh Groban
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Delightful break from current music trends


Josh Groban has one of, if not the most, beautiful voice of any singer with his name on an album right now. It's a breath of fresh air to see a, dare I say, adult contemporary album doing so well when other forms of rock and pop have dominated the air waves and the charts.
#1. Alla Luce del Sole is probably my favorite song on this album. It is a perfect beginning to this album. It's seductive and sensual and has everything a guy needs if he wants to romance a girl. This is a great song with a great groove.#2. Gira con Me Questa Notte is beautiful. And if you watch the on-line interviews with Josh and David Foster, it is one of their favorites and it's easy to see why. A man came into my place of business and mistook Josh for Andrea Bocelli when he heard this song. The best way to tell them apart is Josh is better.#3. You're Still You is such an inspiring song. It is a loving tribute to anyone you just want to say thank you to. And it proves he's just as good a singer in English as he is in Italian.#4. Cinema Paradiso (Se) is gorgeous. You have no idea what he's saying, but just the way he's singing, you can tell he's singing about something that just makes you want to cry. And he says amore, so you know it has to be about love. Beautiful song.#5. To Where You Are will make you want to cry. This is a poem to a lost loved one, looking dwon from heaven and you just happen to be looking up at the same time. It is gorgeous and it is the one song, that I feel, demonstrates his incredible range the best. #6. Alejate is another one of those songs, that if a guy puts it on and starts dancing with his gir, she'll be putty in his hands. This songs, like Alla Luce del Sole, deomnstrates Josh's versatility, from a balad like To Where You Are to romantic and sultry songs like Alejate.#7. Canto Alla Vita with The Corrs is delightful. Here Josh is singing an obviously Italian song with one of Ireland's most popular musical acts. Great up tempo song.#8. Let Me Fall is dark and haunting. It's slow and melodic and is wonderfully enchanting. It's mesmerizing and hypnotizing and very infectious. Some of Josh's best vocals.#9. Vincent (Starry, Starry Night) is such a delighftul song. It's amazing how a whole song was written from the idea of van Gogh's popular masterpiece. It's one of my next favorites, maybe #3 behind the next song. It's a gentle and melodic song that I just can't get enough of.#10. Un Amore per Sempre is great. It starts out gentle and soft but then it rocks and I'm not kidding. Frantic strings and scorching guitars make this song hard to ignore. I had to listen to it several times in a row to make sure I still had the same CD in. This is my second favorite song. #11. Home To Stay is a very mature song. It sounds like an adult love letter set to music. It's beautiful and confessional, personal and very deep. It's great.#12. Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring is wondeful. Josh didn't want to call this a classical album and he hoped listeners didn't either, but this song is classical. And this is a stirring rendition of a Bach masterpiece. I don't think there has ever been a better marriage of song and voice as is found on this song.#13. The Prayer featuring the wonderful Charlotte Church is a superb closing to this landmark album. This song is nothing short of majestic. It's a perfect bookend with Alla Luce del Sole. He goes from seduction to salvation in the course of an hour or so's worth of music. Charlotte and Josh together is an answered prayer for any lover of music.
This is one of the best albums of the last year. It truly is a treasure for music lovers. This is a pleasant change from the mindless pop that has come to dominate popular music trends as of late and I certainly hope Josh releases another album soon. His is a talent that should be embraced and spread far and wide, giving everyone options for their listening pleasures. All in all, this is a wonderful album that receives my highest recommendation. The production value and the careful selection of songs makes this a candidate, in my opinion, for some manner of critical recognition on "Best Of..." lists and award shows. If not, it's still an amazing album that everyone should listen to and give a chance. Once again, Josh Groban's self titled debut gets my highest possible recommendation.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Bedtime Stories
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
OLD BUT GOOD


I've just got my copy from amazon.com this morning; i recorded it one my mini disc and went to the supermarket. It was a good trip cause there are songs i remember to have listened when I was at the highschool (secret, take a bow, humane nature...the singles). Anyway, the whole disc is excelent, it has a lot of good songs (forbidden love as a example). It is a pity this album is very unknown, despite the singles, it's not one of the more commented.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Backstreet
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: David Sanborn
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
This and "As We Speak" are the top Sanborn albums ever.


I'm afraid I disagree with Miss A. Meniru. I think the two best produced Sanborn albums are "Backstreet" and "As We Speak". Not only are they well produced and mixed with an abundance of pleasing lower end frequency range, but Sanborn is stretching himself to the limit of expressiveness. I think these two albums are milestones and should be grabbed up before they go out of production!



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Story Goes On: Liz Callaway On & Off Broadway
Label: Varese Records
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Mostly hits, with two misses


Liz Callaway has pulled together a melange from the musical theater canon on this CD. It includes some unorthodox takes on classics from SOUTH PACIFIC, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, and OLIVER! It also features songs from less successful shows, including THE BAKER'S WIFE, BABY, and BIG. There's also some pieces from truly obscure ventures, such as BROWNSTONE and 13 DAYS TO BROADWAY.
Ms. Callaway's rendition of five of the songs are remarkable: "Since You Stayed Here" is ballad by a character of great strength; "Meadowlark" sparkles with a lust for life and the relief after making a tough decision; "Stop, Time" speaks of the disappointments formed in the very joys of raising a child; "Marry Me a Little" (dropped from Stephen Sondheim's COMPANY) builds on the energy of being afraid to commit; and the title song is a statement of a unique sensation that a woman feels during pregnancy.
Most of the other songs are also very enjoyable, but two may be in styles a little avant-garde for the average musical theater listener to enjoy. "One Boy" is sung in a 1950's radio style (complete with a reading of some lyrics over the accompaniment) to match the ambience of the source show, BYE BYE BIRDIE. "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair" features a relentless rock drumbeat that ties in titles of other SOUTH PACIFIC songs in the adventurous coda.
The two duets on the album, "Where Is Love?" with Billy Porter (a fellow burghtenor) and "Our Time" with Ms. Callaway's sister, Anne Hampton Callaway, do not work. The strong and simple messages of these songs are lost in the excessive "pop style" improvisational ornamentation.
These problems aside, I like this CD a lot. The two Maltby and Shire songs about motherhood make it a great present for a pregnant musical theater lover.