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Product: Audio CD
Title: Emancipation of Mimi
Label: Island
Artist: Mariah Carey
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
The Return of The Vocal Queen!

Mariah Carey never ceases to amaze me!! Charmbracelet may not have been her best album vocally but what amazed me by that album was that it didn't sound like any other of her other albums and it was like that "My Saving Grace" song was made for me because since I am a Christian, I feel exactly the same, Lord Jesus is my saving grace. After just one listen to The Emancipation Of Mimi, it amazes me how Mariah is not afraid to take chances, she doesn't have to have every single album sound exactly alike, she does what she wants and doesn't let anyone tell her what to do. NO album is exactly alike. There's always progression. I am, always have been, and always will be Mariah's true and hugest fan!! It's like Mariah writes these songs for me, I mean that I can totally relate, I'm a girl so it's not literally for me but hopefully people will know what I mean!!! I totally love The Emancipation Of Mimi. As I am writing this review I am listening to it, my 30th time in a row!!!

The song It's Like That is so awesome to dance and sing along to. I love the music, the lyrics, and especially Mariah's powerful vocals! My all time favorite song is really hard to pick because there are two songs that I love and really can't decide between the two. We Belong Together is such a wonderful, beautiful slow ballad that should reach number 1 on Billboard, it's so powerful musically, vocally and lyrically and Mariah's voice is so amazing and everyone who thinks Mariah can't sing anymore, don't know what they're talking about because Mariah's voice is so incredible, especially on the end of this song!!! I totally love it!!!! The song Fly Like A Bird is such a spiritually, powerful song and it's amazing that Mariah wrote these words that I've been wanting to say, well I've been searching for the right words and it's Mariah who knew exactly what I was feeling toward the Lord. Mariah's church Minister or Pastor speaks throughout the song and "His Love Will Never Forsake You Or Leave You Alone, Trust Him" is forever in my soul. Words like "Carry Me Home, Higher Jesus, Carry Me Higher Lord" and "I Need You Now Lord, Carry Me High, I Need The Strength Of You By My Side" and "Keep Your Head To The Sky, With God's Love You'll Survive." There is also a Choir singing. This song tells exactly how I feel toward the Lord Jesus and what I want to say to him. There's nothing better than my favorite singer of all time singing about my saviour, Lord Jesus!!! Another favorite of mine is Joy Ride. Not because my name is in the title, because it's such a cool pop song that you can sing along to and Mariah's vocals are over the top, especially at the very end of the song. I love the music during the chorus of Joy Ride with drum and bass beats, it's awesome!!! Shake It Off is a really cool R&B upbeat song. Mine Again is another slow ballad that Mariah belts on. Mariah just about belts on every single song, especially on We Belong Together, Mine Again, Joy Ride, and Fly Like A Bird. Say Somethin' with Snoop Dogg is a really cool dance R&B song with a really cool beat to dance to and I find myself singing along to this song too. Stay The Night is a very soulful and unique song, the music reminds me of something from the 50's or 60's and I love the way Mariah sings and belts. I love It!! Get Your Number with Jermaine Dupri is a cool upbeat R&B song that I also like. One And Only with Twista is a cool mid-tempo song that I like a lot. Circles is another slow ballad that I love and love the way Mariah sings!! Your Girl is a really cool upbeat song and I love the way Mariah sings in the chorus, it's a really cool song to sing along to!!! In I Wish You Knew, Mariah speaks a few times during the song and you hear an audience, a very beautiful slow ballad, I especially love the end when Mariah hits that high note!!! To The Floor with Nelly could be the next club song, it's a really cool upbeat R&B/Hip-Hop song.

When I hear the song Fly Like A Bird, I picture just soaring way up high in the clouds because the song just makes me think of being up there in the clouds, being free, and on Joy Ride, I picture being up in the stars because the whole song makes me picture being up there high and flying through the stars. If Mariah was to make a music video for Fly Like A Bird, I picture her just soaring through the clouds on an Eagles' wing or something and for Joy Ride, I picture Mariah soaring through the stars. Mariah sings with so much emotion, soul, and power on these songs, all 14 of them, using all 7 of her octaves, hitting that really high note a lot!!! There is all sorts of elements, Pop, Hip-Hop, Soul, Gospel, and R&B. Mariah's new CD, The Emancipation Of Mimi is a MUST HAVE for anyone who likes any of those elements I listed above and especially Mariah fans!! Mariah is the BEST!!!

The Limited Edition comes with a 2-sided poster, one side of Mariah and the other side has the lyrics to the songs on the CD.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Rising in Love
Label: Folk Era Records
Artist: David Roth
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Every song is wonderful...

This CD should come with a warning label-- "Listening to this CD while driving can be hazardous to your health. Use special caution while listening to That Kind of Grace." Every song on this CD is wonderful, an opinion shared by my 10 and 13 year old sons.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Black and Blue
Label: Jive
Artist: Backstreet Boys
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
Not what they're capable of

The Backstreet Boys are hands down the best so-called "boyband" of the 90's. They are the original ones of their time period. With this album unfortunately doesnt reflect the kind of music they are capable of. While other "boybands"(nsync) overexpose themselves and release albums year after year with no creative or original music they are sure to fade away in no time. The Backstreet Boys are different. They truly can and are great singers. The BSB dont release albums ever year just so they can sell albums. Their record company forced them to release this album in order to compete with the talentless hacks of nsync. The backstreet boys vowed to not make that same mistake. Their next album will be great i can assure you. Skip this one and get their best millenium. Then when the new one comes out later this year get it and you will be shocked at how good these guys can be.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Les Miserables (Highlights from the Complete Symphonic International Cast Recording)
Label: Relativity
Artist: Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg, Gary Morris, Michael Ball
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
My favorite of all the Les Miserables!

Of all the CD's I have listened to, I have found this version of the musical to be my favorite. Every singer has a different voice quality that empahiszes their character's personality. Fantine's voice is soft and motherly while Cosette's voice is young and beautiful while Eponine's voice is emotional and strong as she belts "On My Own." For the "highlights" CD, a think the International version is the best!