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Product: Audio CD
Title: Halloween II: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Label: Varese Records
Artist: John Carpenter
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
More Of The Night HE Came Home!


Halloween II was a great movie, and the soundtrack is just as great. John Carpenter and Alan Howarth did a brilliant job at using electro music and organs in the slasher's sequel. Get this one, play it loud, and be happy.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Enigma 3: Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi!
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: Enigma
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
Think Twice


Enigma's strength, beautifully illustrated in their 1991 release MCMXC A.D., was its mystery and eroticism, achieved through the then-innovative use of Gregorian chants with hip-hop and trance persussion, layered with whispered lyrics in french. THAT was good.
A decade later, Michael Cretu tries unsuccessfully to extend this now gimmicky approach to a collection of new songs that don't really say anything "new." Worse, these tracks sound like the same stuff Enigma did on E1; just done badly. Same sound effects on the synthesizer ... but this time around, almost -NO- instrumental tracks. In fact, Cretu himself sings (!) on many of the tracks, and his voice - thin and weak - is more of a distraction than a feature, and is generally not good.
The lyrics themselves are simplistic and somewhat trite.
Overall, this album is definitely illustrative of Enigma's signature sound, but quite lacking in every quality that made E1 the astonishing work that it was.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Hotel
Label: V2. / Bmg
Artist: Moby
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
The safe route


Unfortunately, Moby has gone the safe route on this one. No samples to be found anywhere. Doesn't appear to be a challenging album for him to produce at all - seems like he is happy heading towards the MOR direction - adult radio is where he will stay.
CD2 - Ambient - is the better of the two. I presume that Moby is a fan of Brian Eno after listening to it.
The female vocals on CD1 are the best vocal tracks - Laura Dawn should of sung all of the songs. The version of 'Temptation' is a good take - not as slow but similar to Tori Amos' 'smells like teen spirit'.
overall, not bad - not great - very safe - will be forgotten soon - won't stand out in the Moby backcatalogue.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Mahler: Symphony No5
Label: Angel Records
Artist:
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
An excellent performance,suffering slightly in sound quality


This,along with the recordings of Abbado, von Karajan, and Bernstein, is one of the finest and most convincing Fives.Some of the tempi(the start of the first two movements and the swift adagio)are unusual, but they work.However the sound quality at the climaxes is not brilliant, and the brass do not always play sensitively.