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Product: Audio CD
Title: Encore [Decca]
Label: Decca
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
absolute masterpiece

This is Watson at his absolute peak as he demonstrates an understated intensity that is perfectly complemented by the stunning orchestrations. If you are serious about Russell, this album is the perfect place to start.
It is an absolute masterpiece from one of the great vocalist of our time.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Dart to the Heart
Label: Sony Special Product
Artist: Bruce Cockburn
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
bruce does pop

dart to the heart is bruce cockburn's pop album. it uses more horns and electric guitars(strictly as sound effects, they're never very prominent in the mix)than any album before it. there is also more variety to this album, as it features rockers, country numbers, blues instrumentals and folk songs in separate moments, as opposed to in a potent, stripped down mix. this is both a blessing and a curse. while an interesting context can make up for a flawed song, it detracts from the lyrics, which are normally bruce's stongpoint. in other words, his focus is in the wrong place here. what's more, his attempts at country tend to fall flat on their faces(cockburn is best when he's making music with a little class) and there are no blues lyrics, which is wasted potential in my view. very mixed bag, only for harcore fans. having said that, scanning these crowds is a fantastic song, up there with bruce's best.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Imagine
Label: Capitol
Artist: John Lennon
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
An absolutely beautiful cd by John Lennon

Imagine is a wondeful and beautiful song on the entire cd. After all, I'm a huge John Lennon fan as you can see from my review about Plastic Ono Band. Some of the other songs on here are amazing like "Jealous Guy", "Its So Hard", "How" and "Oh! Yoko". "How do you Sleep" is a nasty song about ex-Beatle Paul McCartney. I loved "Gimme Some Truth" and "Oh my love", which is of course about Yoko. If you don't have this cd yet, then go out and buy it. And when you listen to it, you'll see what a wondeful person he was.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Measure of a Man
Label: Rca
Artist: Clay Aiken
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
I was just mesmerized.... Vintage Clay Aiken

I was really reluctant to buy this cd. I read some article in Time magazine that said even RCA would not willingly listen to his cd. I'm so not going to let some record executives decide my taste in music. I wondered what was so horrible on this cd. There is nothing really horrible about this cd. The lyrics aren't terribly profound or anything. It is a tiny bit over produced. That said, this is a great pop cd. I don't normally listen to pop anymore because nobody from that genre can sing. Clay Aiken has pipes, the better to hit the money notes. He does that sometimes, but not often. A lot are probably ready to paint him as the male Celine Dion, but Clay showcases a lot of range all while having a variety of music. You gotta love Perfect Day, Carry You, and When You Say You Love Me for being so darn feel good and happy. If you think these are Singin in the Rain showtunes, you'd be wrong. The only thing that comes close to being broadway is Run to Me and even that is a pretty sexy song(his voice makes it sexy). Touch is just flat out sexy, although I have to picture a hot dude singing this one. No More Sad Songs is sung with a raw edge and a new kind of power. Shine is corny and inspirational. What the heck, all of the songs are good in their own way. They are not too original, but they are fun.