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Product: Audio CD
Title: Destiny Fulfilled
Label: Sony
Artist: Destiny's Child
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
Destiny Unsatisfying And Totally Unfulfilled.


I was not surprised when they made their debut on Billboard's 200 Album chart at no.19 on their off-cycle release date. It's quite predictable but they proved that they're still hot when they jumped to no.2 with sales of 497,000 copies with a full first-week sales the following week. With a mere 11 tracks, who's interested?

I can't call this a comeback album as its a lacklustre record. Kick-off single, the Rodney Jerkins produced Lose My Breath(the snare drum at the beginning is quite awesome) makes u think that they're back, hotter than ever but wait till you listen to the whole album. You will sigh with complete unsatifaction. Is this a fulfilled destiny? Wrong! Far from it.

Unbelievably, out of 11 tracks (let's forget the bonus track as it's wack anyway), 9 are slow mid-tempo numbers. The other fast track is Soldier which happens to be their follow-up single. Its doin' pretty well on the Hot 100 but do you think it's hot? I don't. What happen to their independent woman anthem types? They have suddenly turn into dependent women desperate for their man. It's totally weird with their sudden change of heart (to put it into perspective).

Is She The Reason, Through With Love and Bad Habit are the only good songs. I'm happy that Beyonce made way for Michelle and Kelly to play their role but Michelle still get the bridge part of certain songs. There are no real ballads here. None of the songs can stick to your head (with the exception of the first single, which is overplayed). Its a good thing that there are 11 tracks cuz if there's more, I don't think I can spare my time listening to more of this.

Destiny Fulfilled not good, Survivor much better, Writing's On The Wall the best. Nuff said.



Product: Audio CD
Title: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
Label: Capitol
Artist: John Lennon
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
The Book of Lennon


In the immediate aftermath of the Beatles' break-up in 1970, three of the individual members released solo albums. John Lennon's was the most defiantly un-Beatlesque (if there was ever such a thing as Beatlesque). Browse through this, his first self-penned title, and you'll find hints of the Lennons to come: firstly, there's the Melancholy, Fragile Lennon that harks back to 'Strawberry Fields', appears here in 'Love', and would appear after his death in the fragments of 'Free As a Bird.' There's the strident, overreaching Lennon as Man With Something Important To Say. There's The Worshipping Half of Johnandyoko. There's even a chapter or two reserved for the Lennon Awash in Self-Pity.
Maybe it should've been called the I-Ching of Lennon, with the emphasis firmly on 'I'. You have to have every sympathy with the guy from Russia below who called Lennon a whiner. The man's narcissism was sometimes nothing short of spectacular. It enabled a thirtysomething rock star to set himself up, in all seriousness, as a political activist, agent for change, self-appointed bedside pontificator, self-proclaimed composer of instant battle hymns for Da Peeple. There's a thin line between commentary and posturing, and it's crossed here. It's baffling to try and get inside John Lennon's head when he sings a song like 'Working Class Hero'. (Johnny himself enjoyed a comfortable middle-class upbringing in Liverpool). What are we supposed to feel? Sympathy? Admiration for his insight into the 'plight' of the working classes? Anger? And when he self-consciously washes his hands, Pilate-like, of the Beatles legend he created ('God') you get the feeling that the world was slightly less concerned about The Loss of Lennon than he was. 'So, my friends, you'll just have to carry on' he sings regretfully to us. (Well, thanks, Johnny. We'll try our best. It's gonna be hard, but we'll try...) It was this same self-absorption that allowed him to assume that we were just as interested as he was in his love for an obscure Japanese artist. Ultimately, this album only works when you look at its imperfections as part of its value; when you acknowledge an honesty that forgives its pretentions. It's the personal testament of an imperfect man. (And aren't we all?) It's the sound of man trying to grapple with his own inner crisis and a larger crisis outside. It's an opinion worth hearing, whether or not you accept it.
What a forty years, huh? 'Love Me Do'. 'Ticket to Ride'. 'Strawberry Fields Forever'. 'Revolution.''A Day in the Life'. 'Dear Prudence'.'Revolution No. 9'. 'Mother'.'Imagine'. As the blurb from Albert Goldman's book on Lennon said, 'yet, he was able to unite the fractured, jagged edges of his personality in unforgettable song'. Well, you got that right, Mr. Blurbman.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Philentropy
Label: Blueprint UK
Artist: John Martyn
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
One of best live John martyn cd s


As a John Martyn freak of many years, i can easy say this is one of the best if not the best live cd from Mr martyn. With people like Dave Gilmore guesting, etc,etc.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Make It Big
Label: Sony
Artist: Wham!
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
good


Luv the song Careless Whisper