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Product: Audio CD
Title: Measure of a Man
Label: Rca
Artist: Clay Aiken
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
MEASURE OF MAN


out of the 12 songs on this CD, i happen to like 8 of them. i really love track 4 "When You Say You Love Me". one of the stand-outs is "Shine". on track 8, a good song called "I Survived You", Aiken sounds good; but, i can't help but think it would sound better by a country singer. the three songs i didn't like as much were "I Will Carry You", "No More Sad Songs", and "Perfect Day" but who knows? i might grow to like them in the months to come. on "No More Sad Songs", Aiken at times sounds a bit like Tom Jones. "Invisible" and "Touch" are excellent, the CD's opener and closer numbers. Aiken has a touch of drama in his voice and his crystal clear vocals on these songs show us what he's capable of. now, next release, hopefully the mood will be a bit more up-lifting as a whole because i prefer to hear him sing mid/up-tempo songs instead of ballads...but he can belt them out, which you'll notice right away on "I Will Carry You" or "Run To Me".



Product: Audio CD
Title: Damascus
Label: What Are Records
Artist: Yazbek
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
How do I work this?


Oh, I get it. I type in this little window, and the words come out on the screen. Kind of like a flower, only different.
The new Yazbek CD is kind of different. From his first two, that is. First, he slapped me in the face with the power prog-pop of "The Laughing Man." Then, he gave it to me rough with "Tock" (distorted wah-wah clavinet, anyone?), but he knew I wanted it.
Now, he's a cloying Broadway songwriter who wants to convince me that he's still a pop star, so on this new album he's added heaping portions of jazz sensibility to the already poured foundations of strong melody, left-field harmonic structure, occasional odd-time sigs, way-cool horn arrangements, and some of the head-scratchingest lyrics this side of Burkina Faso.
And I like it. You probably will too, if you know what's good for you.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Fire
Label: Xl / Beggars Us Ada
Artist: Electric Six
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Brooding and Pretentious Need Not Apply


I've read that Electric 6 is kind of a "joke" band, in a Spinal Tap/The Darkness sense (I don't know how accurate that is), but I think they're head and shoulders above all these other "artists" out there that take themselves soooo seriously. You know the type, "I've written a couple of songs, and I wear dirty t-shirts, ergo I'm a prophet and foreign policy expert." Instead, Electric 6 writes songs about fires at Taco Bell, what it's like to be a man with conversation skills and hundred dollar bills, and the perils of being caught between vengeance and fashion (I've been there, it's awkward). It's nice to have a nice dose of nonsense, now and again, isn't it?



Product: Audio CD
Title: Stripped
Label: RCA
Artist: Christina Aguilera
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
True feelings and true tears


This album has been great inspiration for me. This girl knows how to put emotion into her song.Personally, my favourites are Beautiful, telling you that no matter what is different about you, you are still beautiful. The voice within, which tells you that when you have no-one to turn to, you just look inside to your soul and find the strength within. And lastly, a song that means a lot and actually made me cry was I'm Okay, where she talks about her father physically abusing both her and her mother. This album is a must and you are crazy if it doesn't get to you. an all time tear jerker. P.S the fact that I'm gay dpesn't have anything to do with it