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Product: Audio CD
Title: Thriller [Bonus Tracks]
Label: Sony
Artist: Michael Jackson
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
This album needs no introduction!

It's easy to see from a number of points why Michael Jackson's "Thriller" is the biggest selling album of all time. With 50 million units sold worldwide the album sold by the truckload back in 1982. The album is everything you could ever wish for. It has the hits, it has the fun factor, it's relaxing, it's uplifting and it revolutionised the music industry. People in the early 1980's weren't buying records as much as they were back in the 1960's and 1970's, but Thriller sold so many copies that it got people back into record stores buying albums. Michael not only raised his own career, but raised the careers of many other artists.
Thriller has sold 26 million copies in the US alone. That is an absolute phenomenon. When you think of mammoth albums, one springs to mind like Alanis Morissette's "Jagged Little Pill." That album sold 30 million copies worldwide back in 1995 and was classed a phenomenon, but then you take a look at Thriller which sold almost twice that amount! What must've been going through Michael's head that year has to be beyond what anyone can comprehend. Thriller received a staggering 12 Grammy nominations and won a record-breaking 8. The album also topped the US album chart for an unprecedented 37 weeks. There isn't really much need for me to write a review for this album, because the name speaks for itself, but I will.
"Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" opens up the album. This classic charted at No.8 in the UK back in June 1983 and has become one of Michael's most-loved songs. It's a shame that it didn't become a bigger worldwide hit than in actually did, but it's still great. The lyrics are a bit weird, but hey, weird is good! "Baby Be Mine" is one of the album highlights. This song has a really smooth and soulful beat which connects wonderfully with Michael's sunlight vocals. The lyrics are catchy and the instruments are very classy. "The Girl Is Mine" is Michael's famous duet with ex-Beatle Paul McCartney. Before I heard the song I had expected more from it because both singers on the song are absolute legends, but it's still a fairly good song. The argument is handled very well.
"Thriller" is up next, and is perhaps the most iconic song on the album. This song, amazingly, only just scraped into the UK Top 10 back in November 1983, but nevertheless spent almost five months on the chart. Everyone knows this song - whether you're aged 5 or 70. It's a classic in every sense of the word, and deserves the respect it's achieved. And the video? I won't say anything. "Beat It" is yet another fabulous classic on this album. The theme here deals with gangs of thugs and Michael uses music to solve their differences and make them come together and embrace the beat. It's a brilliant concept, and the guitar solo by Eddie Van Halen is awesome. Yet another fantastic classic comes in the form of "Billie Jean." The first few beats of this song are instantly recognisable from anyone who knows what music is. This anthem became Michael's first UK No.1 single back in January 1983 and made him an international icon. The video features Michael in his iconic clothes such as the white socks, the gloves and the shoes.
"Human Nature" is one of my personal favourites on the album. This is a slower-paced song, but it's still amazing. The beat is very recognisable as it has been sampled many times before since it appeared on this album. Michael's vocals are so soft and gentle. It's just perfect. "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" is another brilliant song that is mid-tempo in its style. Michael gives it all in the verses with some brilliant lyrics and his voice complements the instruments very well, especially in the chorus. There's this bit after 2 minutes and 10 seconds that sounds really corny, but it's all good fun! The album closes with the ballad "The Lady In My Life." Albums closing with ballads is usually a bad thing when it comes to my taste, but Michael does them so well. Here, he sings about the one lady in his life so affectionately. It clocks in at almost five minutes, and is a brilliant closer for a legendary album.
The Special Features on Thriller are very good. We get an extra track, "Someone In The Dark," which is one of Michael's slowest songs ever. It's still fantastic though. "Billie Jean (Home Demo From 1981)" is not very different to the original, and you can't help but smile because as Michael is singing the song, you know that he doesn't even know that when he releases it, his life will change forever. In "Thriller (Voice-Over Session)," Vincent Price reads his lines from the Thriller rap that we are all now familiar with. He also speaks the second verse which was never featured on the original version. "Carousel" is another song which was left off the final version of Thriller by the producers because it was said to have been too different in style to the rest of the album.
All in all, Thriller is definitely deserving of the reputation it has and its sales of 50 million are more than justified. If there was any album to be the biggest selling in the world ever, Thriller is easily it. Michael's two most popular follow-up albums to Thriller are 1987's "Bad" and 1991's "Dangerous." Both albums seemed determined at the time to beat Thriller, but combined sales of both the albums don't even reach the lofty heights that Thriller gained! If you don't have this album yet, what are you waiting for?! It's a classic and needs to be in everyone's CD collection. Buy it now and discover just why Michael Jackson is the most famous male entertainer of the past 20 years.

Product: Audio CD
Title: I've Always Wanted to Do This
Label: Scorpio
Artist: Jack Bruce
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Again, Jack resurfaces with another "instant" favorite!

Jack Bruce, Clem Clemson, David Sancious and Billy Cobham....THAT SAYS IT ALL!!!!!

Product: Audio CD
Title: Post
Label: Elektra
Artist: Bjork
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
absorb it!

I must admit that I have a fetish for Bjork and PJ Harvey, so I don't claim to be objective. But honestly, this is really a relevant CD for anyone interested in decent mainstream pop music. Bjork can turn her limits (naive vocal technique, an icelandic accent you could cut with a knife) into peculiar qualities. She is unique in her ability to couple unusual harmonic passages with quirk turns of phrase and superb arrangements. This album defies classification -- there's big-band jazz, trip-hop, electronic dance, "sugarcubes", trance, soundtrack-like strings, even traces of Abba's notorius pop. This is an album that has not created a genre like "Dummy" by Portishead, but is vastly superior to it and many other for its musicality, originality, literary quality and sense of humor. "Homogenic" is equally good, but much more tense and influenced by the Bristol scene.

Product: Audio CD
Title: The Richest Man in Babylon
Label: Esl Music
Artist: Thievery Corporation
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Musical genius

To most, the thievery will be well known by now. For those who think they are at at their best at albums like Mirror Conspiracy, Babylon is a must buy. Mirror Con. was a rather genius album, with many ethnic influances. The best thing about teh thievery is that manage to make songs that are very easy to recognize as their own, in a genre that sounds unpersonal very quickly. Babylon is no exception, each song bears the unique thievery stamp. Yes, it might take u a week to start to recognize the hidden quality on some songs, but once you do it will never go away. Is Babylon as good as Mirror Con? Eventhough that's hardly possible I'd say it almost is. Somehow it gets deep down to your vein. The grooves are deep, the voices are either eerie or fat and the soundweave just drags you away.