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Product: Audio CD
Title: Thriller
Label: Sony
Artist: Michael Jackson
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Great songs; Weird Guy


Michael Jackson is truly a great artist. Even though he is one of the wierdest Sob's I have ever seen, his album THRILLER continues to impress me. I bought the album in 2002 and I love it. It is the greatest dance CD ever in my opinion with its great beats and his voice fits the part extremely well. I know that the guy puts a lot of heart into his lyrics and that is what I think makes the album truly great. Im 14 and I wasnt around in 1984, but I feel like Michael Jackson's thriller continues to be a favorite. I dont recall what the 1980's were like but his music brings an 80's feeling to my house.I cant tell you how much I want to dance like Jackson and I feel that he is one of the greats.All in all, amazing cd, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes to dance. MJ can do whatever he wants in his life, but he will always be remembered for THRILLER!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Mask of Smiles/Rover's Return
Label: One Way Records Inc
Artist: John Waite
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
John Waite - Mask of Smiles/Rover's Return


John Waite has enjoyed a remarkable career headlining such renowned groups as The Babys and Bad English, frequently showing up on movie soundtracks, and regularly resurfacing as a superb solo artist. He's probably best known for his 80s mega hit Missing You. But the pairing of these two long out of print albums gives us several more similar Waite songs that are comparable to Missing You, although equally striking on their own. Mask of Smiles brings us two Waite classics - Every Step of the Way and Just Like Lovers. These two songs stand above the other tracks and if they were the only tracks on the album, they would be well worth the price of admission. Other notable tracks include Welcome to Paradise, Lust For Life and You're the One. Rover's Return gives us Act of Love - which, if Missing You is John's best, then Act of Love is arguably his second best. Other tracks of note are These Times Are Hard For Lovers, Encircled, Wild One, Don't Lose Any Sleep and She's the One. John Waite fans will revel in the fact these two albums are finally available on CD. This will surely win him many more fans in his long and illustrious career.



Product: Audio CD
Title: American Life
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Madonna Bares All


Great CD... The more I listen the more I like
You Don't Know Me Sticks in my brain at the moment...Basic Beats with DEEP lyricsA welcome change from the Material girrrlll



Product: Audio CD
Title: Finally We Are No One
Label: Fat Cat [Caroline]
Artist: Múm
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Live in NY


I was really looking forward to this album, as I found Mum's debut promising. I flattered myself that I was one of the first to appreciate their unique charm, and after a trip to Iceland (probably the most beautiful country in the world, but don't let the secret out!) I was even more ready to embrace art from a land seemingly filled with unpretentious, creative, independent, and open-hearted people.
So far though, I've been disappointed by FWANO. The editorial says it's "gentle, almost-fey stuff" and I think it is fey stuff; pretty, bland, saccharine, ultimately forgettable. I give them 3 stars for sincerity, and the excellent production value, but they really need to focus more on melodic inventiveness and development. The first and last tracks have something to offer, but the middle part of the album just sags.
The editorial review says something about this being composed in a lighthouse, as if asceticism and self-imposed solitude are all that's necessary to earn the mantle of artistic genius. Much is made of the fact that Boards of Canada compose their work in their Hexagon Sun studio in the remote Scottish Highlands, or that Aphex Twin has purchased a bank vault/jail in order to concentrate more fully on his art. While I'm certain that a lack of distractions is to some degree important, it's by no means necessary. Advertising the fact just smacks of self-importance.
If I were an Icelander (Islander?) I'd want to break a few guitars after listening to this snoozer. It just reinforces the (largely erroneous) belief that Icelanders are all pixie-faced, quirky, majestically introverted little souls. Anyone who wants to see how far from the truth this is should purchase the classic "Rokk I Reykjavik" compilation (if you're a Bjork fan, this contains some of her earliest primal vocals). Punk was huge in Iceland, and there's a rebellious, fiercly independent streak in the soul of the Icelandic youth that isn't represented here, and seems to be glossed over by the marketing machine.