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Product: Audio CD
Title: A Twist of Fate [EP]
Label: Metal Blade
Artist: John Arch
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
A Pleasure to Hear John's Voice Again


I've had this CD for just over two months and in all honesty I have listened to little else besides this EP.
I could say that two songs (even at 27 minutes in length) aren't enough and that I want still more which would be true but somehow cliche. I might even mention that fans of the monumental Mr. Arch from the first three albums most certainly will embrace this new offering but alas that should go without saying.
To fans strictly of the newer Fate's Warning (since 1989), I thought about mentioning how "A Twist of Fate" gives an overwhelming and temptation filled yet somehow fulfilling look at what could have been had John Arch remained a part of Fate's Warning. But perhaps individuals falling within that category are satisfied enough living within the world according to Jim Matheos which is a fine existence in and of itself indeed but narrow and constraining to my perception. No slight is intended here, but if one believes themself to have emerged from that mold then "A Twist of Fate" probably merits little interest for that person. If one inquires as to why this might potentially be so please read on.
The dynamic that existed on the first three Fate's Warning releases has been rekindled and burns every bit as bright and then some as it did 15 years ago (around the time of John's departure). Fans of strictly post-Arch FW will likely find this release too rich in complex and overlapping vocal melodies and overall emotion for their tastes but on the other hand that is what appeals most to myself. At the same time, the songs are notably thin on the requisite showcasing(?) of musical virtuousity displayed by the players (although the playing is still impressive in its own right thanks to Jim Matheos, Mike Portnoy, and Joey Vera) that marks most of their collective previous offerings to the discerning consumers of progressive metal. The tracks on "A Twist of Fate" are "songs" in the truest sense.
In short, the duo of Arch and Matheos are back writing material that fans of the original Fate's Warning found (and still find) so touching and memorable. What's more is that they lined up a top notch rhythm section that gives it an "old Fate's for the new millenium" feeling. Okay, so I said I didn't want to be cliche but dammit if that's not the most accurate description for this disc that I can think of.
On a personal note, I'd like to tell Mr. Arch thank you for stopping by to say hello and please don't be a stranger and makes us wait another 15 years for another taste of the fruit of your creative gifts. We've missed you.



Product: Audio CD
Title: No Strings Attached
Label: Jive
Artist: *NSYNC
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
NSYNC RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


THIS IS A GREAT CD!SONGS LIKE SPACE COWBOYS,IT'S GONNA BE ME,BYE BYE BYE AND JUST GOT PAID ARE AWSOME SONGS.AND SONGS LIKE I THOUGHT SHE KNEW AND THIS I PROMISE YOU ARE GREAT LOVE SONGS.JC IS AN AWSOME SONG WRITER JUST AS JUSTIN IS.LANCE SHOULDVE WROTE A SONG THOUGH BUT STILL A GREAT ALBUM!BUY THIS ALBUM TODAY!AND SEE NSYNC LIVE FROM MADISION SQUARE GARDEN.THIS CD IS AWSOME!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Tombstone (1993 Film)
Label: Intrada
Artist: Bruce Broughton
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Tombstone


Tombstone is fast paced, fun, and packed with quality acting/writing. Historically padded, but who cares. Pure entertainment.
A must see. Val Kilmer is phenominal, shooting at OK Coral is amazing. You will love Doc Holiday. Buy it.



Product: Audio CD
Title: American Pie [US CD]
Label: Wea International
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
A great cover-version from the Queen of Pop!


Madonna opened up the new millennium with style when she released the cover of Don McLean's classic 70's hit, American Pie. The song was a massive European bestseller, and topped the UK chart in March 2000. The song spent 12 weeks on the chart, and later re-entered the chart for two weeks in June 2000, when the song climbed to No.68. The song was a big flop in the US, however, and didn't even scrape the Top 20. Many critics hated this cover version from Madonna, while fans lapped it up and saw it as a triumph in her career.
American Pie opens straight away with Madonna singing, "A long long time ago I can still remember how that music used to make me smile. And I knew that if I had my chance, I could make those people dance. And maybe they'd be happy for a while." An organ plays softly in the background, and then the beat kicks in and Madonna starts singing the first verse, "Did you write the book of love, and do you have faith in God above? If the Bible tells you so. Now do you believe in rock and roll, and can music save your mortal soul? And can it teach me how to dance real slow? Well I know that you're in love with him, 'cos I saw you dancing in the gym. You both kicked off your shoes. Man I dig those rhythm and blues! I was a lonely teenage bronkin buck, with a pink carnation and a pick-up truck, but I knew that I was out of luck the day the music died." It's a very long first verse, and then Madonna goes on to sing the chorus, "I started singing, 'Bye, bye Miss American Pie.' Drove my shevy to the levvy, but the levvy was dry. And good ol' boys were drinking whiskey and rye, singing 'this'll be the day that I die.' This'll be the day that I die." Madonna then sings the second verse, "I met a girl who sang the blues and I asked her for some happy news. She just smiled and turned away. Well I went down to the sacred store, where I'd heard the music years before. But the man there said the music wouldn't play. Well now in the streets, the children screamed, the lovers cried and the poets dreamed. But not a word was spoken. The church bells all were broken. And the three men I admire the most: the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost. They caught the last train for the coast the day the music died." Madonna then sings the chorus once more, before going on to sing the chorus a few more times. The song goes all strange and twisted towards the end and it just stops!
The video to American Pie shows Madonna sat on a wooden stool, in front of a big American flag. She's wearing a pair of jeans, and a slack blue top which shows plenty of cleavage! Her hair is a big ginger mess, and she just looks normal. The screen is split at various times to show clips of what Madonna is singing about - the woman who just smiles and turned away, for example. It's a good video, but definitely not one of Madonna's best. All in all, a great Madonna cover-version, with a decent video to match.