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Product: Audio CD
Title: Into the Light
Label: Dragonshead
Artist: David Coverdale
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
ex deep purple and whitesnake

the song like love is blind is amazing and the other songs are not depends on the Zeppelin style. Coverdale has developed his own sing style. The ballad duet with a female singer is blessed by the god in heaven. I guess Deep Purple fans and snake fans love this album, I do

Product: Audio CD
Title: Michael Ball Christmas
Label: Hip-O Records
Artist: Michael Ball
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
All year round

This CD would make anyone happy and give it 5 stars. I got my in the UK and I listen to it all year round. I brought it because I love "Oh Holy Night", my favorite is "The River" and "Light a Candle" which was written by Michael Ball. "Silent Night" is done well with Brian Kennedy. The CD is so enjoyable. Every song has special meaning. I am a serioius Michael Ball fan. When I play his CD someone always ask "who is that?".

Product: Audio CD
Title: Mezzanine
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: Massive Attack
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Not quite crossing over, but definately building bridges

Let me first say that I am no great proponant of the genres that get lumped together as "electronic music." Most of the time it leaves me kind of unfulfilled. Massive Attack, however, has really caused me to open my eyes to this particular style. I am still no expert on "trip hop." Im not even sure if that is the correct term for these artists, but I do know that this is an incredible ablum. Since I got it I have bought several of Massive Attack's albums, as well as some Tricky. I definately recommend this particular album to anyone who is interested in possibly getting into "Trip Hop." You wont be dissapointed.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Adore
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: The Smashing Pumpkins
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Some real gems, some of their best songs!

By far the Pumpkins most subdued album and probably their most extensive foray into electionic percussion which had a lot to do with the recent expulsion of their drummer. If you only want to rock out to heavy Pumpkin music a la SIAMESE DREAM, their enduring masterpiece, you'll be disappointed with ADORE.
I'm all for bands exploring different directions with their music. However, this electro-tinged album's worth of softies really isn't their strongest set. And it's not cause they can't do mellow; Corgan and co. have already proved repeatedly they can make beautiful mellow songs on previous efforts. But they've never done a whole album like that so maybe it's a bit hard to take compared to the collossal theater of rock from previous albums. It's true that many a fan recoiled in dismay from ADORE, but that shouldn't detract from what is truly excellent on this record.
Billy Corgan (the undisputed mastermind behind SP) believe it or not put some of his best written songs on this album. I've always thought Corgan's voice sounded best surrounded by big, loud, distorted guitars, but on ADORE he turns in some of his smoothest singing ever, maybe out of consideration for the comparatively bare surroundings that leave his voice more exposed.
The breakdown:
"To Sheila" - hushed and unhurried, this one is lovely and features some poetic words from Corgan (not always the best lyricist). It's a deceptively simple vocal and guitar with some nice background touches. *****
"Ave Adore" - **** -elecronic percussion with live drums. This one lays on radical romantic attitude that's deliciously over-the-top. The sound is similar to "Eye" whose inclusion on this album would've boosted it tremendously. "Eye" is sort of Victorian-meets-electronica, found on the LOST HIGHWAY soundtrack. Recorded around the same time, it's at least as good as anything on ADORE.
"Perfect" - is OK but doesn't turn me on. Unfortunately, it kills the mood set up by "Ava Adore" and suffers as a result. I usually skip it. **
"Daphne Descends" - is low-key and strangely compelling although it doesn't completely turn me on. Lot's of shimmering guitar. ***
"Once Upon a Time" - not my cup of tea, but it's good. ***
"Tear" - employs a string section and has a similar atmosphere to "Daphne Descends" (maybe sort of like being lost in an enchanted forest) but it kinda drags. ***
"Crestfallen" - is a brilliantly written song. A longing for a lost love who moved on. *****
"Apples and Oranges" - skates along on a steady electonic wave. Fun song. ****
"Pug" - comes the closest to all-out rocking, at least in intervals. It has an ego that wants to rock and a superego that wants to dreampop. It ends up just buggin' out to the beat. *****
"The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete" - This could actually be a decent song, but as soon as it comes on it irks me and I have to skip it immediately (or just program it out). *
"Annie-Dog" - nice use of piano (an instrument heard frequently on ADORE) but the song is just tedious. **1/2
"Shame" - nice subdued guitar on this one that effortlessly delivers a subtle power. ****
"Behold! The Nightmare" - good atmosphere, nice interlude. I used to think this one was boring, but now realize it has merit. The guitar solo is distractingly atonal and mechanical, though. ***1/2
"For Martha" - Corgan really does it on this one. This song puts him in the upper echelon of composers. At over 8 minutes, it's the climax of the album. Another reviewer on this forum wrote that this and other songs are about his recently departed mother. I never knew that and I'll have to go back and listen some more with that in mind. *****
"Blank Page" - mellow, shimmering and somehow very moving . . . I'll just say I think this is a very special song. *****
"17" - I won't rate this peculiar little art piece that's just 17 seconds of wierd piano with echo. But why 17 seconds? Is this some kind of tribute to the Cure's 17 SECONDS?