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Product: Audio CD
Title: Measure of a Man
Label: Rca
Artist: Clay Aiken
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Love this guy!


Clay Aiken's long-awaited (shut up, it would have been long-awaited if it had come out the day after AI ended) debut album should surprise none. If you ask me, he's evolving into a male Celine Dion--long held notes, gorgeous pitch, soaring power ballads--and dependability. It was obvious from my first listen that this CD was pretty much the same through and through. This may have earned Clay some thrashing when it came to the critics, but, really, what's wrong with dependability when it comes in this amazing form?
Let's face it, we've basically heard all of the CD already, so I'll mention my favorites--"I Survived You", "Perfect Day", "Measure of a Man", and "Touch". ("Touch" and "Invisible" are the most non-ballad-y songs on the CD) I especially love the MOAM bridge; it's absolutely haunting.
At the end of the day, I would have loved this CD no matter what songs were on it, because it's Clay. As it is, it's a good album, but that's really just a bonus. He has been blessed with a voice that can make awful, insipid songs sound beautiful. These songs are a bit predictable, and to some they may be boring, but they're showcases for his vocal talent. On their own, okay, they're not the best songs, but with his voice I haven't heard anything better in a very long time.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Rei Momo
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: David Byrne
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
David Byrne


This is one of david's best Albums. When he preformed this album live, He opened up with a latin American horn section. Everyone looked at each other as if to say what is this. 3 songs later the place was rocken, David had mixed American Rock & Roll and Latin music like no one else.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Donnie Darko (Score)
Label: Everloving
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
My review plus some info


okay,"west end girls" by the pet shop boys is NOT on the movie,although it was intended to be,i believe.BUT the song that "sparkle motion" is really dancing to IS "west end girls".Try syncopating the pet shop boys' song to the movie and you realise they dance in almost perfect sycronization to it.It's extremly upsetting that the beautiful theatre music is ommited but I'm sure there is a reason for that.for one thing,it's not written by michael andrews,but by a Steven baker and Carmen daye.Who they are,I do not know but you can get an mp3 over at www.stainlesssteelrat.net/dd.htm I'm pretty sure it's ripped straight from the DVD but it sounds great never theless.Okay,people this is a SCORE!not a SOUNDTRACK.The classic 80's songs are not here,except for gary jules' tears for fears cover.That being said,this is an amazing album.I' fell in love with the score to this movie almost as much as the soundtrack (download the 80's songs and burn them,they're great songs)I asked for the soundtrack for christmas but apperently it's been discontinued.so i kinda lost hope,only thinking i'd find it on ebay.But just today i was in cdplus and true to my habit,i went to the "soundtrack" section and flipped to "D" and there it was!You cannot know my joy at seeing this!And it's everything I'd hoped for.It's gorgeous piano stuff with a lot of ambience thrown in "check out ensurance trap" for an almost "aphex twin selected ambient works vol.II" type of creep-out.in fact this album reminds me a lot of the piano pieces on aphex twin's "drukqs" album.It's a gorgeous album and includes a great dance type mix of "mad world" that's almost worth the pric eof admission.My only qualm is it's length this cd needs to be a lot longer some of my faveorite ambient songs are over 10 minutes long.But it's a minor quibble.and it's of course better to want more of something than to run for the "stop" button!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Erotica
Label: Maverick
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
One Hot CD


For those of you who missed her SEX book, this CD comes d*** close. With themes of sex, love, lust, and romance, Madonna sings - and performs spoken word (don't call it rap) - about sadomasochism, oral sex, casual sex, procreation and the like, all while exploring different variations of NYC house music.
The music is cold and gray, much like the aluminum cover of her SEX book (the CD photos are from her notorious book), but that doesn't matter. Madonna shows and proves she is in total control here, from the opening vinyl record-like background noise to the closing piano jazz-hip hop fade. She introduces herself, and walks us through her sordid realm, a place of alcoholic/chain-smoking harlots, jealous women, and AIDS victim mourners. She trips though, when she presents us with a call to unity (the suggestively-titled "Why's It So Hard?").
Don't let the "PARENTAL ADVISORY EXPLICIT LYRICS" tag prevent you from listening to this infamous Madonna album - she's no potty mouth (only 5 profanities on the entire 72 minute CD)- but a "cunning linguist", and the label is just there for the subject matter.
EROTICA was supported by four singles/videos and a tour (Girlie Show).