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Product: Audio CD
Title: Born in the U.S.A.
Label: Sony
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Not Bruce's best...


Because this is the album that made Bruce a superstar, people automatically asume that he sold out. Granted, this isn't as good as Born To Run (my personal favorite). But, it is better than the vast majority of albums that have been released since it came out in 1984. Honestly, would an album that reaks of "selling out" have songs as stirring as "Bobby Jean", "I'm On Fire", "My Hometown", "Glory Days", "No Surrender" or "Dancing In The Dark"? The only song that comes close to filler is "I'm Going Down" which is still fun to listen to even though it is kind of silly (much like "Ramrod" on The River). I can say with almost total certainty that if you are reading this review you've probably heard at least one of the songs on this magnificent album, so go ahead and buy it!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Music For Airports
Label: Philips
Artist: Bang on a Can, Brian Eno
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
An interesting and successful rendition


Although his best work is done when the techniques he mastered in this type of album are intertwined and layered subtly into his more pop-like albums, those cannot be fully appreciated without a bit of time spent with this and other ambient albums like Music for Films.
RonJon



Product: Audio CD
Title: Measure of a Man
Label: Rca
Artist: Clay Aiken
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Clay soars....


I truly enjoyed this CD. Yes...it doesn't have the oldies...no covers. But that is a good thing or they would be screaming he is only a cover boy. I want him to sing new music that distances himself from AI. He is forging his own path with his own material. The songs...like UM and Solitaire when they were first released were new songs...now decades and years latter they are classics...but first someone had to do them and introduce them...and when that happened they were pop songs then considered fluff...oh my..a Carpenter's song kind of thing.
We look back differently now. I can see some of these songs being looked back on in the same way by the current teens of today when they are middle aged like we are and the ones who were teens when BOTW and Solitaire were first first released.
This CD is bridging the gap between the current music scene and what he was on AI...he is growing as a performer. He isn't just what he was on AI...and he isn't the current music scene either. He is Clay. He isn't just Broadway sound...he isn't just his demos...he is what he is on that CD. No one stay static as a artist and Clay isn't doing that either....he is growing.
I hear versatality on this CD...sort of like Solitaire and Buttercup...you have the WYSYLM...and you have MOAM...two totally different songs in emotional pull and feeling. You have the latin Touch...where you feel like dancing...and thudding. You have Shine and Perfect Day that just make me smile because I hear his soul singing. And The Way...oh the Way makes me grin. The glory notes are there...in I Will Carry You and ISY...but it isn't the only thing in the song. It shows all facets of Clay's range and control in his singing.
Happy? Yes. I can see why they didn't include Solitaire...and I truly wanted it...but it just really didn't fit into the rythmn of the album at all. I really don't miss it when I listen to this album.
I can hear Clay's voice in here...the techno things were touches here and there...I love how on some of the songs I hear Clay in background vocals and then soaring in the main verse...going in and out like a round...
The caliber of song writing is not up to the standards of songs like Stairway to Heaven and others...but...at the same time the songs Clay has on his CD are good within the confines of the songs on the radio today.



Product: Audio CD
Title: No Such Thing
Label: Sony Int'l
Artist: John Mayer
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
Catchy Song


this Song's Lyrics caught my attention.I Liked the Energy He has on this Song.the only reason why it doesn't fully move me is because He sounds like a Cross between Blues Travler&Dave Matthews&that Vocal Vibe doesn't fully move me.but John Mayer is a Decent Writer&Something about this song works for me.I think He might turn out to be a decent Song-writer in the long run.time will tell.