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Product: Audio CD
Title: Measure of a Man
Label: Rca
Artist: Clay Aiken
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
Yuck


New artists and their music do not have to have a purpose nor fill a special niche, they simply need to entertain and this is exactly what Clay's album does. Clay has a terrific, powerful voice and his music is easy to listen to. So ignore the critics that call him "bland" or "the next Barry Manilow" or whatever other derogatory phrase that's been used. If you enjoyed hearing him on AI or the radio, then purchase this album. You won't be disappointed.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Bridge Over Troubled Water/This Is The Night
Label: RCA
Artist: Clay Aiken
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Proud to be a Claymate.


Dammit, I dont care how much people teasingly make fun of AI or Clay. You know they bought this CD. It's just too good not to have, even if it is just two songs....same cool arrangement of "Bridge..." that was heard on AI, though whoever mixed this should've toned down the choir singers just a bit. Too much gospel. Not enough Clay. But then again, there can never be enough Clay, can there? The seond track, "This Is the Night" is also great, and I enjoyed it on the Cd even more than I did when he performed it live. This boy is simply flawless.....Rock out an album soon, Clay!



Product: Audio CD
Title: A New Day at Midnight
Label: RCA
Artist: David Gray
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
very awesome


Now that we have had a chance to live with it for a while, we would include Gray's previous album, 'White Ladder' among the very best of the last few years. Although he had made albums prior, they apparently lacked that 'certain something' (not to mention Dave Matthew's support) to garner widespread appeal. With 'Ladder', Gray seemed to be the first male to bring a kind of 70s singer/songwriter sensibility (think James Taylor, Jackson Browne) into the twentyfirst century, using the electronic beats and sounds of the modern studio. Now, after a dozen or so listenings to his current cd, we still prefer the previous one. But, in truth, that may be just because it came first. The fact of the matter is that this cd really feels just like an extension of the last. A dozen more terrific songs. The same warm, listener-friendly production. And, the kicker, the unique and amazing voice of David Gray, perhaps the most soulful white male singer since his countryman, Van Morrison.



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Man Who Sold the World
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: David Bowie
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
it's a trip


unlike bowie's more recognized work, 'the man who sold the world,' is a truly shocking piece of work. the songs fit together so well, in a way that i have never heard on any other album by any other artist. for those who only know the title songs from the nirvana cover (believe me, it's brilliant too), there is just so much more on this album than that single song.
the album opens with, 'width of a circle,' an angry and uncompromising (and very long!) track which layers on the guitars to the skies. this is the first album where bowie worked with legendary guitarist mick ronson, and his presence is most felt on this song. 'all the madmen,' is a disturbing trip into the realms of insanity. i've heard it's a semi-autobiographical piece, but craziness has never sounded so beautiful.
the next few songs have a fairly led zeppelin-esque sound to them, particularly the great, 'black country rock,' which is a hell of a lot of fun. 'after all,' is a depressing (but rather profound) dirge, and 'running gun blues,' although it has rather un-pc lyrics (like i care), rounds out the trio perfectly.the next two songs are a bit forgettable, 'saviour machine,' and she shook me cold,' although the former has a great bass line. and after that, we have the marvellous title track and, 'the supermen,' one of the best songs on the album.
so this album never really lets up, and should be listened through all the way for a truly nightmarish experience.