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Product: Audio CD
Title: Dawgnation
Label: Acoustic Disc
Artist: David Grisman Quintet
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Dawg gone good stuff

"Dawgnation" finds the David Grisman Quintet back in fine form, playing like the seasoned pros they all are. The songs have a loose-limbed feel to them, sort of a musical yoga that sets the mind free. The collective talent here serves to coax the best from the band, and the little things mean quite a bit: creative bits of percussion, an unexpected twist to a melody, the interplay of various instruments in some inspired duets.
The music is greater than the sum of its parts, part jazz, part klezmer, large does of bluegrass, and expansive percussion, and a few dog barks that get my Aussies' attention if they are along for a ride.
Detractors might argue that there is nothing new here, but that's a shallow criticism. If there is a fault, then I would peg the sometimes excessive fiddle playing that causes me to cringe a bit (sorry, but too much fiddle is just not my thing in any genre).
Put this CD on while you are driving some sunny afternoon, and watch the clouds swirl around. You will swear they are moving in syncopation to the backbeat here.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Aja
Label: Mobile Fidelity
Artist: Steely Dan
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
What the 70s should be remembered for

When this album came out I was in high school. All of my freinds were into bands like Kiss. My older sister gave Aja to me for my 16th birthday. I can't begin to tell you how annoyed I was. Only after I started listening to it did I realize what a great album this is. I still listen to it 20+ years later.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Scary Monsters
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: David Bowie
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Excellent album

This album has some excellent tracks on it, like "It's no game part one", "Ashes to Ashes", "Scary Monsters (and super creeps)", and "Scream like a baby". Some of the subject matter may be a bit off putting especially if you're in a bad mood. "It's no game" has a reference to suicide (about putting a bullet in his brain). But Bowie and pals do an excellent job here. Bowie's singing is good, and the guitar playing is good too. For some reason though I really enjoy Dennis Davis's drumming on "Ashes to Ashes". I'm pretty sure he mostly worked with Bowie (I think this might have been his last album drumming for Bowie though). Dennis came from a fusion background and started playing with Bowie on Station to Station.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Black and Blue
Label: Jive
Artist: Backstreet Boys
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
oh puhlease, let's get rid of all this trash

I used to be a huge fan of the backstreet boys. I was a fan from the beginning, but the past two albumns have changed my mind. I thought that millennium was just there changing process but now I see that black and blue is just a trainwreck. There are only a few good songs on here, and they will most likely be made into singles or already have been. Don't waste your money [...].