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    The Best of 1980-1990
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (10 November, 1998)
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    One need hear only the first notes of this collection--the Edge's ringing guitar notes ushering in "Pride (In the Name of Love)"-to be taken back to 1984: Ronald Reagan and Maggie Thatcher rule the Western world, the L.A. Olympics is the top sports story, and Ms. Pac-Man reigns at arcades. In rock & roll, there's U2 growing in stature with each new title. Even doubters of the Irish lads have to concede that together they formed the one '80s band with the skill and sense of scale to take over the airwaves and concert stages in a decade of diminished expectations. This 15-song '80s best-of assortment (stick around for the hidden track) spans the decade, reaching back to 1980's "I Will Follow," when Bono and company were peach-fuzzy and earnest as choirboys, and tracking their path through their most glaring misstep, 1988's overblown Rattle and Hum. --Steven Stolder ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars This site is lying!
    There cannot be the best of U2 because they haven't even made a good song ever...why have a best of when they even doen't have a good ones? They should have made the worst of instead!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Sampler
    This is a good sampler of U2's earlier work.It is not complete enough to satisfy a hard core fan, but it probably doesn't need to do so.Those fans probably already own several of the earlier albums.

    This really should have probably been a two disk compilation.At least two of the great songs were shortened on this version:'New Year's Day' and 'Where the Streets Have No Name'.There are also some songs that were not included at all.In fact, there were no cuts from 'October' which was an excellent album.

    This isn't a bad start to a U2 collection.However, if you like them, you will undoubtedly want more.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Where is Gloria? An exercise in ax grinding
    Man, this album bugs me. Not that the songs aren't great (they are) and not because there are some understandable omissions (great bands are never able to fit all the deserving songs on a single disc). This album gets under my skin because they completely ignore the October record.

    When U2 were building their US fan base in the early 80's, MTV played the heck out of Gloria; it was a great song. The whole October album is pretty darned good and to pretend it never existed is baffling. When you remember that this collection was originally released as a double CD with a second disc of B-sides, it just adds insult to injury.
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    Asin: B00000DFSK
    Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. College Rock    4. Pop    5. Pop/Rock    6. Post-Punk    7. Rock   


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    Yield
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (03 February, 1998)
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    The Seattle band once notable for its arena rock anthems is now remarkable mostly for its hushed melodies. On Pearl Jam's fifth album, the rockers seem slapdash ("Do the Evolution", "Brain of J"), and the arty experiments sound self-conscious (especially the 67-second knockoff, "-"). That leaves the ballads, especially the lovely lilt of "Low Light" and the clear-eyed lament of "Wishlist." On the latter song, Ed Vedder (as he now calls himself) yearns to be many different things, from a neutron bomb to a souvenir key chain. However, the line that sticks out is, "I wish I was as fortunate, as fortunate as me." Instead of considering himself lucky to be a rock star, Vedder sounds relieved to have moved beyond it.--Keith Moerer ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Love this album
    Let's face it, they'll wont be another TEN, but this album is great. I was a little disappointed at first, but I realized it's not 1991 and grunge is over. So I gave YIELD a chance and realized I Loved it. You can't compare it to old school Pearl Jam because these are just different times. Old school Pearl Jam will always be superior just like old school Metallica songs. That's just the way it is.

    4-0 out of 5 stars "Admire me, admire my home, admire my son...HE'S MY CLONE...
    "...This land is mine/This land is free/I do what I want/but irresponsibly..." ("Do The Revolution, 1998)

    Holy s***, did I just hear what I thought I heard? Had this album not come out 7 years ago I'd swear that was an anti-GWB track from last year (and mind you,kicks the ass of anything off of Green Day's 'politically-minded' American Idiot, no offense). The best art proves its timelessness by being overwhelmingly relevant in the here and now while retaining an uncanny prescience. Pearl Jam has always maintained that level of greatness, and Yield is indeed one of their greatest achievements on record. The most amazing thing to me is how easy and effortless they make it all sound. Definitely an album to own and play over and over (after Ten, and vs., of course, for newbies).

    4-0 out of 5 stars Strong Pearl Jam Album - An experiment successful
    'YIELD' has some very fine songs that is indicative of Pearl Jam experimenting. Mixed in with the smooth rock beats and the heavy vocals of Vedder is an almost playfulness of experimentation that showed listeners that PO has a sublime harmonic side. It was a great album to listen too and I quite enjoyed 'Faithful', 'Wishlist', 'Do The Evolution' and 'All Those Yesterdays'.

    This is the 1998 release and shows Pearl Jam has a highy successful band that survived time and the years and are still evolving. ... Read more

    Asin: B000002BYD
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Grunge    3. Hard Rock    4. Pop    5. Rock   


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    5 (REISSUED WITH 2 BONUS TRACKS)
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (01 June, 1999)
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    Lenny Kravitz is still obsessed with the '70s, and for good reason: he's found endless inspiration in the work of Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder, and a decade's worth of soul men. Kravitz hasn't lost the funk on 5, but the sound here drifts dangerously close to the Me decade's shallowest end, when disco seemed to rob R&B of its soul. So the passion Kravitz has shown on early albums is strangely diluted (aside from the album-closing epic "Can We Find a Reason?"). 5 is the singer's first foray into digital technology, but despite a few modern effects at the edges, he's doing essentially the same as before--only colder. --Steve Appleford ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars What happened?
    I was a big fan of Lenny, before the album '5' came out.When I first went to go get this album form the store...I was quite excited, until, I finally listened to it.My first reaction was, "Well, this sounds different!?"I was glad that Lenny was discovering his "sound," but it was a sound that I did not like.Yes, the critics hate Lenny indeed, for being too retro, too Prince, too Jimi Hendrix, too whatever. I didn't care the whole time I was in High School, which was the period when I was a huge Lenny fan.I didn't care, because I clicked with the music and absolutely loved it.Most importantly, he wrote his own music, and did what he wanted to do. Lenny even influenced my wardrobe. Although, this new sound of Lenny's, just sounded like a bland, generic, overproduced rock/pop.I ended up going to see Lenny live at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC, during the album 5 tour.It was the best rock and roll show that I have ever seen and will ever see.After that, my confidence in Lenny was secured once again.Then came the follow up albums, `Lenny' and `Baptism'.I did not even buy them.This new "sound" of Lenny was evident in these albums, but much, much worse.Then came the GAP commercial and oh man...Eventually, I was no longer a fan of the new Lenny.Of course, I will always love his older albums and I just hope that Lenny will snap out of this messed up state...

    4-0 out of 5 stars One that came out of the ashes on the official death of R&R.
    The year was 1998. Country's in turmoil as it's president whitewashes an intern's dress, and impeachment hearings have all the democrats leave the Capital. Rather bummer year indeed. It was a bummer for me personally, and it was also a bummer for rock and roll. To me this is when Rock and Roll officially died. In 1998 I got the heartbreak when I found out that Rob Halford was homosexual, alot of the music was also dying as Pearl Jam's album that year had (Gulp) strings in one of the songs, alot of the alternative groups were going more techno ala Marlyn Manson, and Jerry Cantrell in no uncertain terms made it official; Alice In Chains was done. Megadeth released an album that no one really cared about since they hadn't done anything in almost 4 years, Metallica's still trying to tone down the thrash to keep up, and now the airwaves are being dominated with safe alternative bands on the airwaves, or it's Nsync, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, or Eminem. This is one of the albums that was saved from the fires of killing rock and roll. The circus album fizzled, but so did Lenny when he took part in the Kiss tribute album. Never strip down "Duece". Well anyway after almost 2 and half years away from it all. He returns with "5". I enjoyed listening, but I found it to be too focused and yet so disorganized at the same time. I love "Fly Away" which is vintage Lenny, but with some polish. Then you have my other real favorite song "I Belong To You". It's got more techno on it, and the guitar is more stripped down, but it's a pleasant sounding love song as I know it can get me in the mood anywhere; whether on a country road with my woman, or on a beach hotel in Malibu, or Honolulu. With a girl, and that song on the radio it's the perfect sex aphrodesiac. However, I feel that Lenny in his soul searching tried to stretch too much funk, techno, and rock as he would do with "American Woman". To me he should've done his best Randy Bachman guitar stunts it would've appealed to me more. I don't know what more he could've done with the album I mean it ranks up there with "Let Love Rule" as one of my favorite Lenny albums. I just feel he was pulling all the stops as he was trying to reinvent himself. A little advice Lenny. Don't let one bad album get you down. Still good, but as from the "Circus" album the one song was truly prophetic; "Rock and Roll is dead." As I said 1998 was a bummer year where the cynicism ran high, and everyone wanted to see people embarrass themselves on Jerry, or following the exploits of the country it wasn't a fun time then, and it still isn't now.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nice C.D.!
    My son LOVES this book. In a bookcase filled with many many books he almost always gravitates to this one. I also think it is great, the drawings are whimsical and sometimes graphic but it is all put together in a way meant to dispell anxieties in a young child - hence "Everyone Poops". I strongly recommend this book to all who have a sense of humor, and a free mind on bodily functions. It is worth it.
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    Asin: B00000J8XI
    Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. American Trad Rock    3. Electronica    4. Pop    5. Pop/Rock    6. Rock   


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    Sixpence None The Richer
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (10 February, 1998)
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    Some songs define moments in our lives we will never forget. They're songs that years later can evoke the sights, sounds, and even smells of the time we first heard them. "Kiss Me," the red-hot, irresistible single from this self-titled release, will probably be one of those songs for the many who've by now experienced its charms. The culprits? A trio of youthful central Texans, by way of Nashville, called Sixpence None the Richer. On the rest of this Grammy-nominated gem, Sixpence serve an airy blend of Abra Moore-meets-Sundays acoustic pop. It's beautifully rich and constantly augmented by Leigh Nash's earthy vocals, Matt Slocum's songwriting genius, and steady rhythms from Dale Baker. Like Jars of Clay, Sixpence have "raised the bar" for the rest of late-'90s contemporary Christian music. --Michael Lyttle ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars THE WARM SOUND OF SUMMER
    Picked this album up on impulse because I've always loved those radio-friendly songs There She Goes and Kiss Me, which featured in the film She's All That and TV's Dawson's Creek.
    There's something about this jangly American guitar band and their upbeat summer sound - plus singer Leigh Nash has that cutesy, girl-next-door voice that adds to the happy feel good factor that singles out Sixpence None The Richer.
    Guitarist Matt Slocum is such a fantastic songwriter - he composed most of the tracks himself. I especially like the song The Lines Of My Earth with its haunting melody and lovely line "This is the last song that I write, 'til you tell me otherwise."
    I don't know if the band are still going, as I haven't heard anything from them for ages, but I do hope so otherwise.
    Beautiful album that I just can't stop playing.

    3-0 out of 5 stars This is an album that requires repeated plays
    If you're looking at this in hopes of finding 12 immediately catchy tunes like "Kiss Me", forget it...this is an album full of delicately textured modest somewhat folkish alterna-rock whose charms aren't immediately apparent. If you're willing to spend some time with Leigh Nash's childlike soprano and Matt Slocum's soundscapes though, it could be YOU that comes out the richer for it.

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    Besides the effervescent "Kiss Me", the brisk "I Can't Catch You" shows a man (Slocum does the writing primarily that Nash sings) who's struggling to discard past mistakes and really embrace intimacy with a new love, "Anything" is a bitter tirade about the music industry ("We're all told to dance, but we never picked the tune/Hanging like puppets, they feed us from bent steel spoons/But we're sealing our lips for the someday when the needle and the vinyl play all the songs of the pain/songs that explain all our circles and strains"), "The Waiting Room" is a look at the vagaries of existence in a world that's far from ideal ("Fight til' your fists bleed,baby/Beat the fate walls enclosing you/maybe God will unlock the cage of learning for you"). "Lines of my Earth" complains of a loss of creativity ("This is the last song that I write/until you tell me otherwise/and it's because I just don't feel it anymore") "Love", relegated to the B-side of the "Kiss Me" single when it was available, has perhaps the most intriguing imagery to describe spiritual reawakening, comparing the process to a "Harvester" who cuts open your skin to "plant a new beginning". Truly beautiful. SOME versions (it was re-issued with the song added after the first several runs of CDs) also contain a lovely version of 90s alterna-hit "There She Goes" (first done by the Las in a fairly similar rendition)

    LOWS:
    "Puedo Escribir" is obviously a stab at experimentalism and musically it's excellent. But for me, the Neruda poem set to music here seems a bit too pretentious. Reading it (in English) over a small "bridge" section as an intro to "I Can't Catch You" would have been plenty. In "We Have Forgotten", Leigh Nash sings a duet with herself and each voice has a different lyric. Having two voices of the exact same timbre and quality singing two different verses simultaneously makes it difficult to make out the words. Having Matt Slocum take the counterpoint probably would have alleviated that problem. "I Won't Stay Long"'s portrait of depression is a bit trite.

    BOTTOM LINE:
    This is NOT sunny pop..."Kiss Me" is an anomaly. But give this some time in your changer and it will begin to sink in. The best songs on here are NOT the radio fodder.

    3 1/2 stars

    3-0 out of 5 stars Straight down the middle
    I don't really understand all the 5- and 1-star reviews...because this album practically *screams* middle of the road.The only song that sticks out at all...other than Kiss Me, for obvious reasons...is the slightly (ever so) lively Puedo Escribir.Everything else is virtually interchangable.Nice and relaxing, but interchangable nonetheless.

    I don't understand all the efforts to trump up or tear down Leigh Nash, either.Her singing voice is neither absolutely gorgeous (Des'ree, Loreena McKennitt, Sophie B. Hawkins, et al) or hideous (too many examples to count), just...okay, right there in the middle, like this album as a whole.

    A few tiny steps toward Heaven, and a few toward Hell, but on the whole firmly planted on Earth (i.e. 3 stars).That's Sixpence None The Richer, both this album and the band as a whole, in a nutshell.

    P.S. - I would like to reiterate that if you expect ANY of their other work to be anything like Kiss Me, you will be extremely disappointed (for reasons already stated). ... Read more

    Asin: B000006FAV
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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    Train
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (24 February, 1998)
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    While easily comparable toR.E.M., Train travel a little farther south, stopping in Allman Brothers country. Ballads like "If You Leave" and "Homesick" could be mistaken for early demos by Athens's most beloved sons, but when the guitar solos kick in, it's classic Southern goodness. Luckily, Train don't derail themselves by sticking solely to greasy jams and high-wire guitar acrobatics. The San Francisco-based five-piece keep their slice-of-life sound simple and lean, never overdoing what doesn't need to be overdone. Frontman Patrick Monahan has a voice that was made for this material. Bearing an uncanny vocal resemblance toBlues Traveler's John Popper, he slip-slides from one drunken heartbreak to another, but always gets up, brushes the dirt off his jeans, and keeps on living. --Jason Josephes ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Best of Boring rock
    If your a fan of this brand of music, this is as good as it gets. Still boring as watching paint dry, but there is an edge that The Counting Crows, Third Eye Blind, and Matchbox 20 can't match. Most of the songs on this 11 song set are well crafted and from the heart. I know that the music goes nowhere, but if you can keep that out of your mind, you'll find this very listenable. Who know, maybe this guys might grow a set and put out a great record one day. The have the talent to do so, but for now we'll just take B.A.R (boring ass rock).

    5-0 out of 5 stars Train's Best Work to Date
    Somewhere between 1998 and 2001, the Train switched tracks and headed full steam into sugar-sappy adult pop-rock, radio friendly music. No doubt, it's been good for their careers. Monster hits like Drops of Jupiter and Calling All Angels keeps their concerts sold out and their banks accounts filled. Luckily for us, they recorded their self-titled release before heading off in this direction.

    The album starts with the song that put them on the map, 'Meet Virgina'. While this track may hook you into their music, the best is yet to come. 'I Am', 'If You Leave', 'Homesick' and 'Blind' drip with lyrical emotion and have the riffs and hooks to keep them fresh and memorable. The quirky tracks, 'Eggplant' and 'Idaho' are fun to listen to and very original in this genre of music.

    Where Train really shines is on the rocking track 'Free' and the two hidden tracks, 'Train' and 'Heavy'. 'Free' is a song that is not easily described, but should be experienced. Like 3 songs in one, it grooves, rocks, and soothes throughout the spin. Not sure what the logic was behind making the final two tracks hidden as they are both solid songs.

    Sadly (in my opinion), Train went with the 'Meet Virgina' formula for their future releases. If you want good, 90's version of Southern Rock, look no further than Train.

    1-0 out of 5 stars L.A.M.E. - Listless, Average, Mediocre, Euphamistic
    This band is indistinguishable from all the other whining 90's electronic-neo-folk bands ~ REM, Matchbox 20, third-eye blind, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc.

    Why spend money on this album when they're on pop radio round the clock? If they are not playing, wait a few minutes and some new cluckers will come along.

    If you don't know the difference between Train and real Southern Rock try ZZTOP's Greatest Hits.
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    Asin: B0000061M7
    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. American Trad Rock    3. Jam Bands    4. Pop    5. Rock   


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    How Does Your Garden Grow
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 August, 1998)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars experimental, yet genius
    One of the most impressive aspects of BTE as a band is that all their albums stay very true to their sound , yet each album is different, with it's own unique vibe.HDYGG? is no exception.It is definately a more experimental peice of art, filled withtechno piano, distortion, and some more imaginative lyrics. yet in the mix you have the familiar sound of beautiful lush arrangments and heartbreaking lyrics ("Beautiful MIstake" and "At the stars" to name a few.) It's one of my personel faves.Even if you aren't feeling it right away, give it another listen and i promise you this album will grow on you. IT's truly a masterpiece.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Probably the most underrated album in recent years...
    This is the first CD I ever bought. Most of my friends, when we talk about our first forays into popular music, are reluctant to even admit that they liked their first CDs, but I still love this album. In comparison to BTE's other albums, this is a strange standout, because they changed from low-key radio-friendly alternative to more artistic prog-rock. Anyone who knows the song "Good" will be blown away by the talent they display in this album: from the moody disco beats of "One More Murder" to the anti-folk sounds of "Like it Like That" and "Allison Foley" from the straight rock noise of "Pull." There is something for almost everyone. Their latest album didn't really continue this sound, though, which disappointed me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums in my collection
    It is difficult to express with words the sheer joy this album brings me.These songs transport me to the heights that joy brings, the despair that sadness brings, and the breathlessness that accompanies being in love.The lyrics are fun, philosophical, deep, romantic, and sometimes goofy.It's difficult to single out a track or two for special mention, because the whole album flows so well together, like a beautiful tale that you want to hear again and again.However, "Everything in Twos," "At the Stars," "Under You," and "Live Again" are among the most gorgeous tunes ever crafted by human hands.I'm not displeased that they changed their sound from their earlier albums; their other excellent disks can stand on their own merits.I'm a fan of the band, and they have truly created a musical masterpiecehere.

    While I'm not normally a big fan of synthesizers, they aren't overpowering here and work with the tunes.The heart of the music is still guitars and drums; they didn't make a foray into electronica.This album is truly genius; the songs will get into your soul and never let go of you.And that is a very good thing. ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 9116
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. American Trad Rock    3. Pop    4. Post-Grunge    5. Rock   


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    Whitey Ford Sings the Blues
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (08 September, 1998)
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    When you think about it, House of Pain really were ahead of their time. Tracks like "Jump Around" may have been light on the content side, but they delivered in the production department--they played with sounds in the same way that Missy Elliott and Timbaland have popularized, and they crossed over to a rock audience long before Puffy ever tried it. On Whitey Ford Sings the Blues, Everlast's second solo album, the opening is an appropriation of "The Fat Boys are Back"; a couple of songs favor a sensitive folk-rock touch, with Everlast on guitar; and others reach back for House of Pain's best rock-influenced sounds. Though plenty of others have rhymed over rock and folk tracks, Everlast has a good feel for it and his songs are solid. If this isn't a career album, it's damn close. --Randy Silver ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars i like this album.....truth for a change
    this album is about how real life is and i like that because some
    people have become blind to things in life and take them for granted
    and thats what this whole ablum is about and i suggest you buy this album
    "then you might really know what it's like"

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ryan A. Rigg's review below is completely wrong
    Have had this album for quite some time and every time I put it back in to listen to I never get tired of this lyrical genius. Ever track on this CD is amazing. "What it's like" went too comercial and if u don't like this cd because there isn't enough of that then u don't have a taste for true hip-hop because this album is amazing. From a soft beat with mellow lyrics to hardcore rap this has it all. And forget the black/white rap thing this man is alot better that alot of black rappers. Get this cd u honestly won't be disappointed

    3-0 out of 5 stars "What It's Like" is a good song, otherwise...
    This CD is ok.Marky Mark and Vanilla Ice were practically crucified for being white boy rappers.But now Everlast and Eminem are totally accepted as white boy rappers.I guess as long as you look like a gangsta or a thug, then it is ok.Well, I did like House of Pain's "Jump Around".And I did like "What It's Like" when it came out (although I would hardly call it a "rap" song).If you are into this kind of rap/rock music, I am sure you will enjoy this CD.If you just liked "What It's Like", you might not like this entire CD."What It's Like" is more like a male vocalist singer/songwriter tune in the tradition of Shawn Mullins, Duncan Sheik, etc.The rest of this CD is more rap oriented.So if you are looking for a CD full of male vocalist introspective tunes, you won't find it here. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Rap    2. Hardcore Rap    3. Hip-Hop    4. Pop    5. Rap-Rock    6. Rock   


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    Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (20 October, 1998)
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    Until its shallow posturing gets to be just too much, Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too is fodder for a decent game of Spot the Influence. Singer/songwriter Gregg Alexander's admittedly well-crafted project is indebted to the vaguely funky pop-rock of World Party. But despite airplay for the single "You Get What You Give," he isn't tuneful enough to make his empty social pronouncements stick as more than fleeting entertainment, and when he starts dissing his hooky betters Courtney Love and Beck as "fakes," there's little to do but laugh. At him, not with him. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Who wrote this?
    "At the time this song became popular, I no longer played my instruments and I had no desire to sing or to listen to music.I listened to public radio and changed the station if they played music.But music is everywhere--in stores, even in traffic with the window down--and so I managed to hear this song.It was the first thing I had heard in decades that seemed to be inspired by something greater than personal ambition.It was sassy and smart and had real emotions.It rose from the swamp of 'McMusic' like a flower of hope."

    Song: You Get What You Give
    Group: New Radicals
    Album: Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too
    Michigan-born Gregg Alexander was the singer-songwriter and producer of the group known as the New Radicals.Lasting only a scant two years and boasting but one memorably funky recording, 1998's soulful Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too, they nonetheless had an irresitable hit with "You Get What You Give."

    I will add in passing that this quote completely validates my own feelings.Last October, I had spent a Saturday running around and then shot down to Cape Cod for a play I had gotten into my head that I wanted to see.On the way back, tired (and perhaps semi-depressed) I started listening to this album and ended up playing this song like a dozen times.It really sounded good through the car stereo.I feel like if Paul Hester had done that he would still be with us (Neil Finn was the singer-songwriter but Paul Hester brought the joy to Crowded House.)

    Hint: she wrote Big Yellow Taxi
    They paved paradise
    And put up a parking lot

    4-0 out of 5 stars OH SO OVERATED?
    I heard it on the Scobby Doo 2 Soundtrack and then I looked up " New Radicals". I thought I was one of the few people in the world who knew who didn't really hear of New Radicals. Needless to say, I was wrong. Why so underated? It has powerful lyrics. Good about average for a cd, I guess, number of good songs. And he is one of the hottest singers in the world, yes!

    5-0 out of 5 stars You may be brainwashed too?
    I bought this CD this past summer of '04 at a pawn shop.Ihad of course bought the cd for the one hit, "you get what you give."The two dollars I spend on this cd was well worth it for it was the unexpected soundtrack of my summer. The songs are all very different and at times poppy, but very creative.The perfect cd for the road! I only wish I could listen to another one of their cd's.All to often neat bands do not get the recognition they deserve. I simply love the cd. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Pop Underground    4. Rock   


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    Spirit
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (17 November, 1998)
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    It's time for an update of our image of Jewel, the ingenue who set the music world on fire with her 1995 debut album, Pieces of You. After all, that effort consisted primarily of songs Jewel had written several years before, some of them dating back to her days as a free- spirited waif living in a van on the beach in San Diego. Now, at 25, she's become a sort of guru for self-expression and full disclosure, revealing perhaps too much of herself in see-through dresses worn to awards shows and a critically drubbed (yet bestselling) book of poetry. Spirit makes plain why Jewel's well-intentioned yet sometimes facile lyrics strike a chord with her audience while her poetry lies flat on the page. On songs like "Deep Water," "Hands," and "Down So Long," her words are borne aloft by sparkling melodies and her soaring voice, making even the most cynical observer take a schoolgirl-notebook image such as "your heart like grape gum on the ground" or an unreassuring platitude like "If I could tell the world just one thing / It would be that we're all OK" somewhat in stride. On Pieces of You, Jewel posed the musical question "Who will save your soul?" On Spirit, it sounds like she wants to do it herself. And the truth is, if you don't overanalyze it, the album does act as a sort of balm for wounded psyches or maybe a primer for raising your own inner child. Maybe she's right and we are all OK. Who knew? --Daniel Durchholz ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Poetic
    This is my favorite Jewel CD to date.I love how poetic these songs are, and her voice is absolutely amazing.

    The song "Hands" is the reason I purchased this CD to begin with.When I heard it on the radio, it really stuck with me.Especially the part where she asks "are you gonna save your soul?".What an important question!

    All the songs on this CD have great meaning, when you really take the time to listen to them, and I think that's what I like so much about Jewel's music.

    I would highly recommend this CD to anyone who enjoys "folk-rock" music, or is looking for lyrics with depth.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Get this Album; it's Jewel's "Spirit"
    I returned to this album after 2 years of not listening to it.I don't like that many albums by female singers; this is one that I like.

    Almost every song is stellar.Here is a list of my favorites:

    Deep Water:she's got the voice of a minister in this one; she's kind of preaching, but it's very calming and enjoyable.you hear the beauty of her voice in this song

    Hands:It sounded corny when it was a hit, but its lyrics are in fact pretty moving."I will not be idle with despair..." it even refers to her days of poverty.*very much like

    Innocence Maintained: this is an underrated one. it's got a message, and a very nice melody.her words are very convincing

    Stranger from the East: i also dont hear about this one a lot.it's very quiet, but it's a power gleaming from under the surface.i love her voice, it dips low, it stretches out high--she can do anything with her voice

    Barcelona: brings me back to my high school days.it perfectly describes alienation.i used to like the "Let me fly..." chorus a lot more.it gives me a pang of what sadness was like then

    i'm approaching this album with a lot of nostalgia, but i hope my review of the songs was a good introduction. All the songs are good.she really gave her all for this album; i miss the old Jewel.hopefully she will bring back her spirituality for the next album

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very deep, poetic and spiritful at the same time
    This is the first Jewel's album that I bought. At 1st,I didnt like it, but then I found the depth of the album. She's simply a very poetic woman, yet also critical. I love almost the entire tracks but I love :
    "Hands"--deep! I LOVE IT!
    "Down So Long"--My 2nd fave
    "Abscene of Fear"--wonderful
    "Do You"
    "Life Uncommon" // "Jupiter"// "This Little Bird"--her mom's song is very smoky!!!.Why Nedra wasn't being a singer?. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Rock    4. Singer/Songwriter   


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    Never Say Never
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (09 June, 1998)
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    Brandy has a lot to prove. She's had five Grammy nominations; she's won one Billboard Music Award, one American Music Award, and several Image and Soul Train awards; and she's sold over 4 million records--all by the age of 19. Never Say Never enters the scene after four years of sophomore jitters and plain old fear. And it enters with a bang. Brandy's voice suggests serious vocal training from her father, and strong songs--some written by her now-19-year-old woman-child self--attempt to take R&B back to its proper plateau. The album's first single, "The Boy Is Mine," and the Mase duet "Top of the World" serve as proof that Brandy still has the chops, determination, and cuteness to take a record to the top. --Asondra R. Hunter ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Brandy's 2nd Album Never Say Never
    I remember this album when I was 11. This album brings back memories. My cousin J purchased this album and boy did she play this album like crazy. This album is a pleasure to listen. This album sounds like a young lady taking control of her art and her life with a melodic force unparalleled in contemporary pop-R&B. Never Say Never is a document from the soul of a young woman on the move,figuring out the winding roads of romance, the sure-footed initial steps to independence,the exhilaration and freedom of her own soaring vocals. Rodney Jerkins produced this masterpiece. This album has been certified 5x Platinum. Remember,this was 1998.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best CD of It's Time
    When Never Say Never came out, all of my peers were listening to it.Not only that but adultsand children had an ear for it as well.Never Say Never is probably the best CD that she has ever or ever will make.All of her songs were something that someone could relate to.It was some serious lyrical genius work put into this album.Brandy showed how talented she could be, not to say her future projects were not just as good.More so that this CD was the begining of something great.I think Brandy proved that she will be a powerful force to be reckoned with in R&B even if it is to get into production or song writing, Im sure we will always hear something from this lady.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Brandy
    This CD is really great! Brandy is a great singer and I suggest you buy this CD if you like R&B music or Brandy because you will not be upset with your purchase.The Boy is MIne,Almost Doesn't Count,Top Of The World,U Dont Know Me ( Like U Used To),and Have You Ever are all really great songs! This CD is definately worth the $15 or so to buy it! ... Read more

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    The Boy Is Mine
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (14 July, 1998)
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    Brandy may have scored the first hit with the infectious catfight "The Boy Is Mine," but make no mistake: Monica owns that song.In the battle of the cute teenage soul songbirds, Monica Arnold wins hands down because she can sing her ass off and because she has better songs. Monica's corner includes the vastly underrated producer Dallas Austin, who kicks in with edgy, moody cuts like "Street Symphony," a cautionary tale set to an orchestral groove, and "Ring da Bell," which plain-out flows. Unfortunately, this being the big-bucks world of '90s R&B, Monica is also saddled with de rigueur Diane Warren-David Foster exercises in ersatz soul and overwrought hokum. Why anyone would want to remake Richard Marx's "Right Here Waiting" is a mystery, but let's just say that Monica also has the smarts to cover Dorothy Moore's classic remake of the adult ballad "Misty Blue," thereby evening the score a bit. It's a tribute to Monica's voice, a womanly alto of real shading and substance, that she can transform schlock into something that comes close to emotion. All of which makes The Boy Is Mine easy on the ears and secures Monica's further ascension. --Amy Linden ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Monica's Second Album The Boy Is Mine
    I remember this album when I was in the 6th grade. I fell in love with the album instantly. Monica was 17 when she made this album. This album kicks off an album of wall-to-wall gems. The songs on the album built around the hard-won maturity and worldlywise savvy this young woman has accumulated on her successful ride to the top. Monica put so much into this album.
    This album has been certified 3x Platinum. With this album, Monica has already brought a unique new standard to the pop and soul sweepstakes. Remember,this was 1998.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Monica
    This CD is really good. I recommend you buy this album if you like Monica or R&B music. Some great songs are:The Boy Is MIne,Angel of Mine,The First Night,and For You I Will.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Why the Comparison ?
    Why does everyone have to always compare Brandy and Monica. They are both good artists with their own styles. Brandy's style is a little edgier and more contemporary, while Monica's is more soulful and old school. They are both good at what they do. This album by Monica is good, not the best, but good. Angel of Mine is definitely a hot song. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Club/Dance    2. Pop    3. R&B    4. Urban   


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    Soul's Core
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (15 September, 1998)
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    Shawn Mullins is a '90s acoustic troubadour whose lyrics, at their worst, read like overly precious journal entries ("The road is my home / And my spirit is wild"), making him seem sometimes like Jewel with a Y-chromosome. (According to his song "Twin Rock, Oregon," Mullins has lived out of his van, too.) But some of the baker's dozen of songs that compose Soul's Core have some bite, especially the restless "Ballad of Billy Jo McKay" and the gritty "Gulf of Mexico." Mullins is at his best when he plays to his strengths, which include an affinity for working-class characters and an eye for detail. Best of all is his sweet Georgia drawl, which pours honey over the aching "Soul Child" and the memorable chorus of his breakthrough hit, "Lullabye." Mullins produced the album, his major-label debut, and even though it's his eighth title (he sold its predecessors out of that storied van), he is an artist whose skills are still on the rise. --Daniel Durchholz ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars I love his songs
    I love Shawn's songs.They are so down to earth and realistsic.If you want some real music, check out some of his stuff.My favourite song on here has to be Shimmer.I heard it once and fell in love with it.But overall, this album has everything.All different types of songs and all of them are wroth listening to.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Soulful, Honest, Direct - A 5+ Musical Journal
    After spending years listening to the widest of music genres, I continue to fall back to this album as my favorite amongst them all. I had the chance to meet Shawn when he played at Summerfest in Milwaukee years ago, and he is the most down-to-earth musician I have met, local or national. That made me want to dive deeper into this album, and I was not disappointed.
    Shawn creates a musical landscape of our country, taking you through trials and travels with a sincere tone and engaging vignettes. San Francisco, Seattle, Twin Rocks, Kansas, Lousiana, trains, trailers, transcontinental car rides- you wonder where he hasn't been. And yet, it's basically one man and his guitar singing his heart out to you, telling stories that bleed with tangibility and emotion. He's ridden the trains, done the casual drugs, drank his share, and took the time to look back and retell the tales.
    As for the music specifically, 'Lullabye' and 'Shimmer' are the better-known tracks, but the magic lies in the other tracks as well. 'Soul Child' overflows with heart and sincerity; 'Patrick's Song' translates tears and loneliness into chords and lyrics convincingly and completely; 'You Mean Everything To Me' makes time stand still with its directness and gentle affection; 'Twin Rocks, Oregon' puts you right on the train with them to look back, laugh, feel sentimental and chuckle at 'ain't life funny'.
    I never grow tired of this album because it never fails to sweep me up and take me with it. Commercialism and intangible elements deny that power to other recordings of his, but this one is truly special.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Acoustics...
    Being from Mississippi, I was raised listening to similar music...acoustic guitars and a soulful voice have always been things I've found beautiful. Soul's Core encompasses all of the feelings for music and life that I've known...Lullaby and Shimmer pulled me in, but they're not the only songs worth playing repeatedly :-) Buy it. You'll listen to it constantly... ... Read more

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    All Saints
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (10 March, 1998)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Music You Have To Buy
    I have to admit if I was reading this review I would be like, "I have never heard of all saints so im not going to buy their CD" Thats my mistake, as well as yours if your thinking that right now. All Saints aren't a really popular group (I think they split up) but I love their CD. I've had it for a while now, and its great. Its a typical British band but something about their style is drawing your attention to this CD.

    Overall: Amazon.com is the perfect place to buy this CD. Or if you see it in another store buy it and you won't regret it. :)

    3-0 out of 5 stars They know where it's at.
    All Saints, largely considered a pop paradox of two talented musicians and two pretty blonde sisters-come-media-whores who couldn't sing for peanuts, were the epitome of the late nineties UK R'n'B/pop. And 'never ever' did they get it more right. Smooth harmonies, silky melodies, and the right balance between booty-shakers and cool R'n'B slowjams.

    Their debut album, the somewhat uninspiringly titled 'All Saints', showcases why these four girls were the hottest thing on the 'credible' side of pop in 1998. Whilst the Spice Girls were off romping around in their platforms, the cargo-wearing, laidback girls Shaznay Lewis, Mel Blatt, and Nicole and Natalie Appleton managed to achieve the same sort of success but do it with a bit more dignity than their popstar counterparts. From the smooth yearning 'Never Ever' to the bump-and-groove 'I Know Where It's At', the album is a largely quality release. They offer two delicious covers, a rap-infused reworking of 'Lady Marmalade' and a gorgeous version of Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'Under The Bridge', and positively shine on the dirty 'Bootie Call' and Spice Girls disco spin 'If You Want To Party (I Found Lovin')'.

    Admittedly there are a few weak spots. 'Trapped', 'Beg' and 'Heaven' are nice enough songs, but not up to the standard of the singles. However, considering the mileage the girls got out of the seven (!) singles they managed to release from this record, that's only a minor misstep in a very listenable album.

    Cool, fresh and just as funky six years on.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great British female R&B/pop
    When British girl group All Saints first burst onto the scene they were seen as just another addition to the post-Spice Girls girl power craze.It wasn't until people heard their music that they began to hail them as the next big thing.And that they were, in Britain at least, achieving five number one hits, winning a Brit Award and producing two critically acclaimed and popular albums.

    This first one is an assured mix of dance, soul and funk.Although the singles are obviously the highlights, there's plenty else here as well to make it a very consistent album.Something like `Never Ever' is a genuine classic: soft, vulnerable and pleading without being sentimental or over-the-top.The key to this group is that they are as you see them, a group of mature young ladies singing about what's important to them - love and relationships.It's a mark of band member Shaznay Lewis' talent that she can write such universally accessible material whilst still keeping it personal.

    But even if there are plenty of personal moments on here there's also a lot of fun to be had, particularly in their stomping `I Know Where It's At' or their fantastic version of `Lady Marmalade', to which they've added a rap which surprisingly works exceedingly well.The underlying sauce to some of their tracks, nowhere so evident as on the breathy `Bootie Call', is equally impressive.The group even get close to a touching song, something unusual for a pop group, with `War Of Nerves', written about the death of Princess Diana, which is in one word `beautiful'.This is heaps more durable than the Spice Girls and a mature debut.Listening to this, it's a shame the group split after only two albums. ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 145781
    Subjects:  1. Adult Contemporary    2. Dance Music    3. Dance-Pop    4. House    5. Pop    6. Teen Pop    7. Urban   


    Armageddon: The Album
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (23 June, 1998)
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    There was a time when Aerosmith was a great rock band. Then, just a few years before vocalist Steven Tyler's daughter, Liv Tyler, grew up and became a movie star, they transformed into one of the premier purveyors of power ballads--songs, in essence, that are as vapid as the big summer blow-'em-up movies, like, oh, say, Armageddon. In which Liv Tyler stars. Convenient, no? The soundtrack, which includes four and a half Aerosmith tracks ("Animal Crackers" features only Tyler), also has contributions from ZZ Top ("La Grange"), Bob Seger ("Roll Me Away"), and Our Lady Peace ("Starseed"), all of which fans of the respective bands will own on previously released albums. There is Shawn Colvin's fine--if ultimately unnecessary--cover of World Party's "When the Rainbow Comes," new tracks from Jon Bon Jovi and Patty Smyth, and even a dusting off of Aerosmith's take on "Come Together." Judge for yourself: is that really the song you want to hear just before an asteroid finishes off the Earth? --Randy Silver ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Uh, Where Is Def Leppard???
    This is a really good soundtrack, but why isn't Def Leppard's song Armageddon It on here?!?!

    It makes no sense. I mean, there's one song in the history of music with the word "armageddon" in it's title - and it's not even included on the soundtrack of a movie called Armageddon.

    Geez!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Full Force Rock
    In 1998, a film emerged about the prospect of a giant meteor crashing into the earth. It is only fitting, then that the soundtrack to this blasting movie is packed with full-force rock and roll.

    "Armageddon: The Album" features the songs that rocked along with this high-impact film. Like any great soundtrack album, homage is paid to past masters such as Aerosmith ('Sweet Emotion'), Jon Bon Jovi ('Mister Big Time'), and Journey ('Remember Me'). Hard rock takes a brief break with Bob Seger's 'Roll Me Away' and Aerosmith hit 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing' but this isn't a pop record - there's only rock and roll here.

    Why only four stars? Some of the songs chosen could have been a bit better. Steven Tyler understandably lent his vocals for his daughter's film, but was it really necessary to include four Aerosmith tracks? While I love 'Come Together', the Beatles' original version could have been used. The last track, 'Animal Crackers', is a Ben Affleck-Liv Tyler dialogue set against the movie's theme song, and it seems entirely out of place, as does Shawn Colvin's 'When the Rainbow Comes', a disorganized attempt at indie-rock.

    However, these few misses don't completely detract from a truly wonderful rock and roll album. As far as soundtracks go, this one is nearly (but not quite) as legendary as "Top Gun". And as a classic album, this one is full force rock.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great soundtrack
    This is the only soundtrack I own and it is awsome. I bought it because I love Aerosmith and 'I Dont Want To Miss A Thing' is a killer song. Then I found out that they had another new song called 'What Kind Of Love Are You On' which is an amazing rock song, and of course 'Come Together' and 'Sweet Emotion' are here to so you cant go wrong! But its not just Aerosmith that makes this soundtrack great its Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band, and Journey. Its Bon Jovi and all the other good artists on here. This soundtrack is just as good as the movie so pick up both!! ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Film Music    2. Pop    3. Pop/Rock    4. Soundtracks    5. Soundtracks & Film Scores   


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    Keep the Faith
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (27 October, 1998)
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    If Faith Evans's self-titled debut was inexplicably entwined in the rise of the Bad Boy empire, her eagerly anticipated follow-up, Keep the Faith, has been further steeped in the history of hip-hop--before anyone heard a note. There are plenty of ballads here ("No Way" and "Lately I" being the best), and Evans doesn't hesitate to mine her emotional turmoil for lyrical material, but it's the welcome inclusion of sublime mid-tempo grooves ("Sunny Days," "Life Will Pass You By") and party jams like "All Night Long" that make this album a sure-fire classic. Forget the hype and enjoy the sound of Evans's gospel-trained voice riding the old-school beats in the addictive "Love Like This." The most interesting thing about this album is not Evans's personal trials but that despite them, her voice is still as sweet as the caramel kisses she sings about. --Rebecca Wallwork ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Soulful Faith Evans
    I remember this album when I was in the 6th grade. The album is listenable from beginning to the end. I love this album dearly. Maturity,confidence,love for her family,her man,her music and,above all herself have graced this album with dignity,integrity and womanliness so often missing in comtemporary female R&B singers. This album is the work of a woman who has discovered who she is.Every track is the sense of spiritual and emotional evoltuion that she has experienced since her debut album. Keep the Faith is a breathtaking tour de force. This album has been certified Platinum. Remember,this was 1998-1999.

    5-0 out of 5 stars loved album
    I like this album, she stepped up alot since her first album. et it if your a fan. Many loved favorites on this one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars TIMELESS CLASSIC
    This is easily one of my favorites albums of all time. From the wirting, to the production, to the effortless flow of Faith's voice this album has classic written all over it. I am amazed at how slept on this album was. I was a fan with the firstalbum, but this one made me a believer. ... Read more

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    Desireless
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (21 July, 1998)
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    The offspring of jazz-trumpet great Don Cherry and half-brother of both Neneh Cherry and Swedish pop diva Titiyo (who duets with her brother on "Worried Eyes"), Eagle-Eye proves that we are not who we're related to. He was born in Stockholm to Cherry and Swedish mixed-media artist Moki, and one might suppose a member of this clan to be as innovative as the rest of his brood, especially given such an idiosyncratic moniker. But it turns out that that's the only eccentric thing about this musician. Cherry offers up a low-key, melodic diary of tales of his misspent youth in New York. And despite the music's soft-focus part-Cat Stevens, part-Ben Harper leanings, occasionally you realize that Eagle-Eye must have pasted posters of Ozzy Osbourne and Jimi Hendrix on his bedroom wall. "Indecision" (supposedly a rejoinder to Stockholm neo-Nazi "White Noise" bands like Swastika) rides on a searing Richie Blackmore lick. "Save Tonight" is a bittersweet reworking of Peter, Paul and Mary's "Leaving on a Jet Plane" theme. The title song updates his late father's "Desireless," which is revitalized via sparse piano, a haunting trumpet, and Cherry's hypnotic, repetitive vocals. Here it's clear that, even though he is dabbling in the shoals of alt-folk-rock, Eagle-Eye can claim a limb on the family tree anytime he wants. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Desirable.
    Most people have heard the track "Save Tonight" from this, and it is probably the best and most upbeat song. However the rest is decent, it's kind of lightweight folk/soul/pop, but still enjoyable. He's kind of like a less-deep "Cat Stevens", and a much less-sexy "Maxwell", somwhere in the middle anyway. After the "hit", I like "Shooting Up In Vain", and "When Mermaids Cry" is catchy, otherwise some of the rest is forgettable. At the very least he left us with one great track, kind of like his sister "Neneh" did many years ago (Buffalo Stance).

    5-0 out of 5 stars 90s Hit!
    "Save Tonight" was one of my brother and I's favorite songs in 1998. It's just so cool!

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite CD's
    I bought this out of curiosity because someone I knew owned it and it turned out to be one of my favorite CD's.Strong throughout but "When Mermaids Cry" is the clear winner.Haunting. ... Read more

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    #1 Remixes
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (02 June, 1998)
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      4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent remix album!
      With Lisa Stansfield's work already being quality product, remixes would seem to be superflous and unnecessary.False! All the songs featured here were dancefloor hits for a reason, and that's the succesful combination of Lisa's outstanding voice, lyrics that are appropiately either uplifting or heartbreaking, and a fabulous melody to back them up in the form of dance beats and bleeps. A most welcome addition to my Lisa collection.

      5-0 out of 5 stars club class all the way
      ... #1 Remixes is a really good remix album. It may be 5 years and counting, but most of this still sounds very fresh, mainly because the remixers have a readily identifiable sound and are pretty much the cream of the crop. If you love (even just like) Ms Stansfield's voice and dig dance music this album will send you heavenward.

      5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Remixers of the World!
      This Lisa's Remix Collection is the BEST!If you like HOUSEMUSIC, please buy it now! Hex Hector, Jr. Vasquez, Victor Calderone and Hani are GREATS!I say again: BUY IT NOW! ... Read more

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      Sales Rank: 123186
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      Misguided Roses
      Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
      Audio CD (24 June, 1997)
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      Edwin McCain landed a major-label contract on the strength of his sets opening shows for his old South Carolina buddies, Hootie and the Blowfish. McCain's major-label debut, 1995's Honor Among Thieves, featured a duet with Hootie's Darius Rucker, and closely resembled the Blowfish formula of earnest soul vocals over acoustic-led folk-rock. On the followup, Misguided Roses, McCain tries to put some distance between himself and his famous mentors by adopting a fuller, more amplified pop-rock sound. It's an approach that shows off McCain's handsome tenor and his knack for writing catchy choruses, even if it does nothing for his melodramatic lyrics.

      Recorded in Nashville with session vets Matt Rollings and Kenny Greenberg producing, Misguided Roses gains its full textures from the tightly packed layers of guitars and keyboards. If these mid-'70s, Southern-California arrangements remind one of the second-generation Doobie Brothers, you won't be surprised to find Michael McDonald matching his grainy, blue-eyed soul voice with McCain's on two numbers. And when McCain comes up with a Top-40-radio hook as effective as those on "I'll Be," "Darwin's Children," and "Holy City," you might find yourself wishing you didn't understand English so you could enjoy the music without hearing lines as stilted as "Emeralds from mountains thrust towards the sky." --Geoffrey Himes ... Read more

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      4-0 out of 5 stars Edwin McCain...the "unknown"
      I had never heard of Edwin McCain until I heard the song "I'll Be" on the radio a little while ago.I fell in love with it and would sing it throughout the day.Still though, I didn't know who was the brilliant singer.It wasn't until I saw the soundtrack for "A Cinderella Story" that I finally found out who sang this!I HAD to have the CD!I must say, although my favorite song is still probably "I'll Be", I love all of the songs on this CD.(Now I have more songs to sing throughout the day!!)Each song is different--and beautiful--in its own way.If you like "I'll Be", I'm sure you'll like the CD!

      4-0 out of 5 stars Strong Performance
      Edwin McCain stepped up the acoustic rock formula for his "Misguided Roses" album, provide a soul-filled album that stands out. His songs are more than just lyrics, but are more stories set to music. The band provides a great vehicle to carry the songs. With Larry Chaney playing lead, Dave Harrison on drums, Craig Shields picking up everything else from horns to keyboards, and Scott Bannevich on the bottom provide the upbeat music on this release.

      The album begins in a great groove with "See the Sky Again" with a great opening riff from Chaney shortly followed by McCain's gruff voice. Chaney and McCain play off of each other well with vocals and guitar, and acoustic and electric guitars, building to a powerful end. Another great tune is "Cleveland Park" a much more laid back song relying on arpeggio chords from the acoustic guitar double with a strummed rhythm. "I'll Be" is the ballad of the album, and McCain croons well. "How Strange It Seems" has a good baseline from Bannevich, and a bluesy feel from Chaney. The same formula works again on "Darwin's Children", but I like McCain's voice better here, plus there's a good sax work from Shields here as well. Add in the cover of James Taylor's "(I've Got to) Stop Thinkin' `Bout That" and you have a pretty good album here.

      McCain and crew have a lot of talent, and lay down some great music. I think McCain is one of the better bands in this genre of music, and they are fun to listen to. Definitely worth the price of the disk, and worth a listen.

      3-0 out of 5 stars two good songs
      There are two good songs on this album: "Cleveland Park" and "I'll Be."The others are ...These songs are so good, however, that they merit the album a three. ... Read more

      Asin: B000005J7L
      Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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      Big Willie Style
      Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
      Audio CD (25 November, 1997)
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      Editorial Review

      Is Will Smith an important rapper? The kind that deserves the awards, the honors, the accolades that the music industry foists upon him? Well, no. The words corny and safe might be applicable when describing the artist formerly known as the Fresh Prince. But dig this: corny and safe as he may be, why can't you stop singing "Getting Jiggy wit It" or why does your child love "Just the Two of Us," Smith's shameless ode to dads and their kids? Probably because Smith is nothing if not sincere. Yes, the tracks are obvious and leaden, and, no, Method Man won't have any sleepless nights when Smith lets loose with a rhyme. But give him this: Smith comes from the culture, even if he long ago left the streets. --Amy Linden ... Read more

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      5-0 out of 5 stars Big Will
      I remember this album when I was in the 5th grade. I love this album. It is a rap masterpiece of the 90s'. With this album,he takes a seat at the table. He does it Big Willie Style, with gratitude,humor,and humility. Being a Willie is in your attitude. This album spares no effort or expense. The album finds the international superstar humble,but still at the top of his game. This album has been certified 8x Platinum. Remember,this was 1997-1998.

      5-0 out of 5 stars THE RAP ALBUM
      If you are reading this I really respect you because this is probally last on the list. I writing this review on March second 2005 and the album came out in '97!! This album is excellent from start to finish. ALL the songa are great songs that unlike most of todays rappers IT RHYMES which is the #1 rule in rap music. Will Smith is great and I own ALL of his albums (including when he was with dj jazzy jeff) This album is a classic album. Pay whever it costs to get it.

      5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best rap albums ever! 10 million copies sold!
      What can I say about this CD. I only bought it because I liked "Gettin'Jiggy Wit It" so I didn't expect much especially since Will Smith had not released an album in four years. I was suprised to say the least when I finally listened to this album. It's sheer genuine fun for every one from age 0 - 99. The beats are catchy and the lyrics are wonderful. Sometimes I wonder If Will really wrote the songs. Anyway, the CD is worth owning. It's one album that Will Smith can never duplicate.

      My Top 5 Songs

      Yes Yes Y'All - Catchy Hook and great beat.
      Gettin' Jiggy Wit It - Great beat (although sampled)
      Big Willie Style - Left Eye is good on this track.
      It's All Good
      Y'All Know - Crazy Flow ... Read more

      Asin: B000002C3C
      Subjects:  1. Hip-Hop    2. Pop    3. Pop-Rap    4. Rap & Hip-Hop    5. Urban   


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      Rated Next
      Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
      Audio CD (30 September, 1997)
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      5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVE NEXT
      I love this cd just as much as I love NEXT!!! Next is by far my most favorite group! Here is how I rate this cd.

      1.intro- I really hate intros but this one is kinda nice. 8/10
      2.too close-this is a song that puts me in the mood for...! 9/10
      3.butta Love-I love this song to the f**kin' fullest! 10/10
      4.my place-I'm very big on interludes and I really like this. 10/10
      5.cozy-This is a really good song. I like how RL and T-Low respect the girls they are with to not pressure her into having sex. 10/10

      6.Penetration-I get very moody with this song. Sometimes I like it and sometimes I don't. 6/10
      7.You Are My High-I've loved this interlude since the first time I heard it! 10/10
      8.I still love you-I have a passion for the way RL says "Cuz every time I close my eyes, I see you/And how I wanna is with you!" This song is raw also. 10/10
      9.Stop,Drop, and Roll- What can I say but "I'm on fire!" 10/10
      10.Represent Me- I really fell deep into this song because I can really relate to the situation. 10/10
      11.Next Experience- I really like this song cuz I'm a freak too!!! 10/10
      12.Problems- I get really moody with this song too but it's still a good song. 8/10
      13.DO YOU THINK ABOUT ME-GOD I LOVE THIS SONG WITH A PASSION! THIS IS MY FAVORITE SONG ON THE CD! 10++/10
      14.Admit The Rat- I love this interlude cuz it is sooo funny! 10/10
      15.Sexitude- how could I not love this song? It was wrote for me!10/10
      16.Taste So Good- I don't do the oral thing but I lay back and fantasize about getting it listening to this song! 10/10
      17.Phone Sex- I love the part where T-Low and RL(ooooh, baby!) go back and forth. That's another good song. 10/10
      18.Rock On- this song really had to grow on me. The first time I really listened to it, it became one of my favorites. I love Tweety part(ooh,baby)10/10

      Despite how mediocre people say this is, despite how too sexually explicit they say this is, despite how much talent they say Next has, I'm behind them forever. People will love you one day and hate you the next but only true fan-friends gonna be there through whatever. I LOVE NEXT 4-LIFE!!!

      5-0 out of 5 stars This CD was of the chain
      When I first heard this CD I feel in love with it. My sisterlet me listen to it and it was just of the hook. After that I listenedto it every night. My favorite song was my place the interlude,then I liked the song Next Experience. I can't wait for their next CD to come out!

      5-0 out of 5 stars The Bomb!
      This CD was the best CD I ever heard.I bought it because of Butta Love and Too Close, but when I heard the whole CD I was in love all over again.I cannot wait until their new CD gets here! ... Read more

      Asin: B000002VTC
      Sales Rank: 10194
      Subjects:  1. Contemporary R&B    2. Pop    3. R&B    4. Urban   


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