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All Killer No Filler
Average Customer Review: 3.76 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (08 May, 2001)
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If you've heard Blink 182, the Offspring, or Green Day, you've heard Sum 41, with or without All Killer No Filler. The Canadian quartet's California punk formula is a well-worn one that seems to be working--all the way from the store to the Warped Tour. Set poppy, three-chord rock to hyperactive speeds, write songs about why you don't give a shit, and play up your juvenile-delinquent side for all it's worth (check out the "Going, Going, Gonorrhea" video with the band "doing all the dangerous and immature stuff you shouldn't try from the safety of your own home"). Of course, this has all been done before and will continue to be rehashed again as long as a silly, snotty attitude brings in the record company gold. While these punks are hardly walking down the block less traveled, they still packed All Killer full of hooks that should snag modern rock radio listeners. Peppy sing-along choruses, rolling drum solos, and guitar-driven anthems uncork the energy and brightly color this fast-moving, TRL-friendly disc. --Jennifer Maerz ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best puck-rock music out there
SUM 41 took Blink182's style and improved on it. This CD is definitely the best punk rock CD availible right now. SUM 41's latest CD is awesome and fetures many great song's like Fat LIp and In Too Deep. This CD is for any rock or puck-rock fan who wants some killer music.

#1 Intro-Very dumb and kind of scary 2/10
#2 Nothing On My Back- A Pretty Good Song 7/10
#3 Never Wake Up-A cool, heavy song, but can't hear what they say 6/10
#4 Fat Lip Awesome song with awesome lyrics second best song on the CD 10/10
#5 Rhythms A gerat, wild song with awesome drum and guitar music 8/10
#6 Motivation Awesome song one of the best on the CD 9/10
#7 In Too Deep-Of course the best song on the CD, awesome music and words 10/10
#8 Summer-The best song that most people have never heard 9/10
#9 Handle This-Nice sound 8/10
#10 Crazy Amanda Bunkface-Cool and crazy song 7/10
#11 All She's Good.....7/10
#12 Heart Attack Cool beginning, awesome lyrics 9/10
#13 Pain For Pleasure Ends the way it started....bad 3/10

3-0 out of 5 stars Pop rock's answer to a boy band?
Ok, I admit it; even though they're somewhat poppy, and are often lumped together with Blink 182, I like Sum 41. Their songs are short, catchy and energetic, filled with lyrics about growing up, being immature, and not giving a [censor] about responsibility. The band seems to practice what they preach, trashing hotel rooms and displaying other teenager-ish antics.
While their music certainly isn't the most original, what they do, they do well. Their songs are fast and tight, with plenty of catchy hooks and melodies. The last song, Pain for Pleasure, is a parody of an 80's metal song, in which the singer's voice goes from a deep pitch to a high squeal; I like the guitar intro too. The first single, Fat Lip, is really the only song that has a rap type of influence on it, and it sounds a little bit like the Beastie Boys mixed with a tiny bit of punk. I wouldn't, however, call them punk, which is less produced and more raw sounding. What does it really matter though how you classify them though? The CD is upbeat and infectious, with catchy feel-good songs, and its short enough that it doesn't get annoying.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Band
Sum 41 is the greatest band i think. this is the best cd of theirs that i have heard so far ... Read more

Asin: B00005BJMW


Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water (Edited)
Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (17 October, 2000)
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The splicing together of nu metal, rap, funk, and sterile electronica laced with dark melodies as infectious as anything Britney has to offer, inspired 6 million people to purchase copies of Limp Bizkit's Significant Other. With Chocolate Starfish, they perfect their formula. From the electro-infused "Intro" through the contagiously chugging "My Generation" to the straight-up rap of "Getcha Groove On," Chocolate Starfish is a slick, clinical, and flawless platform for Fred Durst's effortlessly savage--and occasionally unintentionally comic--sociological rants geared toward disaffected youth. Ultimately, though, it's that undeniably intelligent musical backdrop--the brooding guitar sound that gave the Mission Impossible 2 theme haunting new life and menace, and that defines "Hot Dog," "Full Nelson," "My Way," "Rollin'," "Boiler," and "It'll Be Okay"--that makes this a seething work of genius. The fact is, with rap and rock saying pretty much the same thing, Limp Bizkit have plenty of competition. They just do what they do better than everyone else. --Dan Gennoe ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Lay off the cussing?
Overall, this album was a good one. However, I was slightly disappointed about how little Limp Bizkit has changed.

Now, call me crazy, but I thought LB was going to soften up a bit. Comparing "3 Dollar Bill, Y'all$" to "Significant Other", it seemed that Limp had made a drastic change. There were more melodic songs, some better rhymes, and meanings behind the songs. I noticed that the amount of profane language increased a tad, however. And to tell you the truth, I wasn't very happy. But I say, what the heck? It's a good album.

No matter how many times Fred would say the "F" word in "Significant Other", nothing would change my mind about Limp Bizkit changing. I expected A LOT more melodies, some good rhymes, and a lot less language...

Okay, the melodies were good. Yes, the ryhmes were excellent. But I was absolutely stupified when i heard "Hot Dog". He say the mother of all cusses, what, 48 times? I suppose the next Bizkit (if there is one) will be worse.

This was a great CD, but can't we lay off the cussing?

p.s. to whoever wrote the review saying "Rollin' (UAV)" is the best song: Xzibit isn't in it...he's in "Getcha Groove On"

5-0 out of 5 stars Limp Bizkit's Best CD!!!
First of all, this CD ROCKS. Limp Bizkit put together an excellent album here, yet not suitable for younger people (sorry...) I can find that I listen through the whole CD.

The album has the great, well-known tracks like "Rollin'", "My Way", "Boiler" and "Take a Look Around." Rollin is intense and a great party song. My Way has a great beat and awesome lyrics that you can listen to all day. Take a Look Around is the MI:2 theme song, and it is unbelievable. The guitar is awesome and the song is great to rock and dance to. Bioler is one of my favorite song. The whole song is great.

There are other really good songs on the CD that arent well known, such as Hot Dog, My Generation, and Livin' It Up. The whole CD is good.

If you are a rock fan and a Limp Bizkit fan, you should DEFINATELY buy this CD. Fred Durst, John Otto, Wes Borland, DJ Lethal, and Sam Rivers have done a great job on this CD. So I hope this has helped and that you order this CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Truly the best of the best:)
How aamazon had gotton away with selling the best CDs for so little I will truly never know! OK the cover gave us all a little scare but the songs are the bomb! Livin it up is my personal fav but there are plenty of other great ones to. The limp is back and hes doing alot better than those no good critics thaught he would! This is truly the best heavy metal around today!
I found not one song that I didnt like! This CD truly cured my first for a great heavy metal band! The limp is certainly the best of the best!!!!!!!! ... Read more

Asin: B00004XOWN


Average Customer Review: 3.89 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (06 March, 2001)
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Five years before the release of ANThology, Alien Ant Farm befriended Papa Roach, then fellow strugglers on the California club circuit. And so AAF wound up signing to Papa Roach's New Noise Records. AAF have furthermore strengthened their Roach connection by employing Jay Baumgardner, producer of their benefactors' Infest, to lend sheen to the noise. The result doesn't show a tremendous range, but is generally excellent, with sweeping, soaring guitars ("Whisper," "Stranded") and shuddering riffs ("Wish"), putting one in mind of a less disturbing version of Alice in Chains. Standouts include the opener, "Courage," led by Mike Cosgrove's off-kilter clatter and Dryden Mitchell's winding lyrics; a chopping, pleading cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal"; and the revved up "Flesh and Bone." With the tense, Pearl Jam-like "Attitude," AAF attempt to change the mood and tempo, and one hopes they'll continue such sonic explorations. For now, ANThology is a palatable aperitif. --Dominic Wills ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great album with a few drawbacks to work on
Alien Ant Farm arent what you think they are. You may pull them into this Papa Roach category since the band is signed to Papa Roaches label. If you do that, then you dont know what your talking about. Alien Ant Farm is a great new band. They mix Hard Rock with Funk and to a lesser extent Punk. They kind of remind me of a more guitar driven Incubus possibly even Faith No More. The best quality of the band is their bassist, Tye Zamora. Who makes the bass noise sound vivid. At times, it even sounds like the drums. So the bass really adds alot to the overall demension of Alien Ant Farm. The songs are great on here. My favorite has to be Universe. It shows of Dryden Mitchells vocal ability so well. The emotional impact of that song is huge as well. I also like Whisper which is one the angrier songs on here. However, at times Drydens voice gets a little annoying. Just listen to their Micheal Jackson cover of Smooth Criminal. Flesh and Bone also is a little annoying. But thats the only problem I have with this band really. If you like this band, check out some of Faith No More's earlier material, or some of Deftones, and of course the almighty Incubus.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Can't start to begin to explain how great this cd is.
I was kinda just wasting $200 dollars on cds and I got this one just because the lead guy was hott. I'm sorry to say this, but I am not sorry that I bought this cd. I'm listening to it now and it blows my mind how much this cd really just touches me and how deep it is. Everything is put together so well, it sounds so great, I know I will never feel the same about this band. It's a little more serious than punk, which is my main music, but I know all punk fans will love this cd. It is more hardcore than say Sum 41 or Blink 182, but everyone needs to hear this cd. You wont regret buying it, and don't let "Smooth Criminal" throw you off, its unbeleivable and I am so happy about this purchase. I encourage everyone to buy it, no matter what kind of music you listen to. "Summer" is my favorite song because, well, the lyrics, they're amazing. I know my music, and this IS REAL MUSIC. This cd is now my favorite of all time and its so inspirational for people who are so passionate about music like I am!


Asin: B00005A7TW


Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 July, 2001)
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The boy balladeers of 'N Sync have always kept in step withtheir competition, but with Celebrity, they've entered adifferent race altogether. Members Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez (whoco-wrote and co-produced most of the tracks on this album) have drawnon R&B, hip-hop, and electronica to make a remarkably adult mix. Whileyounger fans will love the disc (it is 'N Sync, after all), olderlisteners will be surprised and pleased by the Prince-influenced"Gone," the Miami bass beat of "The Two of Us," and the Stevie Wonderharmonica cameo on "Something Like You."The disc only fails in itsmore predictable territory: the title track's lyrics are hopelesslygeneric ("Would you be so into me / if I wasn't a celebrity"). The Swedish-pop machine (also behind Britney Spears)cranks out two solid dance tracks ("Tell Me, Tell Me...Baby" and "JustDon't Tell Me That"), but his offerings are hardly as innovative, or asmuch fun, as the band's own contributions. Overall, Celebrity,is a triumph, and unlike many of their teen-pop peers, the members of'N Sync (or Timberlake and Chasez, at least) promise solid careersahead. --Courtney Kemp ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A Very Different Sound; Takes Some Getting Used To
To be fair, this album isn't that bad really. The Asian version has got 3 bonus tracks, and bonus track #13 which is something like "Girl (I don't think I'll have her back)" is a really good track, so pity it's not on the main album. Just like "No Strings Attached" which had a couple of tracks sounding like each other and from which they only released 3 singles (a sure sign of its mediocrity), this album sounds like a wallpaper of sounds, super-charged beats, electronic noises, and samo-samo lyrics after a while. Infact after the 3rd track, the rest of the tracks all sound disturbingly like each other. Only 2 ballads shine through. Justin's GONE: It has a weak first verse that just doesn't grab your attention but once the chorus comes in along with the bridge, the ballad soars beautifully. The other ballad SELFISH is catchy and begs repeated replays. The other ballads are squishy and overly sappy. The song lyrics have not matured much from the previous 2 albums. Songs about unrequitted love, chasing after women, and broken hearts are still surprisingly adolescent given the various ages of NSYNC. "Celebrity" the track is self-indulgent, very un-mainstream, and very stop-start in tune. Takes time getting used to. I think listening to this album being pounded out LIVE at concert can be quite an exhilirating experience, but it takes a nosedive once it comes on CD. The material is just not attention-grabbing. The album is high on style but a little low in quality. I like NYSNC and support them but I'm trying to be as objective as I can. Justin displays a good taste in song-writing but he does need lyrics that are a little more mature. JC has really improved from his song-writing debut in "NSA". It's sad that Joey and Lance haven't got a solo in sight on this album--not even a sniff. Their unique vocal ranges could add some flavor to this overally unexciting album. At the end of the day, the real stars of CELEBRITY ironically aren't NSYNC but the wonderful people they collaborated with: BT, Brian McKnight, the Neptunes etc. On another note, hit-makers Max Martin and Co. are in top form again with 2 stand-out (if not a little trite)tracks (just in case the others bomb, I guess). Though it's a little unlikely fans of NSYNC will take an instant liking to this new album (they will try hard to like it, no doubt), CELEBRITY may win NSYNC some new fans for their new sound. The album I'll give 3 and a half stars. For effort to break out of the boy-band mold: 4 stars. Good Effort! Gosh, I hope I wasn't too critical...This really isn't THAT bad of an album. Above average (but disappointingly it does NOT live up to the hype).

1-0 out of 5 stars Too many people like this "album"
Just looking at a good review for this cd hurts my eyes! You poeple who are giving this a good review are lying and you know it! C'mon, join the n'suck bashing wagon. It's fun!

5-0 out of 5 stars woo hoo!
this albumn is the best! my favourite song was gone, as it was all justin :) yum! i think from the beginning of thier careers N*sync have gone from strength to strength - i love all thier albums, and do not dislike any of the songs - however, is it just me or is it only justin and JC that sing? it doesnt matter though, because they have voices that just melt me!
N*Sync is the best band ever - a guy i know thinks their a bit rubbish, but he likes idiot music anyway so his opinion doesnt count. i would strongly suggest that you buy this album, and every other N*sync album, cos they rock! ... Read more

Asin: B00005LD1A


Average Customer Review: 3.68 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 July, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Pop,Latin,dance mix,and R&B hits put together!!!!
J.Lo has done it again! Only this time it's better! For all fans of "If you had my love" and "Waiting for tonight" there's "Love don't cost a thing", "Play" and tons of other similar hits. There's even something for everyone like "Carino'" who liked her Latin and dance mix singles. Fabulous #1 tracks and great singles different from her other hits include the catchy "Ain't it funny" and of coarse the #1 Billboard R&B hit "I'm Real" featuring Ja Rule. That is probably the song that makes the Cd one to buy since you don't get this track in the normal version. It also makes it a CD for all Mary J. Blige and Ja Rule lovers. A lot of hits also attract fans of Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears. Also her dance mix singles are better than anyone else's hits. Also if you don't really like Steps, you'd love this CD. This Cd is probably great for it's fast catchy hits not counting the "I'm Real Remix" which isn't fast but is great! Although some of her slower singles aren't that good, in the first album if you liked "Feelin' so good" you might also like this. This is one CD that is worth buying. A great artist with a great album! It has something for people with all kinds of Music Tastes!

--------------------------AHMED MASHHOOD-------------------------

3-0 out of 5 stars Updated Review: It gets boring!!
As much as I admire Jennifer Lopez, I'm afraid this CD gets old fast. The only one's worth listening to are "Love Don't Cost A Thing", "Play", "I'm Real (Murda Remix)" and "Secretly." Her voice gets annoying. She shouldn't try singing so hard. Just use it nice and lightly. I mean, look at how well Gloria Estifan used her decent voice when it was not exactly really spectacular. "I'm Gonna Be Alright" is another good upbeat song and the remix is just as good. The Rodney "DarkChild" Jenkins track "That's The Way" is boring and predictable. DarkChild hasn't produced a good song since '99. I'm not gonna even go into how bad the original "I'm Real" is. It really needed remixing big time...so call on Murda Inc! It sounds great! As for her next album she needs to work less on trying to sing like she has an extremely powerful voice (like christina has). Overall grade for J LO: C

1-0 out of 5 stars This is a total let down
If you are a person who thinks that they will like this cd. think again because i did the same thing and i did not like it abit. The only decent song is play. This song should say that it features christina milian. The rest of the songs are annoying. Jennifer lopez proves everyone that she is no better a songwriter than she is a singer, for example:

come over - This showcases jennifers lack in talent and songwriting skills. Her vocals are lacking quality, and style.
carino - In this song she only sings the verses (which she does in 90 percent of all the songs on the album, such as play, and aint it funny)

Jennifer lacks in telling us that it is christina milan singing in the chorus of play. I think that this album stinks. Dont buy this album. Jennifer hardly even sings in any of the songs. I think that jennifer is annoying. ... Read more

Asin: B00005N83M
Sales Rank: 24375


Dream Street
Average Customer Review: 3.85 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (10 July, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Catchy and addictive!
My father bought me this CD last Friday because if I did something, he'd buy me a CD. I listened to it right away! I have to say that Dream Street is very talented. I love teen pop and especially the Backstreet Boys. I swear Dream Street will be the next BSB. Forget *N Sync - Dream Street is way better than *N Sync! The guys of Dream Street: Greg Rapso, Frankie Galasso, Jesse McCartney, Matt Belinger, and Chris Trousdale, are all Broadway, film, and TV veterans. They range from ages 14-16. They do not sound like girls and they have all well-trained vocals. Their songs are catchy, funky, and sweet. This album is very addictive so beware! This album is a mix of funky, uptempo dance songs and sweet heart-melting love ballads. I love all the songs on this album! But my real favorites are "Feel the Rain", "They Don't Understand", "It Happens Every Time", "Sugar Rush", "Hooked On You", "Dream On", and "Matter Of Time". They all get solos on this CD. Jesse sings most of "Gotta Get The Girl"; Greg sings most of "Jennifer Goodbye". Matt sings most of "Hooked On You"; Frankie sings most of "Dream On"; and Chris sings most of "This Time". If you love teen pop then I strongly recommend you buy this album. I swear you'll never take it out of your CD player - I still have it in there! And you'll keep playing it over and over again. This album is definitely a must buy. It also comes with the Intertational music video for "It Happens Every Time" which you can play on your computer CD-Rom. And comes with a poster of the hot, talented boys as well. Oh yeah, and I should also mention that on the song, "They Don't Understand", it sounds like the kind of song *N Sync would sing but it's much better! The songs are catchy, like I've said before, and their dancing skills are amazing! They perform well live, too. This album's a must!

5-0 out of 5 stars Dream Street Rocks!!
My younger brother bought the C.D. a few years ago and I would always make fun if them. I said they were geeks and sounded like little girls. Since they were also on the Pokemon 2000 Soundtrack I thought that they must be stupid. Boy was I wrong! When I really listened to it I got hooked. There are some really catchy tunes and great ballads on this album. Plus all the guys are very talented! I got the DVD they have out. Dream Street Live (That's a must have to). I saw all the difficult dance moves and how they did them so smoothly and effortlessly! It was amazing! These are the songs on the album (I love them all):
1. Feel The Rain - A very catchy tune. Easy to listen to.
2. They Don't Understand - This song was written for the Pokemon 2000 Soundtrack but the lyrics were changed to more of a love song for the album. It's a great song with a nice beat.
3. It Happens Every Time - This is the first single off the album and probably the most popular.
4. Gotta Get The Girl - This is Jesse McCartney's solo song. It is a very catchy song with awesome lyrics.
5. Sugar Rush - This song is also on the A*Teens C.D. It is a very sweet song and the vocals are great.
6. Jennifer Goodbye - A stong, heartfelt ballad that Greg Raposo sings incredably! This song must have the best vocals on the album!
7. I Say Yeah - The second single off the album. This song is great. It is sweet but yet a speeder tempo and still manly enough for guys to sing to a girl with out sounding to soft lol!!
8. Matter Of Time - This is one of the slowest songs on the album. They talk about wanting to take it slow and I think it's a great song.
9. Let's Get Funky Tonight - This is the best dance tune on the album. I love the song and It's great to listen to at a party to get evryone into it!
10. This Time - A very nice song about not meaning to say goodbye. It is a great song all around.
11. Hooked On You - Matt Ballinger's solo. It's a very upbeat song with a lot of energy that went into it!
12. Someone To Hold Me Tonight - Chris Trousdale's solo and probably one of my favorites on this album! He sing this ballad from his heart and it shows!
13 Dream On - Frankie Galaso's solo. This song has the most meaning behind it. "We can find our destiny, be anything we want to be if we Dream On"

2-0 out of 5 stars Kinda Disapointed!!
I was kind of dissapointed with this cd. They sound like little kids, but I can't blame them, because they were my age when they made that cd. The only song I likes was Gotta Get The Girl because Jesse is the only one I like. People respect his vocals. He can get his voice high or low or right in the middle, whenever the song needs it. He did sort of sound like a girl, but he sounds best on the DisneyMania 2 cd. I don't think they should of been Dream Street when they were at that age, they should've at the age of 15 at the most. ... Read more

Asin: B00005LOW6
Sales Rank: 37755

Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 May, 2001)
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The debut album from Eden's Crush is a pleasant surprise fortwo reasons: one, the girls are well trained, with strong, tunefulvoices; and two, the music is good--great, actually. Eden's Crush isthe end result of a television show, Popstars, where young womenfrom all over the country auditioned to be one of the five to "livetheir dreams." The executive producers of this album rely on thegroups' talent, giving the Crush smart, upbeat material in which tosink their collective teeth. Fans of the show have heard more than afew of these tracks, especially the debut single "Get Over Yourself," agirl-power anthem kissing off a selfish ex-boyfriend. All the songs(every one a potential single) have the same underlying themes ofstrength and self-respect. These young women aren't waiting for aknight in shining armor, and their message of independence should playwell with teen and preteen girls. Adult listeners won't bedisappointed, either. A straightforward cover of the Sheila E. classic, "TheGlamorous Life," is almost as much fun as the original. Yes, Eden'sCrush is manufactured--a perfect mix of multicultural beauties with theflattest stomachs this side of Britney Spears--but so what? The musicand the talent far exceed expectations. --Courtney Kemp ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Popstars rules!!
This is my favourite CD. All of the songs are great, and Nicole, Ivette, Rosanna, Ana Maria, and Maile are all truly talented. All of the songs are awesome, and as one other reviewer said, you wanna listen to the CD the whole way through, you don't want to skip any songs because they are all either fun or beautiful. My Faves: Love This Way (no 5) Get Over Yourself (no 3) and Anywhere But Here (no 3), though it's hard to choose considering how great all the songs are. People are so negative about manufactured bands and pop music in general. I disagree. Firstly, in a contest like Popstars, you end up with the five most talented girls, which the girls of Eden's Crush truly are. To the reviewer who said that if they were truly talented they'd have made it by now; you've obviously never seen them sing, live or otherwise; these girls are more talented Britney or Christina, genuine talent (seen 'em live)and the biz is really tough to break into. Second; what's wrong with pop music? It's fun, happy music, and much better than angry stuff like Marilyn Manson. Well, that's my opinion, thanks for listening, sorry if I offended anyone, that was not my intent.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's more than a crush! I can't get enough!
Is this CD really a surprise?! Of course, it's a hit album! Of course, this is a NO RISK disc! Pop perfection: 5 drop-dead gorgeous American girls = picked for their great voices, their dancing skills and their overall ability to entertain and give us exactly what we like, what we want. AND, believe me, they deliver on every level. Of course, they have had excellent help; the smooth production is hip and fresh without being over-the-top, contemporary without sounding borrowed. The lyrics are strong and vibrant, delivering the usual messages of broken hearts, bad boyfriends, good boyfriends, positivity. However this is a different kind of Girl Power. These girls represent a stronger, more united, more sophisticated female front than the cheap and fluffy noise raised by the Spice Girls only a few years back. The powerful vibe of the lead track "Get over yourself" sets a solid start; this is Girl Power with an edge. The girls absolutely shine on every track. The ballads, "Love this way" and the closing "Last time" are fine but the girls really kick up a storm on the more upbeat (and more interesting) numbers like "Let me know", "No drama", "I wanna be free" and "You know I can"; sounding sassy and sexy without pushing it too far. It just sounds like they had so much fun recording the whole album! The standard latin tracks, "It wasn't me" and the slower "1000 words", hit just as good as anything by Christina or Jenn. The cover version of "Glamorous life" breathes new fire into an old favourite but is cut way too short! The sound is winning, urban pop a-la-Christina Aguilera or Dream. Hear it, feel it, sing along and ENJOY! These girls have nothing to fear > this is exactly what we like, what we want; just give us more!

FOr more of this >> try the funky debut single "Days like that" by Sugar Jones (Popstars Canada) or the pop-perfect albums by the Australian Popstars: Bardot (the girls -2000) and Scandal'Us (boys and girls -2001). Also: get your hands on last year's fabulous debut from Nobody's Angel.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great.
I bought this CD on its debut, & got all the girls' autographs. Too bad they're like non-existent. They were amazing. This was one of the few CDs that i could listen to pretty much all the way through without skipping songs. The songs are well-written, & not too sappy (considering this was all done in like 6 weeks), the beats are great, the girls are beautiful, everything about Eden's Crush is great. I wish they were still around.

1. What's Good 4 The Goose A
2. Let Me Know - A+ (My favorite song!)
3. Get Over Yourself - B+
4. Anywhere But Here - A-
5. Love This Way - B
6. No Drama - A+ (Another great song)
7. I Wanna Be Free - A+ (Great!)
8. Glamorous Life - A-
9. 1,000 Words (Mil Palabras) - A+
10. Two Way - B+
11. It Wasn't Me - A
12. You Know I Can - A-

All in all, this is a GREAT buy. These girls are AMAZING. ... Read more

Asin: B00005AROR

Down for the Get Down
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (07 August, 2001)
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On Down for the Get Down, Youngstown struggle to clingto the remaining available bits of the Backstreet Boys'and 'N Sync'scoattails. The trio grabs tight to a fistful of fabric with the opener"Machine." With its punctuating, industrial-lite guitar treatment, itholds its own against the Backstreet's "Larger than Life" or 'N Sync's"Bye, Bye, Bye." Further, the songs fold in strands of electronic blips and bleeps that promise surprises later on. But halfway throughthe second track, "Float Away," it's already evident that Youngstownhas fallen victim to an overly enthusiastic producer. The fundamentallysolid melodies are mired in an impossible tangle of sampled sounds,slippery, scattered rhythm patterns, and more instrumentation than youcan shake a synthesized orchestra at. The boys can probably sing, buttheir vocals are never on display. Rather, harmonies and emotionalovertones are compressed into a one-size-fits-all volume (and itdoesn't help that all the lyrics are directed to "girl" and "baby" in amost uninspired context). As an album intended for the under-voting-ageset, it isn't fun, inventive, or particularly danceable. With luck,next time out Youngstown will find a creative team that will considertheir voices more than an afterthought. --Beth Massa ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars To my buddies....
Hello all my fellow Youngstown Fans
Well i wanted to tell you that although im rather bias to my buddies because Ive known them before they became famous and beings I too grew up "in" Youngstown....Their CDs truly are the BEST..If you too were able to know the guys like I do, youd see that with their personalities, caring & talent they all have, they honestly blow BSB & Nysnc away!!!

Pleeease buy their CDs if you already havnt!!!

Love Ya Sammy, DC & Dallas,
Sorry you guys had to split up but Good Luck modelling Sammy

5-0 out of 5 stars To my buddies....
I just wanted everyone out there who reads this to know that just because these guys are my friends doesnt mean im bias....hehe
These 2 CDs truly are the BEST EVER....In my eyes they cant compare to backstreet or nsync....maybe its cause i know them outside "youngstown" but from inside the streets of "youngstown" where i live too.....

Pleasssse buy the guys cds!
I Love you Sammy, Dc, Dallas!
Sorry to hear you split up, but good luck with the modelling Sammy!

5-0 out of 5 stars The best album ever for male vocal group lovers!!
After buying the first album of Youngstown's "Lets Roll", i was very excited to get this album.
It was no suprise to me that would be a good album, but i just didnt relise how good!! I like many groups like BsB and Nsync but none of their material even compares to this album!!
This is the most inspiring album i have ever heard!! It has some beautiful ballads like "Little Sister" which is definatly capable of making you cry!! Then there is the amazing rock sounding tunes on "Machine", "sugar" and "you want what you want"that you just cant get out of your head and thats not a bad thing! And theres the r&b sounding tunes that are soooo amazing like"Down for the get down", "so tight", "Dance floor part 2" all i wanna do is dance whenever they come on!!
If you love beautiful sounding harmonies than "Away with the summer days"and "Float Away" are definatly for you.
Talking of "Floating Away" I need to get into more detail because this is the most unique song i have ever heard it is brilliant, and it is definatly a good representation of how talented Youngstown are!! When you listen to the song it does actually feel like you are floating!! I find it very relaxing and a joy to listen to!! The other songs "Could you love", "every single thing", "Grow old with me" and "Run to me" are all amazing aswell.
This is the best album to get if you are into BSB, Nsync,O-town, 98Degrees,and Lfo!!Even if your not into them its worth buying it!!!
With most albums there are always a few tracks that you skip but on this album you dont! And with practically every album you have ever got, it has always been fairly easy to choose your favourite song, but on this album every song is your favourite in their own special way!
I just wanna say that i think Youngstown are way under rated they are all sooooo talented and are brilliant singers and this album is the proof of that!
Down For the Get Down is definatly the album you should be buying!!! ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 3.86 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (05 June, 2001)
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That Jessica Simpson has been groomed to become the next (aswell as younger, whiter, and more virginal) Mariah Carey should come asno great shock. Production by slavish imitation is the way it goesthese days, and wanting to duplicate Carey's success is understandable.Yet the downside of idol worship (Simpson grew up with theoctave-conquering diva as a touchstone) is the loss of unique identity, andsadly that's exactly what has occurred. From the wordless sighs to themock Spanish guitars added for international appeal, to theoverwrought power ballads and faux hip-hop flavored up-tempo cuts,Simpson, who can sing, is a prisoner of by-the-numbersproduction and songs by the usual pop/R&B-lite suspects. The end resultis sonically stellar, but is too close to a generic endeavor that doeslittle to establish Simpson as an artist. Still, Irresistiblewill no doubt firm up her already serious stats as a rising young star.--Amy Linden ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Jessica is Irresistible!
Jessica Simpson's new record Irresistible is just that - Irresistible. The uptempos are fun loving, and hipper then those off her 1999 debut, Sweet Kisses. Of course "Irresistible" is exellent but other tracks that just happened to be fast and amazing include, "What's It Gonna Be," "Hot Like Fire," and "I Never" (which is produced by Rodney 'Darkchild' Jerkins.) Miss Simpson's ballads from Sweet Kisses were powerful and emotional, but Irresistible's ballads are much more dramatic. My favorite by far is "When You Told Me You Loved Me," which was written by Walter Afanasieff who writes with diva Mariah Carey on every album. The song definitely has a Mariah feel to it, but Jessica's vocals complete it. "To Fall In Love Again" was written by Afanasieff, as well as her sweetheart Nick Lachey. This album is minus a guest appearance from Nick like Sweet Kisses did with "Where You Are," but is equipped with a duet with Latin singer, Marc Anthony ("There You Were"). Concluding Irresistible, Jessica chose the gospel verse "His Eye Is On The Sparrow," which is by far the most interesting track on the album starting off slow but ending up with a fast and happy beat at the end. If you liked Sweet Kisses, I'm positive that you'll love Irresistible.

5-0 out of 5 stars You should definitely go out and buy this CD!!
Hey everybody,

I love this cd!! It is sooo good, I would recommend it to anyone. Also, I really admire Jessica Simpson as a singer, I went to her concert and it ROCKED!!!

Here's my review of all the songs:

1. Irresistible: I know everybody heard this great first single. I love it!!

2. A Little Bit: My absolute favorite song on the album. It's AWESOME! It's her newest single, but I haven't seen the video yet.

3 & 4: Forever in Your Eyes and There You Were both BAD. I rarely ever listen to those two, I was very disappointed in them.

5. What's It Gonna Be: Really cute song, sounds a lil bit like Mariah Carey.

6. When You Told Me You Loved Me: Her best ballad EVER. It's really good.

7. Hot Like Fire: Really good fast song.

8. Imagination: Okay song, but not one of my favorites.

9. To Fall In Love Again: Good song, but I don't listen to it much.

10. For Your Love: Same as To Fall In Love Again, good song, but I don't listen to it much.

11. I Never: Great fast song, I like it a lot.

12. His Eye is On the Sparrow: I love this song, and I don't even like gospel music!!

I hope my review helped you guys out!! GO AND BUY THIS CD RIGHT NOW!!


4-0 out of 5 stars Amazing cd!
I love this cd. Her first one, Sweet Kisses, was a good one to show off her voice, but this cd shows off who she really is. The cd is just amazing. I love it. here's what I think about each song. Hope this helps you guys when deciding to buy it or not.

1. Irresistable - This song was awesome when i first heard it, because it was just so different from the Jessica that I alredy knew from her pervious album. But after hearing this song a million times it got old, I can listen to it now tho and it reminds me of some good times I've had with friends and stuff while listening to this song.

2. A Little Bit - I like this song a lot. It's so straight forward and tells it like it is. The chorus is the best part, I think.

3. Forever In Your Eyes - My favorite song on the cd. Actually, It's probably my favorite Jessica song ever. This song just blows me away for some reason. There's a part where the music stops and she takes a deep breath and for some reason that makes the whole song. It's an amazing song.

4. There You Were (w/ Marc Anthony) - This is a great love song about someone saving you when you thought you couldn't be saved. It's a beautiful song and really shows off Jessica's voice. Her and Marc sound beautiful together.

5. What's It Gonna Be? - This song is so cheesy it's cute. With lines like "Wanna be your girl....Check the box yes or no." I like it and it puts you in a good mood when you're down. It's one of those songs you can jam to in the car and dance around in your room to. I love it.

6. When You Told Me You Loved Me - This song is so sad and I can hardly listen to it, because it reminds me of a hard time in my life. But it has the deepest lyrics and an extremly haunting sound to it. It's amazing.

7. Hot Like Fire - This is the song she was originaly going to name the cd after and in a way I wish she would have. It would have sounded so much cuter. At the begging there's a talk between her and her sister (ashlee) and ususaly talks at the beginning are cheesy, but it makes the song good. This song is really awesome and is the perfect song to play for someone who did you wrong.

8. Imagination - Probably my least favorite song on the cd. I dunno why I just don't like it much. It's kind of annoying.

9. To Fall In Love Again - This is just like "When You Told Me You Loved Me." and it's sad, because this is the time when Nick and Jessica were broken up and he wrote this song. And it's so sad to listen to and think about. I adore this song, though. It's has an amazing sound and the lyrics are just heartbreaking.

10. For Your Love - This used to be my favorite song, but not anymore. It's a good song, but it gets old after a while.

11. I Never - Written by the famous and amazing Rodney Darkchild, this song is nothing but awesome. It's a great dance song.

12. His Eye is on the Sparrow - an old church song that really shows how amazing Jessica's voice is. This song blows me away.

All in all, I give this cd four out of five stars. This cd is the complete opposite from her first one and I love it. There's not as many ballads and more feel good, dance songs. I recomend this cd to anyone who loves hearing a singer with an amazing voice. Cause this is it right here. ... Read more

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Willa Was Here
Average Customer Review: 3.43 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (17 July, 2001)
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Wannabe pop queen Willa Ford disses "cheesy (lyrics) aboutbutterflies, sunshine and candy" in the liner notes of her debut album.She might actually score the attempted points against the likes of Mariah Carey andMandy Moore ifher own songs didn't cling desperately to a handful of similarlyradio-ready templates. Here horny ("I Wanna Be Bad"), there bitchy ("Joke'son You"), everywhere wistfully lookin'-for-love ("Tender," "PrinceCharming"), Ford hardly stakes out her own vocal turf either. She drawson third-hand Britneyaffectations and the occasional Carey-like dog-whistle squeal, whilevarious production teams cobble together similarly derivative tracks.Ford's romantic fireworks with a Backstreet Boybrought her a small notoriety long before this CD's appearance, and"Tired" makes it clear that she already considers herself a big-enoughname that listeners will respond to gripes about fame she hasn't yetachieved. As if. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Not as Bad as you would of thought!
Willa Ford has the a very unique sound, there is no way anyone can compare her to the pop queens of today. I'm a huge fan of Britney, Jessica, and the rest, but as soon as I sat down and listen to this CD, I was very shocked! The lyrics are powerful, the music is just unique and very interesting, and then there is Willa's voice. Her voice is almost as good as Jessica (!o.o! no lie!o.o!), but she carries it way better. She makes Britney and the others look bad...the whole reason I bought this CD, was because I download 4 songs of the internet and I loved them (#1, 3,5,10). After listening to the songs I downloaded, I knew I had to buy this album!

1) I wanna be Bad - For those of you who don't like songs about "being bad", will not like this song, but then again this was her first single so if you didn't like it, don't worry! There are so much better songs on the album! In case anyone is wondering, this is the video version. It does have the rap ^-^. For those of you don't like the rap version, you can get the single. But trust me, the rap version is so much better. 5/5 2)Did Ya Understand That - This is my favorite song on the album, the song is about her being in a bad relationship and then when she gets the courage to break it off. This is a good example of Willa's sound, and how talented she is. 5/5 3) Ooh Ooh - Another song about wanting to "be bad"...I can't stand this song, sorry. But the lyrics are pretty good, but the sound just doesn't hit me...1/5 4) Tired - I love this song! Willa actually, sort of brings down the other pop stars, but doesn't say names, except for...*gasp*..Britney (real shocker ^-^). "Never going to see my lip sync, never going see me change, cause I'm not the one who'll bring you down...tired of the clones that look at me, tried of people saying Britney..." It's not a big deal, but I hope certain Britney fans won't start hating Willa because of it. 5) Jokes On You - A song about Willa being in a bad relationship (again!), but this time he cheated on her and did other things. She turns the tables, and puts the joke on him. Pretty good song! 4/5 6) Tender - This is a ballad, the only one! ^-^ so those of you who hate ballads, will be please to know this is the only one...another ^-^ right there! ^-^. The ballad is about..heartbreak...I can't really stand this song ether. But the song really shows off her vocal ability! 2/5 7)Don't You Wish - The first couple of times I heard this song, I hated it! But it started to grow on me, this song is about...*ahem* "being bad", but this time with someone who is a girlfriend. But the lyrics are very good and the flow of the song alone is just great. 3/5 8) Prince Charming - A song about waiting for that perfect guy, the one that will come to you riding a white horse. This song is about wanting to have someone to love, very beautiful. Most people don't like this song though, but I do! 4/5 9) Somebody Take the Pain Away - As the title goes, this is a song about heartbreak. But the lyrics and the mood is just so different. Instead of just singing about how she feels, she goes on to tell the guy to just get out of her life (I personality think, she is talking about trying to be friends with a ex, but the pain of the heartbreak is to much). 5/5 10) Haunted Heart - This song was really annoying at first because the first 10 seconds had a beat of a familiar song that I heard and it was killing me trying to figure out where I heard the beat before! I found out! For anyone who watches Buffy or has the soundtrack, listen to the first 10 seconds of this song and then listen to "Close your Eyes" (Buffy and Angel's theme!). The music sounds so familiar! After I realized where I heard the beat, that is when I sat down and listen to this song. The song is great! But for some reason, some people mistake "Haunted" as "Horny" when they first hear it...o.o 4/5 11) Dare - I hate this song, really I do. It's another song about "being bad"...o.o 0/5

5-0 out of 5 stars Why all the dissin'? This girl is a GREAT singer!
I'm sorry, but to all the haters out there, that's really all you are. This is a very good album with a lot of power and promise. I've followed Willa's career for a little over a year now. While everyone else was saying [how bad] her first single "I Wanna Be Bad" was, I was singing right along! This is a really fresh take at pop music, and if you don't think see, I'd like to see someone out there write better. Go ahead! E-mail me your far better songs...Sure, she might have played a Backstreet Boy (and taken his TV), but it doesn't mean everyone should go around saying nasty things about her. She's done a few things I wouldn't do (Nose rings are SO 1999!), but she is a very talented writer with an impressive debut CD.

Now,my review of this WONDERFUL CD!:

1. I Wanna Be Bad: For all those of you who have not heard the song, BUY THIS CD AND LISTEN TO IT! The track on here is the rap version feat. Royce. Her debut single is edgy, promiscuous and FUN! 5 Stars.

2. Did Ya' Understand That: Sort of R&B-themed and very defiant, this song goes right ahead, tells another exactly what she thinks of 'em and says she wants no more to do with them. 5 stars.

3. Ooh Ooh: Okay, this one IS bad, keep moving. 1 star.

4. Tired: What a song, what a song! "Tired of the blondes that look like me, tired of the people sayin' "Britney" Tired of the pop that should flop and should never be on TV and in your teen magazines." This song, almost rap and opposed to pop, outright disses her predecessors, her famous ex, ("Shame, it's the game you play for fame, but give it some time, you won't remember their names.") and goes on to tell just the kind of girl Amanda Williford is. 5 stars.

5. Joke's On You: My second favorite of the album. So easy to dance to, so much fun to listen to, and such a remarkable amount of girl power! I have a feeling who this is dedicated to, as well, but we won't go there. 5 stars.

6. Tender: Keep moving.

7. Don't You Wish: Sounding seductive and fresh, Willa tries a little opera near the end (Bravo! Bravo!), and sweetly serenades her Prince Charming. 5 stars.

8. Prince Charming: With all the catchy rap sections, the updated fairy tale theme, and the amount of playfulness of the song, I really can call it nothing but brilliant. 5 stars.

9. Somebody Take The Pain Away: Very good song, but not her best. 4 stars.

10. Haunted Heart: Very catchy and extremely pro-girl power. 4.5 stars.

11. Dare: It isn't a favorite, but it's fun to dance to and easy to listen to. 4 stars.

All in all, it's a WONDERFULL album with a few dull tracks. A stunning debut from a startling pop princess.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's pretty good...BUT
Teen queen wannabe Willa Ford scored a near-Perfect 10 for effort with the girl's debut. The formula for a successful hit-maker was everywhere in her record, from the so-good-it's-bad "I Wanna Be Bad" to the temptuous you-be-my-man ballad "Prince Charming." But the record's big flaw was the fact that everything on her album was a rip-off of infamous first-female-teen-pop-sensation Britney Spears, from the sexual groans to the sound of most of the tunes themselves. Though a probable karaoke queen, Ford's vocals weren't nearly as powerful as Christina Aguilera's, nor as distinctive as Britney's. That said, Willa Ford's first is a worthwhile listen. ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 September, 2000)
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Cleverness is a delicate thing: go too far and it becomes self-parody; bury it too deep and it will be interpreted literally. Toronto's Barenaked Ladies have been walking this tightrope through five albums and, on their sixth, they continue to balance smirking social commentary with genuine emotion. The Ladies make their digs both lyrically and musically. "Conventioneers" unfurls the story of two people who relinquish their office-place sexual tension at a convention where a game of Scrabble over drinks leads to the bathtub, the bed, and the inevitable morning-after regret. Set in a lights-down-low groove, we all get a good snicker at the expense of two lonely suits. Likewise, "Go Home" commands a wandering-eyed country boy to return to his woman in a hearty, twangy romp. The disc is fleshed out with the band's dense, XTC-influenced jangle rock. This is the stuff that pasty, hopelessly undersexed white males drum up, half-delirious after endless Saturday-night binges on Dr. Who and Fawlty Towers marathons. It's self-righteous, verbose, and frustrated, yet defensively cautious enough to mask the lurking bitterness in terribly pleasant, melodious pop. --Beth Massa ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars BNL Returns!
Maroon is an album of interesting facets. Sonically, it's a complete and utter change from BNL's original (brilliant) album Gordon, yet for some reason they sound the same. And it's not because it's the same guys singing (I'm not quite that stupid, yet, anyway), it's more out of the general feel of the record. From "Too Little Too Late" to "Tonight is the Night I Fell Asleep at the Wheel", nearly all the songs are heavy, even somewhat depressing, but you'll only notice if you take the time to really read the lyrics. Listening to the album, you'll come away feeling happy, if not exhilerated. "Never Do Anything" is my favorite track on the record, comparable to BNL's earlier song "Never is Enough" on their previous (likewise brilliant) 1998 release Stunt. This is an album any BNL fan will appreciate, and any new one will love. Also, for those of us who hate BNL for one reason only-there's no "One Week"-style song on here, so go get it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Let Ed Sing!!
Maroon is a wonderful album, as are all BNL albums. But listening to this album, I come away with one inescapable conclusion: Ed needs to sing more!

Steven Page and Ed Robertson have always traded off lead vocal chores. Both have wonderful voices. There's nothing wrong with Steven's singing. But when Ed sings... it's just more FUN. And, though it's a fine album, there should be more fun on Maroon.

Take Ed on "Pinch Me": first single, big hit, a great bundle of fun. Take Ed on "Falling for the First Time": hugely infectious, upbeat, clever lyrics ("I'm so cool, too bad I'm a loser/I'm so smart, too bad I can't get anything figured out"), a real winner. Take.... oh, wait! That's it!! Only two songs by Ed on the whole freaking album!!

Steven's songs are not totally lacking fun. I'm not even remotely saying that. "Conventioneers," "The Humour of the Situation," "Never Do Anything," and more -- all are bouncy and/or witty and/or wild. Ed just... I don't know... he turns it up to 11, I guess you could say. His voice just inherently conveys more fun.

On Maroon, all songs (but one) are written by Page/Robertson. Now, I don't know if it's a true collaboration, or if they have some Lennon/McCartney deal going, where they each write and sing their own songs but credit them to both. But they need to work it so that they each have equal lead vocals. Two out of 12 tracks is not enough Ed.

Of course, the ideal would be if they shared lead, like on Stunt's "One Week" and "Some Fantastic." There is not one song on Maroon where Ed and Steven share lead vocals. And maybe that's the one key piece missing that would've pushed Maroon into greatness, rather than merely very very good.

4-0 out of 5 stars The advent of additional styles
One reason I give this four stars is that it has the inevitable dead spot, that being Conventioneers. Also, it seems that BNL was listening to the Beatles a lot when they wrote this. It is very jarring to hear trademark styles from the Beatles coming out in BNL's otherwise original pop sound. Also detracting from the album is the presence of the buried track, which is so annoyingly common in the Rock scene, and was present on the last album.

But for all that, it is still only worth one less star, as this album is otherwise very strong. Pinch Me is as close as we get to a rap like One Week, The Humor Of The Situation is also good, as is Too Little Too Late. ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.06 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 September, 2001)
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Despite songbird Mariah Carey's emotional troubles during the release of the soundtrack to Glitter, she has never sounded giddier. In keeping with the semiautobiographical flick's 1980s time frame, Glitter mines the rich and rhythmic fields of discofied funk and club-friendly jams, and Carey soars on thumping covers of Indeep's "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" (featuring DJ Clue, Busta Rhymes, and New Jack of the moment Fabolous), and Cherrelle's skittish, synth-soaked love song "Didn't Mean to Turn You On," which in a nice touch, is revisited by its production auteurs Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Also well worth a listen is "All My Life," a sweet and nasty Rick James track that finds Mariah looser than she's ever been; it's on those uptempo jams that Mariah is all sass and sex. Unfortunately, she loses the mood on the by-the-numbers ballads, which slow the party down just as it's getting hot. --Amy Linden ... Read more


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3-0 out of 5 stars Not exactly gold, but fairly close.
The long awaited arrival of Mariah Carey's new album has not exactly been a disappointment but not exactly a glittering success either. Perhaps the reason for this sitting-on-the-fence stance is due to the fact that we, as listeners, have too high of a level of expectation of Mariah. Glitter is filled with 80s styled beats, which is understandable since it is the soundtrack to her movie which is set in the 80s. Yet in the album, the 80s theme is a bit overwhelming and in some cases tired and worn. "If We", the first song where Mariah is overpowered and drowned by collaborating artists, luckily has the funky beats and the not-so-bubblegum-pop to save the 'listenability' of the song. Yet as the album proceeds, listeners are endlessly bombarded by these songs where Mariah only sings background vocals, and quite frankly, the album becomes monotonous and repetitive. The only quality upbeat song is "Want You", which also stars Eric Benet. With playful and flirty lyrics, it is the only song where Mariah isn't dominated by her guest star and where the synergy of the 80s theme and modern day music is in perfect harmony. Perhaps the only truly glittering song in the album is "Lead The Way", a powerful yet subtle ballad where Mariah's full vocal capabilities and lung capacity are showcased, what with the vocal gymnastics and that astonishing vocal range. Yet she makes it sound surprisingly easy. With a relaxed voice, accompanied by the undertones of a piano, she occasionally gives a few vocal twists here and there as slowly builds up to an emotional climax in a style that is unmistakably Mariah. Though "Twister" is relatively touching, it does not compare to the lyrical complexity and poignancy of her earlier song "Petals".
Maybe it's the 80s theme, but this album doesn't give that feeling of fresh new music. The faster songs lack the funk of the r&b-oriented songs (eg, "The Roof") from "Butterfly" and the catchiness of the more pop-oriented songs (eg "Now that I Know" from "Music Box" and "Fantasy" and "Long Ago" from "Daydream") while the ballads, with the exception of "Lead The Way", lack that emotional and inspirational fervour that is all too clear in her old classics (eg, "Hero", "Open Arms", "One Sweet Day", "Can't Take That Away" and the lesser known but her best ballad "Whenever You Call"). Yet despite this deficiency, there is no arguing the fact that this album is listenable and, if you give it a chance, will grow on you. Long-time Mariah fans will instantaneously develop an obsession over "Glitter". It's just a shame that "Glitter" will never be in the leagues of its predecessors.

5-0 out of 5 stars A better album than most would think!
First off, my thoughts on each song:

1. Loverboy Remix *****
I'm not ashamed at all to say that I absolutely love this remix version of Loverboy. Yes, it wrongly got minimal airplay on
radio stations due to the fact that many referred to it as "uninspired, hook-free, and without a melody," and such. Whatever.
This song does feature rappers Da Brat, Ludacris, Shawnna, and Twenty II, (and less of Mariah to be honest), but her
vocals are lightly subdued which is effective here. Sampling Cameo's "Candy," it has that wonderful
80s flavor with a rock edge. :-)

2. Lead the Way *****
All I can really truly say is that this ballad, co-written by Mariah and long-time writing partner, Walter Afanasieff, is simply
phenomenal. For all of those old-school fans out there that want the old Mariah back, well here is a song for you. Lead the
Way is a classic Mariah ballad. It's deeply emotional, well-written, and has a very positive message about love. And most of
all, Mariah's vocals on the song are amazing (especially near the end of the song). THE best track off this stunning album!

3. If We (featuring Nate Dogg & Ja Rule) ****1/2
This song is off the hook! Yes, it might be considered similar to Crybaby (from Rainbow) by some, but it is really unique
because it layers the vocals of all three singers quite effectively. An awesome track for any R&B/hip-hop fans. And it's a
much better song than Jennifer Lopez's remix of "I'm Real." :-)

4. Didn't Mean to Turn You On ****1/2
First off, I find it extremely odd how David Browne in Entertainment Weekly called this track "a cheeseball,
faux-Prince-sounding cover..." Secondly, Cherelle orginally recorded this song in 1984 (Mariah's cover sounds exactly the
same as Cherelle's version), a year after Prince released his hit, "1999." Yes, the intros to both songs sound similar, but I find
it a bit unprofessional to call Mariah's cover "faux-Prince-sounding." Regardless, I think Mariah's cover of this 80s hit is right
on the mark. She sounds awesome...and it just makes you want to get up and DANCE!

5. Don't Stop (Funkin' for Jamaica) *****
This song is a reworking of Tom Browne's 1980 party hit, "Funkin' for Jamaica." It features rapper Mystikal who pretty
much dominates the song...but Mariah comes in fully near the end...and just belts her voice out! She again, sounds incredible.
Yes, Mystikal raps a lot on this song...however, it is still THE song to blast in your car while driving down the freeway! :-)

6. All My Life *****
Written by Rick James, this song showcases Mariah's successful effort in producing a track containing the "pure 80s
flavor." It will fit perfectly into her collection of hit up-tempo songs like Dreamlover and Fantasy. AML simply sparkles and
reveals Mariah in a way you've never heard her.

7. Reflections (Care Enough) *****
This is the best-written song (ballad) off the album. Her lyrics are strikingly beautiful, heartfelt, convincing, and very
meaningful. I cannot commend Mariah enough for just letting her talent shine on this song!

8. Last Night a DJ Saved My Life ****1/2
This is another interesting, creative remake on Mariah's behalf. Assisted by DJ Clue, Busta Rhymes, and Fabolous, Mariah
sings low and sultry on her verses, and comes in full force on the choruses. A sure-fire club/disco-dance hit!

9. Want You (featuring Eric Benet) *****
Want You is a mid-tempo R&B song that is sexy all the way around (it feels as though it could have fit right in on the
Butterfly album). And who knew Eric Benet was such a talented singer! The two duet back and forth together perfectly. This
track was a true surprise!

10. Never Too Far*****
The third ballad off Glitter once again establishes Mariah as a vocal goddess and talented writer. Her range on this song reminds me of her "Vanishing" days. This track is just breath-taking. I LOVE the orchestral intro...it gets you right into the mood for a meaningful love song LOL. And she holds the last note out for about 15+ seconds with pristine vibrato. An astonishing song indeed!

11. Twister *****
Another ballad that is simple, quiet, and introspective (like Petals and Looking In). I read that Mariah wrote this song
about the recent suicide of her stylist. I also read that this song is supposed to reflect the torn soul of Billie Frank, the
character she plays in the film, Glitter. Thirdly, this song even seems to reflect Mariah's own recent struggles with her
breakdowns etc. One passage of lyrics states: She was kind of fragile/And she had a lot to grapple.../Lord I pray she's found
some peace. As Barnes & Noble's Tracy E. Hopkins most notably wrote in her review, "for the beautiful and talented
Carey's sake, we certainly hope the same." All of your fans are with you Mariah! :-)

12. Loverboy ****
I like the remix version better, but I still think this version is quite good. Cameo went into the studio with Mariah and
re-recorded their vocals and together as an ensemble, they sound fantastic. :-)

Overall Grade: *****

With all the media backlash against Mariah Carey in the past months...all I want to say simply is that rarely does anybody talk about her talent (instead of what she is wearing or what she is having a breakdown about). She sounds just as extraordinary as she did back in 1990, and maybe even better. And if radio doesn't like her anymore, and if she never achieves another #1 single, (which is highly unlikely), her voice, her music and her influence will never go away. She by far exceeds (in talent) most of the manufactured pop/R&B artists who will never be a legend like her. God Bless America! :-)

5-0 out of 5 stars Mariah 'Glitters'
"Glitter" is truly one of Mariah's prime recordings. If this just wasn't attached to the movie which was condemed even before it opened, it would have been Mariah's bestselling. "Loverboy" is the weirdest track, and Mariah sounds like she had a cold when she sang it. Rappers spoil this track. "Lead The Way" is the second best track on the CD, and has Mariah hitting one of her trademark high notes, one of only about 3 on the CD. "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On" is an OK song, but not a classic Mariah remake. "Never Too Far" is the best song on the CD, and an amazing listen. "Twister", is a sad song about her hairdresser who committed suicide. Bottom line: A good CD, if you skip all the tracks with rappers on them. ... Read more

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