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    The Marshall Mathers LP
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (23 May, 2000)
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    Will the real Slim Shady please stand up? On Eminem's sophomore album, he can't decide who he wants to be: the deranged pseudo-psycho of the Slim Shady LP, or a nice guy who just likes to rhyme about slicing and dicing his girlfriend ("Kim"). Of course, according to Eminem, he's just kidding. He refuses to take responsibility for the misogynistic, homophobic bile he spews, whining that he's the victim of people who don't get his unique sense of humor. It's good old America's fault if the kids aren't alright (Eminem blames bad parenting), and he's just capitalizing on Uncle Sam's dark side. On the Marshall Mathers LP, he's ambivalent about his fame, angry at his life, pissed off that people take him seriously, and fightin' mad at boy bands--and a lot of other white people. But the blue-eyed brat is acutely aware of his status as rap's resident alien: he has the most offensive mouth running, but never uses the "N" word. He gives lyrical love to tragic (black) legends like Tupac and Biggie while dissing white rappers hard. Even sitting duck Puffy gets the kid-gloves treatment. Of course, Eminem is an interesting, witty rapper, and there's some nice production on this CD, courtesy of Dr. Dre and others. But the hatred in Eminem's rhymes makes the album rotten at its core. And his protests that Slim Shady is just a persona become less convincing with each arrest. Then again, Eminem's got it hard: he's rich, famous, white, and male. --Lizz Mendez Berry ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A very Controversial CD
    This cd is of course very controversial.If your a huge EMinem fan then this is the cd TO HAVE.If you hate Eminem(which i cant understand y)and his harsh lyrics which is only him being brutally honest on what he feels then DONT BUY THIS CD.
    This cd contains songs in which EMinem trashes many ppl but of course that is him, and in a way these songs are enjoyable and we become infactuated with it. But on this cd are so many other songs tat show such a greater side of who Eminem is. This cd closes with a song in which Eminem says
    A lot of people ask me.. stupid f***** questions
    A lot of people think that.. what I say on records
    or what I talk about on a record, that I actually do in real life
    or that I believe in it
    Or if I say that, I wanna kill somebody, that..
    I'm actually gonna do it
    or that I believe in it
    Well, s***.. if you believe that
    then I'll kill you
    You know why?
    Cuz I'm a

    CRIMINAL
    ----------------This song to me was definately a great song to close with. It just shows tat Eminem is just making a living trying to just make ends meat.Just because he says something doesnt mean thats what he does or wat he's going to do.Music is just a matter of free speech.THIS IS DEFINATELY THE CD FOR EMINEM FANS.

    4-0 out of 5 stars SHOCK VALUE--AT WHAT COST?
    THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP is Eminem's best album, which, in a weird way, is quite hard to defend.On one hand, it contains brilliant songs, some of which rank among hip-hop's most creative and introspective; Em's trademark complex and captivating rhyming scheme and delivery; and rock-solid production, some of which comes from Dr. Dre himself.There's "Who Knew," in which he points to the hypocrisy of parents and lambasts them for solely blaming their parenting failures on "bad" influences like him.There's "The Way I Am," in which he craves for a sense of normalcy even with his fame and wealth as a rap superstar.And of course there's the seven-minute masterpiece "Stan," the chilling story of an obsessed fan.Backed by the marvelous production of Mark the 45 King (who, after plugging in production work for Queen Latifah in the late 80s, seemed to have disappeared forever), he changes the pitch and tone of his voice with each verse to match the crazed fan's mood swings, as well as return to his normal voice when he finally writes to Stan at the last verse.Other songs worthy of note are the sparse beat-driven "Kill You," and "Bitch Please II," in which he clearly outshines Dre, Snoop AND Xzibit.

    On the other hand, there is a pervasive feel of insecurity and lack of confidence in his pure technical skill, relying more on shock value and third-grade humor.At least at this point, it was not as unbearable as it would become with his disastrous fourth album ENCORE, but this could have easily become a classic.Creatively, he could have done without the first single "The Real Slim Shady"; obviously the song was made to sell records, but with its cartoonish beat (one of the few-ever Dre disappointments) and pointless subject matter, it was included at an artistic cost.D12 show up to mar an otherwise okay song ("Under the Influence").Once again Eminem yaps on and on about how much he hates his wife--and kills her a second time ("Kim").And easy targets for ridicule--Britney Spears, N'Sync, Backstreet Boys, and even Will Smith (who undeservedly does not get enough credit for helping rap break through the mainstream)--show up throughout the 18 tracks. And then there is the "homophobic" controversy; true, Eminem is not the first MC to yell anti-gay slurs on record, but not in recent memory have there been so many of them hurled in one sitting.It also does not help that he answers to any would-be charges, "Homophobic? Naw, you're just heterophobic!" in "Criminal," making it easier to conclude that he was indeed using the slurs for gays, and not wimps.

    Such is the paradox of THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP.Granted, it is a very good album, better than most of the rap albums that were coming out circa 2000, or even in the last ten years.But you'll never see a lot of hip-hop fans herald it as a classic, in the same breath as Nas' ILLMATIC, Biggie's READY TO DIE, Jay-Z's REASONABLE DOUBT or Public Enemy's IT TAKES A NATION OF MILLIONS TO HOLD US BACK.Perhaps it is because he relied--or had more faith--in gimmickry than raw skill.Beneath all the silliness shines lyrics that stand up with the best lines ever uttered from the rap greats.Yes, in a sense, it's frustrating...and sad, because it is possible to realize that Eminem is yet to make that classic album he is most certainly capable of.

    1-0 out of 5 stars UHH!
    This guy is fu**ing s****d! Why make this kind of s****d lyrics! And he can't make music either! Don't waste your time and money! ... Read more

    Asin: B00004T9UF
    Subjects:  1. Hardcore Rap    2. Hip-Hop    3. Pop    4. Rap & Hip-Hop    5. United States of America   


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    Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (12 September, 2000)
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    In the early '90s there was no hotter group in R&B than Boyz IIMen. The Philadelphia foursome were smoother than their hometown brandof cream cheese, and they shattered chart records with lush, smartlycrafted ballads. They also almost single-handedly brought the art ofharmony singing back to pop music and paved the way (don't hate them)for the succeeding onslaught of (lesser) boy bands and teen idols. Thebig news isn't just that the group is back on the scene, ready toreclaim their crown. It's that this CD is self penned and selfproduced; and the low-key-but-pointed title indicates that the group,who always relied less on image than on musicality, is ready to provethat substance does matter. That the foursome, who still sound great,wrote this album is no minor detail because, at their height, Boyz IIMen were the recipients of some of the best songs that serial hitmakerssuch as Jam and Lewis and Babyface had intheir respective trick bags. On this, their fifth CD, the group workswithout that creative safety net, and it's clear that the time in thestudio with the aforementioned hitmakers was well spent. The single"Passing You By" is heartfelt, sensitive, and anchored with a memorablemelody. Better still is "Dreams," a song that, with its twists andturns and heartachey emotion, might be one of Boyz II Men's mostbeautiful tracks to date. They have created a very soulful, very adult,and very good record. Call it a comeback. --Amy Linden ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Boyz II Men Are Harmony
    I love this album! My girl hates it, 'cause I simply overplayed it (sorry for that). The original BIIM harmony (bringing back the cooleyhighharmony days) make this album so unique! It's so much better than "Full circle", which I personally didn't like at all! This album wasn't as successful as II and Evolution, simplybecause it's not as commercial as these previous releases. Further, promotion for this cd was close to zero. If you like the Boyz you should have all of their albums up to this release. Peace out!

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's Boyz ii Men!
    I'm sure if the Boyz could pick their favorite Album, this would be it. Why? Because they produced it and gave it their own names. I'm sure I don't need to tell y'all how good it is. The thing I admire most looking back and I still do is how they always keep experimenting with different sounds. In this Album it was latin vibes, like in 'beautiful women'. I still can't believe this wasn't released as a single. There is jazz in 'Step on up' and even though I hated it at first, 'bounce, shake and swing' is a club track (Don't know whether it's techno or house. I respect that. Of course there's 'pass you by' whose instrumental guitar driven arrangement I loved. Good job Shawn. I felt it was courageous to release it as a first single, went unrewarded but the fans loved it, I'm sure. Anyway if you are a Boyz ii men fan, get it, if not, enjoy the ride.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best R&B Album EVER...
    All what I can say is that... this album is the best album ever of my all collection, sweet rhymes mixed with legendary voices that sweeps into your soul and never leave you alone without imaginning and illsutrating yourself flying in heaven... Whenever I go out anywhere, this album is like a must to my Walkman, and seriously... Boyz II Men are just growing more and more. I can't tell what's my favorite song, cause every single song is a world by it self... and it is such an amazing combination between all types of R&B styles in just one disc that is really a breath taking... and if you consider yourself a good R&B listenner, you should get this one right streight from the closest store RIGHT NOW !!! ... Read more

    Asin: B00004XQFE
    Subjects:  1. Adult Contemporary    2. Contemporary R&B    3. Pop    4. R&B    5. Urban   


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    Until The End Of Time
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (27 March, 2001)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars STRONG...
    i decided to buy this album after i read so many good reviews of it.

    Best out of 5

    Disc 1:

    #1: 5/5
    #2: 4/5
    #3: 5/5 (CLASSIC!!)
    #4: 3/5
    #5: 5/5
    #6: 4/5
    #7: 5/5 (F/Outlawz)
    #8: 5/5 (Deep)
    #9: 4/5
    #10: 4/5
    #11: 3/5
    #12: 3/5
    #13: 5/5 (CLASSIC!!)
    #14: 3/5
    #15: 3/5

    Disc 2:

    #1: SKIT
    #2: 4/5
    #3: 5/5
    #4: 5/5
    #5: 4/5
    #6: 4/5
    #7: 3/5
    #8: 4/5
    #9: 5/5
    #10: 5/5 (CLASSIC!!)
    #11: 3/5
    #12: 3/5
    #13: 3/5
    #14: 5/5 (Remix)

    5-0 out of 5 stars SUPER GREAT ALBUM
    This album is fu**** good. It cant get much better than this. The only songs i dont like is Ni**** Nature, Happy Home,World Wide Mob Figgaz,and Everything they owe.So all in all, this album is unbelievable good with awesome lyrics. I love 2pac. Until the end of time could be "Greatist Hits Volume 2" for reals.Plus, dont listen to ppl that say this album got bad prodcutions. Thats so not true and im pretty sure that tupac was happy with this album.I RECOMMEND THIS FOR ANY RAP FAN

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wicked
    Its a shame on those who talk crap about 2pac. Buy this album and i bet you wont regret it. I would rather tell those kids to listen to those songs first before putting up a review ... Read more

    Asin: B00005AKBN
    Sales Rank: 6045
    Subjects:  1. Gangsta Rap    2. Hardcore Rap    3. Pop    4. Rap & Hip-Hop    5. West Coast Rap   


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    Sing When You're Winning
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (03 October, 2000)
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    If you're tempted to smirk at Robbie Williams's hip-factor-free approach to music, you are too late; he's already beaten you to the punch. On Sing When You're Winning, the British megastar's self-parodying caricatures, filled with both bravado and deprecation, safely evade overearnestness in forms such as crickets chirping behind the love song "If It's Hurting You," and the unexpected orchestral string arrangement from Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" in "Supreme," a sermon for the aging broken-hearted."Kids," his rousing bubblegum-funk duet with Kylie Minogue bursts into what can only be described as a full-out "musical number"; pop music hasn't seen such stare-down chemistry since Sandy and Danny declared "You're the One That I Want" back in 1978. From the "One Night in Bangkok" tributary disco track "Rock DJ" to the lighter-igniting anthem "Let Love Be Your Energy," this is unadulterated, epic pop music, and Williams' smart, irresistible wit permits the listener to indulge guiltlessly in all the album's bombastic fun.--Beth Massa ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't transfer well to the USA
    Like ABBA, Robbie Williams is a Euro-megaphenomenon who doesn't cross the Atlantic that well. It isn't that we think he is terrible; we just don't hear or see anything to get excited about. His cheekiness is best understood/appreciated/loved by Brits. The music seems a bit - contrived and plastic. True, Williams doesn't take himself too seriously but we can't appreciate him being tongue-in-cheek/half-sincere without knowing the man as well as the Brits, who have seen him grow from boy band member to solo act. Most Americans have never seen him and couldn't pick him out of a line-up. If he wants to conquer America, he needs to hit the road and introduce himself to us Yanks on TV and stage.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Thanks to Barry White and others
    Good music, that's true ! But thanks to 70's great stars : look at Rock DJ, and listen to "It's ecstasy when you lay down next to me" by Barry White ... Eternal love and respect Mister White !

    5-0 out of 5 stars oh heavens!!!, why is he so cute?
    my robbie williams, he is just mine!, he has done another excellent job on this album!, yeah all the songs are so touching, that when you play them you feel as if robbie were opposite you singin' to you!, i do strongley recomemd you get this album as soon as possible. oh I almost forgot the booklet that the cd brings is just fantastic!, you can see his ASS, it is so perfect!, it seems to be so warm! robbie is you are reading this remember i '' be the happiest man on earth if you write o me or better if you come to lima stay at my house ok?, i'll be waiting for you! ... Read more

    Asin: B00004YLIY
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


    Black and Blue
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (21 November, 2000)
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    The Backstreet Boys' previous outing, Millennium, was atough act to follow, combining as it did the storming pop of "LargerThan Life" and the sublime balladry of "Show Me the Meaning of BeingLonely." Black & Blue is a worthy successor, if a slightly moremature sound for the boys. There's plenty of uptempo pop, such as thecatchy advice dished out on "Get Another Boyfriend" and the slinkybeat-riddled R&B of "Shining Star," nicely balanced with some smoothballads--you can almost hear the lighters sparking up as the Spanishguitar gently plucks away on "I Promise You (with Everything I Am)."However, it's when they take up immediately where Millenniumleft off that they are at their strongest: "The Answer to Our Life" and"Not for Me" form a sturdy bridge from their previous output onward tothe future. If this is the state of things to come, the future isdecidedly rosy for Brian, Kevin, Howie, A.J., and Nick. --Helen Marquis ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Prrllr!
    This is awful! I hate all the boy bands! This is awful! This is for little children age of 4-8... so commecial!

    1-0 out of 5 stars this aint the rolling stones album
    black and blue is the name of this horrible album which these backstreet thugs blatantly and unashamedly stole from the legendary stones.this music reeks.it is one of the worst of the worst.AN ABSOLUTELY AVOIDABLE TRAVESTY OF AN ALBUM.get the original black and blue album from the stones instead.minus trillion stars.

    5-0 out of 5 stars my ears are black and blue from hearing this
    how can anyone even think about listening to this crap.... there is nothing even REMOTELY appealing about his album....man im embarrassed bcus i was obsebbesed (sp) with this kinda junk when i was little...(im not a kid i just couldnt sign in on the other thing) its just so bland.....i mean the only reason these people are so rich is bcus everyone thinks there hot or whatever.....they would be NOTHINGwithout there looks....they could not sell one cd with there looks.....ugh....just go listen to some other five peice boy band they all sound the same anyway ... Read more

    Asin: B00005056C
    Subjects:  1. Adult Contemporary    2. Club/Dance    3. Dance-Pop    4. Pop    5. Rock    6. Teen Pop   


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    Sound Loaded
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (14 November, 2000)
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    Sound Loaded, Ricky Martin's follow-up to his self-titled 1999 triumph, is a marvel as much of cross-country technological wizardry as of a multicultural pop sensibility. "She Bangs," its first single, was made in seven locations from Miami to Hollywood; all the work results in a gratifying everything-and-the-kitchen-sink uptempo extravaganza. (The details include a sampled nod to Fishbone, an apparent influence on 1999's "Livin' la Vida Loca," and the delightful malapropism "She looks like a flower but she stings like a bee.") If the rest of the disc never quite matches that high, neither does its quality sink much; if anything, Sound Loaded may be a bigger cut-for-cut success than its predecessor. The winners are mostly similar dancefloor rockers, but the ballads generally skirt the edge of treacle. Spanish versions of "She Bangs," "Come to Me," and "Loaded" are additions to the dozen cuts in English. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Umm-William Hung???
    Somebody needs to check the dates on his CD before he reviews his CD- theCD came out in 2001- WAY before William's versoin of She Bangs-

    Having said that- I love this CD- it never gets old- I love the latin rhythms-

    2-0 out of 5 stars Meh
    I don't like Ricky Martin very much so ya meh but "She Bangs" is certainly fun. "Nobody Wants To Be Lonely" is alright but the duet version with Christina Aguilera is absolutely stunning, you HAVE to hear that version. Oh an dude dont compare Ricky to a pitiful loser like William Hung I don't like Martin and even I know that's going too far.....that ugly, whiny little Asian man makes me twitch, the annoying little fag.....>_O

    3-0 out of 5 stars Music Fan
    This album has a couple of songs on it that I really like. I am not usually a big fan of latin music,though.To " A Music Fan"Ricky Martin DID record "She Bangs" and released this album more than three years before Hung sang it, and I have to say, Martin's version is QUITE preferable. ... Read more

    Asin: B000051VX0
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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    2001
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (16 November, 1999)
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    Despite the number of guests on hand, Dr. Dre's decade-/century-/millennium-ending sequel to The Chronic is, like its predecessor, less a stack of posse cuts and more an elegantly seamless work from West Coast hip-hop's premier auteur. Deliberately cinematic in everything from its mix of moods to dramatic musical surges, 2001 is Dre's assessment of the gangsta life in medium shots. No longer fully immersed in violence and random sex, yet aware of their attraction, he often lets his guests blow steam about whatever's on their minds. When he takes stock of gangbanging circa late '99, though, he drops his neutral tone; he even provides another half-joking but stern warning to protégé Eminem on "What's the Difference." Between his discovery of Slim Shady, visits from old pal Snoop Dogg, and, most of all, the masterful sound and flow of this CD, Dre should shut down all talk of his supposed irrelevance. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Classic as always
    Well this is no surprise, Dre drops a pure classic now Dre isnt the most talented rapper in the biz but when it comes to producing he can hold it down and bringing up some of the best in the industry to let them shine is something he should be commended for, I mean why does anybody need to write a review for a Dre album? like its not going to be good, this is straight pure gangsta hits all over this record no matter where you from this is somethin to bump along the way.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gangsta
    If u havent heard this then u havent heard wat the west has to offer.if u dont have this then get up and get it.definitly one to go get.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
    I would like to adress a few things in this review

    1. Eminem is a great rapper hands down.I hate to say it, but it is racist to decide that Dre ruined rap by signing Eminem, he is one of the most talented rappers ever known and Dre used him because of his talent.Of course Eminem later made "Encore" which may be the worst album ever made in rap, but he was good on this album, and if no one knew his skin color, everyone would think he is increadable

    2.The lyrics on this album are all true, and strong as well.Dr. Dre is not a gangsta, he never was in a gang, he never did get in trouble with the law, but he did help to create gangsta rap.When he was with NWA all he did was lie, but he made good music.And he made Gangsta rap, so i think he should be allowed to talk about being a gangsta

    3.Dr. Dre has alway used his albums as a way to get young artists noticed.Snoop was a nobody before the chronic, and look where he is now.That is because Dre uses his albums to spread young rappers.And thats what he does on 2001, effectively.He knows anything he makes will sell, so why not help others sell as well.

    4.This is the best album made by any rapper in my opinion.It has the best beats ever made on an album, and some of the best lyrics.The skits can get on your nerves, but it is still an amazing album.Buy it, youll like it.If anyone knows of a better album. email me the name, cuz id like to know it.Wpjones@guerincatholic.org

    Buy this album, you will love it
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    Subjects:  1. G-Funk    2. Gangsta Rap    3. Pop    4. Rap & Hip-Hop    5. West Coast Rap   


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    Purest of Pain
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (14 November, 2000)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars You will love this CD!
    I got a CD-R that has some mid-slow music including "Purest of Pain" from a friend of mine when I left the Philippines after 2 years of stay there.I loved this song and listened to it over and over when I missed that tropical country and the people there that I loved so much,but the problem was that I had no idea what the title of this song was.2 months ago when I found it out by chance,I bought the CD immediately,and all the songs there were great!!Good for a party,relaxing evening,dull afternoon, and Purest of Pain is also good for slow Rumba(latin ballroom dancing).

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great to listen to anytime!
    Here's a CD that I never tire of listening to.Their style is great and they have harmony down pat.This is a CD that you can put on at a party and everyone will enjoy it.They deserve more recognition that what they get (not everyone loves N'Sync and Backstreet Boys).It's a keeper!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great to listen to anytime!
    Here's a CD that I never tire of listening to.Their style is great and they have harmony down pat.This is a CD that you can put on at a party and everyone will enjoy it.They deserve more recognition that what they get (not everyone loves N'Sync and Backstreet Boys).It's a keeper! ... Read more

    Asin: B000051Y33
    Sales Rank: 39469
    Subjects:  1. Latin Pop    2. Pop    3. Puerto Rico    4. Rock    5. Tropical   


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    And Then There Was X
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (21 December, 1999)
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    All the barking and growling in the world could not detract from the fact that DMX is a troubled, tormented soul. On And Then There Was X, the multiplatinum-selling Dark Man X uses his signature fragmented flow with its singsongy vocal inflections to preach, teach, and reveal. Melodramatic storytelling has always been his shtick, whether it's tales of robbing liquor stores, plotting violent murders, or teaching shorties the code of the streets. X's inner conflicts are laid out on "Angel," a dialogue between himself and his Lord, and his ability to acknowledge different perspectives of a situation (i.e., repercussions) on several songs add depth to his character. The anthemlike "What's My Name," with its affirmations "I have no friends" and "I'm not a nice person," proves that money, fame, and popularity do not translate into happiness for DMX. --Celine Wong ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Damn fine beats
    DMX puts a funny skit into this one, and raps about all things hardcore (his life of course).That's to be expected, and he does it well, but what makes this cd great are the beats...it's pretty fun to blast while driving.It's popular music though and has mass appeal, which damages the cool factor??If you like hard lyrics you'll like the barking and cursing, if not then stay away.This one's for the men.Buy it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great CD
    This CD will never match up to his debut its still great. Its really personal and thats DMX is one of my favorite. But this CD was missing something. It was missing Damien.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Definately A true classic bomp album
    It is definately a load of s**t that the average review for flesh of my flesh blood of my blood is higher than the reviews for this album. The best thing about this album is that almost every song on the album is a classic but then there are songs that are truly unbeleivebly great, The stand out songs on this album are "whats my name", "party up", "what these bi**hes want from a ni**a", "one more road to cross", "good girls bad guys" and " dont you ever". This album is definately one of the best albums ever made by any ruff ryder, the only possible problem with this is that with the exception of a couple of songs there isn't a wide range of styles on this album, the album mainly sticks loud music with a s**t load of bass. This album is a must 4 any DMX fan. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. East Coast Rap    2. Hardcore Rap    3. Hip-Hop    4. Pop    5. Rap & Hip-Hop   


    $14.99

    TP-2.Com
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (07 November, 2000)
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    The first single off of R. Kelly's TP-2.com, "I Wish," might be amoving memorial to a dead friend, but the main theme on his latest CD is sex. The first tip-off that Kelly has left the spirit world to concentrate onnookie is the CD title, which refers back to his mid-'90s smash 12 Play.Back then, Kelly made his name with a take-no-prisoners (if somewhat obvious)sensuality. Yet now this loveman sounds conflicted and ill at ease. He mightoffer to "Strip for You," he might lay claim for a girl who's "Like a Real Freak," he might even promise his lady "The Greatest Sex," but his manner is so tentative and so self-reflective it makes one wonder how hot the loving could really be. Kelly has been expanding his creative repertoire over the course of his past two CDs, and his latest motif is a sort of stream-of-consciousness style that constantly returns to the main thrust of the argument: a circular groove. At its best (the triumphant "I Wish"), this style is emotional and emphatic. At its worst, or when Kelly insists on using it over and over, it's the musical equivalent of having a drunk poke you in the arm repeatedly to make his point. On "Fiesta," Kelly literally builds a song out of this annoying rhythmic tic, and it's like he's on a treadmill, never getting anywhere. TP-2.com is raw andromantic, but it becomes too redundant to truly sustain the passion.--Amy Linden ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Cd
    This whole cd is bumping R kellybeen making good stuff for a while now

    5-0 out of 5 stars Unbelieveable
    TP-2.com is probably the greatest cd's that I own.I have had the album for 4 years and I am listening to it as i speak.Its a cd that i can never live without again.R.Kelly is a genuis and I believe i can go out on a huge limb and say he maybe the top 3 or 4 best R&B artist ever.I can't wait for his new album TP-3 reloaded.

    4-0 out of 5 stars the Album has Grown on me
    R.Kelly is the king of Music Period. the Most Prolific, the best ,Writer,Arranger,Producer,Conceptionalist,Vocalist,stylist,etc... He Got the whole Game on Lock. when I first heard this album it didn't hit me,but over time it truly has grown leaps&Bounds with me."I didn't mean it is my cut. those vocals in the background he hits just hit like Scrambled Eggs in the skillet with CHeese&Onions on them. "the Greatest Sex" is a Cold Jam period.I Wish hits home on so many ways. those Strings&Vocals are all on point. hearing this Album this was the blueprint for the 21rst Century R&B Male Vocalist.I've heard so many cats trying to get at those ARRUh Riffs."Feeling on Your BOOTY!!! is the Cut. he cracks me up.the Groove is cool. this Album deals with Loss,Gain finding yourself through so many Journeys. Can't nobody make Albums in the Modern Era like Brother Robert Kelly. He is the musical Genius of Our time.Peerless&His Only Competition is Himself."A Woman's Threat" shows a Cat who ain't afraid to speak on what might happen if His Lady Steps.Props,Daps,Claps,Door bell Rangs&More Stepping through this Journey.the King of Music Covers it all. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Contemporary R&B    2. Pop    3. Pop-Rap    4. R&B    5. Urban   


    $17.99

    Double Wide
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (13 June, 2000)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Uncle Kracker * follow M*These are my thoughts on a
    These are my thoughts on a cd called uncle kracker. On e song on the cd is Follow Me track 4. This song is a slow song but it is one you would like. This cd was dedicated to is daughter named Skylar. If I had to rate this track I would rate it a 5 out of a 5. A overall rating of the best would be an A.
    This song has no hidden tracks and a great price $13.98. This cd was released June 3,2000. Over those four years theres been over 4000 cds sold across America. The rating they give this cd is 31/2 stars. If you go to amazon.com , you could rate this cd your self.

    This cd is a pop, rock like track. My impression on this cd before I listened to it was ok. After I listened to it I thought that this track was a great cd to relax to. There is eleven songs on this cd and all of them are good, great songs. The people who buy this track you will be happy because no matter what you will not be disappointed for buying a $13.98 cd.

    This cd can be compared to Kid Rock. Kid Rock and Uncle Kracker are good friends. This track will be good for a party or just to listen to. It will be one of the best tracks you will buy. Hey I bought it and I love it {NO NAMES}. So does my friend and next door neighbor. Have luck in buying one of the cd's and have fin.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Actually 4 and a half
    I never been a fan of rap, until I sat down and listened to this CD (especially Heaven).Also instantly becoming a Kid Rock fan as well, whom is featured in two of these tracks.Intro made me laugh out loud for some reason I can't explain.Better Days is a good song, but I'll admit, it got kinda annoying after three minutes.What Chu' Lookin at is my second favourite on this CD for it's mellow verse.Follow Me was the song I listened to this Cd for.Heaven is now my all time favourite song.Steaks N' Shrimp was my least favourite on the CD, but I didn't hate it.Who's Your Uncle? was also not a favourite, but not horrible.Whiskey and Water is my favourite rap/ blues songs I've heard, the only one I've heard too.Yeah Yeah Yeah was good for the mellow, and some of the rap made me laugh.Aces and 8's, tells a good story and is sinister enough for my usual taste.You Can't Take Me is a great way to end this clasic in the Hip Hop/Punk Rock culture.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What a Cd!
    Wow! This is one of the best album's ive ever got. I listened to it for the first time and fell in love. Good Rap/Rock/Country Mix. Not Like His Other 2 albums.
    1. Intro - Kracker gettin on a train...ready to go to the real world

    2.Better Day's - Very good rhymes.Best Song on cd.Not My personal favorate though. 5/5

    3.What Chu' Lookin' At? Another hit. 4.8/5

    4.Follow Me- 1st single. Different then the rest. 3/5

    5.Heaven (feat.Kidrock and Paradime)- My favorate. Kick a** 1,000,000/5

    6.Steaks and Shrimp - Greatness. Another Hip-hop Track. 4.6/5

    7.Who's Your Uncle - Hip-Hop Track. Good. 4/5

    8.Whiskey & Water - A hip-hop/Country track. Could of Been Better. 4/5

    9.Yeah Yeah Yeah - 2nd Single.One Of the better Songs. Its More Rock Then Hip-Hop. 5/5

    10.Aces & 8's - Very Different. Tells a good story. 4/5

    11.You Cant Take Me - Good Song To End The Album.

    Overall: Could of been longer but its kick azz. ... Read more

    Asin: B00004R7TD
    Sales Rank: 17984
    Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. American Trad Rock    3. Hard Rock    4. Pop    5. Rap-Metal    6. Rap-Rock    7. Rock    8. Singer/Songwriter   


    $13.98

    Stankonia
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (31 October, 2000)
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    Imagine if the ghetto got electrified. That's Stankonia, an album ofstreet smarts doused with gasoline and ready to burn. When a thundering electric guitarcollides with a relentless drumbeat on the molten "Gasoline Dreams," it dominates mindand body, setting the tone for the album. Dre and Big Boi spin a world of freaks, poets,preachers, and pimps, but most importantly, possibilities. This music messes with yourhead. --Lizz Mendez Berry ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Outkast dropped another Classic
    No one thought Outkast could possibly put out another album that would rival their previous 3 (spcm,ATLiens,Aquemeni)...But Outkast came back funkier than ever and dropped another landmark hip hop album.....A lot of long time OUtkast fans such as myself were truly proud to see them blow up as much as they did when this album dropped...IF there was any group that deserves to achieve iconic status, its OUtkast...They put in their work and deserve the succes they've achieved...

    With that said, I still feel their first 3 albums were slightly better...So if you're reading this, make sure you at least pick up ATLiens or Aquemeni.....

    Back to Stankonia....The album starts off wild like all 'kast albums...."Gasoline Dreams" is superb...The lyrics hit hard just like the beat...."So Fresh So Clean" was a monster hit and rightfully so...That was such a clever idea and the hook was so addicting....."Ms.Jackson" was/is the greatest tribute song ever to baby mommas..another great concept followed by a dope beat and hook.....

    Theres also a lot of hidden gems on the album take a more serious route such as "toilet tisha"....

    Overall, some might say Outkast lost their edge and fell off on this album...I disagree tho...Outkast came w/ fire on this album...And most important they never strayed too far from their roots/beliefs they've expressed since their first album...Tho u can definately tell they matured....

    Grab this album asap , its definately among the greatest hip hop/pop albums of the last 5 years

    5-0 out of 5 stars Rap Math: Good Lyrics + Outkast Sense of Humor = Stankonia
    Outkast, while in Hip Hop, are different than most of the other rappers in the business. While some of the songs being extremely random at times, Outkast always spit out the funniest, most innovative rhymes in Hip Hop. This album showcases their abilities with funny, serious, good, fast, and amazing songs. Buy this album or you'll be missing out on some of the best rap songs ever. The music isn't all great, but with those lyrics, how can you lose? WARNING: You may get somewhat bored if you do not have the lyrics to look at during listening to the album. The lyrics are spit out so fast you probably won't understand some of it. Despite this, Outkast is AWESOME and you HAVE TO buy this album. Here are the songs:
    1. Intro (1:09) SKIT (NO RATING)
    I don't understand this. Since its a skit, I don't have to give it a D. Horrible intro. Doesn't make sense, random. Don't worry. The album isn't all like this. BREAK!
    2. Gasoline Dreams (3:34) B
    Strong start to a strong album. Not the best on the album, but has a lot of power in it. The guitar is cool.
    3. I'm Cool (0:42) SKIT
    Strange interlude. A woman repeating "I'm Cool" for most of the interlude, than a random person yells some stuff. It's really funny at the end. Unexpected. BREAK!
    4. So Fresh, So Clean (4:00) B+
    Funny chorus, good lyrics. Pure Outkast. You gotta love it, because its just so fresh so clean.
    5. Ms. Jackson (4:30) A
    So funny. This song introduced and made me a fan of Outkast. One of their best songs ever. Pure classic. Again, SO FUNNY. Great lyrics. Yeah, Outkast!
    6. Snappin' & Trappin' (4:19) B+
    One of those songs which have pretty good lyrics but the music is wierd. Strange song. Features Killer Mike & J Sweet.
    7. D.F. (0:27) SKIT
    This is funny. Andre 3000 talks so fast that it's funny. BREAK!
    8. Spaghetti Junction (3:57) A-
    Funny lyrics (especially the chorus) and GREAT music. The idea of "spaghetti junction" is funny.
    9. Kim and Cookie (1:10) SKIT
    This is really funny. Girls talking and singing. A lot of cursing = really da** funny. Strange. BREAK!
    10. I'll Call Before I Come (4:18) A-
    Really funny. Features Gangsta Boo & Eco. This song has really funny lyrics and music which fits the lyrics. Again, the theme of the song is really funny.
    11. B.O.B. (5:04) A
    Another Outkast classic. B.O.B. stands for "Bombs Over Baghdad". The song isn't all about that, though. B.O.B. is a really funny song with really fast lyrics. Great song.
    12. Xplosion (4:09) B+
    Strange voice morph on Andre 3000's part. Good song. It takes a while to like, but it's catchy. Features B-Real, a strange rapper.
    13. Good Hair (0:14) SKIT
    I don't understand it, but maybe you will. BREAK!
    14. We Luv Deez Hoez (4:10) A
    FUNNIEST SONG ON THE ALBUM! Just listen to the chorus and you won't even try to change the track. Really, really funny. Features BackBone and Big Gipp (from Goodie Mob), who contribute rap verses which are all funny. How I luv diz song!
    15. Humble Mumble (4:50) A+++
    BEST SONG ON THE ALBUM (one of my overall favorite songs also). From the hilarious beginning: "I stank I can...The funky engine that could! Ooh! All aboard the Stankonia Express! The underground smellroad! Everyone's looking for an excuse to let loose...what's your locomotive?" - Andre, to the amazing chorus with a message, to Big Boi's fast, smooth rap verse, to Andre 3000's ultimate rap, to the amazing Erykah Badu's verse. Everything about this song is awesome. One of the best Outkast songs ever. A reason alone to buy the whole album.
    16. Drinkin' Again (0:24) SKIT
    Funny, but just another filling skit. BREAK!
    17. ? (1:28) B+
    Short, but really-da**-fast rap by Andre 3000. Funny filling-up-the-drink sound. Good music, but ends when you start to enjoy it. Good song.
    18. Red Velvet (3:52) A-
    "Now Peter Piper picked a pepper, that was his downfall." One of the best rap lyrics ever. Funny song and good chorus. Good one.
    19. Cruising In The ATL (0:19) SKIT
    Fun and nice to listen to. Has absolutely no meaning (that I know of) but is a cool interlude. BREAK!
    20. Gangsta Sh*t (4:41) B+
    Lots of rap verses and long, but a good song. Pretty good lyrics. Features some rap verses from the Goodie Mob. Cool song.
    21. Toilet Tisha (4:24) A-
    I don't know what to make of this song. At first I thought it was a joke (Toilet Tisha=Toilet Tissue, etc.) but then I figured out it was about a girl commiting suicide...hmmmmmm...very serious subject for Outkast but a great chillout song. I still don't know if its supposed to be serious, but maybe I'm just slow. Whatever. This is an awesome song, so LISTEN TO IT!
    22. Slum Beautiful (4:07) B+
    Awesome beat, maybe best one on the album. Cool raps, but the beat takes it away. Fun lyrics, though. Features one rap from Cee-Lo from Goodie Mob (the usual cameo band obviously).
    23. Pre-Nump (0:29) SKIT
    Funny. Really funny. Last skit on the album, and a good one. BREAK! (OK. If you haven't heard the album yet, duh, you haven't, then hear this: at the end of every skit, Outkast yells "BREAK!". Sorry for the confusion).
    24. Stanklove (6:50) A-
    Long, but worth it. Another chillout song like "Toilet Tisha". Kind of cheesy, but this is Outkast! Anyway, this is an extremely long song but isn't THAT boring. Great lyrics. While not funny, very well written. The only annoying part is the slowing-down at the end of the song. Great, mellow way to end the album.

    OK. Overall, the album gets an A-. Very good lyrics and great rapping makes an awesome album from the most innovative rappers alive. Outkast, you guys ROCK!

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This is a setup for Outkast beginners
    For those that were involved in Outkast's latest record SPEAKERBOXXX/THE LOVE BELOW must cop this too 'cuz it has a new side of where hip-hop it is today. First and foremost, I'd became an instant fan to Outkast in 2001 when they first put out "So Fresh So Clean" and "Ms. Jackson". 'Specially "B.O.B." which I like. It's all on this album.

    It paids a tribute to legends of R&B and above we love from today: Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Funkadelic/Parliament, James Brown, George Clinton, Jimi Hendrix, The Crusaders, Sly and the Family Stone, Miles Davis, Grover Washington Jr, Herbie Hancock, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Curtis Mayfield, Barry White, Kanye West, Kool and the Gang, The Jacksons/The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson, etc.

    I'd never had a problem with Outkast mixing their styles together into 1 style. 'Cuz the last time I rate them as the Steely Dan of Hip-Hop. Y'know where they created diverse styles of jazz, funk, blues, avant-garde, blues, rock, R&B, hip-hop and all of the above.

    Yep this is definitely going into my collection and also gon collect all their albums incl. their latest double CD which won a lot of awards or accolades. Especially look forward for their new movie to come out on HBO this year or so and hopefully it'll make blockbuster pretty soon.

    Good luck to Outkast for doing much work. And recommend Kanye West, K-os, The Roots, Common, Tribe Called Quest, Digable Planets, Miles Davis, Impromp2, Ronny Jordan, Guru, Us3, Roy Ayers, Grover Washington, Duke Ellington, Cannonball Adderley, The Crusaders, Marvin Gaye, Jazzhole, Stevie Wonder, Barry White, Bobby Caldwell, Quincy Jones and many others from the above. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Rap    2. Dirty South    3. Hip-Hop    4. Pop    5. Rap    6. Rap & Hip-Hop    7. Southern Rap    8. United States of America   


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    The Dynasty: Roc La Familia 2000
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (31 October, 2000)
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    Here's a little something to tide you over until Jay-Z decides to come correct. Then again, Roc-A-Fella Records could release Sean Carter Sings MC Hammer's Greatest Hits and watch it ship platinum. So, it really doesn't matter if Dynasty seems to be a rather half-hearted effort from the man who many consider to be the best rapper this side of Rakim. Although presented as a solo album, Dynasty showcases the Roc-A-Family, giving extensive mic time to Beanie Sigel and Memphis Bleek, who gets a whole track (the Ja Rule-esque "Holla") to himself. Amil, whose own solo album, All Money Is Legal failed to reveal her inner queen, turns up to rhyme the hook on the posse cut, "You, Me, Him & Her." Jay-Z keeps his flow fairly straightforward here, and the beats neatly reflect his icy, relatively soulless lyrics. But of course, as the man himself has said, you "can't knock the hustle." --Rebecca Levine ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars 3.75
    WHAT MORE CAN I SAY...
    THE VINTAGE ROC CREW LAID IT DOWN...
    ANYONE WHO SAYS THEY DIDN'T SHOULD TAKE SOME DUST AND LISTEN TO P.M. DAWN......
    MAYBE THE WORLD WILL OPEN UP TO THEM.... HAHAHAHAHAHATERS....

    4-0 out of 5 stars So what!I can like whatever I want!!
    This album was originally slated to be a "Roc-La-Familia" album, not a Jay-Z album.It was supposed to be entirely collaborative efforts from the whole label and was not supposed to bear the Jay-Z imprint other than him being one of the featured artists.Whether his labelmates' work ethic just didn't match Jay's or the label simply decided it could move more units by calling it a Jay-Z album remains a mystery.What should be in everyone's mind when they listen to it is that this ended up being a "Let's all rhyme with Jay-Z" album, NOT a Jay-Z solo album.

    Bearing that in mind, this is not a bad CD.In fact, it's pretty darn good.After a dope "Intro" by Jay, the album immediately jumps into it's first certified banger "Change the Game".Ric Rock provides a West Coast beat that was born to rattle trunks and Jay, Beans, and Bleek trade of verses and interplay their words like they were a longtime established group.Next comes the hugely successful Neptunes produced "I Just Want To Love You".While not my particular style, it's impossible to deny how huge this record was.

    A quick dig back into the Jay-Z catalog brings us "Streets is Talking" featuring Beanie Sigel with it's impressive production.Following is our first preview of what's to come for Jay on his next release in the form of "This Can't Be Life"."This Can't Be Life" and "Soon You'll Understand" are the blueprint of the Blueprint and are done in similar tone to the widely hailed classic album that would follow next year.

    I will admit that for me, the middle of the CD does lag a little bit.While not bad offerings, "Get Your Mind Right", "Guilty Until Proven Innocent", and "Parking Lot Pimpin'" are not really my cup of tea.But when sandwiched between posse cuts like "You, Me, Him and Her" and "1-900-Hustler", a little filler doesn't really distract that much.More of the fun interplay between the Roc roster occurs on the former but "1-900-Hustler" should rank high on any hip-hop fans list of favorite posse cuts.With and original premise in providing a "psychic friends network" for street thugs, Jay, Bleek and then newcomer Freeway go to work schoolling callers on the best come up schemes for each scenario presented.

    Finally you have the last two emotionally charged offerings.While many complain that "Squeeze 1st" is not actually a whole song, I feel it is actually more of an emotional statement for Jay, rather than a lyrical one.If one focus on "how" Jay is rhyming instead of "what" Jay is rhyming, there is a depth of emotion rarely seen from him in these ramblings.And it is impossible to deny the heartwrenching delivery of Beanie Sigel in "Where Have You Been".In a delivery near tears, Beanie laments over a fatherless childhood that made him into the violent man he is today.

    So the inevitably question comes, why do so many seem to dislike this album so much? I wish I was a little more clear on this myself.Maybe everyone just wanted a Jay-Z solo album, (which this is clearly not).Maybe there is not a high level of respect for his labelmates despite their solid performances here.I'll admit that Amil gets on my nerves like everyone else but she only has 2 verses on the whole album.So what gives?I don't have a clue.Check it out for yourself and make your own decision.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Average need i say more
    The Intro alone gets a star and a half.. You can't listen to the Intro and not admit that Hov is the best living MC(other than Nas and Eminem. I just wanna luv u was a club banger and parkin lot pimpin was ok. you me him and her focused on actually rhyming and they all sound like MC's except for Amil(she can't rhyme to save her life but i still got love for her). Soon you'll understand and where have you been are decent attempts to get personal but, other than that... not Jigga's best work fortunately he follows this album with his best(The Blueprint). ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. East Coast Rap    2. Gangsta Rap    3. Hip-Hop    4. Pop    5. Pop-Rap    6. Rap    7. Rap & Hip-Hop   


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    Westlife
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (04 April, 2000)
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    Can we embrace yet another boy band? Bring 'em on! Here come Kian, Mark, Bryan, Shane, and Nicky--five knock-out Irish lads who were selling millions ofCDs in Europe while the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync competed for teenaged hearts in the U.S. Thank goodness for Westlife that pubescent crushes are as transferable as a comic strip to Silly Putty; the group is geared to storm the States head-on and threatening to overtake a few well-entrenched heartthrobs. Citing the Backstreet Boys as an early influence (when 3 years is more than 10 percent of your whole life, it scales ), the vocal-harmony quintet's sound is exactly like you'd expect. The album contains no Backstreet-bombast dance singles--these guys opt for Boyz II Men balladeering. Their perfectly melded voices wail, soar, and sooth with impressive emotional impact capable of igniting countless gymnasium-turned-dance-hall romances. Those who remember will wince at the implications of Westlife's verbatim cover of Extreme's "More Than Words." --Beth Massa ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars westlife it's amazing
    well i have to say that i've heard about this group a couple of years ago but it didn't impressed me ...but all of this changed when a friend give me this cd as a present for my birthday and since then i become a fan of this guys who i found very talented and unique and this cd is one of the best i love all of their songs especially flying without wings it has such beautiful lyrics i have to say that this group it's amazing!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Can't just get enough
    These men are awsome. If you like love songs, westlife will send you carzy and think of your honey more than ever. I bought this ulbam and it's one of my best cds. I always liked reggea but westlife changed my taste to their taste. Go for this album and i promise you you won't waste your dollar.

    2-0 out of 5 stars One long power ballad to me
    While Westlife has some good voices, I just don't like this album as much.It felt like one endless power ballad to me.Nearly all the songs copy the same cliches found in every late-80s heavy metal band power ballad by Bon Jovi, Winger, Poison or some others. Seemed like orchestral arrangements on most of the stuff Most of the ballads were surprisingly bland.There's one or two uptempos, but that's about it.At least Ruben Studdard remade one of their songs, Flying Without Wings, and made it sound better than them.They're not as exciting as Backstreet, not as chance taking as NSYNC. More than Words and Swear It Again were quite good, but they're the only 2 good songs on an otherwise flat-sounding album. ... Read more

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    X
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (05 December, 2000)
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    Whereas Jodeci(the four-man ensemble that spawned this spin-off project) were known for their grinding-the-stage gyrations and afterparty aspirations, K-Ci & JoJo, often besuitedin tuxes and tails, are a duo known more for their semidignified balladry. Eachof their two previous albums (Love Always and It's Real) spawnedan anodyne megahit: "All My Life" and "Tell Me It's Real," respectively.X promises nothing less. "Crazy" has that formula feel to it; "Baby, Iapologize for all the things that I've done," JoJo croons at the outset, beforegiving way to a vocoded chorus so tinny it almost collapses. Nevertheless, itsmoody blue tenor is just what urban radio ordered. The pair keep up theserenades throughout X, hitting high points on "One Last Time" and the Marvin Gaye-ish "I Can't Find the Words." K-Ci and JoJo only go uptempo on the banal "Game Face" and the bubbly, aggressively sexy "Thug in Me, Thug in You." The latter features yet another lost 2Pac verse, and it's the only track where the two don't appear to stand on ceremony--hinting thatfreaks still lurk under those tuxedos. --Jon Caramanica ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Kci and jojo do it again.
    Being a huge music fan, i can guarantee that you fill find it difficult to find a cd that comes close to this. Maybe with the exception of One twelve-part 3, which i am also obsessed with. This album has inspired me in aspects of my life. I often find that waking up listening to this sensational music not only gets me thinking back on great times and experiences i have had but also gives me a feeling of satisfaction. What i have found through listening to it is the more you listen to it and give it a chance the more you will understand where i am coming from. I originally had heard just 'crazy' and 'thuggin you thuggin me' but for all the songs to be at a similar standard to this was quite surreal. Track number 8 is called 'all the things i should have known' and has turned out to be my favourite, each word sung is sensational and has made a positive impact on my life. I believe that this is an essential must have cd in every RNB fans collection. I am devoting my life to try and find a concert in England that Kci and jojo will attend.

    1-0 out of 5 stars "X" Does Not Hit The Spot
    I think the album "X" should stand for the unknown, as in, what unknown force could have caused some of the top producers in this here game to pump out D-Grade material for the Hailey Bros?

    After using mostly unknown producers on their first two albums, the brothers finally decide to flex their muscles with the some of the best producers, like Timbaland, Teddy Riley, Babyface, and DeVante Swing. Even the late 2pac's (R.I.P) vocals are reunited with the Haileys on this album. However, what could have been the musically defining album in the Hailey Bros discography is instead a medicore afterthought as all the songs came off as regrettably unforgettable. Considering what could have been, it's a shame that this album turned out to be very uninspiring.

    The only tracks that stopped the heart for a few precious moments is the Jodeci hidden track "Slip N Fall" and the bonus track "I Just Can't Leave" found on the Japanese CD. "Slip N Fall" simply oozes wicked attitude as listening to it conjures up memories of days long gone when you could say Jodeci and get a reply like, "Those thugs can sure sing the panties off those song!". "I Just Can't Leave" starts off with a fan inquiring about K-Ci past relationships (i.e Mary J. Blige), to which good ole' K-Ci takes the high ground and tells them to leave it alone "cause she done all told you one time". After that humorous intro, K-Ci does his best "I B Goin' Solo Won't U Come and See Me" impression and belts out one nutty song that has him singing to his a) stalker on why he can't leave his girl then b) declaring his love forever, to his lady and finally c) sanging to the both of them at the same time. A nice little ditty from K-Ci that leaves you wanting more. Heck, after listening to both bonus tracks one is left wondering why they even bothered with the album "X" when a new Jodeci album or a K-Ci solo album sounds more appealing.

    3-0 out of 5 stars (3-1/2 stars) Didn't age well
    If this album came out now, I would give it three stars. In fact, K-Ci & JoJo's first album Love Always was the only album they made that was great no matter how many times you played it. THIS album sounded great upon first listen, but after I listened to it again I realized it isn't as good as it could have been.

    There are some obviously good songs like "One Last Time", "Crazy" and "Something Inside Of Me". But then there are also some songs that don't sit right with me. "Suicide" flows well, but you have to admit that "I never thought of suicide/Until you took your love away" is a little extreme. There's also filler like "Thug N U Thug N Me" and the Timbaland-produced "Game Face"; and the hidden track, the ironically-titled "Slip And Fall", should have never been found. Speaking of which, since when are hidden tracks found BEFORE the end of the album?

    It's rather disappointing that K-Ci & JoJo keep experimenting at times and give us some tracks that don't sound like them. Let's hope their next album can compare to the classic that Love Always is. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Contemporary R&B    2. Hip-Hop    3. Pop    4. R&B    5. Urban   


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