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1. These Four Walls
by Nonesuch
Audio CD (12 September, 2006)
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Asin: B000FIMHFS
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Shawn Colvin's fans are a dedicated and patient lot. They've had to be, to have waited five years for this new release and nearly six for the one before it. But she rewards the faithful with gems every time, and Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful gift from one of our purest talents
At times rueful, angry, sad and hopeful, Shawn Colvin's new release paints a musical landscape of deep introspection and timeless beauty.Her words penetrate the active listener, a verse, chorus or phrase may touch one of us more than another depending on what life has dealt us (or we've dealt ourselves!), but be assured that there is something here for all of us.John Leventhal (whom I saw a few weeks back onstage with his beautiful and talented wife and musical partner, Rosanne Cash), is, and always has been, a perfect match for Shawn's musical voice.Together, and surrounded by a typically great list of musicians, they have created another masterwork.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ain't it cool-
I absolutely loved "A Few Small Repairs" and was not sure Shawn would ever be able to top it.Well, she does. I agree that less production is more-- she doesn't need it. In fact, she should do a completely solo album w/voice & guitar and maybe have a few tracks with another guitar & bass thrown in.Her rendition of Westerberg's "Even Here We Are" is perfect--and *almost* makes up for "Every Little Thing He Does is Magic..."I think John Lennon would have liked this one.Seriously.
5-0 out of 5 stars BestShawn Colvin Album Ever!
I read on one of these things that this was not an "accessible" album or some such rot. Baloney. This is a GREAT album. Period.
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Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Contemporary Folk    3. Contemporary Singer/Songwriter    4. Folk-Pop    5. Pop    6. Rock    7. Rock/Pop    8. Singer/Songwriter    9. United States of America   


2. In Between Dreams
by Umvd Labels
Audio CD (01 March, 2005)
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Asin: B0007GAEVW
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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For a man who gets his biggest kicks surfing the waves and strumming his guitar on a lonely beach in native Hawaii, singer-songwriter Jack Johnson has carved out quite a remarkable career on the mainland. His 2003 album, Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I love Jack Johnson
Do any other bro's love Jack Johnson as much as I do? Sometimes I chill with my bros and we listen to it together.It gets you so pumped.
3-0 out of 5 stars I like this one a lot
Although Flake will probably always be my favorite song of his this is my favorite album.

2-0 out of 5 stars Boring and repetitive
This guy gets two stars since he is one step above a street performer.His music is a bad resurrection of old-style Blues from the South.He gets more popularity he deserves, but thats true for most mainstream artists of the 2000's. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. College Rock    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Rock/Pop    6. Singer/Songwriter   


3. Nightcrawler
by Red Int / Red Ink
Audio CD (29 August, 2006)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The third and final CD in a series that opens and closes a day in the life, Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Yorn sounds revitalized
Pete Yorn could've just as easily entitled his remarkable 2001 debut
5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Mix In 20 Years!
I have no idea why people are so hung up on Pete's first album Musicforthemorningafter. Artists change, mature and hopefully never get stuck in a rut. Pete has proven he has indeed taken a huge leap forward. I thought it would be hard to improve on one of the best live sounding albums around, Live From New Jersey, as the balance of everything on that album was near perfect! But Pete did not rest on his past and proved it wasn't a fluke and has engineered one of the best sounding albums I've heard since the 80s. The album is extremely diverse and shows the many tools that Pete possesses. It goes from super pop hits like For Us and Alive, to a southern twang with The Man, to electro with Georgie Boy, to a mellow Jim Croce and James Taylor like vibe with Ice Age. With every song you'll swear you hear a little bit of your favorite bands over the years. This is indeed Pete's best work to date and shows the best is yet to come.

3-0 out of 5 stars Decent Modern Rock CD with Variety, But Not Outstanding
Three and a half stars.
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Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Rock    4. Rock/Pop    5. Singer/Songwriter   


4. On And On
by Umvd Labels
Audio CD (06 May, 2003)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Jack Johnson has found himself a groove. Indeed, the Hawaiian surfing champion turned alternative pop-folk star really hasn't changed things one iota for his sophomore release. Fans of Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars classic Jack J
If you love Jack Johnson, you will love these tracks. Soothing, fun, simple, and mesmerising to listen to.

5-0 out of 5 stars On and On
Wonderfully relaxing music; makes you want to turn off the TV and turn on the music.People walk in and say"who is that" and they're off to buy the CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice melow music
I got this cd after hearing a song of his on itunes.I loved this cd from the first song.Every song is very acoustic and relaxed.For all you people out there who get home from work and are stressed out and need to relax this cd is for you.Just put on some comfortable clothes, get a beer, turn down the lights, turn the phone on low and just feel the music.This is a great cd and each song should grab you and make you want more. ... Read more

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5. Grace
Audio CD (23 August, 1994)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Resembling at times a soft-sung Robert Plant, Buckley was an intuitive vocalist capable of dizzying arabesques and choir-boy sweetness. He is joined here by a tight band for 10 tracks highlighting his stylistic range--Pearl Jam bluesy on "Eternal Life," impossibly serene on Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," art-school noisy on "So Real," Led Zep daring on "Mojo Pin." Unorthodox, this was the debut of '94. Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Moving...
How else can you describe the combination of his beautiful voice and well written music?I can't add anything to the volumes that have been written about this album already.An album with well over 500 reviews that is holding a 4.5 star average must have something going for it.
2-0 out of 5 stars Born to Croon
Jeff Buckley sounds like what Marc Bolan would have sounded like if Bolan had taken Perry Como as his musical muse.Seriously, think about Marc Bolan trying to sound like a '50's crooner and you'll know what Jeff Buckley sounds like.

5-0 out of 5 stars Genius
Gone to soon. What would he have become we will never really know and we are not better off because of his untimely death. An artist with creative vision and the talent to back it up. There is so little of his original music available it is difficult to really understand were he was headed and were his creative would have eventually taken him. The multiple albums of his original music has captured his songs in different stages of develoment and arrangement such that no two versions are completely the same and document his development.
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Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Folk-Rock    4. Pop    5. Popular Music    6. Rock    7. Rock/Pop    8. Singer/Songwriter   


6. Brushfire Fairytales
by Umvd Labels
Audio CD (29 January, 2002)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Fans of Willy Porter, Ben Harper, and G. Love will all want to check out Jack Johnson's engaging folk- and blues-inflected pop. Born in Oahu, Hawaii, Johnson, a former surfer and film-school graduate, has a knack for acoustic ballads whose calm surfaces hide a subtle but strong lyrical undertow. "It seems to me that 'maybe' pretty much always means 'no,'" sings Johnson on "Flake," which features crony Harper on slide guitar. Production by J.P. Plunier (who also handles Harper's recordings) is simple and uncluttered: acoustic guitar and drum tracks share the foreground with Johnson's easygoing vocals, which evoke everyone from G. Love (who recorded Johnson's "Rodeo Clowns" on his Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific, as the other reviews say
How can such a seemingly simple, barely instrumented album sound so convincing, so riveting?Great lyrics, sung with perfect (nearly telepathic) intonation by Jack Johnson and great communitative playing come together to grab your attention.You can sense something transcendent, something spiritual while listening to Brushfire.Very special and highly recommended.

3-0 out of 5 stars Pleasant and light but not a keeper
I'm a big fan of acoustic-based singer/songwriter stuff, so I thought I might like Jack Johnson too. And at first I did. His music is laid back, quite catchy, softly sung, undemanding. Anybody would like it, I guess. But after a while I started to find this CD a bit annoying. When you listen over and over to something really good, it reveals things you didn't see the first few times you played it. But all that's revealed here is a rather `lite' and one-dimensional approach to songwriting and arranging. Lyrics that sound cute at first soon sound empty. It's okay on whimsical songs like `Sexy Plexi', but when he tries to be more serious it doesn't hit the mark. And you may soon tire, as I did, of the crack of the drum that accompanies every song, not to mention that one guitar lick Jack can manage and always does. The band's instrumentation is admittedly fairly minimal, but somebody like Josh Ritter or Garrin Benfield gets more variety with just a guitar and fewer notes.
4-0 out of 5 stars Another Jack Johnson plus
Love the music - always relaxing and upbeat. Even my 12 year old son thinks the music is great. He really appreciates the fact that most of Jack Johnson's songs have an actual message that is common sense - something we all think and/or understand. Overall Good buy! ... Read more

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7. Reprieve
by Righteous Babe
Audio CD (08 August, 2006)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Given these tumultuous times, one would expect Ani DiFranco to confront strife head-on, but on this, her 18th album, she tunnels beneath the headlines toward deeper emotional, psychic, and institutional conflicts and causes. She begins by channeling her inner Joni Mitchell, pouring out a quartet of jazzy confessions lightly dusted with electronica, musique concrete, and keyboard drone, but urged forward by Todd Sickafoose's warm acoustic bass. His throbbing, be-bop lines are this spare but somehow atmospheric album's musical soul. As DiFranco's voice bobs and weaves around those rhythms, the personal poetry makes the politics hit harder--and vice versa. She celebrates marginalia and makes peace with a world in flux. She conveys the heat of across-the-café infatuations and grows anxious over her subconscious desires. When she locks her sights on contemporary culture, she sends a scattershot spray against celebrity cults, network news, biotechnology, Yucca Mountain, stolen elections and, of course, patriarchy. But she's a gifted enough poet and musician to keep the album from collapsing into radical rhetoric and psychobabble. The spoken-word title track begins in Hiroshima and ends in a declaration that feminism is not about equality but about "reprieve"--an amnesty from fear and hate, in other words, and an affirmation of life. In the context of a death-driven culture, her decision to bear children, "to split herself in two," becomes the most "radical thing you can do." None of her manifestos, however, would ring true if it weren't for her imaginative, even playful singing and her ever-more accomplished acoustic guitar playing, sometimes classically graceful, sometimes purely urgent. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece!
It seems Ani Difranco is getting better and better as she grows up. This particular record is mellow, deep, thought provoking and musically brilliant.
5-0 out of 5 stars More of a Man Than Most Men Will Ever Be...
Invariably a looming epitome of political awareness and self-reliance, the very pregnant Ani Difranco is in rare form with her latest studio album "Reprieve." Quite a varied collection, and the first after what has been for her a long absence (the outstanding "Knuckle Down" came out in January 2005), Difranco sounds revitalized and acutely in touch with herself. In each lyric and guitar strum resides a sense of purpose and unquestionable passion.
5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Ani rocks.However, this CD is even better than the rest.The songs are woven together perfectly, with funky techno sound-effects hinting in the background, each song digitally mastered, gently flowing to the next.During one particular song, we even hear a dog barking, far way...This entire collection is amazing, both as a compilation of songs, as well as individually.I received the CD in the mail a few weeks ago, right when it came out, and I have literally been listening to it non-stop ever since.It's downloaded to my IPod, my ITunes, and on both my computers; I keep the actual CD in my car's stereo.And I can't seem to get enough of this music, even after listening to it, time and time again.And unlike CDs of other artists, I loved this CD immediately.It's simply brilliant.SHE is simply brilliant.I never knew she could get even better than her other music, than her other CDs.There is something unique about this one: it's literally a work of art.She has risen to new heights, folks.Amazing stuff... ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Alternative Folk    2. Anti-Folk    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Rock/Pop    6. Singer/Songwriter    7. United States of America    8. Urban Folk   


8. Goodbye Alice in Wonderland
by Atlantic / Wea
Audio CD (02 May, 2006)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The word "confessional" is frequently applied to folk of all stripes, including folk-rock and folk-pop, which is where Jewel comes in. Even within the bounds of folk, however, her music is more nakedly confessional than most. (Too nakedly, some have carped.) Along with a coterie of Nashville pros, she began her latest musical journey by laying down another introspective song cycle in the vein of 1995's Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars "Another Gem from Jewel !"
Another Gem from Jewel!
5-0 out of 5 stars &Dreaming is a Good Thing Cause it Brings New Things to Life

5-0 out of 5 stars A Turning Point in Jewel's Career
I have had a long musical relationship with Jewel.I feel like she's been a part of my life forever.That's not the reality, but it is true that she is very much responsible for getting me into music.I'm a college student now and music is a huge part of my life.Everything from the Beatles to the Clash to Tori Amos is beautiful and timeless to my ears and I will continue to nurse my addiction to CDs for the rest of my life.None of this would be true if it weren't for Jewel.
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Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Rock    4. Rock/Pop    5. Singer/Songwriter    6. United States of America   


9. Extraordinary Machine
Audio CD (04 October, 2005)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Fiona Apple, brooding, brainy belter and capital-A artist of near forbidding depth, begins her much gossiped-over third CD on a lark. The title track, one of two songs produced by Jon Brion before the label dispute that prompted hip-hop producer Mike Elizondo (50 Cent, Eminem) to step in, sounds like a Judy Garland number slathered with irony or something Rufus Wainwright might have had a hand in--strings soar, beats bump around skittishly, and notes require a ladder. But playful as it is, by the time the chorus kicks in it's clear why the world has missed Fiona Apple so much. Young female artists who have stepped into the spotlight since she fled it six years ago-- Nellie McKay andJoss Stone spring to mind for their cleverness and heat, respectively--seem slight in comparison. With every track ticked off, in fact, Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Let's open our minds...
I have never heard the unofficial version of this CD, so I don't have anything to compare it to. I will say that I've been a Fiona fan since I was in high school. I loved "When the Pawn..." so much that I listened to it from 10th grade until I was a Junior in college. Her songs were real and they were something I could relate to as an adolescent entering early adulthood. This CD is much different from her previous works, but I enjoy it all the same.
4-0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary
I was a casual fan of Ms. Apple with a couple of Tidal tracks on my Ipod. I grabbed EM in the public library last week & I have listened to it everyday since. Outstanding depth, beauty, darkness, and light all over this CD. I am not aware of another voice that even compares. I have played "Red Red Red" a dozen times today. What a haunting song.
1-0 out of 5 stars What happened....
...to the frank passion and energy of her first release.This is pretentious drivel.Some call it more mature; I find it nearly unlistenable. ... Read more

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10. The Greatest
by Matador Records
Audio CD (24 January, 2006)
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Asin: B000C0X3ZC
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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If you are an artist at a crossroads/ "maturing point" in your career, it's a great idea to seek out the original musicians who played on music you adore and that inspire you greatly–it's the opposite of what Rick Rubin does with the old folks. The results, however, are often lackluster; it can just be too hard to forge a connection in a short period of time with studio dudes twenty to thirty years older than you. Chan Marshall, who took just three years between albums this time, returned to Memphis to record with many of the architects of Southern soul music at Ardent Studios on Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Overproduced, but still better then most
This is an ok album, but i dont think its going to be the album that makes her go main stream or anything. She has done better with less help in the studio.
5-0 out of 5 stars Never heard of Cat Power before this one ....
... So the other reviews here, necessarily, have me baffled.
3-0 out of 5 stars A strange new direction
It's been released for a while now, so if you were going to do it, you would have done it already, but if you like her other stuff I would dissuade you from buying Cat Power's latest album "The Greatest".
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11. Thicker Than Water
by Umvd Labels
Audio CD (25 November, 2003)
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Those who know Jack Johnson only as college radio fave are in for a pleasant surprise here, as are wave-riding aficionados with a taste for eclectic, cooled-out musical vibes. The project Read more

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12. Tidal
Audio CD (23 July, 1996)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Ahh! Bliss.....
Tidal is a lovely album, and for me can only be likened to the sensation of lying on a settee in that near sleep stage, warmed by an autumn sun streaming through the window. It is that post-lunch satisfaction, the lazy smoke off a fire of piled leaves on a still evening. It is all of these and more. The songs that particularly stand out for me are 'Slow Like Honey' and 'A Child is Gone'. I must admit that I love this moment in her musical life, for, in my humble opinion, 'Tidal' and 'When The Pawn' show acres of raw awareness that 'Extraordinary Machine' unfortunately appears to have lost.

5-0 out of 5 stars In the era of crappy indie rock, here came someone who has it all...the voice, the mind, and the soul...
I remember buying this album without hearing a song on it.My instinct told me to, despite that I hated indie rock because of its whiny, adolescent, childish tone, and, mostly, because indie rock DOESN'T ROCK.I was afraid that Ms. Apple was going to be another insipid Lisa Loeb clone (who is insipid herself), but hell no!This woman has depth, soul, and what a voice.She looks like a waif, but she has some of the greatest pipes on her.This album (and her followups) are incredibly powerful, tuneful, and magnetic.The production here is superb as well, making Apple's great songs even greater.There were a few artists that managed to come out of the 1990's, and Fiona was one of them.Sure, she didn't always behave in a mature way, but then, does the press really behave in a mature way?Not the illiterate, American one, who drools over the stupidity of someone like Brittney Spears, but who makes fodder of someone like Apple who actually has some talent.Fiona is a phenomenal woman.I don't think she was ever a girl.She's too smart to be just a girl.Brilliant stuff....
5-0 out of 5 stars Heavy.
I will get straight to the point. Tidal is a masterpiece, classic and timeless. Without hearing it, it's hard to describe just how deep the imagery is within this album. I first bought this, at the age of 15, and since then, it's meaning has only strengthend. On tidal you're not just listening to a C.D, by another deep, confused white teenage girl. I'd go as far as saying you're looking into someone's soul. Apple's soul being an extreamly wounded one. Raped at the age of 12, she penned most of these songs in her bedroom, just note-pad and piano. Her songs take the listener on journeys of feeling misunderstood, rejected, guilty, and tempted. Apple's voice is soft, and yet absolutley burning with passion and pain through-out the entire album. A personnal favourite would be 'Slow Like Honey' in which she sings, ''It's my big secret, keeping you comming''. There is an endearing mystery about her sadness, and her wisdom.
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13. Either/Or
by Kill Rock Stars
Audio CD (25 February, 1997)
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Asin: B00000373U
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Blessed with the voice of a wispy angel, Elliott Smith creates sad little pop songs, which, like the work of Nick Drake (to whom he's been compared) threaten to disappear into the night air. Several of the tracks here were featured in Gus Van Zant's movie Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Mr. Smith's Best.
I have owned this album for a few years.I always liked it, but I just didn't give it the time it deserved.When I bough XO earlier this year, I absolutely fell in love with Elliott Smith.I played that album a million times, as it was immediately accessible to me.I was convinced that it was better than Either/Or.However, when I decided that I would give Either/Or another spin, the greatness of that album jumped right out at me.I heard the songs like I had never heard them before, and as I kept listening to Either/Or, the songs kept getting better and better.Either/Or is my favorite because it is not as heavily produced as XO, which gives the songs more meaning to me, but it is more diverse than Roman Candle or his self-titled album.The songs are more somber and subdued than his songs on XO, but they are not as flat-out depressing as his earlier stuff (which, don't get me wrong, is still amazing).His lyrics on this album ring even truer to me now than those on XO.It just took me an extra step (XO) to get to this masterpiece.My advice for new listeners is to start out with XO, and then when you need another Elliott Smith, immediately buy this one. Once you fall madly in love with this album, all of his other albums should be greatly enjoyable to you as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Alamada, and pictures of me.
I didn't understand this album at first. I didn't understand why everyone liked Elliot Smith, and this was my first introduction and this is the best Elliot Smith album. I am so glad I kept it on my computer because about 6 months later I heard it again and listened to it again and again. Not pretentious like I had thought but real. and smooth. Alamada, pictures of me, ballad of a big nothing, and speed trials are the best songs. Elliot Definitely inspired by Beatles and Beach Boys. Elliot seems like someone who fits in perfectly yet doesn't. Elliot keeps it honest but not in a "look I am being honest way." I don't want to make it all about Elliot, as I don't like to make music neccesarilly completely about the person or bring it up so much like some critic but this album really does make you feel in touch with him,. maybe it is a sydrome of all people that died young or killed themselves as I feel the soul of Cobain, Joplin, and so forth.....but I feel like I stabbing myself in the chest when listening to this music. it's all relative. anyway this review sucks and I don't care if you agree.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best of the best.
I can not praise this album any more than I already have to
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14. The Covers Record
by Matador Records
Audio CD (21 March, 2000)
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Asin: B00004NHDY
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Chan Marshall devised the Cat Power moniker in order to put a degree of separation between herself and the often-twisted individuals who inhabit her songs. Here, she takes another step back while also taking a step forward. As the album title indicates, these are covers of other people's songs. Yet she sings them with no less intensity than if they were her own. Mick Jagger may have snarled the definitive "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," but Marshall takes a different tack. She removes the chorus and returns it as elegant slow blues. The Velvet Underground's "I Found a Reason" becomes a near-wordless cry. She relies only on her sufficient guitar picking and likeably amateurish piano tinkling, creating an isolated web not unlike that of Neil Young at his most deserted. Most appropriately, she covers "Red Apples" by Smog, whom she resembles in approach. Obscure (traditional and early) Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, and Michael Hurley tunes complement the bruised but not buried surroundings. Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars She can't play em, but she can sure sing em
If you've been listening to the Cat Power album, The Greatest, you'll know that Chan Marshall makes a superb blues singer. The Covers Record, a likable collection of cover songs recorded in the late 1990s, serves as a nice introduction to Marshall's blues/folk singing style. There is no backup band on this stripped down album. Only Marshall's voice and one other instrument per song. Spare, but it gets the job done.
5-0 out of 5 stars Best way to do a cover
This album is very intriguing to me because i have not heard any Cat Power that i really like. This album gives me hope for the artist. Each cover is done in a very simplistic way where the music sounds almost nothing like the original song (except "Sea of Love bears a resemblance), and she even rearranges the lyrics and leaves parts out. This is very unique because most people do covers as close to the originals as possible, but that is boring in my opinion and all the listener does is compare it to the original, but these are unique to the original so it makes it its own song. The songs are all performed by just her and mostly are either piano or very simply guitar, but it gives it a real slow folky sound that in my mind is beautiful. I think the best song is "Naked if i want to" but i did buy the album becasue i heard "I found a reason", but there is not one bad track on the album. So check it out.

4-0 out of 5 stars Sad sad songs
It's a cover album, so albiet i will be an artists reindition of songs of other artists???...No..
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15. The Very Best of Elvis Costello
by Rhino / Wea
Audio CD (17 April, 2001)
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Asin: B00005ARFU
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The debate over whether he is punk or new wave is long over; today Elvis Costello is less likely to be found on a list with Strummer and Scabies than he is with Bacharach and David and Jimmy Webb. Lauded initially for his energetic and literate attacks on the social ills of Thatcher's England, he has become a peerless master of the popular song. The evolution of Costello's craft as a songwriter and performer, from the early high-octane polemics, through his stylistic experiments with country and soul, and on to standards written for others, is splendidly documented on this elegant two-disc set. Chronology is ignored in favor of a thoughtful program that catalogs the jewels from his prolific output and a sprinkling of covers that demonstrate the maturing of his singing voice. The 42 tracks here lean generously to the first 10 years with the Attractions, but also collects the best of his subsequent collaborations with the cream of America's session musicians and on through to "She," his contribution to the soundtrack of 1999's Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, even for the passing Costello fan
I was never a big Costello fan but I enjoyed a few songs of his. This compilation has enough "hits" to have kept me listening while I learned to appreciate his the lesser known songs. Now some of those are my favorite.
5-0 out of 5 stars The stand outs
This CD is an great compilation of EC's best work. I have to say my favorite song on the whole thing is unfortunately the shortest. His version of My Funny Valentine has to be his vocal masterpiece. His voice was meant for that song. The other bluesy cuts are excellent (Riot Act and Almost Blue). Yes, the upbeat stuff is great too but I do hope someday he rediscovers that early edgy attitude and does a whole set of blues songs. At any rate, this CD set is a must-have!

5-0 out of 5 stars It's incredible, but I can't recommend it.
Costello is one of the absolute all time greats in 20th century music. (thus the 5 stars) I cannot say you should buy this album when their is a much better substitute. It will cost a bit more but it is very much worth it: Buy The Best of Elvis costello and the attractions (a different one, not this one). And buy The best of Elvis Costello (Extreme Honey). They both contain many must-have gems that are sadly overlooked on this newer addition to the Macmanus Canon. ... Read more

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16. The Greatest
by Matador Records
Audio CD (12 September, 2006)
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Asin: B000HKCUI8
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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If you are an artist at a crossroads/ "maturing point" in your career, it's a great idea to seek out the original musicians who played on music you adore and that inspire you greatly–it's the opposite of what Rick Rubin does with the old folks. The results, however, are often lackluster; it can just be too hard to forge a connection in a short period of time with studio dudes twenty to thirty years older than you. Chan Marshall, who took just three years between albums this time, returned to Memphis to record with many of the architects of Southern soul music at Ardent Studios on Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Overproduced, but still better then most
This is an ok album, but i dont think its going to be the album that makes her go main stream or anything. She has done better with less help in the studio.
5-0 out of 5 stars Never heard of Cat Power before this one ....
... So the other reviews here, necessarily, have me baffled.
3-0 out of 5 stars A strange new direction
It's been released for a while now, so if you were going to do it, you would have done it already, but if you like her other stuff I would dissuade you from buying Cat Power's latest album "The Greatest".
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17. When The Pawn...
Audio CD (09 November, 1999)
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Asin: B00002MZ4W
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars Really good album
I don't know why my review appear with only 1 star. My rating for this album is 5 stars. I got this album, and her previous one after listening Extraordinary Machine. This album is really good, and I see that Fiona has made a great evolution since her first to her newest album. My favorite song is To your love, but all the songs have good music and lyrics. Is enjoyable and original.

5-0 out of 5 stars Music for the road.. to think and enjoy
Asa travelling salesman on the road, i have the unique privilige to hear a cd well and experience all the moods..
3-0 out of 5 stars "And I'll be your girl if you say it's a gift..."
Fiona Apple's When the Pawn... is an ok album of sorts. Boy is she angry and pissed on these songs. After that MTV fiasco in 1997, Fiona became an outspoken and muchly hated woman for speaking her mind. This album is very different from her debut album, Tidal. Standout tracks include: Limp, Fast as you Can, Love Ridden, Paperbag, Get Gone, and The Way Things Are. The rest of the songs I didn't care for, nothing drastically wrong with them just middle of the road tracks. Some of the songs are too jazzy and slow for my taste. But the songs I do like are strong and gutsy, especially the song Limp, "You feed the beast I have within me, you wave the red flag baby you make it run, run, run, standing on the sidelines waving and grining, you fondle my trigger then you blame my gun..." The song Love Ridden would actually fit better on her Tidal album, haunting and gorgeous song though, "Love ridden I've looked at you, with the focus I gave to my birthday candles, I've wished on the lidded blue flames under your brow and baby I wished for you..." When the Pawn shines in certain places but otherwise average to my picky ears. ... Read more

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18. Pieces of You
by Atlantic / Wea
Audio CD (28 February, 1995)
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Asin: B000002J2S
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Truly worthy of it's name
This work deserves to be found in households everywhere, even in the Chicago mansion of Oprah Winfrey. It is proof that such a rare type of music in this age could still have the power of such great stars of Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos. This was my very first CD and I just wish I had done it sooner. The bare honesty found on this tape was little found in musicians before, and never made such a powerful statement. During a time when Nirvana and Green Day ruled the rock world, she came out with something that made me wonder "Who Will Save Your Soul?" My favorite song in the world is on here, and it is something I always used to love listening to while biking or riding places, making me feel closer to the world and other "Pieces of You". Sorry, it's just that words can't really describe this album... one would have to listen to it for themselves.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jewel is a beautiful re-education
Jewel is one of the most magnetically attractive women, but even more stunning is her singing ability. Actually, I've never not enjoyed her singing solo with just her guitar. So I finally picked up her first CD. It is a beautiful re-education about the very intelligent and sensitive teenage woman. A lot of the shocking wisdom and maturity of youth here, but that rich voice could probably sing the phone book and I'd say "Yeah."
5-0 out of 5 stars A Real Jewel OfAn Artist
No matter how mainstream some may feel Jewel has become, her talent cannot be denied. Back in 1996 when "Who Will Save Your Soul" graced my ears, I was eager to seek out this release and discover what other gems there might be. To my delight, there's a good deal. Jewel infuses "Pieces Of You" with an earnesty and delivery that really captivates.
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19. Comfort of Strangers
by Astralwerks / Emd
Audio CD (07 February, 2006)
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Asin: B000CBSHK2
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Few vocalists equal the expressive subtlety of Beth Orton, whose fourth album is both her most musically spare and artistically complex to date. Not only does the production and backing by Jim O'Rourke (known for his work with Sonic Youth and Wilco) capture Orton's vocal style at its most unstudied and unvarnished, the lack of embellishment focuses all the more attention on her songwriting. From the jazzy phrasing on the deceptively jaunty "Worms" through the haunting "Feral" and the amazing grace of the closing, hymnlike "Pieces of Sky," Orton's songs give voice to the sort of knotty, prickly emotions that are as hard to define as they are deeply felt. Most of the musical dynamic features piano or guitar over an elemental, insistent rhythm section, making the coloring of an occasional string section ("Conceived"), harmonica ("Absinthe"), or accordion ("Safe in Your Arms") all the more striking. As an indication of the emotional range of this musical minimalism, the title cut is soothing enough to please fans of Norah Jones, while "Heartlandstruckstop" is as edgy as Patti Smith. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I think this Album is just beautiful. I've only got one other of Beths CD's, and it's a lot more produced sounding (to me) than this one. Maybe that is why Beth is getting such bad reviews here from her long time 'Fans' for this CD?No matter really...I think Beth and Jim O'Rourke have done a stunning job working together and creating this record.The production is very simple (at least they make it sound that way) and the sound quality is lovely. the songs are exceptionally well written, and the have kept it mostly acoustic which is nice. Piano/Acoustic guitar/brushes etc, so well played and sound so great together!I give it 1 million stars.
5-0 out of 5 stars Great Album ! ...and I'm not even a fan
Really puzzled by so many bad reviews of this great batch of
1-0 out of 5 stars so very disappointing
I'm a loyal Orton fan; Trailer Park is her best, and I'm a fan the "other side of daybreak". This cd is a complete disappointment. It is trite, boring, and political in a very dull and usual way; it has none of the distinctive thoughtfulness, charm, and melancholy that so characterize most of Orton's work. I get the distinct feeling that she didn't have this cd in her, but just put it out there because there were so many (ourselves) who were waiting. Orton's merit is that her songs come from her heart; these songs come from her head. These songs sound little different from so much soulless folk-pop, and have all the authenticity of a millionaire rockstar whining about being downtrodden.
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20. You Are Free
by Matador Records
Audio CD (18 February, 2003)
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Asin: B00007JVBI
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Chan "Cat Power" Marshall's performances have become legendary marathons marked by Marshall's shyness and her ability to create moments of fragmented beauty. Five years on from her last collection of original songs, 1998's Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Cat POWER
This was my first Cat Power album and my favorite in my collection. These are very beautifully stories/songs sung by a woman who is living through the harshness of life. Her voice and pure honesty is something that helps me get through the day. These songs are great to listen to when you need to cry or scream or anything. I know whenever I pop in one of her CD's I am going to be expecting a mood change and it takes me to a wonderful place were things are calm. The song Free can be taken all sorts of ways all i know is when i hear it i can not help but dance. The album is so beautifully put together both with song order to pictures in the songbook.

4-0 out of 5 stars Minimalist, and enigmatic
It is never entirely certain what Chan Marshall ("Cat Power") is singing about, even on the songs she "covers" (rather, deconstructs entirely, picking and choosing amongst the lyrics until they are some sort of found art almost unrecognizable to the original author). This album is probably her best, where she dumped the last vestiges of her punk-ish early music and went straight minimalist melancholy, without the ornations that hide the bones of The Greatest. She never has drums where a few chords will do. She never has chords where a single note would do. The only constant is her smoky voice, singing enigmatic lyrics that often obscure more than inform.
4-0 out of 5 stars Several tracks worth mention
Personally, I liked Shaking Paper, Good Woman, and Werewolf.Werewolf is a beautiful song because its rendered in such a slow melodic way that allows for the lyrics to be shuffled into imagery very vividly.Its like imagining a silent movie from the 20s playing, only its this song in the background.Good Woman, on the other hand, offers that heart-wrenching pain of leaving a person you hold so close.
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