Newest CD/Album Reviews

The 20 / 20 Experience - 2 of 2
Justin Timberlake
The 20 / 20 Experience - 2 of 2
Label: RCA
Review by: K. K. (GAMER2012). - 7/17/2018 4:39 AM


"This was terrible compared to Part 1 of 2. Do not waste your time."

The 20/20 Experience- 2 of 2
Justin Timberlake
The 20/20 Experience- 2 of 2
Label: RCA
Release Date: 9/30/2013
Review by: K. K. (GAMER2012). - 7/17/2018 4:39 AM


"This was terrible compared to Part 1 of 2. Do not waste your time."

Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2
Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2
Label: RCA
Review by: K. K. (GAMER2012). - 7/17/2018 4:36 AM


"This was terrible compared to Part 1 of 2. Do not waste your time."

Essence of Melissa Manchester
Melissa Manchester
Essence of Melissa Manchester
Label: Arista
Original Release Date: 5/20/1997
Release Date: 5/20/1997
Review by: K. K. (GAMER2012). - 7/15/2018 4:07 PM


"I liked some of her music in the past but this cd was terrible. Even a well known song started sounding good but then was butchered. Avoid this CD!"

A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection
Alison Krauss
A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection
Label: Rounder / Umgd
Original Release Date: 1/1/2007
Re-Release Date: 4/3/2007
Review by: Lucille C.. - 7/13/2018 10:06 AM


"Great cd. Alison Krauss seldom disappoints. I especially enjoyed her collaborations with James Taylor, John Waite, and Brad Paisley. I love the 2nd selection “Simple Love” and the heartbreaking 3rd selection “Jacob’s Dream” which was written based on a true family tragedy that took place in the 1800s. Very moving."

Disney Jazz, Volume 1
Various Artists
Disney Jazz, Volume 1
Label: Disney
Original Release Date: 1/1/2010
Re-Release Date: 1/25/2011
Review by: Heather C.. - 7/5/2018 12:56 PM


"Excellent reinterpretations of classic Disney songs. Such a great chill time album!"

The Incredibles (Score)
Michael Giacchino
The Incredibles (Score)
Label: Walt Disney Records
Original Release Date: 11/5/2004
Re-Release Date: 11/2/2004
Review by: Heather C.. - 7/5/2018 12:55 PM


"Zippy, jazzy, great flow for peppy background music!"

Pretzel Logic
Steely Dan
Pretzel Logic
Label: Mca
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Review by: Dan C.. - 7/5/2018 11:20 AM


"Great album. Whereas the sophomore effort, Countdown to Ecstasy, showed Steely Dan unfolding their underlying jazz influences, Pretzel Logic combines those structures with blues. The cover of "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo" is retrospectively somewhat pointless, but for those of us who came to jazz, at least in part, through Fagen and Becker, was instructive and somewhat subversive to find on a "rock" album at the time. Pretzel logic is more bluesy than anything on the proceeding two albums, except possibly "Dirty Work." "Monkey In Your Soul" is about the bluesy back-beat in soul music as much as it is about any individual addressed by the singer/narrator. "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" was a worthy though unlikely hit, with instrumentation, arrangement, and recording that make it, if anything, even fresher today than when this album was released. "Any Major Dude" and "Barrytown" are fun, the first a bit r&b inflected, and the second funked up. "Parker's Band" is a jazz-inspired rave, followed by "Through With Buzz," a kind of antiphonal movement, with their patently elliptical lyrics. "Charlie Freak" at the time (I was 14) seemed pretty heavy to me, but now seems lyrically the shakiest of this album, and would sound preachy to my ear, if the singer/narrator were not impeaching himself. Fagan's voice bothers some people, the way that Dylan's does, or Brian Eno's. There aren't a lot of well-known jazz oboists, but his voice has something of that quality, and it's capable of a lot more subtlety than some would credit. Formally, Steely Dan are moving back towards rock formal economy from the excursive stuff in Countdown, striking a balance between that and experimentation, and exponentializing some of their musical underpinnings, all at the same time. It's very satisfying, and with Katz at the helm, beautifully recorded to the usual very high specs. These are pieces that would catch your ear on album-oriented radio, but that repay focused listening with good gear. When this album came out, then Katy Lied, then Royal Scam, I thought they'd keep coming forever. They seemed a musical cornucopia."

Black Aria
Glenn Danzig
Black Aria
Label: Megaforce
Original Release Date: 1/1/2007
Re-Release Date: 5/15/2007
Review by: Jeff V. (ElJefe). - 7/5/2018 9:14 AM


"About 25 minutes of spacey, dirgey classical instrumental music, nothing at all like the Danzig material you're used to. Almost sounds like the soundtrack to a horror movie."

Bring on Night
Sting
Bring on Night
Label: A&M
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Review by: Jeff V. (ElJefe). - 7/5/2018 9:12 AM


"Great live representation of the first two Sting solo albums, plus some other rare material. Very jazzy in spots, pretty different from his Police stuff. "I Burn for You" is my personal fave."

Welcome to the Neighborhood
Meat Loaf
Welcome to the Neighborhood
Label: Mca Special Products
Original Release Date: 11/14/1995
Re-Release Date: 11/19/2002
Review by: Jeff V. (ElJefe). - 7/5/2018 9:11 AM


"Lack of Jim Steinman songs really hurts this album. Not terrible by any means, but not even close to either two Bat Out of Hell albums."

Practical Magic: Music From The Motion Picture
Alan Silvestri, Stevie Nicks, Faith Hill, Marvin Gaye, Joni Mitchell, Elvis Presley, Michelle Lewis, Harry Nilsson, Nick Drake, Lisahal
Practical Magic: Music From The Motion Picture
Label: Reprise / Wea
Original Release Date: 10/6/1998
Release Date: 10/6/1998
Review by: Tara S.. - 7/2/2018 7:20 AM


"love the movie!!! love the music!!!"

Don Williams - 20 Greatest Hits
Don Williams
Don Williams - 20 Greatest Hits
Label: Mca Nashville
Original Release Date: 7/6/1987
Re-Release Date: 10/25/1990
Review by: Barbara M.. - 6/28/2018 5:33 PM


"Great CD for fans of Don Williams"

Oceans
Kutandara
Oceans
Label: CD Baby
Release Date: 4/12/2013
Review by: SV S. (Sphinx). - 6/25/2018 10:04 PM


"The music of Zimbabwe played on marimba by an American band, and in the original Shona tongue! A fun and uplifting album. Lots of layered parts flowing together, rather like the the ocean."

Cactus Brothers
Cactus Brothers
Cactus Brothers
Label: Capitol
Release Date: 5/4/1993
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 6/24/2018 12:27 PM


""Originally formed as the twangier alter ego of popular Nashville cowpunks Walk the West, the Cactus Brothers soon took on an identity of their own, mixing weepy, pedal-steel punctuated honky tonk country with Walk the West's edgier roots rock sound. ...The disc mixes traditional country gems like Tennessee Ernie Ford's classic "Sixteen Tons" and the Everly Brothers' "The Price of Love" with originals penned by vocalist Paul Kirby such as the precious "Sweet Old Fashioned Girl" or the rollicking "Swimmin' Hole." ...Few country bands in the '90s could boast of players such as pedal steel wizard Sam Poland, fiery fiddler Tramp, and mountain dulcimer master David Schnaufer. Along with Walk the West veterans and brothers Will Golemon (guitar, banjo) and John Golemon (bass) and drummer David Kennedy, the band's multi-talented multi-instrumentalists added complexity and depth to every song....the Cactus Brothers stood without peer." (Thank you AllMusic) For a sample, hear the Cactus Brothers here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JK2GmBM3wCk"

Surfer Girl
Beach Boys
Surfer Girl
Label: Capitol
Release Date: 6/28/1994
Review by: Bret B. (Grendel). - 6/24/2018 1:08 AM


"With this album (Surfer Girl), Surfin' USA, and Surfin' Safari the Beach Boys really made their name. Never mind that only one of the guys surfed, they invented the surf music genre. Sure they're were others before them but they were the only group to have as many hits as the Beatles at the same time as the Beatles. I remember the 60s and there were always a couple of Beatles and a couple of Beach Boys at the top of the charts, and everyone else who tried to chart like them."

Number One Hits: British Invasion
Brian Poole, Herman's Hermits, Marmalade, Donovan, Rubettes, Paper Lace, The New Seekers, The Troggs, Mungo Jerry, The Zombies
Number One Hits: British Invasion
Label: Retro Music
Release Date: 5/5/1998
Review by: Thomas D. (RockerBoomer). - 6/16/2018 10:51 PM


"WHERE IS MARMALADE ???"

Brazil Music Is the Pulse
Brazil Music Is the Pulse
Label: CD
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 6/15/2018 7:21 PM


"A fine, eclectic collection of classic Brazilian pop, funk, traditional standards and modern songs that reveal the breadth of Brazil's sounds. With selections from influential musicians, from obscure, cult one-album jewels to (how could it not) "The Girl from Ipanema with Joao and Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz -- to hot newcomers. Note that's Seu Jose and Almaz, covering Michael Jackson's "Rock with Me". Compiled as one of Starbucks' in-store soundtrack compilations. Really fun!"

Annabi
Amina
Annabi
Label: Plygr
Release Date: 5/5/1999
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 6/15/2018 6:39 PM


"A few quoted reviews to give you a feel for Amina's "Annabi": "This album is so refreshing...an album that mixes Arabic, European, and American influences into a unified and compelling sound. The production and mixing is a perfect blend. The North African (via Tunisia) rhythms and instrumentation is the main template for most of these upbeat songs, but the Parisian nightclub/dance mixing is very strong." "...all modern, hip, Eastern meets Western music. Whether she sings in French, English or Arabic her voice is a pure pleasure to listen to from the sultry "L'Inconditionnel Amour" to the rocking "Lirrili"." "...The beauty and elegance that Amina has exhibited in her well-fashioned and somewhat eclectic discography shows that language and nationality are transcended by genre. "Amina is a pop singer...she sings in Arabic with clear North-African inflection, sometimes in French and sometimes in English... What's special about Amina is the way in which she seamlessly incorporates North African (and indeed, coastal African) influences within the genre of top-French radio/dance-pop.""

Borderlands
Various
Borderlands
Label: Unison Records/Ka
Release Date: 3/24/1998
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 6/15/2018 12:38 AM


"Very easy on the ears -- this is fresh, pleasing instrumental music featuring real instruments (piano, bass, guitars, fluegelhorn, oboe, violin, soft percussion) and some synthesizer effects, sparingly used. The idea behind the recording is to bring together music from widely diverse places around the globe ("Borderlands") in such a way that the source material -- when you read the liner notes -- comes as a bit of a surprise. No cliches here: each piece fits well with the rest, though one is from Ireland and another one is from Cuba -- but neither one has obvious/familiar "cues". It's about the melodies. The tone is of the whole recording is light, upbeat and definitely "pretty". It all blends (successfully) together, with the possible exception of "Afro Cuban Lullaby", a beautiful melody which is slightly marred by a dated "easy jazz" arrangement that is at odds with genre-free feel of the rest of the music. Even so, it's hard to resist that lovely, unusual and not-overused tune. Interesting to note some of the regions represented: Cuba, Spain and Scotland are here, but also Latvia, Slovakia, Russia, "Bohemia" and "Eastern Europe" -- And it all works. A keeper, for being well-crafted, pleasant music, that -- while it can recede, workmanlike, into the background -- is really worth listening to on its own merits. Very nice."

Believe
Cher
Believe
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Original Release Date: 11/10/1998
Release Date: 11/10/1998
Review by: E. L.. - 6/14/2018 11:27 AM


"Cher is a great singer and actress. I will always love her rock music in the late 80's to early 90's. This album is the most overplayed album and she should have kept the original of "We All Sleep Alone" instead of turning it into a dance remix. Her music after that is quite good."

August Rush: Music From The Motion Picture
Various Artists
August Rush: Music From The Motion Picture
Label: Sony Panosonic
Original Release Date: 11/21/2007
Re-Release Date: 11/13/2007
Review by: Kimberly L.. - 6/12/2018 9:02 AM


"I really enjoy this CD. I love how they mesh the rock and classical music."

Supernova
Girlyman
Supernova
Label: Girlyman Inc.
Release Date: 6/12/2012
Review by: Shane C. (Trippie). - 6/10/2018 10:48 PM


"Go ahead and throw this one in the trash bin and hope to God nobody digs it out of the trash. 👎😩"

An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer
Tom Lehrer
An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer
Label: Reprise / Wea
Release Date: 4/12/1990
Review by: Bret B. (Grendel). - 6/9/2018 3:24 PM


"Tom Lehrer is one of the funniest men alive. To think that a Harvard maths prof. makes a side living singing silly songs to albeit large audiences is funny in itself. Then there is his work and this is even more entertaining. Granted that some younger audiences might not get all of his references but things like The Vatican Rag are universally funny. Great artist — Great album"

Greatest hits
Rita Coolidge
Greatest hits
Label: A&M
Review by: Bret B. (Grendel). - 6/9/2018 3:18 PM


"Since the tracks are not listed on the post I listed them here. The tracks on this CD are: Born Under A Bad Sign We're All Alone Fool That I Am (You're Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And Higher Nice Feeling The Way You Do The Things You Do I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love Words Only You Know And I Know I Don't Want To Talk About It Fever Am I Blue"