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Moon Florida Beaches: The Best Places to Swim, Play, Eat, and Stay (Moon Handbooks)
Moon Florida Beaches: The Best Places to Swim, Play, Eat, and Stay (Moon Handbooks)
by Parke Puterbaugh
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Florida beach guide available, September 27, 2010
This book is a guide for those who like beaches. It is not a book for those who like condos, bars, and pretentious "luxury" high rise hotels. The authors offer information on every accessible beach in the state, which is an amazing accomplishment in and of itself. I have lived in Florida my entire life and have visited the majority of these beaches (quite a few I discovered only by reading this book), and the descriptions are spot on. I cannot recommend it enough, unless you want to know where to get drunk with college students on spring break, where to buy a pair of Ferragamos, or where to see an unbroken wall of giant concrete eyesores.

S.O.S.: Save Our Soul ( Amazon Exclusive with Bonus Track )
S.O.S.: Save Our Soul ( Amazon Exclusive with Bonus Track )
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great covers are not supposed to be clones, February 3, 2008
This guy has a great voice. A rich voice. A soulful voice. But he is not Marvin Gaye, he's not Al Green, and he sure as hell is not Otis Redding, and he insists on forcing the comparisons by attempting to sing just like his heroes over arrangements that are virtually identical to the originals. When he sings lesser known songs ("Harry Hippy") or the lone self-penned tune ("Come In From the Cold"), the results are magical. Here's hoping he takes the road less travelled next time around.
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New Used Car
New Used Car
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best blues album of 2006, February 24, 2007
This review is from: New Used Car (Audio CD)
Sue Foley is a criminally underrated blues singer/songwriter/guitarist. She has consistently been releasing great music for the last 15 years. She has an instantly recognizable (and sexy as hell) voice, and she is a remarkably gifted player. Anyone with an appreciation for the blues should check her out. She is equally adept at slow blues or fast, instrumental or vocal, acoustic or electric; all while retaining her signature sound. Here's hoping "Gman" will give her latest another spin, because it truly is one of her best, and no one should be discouraged from checking it out. Simply put, it is one of the five best albums of the year, regardless of genre.
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Trapped in the Closet Chapters 1-12 (Unrated Version)
Trapped in the Closet Chapters 1-12 (Unrated Version)
DVD ~ R. Kelly
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars spectacularly bad, December 17, 2005
One of the previous reviewers compared this to "Showgirls". That is an affront to Paul Verhoeven, something I previously thought was an impossibility. This is "Plan 9 From Outer Space" bad. Morbid curiosity bad. So bad it's (almost) good bad. This isn't self deprecating humor, it is self defecating humor...with midgets. If flatulence and philandering are your thing, this is made for you. The rest of us will be left to wonder whether we have fallen victim to the mother of all punks. Wow.

Quit + / Or Fight
Quit + / Or Fight
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars go ahead quit, August 25, 2005
This review is from: Quit + / Or Fight (Audio CD)
OK, this is not just a review, but a manifesto. Just about everything that is wrong with this great country right now can be summed up with the one star review which preceded this one. I really like this disc. It is extremely well written, melodic, and daring. It is also, God forbid, obviously the work of people with fully functioning, creative brains. If every freaking musician that dares not to open with an "oh so scary" menacing bass line and an adenoidal scream to satan is considered a "wussie", then color me a fan of the wusses.

I don't know what Mr. Grimes' political views are, but his review is reflective of a lot of the ridiculous rhetoric that this country's political discourse has fallen prey to. You are either a "patriot" (and for whatever war we decide to wage) or a "wussie" (and therefore a traitor). I know it is a lot easier to see the world in black and white, right and wrong, and good and bad, but there really are some other hues out there. Check 'em out. Only a real wuss would refuse to do so.

Out-Of-State Plates
Out-Of-State Plates
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not their best, but still mighty good, July 1, 2005
This review is from: Out-Of-State Plates (Audio CD)
Most b-side compilations are for die-hard fans only. In the vast majority of cases, there is a very good reason the songs didn't make the cut on previous discs. To some extent that is true here. This is less than prime FOW for the most part, but the songwriting is still stronger than almost anything else out there if you are a fan of power pop. Moreover, the two new songs are wonderful and "The Girl I Can't Forget" is worth the price of admission alone. Other highlights are the ELO and Britney Spears(!) covers. Recommended.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spectacular soul from way out in left field, June 30, 2005
This review is from: Multiply (Audio CD)
This is one of the most astoundingly pleasant surprises I can recall stumbling across in many a moon. This guy's previous work is nearly unlistenable experimental electronica and sound loops. Now he reveals himself to be the heir apparent to the likes of Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, and Prince. This is great soul music that is both retro and on the cutting edge. The songs are first rate, the singing is better. Stands right now as the best disc of the year in my book. If you are a fan of classic soul, you really owe it to yourself to buy this one.

The Thorns
The Thorns
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars major disappointment, July 26, 2003
This review is from: The Thorns (Audio CD)
OK, I should probably start by saying that, with one of my favorite songwriters on earth (Sweet), and two others who I admire greatly, I probably set my expectations for this release at an unrealistic level. I also should have learned my lesson from many previous attempts at "supergroups". Nonetheless, this cannot be considered anything but disappointing. The myriad reviews which cite CSNY as a reference point are extremely misleading. This is not "Deja Vu" revisited, it's more like "America" revisited. Gorgeous harmonizing yes, but little else. The songwriting is particularly weak.
Compounding this frustration is the fact that Mr. Sweet did release a wonderful album this year (his first in three years) but made it available only in Japan. Oh, you can get a copy here, but it'll set you back $$.
Bottom line, if you are a huge fan of America, Bread, or Seals and Crofts, these Thorns are for you. If you like a little more oomph in your music, save your money and hope that Kimi Ga Suki is released domestically sometime soon.

Welcome Interstate Managers
Welcome Interstate Managers
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Pop Perfection, June 18, 2003
This disc is a masterpiece of pop music, plain and simple. It has more hooks than an entire bait shop, and conquers a myriad of musical styles without sounding like anyone other than Fountains of Wayne. Look, you should be ashamed of yourself for not buying Utopia Parkway four years ago, you now have a chance to make amends and indulge in an even better treat.

If you are a power pop fan, this is as good as Matthew Sweet's "Girlfriend", but even if you are not there is something for everyone...there's even a country song for crying out loud. The lyrics are just as good as the melodies: Sharp, literate, sometimes poignant, and, more often than not, absolutely hilarious; these guys are simply the best songwriting team in pop music today. Do yourself a favor, buy it.

Just What Time It Is
Just What Time It Is
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars laid back groove for driving a winding country road, October 19, 2001
This review is from: Just What Time It Is (Audio CD)
There are a few artists whose voice is so unique and whose musical vision is so unified that they scarcely can be compared to anyone else. James Taylor and John Martyn spring to mind, to which I can add Jeb Loy Nichols. This is not by any means earth shattering genius or anything, but I defy anyone to name a better album for cruising down a long winding country road on a Sunday afternoon with your baby by your side. Oh yeah, the reggae/dub touches are nice, but very subtle and any reference to this as a dub influenced disc is extremely misleading.

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