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Ciara
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Fifth Album From Ciara; 3 ½ stars, July 17, 2013
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Ciara marks Ciara's fifth studio album and first for Epic Records. At just over 40 minutes and 11 tracks (ten without "Body Party (Remix)"), Ciara is a tight, overall well put together affair. It's by no means an extremely flashy album, but nor is it safe; it balances somewhere in the middle yielding successful results. Ciara may or may not propel the R&B singer back into her former stardom, but it does add another solid offering to her discography.

"I'm Out" opens in typical Ciara fashion with the chanteuse enthusiastically singing the eventual hook. Nicki Minaj guests on the first verse, true to her edgy approach. The premise of the opener is that Ciara has endured a break up and now she's having a girl's night out ("...If you know that you're better than the new girl that he on / go `head and tell him now, you gon' miss me when I'm gone...") "Sophomore" is even better, with Ciara exhibiting an excellent feistiness throughout. Naughty without going over the edge, "Sophomore" is cool yet just edgy - an musical oxymoron of sorts. "Body Party" continues the sensual vibe established by "Sophomore", continuing to pack heat yet do so with poise. One of the signature lines? "My body is your party baby / nobody's invited but you, baby..."

"Keep On Lookin'" is sort of Ciara's "Milkshake" you might say, as all the boys are looking and fighting over her. While confidence can be a turn-on as much as a turn-off, Ciara makes it a turn-on, delivering capably. "Read My Lips" has a tougher act to follow, but she handles it solidly. The cut, like many, is well produced but not over-produced or too flashy. The hook is a tried and true statement: "I just wanna take care of you baby / you're the only one I wanna give it to / this is all for you". My opinion is on the fence for the sixth track, "Where You Go", featuring autotune loving rapper Future, also Ciara's boyfriend. The modern R&B nature is interesting courtesy of production from today's 'it producer' in Mike Will Made It, but the overall song feels a bit clunky.

"Super Turnt Up" does it better than "Where You Go", in which Ciara can pay ode to her current love (Future), hence why she is "super turnt up". On "DUI", the source of her intoxication isn't alcohol, but rather "the influence of your [his] love". Here, Ciara sounds quite a lot like Kelly Rowland, which seems to be a trend in R&B. On "Livin' It Up", Ciara epitomizes the title ("I'll be throwing it up / I, I, I, I'll be playin' it cool / cause a girl's gonna do / what a girl's gonna dow...") Nicki Minaj guests once more, alluding to her rap on Kanye West's "Monster" ("Cause this one is for the girls making progress / see I'm a monster, no I'm not a Lochness"). Perhaps two appearances is one too many. "Overdose" gives Ciara a pop cut as far as the sound. Overall, it's enjoyable and well produced. "Body Party (Remix)" featuring Future and B.o.B closes the effort.

All in all, Ciara is a solid and enjoyable affair. It's not 'the second coming', but it definitely portrays the former 'crunk' princess radiantly. Whether that's enough for a commercial comeback, only time will tell, but as far as quality, she's well on her way. 3 ½ stars.


El Salvador Country Travel Guide 2013: Attractions, Restaurants, and More... (DBH Country Guides)
El Salvador Country Travel Guide 2013: Attractions, Restaurants, and More... (DBH Country Guides)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb, Informative Country Guide; Perfect for Any Travel Enthusiast, July 15, 2013
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El Salvador Country Travel Guide 2013: Attractions, Restaurants, and More... (DBH Country Guides) provides incredible information for the potential vacationer/traveling enthusiast to soak in. More than just a list of activities and things to partake of, this particular guide provides geographical, historical, and cultural background on El Salvador. One thing that this particular DBH guide does well is to provide a persuasive argument against preconceived notions that El Salvador is unsafe and a poor choice for vacationing ("...it is among the safest of the Central American countries..."). Always wary of safety concerns, DBH gives the reader proper precautions to all the activities it suggests for a successful vacation.

The most attention is spent on San Salvador, the capital city and 'flagship' location within the country. Mindful of safety as aforementioned, DBH reminds "...remember that as long as you stay in the neighborhoods that draw tourist, El Salvador has been deemed safe for outsiders." Of San Salvador, he goes on to detail means of transportation, dining/costs with websites, addresses, video links, "Sees and Dos", and day trips from the capital. The guide takes a similar approach on El Salvador's other cities, comparing and contrasting each to San Salvador (Santa Ana and San Miguel, the second and third largest cities in the country). Throughout the exceptional covering of both, the guide provides ample recommendations, whether its beaches, sporting activities, museums, churches, etc. The uninformed becomes incredibly informed by merely scanning through.

Overall, El Salvador Country Travel Guide 2013: Attractions, Restaurants, and More... (DBH Country Guides) doubles as both a magnificently assembled snapshot into El Salvador as well as a lure to further explore El Salvadorian culture and the riches offered. Personally, I knew very little about the country, but I felt more educated and allured after reading through this relatively brief, but thoughtful country guide. I highly recommend this to anyone who has interest in traveling and is looking for a truly awesome place to vacation. I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review.


Magna Carta... Holy Grail [Explicit]
Magna Carta... Holy Grail [Explicit]
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Jay-Z's Best..., July 10, 2013
Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail quickly became one of the most anticipated new releases of 2013. Jay-Z shocked the world by announcing a 'sooner than later' release of his newest effort. The problem with Magna Carta Holy Grail is that it fails to live up to the hype or the consistency that has characterized Jay-Z's previous efforts. Over the course of 16 songs, Jay-Z sometimes pleases while at other times he falls short of making a splash. There is no "Empire State of Mind" or "Run This Town" this time around; single "Holy Grail" hasn't had enough time to build a buzz. Ultimately, even some of the better, more memorable tracks are accompanied by a rub of some sort.

"Holy Grail" opens the effort, assisted by Justin Timberlake. Timberlake sounds soulful as expected, but seems to grab more spotlight than Jay-Z, the feature artist. Jay-Z does perform two verses, but they pale compared to Timberlake's contributions which are more interesting. Things are better on "Picasso Baby", in which Jay-Z proclaims himself to be the new 'Picasso'. The production has an old-school, east coast sound that is suited for Jay-Z. The best moment is the production switch-up that provides a backdrop for Jay's best, 'realest' verse, Verse 3 ("...They try to slander your man / on CNN and Fox..."). On "Tom Ford", Hov solutes the fashion designer stating "I don't pop molly, I rock Tom Ford..." on the catchy hook. It's not an outright classic by any means, but it's a worthwhile listen. "FkWithMeYouKnowIGotIt" follows, but finds neither Jay-Z or guest Rick Ross at their most substantive. The hook is catchy enough, but simple and shallowly based in bragging. Rick Ross does take a noticeable shot at Reebok ("Money talk I speak fluent...Reeboks on, I just do it...") Four tracks in, Magna Carta Holy Grail is a mixed bag.

"Oceans" gives Jay-Z a solid track, with Frank Ocean delivering splendidly on the socially conscious hook. The production is also among the best of the effort, using malicious brass and buttressing drum programming. Jay-Z sounds a bit more up to snuff on lines like "...Only Christopher we acknowledge is Wallace / I don't even like Washingtons in my pocket / Black card go hard when I'm shopping..." "F.U.T.W." isn't a bad follow-up, and Jay-Z goes deeper on certain lines ("America tried to emasculate the greats / Murder Malcolm, give Cassius the shakes...") while going 'small' on others ("Sipping D'USSE boy this ain't your daddy yak / he in a Caddilac, Me? In in the Maybach...") "Somewhere in America" is brief, dropping Frank Sinatra and Miley Cyrus references within the same song. Crazy?

On "Crown", Jay-Z takes the Kanye West approach, with lines like "You in the presence of a king / scratch that, you in the presence of a God...". "Crown" should be a turn off, but it is enjoyable enough. "Heaven" has a conceptual edge, taking a page out of J. Cole and Game's religious rap (Born Sinner (Deluxe Edition) and Jesus Piece). Like his colleagues, Jay-Z takes a liberal approach that's somewhere between free-thinking and blasphemy... Later on "Part II (On The Run)", Jay-Z brings in Beyoncé, proclaiming "my baby momma harder than a lot of you..." As true as that may be, "Part II" comes off a bit indulgent, overwrought in length, and odd. "BBC" isn't exactly what one might expect from a Jay-Z and Nas collaboration, but it is likable. Jay-Z in particular seems very concerned with all things material. The close of the effort is particularly odd. "Jay-Z Blue" is meaningful, but too much weight for one track. "La Familia" and "Nickels and Dimes" seem like filler.

Ultimately, Magna Carta Holy Grail feels scattered and lacks cohesion. It and Jay-Z himself have their moments, but neither seems to be at the 'top of the game'. After a run including American Gangster (2007), Blueprint 3 (2009), and Watch the Throne (2011), Magna Carta Holy Grail leaves more to be desired. Okay, but we all expect more from Hov.
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One True Vine
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Effort From a Living Legend, July 2, 2013
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You know what's sad? That more veteran, legendary artists don't receive their just due or rightful acclaim. Sure, Mavis Staples is long past her prime, but the contralto's most recent album One True Vine is easily more well-rounded compared to albums by artists more than half-her age (74). Staples may not 'let loose' as much as she has in the past, but One True Vine is another fine addition to a rich discography (particularly with The Staple Singers). A tight ten songs at a brief 35 minutes, One True Vine packs a mighty, inspired punch.

One True Vine opens with a relatively unknown, obscure number in "Holy Ghost", a cover of indie-rock band Low. Given spiritual, roots-driven nature of One True Vine, "Holy Ghost" is the perfect opener. Rather than receiving a truly rousing portrayal, "Holy Ghost" sort of 'breathes' on the listener, anointing with a quieter, more relaxed energy. Jeff Tweedy original "Every Step" opens somewhat restrained, but constantly evolves including more instrumentation and accentuating backing vocalists. The results are nothing short of magnificent, as "Every Step" gives Staples a 'brand new classic' of sorts that should appeal equally to gospel and R&B audiences. Capping off the exceptional opening trio, Parliament gets fine treatment on cover "Can You Get To That", which Staples funkily tackles. Solid production work by Tweedy certainly doesn't hurt either.

"Jesus Wept" continues to showcase Staple's impressive vocals, age considered or not. It runs a bit long, but the folksy, six-eight ballad still awes. "Far Celestial Shore" contrasts, returning to a quicker tempo and more brevity. On "What Are They Doing in Heaven" things slow once more, but not in a draggy sense. Once more in a gospel-driven six-eight, Staples continues to both uplift the soul and make the listener reminisce back to old-school soul and Americana music. "Sow Good Seeds" epitomizes 'old school', but it's message remains relevant and worthwhile. "I Like the Things About Me" digs back to Staples' roots, covering The Staples Sisters soundly, much with the same vigor as the earlier "Can You Get To That". Penultimate cut "Woke Up This Morning (With My Mind On Jesus)" gives the traditional spiritual new life, while one last original, title-track "One True Vine", closes appropriately. The sole quibble about the closer is the absence of backing vocals, which tend to add more 'spark' to the album throughout.

Ultimately, Mavis Staples does her thing - and always has. She electrifies most on the covers, but strength of "Every Step" can't be underwritten. Other than a few minor rubs here and there, there is little to complain about. Staples could've inserted more ad libs as opposed to remain married to the melody, but that is nitpicking by my estimations. Anyone who is a fan of classic Americana, gospel, and soul should be pleased by this exceptional effort from one of music's living legends. 4 stars.
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Fashionably Late
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment By All Means; Too Much Going On..., July 2, 2013
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Post-Harcore band Falling in Reverse attempt to be 'well rounded' you might say on 2013 effort Fashionably Late (Deluxe Edition). For the most part, there is nothing wrong with dabbling in pop, rap, and even country. The problem comes when it just comes off as 'lame'. 'Lame' is too often the sentiment on Fashionably Late. Too often the album is clunky and overwrought with one too many ideas or one dynamic level too much. When frontman Ronnie Radke eschews the screamo (and rap most of the time), things tend to trend smoother. Unfortunately, there is too much indulgent into both.

"Champion" opens rather unimpressively, with the band quickly revealing 'every card in their deck'. The front-half of the verses are heavily-forced scremo, while the second-half contrast with traditional 'melody.' If that wasn't enough, the rap verse contrasts everything else, but not necessarily for the good of the track. Sure, the chorus is positively themed ("I rise above it all and I'm not coming down... because a champion is what they call me now..."), but the cut itself is so-so. "Bad Girls Club" is equally clumsy, if not more so. Quirky, schmaltzy pop takes over, with the band trying to contrasts themselves with both edgier lyrical references and silly childish one ("ollie-ollie oxen free to all the bad girls..."). Potential lies within somewhere, but there is little motivation to unearth it. Momentum shifts on back to back cuts "Rolling Stone" and title-track "Fashionably Late". Neither are 'the second coming', but both seem to show more appeal and improvement over the ill-conceived opening duo.

"Alone" proceeds, but the braggadocios nature of the rapping seems to be empty of legit hip hop credentials ("...man I've been in rap since I was... in Pampers / Climb the ladder to the top and now I'm... on rappers...."). The concept is better than the lyrics themselves, which does give "Alone" some redemption. "Born To Lead" is better rounded, particularly the melodic portions as opposed to 'screamo.' Even so, the 'screamo' is used with more moderation here. Again, the momentum takes a hit with "It's Over When It's Over" and generally the remained of the album. "Game Over" manages to use some cool video game effects, but the comparison of real life to video games is a bit of an empty comparison. "Self-Destruct Personality" is rightfully 'crazy', but that doesn't translate to a cohesive, enjoyable song in itself. "...The Rest" basically finds Ronnie Radke not caring and neither does the listener... it's just 'so what?' basically. "Keep Holding On" shows the pros about the band, mostly because of they rein themselves in. Closer "Drifter" is a take it or leave it, depending on one's tastes. On the one hand, it's country experimentalism is bold and admirable. On the other hand, does it really work and why does a post-hardcore band need to go there?

All-in-all, Fashionably Late (Deluxe Edition) leaves more to be desired. Falling in Reverse nearly 'plummet' on this album, trying to do 'too much' in one setting. There are good moments as aforementioned, but none are atonement for all the miscues and improprieties unfortunately. 2 stars.


Songversation
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Wise 'SongVersation' By All Means; 3 ½ Stars, July 2, 2013
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R&B singers don't get much classier than India.Arie. Arie is one of the most refined, poised musicians in urban music. Because of her poise and subtlety as an artist, little has changed about Arie since her debut in the early 00s. That is a pro for the most part, but it also doesn't allow her to necessarily branch out more commercially. That's a shame because Arie is truly a top-notch talent and 2013 effort Songversation is another solid addition to her discography. It's not flashy, but it easily and satisfactorily 'gets the job done'.

"Just Do You" is an early highlight following the intro ("Soul Bird Intro). Arie delivers an expected message of positivity, urging her audience to "Just do you / somebody's got to be a star..." on the particularly strong, inspired chorus. On follow-up track "This Love", Arie plans to give her total devotion to ensuring "this love" is a successful one. "This Love" benefits from its soulfulness, not to mention it's jazzy harmonic underpinnings. "Nothing That I Love More" continues to find Arie in solid voice, while the Turkish musical elements of "Flowers" help make the cut shine. "Flowers" shows off Arie's artistry, specifically her ability to 'think outside the box'. Throw in a timely message of showing gratitude to loved ones sooner than later, and "Flowers" is Arie at her most potent. If that wasn't enough, standout single "Cocoa Butter" follows in all its adult contemporary R&B glory. "I show you my burns, you show me lessons learned..." she sings wisely on the second verse, continuing to flex her sophisticated artistic muscles.

After another interlude similar to the intro, Arie continues on her trek on "Moved By You" and "Life I Knew". "Move By You" is a solid showing, but perhaps a bit simple and too lengthy. "Life I Knew" is better and more reflective, highlighted by Arie's wish for a family of her own as well as the tribulations that live bestows. On "Break The Shell", Arie continues in her prudence, suggesting "Child it's time to break the shell / life's gonna hurt but it's meant to be felt..." On "SoulBird Rise", Arie showcases her spiritual side that transfers to proceeding cuts like "Thy Will Be Done", "Brother's Keeper", "One", and "I Am Light". Of those final cuts, "Brother's Keeper" particularly shines, with Arie questioning "Am I my brother's keeper / yes I am! / Am I the one to teach him? / yes I am / Am I the one to reach him? / yes I can..." Throughout its course, SongVersation is chocked full of teachings and life fixes.

Ultimately, Songversation is another well-rounded, enjoyable album from the rather underrated R&B chanteuse. It's not flawless nor always riveting per se, but as always, it well represents India. Arie artistically. She's more often restrained than not which may turn off some desiring more rousing showings, but sometimes the gutsiest punches arise from restraint itself. All in all, well done. 3 ½ Stars.


3M Document Holder Wedge, 20 Sheet Capacity (DH140)
3M Document Holder Wedge, 20 Sheet Capacity (DH140)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Space Saver Compared to Larger Document Holders, July 1, 2013
In need of an inexpensive document holder? Look no further than the 3M Document Holder Wedge, 20 Sheet Capacity (DH140). Often document holders require extra space for storage upon a desk/workspace given the backboard that supports the respective sheets that need holding. Personally, my desk is already filled with various office products, computer, external hard drives and whatnot, so having the space for a document holder is near-impossible. This wedge eliminates the need of a backboard by supporting the documents sturdily at the bottom. It takes up little space and accomplishes the same task as a more cumbersome, full-sized document holder. The wedge is pretty impressive for the price in regards to the fact that it can handle 20 sheets of paper.

If you could use a document holder but don't have the space, I would highly recommend this product. It doesn't disappoint! 4 stars.


The Wack Album CD + Bonus DVD
The Wack Album CD + Bonus DVD
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Call It 'Wack' - Plenty of Laughs to Be Had! 3 ½ Stars, June 27, 2013
The Lonely Island set themselves up for failure (or mediocrity) on The Wack Album CD + Bonus DVD but the truth is, it's not really `wack'. Sure, utterly ridiculous comedy that goes pretty dumb won't be for everybody, but the hip-hop parodying comic troupe are actually pretty good at what they do. Most of the comedy sketches actually translate well from a visual to a sole auditory experience, while some need the visual to be funny or comprehended. Ultimately, the title sells The Lonely Island's talents short and yes, I'm being totally serious!

"Dramatic Intro" sets the tone of the ludicrousness to come, which happens to be "Go Kindergarten" featuring Robyn. Parodying every rap trend of late against legit hardcore production, Andy Samberg and company close with summative line "Get stupid, go moron / we goin' kindergarten." On "Hugs", a guesting Pharrell Williams continues his triumphant re-ascent in the pop-urban world, in which he confidently supports The Lonely Island's nuttiness: "Don't get mad girl, we get mad girls / and we're hugging all over the world / don't catch feelings, it ain't love / we're just the kings of giving hugs..." On "Diaper Money", The Lonely Island take responsibility for their actions - well maybe not with lyrics like "Wobble-dee-wobble-dee-drop / into my grave plot/ you afraid of death / Well I'm afraid not..." No they get an `F' for profundity, but at least they pay their child support ("I got that diaper money!")

"YOLO" gives the listener a familiar cut to spin, featuring one of the hottest pop stars (Adam Levine) and one of the hottest rapper (Kendrick Lamar). Taking the more `conservative' route, "YOLO" is funny because some of the world's least serious guys take the antithetical view of the rebellious motto `you only live once'. "Spell It Out" does just what it says it will with the joke being the inappropriateness of what is spelled. This is an example where seeing the comic sketch would be a pro. "Semicolon" doesn't necessarily need the support of the comic sketch, as The Lonely Island hilariously confuse punctuation marks. While that concept doesn't sound funny itself, it works well, particularly with Solange Knowles providing a lift ("When it comes to punctuation / you know we're number one / and to the people of every nation / feel the power of the semicolon"). Following interlude "Where Brooklyn At?", "You've Got That Look" drops some risqué humor, courtesy of Hugh Jackman and Kristen Wiig, who ultimately delivers the home-run joke.

On "I'm A Hustler (Song?)", the `hustler' becomes weak at the hands of The Lonely Island, again serving up a perfect parody of hip-hop culture where the hustler is one unafraid, strong dude. "Spring Break Anthem" is among the best, playing up every frat-boy/college cliché of spring break (drinking, partying, girls) and then throwing in marriage! "I Run NY" is presented from the perspective of NYC's mayor and rather than speaking of the illustrious city with pride, The Lonely Island discuss all of the city's flaws, with the help of Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day. "I Don't Give A Honk" is one of those `marginally' funny cuts - it's okay, but not the best. "3 Way (The Golden Rule)" provides atonement, lifted by guest appearances from Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga.

"Meet the Crew" is anchored by a solid old-school hip-hop beat and for the most part delivers funny lyrics and ideas. "I...My Aunt" reunites the boys with T-Pain, though the results aren't as thrilling as "I'm On A Boat" was. Even so, you can't help but shake your head listening to the trashiness. "We Are A Crowd" needs the support of the visual, while "The Compliments" is easily among the top five. Too $hort plays along well with The Lonely Islands compliments of each other as opposed to the ladies. "We Need Love" isn't as great, but much like closer "Perfect Saturday", benefits more from the aid of a visual sketch.

All in all, The Wack Album CD + Bonus DVD is quite enjoyable. Nope, it's not the greatest album of the year by any means, but if you are in need of a comical `pick me up', look no further than The Wack Album. 3 ½ Stars.


Every Man Should Know
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Solid Effort From Connick, Jr.; 3 ½ Stars, June 27, 2013
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Harry Connick Jr.'s second album of 2013 takes a slightly different direction than that of Smokey Mary. Rather than embrace R&B/Funk, Every Man Should Know mixes elements of country, gospel, and jazz. More of the 'acoustic' side of Connick, Jr. returns on this project, though the 'pop' sensibility of his previous effort still lingers. A solid listen for the most part, Every Man Should Know is pleasing, even if it isn't perfect.

"Every Man Should Know" is thoughtful, with Connick Jr. expressing the traditional roles that a man should present to his lady. It's old fashioned in its writing you might say, but quite refreshing, particularly compared to how much more often music seems to disrespect women. A mix between country and gospel, backing vocals bring the 'churchy' element as does Connick Jr.'s Hammond B3. "One Fine Thing" is traditional Connick, Jr., something his most dedicated fans will highly appreciate, particularly following the departure that was Smokey Mary. As always, Connick, Jr. has a love for the left-hand piano, combined with upright bass. On "I Love Here", Harry switches gears once more, this time opting for a groovy Latin vibe that's incredibly light and easy-going. Little is light about Connick Jr.'s vocal performance, which is compelling, drawing the listener in so charmingly.

"Greatest Love Story" reinstates the 'country' vibe, though still has one foot in the door as far as jazz cues are concerned (the progression). "Come See About Me" continues to embrace Connick Jr.'s inner cowboy to good, but not exceptional results. Some background vocals could've gave "Come See About Me" more of a excitable push. "Friend (Goin' Home)" is welcome atonement, opening brightly and bursting with energy. Tara Alexander and the Frontline Vocal Movement play a prominent role on the memorable/soulful refrain, again infusing a southern gospel nature. "Being Alone" is 'great' when virtuoso trumpeted Wynton Marsalis guests. Regardless, Connick Jr. reaffirms his jazziness much like he did previously on "One Fine Thing" and the results are stellar.

Connick Jr. is less notable on "Love My Life Away", but it's by no means a deal-breaker. "You've Got It" has more energy , which is heightened even more when the gospel choir enters midway through. "Let Me Stay" is a 'B', but Branford Marsalis receives an A+ for his soprano sax contributions. "S'pposed to Be" reappears from Smokey Mary and that is not a bad thing; the electrifying showstopper is as potent now as it was earlier in the year. It's electricity doesn't translate to "Time To Go", which isn't bad nor is it among the elite of the effort.

Overall, Every Man Should Know is a solid addition to any easy listening collection and to Harry Connick, Jr.'s rich discography. It's not his best album, but it definitely is an enjoyable and interesting listening. Even when Connick Jr. strays from jazz, he continues to write his songs with his 'jazz' on his mind, which is excellent. 3 ½ Stars.


Anne of Green Gables Collection: 12 Books, Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Anne's House of Dreams, Rainbow Valley, Rilla of Ingleside, Chronicles of Avonlea, PLUS MORE!
Anne of Green Gables Collection: 12 Books, Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Anne's House of Dreams, Rainbow Valley, Rilla of Ingleside, Chronicles of Avonlea, PLUS MORE!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tremendous Bargain!, June 22, 2013
Talk about some kind of deal! That's exactly what one gets purchasing Anne of Green Gables Collection: 12 Books, Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Anne's House of Dreams, Rainbow Valley, Rilla of Ingleside, Chronicles of Avonlea, PLUS MORE!. The kindle edition of the classic collection is superbly packaged, providing ample classic literature for one to partake of. Not only are the Anne of Green Gables books featured in their entirety, but also included are additional books and poetry by author L.M. Montgomery, as well as bonus books Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) and The Call of the Wild (Jack London). For such a small and affordable price, this is nothing short of a bargain and definitely any classic book lover's dream come true.

Sometimes the notion of 'you get what you pay for' comes into play when you purchase something for a very affordable price. That is not the case here. All the standard cues of kindle books are in full force here, including linked table of contents (for each chapter of each book) and easily adjustable font/font size. As far as the overall layout, there is nothing to quibble about either - everything seems to be neatly in its designated place. So what more is there to be said? Doma Publishing not only reinvigorate interest in a classic collection, but do it for a 'steal'. I approve! Highly recommended.

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