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4.0 out of 5 stars Whoa, Nelly!, July 8, 2006
This review is from: Loose (Audio CD)
Nelly Furtado hit the charts in 2000 with her folk-oriented painted pop music, delivering Grammy-winning hits like "I'm Like a Bird" and the clever "...On The Radio (Remember The Days)." But her second record didn't really chart, though it did provide dedicated fans an even more intriguing muse to listen to. But in 2006, six years since she arrived in the industry, Furtado released onto radio "Promiscuous," her chart-topping first single from her third studio album entitled Loose. Upon hearing the song many people did believe the singer-songwriter had cut loose, dropped her interesting instrumentation and musical experimentation and gone club-heavy Hip Hop, and for the most part that was true. Loose is a release that is all about having fun; "Promiscuous" is, of course, the big hit here with its call-and-response dialogue and irresistible beat. Unfortunately for her true fans, ones who fell in love with "I'm Like a Bird," Nelly Furtado is club-ready here. Save for the somewhat intriguing "In God's Hands," every other song mainly sounds like something Britney Spears, from her In the Zone record, would deliver. The songs here mainly talk about going out and having fun, which isn't bad at all, but they're hardly as thoughtful or introspective as songs like the aforementioned "Bird." Casual listeners will love Loose for its club-ready anthems, but true fans of Nelly Furtado may find themselves shaking their heads (in disapproval) and saying, "Whoa, Nelly!"

The Very Best of Sheryl Crow
The Very Best of Sheryl Crow
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Best Of that really IS best of, July 4, 2006
Finally, a Best Of album that actually consists of an artist's best material and most known songs! Unlike some performers' hits compilations, singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow more than gets it right on The Very Best of Sheryl Crow; don't let the name fool you, because every song here, for some time on the charts, was a significant hit single for the beautiful rocker. From the Kid Rock duet "Pictures" to the great cover of "The First Cut Is The Deepest," Crow's Very Best only shows us a slice of a good reason this singer has become one of music's most compelling and accomplished.

Tracy Chapman
Tracy Chapman
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, May 7, 2006
This review is from: Tracy Chapman (Audio CD)
Tracy Chapman is a true artist. Her debut album possesses the quality and solidity that was lacking in many singer-songwriters of her day, and her songs are completely original and introspective for an artist of her years (at her record's time of release): "Fast Car," the standout single here, is a lyrically touching take on generational poverty set to beautiful acoustic music. Her devotion to political activism is easily apparent on songs like "Talkin' Bout a Revolution," "Across The Lines" and "Behind The Wall." Surprisingly consistent and brilliantly outspoken, Tracy Chapman is an album truly deserving of all of its achievements.

A Few Small Repairs
A Few Small Repairs
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4.0 out of 5 stars Folk-rock at its best, May 6, 2006
This review is from: A Few Small Repairs (Audio CD)
Having recently delved into the folk and folk-rock genres, I came upon Shawn Culvin. Had I known she was the singer-songwriter who sang "Sunny Came Home" I'd have probably gotten her CD a long time ago, since that song was hugely famous in my pre-teenage years. The aforementioned "Sunny" is brilliant in every sense, and definitely deserved its Grammy wins for Song of the Year and Record of the Year. The rest of the album is surprisingly consistent; "Get Out Of This House" is darn near as listenable as "Sunny Came Home," but not quite. "The Facts About Jimmy" is brilliant as well. A Few Small Repairs is definitely a worthwhile addition to any serious music fan's collection.

Goodbye Alice in Wonderland
Goodbye Alice in Wonderland
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Jewel, May 2, 2006
Startingly honest, folk-rock singer-songwriter Jewel delivers an album that is as real and just as refreshing as her magnificent debut Pieces of You over ten years ago. The lack of fan interest in her last project 0304, a reworking of the dance pop era that bombarded charts in the late 90s and early 2000s, seemed to have hit a personal note in the performer because most of the songs on Goodbye Alice in Wonderland talk about realizing " I hit the bottom when I reached the top." Opening track and first single "Again and Again" is one of the her best songs ever, and the rest of the record follows that way. For the first time in awhile Jewel has an album that deserves to be listened to from start to finish. Excellent.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for its singles, April 29, 2006
This review is from: Rainbow (Audio CD)
Mariah Carey possesses a singing ability almost bar none to any other performer today. Most of her albums showcase her extraordinary vocalizing, but Rainbow is one of her most irresistible in terms of ear candy and consistency. Like all of Carey's many records that contain filler Rainbow does not miss out, and there are a handful of tunes here that seem to be just there for the sake of being there. But Mariah seems to have loosened up on songs about heartbreak, or at least making them more upbeat (as heard in "Heartbreaker," a brilliant piece of pop and R&B). Rainbow opens and closes brilliantly, but like its predecessors contains a good amount of filler, although "Mariah's Theme" and "Petals" are decent. Overall, a little more than mediocre, but Mariah has yet to learn how to put together a listen that's more consistent than vocally amazing.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Mariah Carey became a "Butterfly" on this, April 29, 2006
This review is from: Butterfly (Audio CD)
Mariah Carey is by far one of the top female vocalists of all time. Her stunning instrument is simply amazing, and nowhere it is better showcased than on Butterfly. The opening track no doubt deserved hitting No. 1 on the charts; its beat is addictive and she sounds amazing. Sure, it's got some innuendo since "honey" means more than a term of endearment, but that's only part of its appeal. "Butterfly" is a beautiful ballad that is somewhat autobiographical for Carey as it talks about moving on and growing up. Those being the primary standout tracks, don't doubt that the remaining is just filler--sure, like all of her albums it has its share of filler, but it's classy and Mariah Carey covers it well. Vocally, this is by far one of her better releases.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Mariah Carey is amazing, March 31, 2006
This review is from: #1's (Audio CD)
Mariah Carey is one of the all-time best singers in music history. Her ability to hit typically unfathomable notes is, of course, her trademark and signature; but unlike some of her contemporaries, especially the late 90s and early 2000s pop stars like Britney Spears, her singing is the reason for her popularity, as it should be for any singer. Her #1's is a great CD, as are many compilation records by artists because they feature their big hits and not the filler from the actual studio releases. Impressively, Carey has had an incredible amount of singles but also an amazing number of No. 1's, more than any other female artist and rivaling only The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Even though #1's is not meant to be a Greatest Hits package (as Carey has said in the enclosed album art) like her official Greatest Hits CD released several years later, it certainly comes off as one. Mariah's voice remains powerful throughout the years as heard on #1's. Brilliant--certainly worth purchasing because it compiles the sound that made the 1990s.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely better than rumor says it is, March 30, 2006
This review is from: Charmbracelet (Audio CD)
Detractors made Charmbracelet sound like one of the most disappointing albums in history, but Mariah Carey (in my opinion) glows here despite her critics. Her voice is in top shape--so what if she gets breathy at times? Even breathy she delivers some of the best vocals by any female artist out there. Despite reviewers, I think "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" is one of the best songs, though a cover, on the CD; the ending high part is magnificently executed. The record has its low moments, but at its lowest the songs are decent, just not memorable. Mariah Carey is one of the greatest singers in history, and definitely (in my opinion) one of the top female vocalists, and shows her brilliant singing abilities here. Surprisingly better than expected.

Maid in Manhattan
Maid in Manhattan
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant movie, March 23, 2006
This review is from: Maid in Manhattan (DVD)
Jennifer Lopez has iffy moments in everything: She can act if given the right part (as in her big screen debut in 1997's hit Selena or in U-Turn) and she can pull of mediocrity in her singing career--if given the right song. She stalled in her portrayl in The Wedding Planner, but in Maid in Manhattan she gives an amazing performance as a believable girl from the Bronx working in a high class New York City hotel. Not only is the story real life, but all the actors (even the supporting ones) give brilliant performances, including the child actor portraying Lopez's son. The story has its Hollywood moments, but it's still believable and amazing.

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