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Middle Of Nowhere (Trailer 1)
Middle Of Nowhere (Trailer 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars ~A Dream Deferred, September 20, 2014
This review is from: Middle Of Nowhere (Trailer 1)
A young lady must defer her dream of completing medical school after her husband is unexpectedly sentenced to prison. Her devotion is tempted when she seems to connect with a bus driver she meets while steadfastly supporting her husband.

I'm frustrated with how the powers-that-be have mishandled this beautiful work of art. Mostly inaccessible to the public, out of sight is out mind. No one around me has heard of this film, and it's not available for me to lead anyone to it. What a shame. We need many more movies like this. 5 stars and highly recommended if you can get your hands on it.


Middle of Nowhere
Middle of Nowhere
DVD ~ David Oyelowo

5.0 out of 5 stars ~An Important Work of Art Mishandled by the Studio, September 20, 2014
This review is from: Middle of Nowhere (DVD)
I'm frustrated with how the powers-that-be have mishandled this beautiful work of art. Mostly inaccessible to the public, out of sight is out mind. No one around me has heard of this film, and it's not available for me to lead anyone to it. What a shame. We need many more movies like this. 5 stars and highly recommended if you can get your hands on it.

Synopsis:
Ruby (Emayatzy Corinealdi) was happily married to wonderfully supportive husband Derek (Omari Hardwick) and was well on her way in medical school to becoming a doctor. However, their momentum to a dream life is disrupted when her husband is arrested and has to serve prison time. Back at home with her mother (the outstanding Lorraine Toussaint), Ruby finds herself spinning her wheels as she steadfastly fights to keep the light of the dream from being extinguished. That challenge is further complicated when her soul seems to connect with bus driver Brian (David Oyelowo) who enters the picture.

The film is a beautiful examination of self-discovery, family relationships, an imbalanced prison system, and marital fidelity under unusual circumstances. Writer/Director Ava DuVernay rightfully received a number of accolades for her thought-provoking work and gorgeous direction of this important story. And the acting ensemble's performances are first-rate! The ending as subtle as it was left me speechless.

If the opportunity arises, see this film without fail!


Partners
Partners
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ~'Partners': Like An Autumn Breeze~~, September 16, 2014
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This review is from: Partners (MP3 Music)
As many times as these classics have been sung, Barbra and her various 'Partners' have breathed new life into the songs to perhaps introduce them to a new generation of music lovers. It's delight to the ears and a great change of pace from the music ruling the airwaves these days. I enjoy the entire album, but my top 3 for now are as follows:

~*~"What Kind of Fool" - The piano arrangement is gorgeous! As a John Legend fan, I heard about this duet which brought me to the album and what a gift it has been. This song is beautifully produced and John and Barbra complement one another very well.

~*~"It Had To Be You" - Playful and lovely. A great introduction for the album. I wouldn't mind if Barbra and Michael Buble did an entire album together.

~*~"How Deep Is The Ocean" - I've never heard of Jason Gould but, wow, what a voice. Their voices soar wonderfully together here!

'Partners' is as mellow and as refreshing as an autumn breeze and is highly recommended for fans of easy listening music.
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Jealous
Jealous
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Jealous' of Nick's Talent!, September 12, 2014
This review is from: Jealous (MP3 Music)
Even top R&B singers today aren't singing and writing songs this good! Nick Jonas does his thing on 'Jealous', and I am INCREDIBLY excited about his upcoming album.


V (Deluxe Explicit)
V (Deluxe Explicit)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chapter 'V': A Band Redefined, September 12, 2014
This review is from: V (Deluxe Explicit) (Audio CD)
Maroon 5's debut 'Songs About Jane' was lauded as an inspired, cohesive album by a talented new band with a fresh sound. But as with all bands, there was an inevitable evolution much to the chagrin of Day 1 fans. Slight personnel changes and the need for a band to redefine itself resulted with albums that felt somewhat unfocused and random with great songs sprinkled in every now and then. But on 'V', Maroon 5 seems to have found its footing and turns out to be my favorite M5 album. My favorites (for now) are as follows:

~"Animals" - A tight head-bopper with a carnal rhythm at its foundation, Adam's animalistic instinct drives him to pursue his prey with conviction.

~"Sugar" - There is just something about this song that I can't get enough of....sexy lyrics, the playful falsetto...ugh...my compadres don't get it...to each his own I guess.

~"Unkiss" - Sometimes heartbreak is so painful that you wish a relationship could be undone. This is of my favorite woeful ballads in recent memory.

~"My Heart Is Open" - A timeless classic that sounds like a throwback to stadium ballads of the 80s. Gwen complements Adam's vocals perfectly.

~"New Love" - M5 has always been good with urban/pop hybrids and "New Love" is no exception. It's the reason the band has such a broad fan base.

When Maroon 5 first hit the scene, I thought they would venture off into an edgier sound, more rock (e.g. "Harder To Breathe", "Not Coming Home") and less radio-friendly. However, the band finds itself in a blissful pop arena, and it actually suits them well. 'V' gets five stars.


Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 4
Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 4
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ~A Lump of Coal is More Tasteful!~, December 6, 2013
Glee: Christmas Album Volume 4 lacks innovation, thought, and worst of all, spirit. It is a far cry from the excellent Volume 1 that showcased the vocal prowess of its stars and innovation (with its "Single Ladies"-inspired production of "Deck The Rooftops" and playful and somewhat groundbreaking rendition of "Baby, It's Cold" by two males). On Volume 4, the arrangements are lame, the vocals are amateurish, and the production is incredibly god-awful. You'd do better getting these songs from just about any other artist on any other CD. The Glee producers seem to be content with throwing trash to its fans. Sorry. No pick up here.


Love In The Future
Love In The Future
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5.0 out of 5 stars ~A Legend in "Love"~, November 25, 2013
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John Legend does it again! 'Love In The Future' ranks up there with 'Once Again', one of my favorite CDs of all-time. These songs are coming from a man deeply in love - love that radiates in every note of every lyric of every beat.

"You and I" - John reassures his lady that she doesn't have to do much to be beautiful. What others think doesn't matter. Besides, "ain't nobody in the world but you and I." Amazing!
"Hold On Longer" - The chord progression is new to my ears and absolutely beautiful. The waltz tempo, the violin arrangement, and the lyrics are just mesmerizing.
"Open My Eyes" - I can't imagine anyone else remaking this Bobby Caldwell classic. John does the song justice as he ushers it into the 21st Century to introduce it to a different generation of music lovers.
"For The First Time" - A ballad of discovery and liberation. John Legend soars in bliss during the chorus.
Interludes: "Angel" ft Stacy Barthe/ "What If I Told You?" - These interludes really fill in the gaps of the album to make it feel complete and special. I have always loved Stacy Barthe and appreciate that she is getting exposure with well-established artists. Her vocal style is gorgeous.
"All Of Me" - Another ballad celebrating the natural beauty of his betrothed (dang! this man is in love!)

Why John Legend named this CD 'Love In The Future' is beyond me. He is definitely in the presence and recognizing the state of love he is experiencing now. This is certainly a CD for lovers, but it's also for those of us looking to fall in love. I believe in it and know this is what it will feel like in my future. 5 Stars!


Sail Out
Sail Out
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ~"Sail Out" is Trance R&B Odyssey~, November 11, 2013
This review is from: Sail Out (Audio CD)
Jhene Aiko answers Frank Ocean's call for trance R&B music and lays some sweet, ethereal vocals over tight hip-hop beats throughout 'Sail Out'. The album, with seven tracks, is at the perfect duration between an EP and a full-length release - not too long and not too short. The on-fire and ever reliable Kendrick Lamar stops by and drops a few verses on "Stay Ready" while Childish Gambino provides his talents on "Bed Peace" which has already wet everyone's appetite. "Sail Out" is definitely a nice, mellow album that even non-hip-hop fans can appreciate - especially those who are tired of club-bangers and overdone party music. It's cool seeing her go from guest artist to solo artist having other well-respected musicians on her debut.


Where Does This Door Go [2 CD][Deluxe]
Where Does This Door Go [2 CD][Deluxe]
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ~A Breakthrough for Mayer Hawthorne~, July 16, 2013
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Every note and every beat of every song on `Where Does This Door Go' is saturated with a variety of sultry soul that the gifted Mayer Hawthorne surely acquired while growing up. His appreciation for the works of legends such as Curtis Mayfield and Isaac Hayes is apparent throughout the CD, yet fresh enough to appeal to today's lovers of music. Here are my initial favorites:

~"Her Favorite Song" feels like two great songs in one the way it transitions between a funky headbopper and a late night jazzy sway.

~"Corsican Rose" is a sincere expression of regret over the one that got away. It has a distorted synth tone that underscores the chorus that puts this song in the zone.

~"Crime" with on-fire rapper Kendrick Lamar is a breezy party cut that makes for a nice backdrop for a number of social gatherings.

~"The Stars Are Ours" is saturated in Stevie Wonder-fulness and original enough to stand on its own. A beautiful ode to undoubtedly one of Mayer's musical godfathers.

~"Where Does This Door Go" is a shoe-gazing meditation on trying to find your way. I immediately identified with the lyrics and understand why this is the title cut.

Mayer Hawthorne is an artist of great range, and I hope he gets the recognition he deserves. "Where Does This Door Go" is my favorite album released this year. Get the Deluxe Edition. 5 star perfection!


Mirrors
Mirrors
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5.0 out of 5 stars ~"Mirrors": Such A Good Look~, April 19, 2013
This review is from: Mirrors (MP3 Music)
On "Mirrors", Justin's voice is gorgeous as he sings intimate lyrics over Timbaland's intoxicating beat and arrangement. I challenge you not to get lost in pure musical ecstasy if you sing along with the a cappella chorus at the 3:42 mark."Mirrors" ranks among the very best from Timberlake and Timbaland.


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