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Red Carpet Massacre
Red Carpet Massacre
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Andy Taylor, eat your heart out, November 13, 2007
This review is from: Red Carpet Massacre (Audio CD)
Duran Duran's explosively good "Red Carpet Massacre," the first album since guitarist Andy Taylor left the band (again) in 2006, is a welcome surprise and is the band's most rhythm-oriented effort since 1986's "Notorious." Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, and Nate Hills all give the Fab-Five-Turned-Four a welcome facelift without compromising the band's identity and New Romantic roots. Uptempo cuts like "Nite Runner" and "Skin Divers" are club-ready grooves that can fill almost any dancefloor, while Timberlake contributes as producer to "Falling Down," the band's most compelling rock ballad since 1993's "Ordinary World." Other tracks swing wildly between hard-edged funk and new wave; among the best are "Zoom In" and the synth-heavy disco confection "Tempted." The thought of Timbaland producing tracks on a Duran Duran album can raise skeptical eyebrows, but the collaboration must be heard to be believed. After 2004's "Astronaut," the Wild Boys step up their game with "Red Carpet Massacre," a worthy followup that deserves all the success it can achieve. I'd hate to see it flop.


Red Carpet Massacre (Deluxe Edition)
Red Carpet Massacre (Deluxe Edition)
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8 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Andy Taylor, eat your heart out., November 13, 2007
Duran Duran's explosively good "Red Carpet Massacre," the first album since guitarist Andy Taylor left the band (again) in 2006, is a welcome surprise and is the band's most rhythm-oriented effort since 1986's "Notorious." Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, and Nate Hills all give the Fab-Five-Turned-Four a welcome facelift without compromising the band's identity and New Romantic roots. Uptempo cuts like "Nite Runner" and "Skin Divers" are club-ready grooves that can fill almost any dancefloor, while Timberlake contributes as producer to "Falling Down," the band's most compelling rock ballad since 1993's "Ordinary World." Other tracks swing wildly between hard-edged funk and new wave; among the best are "Zoom In" and the synth-heavy disco confection "Tempted." The thought of Timbaland producing tracks on a Duran Duran album can raise skeptical eyebrows, but the collaboration must be heard to be believed. After 2004's "Astronaut," the Wild Boys step up their game with "Red Carpet Massacre," a worthy followup that deserves all the success it can achieve. I'd hate to see it flop.

The DVD is a 40 minute documentary that describes the making of the album. It reveals little, but it's a nice extra for hardcore Durannies like myself.
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Hourglass (CD/DVD)
Hourglass (CD/DVD)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sands of David's "Hourglass", November 12, 2007
This review is from: Hourglass (CD/DVD) (Audio CD)
In 2003, Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan released his solo debut "Paper Monsters." The fans bought it, gave it a listen, and moved on. While the CD was a decent showcase of Gahan's songwriting abilities, "Paper Monsters" was too bland to make it a distinguished debut. But on "Hourglass," Gahan gets it right. The CD purposefully leans a bit closer to Dave's electronic roots in Depeche Mode; the result is a collection of dirty, funky grooves that rival most of his work with the legendary synth pop act. The singles "Saw Something" and the near-brilliant "Kingdom" pulsate with urgency, emotion, and attitude--giving the right balance of electronic bleeps and guitars. "21 Days" is slow-moving yet compelling, and "Miracles" is a gentle ballad that, like a few of the songs here, is loaded with religious imagery. The DVD is little more than a PR package of interviews and videos. The music itself, however, is far more expressive and revealing.


Ultra
Ultra
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Depeche Mode album that almost wasn't, October 9, 2007
This review is from: Ultra (Audio CD)
Over a decade since its release, it's surprising to hear how fresh Depeche Mode's "Ultra" remains after all these years. Equally surprising is how the record even saw the light of day. Following 1993's "Songs of Faith and Devotion," singer Dave Gahan sold his soul to the devil and drugs, and Alan Wilder thew his hands in the air and quit the group. Those two blows would have killed a lesser band, but DM held strong and released "Ultra." Produced by Tim Simeon of Bomb the Bass, the singles "Barell of a Gun," "It's No Good," and "Home" still hold up well, but other glimpses of near brilliance are "The Love Thieves" and the dark and etheral "Sister of Night." "Ultra" has been remastered and repackaged with lyrics and photography by Anton Corbijn; we also get a DVD featuring a 45 minute documentary that chronicles the band from 1995-1998, featuring refreshingly candid interviews with the band, Alan Wilder, management and producer Tim Simeon. The DVD also features the album in 5.1 surround sound as well as b-side tracks and the 1998 single "Only When I Lose Myself." "Ultra" was released to modest success in 1997, but it's a solid album that warrants a second listen.


Apple iPod classic 160GB 6th Generation(Black)  (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Apple iPod classic 160GB 6th Generation(Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hold everything, October 1, 2007
Finally, after holding out for years, my dream has come true: an iPod with storage capacity exceeding 100GBs. At last I can store every note of my music collection into this MP3 player with ample room for videos and photos. Although this is marketed as 160 GB, the capacity is really 148 once you activate it, so be warned.

I agree with some of the other reviews: the iPod classic is slow when responding to the click wheel. Plus, it doesn't always load the album artwork quickly. Even so, I can live with these two minor flaws. I'm just happy to have an iPod that not only can carry 148 GB of music, but also has extended battery life. Plus, the 160 GB is thinner than the 60 GB iPod I previously had. In addition, I have Vista on my PC, and I was able to plug it in and set it up with no glitches whatsoever.

I notice that the iPods are no longer packaged with a power adapter. What's up with that? Has Apple gone cheap on its consumers? For the amount of money we consumers are paying, we should have ALL the equipment we need to use our iPod with no hassle or inconvenience.

Still, I'm glad I made this investment. Is it perfect? No. But it's good enough to make this consumer happy for years to come.
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Boys
Boys
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2.0 out of 5 stars One great song. One good one. But the rest?, September 11, 2007
This review is from: Boys (Audio CD)
Mention the word "Sabrina" to the average listener in the United States, and most likely you'll get a blank stare followed by a "who?" But in Europe, she's an Italian performer whose sex appeal and body curves helped her achieve a string of modest dance pop hits in the late 1980s. "Boys" compiles those singles with a few remixes. The obvious higlights are the title track and "All of Me," which is three-and-a-half minutes of dance pop bliss by writers/producers Stock Aitken Waterman. Elsewhere, though, the CD falls apart--and fast. The production on many of the remaining tracks is embarrassingly dated, which wouldn't matter if Sabrina could actually sing (she can't). Stock Aitken Waterman fans will want to pick up "Boys" for "All of Me," but there's not much else to recommend to casual listeners.


Wow
Wow
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Bananariffic after 20 years., June 8, 2007
This review is from: Wow (Audio CD)
When Bananarama hit No. 1 in America with their Stock Aitken Waterman-produced cover of "Venus," the all girl group reunited with SAW to record 1987's "Wow." It spawned more UK hit singles than any of their other albums, and it helped put Stock Aitken Waterman on the map as bonafide hitmakers with a then-Midas touch. The obvious hits ("Love in the First Degree," I Want You Back," "I Heard a Rumor") are here, but the album tracks "Some Girls" and "Strike it Rich" are just as infectious. If you savor perky dance pop with an energetic twist, you'll be in seventh heaven with "Wow."


B'Day
B'Day
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3.0 out of 5 stars Deja Vu, Indeed., January 29, 2007
This review is from: B'Day (Audio CD)
"B'Day," the second long player from Miss Knowles, gives you everything you could expect from a Beyonce record and positively nothing more. That's not necessarily a bad thing, mind you. As CDs of this sort go, "B'Day" does what it aims to do admirably: deliver a solid package of trendy hip hop-flavored r&b that the kids will gobble up with ease. On a few tracks, lyrically and musically, Beyonce's second CD pulsates with an aggression that we didn't find in her 2003 CD "Dangerously in Love." (This can be evidenced in tracks like "Ring the Alarm" and "Freakum Dress") Beyond that, however, "B'Day" breaks little ground and often repeats itself, as shown on the kickoff track "Deja Vu," which sounds like a not-too-distant cousin of "Krazy in Luv." When Miss Knowles finds the courage to take bold risks and rock her comfort zone, she'll then be capable of delivering the knockout CD we expect from her. Until then, the multiplatinum discs continue.
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The Best of Depeche Mode, Vol. 1
The Best of Depeche Mode, Vol. 1
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Depeche Mode - 1981-2006., November 21, 2006
"Best of Depeche Mode Volume 1" is the fourth hits compilation from the Basildon quartet-turned-trio, but it's the first to cover their entire 25 year recording history. With the exception of "Black Celebration," the CD samples every studio album in their catalogue, with an unrelased track "Martyr," recorded during the "Playing the Angel" sessions. The bonus DVD has a collection of their music videos, though it does make a few omissions (including 1982's "See You"). There's also a documentary featuring the band along with management, producers, and former members Vince Clarke and Alan Wilder. Those who own the recently released CD/DVD reissues will recognize this clip, as it features interviews also used for the documentaries included in the CD/DVD reissues. This hits collection isn't flawless (no "Question of Time"), but for a single-disc collection, you can't go wrong with "Best of Depeche Mode Volume 1."
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Suffer Well Pt 1
Suffer Well Pt 1
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suffer Well, Listen Well., July 31, 2006
This review is from: Suffer Well Pt 1 (Audio CD)
"Suffer Well" is the third single from Depeche Mode's "Playing the Angel" and the first written by singer Dave Gahan. It's a dark, beat-driven, electronic number that's already a Top 20 UK hit and doesn't stray from what we usually expect from a Depeche Mode song. However, what makes this single worth your attention is the excellent b-side "Better Days." This tune is even more upbeat than "Suffer Well," and, frankly, it should have been included on the "Angel" album. This two-track single is a bit pricey, but fans willing to fork out the extra cash should check it out.


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