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The Dreamer
The Dreamer
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Queen of Soul, November 8, 2011
This review is from: The Dreamer (MP3 Music)
I love Etta James with all my heart, though I'll be the first to admit she's had some rather mediocre albums lately. This one's quite solid, however...her best since "Burnin' Down The House." Appropriate, given the weight of this being her final studio album. This time out, the arrangements are lush and meaty, capable of supporting a heavy like Etta--which is crucial because she's really going for it on this record. "The Dreamer" is light on MOR cheese and full of deep, wise soul music. I'm going to miss this woman. A lot.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album Ever, August 28, 2004
This is easily the best album. Ever. By anyone.

That said, this is a collection for Kinks fanatics and probably not so great for casual listeners or people looking to be turned on by the Village Green. For those folks I wish there was a decent domestic single disc reissue of the mono album. The stereo album never did anything for me. It's cool to own for the little subtle differences from the mono album (the mono version was the one the Kinks origianlly endorsed) and the third disc is nice, but quite a few of the tracks were already released elsewhere. So those of us who are collectors had them scattered here and there. The booklet does a great job placing them with how they relate to the VGPS project however, and that's nice to have.

But this isn't a negative review. This collection is brilliant, well priced, and well worth purchasing. If you feel overwhelemed after purchasing it, focus on disc 2, play it over and over again, and *then* move on to the other two discs when you think you know the original album well.

Just buy it.

All City
All City
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice With It, August 23, 2004
This review is from: All City (Audio CD)
About two and a half years back, I saw bell hooks speak on the importance of bringing feminism to the masses through, among other things, hip-hop music. I think Ms. hooks vision is actualized with artists like Northern State.

That said, you haven't heard Northern State until you've heard All City. The first album showed the women setting out with collegiate rhymes, less complex beats, and literary references aplenty. Now our heroes have seen much more of the world (while promoting the first record), and it's reflected both in lyrical content and the numerous guest producers/musicians they work with on the album. A lot of the playful charm from the first record is still intact, but they've got much more to say this time around and they've greatly improved their lyrical execution and rhyme styles.

There's no way anybody can compare their style to the Beastie Boys on this record. Better comparisons could be found in the vocal interplay of Us Girls (Lisa Lee!) or Salt-N-Pepa, the feminism of Apani B-Fly Emcee, Lady Mecca, or (the greatest MC that ever lived) Bahamadia, and pushing social and musical boundaries like Jane Doe or Mystic.

The record moves hip-hop forward by addressing the social/political importance of women's issues and the hypocrisy of sexism both within and outside the hip-hop community (a community that's mostly on point with racial issues, but severely lacking in a lot of other areas). For that alone, it's a monumental record...but it's so much more fun than just that. This is a great album, and if you aren't feeling it by track three ("Nice With It"), that'll get you started. "Don't Look Down" is my track of the day.

Politics of Reality: Essays in Feminist Theory (Crossing Press Feminist)
Politics of Reality: Essays in Feminist Theory (Crossing Press Feminist)
by Marilyn Frye
Edition: Paperback
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oops!, January 31, 2003
I think what the last reviewer didn't understand is that no men are oppressed on the basis of their maleness, therefore they are not oppressed as men. They can be oppressed by homophobia which sees femininity in a man as a weakness, they can be oppressed by class, race, religion, etc...but not on the basis of being a man.
Oppression happens to individuals, but not individually. People who belong to certain groups can be oppressed as a result of their group membership or perceived group membership, but there is a difference between oppression and suffering.
That said, this book is brilliant and heavily cited in works by other genius thinkers and in my own personal life.

Detroit Double Cross
Detroit Double Cross
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5.0 out of 5 stars East Lansing, Michigan 1996, January 26, 2003
This review is from: Detroit Double Cross (Audio CD)
This is where it's at. If you're not here, you're nowhere. This is the music that changed the world and where the Detroit kids cut their teeth. Please get with it.

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