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Whole Damn Year
Whole Damn Year
Price: $1.29

3.0 out of 5 stars Not A Whole Damn Year, October 22, 2014
This review is from: Whole Damn Year (MP3 Music)
When it has came down to Mary J. Blige, she has had some really good music in her life and career, but she hasn't hit the nail on the head with strong music. Her sequel to her acclaimed My Life record just didn't hit the nail on the head a few years ago. So rather trying to do what a younger generation wants from her music, she is going back to the basics with her music. Her latest song Whole Damn Year from her upcoming album The London Sessions just doesn't ignite the way she had struggled in songs and in pain before. I really didn't find this song to ignite the fire she had shown before in her music. It just a little weaker from the heart, in the way she had done it before in her ballads like Take Me As I Am and Not Goin' Cry. I hope there is much better from her when The London Sessions is released, and then she can ignite a flame.

Song: C-


Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics
Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Diva Sings The Blues, October 21, 2014
In a world of today's divas, they just simply do not ignite and even show simplicity of a voice from the heart, whether it is Beyonce', Rihanna, or Katy Perry. Not t mention they have became so over-saturated, their voice have simply feel under the cracks and died in the process. For Aretha Franklin, whom has been a legend for over 50 years, honestly she just like the great Barbara Streisand, Whitney Houston and Lena Horne. But for Aretha, she honestly has had so many remarkable songs in her career like Respect, Border Song and Freeway Of Love, the heart of the matter with her sound is more like where does she go from here. Well, she has finally put out new music, since her last album was heavily overlooked, 2003's So Damn Happy. But the question is, does Aretha really have it after all this time. Well, yes and for this album it feels like a big no.

Aretha Franklin Sings The Diva Classics is more like she is a decade-late throwback from the respected nostalgia albums like Rod Stewart's The Great American Songbook and Barry Manilow's Songs Of The Decade series. Also, it feels like it is a lot weaker in her sound, than what she has richly brought out in her music all these bountiful decades. Some of the tracks, she nicely does deliver in respectfully making her own like the Etta James classic At Last, and the classic Gladys Knight & The Pips song Midnight Train To Georgia. While other songs like the Adele smash Rolling In The Deep, and the Alicia Keys song No One, makes her feel cheaper in the sound she had been known for. Not to mention she could've brought more standards into the rhythm and deliver, like try and do a take on Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You or Patti Labelle's Lady Marmalade. Overall, I really wasn't feeling like I got with my money here.

Honestly, when I had heard that Aretha was teaming up with Clive Davis again, I really think that both he and Aretha had not delivered in the heart. Overall, if you are are new to Aretha Frankin's music, I would absolutely recommend passing this album up, and go back to the classic sound that Aretha had made respectful and definitive to her own. I have honestly heard better records from the singers that have worked with Aretha in music before from the past year like George Michael and his Symphonica album, which had more beautiful covers like Let Her Down Easy and Idol and Elton John and the piano-driven album The Diving Board. Overall, I hate to say this but I will, I feel that Aretha has honestly not shown her best in her work. Aretha Franklin Sings The Diva Classics, is not a album I recommend overall. With all do respect, she could've done better.

Album Cover: B

Songs: C 1/2-

Price: C-

Mastering: C+

Overall: C 1/2-


HORI Retro Zelda Hard Pouch for Nintendo 3DS XL - Nintendo 3DS
HORI Retro Zelda Hard Pouch for Nintendo 3DS XL - Nintendo 3DS
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tri-Force, October 20, 2014
There is no question that when it has fully came down to video games for the past 30 years, Nintendo has definitely the benchmark in great video games. Nintendo has shown that in definitive titles like The Legend Of Zelda & Super Mario Brothers. For Nintendo 3DS XL owners, The system has had some great titles, and good accessories that make it worth the money. This classic The Legend Of Zelda hard pouch, showcases the classic Link holding up the tri-force is a good case that can hold as many as six Nintendo DS & 3DS games like Super Smash Brothers and Super Mario 3D Land. The case holds well, and is a classic buy for any 3DS or DS past and present like the Nintendo DS Lite or DSi and DSi XL systems, which can also work with the pouch. If you have a Nintendo DS system past or present, I absolutely recommend this hard pouch and may the tri-force be with you to get it.

Price: B

Convience: B+

Overall: B 1/2+


JHUD
JHUD
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jennifer's Next Chapter, October 20, 2014
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This review is from: JHUD (Audio CD)
When it has honestly came down to female singers, they just do not even ignite aflame the way they used to. Especially with artists like Beyonce' Knowles and Rihanna being more like hams, and being severely overexposed, that sadly the niche of female vocalists aren't really even strong as they used. In fact, most of today's female singers are honestly very weak. For Jennifer Hudson though, she can honestly deliver well in her voice, and she has had a lot to celebrate in her life this past year. For one, she became the first former American Idol alumni to receive a star on Hollywood's Walk Of Fame, and with a sense of happiness in her life, and singing at President Barack Obama's inauguration in 2013, knocking it out the park with a stellar and intimate performance. Now, she has a lot of music to follow it up with her work. While her last album, I Remember Me did very well, and brought out a strong heart into her soul the question is how does she follow that up. Well, it is shown here in her latest work.

J-Hud, Jennifer Hudson's latest album brings in more of a dance approach and throwback rhythms of old school R&B to her songs. She shines mostly well into her songs on this album, into a lot of the tracks in the album. The songs are all mastered nicely, and do show that Jennifer has to pull out cheap stunts like Beyonce' did to release a album, just shine for herself. The song range from the dance rhythms of the 80's in Dangerous, to the vibrant octave on It's Your World with R. Kelly, to the simplicity of the heart and the piano with Moan. Other songs like I Can't Describe (The Way I Feel) and Walk It Out with Timberland work nobly well. Yet there are a few gripes about the record. One of them is that the album is absolutely short, and could've brought more from the others to try and keep it with Jennifer on the songs. But for Jennifer she works it out very well.

Overall, J-Hud is a good follow-up to a good record in her career. She is definitely a songstress who isn't to be labeled, and doesn't feel like she has to pull herself out to really make it worth while. While it isn't as strong as her influences had with remarkable albums in R&B like Whitney Houston and My Love Is Your Love, it definitely is a good buy for Jennifer Hudson fans. At least unlike Katy Perry or Rihanna, it is a better R&B album, and a good record. But for her next album, she should have more songs to bring out the range of her voice that matches with her appeal to her fans.

Album Cover: B

Songs: B 1/2-

Price: B

Mastering: B 1/2+

Overall: B 1/2-


Yesterday [Feat. Trey Songz] (Bonus Track)
Yesterday [Feat. Trey Songz] (Bonus Track)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Yesterday, Today, October 19, 2014
When it has came down to female singers of today, they absolutely do not even ignite a flame from the heart with a beautiful voice. But for Toni Braxton who has not just the sultry appeal, but a sensual voice that has driven for over twenty years. Her songs have definitely not lost their shimmer. What she did for her 2010 album Pulse was brilliant, and her collaboration with Trey Songz on Yesterday is definitely one of her better duets. It definitely is one of those songs that really hit the nail on the head, and they have absolutely brilliant chemistry. I love the song, because it definitely beats the joke music from artists like Beyonce' Knowles and Rihanna, trying to be overflooded like what Michael Jackson was, that their voices have slowly died. But for Toni, this is one duet worth listening to. If you have loved what she recently did with Babyface on Love, marriage & Divorce, than you should also go back and listen to this pulse from the heart.

Song: B+


I Believe In You And Me
I Believe In You And Me
Price: $1.29

3.0 out of 5 stars Believed In Her, Not Him, October 18, 2014
When it has came down to Barry Manilow, he has had some of the most timeless overtures over the years in his career. But when I heard he was going to make a collection of artists he would duet with whom have passed on, it just doesn't feel like it is Barry at his best. The biggest point is Barry's duet with the great Whitney Houston and her song I Believe In You & Me which came from The Preacher's Wife soundtrack, and which Whitney covered The Four Tops on alone. The song here is not even close to the beauty which Natalie Cole did on Unforgettable. In fact, the feeling of the duet, just loses Barry at heart, and he doesn't make it his own in the song. What Whitney did, when she recorded it alone was so precious and Barry doesn't compliment it. I found it to be Barry at his weakest in his songs. If he was going to do a duet with Whitney, he should've tried to do it, while Ms. Houston did it while she was here. If you are a massive Whitney fan, I suggest you pass this song up for your music library.

Song: C-


Keurig 2.0 Coffee & Tea Brewer Maker K560 - Bonus Set Includes 32oz Carafe + 48 K-Cups + 4 K-Carafe Packs + Water Filter & Handle
Keurig 2.0 Coffee & Tea Brewer Maker K560 - Bonus Set Includes 32oz Carafe + 48 K-Cups + 4 K-Carafe Packs + Water Filter & Handle
Offered by Consumer Wholesales
Price: $184.95
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars K-Cup: The Next Generation, October 17, 2014
There is no question when it has came down to Keurig, they definitely have been the real leader in making single cup coffeemakers. But nevertheless, when it has came down to many companies for coffeemakers, they have lost their touches at time. That is the case with Keurig unveiling their 2.0 single cup coffeemakers. While the first edition handles so well, they have had some lackluster models like the Vue and the Rivo which haven't been worth the dollars to the customer, this one doesn't have a whole lot to make it just as strong as the Platinum and Special Edition models from before. While it is simple and easy to operate, it doesn't have as much of a change to the regular Elite coffeemaker. But, it doesn't have temperature control, so you cannot literately make it hotter with the stronger setting, unlike before. Yet, it is easy to operate, but not fully a change for the money. Overall, I would recommend passing this one up, if you have bought a Keurig machine from before, you may want to stick with it for your money, accept the mini-brewer.

Price: C

Quality & Setup: C+

Overall: C 1/2+


Green Mountain Coffee Southern Pecan, Light Roast,  K-Cup Portion Pack for Keurig Brewers 24-Count
Green Mountain Coffee Southern Pecan, Light Roast, K-Cup Portion Pack for Keurig Brewers 24-Count
Price: $15.99
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nutty, But Needs More, October 17, 2014
There is no question that when it simply has came down to great coffee for the K-Cup machines, Green Mountain has made some excelente coffees for all to try, some are good, and some honestly could be just better not just in price, but also in flavor. Their Southern Pecan coffee isn~t actually a strong cup in taste. Pratically, it is mild and not as ntty as some of the other blends of coffee. It does taste well, but actually could have a bit ore into it to blend in the taste of the mild roast, like a sweet pecan glaze that handles into a strong cup for the day. It does handle mostly well, but Green Mountain has honestly made better blends that make it up like their Breakfast Blend and their Nantucket style as well. If you do want good coffee it Works well, but more honestly could have been added.

Price: B-

Taste & Quality: C

Overall: C+


Keurig 20231 K450 2.0 Brewer, Black
Keurig 20231 K450 2.0 Brewer, Black
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Price: $94.99
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Coffee 2.0, October 16, 2014
There is no question that when it has came down to single cup coffeemakers, Keurig has really had the best quality when it has came down to taste, quality, and simplicity. But with them trying to update their look, with new coffee brewers, they have had their ups and downs. While many people were not pleased with their Vue and Rivo coffeemakers, and just stuck to their K-Cup coffeemakers, they have decided to stay with simplciity for the new 2.0 collection. This brewer and coffeemaker is simple and easy to operate, and works very nicely on the K-cups and the brewer packs, if you want to make multi-cups for guests or family. Yet, there are a few new gripes with the new coffeemaker. One of them is you cannot set the temperature unlike the Special Edition or Platinum machines from before, so they don't stay as hot as before. Not to mention, if you have bought those reusable cups from before like the My K-Cup or the As Seen On TV Cafe Cup, they don't respond very well to the machine. Still, it is easy to clean and makes mostly good coffee and teas. If you have bought the past generation of Keurig machines, I would pass this one up, and wait for something better to come along.

Price: C

Taste & Quality: B-

Overall: C+


Animals
Animals
Price: $1.29

3.0 out of 5 stars Animal Or Maroon, October 16, 2014
This review is from: Animals (MP3 Music)
There is no question that it is so hard to believe that Maroon 5 has been around for over a decade. While they have had some ups and downs in music, they have had a song or two that has done so very well. Yet sadly, the last few albums haven't really brought out the real strength of the best of their best. Overexposed wasn't actually a strong cup of tea, and Maps from their album V really didn't ignite a flame either. Animals, the second single from their fifth album V, doesn't fair any better. The song really isn't a strong song. It is alright at first, but honestly isn't as good as the songs they had from earlier animals like Sunday Morning and Wake Up Call. Overall, I would honestly recommend that when Maroon 5 comes out with a new record, they put more patience into their music, and something better will come alive.

Song: C-


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