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Brown Sugar [Content/Copy-Protected CD]

Robert Hurst Audio CD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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1. Brown Sugar (Extra Sweet)
2. Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop)
3. Bring Your Heart
4. Brown Sugar (Raw)
5. Easy Conversation
6. It's Going Down
7. Breakdown
8. You Make Life So Good
9. Time After Time
10. Paid In Full
11. No One Knows Her Name
12. Act Too (The Love Of My Life)(Remix)
13. Never Been
14. Brown Sugar (Fine)
15. You Changed

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Smooth music devoid of flash but rich in vintage hip-hop and soul dominates the accompaniment to this urban love story. Mary J. Blige's "Never Been" pulses like a gentle lullaby ode to desire, and Jill Scott's "Easy Conversation" flutters with her sultry, airy voice and mellow strumming. Angie Stone's "Bring Your Heart" pulses with lazy piano countermelody and honey-sweet vocals, while Cassandra Wilson's take on Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" is understated and folkish. Mos Def provides an edge to several tracks--"Breakdown," featuring fadeaway horns, and the "fine," fiercely rhymed version of "Brown Sugar." On a similarly uptempo bent, the Roots add in funky echoes and stutters to "Act Too (Love of My Life)," Black Star's "raw" version of "Brown Sugar" is sharp-tongued, and Eric B. & Rakim's sample-happy "Paid in Full" is a sprawling trip down old-school hip-hop's memory lane. Yet for all of its nods to the past, Brown Sugar sounds distinctly modern. Instead of just rehashing the past, its artists celebrate the spirit of bygone days with warm affection and loving care, which envelops the soundtrack in a cohesive and comforting glow. --Annie Zaleski

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3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmph, some copy-protected CD... April 30 2004
Format:Audio CD
Various Artists - Brown Sugar Soundtrack (MCA, 2002)
I reviewed this album already but I just want to comment on the fact that my album also said "Copy-Protected CD". I put it in my computer, it started playing in a little program. But I closed that program, pressed "Record" on my Musicmatch program and the songs copied to my computer instantly. I played those tracks from the computer: no scratches, weird sounds, etc. I guess the now defunct MCA Records meant, "certain CD's are copy-protected", trying to get people not to copy from it, use it to share on KaZaA or Soulseek, or (heaven forbid) use certain tracks to make compilations out of. Nice try.
P.S. To answer another reviewer's question, D'Angelo's "Brown Sugar" isn't on this soundtrack because that song has to do with rolling trees. But there are other songs that should have been on this soundtrack that were actually featured in the movie like India.Arie's "Get It Together" and Blackalicious' "Nowhere Fast". That would have made this soundtrack better. -EJR
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Format:Audio CD
I loved the movie and had to have the soundtrack. Unfortunatly, when I got it home, I could not get it to play in my stereo's CD player! Won't work on my computer either! Stay away from these copy protected CDs! There's a good chance, you will not be able to listen to it!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Copy Protection, what a joke. Oct. 29 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I purchased this cd as a gift for a friend before I knew she unly listens to cd's in her computer. After we recieved it and found out that it did not play I simply downloaded ISOBUSTER ripping software and that bypassed that protection right away. With ISOBUSTER you can rip any copy protected cd and burn as many copies as you want. You can also make MP3's of the wave files. After doing this I Gave her a CDR copy so she could actually play it and I kept a copy for myself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brown Suga Loves Hip Hop Oct. 8 2003
Format:Audio CD
If you see the movie it talks about how Hip Hop has lost it's way from how it started out and this album takes you back to that old school sound. The hip hop tracks has Mos Def and Common, to name a few. Personally I think Mos Def is a lyrical genius. The R&B flavor is laid back and smooth. I really liked this album and sincerely recommend it to anyone who is interested.
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2.0 out of 5 stars ...but its a strong two Sept. 8 2003
Format:Audio CD
Honestly, I should have just bought Erykah Badu's 'Love of my Life' as a single. And what a wonderful 'single' it is. Jill Scott, Angie Stone, Rashaan Patterson's contributions are nice, though not as fresh sounding as Badu's. But they do make me feel better about purchasing a cd with only one, and I mean 'one', really strong track on it. To be honest, I'm not a fan of rap music. Therefore I cannot offer any unbiased compliments or criticisms of those tracks. I'll simply limit my opinions to wishing this had not been another hybrid hip-hop/neo-soul project.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really good, but not great. July 30 2003
Format:Audio CD
I think I had overly high expectations of this soundtrack. A friend with similar music tastes told me it was it "off da hook" so I expected it to be real tight. It starts off really strong, but loses some of its steam going down the stretch. All the Mos Def joints are hot as well as the "old school" soul cuts. Paid in Full remix is classic, but I heard before... a long time ago before. Already had the MJB CD, so I'd already heard that cut as well. And the remake of Cyndi Lauper's Time After Time does nothing for me at all. Definitely a nice collaboration of music, but not the powerhouse of jams I expected it to be. And as far as the copy protection goes... get a Mac!! I put the CD into my G4, it mounted, iTunes autolaunched and started playing immediately. I was able to drag and drop audio files from the CD to my hard drive no problem. My computer didn't even flinch. HA...what a joke that is!
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4.0 out of 5 stars watch the movie July 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
the music is good, but it makes the movie great. Don't try to copy or daownload it though cause it won't work. It's a good mix of soul and hip hop.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Copy protection VERY problematic May 27 2003
Format:Audio CD
I knew I wouldn't be able to copy selected songs to my PDA for my own private use when I purchased this CD so I have no complaints about that aspect of the copy-protection. I didn't expect to have a hard time playing it on a computer, however. The 'player' that's supposed to launch when you insert the CD into your drive is adequate *when* it plays. It took awhile to get the player and CD to do their thing the first time but it did eventually play. I had to restart my computer in order to use my standard player for other CDs and no CD is worth that much trouble. When I tried a second time the CD just plain wasn't recognized so I tried it on another computer and that CD drive completely disappeared from 'My Computer', the CD never loaded and now I'm wondering what kind of re-configuring I have to do there. And, guess what - it also proves occasionally problematic on my new CD player which supports mp3s. I'm not a computer newbie and it's not a matter of my not understanding. This is way beyond a minor inconvenience.
The copy protection has so soured me on this soundtrack I kinda loathe it and shy away from attempting to play it. From what I've heard, it's pretty good, maybe worth a 3.
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