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Stealing Harvard (Bilingual)
Stealing Harvard (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Jason Lee
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing in every way you look at it!, Jan. 22 2004
This review is from: Stealing Harvard (Bilingual) (DVD)
I kept my expectations to a slight amount even after the atrocity that was "Freddy Got Fingered" scarred us but "Stealing Harvard" just goes to show just the cinematic pipsqueak that Tom Green has sunk to.
I never was a fan of him or his show but I didn't deny that he has some talent but sadly with his past tow movies, it has come to show that Green has thrown a lot of it into the waste basket with some of the dumbest movies that I've seen in recent years.
The acting is just horrible and what tries to make it funny just comes off being dumb and UNFUNNY! It's more than likely for these reasons that I've been shifting away from comedies and into dramas.
The movies plot idea is interesting, the idea of a man whose neice is dreaming of going to Harvard University despite the poverty that she and her mother live in. So now Duff (Tom Green) goes on various lawless tactics to acquire money to send her to Harvard. This plot idea is really good but whatever could've put it to good use is completely wasted on bad acting by almost everyone involved. To be honest, I walked out of the room after about 40 minutes because nothing came up that was funny or the slightest bit interesting enough to keep me from going up to my room and resume on homework assignments.
This movie is nowhere near as hideously awful like "Freddy Got Fingered" was but "Stealing Harvard" could really have been a great or at least halfway-decent movie but the cast's acting was just lame and unconvincing and completely sank the film to mediocrity in every way you can look at it.
There was a reason why almost everyone bashed this movie to pieces. It was not only unfunny but also excessively crude, coma-inducing and just totally stupid, without offering any signs of laughter.
Tom Green is not funny at the slightest! Someone please get the bullhorn and tell him that his garbage is insulting.
Don't let my harsh review stop you from seeing this but I'm letting you all know. You will end up just throwing a fraction of your life away with this.

Ghostbusters (Bilingual)
Ghostbusters (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Bill Murray
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie!, Jan. 20 2004
This review is from: Ghostbusters (Bilingual) (DVD)
"Ghostbusters" is one of the most memorable sci-fi comedy hybrid films of the early 1980s and for really good reason, it was a very witty, hilarious and highly original plot with awesome directing and amazing special effects which while somewhat dated in appearance, were very innovative back in it's time in 1984, before CGI effects would take the driver's seat not too long afterwards. The story and plot are really funny yet smart at the same time. The second Ghostbusters movie succeeds in going in a much more dramatic direction but the first one though compliments that sequel with a light-hearted and comedic style that few sci-fi films have matched over the years since this movie came out.
The movie is a story of four oddball scientists at a university who are kicked out because of their excessive studying of the occult. They find themselves go into a different career by means of becoming a 'ghost fighting' team called the Ghostbusters and station themselves at an old firehouse. Their mission is to fight off bad spirits, poltergeists and spirits wreaking havoc on New York's population. A woman named Dana Barrett, a resident of a large apartment building also discovers that her residency is the doorway to a dimension of an ancient demonic goddess named Gozer the Gozerian who threatens to unleash havoc on New York and ultimately the world and now the Ghostbusters are called to action to save The Big Apple from meeting it's possible annihilation from the evil forces that the dimension in Barrett's apartment threatens to unleash.
This movie truly breaks some new grounds with amazing special effects which while look extremely dated by 2004 standards, are still a visual feast to look at especially when the various bad vibes were unleashed when the Environmental agency leader shut down the containment system. The special effects look even more dated than those on the "Terminator" movie which came out around the same time. At the same time though, they give the movie a unique appeal that is found in few if any other movie since then because speciall effects while remaining awesome to watch, have gotten overused in some movies to where they overshadow the story and are CGI'd excessively. The second Ghostbusters movie took what was great about this one and built on it to create an even better sequel in my opinion but this 1984 original is not a moive that you should ever pass up the opportunity of getting your hands on and is among the greatest movies ever made during the 1980s.

The Fifth Element (Superbit(TM))
The Fifth Element (Superbit(TM))
DVD ~ Bruce Willis
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent movie plus excellent background music too!, Jan. 18 2004
"The Fifth Element" is an astonishing achievement in science Fiction moviemaking that at least in my opinion, hasn't been seen in many years. 1997 wasn't the greatest year for movies in my opinion. There was the awful "Batman & Robin" and other forgettable films but "The Fifth Element" was and still is a groundbreaking movie that still succeeds in entertaining yet also meaningful. Perhaps there are more than four elements, even if the fifth isn't what the movie says it is.
The movie begins in Egypt in the year 1914. An English archaeologist is examining the mysteries behind the prophecy of a force of evil that converges every 5000 years and the key to defeating this evil is forgotten by almost all except for an elderly Egyptian priest. During the confrontation between the elderly Egyptian priest and the English archaeologist, a huge spacecraft lands right at the entrance to the pyramids to take four stones representing the four elements air, earth, fire and water to keep safe from the force of evil that is gaining strength. The extraterrestrial beings depart Earth with the stones and the priest has made his promise to fulfill his destiny and pass down his knowledge to his descendants. 345 years later, the priest himself has long since passed away but his descendant Vito Cornelius knows of the fifth element and where it is. The aliens who left Earth 345 years earlier return to the earth to bring the Fifth Element but the ship is attacked and crashes onto earth, killing all but one of the alien species.
On another note, a disgruntled cab driver named Korbin Dallas who drives a Taxi in New City in the year 2259 is having another miserable day after a really bad dream he had. Things though just get more and more aggravating until it culminates with a 'being' crashing through the roof of his cab. It turns out that the 'passenger' who crashed through the roof of his cab is the 'Divine Being', the one who can stop evil from destroying all forms of life on Earth. However, a traitorous arts designer named Jean Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg is also after the four stones of the elements in order to gain more power. The evil is now approaching earth and time is running out for Korbin, Leeloo and crew to save Earth from total annihilation.
"The Fifth Element" ranks as among one of my favorite science-fiction movies of all time. The various shots of a futuristic New York City are just utterly amazing. It almost makes me wish that I could live for 400 more years just to tryout life in that time period. The special effects are also stunningly well done and not excessive.
Bruce Willis, who I remember the most through the "Die Hard" movie trilogy, is in fact at his best outside of the trilogy movies I just mentioned in "The Fifth Element". His character Korban Dallas comes off as being dramatic, disgruntled, and totally grumpy yet also funny and warm-hearted at the same time. Chris Tucker cuts both ways in my opinion. For years I thought that his character Rudy Rhod just simply ruined parts of the film with the annoying whining and scaredy-cat but today, I can appreciate him a lot more and is in fact, quite funny and great comic relief. I have no hard feelings against Rhod anymore. In fact, I think he's a riot. Ian Holm was really excellent playing the priest Vito Cornelius who is helping Leeloo, the 'Divine Being' destroy evil for good. Milla Jovovich is really good as the 'Fifth Element' humanoid Leeloo who speaks an ancient language and has the power to destroy this evil force. Then you got all of the horrifyingly ugly menacing alien goons assisting Zorg in his quest to steal the stones for his own will. The comedy, science-fiction, action, drama, all gel together incredibly well on this movie. Gary Oldman is just a riot playing the twisted and eccentric villain Zorg. Zorg is one of the funniest sci-fi bad guys that I've ever seen in movies. Even if Oldman doesn't necessarily play villains, he is great playing downright goofy menaces.
Of the many films that have come out during the latter half of the 1990s, "The Fifth Element" ranks as one of the best films of this time period and even ranks above "Independence Day". Some may compare this to Star Wars but as I watch this movie, I think that TFE is more related to "Stargate" because of it's darker and mix of ancient and futuristic sceneries. I could very well describe it as "Die Hard in intergalactic space". "The Fifth Element" may have been more aimed at audiences that are looking for just plain fun and while it does well at that, it also succeeds incredibly well as being an intelligent and stunning theatrical work of art that hasn't been rivaled since its release year in the sci-fi area. Apart from "Die Hard", "The Fifth Element" is Bruce Willis' best movie so far and I doubt it will be surpassed for many years to come. While some may question it is being overdone, I feel that this is among the greatest movies that uses tons and tons of special effects to an efficient degree. The DTS edition has absolutely AMAZING sound quality and is a vast improvement over the VHS edition from years ago and now almost sounds like as if you were in fact seeing it on the big screen again with its 5.1 surround audio quality. I've heard about some having problems with playing the "Superbit" edition on some DVD players but I've had no problems with playing it on my DVD player. Which ever way you look at it, "The Fifth Element" is one of the great movies that has ever been made and I highly recommend that one gets a hand on a copy of this movie especially the DTS edition. It is worth every penny!

War
War
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5.0 out of 5 stars U2's first declaration of protest occurred here., Jan. 13 2004
This review is from: War (Audio CD)
1983's "War" is remember as the album where U2 saw their status as a formidable force come to fruition and with good reason. This album is absolutely incredible and was a great commercial leap forward from their previous two albums. It was where they had their first major hit "Sunday Bloody Sunday" followed by the eerie and enigmatic "New Year's Day" both of which are not only amazing but have defied the passing years and are still powerful anthems for the 21st century amidst the turbulent era we're going through right now. The band brings forth an album that has a very pure and powerful expression of political expressions, pure fury and a desperation that is not seen on any album of theirs since then. "War" in a lot of ways has a unique appeal against their latter albums because most of the music on this album has a very raw and live audio quality to it like as if they recorded the music right out of the living room and straight onto tape.
For a long time, "War" may have been the soundtrack to a past time of turbulence and international turmoil but now with the war-machine going on like a previous reviewer stated, "War" has regained a great deal of it's chilling power and could help save us from the injury of a war mongering leadership. The album cover alone gets my nod as one of the scariest but most riveting album covers of all time. The expression is very unsettling like telling of something dangerous or horrible that has or will happen if we do nothing to stop it from occurring.
The two hit songs off this album are not only the most well-known but also among the best on this album. "Sunday Bloody Sunday" is a very chilling but highly imaginative track with a very raw, live feel and a much younger Bono bringing forth some of the greatest vocals I've ever heard from him. The music itself is really amazing, being something that is so raw and relatively unpolished in production. In this way, "Sunday Bloody Sunday" is a really great song that benefits from the rawness of its sound. This was one of my first exposures to U2's music. "New Year's Day" gets my nod as the greatest song of U2's early period. This is a really powerful and sometimes scary song aobut the eeriness of a possible silence before or after a major event, either good or bad based on the lyrical line "All is quiet on New Year's Day". Those distant echoing piano riffs that dominate the track are absolutely hypnotizing and give the song a very chilling and enigmatic feel that rivals the atmospherics of "The Unforgettable Fire" but through a different light. I don't find much satisfaction with the shortened radio edit version with the rock guitars fading out and prefer the full-length version with the echoing pianos rounding out the track. The third but minor hit is/was "Two Hearts Beat As One". This is a very upbeat and joyous song.
Some of the non-singles though are worth mentioning also. "Like A Song" is almost like two songs in one. It starts with pulsating drums and a haunting guitar riff and becomes a very intense and compelling song. The last minute of the song becomes a very menacing and sometimes scary melody with the drums becoming loud and pounding and the melody becoming a minor note before fading out. My favorite song though of the non-singles is the fifth track called "Drowning Man". This is a very moving and powerful song with a very downbeat vibe and a highly protesting mood to it. I love the acoustic 12-string guitars that dominate the middle of the song. "Surrender" is a really hauntingly beautiful song with a mix of rock and some atmospherics that give the song a distant and remote feel to it. I completely disagree with someone saying that it's too long. It's just about perfect at its five and a half minute length. "Red Light" is a very interesting song starting with a haunting female chorus and melting into an edgy and somewhat jazz-oriented song.
The last song "40" is pretty good too but it's not a whole lot to write home about and feels more like a leftover from the "October" era recording sessions.
U2 have carried on since then to create better albums but "War" is Pretty much the album where they first reached their status as a musical tour de force. With their next album "The Unforgettable Fire" the following, they built on the greatness of this album and created their best album alongside "Achtung Baby" seven years after that but do not let those two albums overshadow "War". "War" is a really well-rounded album and incredible for such a raw and sometimes undercooked album and the instability in Ireland around 1983 that this album brings to light gives this album a sense of power not seen on their other albums, even on those that are overall better than this one. This is a definite must-have album and should not be passed up.

Closer
Closer
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5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning masterpiece!, Jan. 4 2004
This review is from: Closer (Audio CD)
I haven't heard a new artist come forth with incredible music in many years up until I got a chance to listen to Groban's second album entitled "Closer" and what I have to say is is that WOW! I had lost much of my faith in newer younger artists who have been breaking onto the music scene. Around 99 percent of them just sell themselves to being poseur rappers (yergh) or generic commercial pop, rock bands with little to no uniqueness in their styles. The result is just bland, forgettable and sometimes just awful music in my part. Josh Groban though blows all of his peers right out of the water and into the trash with his second album "Closer" and I can't believe that I'm saying this but he is already rising into becoming a favorite of mines for the year 2003 and 2004 and with "Closer" I could very well consider myself a fan of his. He brings forth among the greatest singing skills that I haven't heard by many artists in many years and to back that up, he selects the perfect styles of music to go along with it: Opera, pop, with some classical spice thrown in and the result is one of the best albums I've heard in a long time, possibly in years. A lot of this album benefits from David Foster's production whose production is among my favorites of modern music producers. Go and check out his 1986 self-titled and "River Of Love" album as they are both incredible. What's even better is that Josh in fact wrote and composed some of the songs on this album!
This album opens with a stunning snowstorm of beauty with the bittersweet "Oceano" and ends with a stormy bang with the ethnic "Never Let Go". "Oceano" starts as a tender ballad with haunting opera vocals and tender piano and then rises into a dramatic power pop ballad with a classical pop sound to it. This album also has songs in four languages: French, Spanish, Italian and English but even with the confusion in translating, the songs are all amazing like as if you could still understand them and break down the language barriers. In between the first and final songs are songs of just sheer beauty with songs like "My Confession", "Caruso", and "Remember When It Rained". "Caruso" is a really exotic song sung in Italian and having a rather colorful Spanish or Italian acoustic classical sound. This reminds me a lot of Andrea Bocelli, another favorite of mines.
The final track "Never Let Go" is a stunning closer with dark and haunting ambient pop textures and featuring an amazing collaboration between him and the New Age/ World pop group Deep Forest. The mixture of Deep Forest's atmospherics and haunting ethnic background chants combined with Josh Groban's unbelievably gorgeous opera singing skills is phenomenal. I especially love hearing the song go from a dark minor note song into an uplifting major note song. Just incredible! I felt almost like as if I were flying through rain storms during the minor note parts and in clear sunny skies during the major note parts when listening to this incredible song. I love the other songs on this album but the ones I mentioned are what deserved the greatest attention.
I am definitely looking forward to Groban's next album in the foreseeable future. I'm not sure what the future may hold for Groban but where things stand right now, with the numerous poseur artists ruining music, Josh Groban fills a HUGE void in pop music by making music that is deep, artistically creative, dark, and powerful. If the same people who bought a lot of the plastic poseur material like "In The Zone" and 50 Cent also bought Josh Groban's "Closer", then my faith in America's taste for music would have a huge boost. Not since Seal burst into the light with his debut album more than 12 years before then has a new artist brought forth such great music at such an early part of his/her career.
I strongly urge just about every music lover to go and get their hands on a copy of this AMAZING album! I even urge younger people to get their hands on this to see that there are younger artists that are defying the awful MTV trends and putting out great music. Josh Groban is a breath of fresh air these days in the music scene.
This album definitely "Raised Me Up" and continues to do and and will "Never Let Go" of it ever! There is so much more that this album offer than I could ever dream of mustering with this review. Enough said, just go and buy this album. End of review.

Perfect Moment
Perfect Moment
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Moment to always remember!, Dec 31 2003
This review is from: Perfect Moment (Audio CD)
This 1998 outing from Peter White is just a moving work of art and stands out among the smooth jazz genre. I've enjoyed smooth jazz my whole life adn while it has become increasingly predictable, it is one of the few genres to maintain it's integrity while mainstream rock, rap, and R&B have turned into street kill of garbage.
My favorite songs on here are "San Diego", "Don't Want To Be A Fool" and "My Prayer". The cover version of Luther Vandross' classic "Don't Want To Be A Fool" is one of my favorite smooth jazz covers of all time and this version does the original justice.
If you like Peter White, then you must buy this album. If you like smooth jazz in general, you will be very proud of owning this gem.
BTW, I was lucky to be able to get my hands on a limited edition that came with a bonus CD contain three tracks.
The first track is a stripped down version of his early jazz classic "Moonlight Montreal" and has a very acoustic sound to it. "Danny Bianco" is a really marvelous jazz classic with excellent guitar playing. The last track "End of The Day" is a nice acoustic closer.
These three tracks aren't necessarily to write home about but at least they showcase a more obscure side of Peter White's music.
This album is a must-have.

Sacred Love
Sacred Love
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5.0 out of 5 stars "A Sacred Gem", Dec 30 2003
This review is from: Sacred Love (Audio CD)
I bought Sting's newest album "Sacred Love" on October 2nd of this year and while it took time to grow on me, it ultimately grew to become another great album from Sting. While not on the greatness of his last album "Brand New Day" which is one of his greatest albums ever, "Sacred Love" is a winning follow-up to a masterpiece that was hard to follow but this CD succeeds in doing that which brings more to mind. Upon reading the appallingly negative reviews right and left on this product, I feel compelled to return to this page and defend this new CD from Sting. This is one of 2003's best albums and Sting has lost none of his edge and this CD proves just that. Based on reading the notes, this is a very personal album for him. Like a couple of other reviewers said: STOP COMPARING TO THE PAST!! Sheesh! With this album, Sting is definitely looking to the future and not looking back so just shush!
"Inside" begins this set with a menacing odd intro with some slight Eastern Indian sitars before becoming a mix of blues, hip-hop beats, acoustic jazz, and electro-pop music to create a marvelous track that is vintage Sting alright. This is really a fabulous track and a great opener. It really needs listening to know how it sounds but it is a great track. The first single entitled "Send Your Love" was a wise choice for the first single. At first hearing the opening I thought "Oh no not another annoying poseur Latin track!" but thankfully, it was not to be and it becomes a very upbeat worldly song with some Asian color to it against the electronic dance element. If you loved "Desert Rose" you might enjoy this song too. This is a really amazing song and is destined to become another classic. I felt myself soaring listening to this song. It really has some very good lyrics of sending one's love into some distant times. This version is better than the remix version at the end of this album. The remix is good but I prefer the more unconventional beats and haunting exotic ambience over DJ-Oriented remixes. That's all. The video is really good as well.Enough about that song, let's go on to the next track, another magnificent song. "Whenever I Say Your Name" is a fabulous duet with R&B/Hip-Hop veteran singer Mary J. Blige. I haven't listened to Blige's music enough to really consider myself a fan but on this duet with Sting, she is just absolutely fabulous and this track is one of the best duets I've heard in a long time. "Dead Man's Rope" is another excellent song with some exotic acoustic guitars and vintage Sting styles reminiscent of what he did during his "Ten Sumner's Tales" era. "Never Coming Home" is my favorite song on this album alongside "Send Your Love" being a very high energy fast paced number with a very dramatic atmosphere and a haunting sound to it to go along with the fast rhythm. To me, this is one of Sting's best songs in a very long time. "Stolen Car" is another excellent song with a jazzier sound. "Let's Forget About the Future" is another good song similar in sound to "A Thousand Years" but less ambient and more of a bluesier sound with some funk elements. I could do without some of the barking towards the ending but otherwise, this is a very good song and I have to agree in some ways, I'd rather forget about what the future holds. Just for a small laugh. "This War" may be a bit deceiving in it's bleak title as it's actually a very upbeat rocking song with some bluesy organs and a very live sound to it. While this song is good, it's not a whole lot to write home about. Still, this song is far from being filler. "The Book of My Life" is a very interesting song in Sting's part. The song starts with haunting exotic Middle Eastern violins and haunting Eastern Indian sitars. It becomes a passionate and beautiful pop classic with a deep and haunting sound that is classic Sting. This is a really beautiful song and one of the richest and most intriguing songs on this album. The title track starts with some haunting ambience and some worldly beats but ultimately becomes a very blues/rock hybrid song with a very positive vibe and very upbeat atmosphere and is a lot fun to listen to. The CD closes with a remixed version of the first single "Send Your Love". This remix has a very DJ oriented dance beat and is definitely one for the dance floor. While this remix is very enjoyable on it's own, it comes close to crossing the border of being generic and forgettable. Still it's a good remix of the song but the original version is much better and I actually find the original to be more danceable.

Shout: The Very Best Of Tears For Fears
Shout: The Very Best Of Tears For Fears
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5.0 out of 5 stars 79 minutes of classics crunched on one CD!, Dec 22 2003
This 2001 collection is a definite improvement over the 1992 "Tears Roll Down: Greatest Hits 1982-1992" to such an extent that it makes the old hits collection almost irreverent. While a vast majority of their hit songs came before the old collection, that album left out one hit and that was "Break It Down Again" which peaked at a surprisingly high number 25 during the summer of 1993 and would be their last top-40 hit (as of writing this review). The previous collection sometimes would jump too much between styles ("Sowing The Seeds of Love" jumping to "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" goes into totally different styles) but the "Shout: The Very Best of" CD corrects the problem of that collection and arranges the songs in a more chronological order starting with their 1983 debut and running all the way through 1993.
Their first hit single was the primitive but highly addictive "The Way You Are" which fits more into the typical 1981-84 music trends of that time but still a very good song and the blueprint of what they would do later on. Their debut album "The Hurting" stands out amongst the extremely dated music that came out around that time, incorporating musically light but yet lyrically dark and apocalyptic music to create one of 1983's greatest albums. It was this album that TFF had their first hit single although much of their success was in Europe at this point but this CD was a major success and yielded the minor hits "Mad World", and "Pale Shelter". This album in my opinion stands out among the endless river of the synth-pop music of the early 1980s.
It was late in 1984, that Tears For Fears saw their breakthrough success in the United State with the ominous single "Shout" which is their best song that they did during this period in their career. It begins with deep, angry lyrics and a mechanical beat against a menacing keyboard backdrop and ultimately blasting into a hard-edged rock number that still remains a popular classic today nearly 2 full decades later. The other number one song was their highly danceable and mysterious "Everybody Wants To Rule The World". I have very faint memories of hearing this song when I was just a toddler but have enjoyed this song for almost my whole life. This is another song that remains highly popular today on the radio. "Songs From The Big Chair" saw it's sales deserved bolstered up through the roof from these two songs and also from a third major hit called "Head Over Heals" which is a very passionate mid-tempo number with haunting synthesizers and a slightly eerie melody. These three songs are their biggest hits to date and made 1985 a year to never forget. "I Believe" and "Mother's Talk" were minor hits.
However, their third album, 1989's "The Seeds Of Love" is the greatest artistic endeavor that any band has ever taken, must I say even greater than what U2 did on "Achtung Baby" two years later. This album saw this amazing band go through a radical change in sound from an ominous synth-pop into a rock/soul band and the synthesizers would make way for a more natural, soulful sound in their music. The main hit off that album was the colorful "Sowing The Seeds of Love" which is just beyond amazing. The song has a very Beatle-esqe sound. Unfortunately, while the album is perfect, it was the album that caused the Orzabal/Smith duo to eventually break up due to the excessive strain from the making of the album and Smith's limited role on the album. Out of the ashes of that tumultuous era in the bands history came the greatest album of all time which was "The Seeds of Love". Quite frankly, I don't think any other group I know of has ever made such a rich, complex, and creative album on such a scale as this one. If you were to choose one of Tears For Fears 'proper' studio albums, it's this one. Sure the Big Chair may be their highest selling album but "The Seeds of Love" is by far their best album without a doubt. "Advice For The Young At Heart" is a mix of happiness and sadness all in one song. The song has a very jazzy but rich pop/soul spice to it and moving lyrics. Even now, I still wonder why this wasn't a top 40 hit. I will always adore this album as long as I live and this album doesn't sound a bit dated.
Their 1992 compilation, which "Shout: The Very Best of" replaces, has in my opinion, been rendered irrevelent and/or obsolete. That album at least had one 'new' (at the time) song called "Tears Roll Down" which is a very intense yet rich song with a mix of the styles of "The Big Chair" and "Seeds of Love" sounds. That album also is marred because the minor hits "Mother's Talk" and "I Believe" were different from the versions on that compilation. The hit version of "Mother's Talk" has a lighter, slightly jazzier sound than the album version. The version of "I Believe" is different too in a way I can't explain. The 2001 collection improves the mistakes on the 1992 collection.
Their first album without Smith "Elemental" was a big endeavor in a lot of major ways. While not on the greatness of "The Seeds of Love" this album proved that Tears For Fears could survive the departure of Smith and the result was a fabulous and bleak album. The sole hit on that album was "Break It Down Again" which is an excellent song. The closing song on that album "Goodnight Song" is also the closing track on this collection and with good merits. This is TFF's best 'closing track'. A very bittersweet classic.
Sadly, this album completely ignores "Raoul and the Kings of Spain" which is very underrated. This album on the other hand, has a non-album track called "New Star" which is a very high-energy rocking number with a very rich mix of grunge rock and some trance elements too.

Beautiful World
Beautiful World
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful World indeed! Haunting and suspenseful!, Dec 21 2003
This review is from: Beautiful World (Audio CD)
His "So Flows The Current" gets my nod as his best album that he has ever put out in his career, rivalling "Indigo" in that category.
Upon listening to his music over my lifetime, I now have to admit that while I do feel nostalgic for his more electronic-oriented works from the 1980s, I seamingly have been finding myself enjoying his more medievel works that he did in the 1990s than his earlier works, not that they have tired out. Not at all, his eighties albums have lost none of their power but his 1990s albums and his two latest have shown artistic creativity in the New Age field that is unparallelled and his newest album "Beautiful World" continues to demonstrate one of the greatest examples of New Age artists who take a new turn out of their trademark territory into a new territory with a new sound and different arrangements from anything trademark.
"Beautiful World" relies less on rhythm and more on atmospherics. Some simply yearning for something in the style of "Between Two Worlds" or "El Dorado" may find themselves thrown off a bit but for those who are willing to hear something really creative, deep and exotic, "Beautiful World" offers many rewarding listens. I still feel somethign new with every listen.
Most of this album relies more on dark ambient atmospherics and the result is in my opinion, his most suspenseful release since "Indigo" from 12 years before. The album cover perfectly fits the mood of the music on this album.
I really love the titles of the tracks too. What's also unique is how the songs kind of are like three songs broken up into seven separate tracks. "Facing The Sun" into "Magnificent River", "Chance" merging into "Beautiful World" and "Night Beocmes Her", and finally "Approaching Summit" merging into "An Evening Sky". THis album has a lot of originality to it.
The track with the strongest rhythm are the opening track "Facing The Sun" but don't let the title fool you. The song is very dark, suspenseful with haunting exotic beats and dark ambient atmospherics and strange electronic sounds that almost evoke images of glowing dragonflies flying overhead against increasingly stormy skies and the song becoming a highly intense and haunting track that definately has plenty of the trademark sonud that longtime fans are familiar with. Those who feel that this is nothing like his electrnoic work may get their share of treats with this track. The song then merges right into it's companion track "Magnificent River". MR starts with haunting echoing pianos with strong atmospherics and then becomes a very exotic song with exotic rhythm and sharp sounding guitars to create a truly groundbreaking song in his field.
The rest of this album fits more into the echoing piano sounds that have conprised his post-Indigo era works. In some ways, this album is like a combination of the eerie suspense of "Indigo" and the ancient misty sounds of "Metaphor" but in some ways, "Beautiful World" is totally different altogether from those two albums.
My favorite songs are "Chance" and the title track. "Chance" may lull some to sleep but in some ways, this song has a rather haunting and relatively energetic dark crescendo that makes this song really blissful without being sleep-inducing. Quite the opposite. The echoes of "Chance" echo away into the passion of the title track to this album. The title track begins with passionate and melancholy medieval ambience and some jazzy sounds before it becomes a dramatic theme with high energy rhythm. The song reaches a high climax with a very intense mood with strong electronic keyboards and a very climactic tone. This song definately ranks amongst the classics like the title track to his last album as well as "Coba", "Sacrifice", "87 Dreams", and "Synergy" as his best songs. Really deep stuff I tell you. I was in total bliss listening to this song. "Night Becomes Her" is a very sad but beautiful song with obscure sounding guitars and a very jazzy downbeat vibe to it. Definately not for parties but absolutely beautiful, it is. I love the title to the song too.
The last two songs are the spookiest tracks on this album. "Approaching Summit" gives me chills listening to it with it's eerie yet blissful dark melody and the light but exotic beats in the background. While the song ocasionally gets a bit repetitive at times, the suspense keeps the song from being boring during it's eleven minute length. As I listen to this song, I can imagine myself during the evening at dusk flying over misty forest approaching a snowcapped mountain summit with dark storm clouds gathering overhead. Now how about that for imaginative music. The song merges inot the seventh and final track on this CD. "An Evening Sky" brings this album to a close with the sound of chirping crickets or something in that vein and then a very scary and eerie melody comes in with eloquent guitars against a dark and medievel backdrop to give the song a feeling of driving up the mountainside in accumulating mist in the middle of the night.
While it may not quite reach the heights of O'Hearn's artistic magnum-opuses "So Flows Teh Current" and "Indigo", "Beautiful World" nonetheless continues the unbroken streak of life-altering, adventurous albums that he has been making since 1985 and his next album will very likely break new ground just like this one did. This album does not dissapoint the slightest. I could not do this album justice with this review and I highly recommend that you buy this album today.

Patrick O'Hearn is one of the greatest New Age artists that the Earth has been blessed with and has few who rival him.

Spellbound
Spellbound
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5.0 out of 5 stars This album leaves me "Spellbound" even now!, Dec 15 2003
This review is from: Spellbound (Audio CD)
The title to Paula Abdul's 1991 sophomore couldn't have been better. This album in my opinion is a great artistic quantum leap forward from her excellent 1988 debut "Forever Your Girl" which while great, it has dated very quickly in its sound. "Spellbound" on the other hand has really held up surprisingly well over the years since its release and today it is a stunning classic. I got my first dose of her music when I was a young kid listening to Chicago's B96 and hearing all the barrage of awesome dance music from that period and recall hearing "Opposites Attact" and "Promise Of A New Day" on the radio around that time. I was forever hooked on her music afterwards even though it would be seemingly entire eons before I would discover that these were by Paula Abdul. After finding out who these songs were by, I had to go and get them on CD and "Spellbound" was the album I got containing the latter. For the greatest moments on this album, there's something about them that just really evokes a lot of emotion in me that few other albums do. "Promise Of A New Day" is by far the finest track not only off this album but also among Paula's greatest musical achievements. Just the spine-tingling keyboard chimes at the beginning combined with the electric bass gives this song a very electrifying and powerful feel to it. I've had strange dreams of hearing this song in my dreams for some strange reason. I don't know what it is about this track but WOW! This song has unbelievable power that I can never get enough of listening to it. Perhaps it's because it brings back a lot of excellent memories that I had around late 1991 through 1992 that this song just touches me like few others. It's also interesting to think about it as music radically changed almost overnight after this album came out going from the house techno pop of the previous two years to straight-out grunge rock by the year's end. I enjoyed both styles but techno-house has held up better in my opinion but let's not change the subject of this review.
This album isn't perfect though. There are some moments though on this album that it begins to hit some speed bumps so I'll get through them to get them out of the way. "U", "For You" and "Alright Tonight" don't really do much for me. With the song "U", the rock and techno elements clash instead of merging and the result is a less than great track. "For You" while occasionally interesting feels like a reject from the "Forever Your Girl" sessions and is too short in my opinion. "Alright Tonight" kind of stagnates in my opinion with its somewhat unappealing stab at a more tropical style. These three songs are not bad at all by any stretch of the imagination but they don't quite rank up with the others in my opinion.
However that is made up though with the ballads on this album. The number one single on this album "Rush Rush" is the greatest ballad that she has ever done in, trashing any other slow song of hers. This has a very haunting and moving tone to it and haunting violins and while her voice isn't necessarily golden, it perfectly fits on this powerful and moving song. I also enjoy this song because it brings up great memories of my life around 1991-through early 1993. It's still amazing that this powerful ballad knocked Michael Jackson's "Black or White" out of the top spot on the charts. That's saying a lot. "Vibeology" is just sheer fun with its rumbling bass lines and heavy dance hooks but the track suffers from relatively insipid and utterly silly lyrics that can be a bit jarring at times. However, if you can bypass the vapid lyrics, this is an absolutely fabulous track and is just loads of fun. However Like a previous reviewer said, it was lyrics like this that would ultimately close her career. "Blowing Kisses In The Wind" is another good song with a slightly orchestral sound to it although not on the powerful level of "Rush Rush". The album comes to an excellent close with the final track "Will You Marry Me". This song is definite beauty with a jazz-piano vibe and a dramatic and dreamy melody. The song is about a girl proposing marriage as opposed to a boy usually proposing the same thing. Yeah it's corny but the musicianship and the unique melodic structure are just excellent and negate the corniness.
I've read right and left that some have labeled her as the Britney Spears of the 1980s. Well you know what, I couldn't disagree more. Paula Abdul blows every post-1993 teen pop singer right out of the water and into the trash. Can you imagine Britney doing something as powerful as "Rush Rush" or intoxicating and powerful like "Promise of a New Day"? I didn't think so. Okay, maybe parts of her first album may have some girly-esque elements that bring Abdul close to Britney territory but even then, the slick pop and solid hooks of both FYG and "Spellbound" puts her entire oceans ahead of any of today's teen pop idols. On this album, she did a great job at sounding sexy without crossing the line into vulgarity, something that many of today's younger artists don't seem to know how to.
Much of Abdul's music has dated very quickly and has also been sadly been forgotten by many but if there is any album of hers that truly lasts through the ages, it's definitely this one. She has done a marvelous job and I highly recommend that you purchase this unbelievable classic. I haven't been more proud of purchasing an album in years and today, it's now an album that holds a special place in my life. It's just a shame that this underrated lady's career evaporated after this album's time wrapped up but I've heard that she may put out another album in the near future. I hope it's true and perhaps she could put out that album that could rival "Spellbound" with its power but it remains to be seen for now. This CD is one of the relatively uncommon occurrences when a truly excellent and creative album goes platinum and "Spellbound" is one of those instances. It's sad she went right down the toilet both commercially and artistically after this.
Until then, just put this CD on and have a swell time. Just be careful not to come down with big nostalgia attacks like I have listening to this marvelous treasure of a classic. Enough said, just go and buy this CD today!

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