Alistair Ray

 
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Location: London , England, UK
 

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Shine ~ Joni Mitchell
Shine ~ Joni Mitchell
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Following Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell is the second musical heavyweight to be courted successfully by Starbucks' Hear Music label and, again, it feels like an odd alliance, especially given the avowedly noncorporate hankering for the simple life which is threaded lyrically through this album. As well as airing her distaste for the trappings of modern living on "Bad Dreams", Mitchell offers dignified anti-war comments, describing history as "a mass murder mystery" on "Strong and Wrong", and warnings of ecological woe on "This Place". A new version of her classic "Big Yellow Tax"i chimes in with these concerns.
"Shine" presents beautiful melodies, dark lyrics and a sparseness that… Read more
Playlist ~ Babyface
Playlist ~ Babyface
4.0 out of 5 stars Soulful earnestness., Sept. 24 2007
"Playlist" is the first release for Island Def Jam's relaunched Mercury Records division, and it reunites Babyface and his former writing/production partner Antonio "L.A." Reid.
The 48yo premier vocalist/songwriter/producer is back with his eleventh album covering the classic songs that inspired him throughout his career.
Returning after a two-year break, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds signals a stylistic change of direction from R&B to Adult Contemporary on "Playlist" which encompasses sensitive rock covers ranging from James Taylor's "Fire & Rain" to Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle"...
This 10 songs collection features three original tunes and some of music's finest performers… Read more
The Greatest Songs Of The Seventies ~ Barry Manilow
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Following on from the the so/so Fifties and Sixties albums, Barry returns to the decade which launched his career.
The 18-song single CD package of The Greatest Songs Of The Seventies presents Manilow's versions of 10 timeless cover songs from the '70s, plus for the first time ever, 8 stripped-down acoustic versions of his own classic titles including "Mandy", "I Write The Songs", "Could It Be Magic?" and "Copacabana".
The album is produced once again by money-driven businessman Clive Davis, Arista founder and BMG U.S. Chairman & CEO, has a better track-listing and is the ineluctable follow-up to this questionable series.
Again, this is another album of covers by a top… Read more

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