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Deus Ex: Invisible War - Xbox
Deus Ex: Invisible War - Xbox
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Month or So After the Hype I picked this Up, April 27 2004
With all of the great games that have come out for Xbox this much vaunted classic PC title
is only average when comparing to games like KOTOR, Prince of Persia, or Splinter Cell.
The only thing that kept this one from achieving greatness was the lack of a slick
interace and compelling storyline.
Whatever people will say about the controls. The fact is they are unnecessarily clunky.
Well thought out but clunky. To be able to select a gun and turn on a mod on a drop of a
dime to fight a group of enemies is entirely awkward. And the juice to work a mod runs out
fast and juggling to turn it off and on so as to be efficient is a worthless gesture.
Most likely you'll just run your energy cell out while fighting baddies. Having a mod wear
out would be a huge advancement over having to miserly manage the cell.
The KOTOR style of characters speaking out dialogue is nice and the strongest advancement
over the first. It's a game of side tasks and you never gain a sense of what you are
doing is really very important. Give me more money and more mods is basically all you
want. The premise is the same as the first and doesn't really radically unfold like the
first instead it rehashes the former so you keep saying "oh, I remember them", oh the
Perhaps the mistake I made was playing Splinter Cell 2 just before picking up this title.
I pondered over buying this the day it came out and am relieved I did not and instead
rented it. The first DE was so innovative and perfect for PC style play when it came out
but this current release isn't really doing anything beyond that and four years later this
one isn't much different technically.

Boss Guitar
Boss Guitar
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle Intense Jazz Chamber Music, March 28 2004
This review is from: Boss Guitar (Audio CD)
Haven't heard a trio album ever sound so complete. Perhaps Bill
Evans but that would be a completely different comparison. This
timeless album seems to have no beginning or end. You will get
listners lost in the complexities of this album if you hit the
repeat button. The unlimited playablility is perhaps the
strongest attribute. Full house is the first choice but the Wes
album you may play the most is this one. Just a suggestion and
no more. Yes, Incredible Jazz guitar is great but I don't play
that one too often because of this one.

Soul Mining (Rm)
Soul Mining (Rm)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately, not the original, Jan. 20 2004
This review is from: Soul Mining (Rm) (Audio CD)
The original Soul Mining was a double cassette. Fans back then
who couldn't get this rarity would pick up some of the missing
songs on 12" releases or CD singles. If this album were released
now in it's entirety, It would easily be considered his all time best!
The whole second side is like an odd mirror of the first.
The original tracks were:
I've Been Waitin' For Tomorrow (All Of My Life), This Is The Day,
The Sinking Feeling, Uncertain Smile, The Twilight Hour, Soul Mining,
Giant, Perfect, Three Orange Kisses From Kazan, Nature Of Virtue,
Mental Healing Process, Waitin' For the Upturn, Fruit of the Heart
Three Orange kisses just takes you way below the subdermal of
that skin Matt talks about in Uncertain smile. Mental Healing Process
is a wonderful happy sad tune, all in all a more personal level of
depth to a more mainstream first side. Add his 1984 single "Flesh
& Bones" (the song he played as an encore on the Mind Bomb tour) and
you would have a masterpiece.
Not too economical back then for a double cassette but would have
been entirely appropriate for an "original recording remaster" now.
Like some of the other reviewers I'll stick with my UK version
with the woman on the cover by Andy Dog. Being a fan of MJ is
a bit frustrating because of all the down time between label
switches but the Epic/Columbia years were above the rest in
scope and scale.

Sketches of Spain
Sketches of Spain
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So many others to buy before this one, Dec 30 2003
This review is from: Sketches of Spain (Audio CD)
The reviewers that talk about playing Relaxin or Kind of Blue hundreds of times
but this only a dozen really sum up this great album. Yes, great if you are in that
category of collector crossing over to aficionado. This is Miles all by his
lonesome adjoined by a strange orchestra that has no cohesion with this artist.
Very similar to that hokey stuff Creed Taylor did with Wes Montgomery and that
Verve orchestra (which all his best offerings are on Riverside by the way). The
feel of this album is like some Columbia record exec. saying "hey Miles we're
going to put you in a room with an orchestra and it's going to be for your own
good because all the other jazz musicians who aren't half as talented as you are
doing this same thing.
But this is merely an opinion from a person who really has none other than if you
aren't a collector you will be much happier with well rounded classics like
Steamin, Talkin, Workin, and best of all Relaxin. Then on to the Columbia Sextet
but you can cut yourself on some of that insane wizardry.

Relaxin W/Miles
Relaxin W/Miles
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5.0 out of 5 stars Warm & witty, the most accessible Miles album, Dec 29 2003
This review is from: Relaxin W/Miles (Audio CD)
If you are a serious aficionado or just want one or two Miles albums to add dimension to your collection this is by far and wide the best choice for your Prestige LP and for the Columbia LP you might choose Kind of Blue or Milestones. In my humble opinion. The door opens wide as this is by far the most accessible Miles album I have heard so far. Warm notes and friendly rhythms similar to Stan Getz's Jazz Samba. Not as in-depth or cavernous as Kind of Blue tending to stay on the terrestrial plane. The members of the Qunitet are some of the most cohesive jazz has ever seen.
The trio of Paul Chambers, Philly Joe Jones, and Red Garland along with master of masters John Coletrane make each song flawless yet wholesome and bright. The album starts warm and witty then dabs in the experimental but is all and all one of the most well rounded albums in my 500+ 'collection. Many opinion lists will pull you into thinking the Columbia releases are the be all of
Miles but this couldn't be further from the truth. The titles done for Prestige simply can't be
overlooked and Relaxin is proof of that. This is a solid pick and a keeper for a lifetime!

Death By Chocolate
Death By Chocolate
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this, June 28 2003
This review is from: Death By Chocolate (Audio CD)
This album is my secret weapon at party's where
hip cool rhythmic vibes are the obsession of every
D.J. wanna-be. I play this one and heads turn
and the night becomes magic.
Please don't buy this because I want to be the one
that delivers that amazing song that everyone is
blown away and says "who's this"?
Being made aware of this stellar group by Hotel Costes #1
I bought one of their earlier albums and loved it. Years
later I wanted to catch up with them so I bought DBC and
couldn't get over the intensity of this album. Did I already
mention not to buy this and maybe perhaps buy another
repetitive drumbeat release by Thievery Corporation.
Please do not buy this album as it will open a window
into a futuristic world of sound only Yello has delved.
Stop now, this is your last warning.

Everything Must Go
Everything Must Go
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always making music to fit the times, June 15 2003
This review is from: Everything Must Go (Audio CD)
What? You haven't run out to your local record store and bought this the day it came out? We'll
If you are going down the list of reviews and contemplating a Everything Must Go please read
This album took me by surprise and definitely seems toned down from their last 4 releases. EMG
is very similar to their earlier work. No horn section to accompany Fagen's lyrics and no grand
master guitar solos. The overall feeling of this album mirrors the recession-type times in which it
was released.
Steely Dan always manages to convey the current world around them in their songs. Two
against nature was created during a boom era. Songs like "the last mall" and "everything must
go" seem to have been conceived in the last two lackluster years. Big business causing the little
guys to give in and give up.
People looking for that perpetual head buzz of Aja and Gaucho won't really find it here. This one
is more like Pretzel Logic, Countdown to Ecstasy, or Katy Lied. The songs flow together
smoother than Two against Nature. I find myself already listening to EMG over and over and
liking it more each time but that is typical of any Steely Dan album. Green Room by far is the
hardest song to digest, sounding odd at first but more appealing after hearing a few more times.
Walter Becker finally gets a chance to sing with a very appealing funk blues song Slang of ages
which may be the most introspective one on the entire album.
Needless to say the production quality is double what anyone producing music is capable of and
if you put all your Dan albums into the CD changer you'll notice this latest one outshines the rest
in rich sound and clarity.
But more than anything Fagen and Becker have created another window to their world that you
can climb into.

Hitman 2: Silent Assassin - Xbox
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin - Xbox
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3.0 out of 5 stars Easy Shneezy, Nov. 12 2002
A very enjoyable but non-replayable game with a wonderful
cultish-type hero. Fun but very quick missions from the
folks that brought us the venerable Deus Ex. Imagine
the 6 plus star ratings that will come out when DE 2 is
out. But anyway, I bit the hook and bought the game and
5 days later have another 50 dollar novel to put on the shelf
next to the rest and perhaps in the mood pull out good ole
Halo. Sorry for being vague but the short of it is if you are
an average to above average gamer you can knock this one
out at a blockbuster 5 day rental. Is it worth having in a library, hey, I'll sell you mine.

Dead To Rights - Xbox
Dead To Rights - Xbox
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not even worth the rental, Nov. 3 2002
This review is from: Dead To Rights - Xbox (Video Game)
Extra Extra
Corey Hart breaks out and becomes a cop with his sunglasses at night..,.,
So the folks at Namco played Max Payne and thought,
we can do better, so here it is! I rented this at block buster
and played it for about 4.2 minutes. The controls are too
complicated for a shooter. I found myself once again
putting in Halo to cleanse myself of that garbage. It
makes sense that nobody has rated this game because
it is so bad it doesn't merit a review. Why am I doing this you ask only to say I now have a stack of games but only
Halo is worth the replay.

Yoshimi Vs. the Pink Robots
Yoshimi Vs. the Pink Robots
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2.0 out of 5 stars I sure can tell they are from Oklahoma, Oct. 8 2002
I bought this CD strictly on it's fantastic cover art. Come
on, we all do that from time to time. The music itself mimics
an Air album I purchased years ago but then the blind melon type voice kicked in I knew this was more of that
twangish-country-folkrock 90's stuff. The sound that
has whole rural radio stations devoted to it.
As a first time listener to this album I tried to listen but was
forced to hit the forward button at each repetitious lyric, stuff like "yoshimi get your yellow kung fu robot something or another" repeated 16x's.
But I've been more into Fantastic Plastic Machine, Stereolab, Defazz, Ben Folds, Roxy Music. I realize there will be Spin magazine awards shows praising these guys but I'm still not getting it.

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