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Blue Lines
Blue Lines
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unfinished Sympathy, July 6 2004
This review is from: Blue Lines (Audio CD)
"Bluie Lines" was Massive Attack's first album and the start of unfinnished music history. With this classic 90's album they started the UK trend Trip Hop, and lots of others were going to follow. Like all Massive album's there's a great variety of songs included, hip hop, soul, reggae, dance. Another reason to take a closer look at this album. Shara Nelson appears on this album too, the soulful voice behind "Unfinished Sympahty" her appearence makes the album even better and enjoyable. The song itself it the best of the album and perhaps the biggest hit so far for Massive Attack, it got the trip hop feeling all over it from the beats, the soulish sound and the vocals match perfect. She also sings "Safe Drom Home" which is good aswell. "One Love" is jazzy while "Five Man Army" is reggae and "Blue Lines" and "Daydreaming are hip hop. One of my favorites is the soulish pop influented "Be Thankful for What You Got" with awesome beats and scratching, very memorable song. "Lately" is slow and soulish, but passable. "Hymn of the Big Wheel" is that kind of song i can put in a specific genre, good however. Only 9 songs on this album but it's quality, not quantity. A great classic you defenitely should pick up.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated 90's trip hop, July 4 2004
This review is from: Protection (Audio CD)
While "Protection" might not be as good as their first album "Blue lines" and a bit overshadowed by other albums it's far from a bad apple in any way, actually one of my favorites with a distance. It's a bit unever though, some songs are close to perfection but some feels forgettable by now. The first song, the title track "Protection" is sang by Tracy Thorn from "Everything But the Girl" it's this albums best song and was a hit back them aswell. Tracy's haunting lyrics and voice fits the hip hop beats and samples perfect. The hook is also memorably good. "Karmacoma" is the normal Horacy Andy trip hop with rapping. "Three" is rather odd, decent song sang by Nicolette but could have been better. "Weather Storm" is a song to remember since it's slow jazz, completely diffrent from the rest of the songs here, it really showed the many influents Massive got. "Spying Glass" is reggae. "Better Things" is another Tracy Thorn song, it sound like a train, it has good beats and beautiful sound. Defenitely one of the highlight to not miss out. "Eurochild" is yet another rap song. "Sly" is with Nicolette, beautiful sound. "Heat Miser" is another highlight, it starts with fast piano playing and the sound of someone breathing deep. It got this mysterious feeling, great for a horror movie. Those kind of song is partly what makes Massive so pleasant. The album closes with a live remake of the Doors "Light My Fire" quite allright actually. Overall this is a very good album, forgotten by many but it has many highlight's worth taking a look at. A very good variety of sound and genre's and many songs with the great mysterious Massive sound. Recommended for anyone that likes something diffrent.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Brandy Comes Back Stronger, July 2 2004
This review is from: Afrodisiac (Audio CD)
Brandy's now back with her 4th album "Afrodisiak" which is far from what she did in the early days, in the other hand she's 25 years old now, Ofcourse the imgage and music changes. She also dicorced from her husband some time ago and many of the songs of this album are about, the tough releationship, trust and understanding, "Afrodisiak" sure is more mature and personal then other albums. She also changed producers from Rodney Jerkins to Timbaland so for that reason the sound is diffrent too. New star producer Kenye West also appears on one song "Talk About Our Love" other then that most songs are Timbaland productions.
Many have complained about that there are no ballads on "Afrodisiak" and there aren't any regular brany ballads, however there are loads of slow songs here, just like in here last album. There's a great mix of uptempo and slower songs, most part of it are pleasant songs that will grow on you. The album starts with "Who I Am" which is a soulish mid tempo song with piano play in the backround. It's a personal song about bad experiences eventually making her stronger. The second song, the title track "Afrodisiak" is a uptempo song with good beats and hook, one of the album's finest. Next up is "Who is She 2 U" It's also uptempo but not far from as good as the previous song. "Talk About A Love" is a great job from Kanye West, a emotional uptempo song. "I Tried" is one personal favorite aswell, good music, and hook. Should become a hit. "Where you wanna be" is slow, not a top song. "Focus" is also very good, it's midtempo with good sound and hook. Could be without "Saddity" since it's too noisy for my taste. "Turn It Up" sounds like the average party song. "Necessary" is another emotional midtempo song which is quite okey. "Say You Will" is slow and soulish, Good but quite ordinary. "Come as You are" remind me of a song from Kelli Rowland, great uptempo song that is easy to dance to aswell. "Finally" is one of many personal midtempo songs, decent aswell. "How I Feel" should perhaps be considered a ballad, slowest you'll find here. "Should I Go" is one of the best, so it feel good that it was saved for last. The music here is very beautiful and macthes Brandy's lyrics great. You should defenitely stay Brandy!
I must say that this was a pleasant surprise, it's better then the last album and there are loads of good and also very wonderful songs here. The uptempo songs are no dissapointment either. Timbaland that has quite mediocre lately is making the best job in many years. 2/3 of the songs are good, with 4 or 5 that i like alot. Some are so so, but overall this album is great and it won't stop me from listen to it. Brandy is back stronger and better.

Seal IV
Seal IV
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3.0 out of 5 stars Feels a bit incomplete, July 1 2004
This review is from: Seal IV (Audio CD)
Seal's 4th album "Seal IV" is his first since "Human Beeing" in 1998 but it's far from as good as previous albums. He and longtime collaborator Trevor Horn desperately try to make miracles of a album that never reaches above it's potential. Seal's somehow raspy voice is always pleasant to listen to but none of the songs here comes close to classics such as "Prayer For The Dying" "Kiss From a Rose" or "Crazy". They have also tried to make a new sound, a soulish motown sound, which doesn't suit the image of true Seal music. This album is far from bad, with many decent songs like the catchy disco influented "Get it Together" the ballad "Lover's Devine" and up-tempo "My Vision". The sound of many songs are great, but the lyrics fall plain. There aren't songs with magical hooks either. I would have like remixes on a few songs. The potential is there but it Feels a bit incomplete and messy. listen before buying.

The Best of Sade
The Best of Sade
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5.0 out of 5 stars There's only one Sade!, June 30 2004
This review is from: The Best of Sade (Audio CD)
Sade is not only beautiful she's also a very unique artist with a wonderful and sensual voice and a very own musical style with influents from soul and jazz. Many diffrent instruments on the song makes the sound very passionate and beautiful.
Her Biggest hits were without a doubt "Smooth Operator" a song that's still played alot on radio. It's a great contemporary soul-pop song but perhaps her most radio friendly too. Don't expect the majority of the songs to sound like that. "Sweetest Taboo" is another beautiful piece of art, emotional and soulish with great lyrics. My favorite is the beautiful ballad "Your Love is king" which also is well known song for music fans. "Never As Good As the First Time" should also be considered among her biggest successes, it's a typical Sade song.
Not all songs were that big on the charts here, but what i like is that all of the songs are equally as beautiful. Hit's or not they are great and made with alot of heart&soul and passion. Not all of them are as meliodic as "Smooth Operator" either, but let her voice, lyrics and the sound of the songs talk for itself. A memorable collection nonetheless. "Jezebel" and "It Is A Crime" are jazz influented. "Cherish the Day" is one of the most sensual, the music fits perfect with the lyrics. "No Ordinary Love" has the mystcial sound of Enigma and is passionate and wonderful to listen to. "Love Is Stronger the Pride" has flutes and percussion and it's unique in it's own way. "Please Send Me Someone" has blues influents.
I love this album for it's orginality, it's probably one of the greatest "Best of albums" to me made, not all songs were big hits but they were all equally great. I don't expect you to get into Sade over a night, but when you have you stuck on her album.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Neptunes presents Kelis, June 30 2004
This review is from: Kaleidoscope (Audio CD)
Back in 1999 when this album was released Chad and Pharell were basically a bunch of nodody's. They wrote and produced all songs here and made Kelis a overnight celebrity. The sound was unique with the great beats and samples that are both catchy and funky, sometimes they sound like coming from a video game or something. A few years later they were gonna become the greatest producers in the business acctracting Britney Spears & Justin Timberlake. I first heard Kelis when she appeared on Ol' Dirty Bastard's "Got Your Money", another Neptunes song by the way. She's not made 3 albums, and it's a quite popular singer for the moment after the success from her latest album "Tasty".
Back to here 1 album "Kaleidoscope" which i still rate as Kelis best album. It start's off with "Good Stuff" which defenitely is one of the highlights here. A catchy up temp song with good hook and sound. The second song is her massive hit "Caught Out There" about women feeling cheated and taking out their anger in this song. It's catchy too, and the sound samples sound like a 80's video game, really awesome. "Get Along With You" is slower, pretty good but not a hitsingle. "Game Show" is another highlight, it got good samples/beats and good hook. "Mars" surely is space influented. "Roller Rink" is emotional and ballad sounding.
I could buy this album only for the sound which is awesome. Kelis is great to listen to, especially on uptempo songs. She doesn't have the voice to make those emotional deep songs like Mariah Carey could do, but for a pop album(which it is) it's subrerb. Recommended.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous!, June 12 2004
This review is from: Dangerous (Audio CD)
"Dangerous" was Michael jackson's 4th album as a solo artist. They say it's very diverse and i agree with that, however changing Quincy Jones for Teddy Riley changed the sound a bit. After all the scandals and media coverage on Michael's life, and especially after he "changed" skin colour, he wanted to prove he was still black. Many of the songs are R&B influented here and in the videos there were Black guest artists appearing like Kris Kros, Heavy D, Michael Jordan, Naomi Campbell, Eddie Murphy and Earvin "Magic" Johnson. This album offers you a great mix of music, apart from many R&B songs we'll also get some Pop, Rock Gospel and Dance. "Dangerous" got alot of attention when it came out, "Bad" had been selling amazing and it was now 6 years when it came out back in 1987.
The album starts with the fast agressive R&B/Dance "Jam" where Michael is playing basketball with Jordan in the video and teaching him some dance steps. It has always been hard for me to understand what he sais on the songs, he either whispers or he sings to quick, however it's a exellent song to dance too. "Why you Wanna Trip on me" is perhaps a sequel to "Leave me Alone" it's also about the media that won't leave him alone. "In the Closet" is one of the best songs on the album, the mystery girl appears on it and it's a intimate R&B influented song with lyrics that MTV wouldn't like. "She Drives me Wild" sound is a bit simular to "In the Closet" in the beginning, but it has samples from cars and the hook/melody aren't strong at all. "Remember the Time" is obviously one of the higlights of this album, apart from the amazing "Egyptian style" video it's a catchy uptempo song with good melody. "Can't let her get away" is a Riley song which isn't that good actually, uptempo R&B song which is forgettable. On "Heal the World" Michael proves his love for children and peace, it's a wonderful ballad with good lyrics that surely makes sense. "Black and White" is a anti racism song partly, but also a wonderful catchy pop song, the video that was "before it's time" got alot of attention. MJ dancing with all kinds of people and the amazing computerized face changes that was new back then. "Who is it" is another highlight about a man beeing betrayed in a relationship that doesn't work out. It starts slow but get's faster on the hook, in the end of the song there's also a choir singing in the backround, wonderful. "Give in to me" is Mj's Rock song of the album, it's deep and it includes Slash from Guns N Roses playing the guitar. "Will you be There" is yet another song about the world, diffrent but good. "Will you be there" is underrated, same writers that made "Man in the Mirror" a bit simular but not as good. "Gone too soon" has good lyrics, it's dedicated to a dying young boy, too slow without melody though. The Title track "Dangerous" is a uptempo song, allright but not one of the highlights.
It's a great album with many diffrent sounding sound, some of them are wonderful 10/10 stars songs that just MJ can make, but there are also far too many mediocre album songs here that are too forgettable, i would like to give it 5 stars for songs like "Black and White" "Remember the Time" and "Heal the World" but some songs are making the lowing the rating. It's a wondeful album however, a real 90's classic i've listened to inside out. Highly recommended.

Sunday 8PM - Special Edition
Sunday 8PM - Special Edition
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5.0 out of 5 stars Faithless second coming, June 8 2004
Faithless second album "Sunday 8PM" is another great effort, it has a bit of everything. Trip Hop, World Music, Dance and Hip Hop. Just as their first album it's very diverse, but at the same time they stick with their dance influents on most tracks. The beautiful instrumental "The Garden" is am good kick off track to a great album, the title song "Sunday 8 PM" is simular to it. It continues with the dark, depressive trip hop song "Bring My Family Back" with Maxi Jazz. "Postcards" sound the same almost. "Hours of Need" is a great soulish song with background choirs and good hook. "Take the long way home" is a dance track, just like "Why Go" with Boy George. "God is a Dj" is defenitely the highlight of this album, it was a massive hit the same year and still works on the dancefloor. It reminds me a bit of "Insomnia" with Maxi Jazz lyrics and then the catchy dance sound hook. In the video he made "signs" when singing to send out his message to everyone. Dido also appaears on a few songs like "Hem of his garmant" but she's not in the spotlight on this album. "Sunday 8 PM" has alot of variation and it's a classic album from the great Faithless. Go and get it, if you haven't.

Devin Dazzle & the Neon Fever
Devin Dazzle & the Neon Fever
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funky, Retro 80's synth pop!, June 8 2004
After the big success albums "Kittenz and Three Glitz" Felix Da Housacat is back with his second studio album "Devin Dazzle & The Neon Fever" It isn't as much electro sounding as his first one, this is more early 80's sytnh sounding, still not bad in anyway. You got to give credit for Da Housecat AKA Felix Stallings Jr as one of the most creative artists around, he's sound is unique with influence from synth-pop, electro, funk and pop and this album has a very warm happy retro sound you don't find very often today, this could have been released in 1984 or something. There are many guest artists here, like the female band "Neon Fever" hence the name of the album.
The songs like i said are synth-pop influented, 80's sound. The highlight are "Ready 2 wear" sang by a man, it's a typical 80's song that sowehow feels fammiliar. "Romantique" has some great electro beats and a female voice that sings with a french accent. The songs with Neon Fever sound a bit simular, but okey. "Devin Dazzle" is catchy electro sounding with a happy sound. "Neon Human" has a very good melody, and strange vocals which are hard to understand. Overall a good album, with a unique sound.

Non Zero Sumness
Non Zero Sumness
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5.0 out of 5 stars AIR fans, this is Planet funk, a upgraded Version!, June 7 2004
This review is from: Non Zero Sumness (Audio CD)
Italian band Planet funk is another dance band infleunted by many artists and genre's, Depeche Mode, Pink Floyd for example on the rock side but also Chicane, Air, Chemical Bros and Daft Punk on the Dance side. The majority of songs are pretty slow here, the hit single's "Chase the Sun" and "Inside all the people" that had some attention a few years ago are great. "Chase the Sun" is a mid tempo dance influented song with female vocals and a beautiful melody while "Inside all the people" has male vocals, it's a mix of rock and dance. It's beautiful midtempo aswell, with a good hook. I heard a very good house version of it, when i re-heard the original version i had loads of memories and liked it even more. "The Switch" is simular. Lots of synths sound kind of like early Depeche Mode and then the soft vocals from the singer. "Where is the max" also has a beautiful sound, it's instrumental apart from the others. "Under the Rain" has dance sound with female vocals, reminds me abit of Chicane or Delerium. The sound of the rain they make is great too. "All Mans Land" is simular, also female vocals and a dreamy ambient sound. "Paraffin" and "Who said" are 2 more songs sung by the male simular to "the switch" but a bit weaker The rest are instrumental "Piano Piano" sais it all and "Tightrope Artist" is slow with drums. "The Walz" reminds me of Robert Miles/BT dreamtrance.
I see i'm the first one to review this, hopefully not the last. Planet Funk is defenitely something you should check out, i think many of you would like their sound.

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