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Song for the Lonely (Maxi)
Song for the Lonely (Maxi)
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Price: CDN$ 33.95
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Really Lonely, July 19 2004
Cher really does surprise me when she releases some great songs during her final years in the music industry. Arguably, her voice hasn't changed past her prime at all. Instead, it has been better with those times. Song For The Lonely, the lead track for her 2002 album Living Proof, is a very upbeat and symbolic track for her. The song just is one of her best Dance recordings ever, and better than her previous take with the massive hit Believe. I just enjoy this track so much from Cher. I just really don't seem to know why she hasn't done this earlier in her career. Nevertheless, Song For The Lonely is a great track. If you haven't heard this song, expect to hear it as quickly as possible.

GameCube Wavebird Wireless Controller - Platinum
GameCube Wavebird Wireless Controller - Platinum
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wireless Whirled Out, July 15 2004
I just try to look at the best kinds of controllers for my video game systems time & time again. It just isn't a big deal, unless you need a extra one for company. For Nintendo, they have made some great controllers, and accessories for the Nintendo Gamecube, but this isn't really one of them. The Wavebird controller, does operate fairly well, but there are some flipsides to this wireless controller that outweigh the handling of the wired controllers for the Nintendo Gamecube. I was a bit dissapointed in the handling. It was a lot bulkier than its wired brother, which is highly featured with the Gamecube. Another disadvantage is that it has some problems when it interacts with other wireless producs like remote controls for the television. It sometimes gets caught up when somebody changes the channel toward a similar beam of radio waves, then it isn't as active to the commands you give the controller. Nevertheless, this is for die hard Gamecube owners, and not traditional owners like myself, who're so used to the wired Gamecube controllers. Get those regular Nintendo gamecube wired controllers, instead of this pricey controller.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Yeah!!, July 14 2004
This review is from: Yeah (Audio CD)
It just comes to me as a surprise when it comes to artists stepping beyond the mainstream now. There just are too many exactly sounding the same. For Usher, that really isn't at all a adequate sign to enhance a long-term career. Anyway, he still has a long way to go with collaboration. His single, Yeah!!, a collaboration with Ludacris isn't really a all out song that stands out to me. Although the song does have some great beats. It really isn't the kind of collaboration I was really expecting of Usher. I was hoping for more of an Hip Hop Soul ballad, just like he had with You Got It Bad. This song is great, but it is just tiring, because it has been played out already.

Platinum & Gold Collection
Platinum & Gold Collection
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pointers For Cheapskates, July 9 2004
I sometimes listen to older artists these days from the 80's. Especially, since the music industry is filled with manufactured wannabes, and thensome. Guilty pleasures from then, have much better music than people now realize. That comes from so many acts that have broke boundaries. The Pointer Sisters were one of those acts that absolutely broke that mold. They did so many things that Destiny's Child, Cleopatra and other girl groups have still not been able to accomplish, from performin on Broadway, to becoming the first African-American group to perform at the Grand Old Opry in the 1970's. The music they've made is still just as amazing today. While the sisters haven't scored a massive hit in years, the impact is still just as exciting and grand.
The Platinum & Gold Collection has been BMG's answer to the surprising success of the Universal's 20th Century Masters Collection discs, that started in 2003. This one with the Pointer Sisters, has been a constant when it comes to good music. The songs here range with some of their great hits including I'm So Excited, the soulful Slow Hand, Fire, which Bruce Springsteen actually conjured up, the dynamic and groovy Neutron Dance, and He's So Shy, to just name a few. The songs here are great, but many people may not want this record. Largely, because there have been too many different Pointer Sisters hits' collection to come out in the past few years. The best one was the 2000 collection, which has more songs than the about dozen tracks here. All in all, the price is more for people who can't afford other hits collections, and is the price of those bargain masters in the process. There are just too few songs on this one, that die hard Pointer Sisters fanatics may skip this one out.
All in all, this Pointer Sisters collection is very decent, but could've been better. Still, for anybody who can aford a good collection, this one is a sampler, but other good collections are already out now. The Pointer Sisters really did make some great music, but it is a shame people don't enjoy Ruth, Anita, and June pointer anymore.

100 Years
100 Years
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beyond 100 Years, July 6 2004
This review is from: 100 Years (Audio CD)
I sometimes look into what is hot whether it is old stuff or newer artists that have made an impression on great music. Recently, Five For Fighting have honestly made some dynamic and quirky pop songs these past few years, since their breakout single, Superman (It's Not Easy) a few years ago. Their latest single does fall in that same greatful category. 100 Yeras, the first track from The Battle For Everything, is a very wonderous soulful blend from the piano and the melody combined. It is just a great follow up to their debut, and it does showcase a slow but gracefully risen edge for the band, against so many manufactured acts. It truly is a great song, 100 years is one of the best songs out there right now, and this single is really as good as they come.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Overseas Only, July 5 2004
This review is from: As (Audio CD)
It just sometimes surprises me when it really comes to songs released overseas. It still sometimes is just a shame why they haven't been released here in the U.S. to any detail. When it comes to George Michael, his craft really is overseas, and not as popular here as it used to be in the 80's. His duet with Mary J. Blige, on the remake of Stevie Wonder's As, was only released overseas for George Michael's hits album Ladies & Gentleman: The Best Of George Michael. All in all, the Stevie Wonder remake is great, and it just surprises me why these kinds of songs aren't issued here like they should be. If you can't find this classic on the Import version of the Greatest Hits record, try getting it as a import single, or just hope that another Greatest Hits record of George Michael's music comes out very soon, with this song on it. I don't know why people are missing it here.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Amazing, July 2 2004
This review is from: Amazing (Audio CD)
I just am sometimes surprised to know how artists sometimes sem to comeback here and there at the will of the charts. To see George Michael come back to the mainstream is arguably a spectacular surprise. His latest single, Amazing, the first track from his record Patience. The song is really very upbeat and symbolic to what George Michael had endured over his past several years in the spotlight, and finally recieveing happiness in his life. It really does stand out quite well, and it is just a great song to listen to. Although many people may not recognize George Michael now as his high life in the 80's and early 90's, Amazing is a great song and George Michael is still a talented performer.

So Far So Good
So Far So Good
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heaven, June 27 2004
This review is from: So Far So Good (Audio CD)
Sometimes when artists release Greatest Hits albums, they always seem to make it within a quick miss. Largely, because there just isn't enough songs on those hits collections that shouls be there. That has come with so many artists and the lackluster collections that are actually issued. With Bryan Adams, he had that problem a few years ago with a hits collection that was issued. It really didn't have enough songs. However, his earlier collection of songs really seems to speak it out very well. At the time his first collection was released, it actually did follow through unlike most other hits collections. That really isn't much of a surprise these days.
The 1993 record, So Far So Good, is a collection of Bryan Adams biggest hits from the 80's and the early 90's. The songs here are great and very dynamic with the Canadian rocker's range. Although they may seem like in the grounds of the guilty pleasure ranking now, they just help you escape there. With great songs like Summer Of '69, Straight From The Heart, Heaven, Cuts Like A Knife, his duet with Tina Turner called It's Only Love, even his wonderous power ballad from Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, Everything I Do (I Do It For You) is also here. The album also included another newcomer song, Please Forgive Me, which remains a great song no doubt about it. All in all, this record does follow through, which a lot of collections really don't with the songs and the appeal that breaks through very well.
While people may be torn with this collection and the 2002 Bryan Adams hits collection, The Best Of Me, So Far So Good is a much better hits collection because at the time it surely was released, it did show its feeling with the songs well and true. This is that hits collection. It truly is a must have.

The Best of Me
The Best of Me
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not All That Best, June 24 2004
This review is from: The Best of Me (Audio CD)
It just surprises me when it really comes to hits collections. They really don't seem to hit the nail on the head. It really isn't anything new here, especially when a better hits collection by the same artist was issued earlier. Bryan Adams truly knows about making great songs, but not always hits collections. During his beginnings in the 80's, he defied the feeling of Rock music and Pop combined. That still hasn't changed here. His music is still as universal, with a lot of strength that people think of a guilty pleasure. Well, he might seem like that right now, but there is more to this Canadian than guilty.
The Best Of Me, the second Bryan Adams Greatest Hits collection of his big songs from the 80's and 90's. All in all, the songs here include his biggest hits from the era, including his biggest movie ballads, Everything I Do (I Do It For You) from Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman? from Don Juan Demarco, as well as other great pop songs to his career. The album also includes other great songs that were also on his earlier hits collection such as Summer Of '69, Can Start This Thing We Started, and Run To You. The album also adds some other goodies such as Back To You from his appearance on MTV Unplugged, Cloud Number Nine, and Let's Make A Night To Remember.
There also are some downsides to this collection, the album does overlook some of Bryan's die hard hits from the 80's such as Heaven, This Time, Cuts Like A Knife, It's Only Love his duet with Tina Turner, and other good songs. Those songs were featured on his earlier hits collection, So Far So Good from 1993. All in all, fans might seem a whole lot uninterested in this collection, but is a strong welcome to any Bryan Adams and his strong feel in music. If this was combined with the other hits collection, than more people would've bought The Best Of Me. Still, Bryan Adams quality hasn't changed in the music, and people still appreciate his music today, straight from that heart.

Mario Kart: Double Dash!!: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
by Prima Games
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Plumber Races To The Finish Line, June 21 2004
It sometimes can be very frustrating when strategy guides come into place for video games. They all don't seem to have it very well, but sometimes you don't need the guide to play the game. The strateggy guide for Mario Kart: Double Dash!! from Prima, is a very much straight forward strategy guide for Nintendo Gamecube buffs, but the courses are so simple and easy to play, you probably don't seem to need the strategy guide inorder to finish this race. It does tell you the strengths and the weaknesses of all the hidden racers and all the courses very much in good detail, and the regular racers from Mario & Luigi, Bowser Jr., Yoshi, Princess Toadstool a.k.a. Peach, and all the other racers. All in all, the strategy guide by Prima is nice, but it really isn't as helpful as the one Nintendo made. Even if you don't have this guide, or the other strategy guide Nintendo made, you probably don't need one for aid, if you are a vigorous player of Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

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