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The 20/20 Experience
The 20/20 Experience
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: £6.87

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just In-Nuff :o), 23 Mar 2013
This review is from: The 20/20 Experience (Audio CD)
12 tracks, 7 of which are over 7 minutes long. JT and Timberland team up once again to try and put out something that demonstrates why JT is a class apart from most of his peers... has it worked... hmmm!

The album starts with one of the outright stars of the show, Pusher Love Girl. A track that would have sat nicely on Prince's Sign Of The Times album. Its long, very long, over 8 minutes to be exact but its a meteoric introduction to JT's more laid-back loved-up flavour. Robin Thicke tried to jam down the same path with his 2009 release but came un-stuck sounding more like a sleazy jazzed-up lothario with viagra and a cabaret band... so JT had better tread carefully.

Everyone by now has made up their minds about Suit & Tie. Did the track work, well. As an album filler its ok. As a track to wake everyone up to your re-emegernce after being missing in action for half a decade... I think not, thats my opinion only but heck its in there.

For some inexplicable reason JT and Timberland decided that the album should slow right down for a few tracks. Don't Hold The Wall is a bit hit and miss but somewhat forgettable. Strawberry Bubblegum is another 8 minute overlong voyage. Its sweet and I'm sure some will love its flow but 8 minutes... please. Tunnel Vision is 100% an album filler. Spaceship Coupe reminds me of something Ciara once did... shame, but not the worst track in the world. The boredom reaches a crescendo with That Girl... a twee track that just passes time.

Thankfully Timberland and JT then wake up with the Michael Jackson-like Let The Groove In before taking the criminal decision to drag out a track like Mirrors for a mind numbing 8 minutes and 6 seconds! Mirrors is a nice track and has been burning up those charts... but 8 minutes. I sincerely hope he doesn't start a new trend here. You'd be forgiven for wanting to bin the CD at this point, but then you'd be missing the absolute gems hidden at the end.

Blue Ocean Floor is a deliriously beautiful melodic piece that would grace any album. This is followed by quite frankly the stand out track on the album... Dress On.... 10/10. The curtain is then brought crashing down with the Señorita guitar rift reminiscent Body Count. So there you have it.

Where does that leave us. Is it a 5 star album... no, but there are some top tracks in there. Maybe I'm a bit harsh and I'm sure I'll grow to love some of the tracks I'm not too keen on right now but perhaps JT would have been better served with a Neptunes track or three in the mix, certainly worked on his 1st album. This is merely a decent effort, no more. Certainly better than the abortion Usher served up recently.. Ne-Yo's Red might have more decent tracks and greater variety... but certainly less class.


Skin Doctors Cosmeceuticals 2194 SD White 50ml - Advanced Skin Brightening Complex
Skin Doctors Cosmeceuticals 2194 SD White 50ml - Advanced Skin Brightening Complex
Offered by Platinum Distribution UK
Price: £17.97

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It does work... but as results are gradual, the difference can be missed!, 29 Sep 2010
Following years of spots, shaving bums, cuts and general bad skin, I figured it was time to try some of these "expensive" products. I actually started using SD White after being more than satisfied with Skin Doctors' amazing Ingrow Go. The evening-up of my skin tone was not immediately apparent to me but close friends did start to point out that my complexion looked better than ever and that I appeared to have turned the clock back a a whole bunch of years.

But I only really noticed the difference when looking at old photos. It became clear that prior to Ingrow Go and SD White, my nose was actually a lighter shade than the rest of my face (believe it or not) whereas now I have a much more even tone all over.

I still have the odd dark spot but these have improved immeasurable. The problem is I see my face every single day so the progress isn't always immediately obvious... but you couldn't pay me to turn the clock back to just before I started using InGrow Go and SD White.

The only way to get fast results (and the accompanyed side-effects) would be to use illegal skin bleaching products. SD White certainly takes time but is worth every penny in my view (especially when bought for discounted prices). I haven't tried Fade Out Cream yet... it seems to get great reviews so maybe I'll give that a go one day, but for now SD White is definitely a great product.
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Bump Stopper-2 Double Strength Razor Bump Treatment 14.2GMS
Bump Stopper-2 Double Strength Razor Bump Treatment 14.2GMS
Offered by BIG FLY SPORTS
Price: £5.23

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The other reviews are sales pitches, 12 July 2010
Shaving bumps are a real pain, the constant itchy irritation, the puss oozing spots, the blemishes that darken the skin, the all round annoyance of the daily battle to just have a clean shave. Well Bump Stopper 2 does NOTHING to stop any of that. Its almost as useful as applying creamy tomato soup to your skin!

Avoid this nonsence, the other reviews are just sales pitches. Instead take my advice (I suffered shaving bumps for 17 years... honestly... but have the smoothest skin imaginable now)

How do you get rid of shaving bumps... well:

1. Prepare your face for a shave by first washing vigurously with a good scrub (St Ives Apricot Scrub is particularly good)
2. After washing apply vitamin E lotion (I recommend Boots Vitamin E Moisture Lotion) to the area to be shaved.
3. Apply shaving cream (Veet Sensitive Skin Hair Removal Cream) to remove the facial hairs. After 3-5 minutes remove (maybe re-apply should it not remove all hair).
4. Wash face once again (St. Ives Apricot Scrub or a Witch Hazel Exfoliating wash)
5. Massage a little Boots Vitamin E Moisture Lotion into your skin (trust me on this one!!!)
6. Apply Skin Doctor's Ingrow Go... Now this bit will sting like crazy :o( especially if you don't follow point 5!!!

Shave like this when required but use Ingrow Go on a daily basis. In ONE month you'll have perfectly smooth kissable skin.

If you follow this PLEASE drop me a message or two after so we can swap notes on success stories :o)
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The Renaissance
The Renaissance

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2008 was a bad year... until now!, 13 Nov 2008
This review is from: The Renaissance (Audio CD)
He's only gone and done it! This album is not just worth the wait, its worthy of all the praise that is getting lavished on it from reviewers all over the globe. This is a real masterclass that demonstrates to all the would-be rappers out there that even though the world and its dog are bored stiff of the gerne, with artists that don't just cater to the marketing exec's by knocking out music by numbers (you all know who I'm talking about) great hip-hop albums can still be produced.

What we have here is a mature yet fresh hip-hop/nu-soul fusion that works on so many levels its frightening! Some of the tracks are so tasty its hard to describe.

From 'Getting Up' and 'Official' to 'You' and 'Life Is Better' the residing unescapable word that comes to mind is "Class"! In a funny sort of way this is more of a follow-up to Foreign Exchange's seminal 'Connected' than even their 2008 release 'Leave It All Behind'... praise indeed!

I'm positive this album will last ages... but lets just hope we won't have to wait so long for the next installment.


Sketches of a Man
Sketches of a Man

5.0 out of 5 stars He's back... and not a moment too soon!, 12 Aug 2008
This review is from: Sketches of a Man (Audio CD)
Ok, so he blew our minds with 'Subject' then he came back to remind us just how good he was with 'Some Kinda'... since then Nu-Soul lovers all over the world have waited patiently for a follow-up.

The first album 'Subject' showed us what he was capable of and became an instant classic in the Nu-Soul arena. 'Some Kinda' was pretty much more of the same, whilst it perhaps didn't build upon 'Subject', it took the listener for another mellow ride on familiar flows and tempos

'Sketches Of A Man' encapsulates all that was good in the first two releases and wraps it all up with so much class, an hour of play-back has never felt so short.

At first I though lightning couldn't strike a third time, how wrong I was. More silky beats, more sublime harmonies, more tranquility and as always theres the obligatory stand-out track, this time its 'If You Want To' a more mainstream but completely accomplished example of why the first and last word in Nu-Soul is forever Dwele.

Keep on sketching :o)


Here I Stand
Here I Stand
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.46

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Think We've Got Something Special, 25 May 2008
This review is from: Here I Stand (Audio CD)
Stop the press... we have a major problem here! Usher's new album is going to get some very mixed reviews! Why?... because of the high expectation that comes with any Usher Raymond release. People are expecting to hear a world class banging CD on first play, but that's exactly what you don't get with "Here I Stand".

Usher has grown up and as personal as his last release "Confessions" was, this album is reflective of where he is in his life here and now. Its a mirror of his current experiences, almost an open diary.

On first listen it does nearly disappoint, but then real gems like "Something Special", "Lifetime", "Love In The Club (Part 2)" and the title track "Here I Stand" all demand a second listen and its only then that the true appreciation for what is on offer finally kicks in.

Many reviewers unfortunately may make the mistake of throwing down their opinions after just one listen, but once fully comprehended, this album is the well produced, varied and sumptuous in flavour and beats R&B release that the genre has been crying out for. Well done Usher... more of the same please :o)


As I Am
As I Am
Price: £6.58

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make no mistake, this is a complete masterpiece, 5 Dec 2007
This review is from: As I Am (Audio CD)
Now first of all, I'll admit I've never really been a Alisha Keys fan... yes she has certainly dropped some memorable tracks in the past, but I just never felt completely at ease with her airy husky style. That's all changed now with the release of probably one of the finest CDs in R&B (even Nu Soul) history. This really is a masterpiece and an achievement not normally possible for the more mainstream artist these days.

Every single track oozes heart, love and emotion. Alisha touches her audience in a way Jill Scott managed several years ago, but at the same time she engages all with up-tempo beats and a sound that's so completely original its hard to draw parallels with other current releases.

This is a must have for anyone's collection. It's a golden 5 Star effort and a future classic. Well done Alisha.


Strange Flower
Strange Flower

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once upon a time, Sade's love was king!, 17 Nov 2007
This review is from: Strange Flower (Audio CD)
Oh my God, what a cool album! Its taken an absolute age for me to do this review because I've been steady overdosing on this album since I bought it. Wonderful stuff!

Why don't more artist put this much love and effort into their material? Top tunes, top beats, top lyrics, top mood, top feel, top album. Can I give it 6 stars?

Where Sade dropped the batton, Aya picked it up and shes running with it. I seriously hope theres more to come from this girl. Love it {:o)


Spirit
Spirit
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.70

11 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars my arse... this album is worse than terrible, 16 Nov 2007
This review is from: Spirit (Audio CD)
First of all I want people to know that I am a huge Leona fan, the girl is insanely beautiful and has SUCH an amazing voice. Sadly this album really is pants.

Bleeding Love was a cute track and the cover of The First Time.... was pretty good too, but both sound miles better when she performs them live than in digital form for some reason, especially the latter. Maybe its the vision of her on the stage that does it :o)

The rest of the album is so completely forgetable. In fact it sounds like they used one of those old Casio keyboards for the music all the way through. The strangest thing about this album is they've actually managed to make her voice sound not just boring, but limp and uninspired.

The fact that this album will sell sxxx-loads whilst a true modern day classic (in my humble opinion) like Aya's Strange Flower will pass by un-noticed is almost criminal.

Do not buy this tripe, go to McD's and get two Big Mac Meals instead! Thats still spending money on rubbish, but at least you know exactly what you paying for.
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The Bird And The Bee
The Bird And The Bee
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very catchy mellow original and sensual, 6 Sep 2007
This review is from: The Bird And The Bee (Audio CD)
I was very lucky to catch a tune whilst out shopping in Vegas. I couldn't get the tune out of my mind and a few days later tracked it down with Google... It was Again and Again.

Its been a few weeks since I bought the album and I can honestly say "Wow"... I'm not sure if its Indie, Nu Soul, Pop... its just so nice and accomplished it falls into all three categories with ease.

Very similar to some of Clara Hill's stuff (1st 2 albums... not latest!). Stand out tracks for me are Again And Again (obviously), I'm A Broken Heart (what a great track) and Because.

A little short at just over 35 minutes... and a bonus track would have been nice but more of the same please :o)


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