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Hotel Paper
Hotel Paper
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite 'The Spirit Room', but far from a sophomore slump, 10 July 2004
This review is from: Hotel Paper (Audio CD)
Michelle Branch has come a long way. The first 'anti-Britney', a girl who simply stood behind her guitar and let her music do the talking. Songs such as 'Everywhere', 'All You Wanted' and 'Goodbye to You' were excellent, well crafted songs, especially when you consider that they were written when she was 14 years old...
Her second major release 'Hotel Paper' seems to be a sort of diary, recalling times on the road and of course - love gained, yearned for and lost, and with all the emotions in between. 'Hotel Paper' is grittier and edgier, but loses some of the song writing class of the previous album. Some songs do stand out, such as the charming 'Hotel Paper', 'Tuesday Morning', 'Empty Handed' and my personal favourite, the Phil Collins-esque 'One of These Days'. While this album may be more mature than 'The Spirit Room', it's almost too mature for her 19 years (at the time of recording). While it's probably to be expected, some of the exuberance and fun of the first album is lost here.
I'm still a big fan of Michelle, yet this album probably only deserves three stars. I'll give an extra one based on her sheer potential that's waiting to be unleashed. Perhaps more time and a little better production will bring out her finest work.

Star Trek: Nemesis [DVD] [2003]
Star Trek: Nemesis [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Patrick Stewart
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Addition to the Franchise, 23 April 2003
.....but not for everyone. The film may have been touted as 'A Generation's final Journey', and it does look distinctly likey that this will be the final outing for the Next Gen Crew on the big screen.
'Nemesis' at all bad though. First of all, it poses the question - are we defined by nature or nurture. This is brought into question when Jean-Luc Picard is faced with a clone of himself who has led an intirely different life indeed, and thus his goals in life are erm...destructive.
However Nemesis doesn't spend enough time to answer some of the more minor - yet significant questions, focusing on the spectacle. The space battles are at least impressive, and cover over some of the cracks left by the script.
There have been many parallels made to the second Trek film, The Wrath of Kahn. It is true that some elements tat have been sampled (Which have angered more than a few Original Series fans), but to a more casual viewer this won't be a problem.
Nemesis will certainly be of interest to anyone who enjoyed the previous TNG outings on the big screen. 'Non Trek' fans may also find it enjoyable, but it still falls short of matching 1996's first Nex Gen film First Contact.

All You Wanted
All You Wanted
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even Better than the First...., 22 April 2003
This review is from: All You Wanted (Audio CD)
All You Wanted is Michelle Branch's second single from her first commercial album - The Spirit Room, and with it, raises the bar after her impressive debut single - Everywhere. What is refreshing for a new artist of such young age (19), is her maturity - a "young artist with old soul"!. Carefully avoiding the stereotypes that often befit the average female popstar, Branch puts music first rather than image which dominates the music scene at the moment.
'All You Wanted' would probably be best categorised as a mixture of pop and rock, and with it she provides an immediately catchy but immediately interesting, deep, compelling single. . Branch's vocals, the instrumentation, lyrics, progression, etc.- is done with amazing precision and done very well.
Unlike much of the charts conjested of manufactured pop, she offers plenty for fans of the genre to get their teeth into.
Certainly one to watch.

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