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Private Dancer (30th Anniversary Issue)
Private Dancer (30th Anniversary Issue)
Price: £12.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars We don't need another reissue / All we want is the ultimate edition of this, 30 Jun. 2015
01. Ball of confusion (with B.E.F.) (remix) (from "The collected recordings")
02. I wrote a letter ("Let's stay together" B-Side)*
03. Rock 'n' roll widow" ("Help" B-Side)*
04. Don't rush the good things ("What's love got to do with it" B-Side)*
05. When I was young ("Better be good to me" B-Side)*
06. Keep your hands off my baby ("Private dancer" B-Side)
07. Tonight (with David Bowie) (live at NEC, Birmingham)
08. Let's pretend we're married (live) ("I can't stand the rain" B-Side)
09. What's love got to do with it (extended 12" remix)*
10. Better be good to me (extended 12" remix)*
11. I can't stand the rain (extended 12" remix)*
12. Show some respect (extended mix)
13. We don't need another hero (from Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome OST)
14. One of the living (from Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome OST)
15. It's only love (with Bryan Adams) (from Bryan Adams' "Reckless" album)

* previously featured on the 1997 re-issue

While this slightly late 30th anniversary release (the album was released in 1984) is a significant improvement on the 1997 reissue, it is not a totally comprehensive round-up, with at least 10 further tracks that could have formed part of this set, missing. All Warner did for this, is literally move the 7 bonus tracks from the 1997 reissue on an extra disc, and add 8 tracks. 7" edits of "Private dancer", "Let's stay together", "Better be good to me", and "Help", the extended version of "We don't need another hero", as well its 7" and 12" instrumentals, the instrumental of "Ball of confusion", plus some more live B-Sides, are not included. Surely some demos are gathering dust in the vaults, but noone bothered to do some research in order to present some special material. The bonus tracks from the 1997 reissue could easily have been put on CD 1 (it fits, obviously), and thus more room would be available on CD 2 for the (now) missing tracks. Also, the omission of a DVD is inexcusable, no videos or tour material, what a serious letdown, giving no inspiration to a fan, let alone a purist like myself, to buy what could have been a complete and truly great 30th anniversary deluxe edition. Despite its many flaws, though, this newly remastered set does just about enough to justify the upgrade. The album itself is reason enough for anyone to purchase this, and the extra tracks are very nice additions. It should also be noted that the new remastered vinyl LP comes with no bonus tracks. Looking at the seductive cover photo, I am hoping for a future ultimate edition CD+DVD package, worthy of a queen like Tina Turner. Meow! (says the disappointed kitty on the cover)

5***** for the album
3*** for this edition


The Road To Mandalay
The Road To Mandalay
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The road to eternity, 20 Jun. 2015
Robbie Williams is playing for the first time in my country today. So many great songs are expected to be heard, however, I wish he surprised tonight's audience with this, which to me is the epitome of Robbie-ness. Originally a double A-Side release in the summer of 2001, "Eternity / The road to Mandalay" was the final single release off Robbie's third solo album, the super-successful "Sing when you're winning", on which this is the closing track. "Eternity" was a fragile ballad that nicely complimented "The road to Mandalay", and went on to became quite popular. But it is this track that really stood the test of time among Robbie fans. Not a surprise, as it is one of his most brilliant songs. Melancholic lyrics ("Everything I loved got broken ...No more dragons left to slay") over a cheerful melody (acoustic guitar and drums, building up to a subtle horn and trumpet crescendo, complete with "pam, pam, pam pa ra ram, pam, pam"), and delivered with a beautifully controlled voice, "The road to Mandalay" is not a pop ditty, but a perfectly camouflaged universal anthem. Even the picture sleeve's artwork evokes an introspective feel, despite its vivid colours. Most would think that RW is just a pretty party prat, but if one really listens to his music, they will understand how deep he can see the world as well as himself. Add this to your music library, I guarantee you that you will be going back to it more often than you can imagine!


Sticky Fingers
Sticky Fingers
Price: £10.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sticky and sweet, 10 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Sticky Fingers (Audio CD)
The first album to be released on the band's custom label, and one of their most important during their long-running and much celebrated career, "Sticky fingers" sees the Rolling Stones in their creative prime, presenting them at their most low-key and introspective. Arguably one of their best and most tight sets, it is ironic that many of these tracks were recorded in different places, and at different times. From the bawdy "Brown sugar", and the mournful "Wild horses", down to the album's deeper cuts, this is quite rightly one of the most essential and iconic rock albums ever released. This brand new re-issue is equally precious in that it puts together more pieces of this classic album. Listening to the stripped-down version of "Wild horses" (with that fine lyric video on youtube) a couple of months ago, made me crave for more stuff like this, and this new edition does not disappoint. Obviously, it is the early versions and outtakes of these familiar songs on this set's second disc that make it pretty essential, along with the live tracks from the Roundhouse gig ("Midnight rambler" is top, top material). A DVD with more goodies would have been nicer but hey. Beautifully remastered (this is old material, let us not forget), and gloriously presented (complete with a zipper!), all a fan has to do is unzip and enjoy! Sticky, dirty, raunchy and raw, this re-issue of "Sticky fingers" is totally worth savoring.

Note: There seems to be an issue with vinyl copies arriving with big, greasy finger/hand prints all over them. For an item bearing such a name, sticky fingers takes a whole new - admittedly annoying - dimension!


Supernatural - Season 1-9 [Blu-ray] [2015] [Region Free]
Supernatural - Season 1-9 [Blu-ray] [2015] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Jared Padalecki
Price: £74.25

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Winchester for life, 8 Jun. 2015
Much belated but finally available, Seasons 1-9 of the super-fabulous SUPERNATURAL series, are housed in a glossy, sturdy slide-off box set, featuring all 195 episodes, plus special features. All seasons are 4-disc sets (except for Season 3 which, being the shortest, is spread over 3 discs), presented in thick, not regular-sized, clear blue cases. Each season contains all the episodes and special features from the separate blu-ray season releases (except for Easter eggs and some image galleries), and comes with an inside booklet listing credits and summaries. With Season 10 set for a September DVD/blu-ray release this box set is much delayed, but it is absolutely worth buying, especially if you are missing previous seasons, or if you want to have them all together. The price is great, too, considering that buying them separately would cost twice as much. For a brand new item of such pristine quality in every aspect, I could not be more happy. Here are the contents from each season analytically, plus, the complete box set's CORRECT run time is 8,142 minutes (NOT 969 minutes as stated on amazon's product description). Winchester boys rule, enjoy!

SEASON 1

Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Finnish
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 4
Run Time: 946 minutes

Episodes (22)
Pilot / Wendigo / Dead In The Water / Phantom Traveler
Bloody Mary / Skin / Hook Man / Bugs
Home / Asylum / Scarecrow / Faith
Route 666 / Nightmare / The Benders / Shadow
Hell House / Something Wicked / Provenance / Dead Man's Blood
Salvation / Devil's Trap

Extra Features
Commentary on 1.01 Pilot by creator Eric Kripke, director David Nutter, and producer Peter Johnson
Commentary on 1.04 Phantom Traveler by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles
Supernatural: Tales from the Edge of Darkness - a 15-minute never-before-seen making of documentary
Day in the Life of Jared and Jensen - featurette focusing on Jared and Jensen on the set of Supernatural
Supernatural at the Museum of Television & Radio's Paley Television Festival - a 72-minute panel discussion with the cast and creators of the show
The Devil's Road Map - an interactive US map guide to urban legends and factoids featured in the episodes of Season 1
Unaired scenes
Gag reel

SEASON 2

Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 4
Run Time: 968 minutes

Episodes (22)
In My Time of Dying / Everybody Loves a Clown / Bloodlust / Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things
Simon Said / No Exit / The Usual Suspects / Crossroad Blues
Croatoan / Hunted / Playthings
Nightshifter / Houses of the Holy / Born Under a Bad Sign / Tall Tales
Roadkill / Heart / Hollywood Babylon / Folsom Prison Blues

Extra Features
Commentary on 2.01 In My Time of Dying with Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, director Kim Manners, and producer Cyrus Yavneh
Commentary on 2.20 What Is and What Should Never Be with executive producer and director Eric Kripke
Commentary on 2.21 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 1 with executive producer Eric Kripke, writer Sera Gamble, and executive producer/director Bob Singer
Featurette: The Episode From Hell: The Making of All Hell Breaks Loose, Part 2 - "hidden" inside The Devil's Road Map, #22
Featurette: The Devil's Road Map - urban legends featurettes, factoids, and more pertaining to each episode of the series
Jared Original Screen Test for the Role of Sam
Unaired scenes
Gag reel

SEASON 3

Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dannish
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 3
Run Time: 720 minutes

Episodes (16)
The Magnificent Seven / The Kids Are Alright / Bad Day at Black Rock
Sin City / Bedtime Stories / Red Sky at Morning / Fresh Blood
A Very Supernatural Christmas / Malleus Maleficarum / Dream a Little Dream of Me
Mystery Spot / Jus In Bello / Ghostfacers
Long-Distance Call / Time Is on My Side / No Rest for the Wicked

Extra Features
From Legends to Reality: Supernatural Effects - a 23-minute featurette about the special effects used in Supernatural
Impala Featurette: A Look Inside the Classic 1967 Chevrolet Impala - a 5-minute featurette about the Impala
Scene Specifics: Short Segments showcasing creative team members discussing favorite aspects of particular episodes
The Magnificent Seven with director Kim Manners
The Kids Are Alright with creator/executive producer Eric Kripke
Bad Day at Black Rock with writer Ben Edlund
Red Sky at Morning with VFW supervisor Ivan Hayden
A Very Supernatural Christmas with creator/executive producer Eric Kripke
Dream a Little Dream of Me with creator/executive producer Eric Kripke
Jus in Bello with writer Sera Gamble
Ghostfacers! Confessionals mini featurette gallery
Gag reel

SEASON 4

Subtitles: English, French
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 4
Run Time: 938 minutes

Episodes (22)
Lazarus Rising / Are You There God? It's Me, Dean Winchester / In The Beginning / Metamorphosis
Monster Movie / Yellow Fever / It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester / Wishful Thinking
I Know What You Did Last Summer / Heaven and Hell / Family Remains / Criss Angel Is a Douchebag
After School Special / Sex and Violence / Death Takes a Holiday / On the Head of a Pin
It's a Terrible Life / The Monster at the End of This Book / Jump the Shark / The Rapture
When the Levee Breaks / Lucifer Rising

Extra Features
Commentary on 4.03 In the Beginning with executive producer Eric Kripke and writer Jeremy Carver
Commentary on 4.21 When the Levee Breaks with executive producer Robert Singer and supervising producer Sera Gamble
Commentary on 4.22 Lucifer Rising with executive producer Eric Kripke
The Mythologies of Supernatural: From Heaven to Hell - a 3-section featurette gallery bridging Heaven, Purgatory and Hell to examine key mythological precepts
Unaired scenes
Gag reel

SEASON 5

Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 4
Run Time: 913 minutes

Episodes (22)
Sympathy For The Devil / Good God, Y'all / Free to Be You and Me / The End
Fallen Idols / I Believe The Children Are Our Future / The Curious Case Of Dean Winchester / Changing Channels
The Real Ghostbusters / Abandon All Hope.. / Sam, Interrupted
Swap Meat / The Song Remains The Same / My Bloody Valentine / Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
Dark Side of the Moon / 99 Problems / Point of No Return / Hammer of the Gods
The Devil You Know / Two Minutes to Midnight / Swan Song

Extra Features
Commentary on 5.04 The End with executive producers Eric Kripke and Bob Singer and executive producer/writer Ben Edlund
Supernatural: Apocalypse Survival Guides - Bobby's exclusive video collection
Ghostfacers: The Web Series
Meet the Facers
The Grand Showcase
The Big Break
CSI: Maggie
Dead Time
Finishing the Job
The Comeback
Cutting Room Floor
Shattered
Why We Fight
Unaired scene in 5.09 The Real Ghostbusters
Gag reel

SEASON 6

Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 4
Run Time: 915 minutes

Episodes (22)
Exile on Main Street / Two And A Half Men / The Third Man / Weekend At Bobby's
Live Free or Twihard / You Can't Handle The Truth / Family Matters / All Dogs Go to Heaven
Clap Your Hands If You Believe / Caged Heat / Appointment In Samarra
Like A Virgin / Unforgiven / Mannequin 3: The Reckoning / The French Mistake
...And Then There Were None / My Heart Will Go On / Frontierland / Mommy Dearest
The Man Who Would Be Kin / Let It Bleed / The Man Who Knew Too Much

Extra Features
Featurette: Jensen Ackles: A Director's Journey (Parts 1 & 2)
Featurette: Supernatural and the Quest for the Soul
Commentary on 6.09 Clap Your Hands If You Believe...
Commentary on 6.15 The French Mistake by executive producers Sera Gamble, Bob Singer, and Ben Edlund
Commentary on 6.15 The French Mistake Alternate Takes and Outtakes
2 episodes from Supernatural: The Anime Series - "All Hell Breaks Loose" (Parts 1 & 2)
The Hunter's Guide to Season 6 - 45-minute featurette, on-set photos and exclusive behind-the-scene footage
6.15 The French Mistake Trivia Track
Gag reel

SEASON 7

Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 4
Run Time: 960 minutes

Episodes (23)
Meet The New Boss / Hello, Cruel World / The Girl Next Door / Defending Your Life
Shut Up, Dr. Phil / Slash Fiction / The Mentalists / Time For a Wedding
How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters / Death's Door / Adventures In Babysitting / Time After Time
The Slice Girls / Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie / Repo Man / Out With The Old
The Born-Again Identity / Party On, Garth / Of Grave Importance / The Girl With The Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo
Reading Is Fundamental / There Will Be Blood / Survival of the Fittest

Extra Features
3 episode commentaries
Directing Supernatural: Seven directors talk about their work on Supernatural
Washboards and Tommyguns: Composers talk about scoring 7.12 Time After Time
Jensen sings outtake - the unused fuller version of Jensen crooning Air Supply's "All Out Of Love" from 7.06 Slash Fiction
"Highway to Death" featurette - series of new short films pay homage to the '50s & '60s horror film
Unaired scenes
Gag reel

SEASON 8

Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese.
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 4
Run Time: 924 minutes

Episodes (23)
We Need To Talk About Kevin / What's Up, Tiger Mommy? / Heartache / Bitten
Blood Brother / Southern Comfort / A Little Slice of Kevin / Hunteri Heroici
Citizen Fang / Torn and Frayed / LARP and the Real Girl / As Time Goes By
Everbody Hates Hitler / Trial and Error / Man's Best Friend With Benefits / Remember the Titans
Goodbye Stranger / Freaks and Geeks / Taxi Driver / Pac-Man Fever
The Great Escapist / Clip Show / Sacrifice

Extra Features
Finding Supernatural - The challenging storytelling and production techniques brought together to create Season 8's "Found Footage"
Angel Warrior: The Story of Castiel
For the Defense of Mankind: The Tablets Revealed
Producers' Commentaries
Unaired scenes
Gag Reel

SEASON 9

Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 4
Run Time: 969 minutes

Episodes (23)
I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here / Devil May Care / I'm No Angel / Slumber Party
Dog Dean Afternoon / Heaven Can't Wait / Bad Boys / Rock and a Hard Place
Holy Terror / Road Trip / First Born / Sharp Teeth
The Purge / Captives / Thinman / Blade Runners
Mother's Little Helper / Meta Fiction / Alex Annie Alexis Ann / Bloodlines
King of the Damned / Stairway To Heaven / Do You Believe In Miracles?

Extra Features
Men of Letters: The Winchester Legacy - documentary featurette exploring the rich mythology of the Men of Letters
Designing the Men of Letters Bunker - production designer Jerry Wanek guides us through the creation of Supernatural's largest set
Supernatural - Bound by Blood: Decisions and Consequences
Crow's Nest Tour- production designer Jerry Wanek takes the viewer on a set tour of the Crow's Nest
Library Tour - production designer Jerry Wanek takes the viewer on a set tour of the Library
Lab - production designer Jerry Wanek takes the viewer on a set tour of the Laboratory
Galley - production designer Jerry Wanek takes the viewer on a set tour of the Kitchen
Dorms - production designer Jerry Wanek takes the viewer on a set tour of the Dormitories
Room 7B - production designer Jerry Wanek takes the viewer on a set tour of the Dungeon
2013 Comic-Con Panel - cast and producers discuss the upcoming storylines of Season 9
Producer/Director Commentaries
Audio Commentary - "Blade Runners" - With actor Mark A. Sheppard and writing team Eugenie Ross-Leming & Brad Buckner
Audio Commentary - "Mother's Little Helper" - writer/executive producer Adam Glass and director/actor Misha Collins provide commentary on his directorial debut
Audio Commentary (920 "Bloodlines") - executive producer Jeremy Carver, director/executive producer Bob Singer, and writer/executive producer Andrew Dabb on the backdoor pilot Supernatural: Bloodlines
Behind the Scenes of Supernatural: A Fan's Perspective - Mockumentary hosted by Misha Collins going behind the scenes on the set of Supernatural
Unaired scenes
Gag reel


Drones
Drones
Offered by WaldieEnterprisesLTD
Price: £12.50

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No holes, no revelations, 8 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Drones (Audio CD)
Following "The Resistance" (2009) and "The 2nd Law" (2012), which were pre-occupied with issues such as globalised control, and shrinking of natural resources, "Drones", is the final instalment of Muse's trilogy of concept albums. An album with deeper socio-political dimensions, dealing with issues of brainwashing, dehumanisation, supression of the truth, and conspiracy theories, it tells the story about how the system indoctrinates a soldier into remote-controlled warfare. It is easy to realize what Muse drummer Dom Howard meant, describing this album as "back to basics", since this is a more refined variant of the band's early sound, probably their most focused work since 2006's "Black holes and revelations", and surely the heaviest they have ever sounded. Mixing war imagery with rock is hardly a novel idea, but on "Drones" Muse make an adventurous and ambitious use of their penchant for electro-rock, offering a heavy yet accessible 53-minute set, inspired by moral quandaries surrounding drone technology, complete with samples and matching artwork, proof of their musical and artistic maturation. Although it lacks the insight and perspective of similar, more accomplished projects by legendary progressive rock bands, it is quite monumental in its own right, which is not a small feat. 10+ listens in, I am pretty overwhelmed by it.
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The Very Best Of
The Very Best Of
Price: £4.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The very best of 1987-1993 and then some, 25 May 2015
This review is from: The Very Best Of (Audio CD)
With so many Belinda Carlisle re-releases and greatest-hits albums since 2013, one would have thought that the absolute definitive BC collection is already out there. Actually it is. Well, almost. For those who like to have most of her biggest hits on one album, the best choice is 2013's "The collection", which is her "official" best-of, a nicely assembled CD+DVD package. This, also, is kind of a mini version of the 3CD+2DVD "The anthology", BC's most comprehensive career-spanning release to date, perfect for those interested to own a larger part of her catalogue (an item quite difficult to obtain due to its limited availability, and high price). This new very-best-of (1 of 2 BC releases from different labels this week), serves as a pretty definitive 2-disc Belinda retrospective collection; and I say pretty because it omits her "Belinda" and "A woman and an man" albums (thus, no "Mad about you", "In too deep", "Always breaking my heart" etc).

With a generous 34 tracks, and including the majority of her biggest singles, the tracklisting is nothing short of impressive. Apart from the 20 hit singles, it is most surprising the inclusion of some album tracks that are among her best ("You're nothing without me" and "Emotional highway" - from the brilliant "Live your life be free" album - and the top tracks from the "Real" record; "Tell me", "Where love hides", and "One with you"). Covering obviously her most successful era of late '80s and early '90s, it also adds 2 of the 3 new tracks off the "A place on earth" 1999 collection ("A prayer for everyone", "All God's children"), plus a bonus track ("The air you breathe", a B-Side which first appeared on the UK version of the "Little black book" single). What is even more impressive, is the price; so many truly great songs for only £6 is the best gift anyone can do to themselves. Belinda brilliance for everyone, including myself who could not miss out on this.
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Dolce and Gabbana Intenso Eau de Parfum Spray 75ml
Dolce and Gabbana Intenso Eau de Parfum Spray 75ml
Offered by Acorn solution
Price: £35.05

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intensly exciting, 19 May 2015
Browing here on amazon, I noticed that there is not a single review for D&G INTENSO. I find this almost shocking, since this has been one of the biggest releases of this year and, thus, I decided to write a piece about it. Conceived as an intense version of the D&G Pour Homme, INTENSO is a warmer, well round version of the original 1994 version. The packaging and the name are about the actual scent, not the performance, as they rather misleadingly suggest that this is a strong, woody, ambery, smoky fragrance. What this really is a fresh, soapy, leathery aromatic scent, ideal for those who like a classy and refined fragrance to fit their personality and wardrobe. In contast to its name, INTENSO is soft and quiet, clear, mild, with the EDP concentration giving it a complex and detailed definition without being overbearing. Fans of the regular Pour Homme should not expect a similar concoction. The D&G team took the highly popular formula from the '90s, and made it contemporary, giving it a more Mediterranean feel. To me this is their most subtly sexy male fragrance. The only downside is the longevity and sillage which are average, considering the EDP concentration, and for this I am not awarding 5 stars. But, do not let this dissuade you from at least trying it out once, this is really a superstar scent.


Conchita
Conchita
Price: £11.72

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Colourful Conchita, 18 May 2015
This review is from: Conchita (Audio CD)
Delivered a year after winning the Eurovision Song Contest, this is Conchita's baby, product of 300 song submissions, and a painful but beautiful creative process, as she has stated. Pop music is heavily suffering from dullness and predictability, thus I had no high hopes for an album coming fron a ESC winner (having said that, Loreen's sublime 2012 Heal is to me the unexpected pop revelation of this decade). Listening to this, its versatility and brilliance is rather overwhelming. Being a mix of genres, it combines pop, dance, and ballads, with eastern-flavoured elements and electro sprinkles. Not often one finds a set with many good tracks, but this debut is filled with 12. Highlights are the touching "Other side of me", the cabaret-influenced "Where have all the good men gone", universal single "Heroes", the magnificent "Pure" (absolutely epic), "Colours of your love" (a stupendous climaxing track), and of course "Rise like a phoenix", whose transcendent quality renders it a true classic. The smart digipack presentation completes a near-perfect package. "It's basically the tracklist of my life", says Conchita about the album. "You can dance, you can cry, you can have a good time, and you can support your bad times. I see my life as a musical, and that's why this tracklist is so colourful." Could not have said it better.


#1 To Infinity
#1 To Infinity
Price: £7.99

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...and beyond!, 18 May 2015
This review is from: #1 To Infinity (Audio CD)
1998's "#1's", Mariah Carey's first ever compilation, and one of her many multi-platinum sellers, featured an impressive 13 No. 1 singles, spanning from 1990 up until that year. 17 years on, "#1 to infinity" is an updated version, featuring an incredible - and record-breaking - 18 No. 1 singles, plus one brand new recording. Scoring only 5 more chart topping singles in the years that followed "#1's", makes clear that MC has not been enjoying more of those era-defining, hit-ladden days of the '90s; still, releasing an entire album of No. 1 singles is quite a feat, not to be underestimated. Released to coincide with the launch of her Las Vegas residency show at The Colosseum at Ceasars Palace, and celebrating 25 years since the release of her debut, "#1 to infinity", also, marks MC's return to Sony Music, 15 years since they parted ways.

With 1995's "Fantasy", and 1997's "Honey" singles hinting towards a more urban sound, after 9 years into her recording career, MC opted for a more R'n'B-flavoured music style during the late 90s and early 00s, infusing her sound with hip-hop influences and rap musings. Unfortunately, her career from then on would suffer a major hit, from which she would only briefly recover with the release of the highly successful "Emancipation" album. Album by album, her music, as well as her image, changed pretty drastically, in an obvious attempt to compete with younger artists who emerged, and threatened to steal her popularity. "Rainbow" (1999), the most personal and transitional album in her catalogue, remains her most balanced set ever since, combining her trademark ballads with some uptempo grooves and funky jams.

The disco-inspired "Glitter" (2001) project was a commercial failure, the disjointed "Charmbracelet" (2002) under-performed, "E=MC2" (2008) faired slightly better, "Memoirs of an imperfect angel" (2009) proved as self-indulgent as its title, and her second Christmas album was poorly received, too. It was just 2005's "The emancipation of Mimi" that did her justice, a well-rounded album that presented MC on top form, produced hits, and sold a lot. Even her rejuvenating "Me. I am Mariah... The elusive chanteuse" from last year failed to rehash her past glories, despite the positive feedback it garnered. Times have changed, and if anyone knows this best, that is MC. This new-old set, somewhat ironically, demonstrates how successful, though incredibly uneven she has been, throughout her 2+ decade course in the music industry.

"#1 to infinity" includes some of her finest works, and signature songs, showcasing her amazing vocal skills. At her core, MC is basically a torch singer; she is at her best on smoky ballads like the gorgeous "Love takes time", or power-belters like the anthemic "Hero". Each of the 19 tracks on here, is testament to her talent to sing every lyric with intense passion and soul. Regardless of music styles, she shines on every note. She has brought too much to music to be dismissed: her voice, charm, great beats, old-school taste, interesting featurings. As the undisputed, youngest all-time best-selling female artist, an accomplishment in itself, MC may have long fallen from grace, but she remains elusive, indeed, entertaining, glorious, accomplished, unsurpassed, timeless. "#1 to infinity", is essentially a reminder of her greatness.
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True Colors
True Colors
Price: £9.99

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A dull rainbow, 18 May 2015
This review is from: True Colors (Audio CD)
With the release of his debut, Russian-born, Germany-raised wonderboy Zedd almost instantly became a powerhouse. Sophistication is not a quality often associated with EDM, but "Clarity" exhibited an unusual type of electronic emotion, heralding a promising future for this musical prodigy. 3 years on, sophomore "True colors" follows, but compared to his first, it is a more straight-forward affair, with no real surprises. This lack of inspiration renders the album pretty standard for its genre; predictable, repetitive, formulaic, with just a few truly exciting cuts (like gorgeous opener "Addicted to a memory", and the heavenly "Papercut"), made primarily for radio appeal than for listening pleasure. Looking at the inside artwork, I wished that the material was just as vibrant. But I am hoping that next time he will come up with a set worthy of the momentum he has been enjoying in the last couple of years. There is something very likeable about this young fella, that prevents me from dismissing him as another fleeting star DJ/producer. I have confidence in that his real "true colors" will soon propel him into the ranks of superstardom. This album is just not colorful enough.


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