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Hip Hop Love
Hip Hop Love
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £2.44

4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lolly_popz you are a 5-star dumb-ass, 30 July 2004
This review is from: Hip Hop Love (Audio CD)
This is the hip-hop "classics" compilation "Hip Hop Love", not the 2000 ballet/hip-hop/in-da-hood suckfest "Save The Last Dance". Why dont you try reviewing the item you actually want to review rather than just sticking your review on any old item.

Cream Classics
Cream Classics

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 90s was the decade of dance, 30 July 2004
This review is from: Cream Classics (Audio CD)
The 90s was the decade of dance...and this compilation from arguably the world's greatest superclub proves it. They just DONT make dance like they used to do, that's for sure. Before the trance anthems of 1998-2000, came the heyday of house, and Cream Classics charts that, from more minimalist vocal classics such as Alison Limerick's "Where Love Lives" to true, classic floorfilling house stompers all the way from Everything But The Girl's "Missing" and Strike's "U Sure Do" to Grace's "Not Over Yet", and what I think is the greatest house track ever, Livin' Joy's "Dreamer". All these tracks are great - you won't need another 90s house compilation EVER - and I do love early 90s house, but what I love more is late 90s trance, which Cream is more renowned for than house music - so where are the trance hits? I don't think Cream would put out a Classics compilation and just "forget" to put trance hits like "For An Angel" or "Cafe del Mar" on it, so my theory is that soon we'll be seeing something like a "Cream Classics Vol. 2" compilation that covers Cream's trance classics. Well, I hope so, anyway.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Two Disc Theatrical Edition) [DVD] [2002]
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Two Disc Theatrical Edition) [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Elijah Wood
Price: £0.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jaw-dropping epic, 16 Nov. 2003
Peter Jackson's movie trilogy adaptation of JRR Tolkien's epic literary trilogy was always going to go one way or another: terrible travesty or breathtaking masterpiece. Luckily, the first installment, "Fellowship of the Ring", fell into the latter category, transferring the stunning vistas of Tolkien's world - vistas we had all pictured a thousand times in our minds - to the screen with mindblowing power and emotion. However it remained to be seen whether or not Jackson's second installment would be a masterpiece, too. The good news? It's a goddamn masterpiece alright. The bad news? It isn't QUITE as accomplished as Fellowship. But, after all, that's by no means an insult, as there are few films as accomplished as that.
"Fellowship of the Ring" captured viewer's hearts with the wonderment of the Elves (Rivendell, Lothlorien) and the Dwarves (Moria), with a structure of one amazing setpiece after another. "The Two Towers" has to work in a different way. Considerably darker than the original installment, it doesn't offer as huge a variety of different places - almost the whole of the film is spent in either Rohan or Ithilien. However the scale is far larger and the characterisation is much more detailed. We are introduced to Theoden the King of Rohan, Eomer his nephew, Eowyn his niece, then in the other storyline, Faramir the son of the Steward of Gondor. But best of all, there's Gollum. Gollum is a wonderful CGI creation that manages to steal the show. And then there's the Battle of Helm's Deep - the literally jaw-dropping centerpiece of the movie. Words cannot express how incredibly this battle is portrayed. Then there's wonderment in the menacing Black Gate of Mordor; the ruins of Osgiliath; and the golden halls of Edoras.
Unfortunately there are a few rare parts of the Two Towers that are REALLY bad. In my opinion these parts are mostly involving Frodo and Sam. Elijah Wood's acting, quite good if not brilliant in Fellowship, seems to have got a thousand times poorer, and his scenes with both Sam and Gollum are so sentimental and, it pains me to say it, corny that it lets their side of the movie down - witness Sam's sickening speech in the ruins of Osgiliath, much like the speeches he was continually making in Fellowship. Also, taking Frodo, Sam and Gollum to Osgiliath - something that never took place in the books - was an unnecessary idea, and one hopes that moving the scenes in Isengard and Cirith Ungol to the start of the next installment won't offset the feel of the whole trilogy.
Despite those little nitpicks, the Two Towers is truly an epic - astonishing battles, amazing characters and wonderful vistas combining to make the middle part of Jackson's adaptation trilogy a classic that will be viewed for years to come - and Return of the King looks even better. Though it is probable that this means The Two Towers will be remembered as the poorest of the trilogy, that is by no means something to be ashamed of.

Ibiza - The History of Hard Dance
Ibiza - The History of Hard Dance
Offered by Mattpuss
Price: £39.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album, shame about the title..., 5 Sept. 2003
I have already read a 1-star review of Ibiza: The History of Hard Dance from a hard dance fan who bought this compilation expecting 3 CDs of actual hard dance, but found it to be full of trance. Fortunately I don't have that problem, because I knew that the compilation would be like before I bought it. And it's absolutely banging, with some of the best and biggest trance classics of recent years included. CD One is the best, with William Orbit's beautiful "Barber's Adagio for Strings", Da Hool's banging "Meet her at the Love Parade" and the all-time classics from Energy 52, "Café del Mar". CD Two is the poorest disc, with some disappointingly commercial euro-pop trance such as Flip & Fill "Shooting Star", and some tuneless hard house. CD Three is almost as great as the first one, with one of the best dance anthems of all time included - Paul van Dyk's haunting and melodic "For an Angel".
If you're looking for purely hard dance, stay away. If you're a fan of euphoric, classic and pumping trance, you MUST buy this CD, which would have been better off being called "Ibiza - The History of Trance". My only complaint apart from the title is that this is yet ANOTHER compilation that does not feature my all-time favourite trance anthem, Lange "Follow Me

American Life
American Life
Offered by Rikdev Media
Price: £2.50

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long live the Queen of Pop!, 1 May 2003
This review is from: American Life (Audio CD)
The one and only Queen of Pop, master of the changing image, has returned, dressed up in military fashions, for her 9th studio album which is a heady mix of acoustic and electronic sounds, enhanced by Madge’s charismatic ambition and talent. Despite the moanings of the naysayers, Madonna has beaten her own standards to produce a third brilliant album in a row (usually the great albums are broken up by average ones). Ignore her Madgesty’s critics, most of whom have claimed American Life is basically Music part 2. In reality American Life, though still produced mainly by Mirwais Ahmadzai and still being electronica-based, is a pleasing mix of the electronic and acoustic that rarely falls down. The aggressive title track and the Bond theme Die Another Day feel quite out-of-place, however, in this album which is mostly made up of more laidback, melodic guitar rhythms peppered with freaky techno-dance sounds. Excluding the singles already released, keep a special ear open for the flowing, sunny Hollywood, the dreamy ballad Nothing Fails and the surreal but intensely personal Mother And Father. And the rest of the album never slips below average, though it comes close on the tedious "ballad" X-Static Process. Then again, even if the album was terrible Madonna's diehard fans would still be rushing out to buy it; but as it happens the album is pretty great
Despite all the good sides to American Life, let’s hope that by her 10th album Madonna has moved on from her techno trip – after all, changing style is what the Queen of Pop does best!

American Life
American Life
Offered by Rikdev Media
Price: £2.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where now for the Queen?, 27 April 2003
This review is from: American Life (Audio CD)
We've had sex-obsessed EROTICA Madge, entranced earth-mother RAY OF LIGHT Madge, funky cowgirl MUSIC Madge and now, ladies and gentleman, introducing combat soldier AMERICAN LIFE Madonna, full to the Guevara beret of anti-war, anti-celebrity statements. And you'd be crazy not to be sceptical when the most famous woman alive, who has spent 20 years in the spotlight, starts preaching about how fame and fortune doesn't matter. But if just for once critics could look past Madonna's latest image and statement, they would see the music behind the celebrity.
American Life, Madonna's 9th studio album, has done well to be decent; formula predicts that Madonna cannot have more than 2 good albums in a row. But perhaps the reason Madonna's latest war-and-celebrity-themed album has not failed is that it is not a huge step forward from Music. She's still got keyboard knob-twiddler Mirwais producing; she's still come up with an equal ratio of acoustic guitar tracks and pumping electro-pop. Despite all this American Life is a very good record.
The title tune with a pumping electro rhythm features a bizarre rap and an uneven, out-of-place chorus, but it is still thumping enough to be considered a success - especially since it reached no.2 in the Uk singles chart on it's 7th April release.
The second track, Hollywood, is just crying out to be released as a single. It combines guitar riffs with more electronica beats and a catchy chorus. "Everybody comes to Hollywood", says Madge in a cynical tone. But who is the Queen of Pop to critiscise fame? Dammit, she even admits that on "I'm So Stupid", the next track. The album continues to mix acoustic with electronica throughout songs such as the dreamy ballad "Nothing Fails" and "Mother And Father", to a pleasing, if a little old-handed, effect.
Whatever result Madonna achieves on American Life, diehard fans will buy it anyway, but at Amazon's perfectly reasonable £8.49, there's no reason other fans shouldn't buy it as it is a perfect electronic and acoustic summing-up of Madonna's view of war, fame and her state of mind at the moment. It doesn't come close to True Blue, Like A Prayer, Ray Of Light or Music, but it's a whole hell of a lot better than Erotica or Bedtime Stories. Bring on Madonna's 10th!

The Annual Spring 2003
The Annual Spring 2003
Offered by PRIMED! and ready to go......
Price: £5.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars who said dance was dead???, 26 April 2003
This review is from: The Annual Spring 2003 (Audio CD)
whoever said dance music was on it's way out obviously hasn't got Ministry of Sound: The Annual Spring 2003. It's a great club music compilation featuring most of the new year's best choons from the fantastic "You're A Superstar" by Love.Inc to brilliant cover versions like "Show Me Heaven" from Saint feat.Suzanna Dee and "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Jan Wayne. Spring 2003 possibly even improves on past Ministry compilations as it contains very little filler music and does not do the usual Ministry trick of including 20 songs that were also on the last compilation. The best tracks are "You're A Superstar", "Show Me Heaven" and "Heaven Is A Place On Earth" (Soda Club feat. Hannah Alethea), but there's plenty more great choons to sample. If this is dance music at it's worst, i can't wait till it gets to it's best!

Let Go
Let Go
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.75

9 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars go avril!, 16 Feb. 2003
This review is from: Let Go (Audio CD)
Avril Lavigne is currently riding high on success in both the American and British charts. As I write this, Avril's debut album LET GO has just come off the top spot in the album charts after 3 or 4 weeks there. And no wonder because Let Go is a heartfelt, melodic debut in the vein of Alanis Morissette, Lavigne's fellow Canadian.
Let Go does have some faults but the spunky skater chick Avril has managed to craft most of it wonderfully. The only shortcomings are the badly written lyrics (but at least she tried to write them herself instead of those pop stars whose lyrics are bad and written by somebody else), and the fact that the last quarter of the album has songs that all sound the same. Here is a list of the tracks:
1. Losing Grip (4/5) - with definite single potential this is an angry but emotional song that happens to be one of the heaviest on the album, surprisingly
2. Complicated (5/5) - third best on the album, the first single is sleek, casual and catchy
3. Sk8er Boi (5/5) - the second single is also the best on the album, a loud incredibly catchy rock-pop offering
4. I'm With You (3/5) - not the best choice for the third single, I would have gone with Tomorrow, but still quite emotional and heartfelt
5. Mobile (4/5) - cheery and happy, with single potential
6. Unwanted (2/5) - not much different from the first track
7. Tomorrow (5/5) - the second best song on the album, wonderfully emotional and slow. sounds quite like Gone from Madonna's Music album, or is it just me?
8. Anything but Ordinary (3/5) - very badly written but catchy and honest
9. Things I'll Never Say (2/5) - sounds just like the previous track
10. My World (4/5) - catchy, cheery
11. Nobody's Fool (4/5) - Avril's rap is not very good but this song is still very good and catchy
12. Too Much To Ask (2/5) - again, sounds like many of the other songs on the album
13. Naked (4/5) - like Tomorrow and I'm With You, a powerful semi-ballad
There are the odd faults but Avril's debut is altogether wonderful and she beats Vanessa Carlton and Michelle Branch easily. She shows much promise. However it does not seem like she is open for reinvention so after one or two more albums I don't think she will last all that long. 9/10

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