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Offered by Bridge_Records
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure Unashamed Fun, 15 Jun. 2005
This review is from: Passion (Audio CD)
No one, in the pop world at least, has been quite as successful as Geri Halliwell has at imprinting her character on her music. Her name and that of her previous life as Ginger Spice is synonymous with camp, sex appeal and empowerment, all tempered into a fun form that is palatable for all but the most scathing of critic. Passion is something of a departure from this, although you only have to look at the videos for Ride It and Desire to see that Geri's character is still stamped all over her new album.
Those who have only heard her first two singles may well be under the impression that Passion contains more of the same, pure bubblegum pop and very little else. However Passion sees Geri in an eclectic mood, straddling expectations from her old fans and the need that every artist has to attract new listeners. 'There's Always Tomorrow' gives a gentle nod to 'Mi Chico Latino' albeit in a much softer, subtle way with Geri drizzling her voice over rolling Latino beats which makes it perfect summer listening. 'Love Never Loved Me' is definitely worthy of a single release, which despite the mournful title is pure pop and bound to satisfy die-hard fans. Although another reviewer wasn't keen on 'Surrender Your Groove' it's a standout song for me with a great breakdown toward the end and some powerful slowed down sections. Combined with a strong video and a good dance routine (with trademark Geri half-naked men, natch) this would make a good commercial hit.
'So I Give Up On Love' and the title track 'Passion' are dreamy numbers with Geri's character stamped all over them. The latter conjures up a smoky lounge number and screams out for a Michelle Pfeiffer turn, with Geri draped across a piano whilst purring out the lyrics. The former, although not strong enough for single release, is an important addition to the album as it's pure fun, with Geri singing, squealing and huskily laughing out her autobiographical lyrics.
'Feel the Fear' and 'Loving Me Back To Life' are both very strong songs and demonstrate a lot of the maturity and depth that other reviewers have alluded to. Along with 'Let Me Love You More' this trio although worthy of much more comment and praise make up the slower, ballad parts of Passion where Geri illustrates her impressive range and reminds the listener that she isn't just pure pop.
Whilst it wouldn't be unfair to say that as far as Passion goes it's more of the same from Geri, it is also a departure in many ways. The slower parts of Passion are certainly new to those only familiar to her single releases, although Geri's larger than life persona is still all over the songs. Whilst it isn't too serious, Passion does have its softer more sensitive side without losing its fun edge - much like the lady herself. Deliciously camp and enjoyable, Passion will please old fans and be instantly accessible to new listeners.

How to Make Anyone Like You: Proven Ways To Become A People Magnet
How to Make Anyone Like You: Proven Ways To Become A People Magnet
by Leil Lowndes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A solid, enjoyable read, 13 July 2003
There is no doubt that Lowndes has a superb informal style of writing, sharing anecdotes as though she were in the room with you. However, some of her tips almost seem common sense in my mind - almost all of the friends that I know use at least some of her communication techniques, especially speaking as though they were the listener. Also, as a man I found some of the gender stereotyping (whether backed up by sociological studies or not) a little curious. If I had someone blankly stare at me whilst speaking and not nod or make it known that they are paying attention, I would either be offended or just plain freaked out.
Regardless, the book is excellent to brush up your social skills and is genuinely useful, especially in chapters such as networking and the unique approach that Lowndes recommends at parties. The reader might best be advised however that although the book contains truthes, they aren't all necessarily universal.

Ultima Online: Lord Blackthorn's Revenge
Ultima Online: Lord Blackthorn's Revenge
Offered by Get it in a Jiffy
Price: £7.89

7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great for new players, nothing for existing players, 6 April 2002
I would agree with the original reviewer for new players to Ultima Online, but for existing players, Lord Blackthorn's Revenge reeks of profiteering on the part of EA/OSI. Something of a slap in the face for people, like myself, who bought Third Dawn because they were told that it was the only way to get to Ilshenar, the only truly new thing that the expansion brings is new art and music for the game.
Players who did not get Third Dawn will no doubt appreciate being able to have access to Ilshenar in the 2d client and although it is moderately priced, there is very little in the way of new material for those existing players who already hand over their money monthly to EA. A good deal for players new to the game, but only for the most avid existing fans.

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