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P. A. Parker "Tom Parker" (UK, Leamington Spa)

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Press Play
Press Play
Price: 9.78

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Close, But No $500 Cigar, 18 Oct 2006
This review is from: Press Play (Audio CD)
Obviously, the Diddy himself has made a substancial effort and spent time and money (ie. not too hard for him) in the promotion of "Play'. The results; unfortunately mediocre.

I think the main problem with this album is that ultimately, it lacks substance. No longer is the hip-hop world amazed by songs that merely transribe a night out trying to score. Essentially thats what the whole album is about; the procees of P.Diddy's love life. Merely glancing at the track names, the gist of the listening process will become aparent. People often get annoyed with 50 cent for his continuous lyrics about guns, cars and women but to give him credit at least he's got three, wheras P.Diddy's lastest tracks hardly veer form the 'honeyz' line.

To give the man credit, the songs are easy on the ears; with catchy beats and a voice easy enough to flood your ear canal, a feat easily perfomed by any decent producer.

But aside from that fact, one fo the major issues I have with this album is the fact that it is only about a third 'Diddy'. Take a moment to view the amount of ' and so' and ponder on why the man does this. I belive him to be a great and genuine perfomer, so why is he singer of his calibre on most of his tracks with people with half his experience or talent (excluding the might Jamie Foxx)? Could this be merely a publicity stunt to wow the listening public with the amount of contacts willing to appear on his CD? Whatever the reasons it takes away a certain amount of panashe' from the man who made great influences on the industry.

Though I'm sure tracks like "Come to me","Wanna Move" and "Through The Pain" will appear in clubs and Pimp My Ride sometime in the near future, the temporal validity of the album lies in great doubt. P.Diddy takes a bit of 'JT', Kanye West and Busta Rhymes but is missing the salt with which so many new hip-hop albums need a virgously pinch.

In conclusion I belive that this is genuinly a good album to kick back and listen to, but it feels more like its in existance purely because Diddy has been pushed onto the stage by the music industry. Enjoyable, but lacks genuine interest.
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Music from Scrubs - The TV Series
Music from Scrubs - The TV Series
Price: 13.98

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack to a great TV show, 5 Sep 2006
I am very bigs Scrubs fan myself but I hope I can review the soundtrack without to major a bias.

Anyone who watches the program will know that alot of the emotional parts and the funny parts are backgrounded by a very apt and often lend a great intereral backbone to the story.

When reading the names of the songs on the back of the CD I have to admit I didnt recognise a single one (apart from the often remade classic "Halleluja") but when listening to the music, you find that most of the songs are recognisiable from the show and often you can pinpoint what episode a certain track was from.

The overall mentality of the soundtrack is one of music to suit many moods. The first track "Superman" is a very fitting into song to Scrubs and while it takes a short time when listening to it to ajust to the fact that the song itself is noticably slower than the edit played at the start of all the episodes.

Two fantastic track come from the brilliant 'Shins'. The tracks "Fresh Feeling" and "New Slang" are perfect music to unwind to. Francis Dunnery has a beautiful track "Good Life" which, coupled with Colin Haye's "Beautiful World" and "Overkill", give that perfect thoughtful mood.

There are one or two dodgy tracks, eg. "All In My Head" which isnt really to my taste but on the whole it is a fantasic compilation.

My personal favorite is the song "Have It All" by Jeremy Kay which is the quintessential 'wake-up' song I think I have ever heard in my life.

Buy this CD some of the songs will soon become favorites.

Garden State - Music From The Motion Picture
Garden State - Music From The Motion Picture
Price: 5.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, Brilliant Soundtrack, 19 April 2006
When i first listened to the songs on this CD i found myself reminising of the music from the well known TV show; "Scrubs".

The scrubs soundtrack has alot of Zack Braff's influence in it too with a lot of artists who are present in this soundtrack, like the mellowful Colin Hay and the great band, "The Shins".

If you have seen the movie you will know how great the music fits perfectly with the atmosphere of the scenes and even if you havent seen it its great to hear music that isnt well know (apart form perhaps Coldplays song) but is still all the more beautiful to listen too.

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