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I Look To You
I Look To You
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The time has arrived...., 26 Aug 2009
This review is from: I Look To You (Audio CD)
It's finally here, Whitney's first studio album in nearly 7 years and thankfully it's a very solid album. They said they were going to keep the music true to Whitney and not to conform to todays music gimmicks and for the most part, they have achieved this. The album is very 'Whitney' but obviously has an up-to-date sound, probably achieved mostly through the use of the best producers of the moment. These include Swizz Beats, Danja, R.Kelly, David Foster, The Underdogs, C 'Tricky' Stewart, Dianne Warren, Stargate and Akon.

Overall the album is very balanced and well rounded with a good mix of up-tempos, mid-tempos and ballads. The first single 'Million Dollar Bill' is an up-tempo feel good track and is not a bad way to start of the album but it is far from the best song. The best ballad on the album is without a doubt 'I Look To You'. There is a real sincerity in Whitney's voice and the track is very moving. The Danja produced up-tempo cuts 'Nothin' But Love' and 'For Lovers' are really very good, especially 'For The Lovers' which builds up to a highly energetic chorus. Great stuff. Other stand out tracks include the Stargate produced 'Call You Tonight' which is a fantastic mid-tempo similar in style to Jennifer Hudson's 'Spotlight' only better. 'Salute' is a ballad with bite, dealing with the breakdown of a relationship.

Overall, the album is very positive, tasteful and of a high quality. Whitney's voice has changed since we last heard her but it is still undeniably Whitney. The album is Whitney from start to finish and there aren't really any tracks that should have been left out. It's definately a must have for Whitney fans, shes finally back and in a better place than she has been for years. Its also worth buying if you haven't previously bought any Whitney records as it is contemporary enough to be appreciated for that reason. The music is much better than what anyone else is putting out at the moment. A great musical effort (",)


Fantasy Ride
Fantasy Ride
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Price: £3.22

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta say, I'm actually very impressed!!, 4 May 2009
This review is from: Fantasy Ride (Audio CD)
I have to admit, I haven't been Ciara's biggest fan up to this point. She has has some great singles but her albums have been a bit lacking overall, until now that is! This album is full to the brim of energy, sensuality and quality. It is not only her most solid album to date but one of the most solid albums out at the moment. With production from the likes of Ticky Stewart, Justin Timberlake, Danja, Darkchild, Ne-Yo, Polow Da Don and Dr. Luke it's hard to see what could go wrong. Vocally this is definately Ciara's strongest performance thus far also just to put some icing on the cake.
Lately a lot of songs which have been labelled 'club bangers' have been a bit flat in terms of energy but the club bangers here areso full of energy it practically jumps out of the speakers at you. The Danja produced duets with Missy Elliott & Chris Brown are raw energy from start to finish with fairly impressive dance breakdowns aswell. Lead single 'Love Sex Magic' shows off the albums funkier side with Timberlakes other cut 'G Is For Girl' bringing the clever lyrics. Ne-Yo and Tricky Stewart bring the softer, more sensual cuts to the album such as 'Lover's Thing' 'Ciara To The Stage' and 'Keep Dancin' On Me' Slow songs have the potential to be a bit boring but these are far from it, keeping you engaged from start to finish!!
In all, it's an album which is very difficult to fault. Ciara has clearly worked hard to put out a killer album and she has achieved that perfectly. The only drawback I can see would be for fans of the promo single 'Go Girl ft. T-Pain' which ultimately did'nt make the cut on the final tracklist. This really is a fantastic record and with Keri Hilson released the same week and Letoya's new record on the way there is competition but this record definately blows them all out of the water, don't miss out on one of the best albums of 2009 so far!!! (",)


Circus [Deluxe Edition]
Circus [Deluxe Edition]

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shes back, and better than ever!!!, 13 Nov 2008
This review is from: Circus [Deluxe Edition] (Audio CD)
It didn't happen overnight, but Britney is back to the one woman pop machine she used to be. While 'Blackout' was a great album it got lost along the way during all the drama, but it's here, album number 6, and what an album it has turned out to be. The albums sound seems to be an equal mix of Blackout and the Britney of years ago. It's not quite as electronic as Blackout and brings back more of Britney's personality in to the album. This is the first album since 2001's 'Britney' that she has collaborated with Max Martin, also Danja is back producing along with Bloodshy & Avant. New producers (The Outsyders & The Underdogs)have been brought in too to make sure the album isn't too predictable. The only slight let down is (surprisingly) the Bloodshy & Avant production. 'Unusual You' is just not up to their previous work together, its not bad just a bit bland next to the other tracks.
This album is every bit as solid as Blackout was, whilst not every song is amazing, none are at all bad. Lead single 'Womanizer' is certainatly a great song, catchy, fast and not too deep, but that's just for starters. It is definately not the best song on the album. Next single lined up is Dr Luke produced 'Circus' which is 100 times better again than Womanizer. It moves at a slower pace but the beat is heavier & the songs feel overall is darker. Pure brilliance!! Other great tracks include 'If You Seek Amy' which is a really catchy song (helped along by the play on words (",)). One thing that Blackout was missing was a genuinely emotional ballad and Circus serves up a great one 'Out From Under' which discusses finding your feet after the breakdown of a relationship. A really genuine song from Britney. 'Lace & Leather' and Danja produced 'Kill The Lights' are yet more great tracks from the set. 'Kill The Lights' runs the same track as Piece of Me - an anti-paparazzi track which although not as catchy, is definately better written than 'Piece Of Me', 'Lace & Leather' delves into something a little raunchier. Despite all these great tracks, there is one which stands head and shoulders above the rest, and that is 'Mannequin'. Produced by The Underdogs this song is fueled by a thumping bassline, swirls of synthesisers and so much energy the speakers nearly melt. Yurn this track up and feel the hairs on the back of yor neck stand on end!! A brilliant song brimming with energy. One of the best she has done.
Overall, this a great great geat album, a total return to form for Britney taking her current sound forward whilst reincorporating the good bits of the old Britney back in again. With several bonus tracks about too such as 'Rock Me In' 'Phonography' 'Trouble' and 'Amnesia' (depending on what edition you get) there is plently of new Britney to enjoy. This is the last step in achieving the full comeback. Fantastic.


Circus
Circus
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It took a while, but she is back!!!!!!!!, 13 Nov 2008
This review is from: Circus (Audio CD)
It didn't happen overnight, but Britney is back to the one woman pop machine she used to be. While 'Blackout' was a great album it got lost along the way during all the drama, but it's here, album number 6, and what an album it has turned out to be. The albums sound seems to be an equal mix of Blackout and the Britney of years ago. It's not quite as electronic as Blackout and brings back more of Britney's personality in to the album. This is the first album since 2001's 'Britney' that she has collaborated with Max Martin, also Danja is back producing along with Bloodshy & Avant. New producers (The Outsyders & The Underdogs)have been brought in too to make sure the album isn't too predictable. The only slight let down is (surprisingly) the Bloodshy & Avant production. 'Unusual You' is just not up to their previous work together, its not bad just a bit bland next to the other tracks.
This album is every bit as solid as Blackout was, whilst not every song is amazing, none are at all bad. Lead single 'Womanizer' is certainatly a great song, catchy, fast and not too deep, but that's just for starters. It is definately not the best song on the album. Next single lined up is Dr Luke produced 'Circus' which is 100 times better again than Womanizer. It moves at a slower pace but the beat is heavier & the songs feel overall is darker. Pure brilliance!! Other great tracks include 'If You Seek Amy' which is a really catchy song (helped along by the play on words (",)). One thing that Blackout was missing was a genuinely emotional ballad and Circus serves up a great one 'Out From Under' which discusses finding your feet after the breakdown of a relationship. A really genuine song from Britney. 'Lace & Leather' and Danja produced 'Kill The Lights' are yet more great tracks from the set. 'Kill The Lights' runs the same track as Piece of Me - an anti-paparazzi track which although not as catchy, is definately better written than 'Piece Of Me', 'Lace & Leather' delves into something a little raunchier. Despite all these great tracks, there is one which stands head and shoulders above the rest, and that is 'Mannequin'. Produced by The Underdogs this song is fueled by a thumping bassline, swirls of synthesisers and so much energy the speakers nearly melt. Yurn this track up and feel the hairs on the back of yor neck stand on end!! A brilliant song brimming with energy. One of the best she has done.
Overall, this a great great geat album, a total return to form for Britney taking her current sound forward whilst reincorporating the good bits of the old Britney back in again. With several bonus tracks about too such as 'Rock Me In' 'Phonography' 'Trouble' and 'Amnesia' (depending on what edition you get) there is plently of new Britney to enjoy. This is the last step in achieving the full comeback. Fantastic.
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Womanizer
Womanizer
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to doing what she does best (",), 30 Oct 2008
This review is from: Womanizer (Audio CD)
Britneys back with the lead single from her 6th album 'Circus'. With this single Britney has taken away the clear urban edge of the singles from 'Blackout' leaving a slice of electro-pop that sounds like a modern spin on the old Britney. The song is catchy, full of energy & fun. It's just Britney all the way through. The song sounds a little different from what is out at the minute probably owing to the fact that only Britney could have carried this song and it is produced by a new set of producers (The Outsyders). She's back promoting and performing again and although this may not be the best single she has ever released it's definately very, very good and will lauch her right back up the charts again. This song has already hit the #1 spot in the US in only two weeks and definately leaves you looking forward to what is to come with 'Circus' on December 2nd. A highly recommended buy. No-one does it like Britney (",)


Funhouse
Funhouse
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly solid album (",), 18 Oct 2008
This review is from: Funhouse (Audio CD)
It comes as no surprise that the bulk of Pink's fifth album deals with her recent divorce. This is not meant in a negative sense in any way. The great thing about Pink is that she has always tackled deep, emotional issues through her music and it has always sounded sincere and came across very well. Never depressing but instead engaging. This album is no exception to that. There are some lighter moments too such as lead single 'So What', 'Funhouse' 'Bad Influence' (which is possibly better and catchier than So What).
The albums sound is similar in style to her last album 'I'm Not Dead' though the overall sound of the album is darker than her previous. Max Martin and Billy Mann are back producing most of the material with Tony Kanal (of No Doubt) and surprisingly Danja aswell (however the style stays true to Pink).
There are a few uptempo songs such as 'So What' 'Bad Influence' and 'It's All Your Fault' and some truly moving slower songs such as 'I Don't Believe You' and 'Glitter In The Air'. Overall there really are no weak songs at all on the album. Pink is still making pop music with the most credibility, attitude and substance and if you liked her last album then you will love this album. It has a slightly different feel but it is not a huge style change. This really is one of the best albums of 2008. I highly recommend you buy it and find it out for yourself!


Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated R&B., 28 Sep 2008
This review is from: Jennifer Hudson (Audio CD)
There is no denying, Jennifer Hudson has an amazing voice, however it is not a voice best suited to club tracks. Thankfully someone at her label understood this and we have an album perfectly suited to Jennifer's voice and not a clone of something best left to the Pussycat Dolls. The album consists of production from the best of the moment, these being Timbaland, Stargate, T-Pain, Warryn Campbell, The Underdogs, Polow Da Don & Missy Elliott. Due to this, the album is a collection of well sung, well written R&B with just enough modern day spin to make them accessible to the masses.
The album deals with mostly slowed down tracks, none of which however are boring. They are all very engaging due to Jennifer's voice and the lyrics. Some of the stand outs of the slow songs would be Polow Da Don produced 'My Heart' 'Invisible' from the Underdogs and surprisingly the T-Pain duet 'What's Wrong (Go Away)' The best thing about these songs is that although they talk about love, they sound more sincere than most of the other songs out there at the moment and the songs deal with the topic of love from angles that are not usually taken by the average pop song (hence it avoids sounding cliched).
Slow tracks aside, there are some songs which up the tempo a bit, such as lead single 'Spotlight' which is already top 15 on the charts here in the UK, and Timbaland produced 'Pocketbook' which features Ludacris. The interesting thing about this song is that it doesn't quite seem to fit with the rest of the album, leaning very heavily towards the current urban-pop standard. The song isn't bad, it sounds a bit out of place.
One of the most interesting songs on the album is 'Can't Stop The Rain' produced by Stargate and written by Ne-Yo, this song deals with a topic rarely talked about in music today. It's about a friend who gets killed in a car accident because his girlfriend was drunk whilst driving, and dealing with the aftermath of being torn between comforting her and feeling anger at her for what happened. A very interesting song.
To try and give you some idea of what it might sound like, I think the best way to describe this would be Aretha Franklin meets Beyonce. The songs are deeper and more emotional that most of what of out there, you feel something in these songs. A highly recommended record for those who think it's about time something a bit deeper and of better quality came out or for those who want a record that isn't full of club-bangers and want to take it at a slighly slower pace. A very good record, not to be missed!


Doll Domination
Doll Domination
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7 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some gems, but mostly average!, 16 Sep 2008
This review is from: Doll Domination (Audio CD)
It seems like forever since any new material was heard from the Pussycat Dolls, and with an amazing lead single like 'When I Grow Up' you could be forgiven for thinking this album was going to be something amazing in itself. Overall this album falls short of their first 'PCD' The two albums are very different probably owing to the fact that Timbaland has been put in charge of this album over Ron Fair & Robin Antin who over-saw the last. It would be too harsh to say the songs were bad, but they just are half as interesting and original as their previous songs. Polow Da Don produced 'Out Of This Club is a bland mid-tempo that sounds like it is going to build-up to something great but never does. He also produces second single 'Whatcha Think About That' which is better but is life-less and doesn't hold any level of attention for long and Darkchild produced 'Elevator' is just dire.
However there are some excellent songs on the album. Lead single 'When I Grow Up' is a club stormer, fizzing with energy and attitude. Another gem is Timbaland produced 'In Person' which has a 60's Tina Turner vibe which works amazingly with Nicole's voice. Ron Fair produced 'Hush Hush' is a proper ballad, there is real emotion in the singing, it hits all the right notes. Other Timbaland sliceS worthy of a listen are 'Whatchamacallit' (which is certainatly a bit different) and 'Magic' which has a great energy. My personal favourite on the album is 'Bottle Pop' a great club track with Snoop Dogg. The beat changes a few times throughout the song and is great from start to finish!!
Overall this album could have been a lot better but there are some truly amazong tracks on here to, pity they couldn't have replaced some of the filler with other tracks equally as great, then we undoubtably would have had one of the best albums of 2008 to listen too!! If you buy the album stick to the standard edition, I wouldn't recommend the Delux Edition - the solo tracks by the dolls are not good, the idea is much better than the reality, it's a gimmick and hence a waste of money.


Do You Know [CD + DVD] [Us Import]
Do You Know [CD + DVD] [Us Import]
Price: £23.84

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, just a bit lacking in variety., 7 Sep 2008
This album is by no means bad at all, having listened to it the whole way through though the only criticism would be that there is not a lot of variety from song to song. Having said that there certaintly variety when it comes to song content. 'Remember That' is a song about a violent relationship, 'Pray Out Loud' is (as the name indicates) about praying about frustration and the others tackle the issue of love from a variety of different angles.
If you want a feel for what the album might sound like, think Carrie Underwood's second album just a bit less interesting. Working with country music heavyweights Brett James & John Shanks, the album is a fairly even mix of country & pop influences. Some of the stand-out tracks would be lead singles 'Come On Over' 'Remember That' 'Sipping On History' and Dolly Parton duet 'Do You Know'. The reason I think these stand-out are because they are the ones which have been injected with the most feeling and emotion! The other songs are OK but become a bit bland after only a few listens.
Overall, this album isn't bad, but it isn't amazong either. If you are considering buying it I would give it a listen first. It may be just your thing - but it does need checking first, though worth a shot all the same (",)


Unexpected
Unexpected
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great album!!!, 1 Sep 2008
This review is from: Unexpected (Audio CD)
Out of all the members of Destiny's Child, Michelle's solo career has been the most low key. This is hardly a criticism though considering she has sold more than a million copies of her gospel albums worldwide which is an achievement considering it is not a market well known for selling many records. However, for one reason or the other it is time to go mainstream, and thankfully she hits all the right notes.
The album consists of mainly uptempo urban-pop songs with very few slow songs or mid-tempo's. That said, the next single 'The Greatest' is a very impressive ballad, not bland and dull like most of todays ballads, also rumored (now changed) second single 'Stop This Car' is a top notch mid-tempo. The album is pure quality from start to finish. From the darker more beat heavy tracks such as 'Hello Heartbreak' and 'Hungover' to the lighter, more fun, dancable songs like lead single 'We Break The Dawn' and 'Private Party' Michelle has pulled out all the stops to deliver a proper quality album. What is possibly even more impressive is the fact that she has achieved this without th use of all the producers the everyone else has to used to produce good music. Apart from Soulshock & Karlin and Stargate, all of the other producers are relativly low key meaning that this album is much less predictable and slightly more original than most other urban pop records at the moment (which lets face it are a dime-a-dozen at the moment).
Michelle Williams may be the "least famous" member of Destiny's Child but this is without doubt one of the best urban pop records released this year, A HIGHLY recommended record.


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