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The Cosmic Game ~ Thievery Corporation
The Cosmic Game ~ Thievery Corporation
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Game" On, 17 Jun 2005
On the "Cosmic Game," Thievery Corporation doesn't deviate from the formula that made the duo's last two CDs winning successes. This time around, we get the same blend of world beats and chilled electronic touches, but with a whole new roster of guest appearances. To name a few, we get Perry Farrell (an interesting choice on "Revolution Showdown"), David Byrne (the percussion-heavy "The Heart's a Heavy Hunter"), and the Flaming Lips ("Marching the Hate Machines"). But my personal standouts are the reggae jolt of "Amerimaka" (featuring Notch on vocals), the instrumental "Holographic Universe," and Sol Tapado with Patrick DeSantos on vocals. While "Cosmic Game" may lack some of the magic of… Read more
The First Lady ~ Faith Evans
The First Lady ~ Faith Evans
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
After three albums on the Bad Boy label, Faith Evans returns with "The First Lady," her debut release on Capitol/EMI. The widow of the Notorious B.I.G., Evans has a bruised and gusty voice that, when armed with the right material, sets her apart from the faceless studio creations that often dominate the airwaves. But as is the case with most divas, Evans is not without her share of personal drama. The lyrics in "Again" are anything but ambiguous: the directly reflect on her recent run-in with the law and prior battle with drugs. "Mesmerized" has a tight groove that recalls James Brown; the Neptunes-produced track "Goin' Out" will find a welcome home in many clubs, and "Until You Came" is a… Read more
Comin' From Where I'm From ~ Anthony Hamilton
Comin' From Where I'm From ~ Anthony Hamilton
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
So what do I make of this CD, especially after reading all the other reviews? I find myself stuck in the middle. While it's nowhere near the magnum opus some people think it is, Anthony Hamilton's "Comin' From Where I'm From" isn't as bad as others claim. It's a very passable CD, with a few high points, but with more filler than I'd care to see. It's clear that Hamilton's heart is in the right place and he shows some potential, but the CD sounds like a rough demo that needed some additional touching up. The lyrics can get a bit banal, and the production follows the "neo-retro-soul" cliche handbook a little too faithfully. Not to mention that Hamilton's voice required some getting used to… Read more

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