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Album not bad, copy protection very bad
on 11 January 2006
I like Susheela Raman. Her previous album, Salt Rain, is a favourite and I regularly return to it. Music For Crocodiles isn't as good, it lacks the originality and isn't as distinctively her - it hasn't grabbed me in quite the same way. That said, it is still a pleasant listen - I will give it a few more tries to see if it grows on me. For those new to Ms Raman, I'd recommend trying Salt Rain first.
The big problem I have is with the copy protection. In line with the reviewer below, I've found this causes real difficulties. I played it on an old mini system in the kitchen and it worked fine. I then made the mistake of putting it into my Mac to load onto iTunes and then onto my iPod (which I use for a lot of my music listening). My Mac completely seized up and, eventually, all I could do was pull the plug on the Mac with several open documents - upon rebooting I was able remove the CD. I haven't dared try it in my car CD player.
Looking at the CD case, in small type on the reverse is a comment that it has copy protection and may not work in car CD players. So, let's get this straight, I buy a CD but it is mangled deliberately by the manufacturer so that I can't play it? Great tactic - it won't stop the teenage hackers (who would probably not buy this album anyway) but it annoys the actual buyers. If copy protection issues stop you listening to the album, it is a major issue. Record companies (and internet vendors) should be forced to disclose PROMINENTLY any copy protection so the informed potential buyer can make a decision on whether to proceed. I wish I'd taken notice of the reviewer below and EMI/Virgin/Narada have joined Sony on my black list.