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Closer
Closer
Price: £6.27

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Album, 18 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Closer (Audio CD)
The wait for this album is now over. Now the music rolls on from the debut album - Josh Groban...and the teaser Live album, where we first heard Broken Vow.
Broken Vow is heard here in CLOSER .... beautiful arrangement. This studio version is more intimate than the live version and takes us into the betrayal of this relationship.
Amongst the songs collected here, You Raise Me Up is truly outstanding. A cover of Secret Garden's gem. The opening, similarly, with Uilleann pipes sets the mood of the Irish Famine as pictured with the stirring lyric. Josh and team have done an exquisite take, made it quite his own. And I still love Secret Garden's version....
Paul Schwartz and David Foster's ALL'IMPROVVISO AMORE is another brilliant track. Punchy as the choppy sea...fluid as Josh's voice. I'm so impressed.
Joshua Bell's opening in MI MANCHERAI from il postino is typical of his standard - brilliant. Josh's voice flows into the song and again, fills it with poetry. More than I can say for Deborah Harry's version in English. As much as I love Deborah, her set of English lyric did nothing for the melody, which is recorded for the Cinema Italiano album.
Never Let Go is somewhat disappointing; a rather so-so track with Eric Mouquet. The voice does not sit into the song, or is it the other way, I cannot say.
Remember When It Rained with Eric Mouquet is so much better. Add the words, written by Josh and the song is very attractive. The arrangement sets the moody tone of rain and tears...
And there's something for everyone: a spanish track, a french one, throw in Lucio Dalla's Caruso and you get, all together, a very very impressive album from this young man.
Production-wise, this album sounds very good, with the vocals still warm and earthly.
Josh's voice has grown and the maturity shines through with smoothness and grace. Great album. Keep enjoying your work Josh and keep performing..
Thanks for the music.


Closer (U.K. Version)
Closer (U.K. Version)
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £4.30

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch album !!, 14 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Closer (U.K. Version) (Audio CD)
The wait for this album is now over. Now the music rolls on from the debut album - Josh Groban...and the teaser Live album, where we first heard Broken Vow.
Broken Vow is heard here in CLOSER .... beautiful arrangement. This studio version is more intimate than the live version and takes us into the betrayal of this relationship.
Amongst the songs collected here, You Raise Me Up is truly outstanding. A cover of Secret Garden's gem. The opening, similarly, with Uilleann pipes sets the mood of the Irish Famine as pictured with the stirring lyric. Josh and team have done an exquisite take, made it quite his own. And I still love Secret Garden's version....
Paul Schwartz and David Foster's ALL'IMPROVVISO AMORE is another brilliant track. Punchy as the choppy sea...fluid as Josh's voice. I'm so impressed.
Joshua Bell's opening in MI MANCHERAI from il postino is typical of his standard - brilliant. Josh's voice flows into the song and again, fills it with poetry. More than I can say for Deborah Harry's version in English. As much as I love Deborah, her set of English lyric did nothing for the melody, which is recorded for the Cinema Italiano album.
Never Let Go is somewhat disappointing; a rather so-so track with Eric Mouquet. The voice does not sit into the song, or is it the other way, I cannot say.
Remember When It Rained with Eric Mouquet is so much better. Add the words, written by Josh and the song is very attractive. The arrangement sets the moody tone of rain and tears...
And there's something for everyone: a spanish track, a french one, throw in Lucio Dalla's Caruso and you get, all together, a very very impressive album from this young man.
Josh's voice has grown and the maturity shines through with smoothness and grace. Great album. Keep enjoying your work Josh and keep performing..
Thanks for the music.


Little Buddha
Little Buddha

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original and moving...., 24 Nov. 2002
This review is from: Little Buddha (Audio CD)
Ryuichi Sakamoto is a musician with vision. This work for Bertolucci's Little Buddha is a work on its own. From the Main Theme, it sweeps you away into the very soul of what's to come.
Fabulous styling that combines all types of music, peaking with Enlightenment. And before you think you are saturated, Catherine Bott's stunning vocals come in......such sensations!
The images stirred up by this composer here leave you with strange longing. If you have caught the film, then this music takes you back to fantastic cinematography.
One of Sakamoto's best since Last Emperor and Sheltering sky. Beautiful vocals by The Ambrosian Singers too.


Being John Malkovich [DVD] [2000]
Being John Malkovich [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ John Cusack
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £3.34

10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it, watch it again and again...., 24 Nov. 2002
The plot as we all know it - puppeteer Craig(John Cusack) with animal-lover wife(Cameron Diaz) living out a simple but unfulfilled marriage. In more ways than one, we are shown that - her need for a child, his aspirations to make puppetry his rice-bowl, her animals, his stories as performed by his puppets....
This takes into another world as Craig finds a portal/door into John Malkovich's mind. All the true characteristics of the main characters start coming out. Spike Jonze takes us into a world of confusion, real confusion within the mind trips into being John Malkovich. But all within the confines of achieving what the characters really want for themselves.
John Malkovich delights in this "role". He steals the title and the movie!! John Cusack's performance is understated. Diaz and Keener proficient. Watch for the cameos by Charlie Sheen, Hoffman, Sean Penn, Gary Sinise etc....
The real scene stealers - the puppets. Kudos to the puppeteer!! This is a real movie, watch it and go away thinking. The comedy is incidental. A very well put together film. A classic alongside Gilliam and Kubrick's works.


Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £5.70

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars when the forest turns to jade...., 24 Nov. 2002
As a stand-alone recording, this Original Soundtrack from the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will take you on a journey beyond the clouds.
From the opening strains to a crash of percussion instruments, this work shows you the meaning of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Within, the music is yin/yang - leading you to burst with emotions and then stops you right there before you do. The gentle and the strong, the good and the bad, love and hate, feminine and masculine....are all played here.
This is Tan Dun in his most coherent self. Superbly brought to Life by Shanghai Symphony Orch., Shanghai National Orch., and the Shanghai Percussion Ensemble. Other ethnic instrumentalists also bring forth their fantastic contributions. No doubt the spotlight burns down on Yo-Yo Ma. Tan Dun and Ma worked together on the Symphony 1997 Heaven, Earth Mankind for the handover of Hong Kong back to China.
Here, the powerful and intense drumwork leaves you breathless in the NIGHT FIGHT. The Erhu and the Cello weave a blend of magic together throughout the main themes. Every feeling of lightness especially brought on by the Dizi, there is an undertone of the percussions, warning you of the Hidden Dragon. While this work does not evoke mystery, it is a great piece of work from and for the heart. The imagery and poetry is fascinating.
For listeners who know Tan Dun's other works, this will be most accessible indeed. Grab this soundtrack and "read" it before you watch the film. After watching the movie, let this take you back to the images and themes so well put together by Director Lee Ang.
The only jarring moments are the English/Mandarin versions of the Love theme sung by Coco Lee. While they are nice and pop on their own, it breaks an otherwise superb programme. It should have ended with FAREWELL - the strings and the rhythmic percussion leaves a disturbed longing.......


Walking With Dinosaurs - Complete BBC Series [1999] [DVD]
Walking With Dinosaurs - Complete BBC Series [1999] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kenneth Branagh
Offered by Assai-uk
Price: £7.99

97 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now we see what we could only imagine before..., 24 Nov. 2002
"See what you could only imagine before" is how we should take this BBC series. No matter what the paleontologists and critics say, this is a most up-to-date work on this Lost World.
These 6 Episodes take us, the viewers through the Life and Times of these creatures that walked the earth before us. The special effects, with or without footprints, with or without thumping earth-shaking sounds show us enough, with the latest scientific findings, to give us what we could not picture before.
More than that, they have taken pains in their research to "put to Life" the creatures in terrain that were nearest to what the Dinosaurs were roaming in.
The narration by Kenneth Branagh is authoritative and the material is entertaining and educational. No matter that the producers admit to some guess-work, but we know no more than mere fossils and skeletons found anyway. Even some of the Scientists and Paleontologists agree that with the animation, they have new theories of how some of the dinosaurs moved!
A plus for DVD is the picture-in-picture feature that shows some of the behind-the-scenes and explanatory footage. Also on DVD is a second disc of 50-mins documentary showing the "making of".
This is a typical BBC documentary - brilliant. Altogether, a must-buy documentary feature.


Beyond Acceptance: Parents of Lesbians and Gays Talk About Their Experiences
Beyond Acceptance: Parents of Lesbians and Gays Talk About Their Experiences
by Carolyn W. Griffin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.95

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A most important book...., 24 Nov. 2002
Beyond good, this book is important. A book from the voices of parents who have lesbian and/or gay children. We have "heard" plenty from lesbians and gays, pleading for understanding and acceptance, so this book gives the readers a voice from "the other" side.
With frank interviews and conversations, we are let in on the angst, the suffering, the fears and disappointments from parents. It covers many aspects of our lives. Most often, the burning question from parents is "what did I do wrong?" Religion, health, acceptance etc....all the way to "should the neighbours know?
This book is honestly written from the hearts of the writers, parents who have been through all of that and more. We learn of how they cope or didn't. The journeys they have taken and what the effects are with a lesbian/gay in the family unit. A must read, not just for parents, but also for lesbians and gays, and their siblings. And for everyone else too - I recommend this book. It creates understanding, not answers, through the conversations with various people. In all, it is almost like sitting in a crowd and listening in on an interesting discussion or conversation and gleaning knowledge and understanding!!
There is an earlier editon from 1990. Try to get the lastest one, I think 1996/7, with updates on issues like AIDS etc...
Buy or borrow this book, read it again and again. Pass it on. For everyone.


Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers And Hammerstein
Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers And Hammerstein
Offered by marvelio-uk
Price: £11.71

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo!!, 24 Nov. 2002
Bernadette Peters is usually associated with Sondheim. And I loved her in Webber's Tell Me On A Sunday. This BP loves R & H is quite something.
Miss Peters' unique talent comes right through the "live" recordings. The phrasing is not practised like Miss Streisand would in her studio recordings. Mind, I do adore Miss Streisands' talents enormously. BP oozes fun and frivolity in some of the cheeky numbers like The Gentleman is a dope and Mr Snow.
Her guts and emotions are so intact for the performances of these songs here, that she sounds like she's in character on stage!! Only without the usual distractions of a live stage recording. Although at times, her voice is too forwardly placed, but it works as I listen to it again and again. She is right here on stage in my home!! Brilliant!
Miss Peters' rendition and choice of There is nothing like a Dame is rather audacious but appropriate. Do listen to this and enjoy what she is trying to say.... a howling, glaring, gutsy telling of R & H music and lyric!!
The treatment of It Might As Well Be Spring and Something Good is most exquisite. The latter, as pointed out by others here, is a mostly over-looked gem from The Sound Of Music.
In Weber's Tell Me On A Sunday, BP delivered the most individual performance I've heard. And here, now doing R & H, I am in love with Miss BP again....
Jonathan Tunick of course, has come up with some stunning arrangements and never sounding like he is repeating himself even though he has arranged these tunes many times for other artistes like the great Cleo Laine. Great work.
Other pieces to really note are, If I Loved You,Out Of My Dreams, So Far....I Haven't Got A Worry In The World, Something Wonderful.... well, the whole CD recording!!!!!!
Get it, a wonderful collaboration of all involved..and of course the fabulous Miss Peters. Don't forget to check out the TATTOO.


Release
Release
Offered by Discover Music
Price: £15.96

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Release. Liberation. Release., 5 April 2002
This review is from: Release (Audio CD)
This is a shocker. PSB's RELEASE is basic pop-rock. But not quite, if one removed the dance-grooves from most of their songs from previous albums, you will get this sound.
Almost Beatles; almost Dylan. RELEASE is an album with "the emphasis on the song rather than production".
Of course the guitarist Johnny Marr(former Smiths) fills in the strums on most tracks, with Neil playing occasional tracks. Therefore, making this an almost guitar-rock-band album.
With Home and Dry, the first track and first single of the album, the strumming guitar-work introduces us to the pared-down pop-rock sounds that is to be this album.
I Get Along and E-mail will be the most hummable tunes here. The former sounds like great Beatles/Oasis stuff! With lyric like "looking for hardwork/or credit card fraud/what do you expect from us/we come from abroad", London continues the dark theme of escaping to the "free" West....
My favourite track - Birthday Boy tells of a modern day martyr..with an interesting but haunting ending, a sample of The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge performing "in the Bleak Midwinter".
Samurai in Autumn is the "one track that has some dance elements", says Lowe. And it would be "side 2, Cut 1 if Release were on vinyl". It is almost dance-instrumental if not for the three-lines lyric.
We then get back to the bleak Love Is A Catastrophe, written on "a very windy day in November..and everything seemed so desolate", says Neil.
The rather-talked-about track here must be The Night I Fell In Love. The song, about a fan meeting and falling for his pop idol, sleeping with him....is a wry, sly reference to Eminem. Trust Neil Tennant to narrate a story!!!
The album ends with You Choose. A poignant view at love and other choices we make....
All together, this album is more raw; less on production. The same tongue-in-cheek, wry, ironic, clever lyrics by Neil Tennant; and good pop melodies by Chris Lowe make up this Pet Shop Boys RELEASE.
Granted that the PSB dance sounds are largely missing from RELEASE, it is a good strumming, pop-rock PSB release.......


Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace [VHS] [1999]
Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace [VHS] [1999]
VHS

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars Episode One VIDEO CD is fantastic!, 18 April 2000
The hype, the wait and then came the movie. It was worth the wait - story, characters, creatures, special effects all spun into a tale of greed, power, politics, love and even the bible. Yoda seen on foot, Jabba much thinner, C3P0 not yet completed - with these, we wait for the next chapter.


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