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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Guardian Review, 30 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Divinidylle (Audio CD)
It's been a while since Vanessa Paradis was on the UK radar in any capacity other than as Johnny Depp's partner. Divinidylle, only her second album since 1992, suggests that perhaps she should be. The erstwhile model/actress/whatever still has more than a touch of the ingenue about her, though she has added thin huskiness to a vocal repertoire formerly limited to thin reediness. Paradis swathes herself in gorgeous melodies and a breezy, layered soft rock aesthetic that fits her exquisitely. Particularly on the irresistible Dès Que J'te Vois and the deft Chet Baker, her lightness of touch is positively - but always charmingly - decadent.

La Vida.. Es Un Ratico (Life is Short)
La Vida.. Es Un Ratico (Life is Short)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review, 29 Nov. 2007
Born in Colombia, Juanes (Juan Esteban Aristizabal) has achieved the high profile of a pop idol coupled with the esteem tendered to a cultural hero due to his thoughtful and courageous stance against violence and injustice. His sales have been stratospheric, his presence on Billboard and other charts prolonged; the multiple Grammy winner has also racked up a growing presence in the Anglo press and media. Juanes learned to play guitar from his late father and grew up surrounded by traditional forms like cumbia, bolero, and guasca, which he would later update and make his own. After youthful experiments with heavy metal (which live on in his affection for roiling electric guitar breaks), he moved to Los Angeles, where he reinvented himself as a singer-songwriter. His solo debut, Fijate Bien (Listen Closely), appeared in 2000, and each subsequent release was similarly fuelled by an ardent musical imagination, a gift for poetic, barbed but nonetheless conciliatory lyrics, and a tenor voice that sometimes recalls the heyday of Nuevo Cancion or a Latin John Lennon. On Vida...Es un Ratico (Life...Is a Moment), his fourth studio album, Juanes is once again revealed as a rare combination of guts and glamour, ardor and activism, beauty and brains. From the anthem-like title tune, to the tender, lushly orchestrated balladry of "Dificil," the accordion-fronted vallenato friskiness of "Tres," and the Santana-like conflagration of "Bailala," the momentum never flags. Fans of trad-based pop should snap one this up, especially as the limited edition package includes a DVD containing interviews and performance footage that can be viewed in either Spanish or English. -

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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What album is about, 13 Sept. 2007
This review is from: REBA MCENTIRE_/ DUETS (Audio CD)
From the Artist
As McEntire sees it, amazing songs have little to do with genre, and everything to do with emotion and nuance. "I've been a fan of different kinds of music all my life," she says. "I really don't like to categorize music. To me, there's only two categories: good and bad. And I try to sing the good songs, and listen to good music. When it touches my heart, and I can deliver it with all my heart and soul, then it's a good Reba McEntire song. In the end, I want all the songs to touch my listener's hearts." It's that devotion to making quality music that brings her audience back to Reba again and again. "The great thing about it is, my fans have always continued to go along with me on these journeys I take, whether it's television, music, Broadway or movies. They really hang in there with me, and I sure do appreciate that. It's been a good journey." The next chapter on that journey is about to begin, with Duets - and the amazing music created when Reba's signature voice finds new harmony with a few stellar friends. "I hope people are going to be caught up in the moment of listening to this music," says McEntire. "There's a lot of love in this record, because I love these people that I get to sing with. And I think people are going to love it, too. I honestly do."

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From the moment you hear the voice, you know it: fierce and powerful, clear and passionate, a voice that has sold 49 million records, a voice that could belong to no one else but the woman millions of fans the world over know only as Reba. So what do you do when you're the owner of that iconic voice -- and the embodiment of a genre-bending artistic presence that spans the worlds of music, screen and stage? If you're Reba McEntire, you find creative soul mates in 11 other amazing voices and produce a groundbreaking collection of music simply titled Reba Duets. Or, as McEntire herself might describe it, you gather up some friends old and new, and have a party - oh, and make an amazing new album at the same time. "It was like a family reunion. It was just so much fun!" says the easygoing superstar. And the results? "Well, I'm just so tickled!" she says with her trademark Southern charm. "I can't wait for everyone to hear it." Duets was a long time coming, says McEntire. "You have to keep creating things, thinking about what's next and how to keep it fresh for your fans," she says. "I've always thought a duets album would be a great thing to get to do, and the timing was finally right to make it happen."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album reviews, 11 Sept. 2007
"Real Things" is full of elegant, understated songs full of charming details.. the year's best country album " NEW YORK TIMES

"A country singer's singer, Joe Nichols has become one of the genre's finest young ballad singers in the process" USA TODAY

"a combination of taste and depth that, culminating with a magnificent version of Blaze Foley's "If I Could Only Fly," makes the most compelling case yet that Nichols, is the real thing." PHILADELPHIA ENQUIRER

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Telegraph review, 20 Aug. 2007
This review is from: YERBA BUENA_/ FOLLOW ME (Audio CD)
On paper - or, better still, on video - Latin fusion posse Yerba Buena seem almost too good to be true: a bunch of kookily sexy, booty-bumping exhibitionists who throw everything Latin and New York (and quite a bit that isn't either) into one explosive hip-hop-funk mélange.

If their music feels slightly more ordinary on disc - and it is difficult to imagine anyone making this well-worn conjunction of elements feel particularly original at this point - then for sheer hyperactive energy this must still be the hottest record of the year so far.

Drawing on their first two albums, Follow Me packs in a quite preposterous diversity of elements - from ragga and old-school rumba to flamenco, free jazz and Balkan gipsy music - without disrupting its rowdily libidinous flow.

Yet it is as a live spectacle with the throwaway panache of a Latino Scissor Sisters that Yerba Buena seem likely to make the biggest impact

Hey Eugene
Hey Eugene
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music Week, 25 April 2007
This review is from: Hey Eugene (Audio CD)
Portlands finest dozen are back with another twelve songs. Lyrically and musically, it's all rather like seeing the past in silhouette and filling it with your own imagined vivid colours - take the elevator to the celestial lounge, pour a large one and wah away your woes with Pink Martini. The soul vibe of the title track is particularly outstanding

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