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By YAHOO! SHOPPING | December 1, 2005
Downloaded singles 1.Run It! (Remix featuring Juelz Santana), Chris Brown 2. Hung Up, Madonna 3.When I'm Gone (explicit version), Eminem 4.My Humps, Black Eyed Peas 5.Photograph, Nickelback[ Courtesy iTunes] Downloaded albums 1.Rent (original motion picture soundtrack), Various artists 2.Try! (Live), John Mayer Trio 3.Confessions on a Dance Floor (deluxe version), Madonna 4.Hypnotize, System of a Down 5.Walk the Line (original motion picture soundtrack), Various artists[ Courtesy iTunes]
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By YAHOO! SHOPPING | December 1, 2005
Downloaded singles 1.Run It! (Remix featuring Juelz Santana), Chris Brown 2. Hung Up, Madonna 3.When I'm Gone (explicit version), Eminem 4.My Humps, Black Eyed Peas 5.Photograph, Nickelback[ Courtesy iTunes] Downloaded albums 1.Rent (original motion picture soundtrack), Various artists 2.Try! (Live), John Mayer Trio 3.Confessions on a Dance Floor (deluxe version), Madonna 4.Hypnotize, System of a Down 5.Walk the Line (original motion picture soundtrack), Various artists[ Courtesy iTunes]
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | June 4, 1993
MENACE II SOCIETYOriginal Motion Picture Soundtrack (Jive 41509)What would an urban violence flick be without a rap soundtrack? But if the packaging for "Menace II Society" looks like standard Hollywood rap-sploitation, the sound of the album is something else again. Because as much as the raps collected here might talk guns and violence, the music hits home with a palpable sense of place, and that lends added impact to tracks like "Pocket Full of Stones" by U.G.K., Ant Banks' searingly soulful "Packin' a Gun" or Too $hort's brooding and brutal "Only the Strong Survive."
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By J.D. Considine Blues Elvin Bishop | November 19, 1998
The Prince of EgyptMusic from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Dreamworks 50041)Nashville (Dreamworks 50045)Inspirational (Dreamworks 50050)They don't make musicals like they used to.Especially not cartoon musicals. Ever since Disney hit it big with "Beauty and the Beast" - the soundtrack to which augmented the original voice-actor versions of the big songs with pop star remakes - Hollywood has understood that what works on-screen doesn't necessarily translate to radio and MTV.Even so, the separation between soundtrack and pop album has never been as pronounced as it is with "The Prince of Egypt."
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | July 3, 1992
MO' MONEYOriginal Motion Picture Soundtrack(Perspective 28968 1004)BOOMERANGOriginal Motion Picture Soundtrack(LaFace 73008 26006)Directors aren't the only auteurs in the movie business these days. Thanks to the increasing importance of soundtrack albums in movie marketing, record producers have become just as crucial in shaping the feel of a film project as the folks behind the cameras.Just listen to the way Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis' taste sets the tone for the soundtrack to the Damon Wayans film "Mo' Money."
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | November 20, 1992
THE BODYGUARDOriginal Soundtrack Album (Arista 18699)Whether or not she makes a credible actress, Whitney Houston remains a bankable singer, so it's no surprise that the soundtrack to "The Bodyguard" comes packed with pop potential. What does seem a shock is how few of the album's high points come from Houston. "I Will Always Love You" is a perfect (if predictable) bit of romantic treacle, and the slick, new jack sound of "Run to You" makes it her most believable R&B effort yet. But her "Jesus Loves Me" seems calculated when compared to Aaron Neville's angelic "Even If My Heart Would Break," and Houston's version of "I'm Every Woman," though a heartfelt Chaka Khan tribute, hardly compares to the funk revisionism of "It's Gonna Be a Lovely Day" by the S.O.U.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | March 12, 1993
Pop Music CriticDURAN DURANDuran Duran (Capitol 98876)Considering that the career of most teen idols is usually shorter than puberty itself, Duran Duran deserves credit simply for having lasted a dozen years now. So in that respect, the success of the group's current single, "Ordinary World," is nothing short of miraculous -- who'd have thought these pretty boys would still be producing memorable singles at this stage of the game? Before getting too effusive, though, it should be added that the rest of "Duran Duran," the group's ninth and newest album, is somewhat less laudable.
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By J.D. Considine | February 20, 1997
Dangerous GroundMusic from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Jive 41590)Contrary to the line in Ice Cube's "The World Is Mine," in which Mack 10 insists that "you can't get enough of this gangsta [stuff]," the most addictive aspect of the soundtrack to "Dangerous Ground" isn't the tough-talking gangsta raps, but the deep-thumping bass grooves. That's certainly the case with "The World Is Mine," where the growling synth hook is nastier than anything Cube says, but it's just as true of both the simmering malevolence of Spice 1's "2 Hands and a Razor" and the slippery funk of Celly Cel's "The Only Way."
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | July 16, 1993
MI TIERRAGloria Estefan (Epic 53807)However much this collection of Cuban music might look like a homecoming, Gloria Estefan's "Mi Tierra" could just as easily be considered a voyage of discovery. Even though Estefan has long been a staple on the Latin charts, her music rarely delved into the Afro-Cuban idioms celebrated here, tending instead toward sentimental ballads and salsa-fied dance pop. This album makes up for lost time, however. Not only is the music wonderfully authentic in its blend of richly rhythmic dance tunes and gently percolating ballads, but Estefan herself has never sounded better, lending luster to the sad, insinuating melody of "Volveras" and navigating the call-and-response chorus of "Hablemos el Mismo Idioma" as confidently as Celia Cruz ever could.
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By J.D. Considine | August 15, 1996
The Crow: City of AngelsOriginal Motion Picture Soundtrack (Hollywood 20472)Given the kind of response the Brandon Lee film "The Crow" generated, a sequel seemed inevitable -- if only to provide the excuse for another soundtrack album. But unlike its predecessor, which expanded the death-obsessed aura of goth culture to the full spectrum of alternarock, the soundtrack album for "The Crow: City of Angels" is much more hodgepodge in its approach. That's not to say it's any less listenable -- frankly, the first few tracks have more hooks than the whole of the first "Crow" soundtrack -- but it is markedly less consistent.
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By J.D. Considine | August 15, 1996
The Crow: City of AngelsOriginal Motion Picture Soundtrack (Hollywood 20472)Given the kind of response the Brandon Lee film "The Crow" generated, a sequel seemed inevitable -- if only to provide the excuse for another soundtrack album. But unlike its predecessor, which expanded the death-obsessed aura of goth culture to the full spectrum of alternarock, the soundtrack album for "The Crow: City of Angels" is much more hodgepodge in its approach. That's not to say it's any less listenable -- frankly, the first few tracks have more hooks than the whole of the first "Crow" soundtrack -- but it is markedly less consistent.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | June 9, 1995
BATMAN FOREVEROriginal Music from the Motion Picture (Atlantic 82759)Soundtracks these days are generally assembled with as much care as the films themselves. As the actors, the musicians are recruited with an eye on marquee value, and it's clear that everyone involved is hoping for a hit -- at least one in the Top 40. Problem is, that track-by-track approach often results in a set of songs that rarely fit together well enough to make a convincing album. At first glance, "Batman Forever" looks like it will have that problem in spades, what with an artist list that includes such disparate talents as Mazzy Star, Method Man, the Offspring and Seal.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | July 16, 1993
MI TIERRAGloria Estefan (Epic 53807)However much this collection of Cuban music might look like a homecoming, Gloria Estefan's "Mi Tierra" could just as easily be considered a voyage of discovery. Even though Estefan has long been a staple on the Latin charts, her music rarely delved into the Afro-Cuban idioms celebrated here, tending instead toward sentimental ballads and salsa-fied dance pop. This album makes up for lost time, however. Not only is the music wonderfully authentic in its blend of richly rhythmic dance tunes and gently percolating ballads, but Estefan herself has never sounded better, lending luster to the sad, insinuating melody of "Volveras" and navigating the call-and-response chorus of "Hablemos el Mismo Idioma" as confidently as Celia Cruz ever could.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | June 4, 1993
MENACE II SOCIETYOriginal Motion Picture Soundtrack (Jive 41509)What would an urban violence flick be without a rap soundtrack? But if the packaging for "Menace II Society" looks like standard Hollywood rap-sploitation, the sound of the album is something else again. Because as much as the raps collected here might talk guns and violence, the music hits home with a palpable sense of place, and that lends added impact to tracks like "Pocket Full of Stones" by U.G.K., Ant Banks' searingly soulful "Packin' a Gun" or Too $hort's brooding and brutal "Only the Strong Survive."
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | March 12, 1993
Pop Music CriticDURAN DURANDuran Duran (Capitol 98876)Considering that the career of most teen idols is usually shorter than puberty itself, Duran Duran deserves credit simply for having lasted a dozen years now. So in that respect, the success of the group's current single, "Ordinary World," is nothing short of miraculous -- who'd have thought these pretty boys would still be producing memorable singles at this stage of the game? Before getting too effusive, though, it should be added that the rest of "Duran Duran," the group's ninth and newest album, is somewhat less laudable.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | November 20, 1992
THE BODYGUARDOriginal Soundtrack Album (Arista 18699)Whether or not she makes a credible actress, Whitney Houston remains a bankable singer, so it's no surprise that the soundtrack to "The Bodyguard" comes packed with pop potential. What does seem a shock is how few of the album's high points come from Houston. "I Will Always Love You" is a perfect (if predictable) bit of romantic treacle, and the slick, new jack sound of "Run to You" makes it her most believable R&B effort yet. But her "Jesus Loves Me" seems calculated when compared to Aaron Neville's angelic "Even If My Heart Would Break," and Houston's version of "I'm Every Woman," though a heartfelt Chaka Khan tribute, hardly compares to the funk revisionism of "It's Gonna Be a Lovely Day" by the S.O.U.
ENTERTAINMENT
By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | June 9, 1995
BATMAN FOREVEROriginal Music from the Motion Picture (Atlantic 82759)Soundtracks these days are generally assembled with as much care as the films themselves. As the actors, the musicians are recruited with an eye on marquee value, and it's clear that everyone involved is hoping for a hit -- at least one in the Top 40. Problem is, that track-by-track approach often results in a set of songs that rarely fit together well enough to make a convincing album. At first glance, "Batman Forever" looks like it will have that problem in spades, what with an artist list that includes such disparate talents as Mazzy Star, Method Man, the Offspring and Seal.
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