Thursday, October 21, 2004

And the music speaks...

The music scene has been set ablaze by the release of new albums by well known artists.

Around The Sun
, R.E.M.’s first new studio album since 2001's gold Reveal, is as emotional and ulti- mately uplifting as its "Leaving New York" single. With a renewed band dynamic and songs influenced by world events, Around The Sun surprises and satisfies and is both political and poignant. The average customer review at Amazon is 3.5 out of 5 stars based on 105 reviews and is at #9 in sales rank.

Rod Stewart has brought out his 3rd album in the Great American Song Book series - "Stardust...The Great American Songbook: Volume III". There were mixed opinions on his first 2 albums in the series (both of them are in top sales list), and this one is no different. Although the sales rank is #1, the average customer review is only a mediocre 3.5 out of 5 stars (based on 13 reviews). There are 14 songs on this album and includes guest stars like Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton and Bette Midler.

The first original album, since 2000's "Warning", from modern rock superheroes Green Day, American Idiot is one of the most anticipated and controversial albums of the year. This is a punk rock concept album built around elaborate melodies, odd tempo changes, and a collection of songs that freely reference classic rock warhorses like the Beatles and Pink Floyd.All this said, I should say that I am no fan of GreenDay. But they sure have a huge fan following as the 300+ reviews on Amazon certifies with a 4.5 out of 5 stars. The sales rank is #10. With 21 songs, this is a huge album.

The sweet-as-honey voice of Celine Dion is gonna melt your heart with Miracle. On the album cover is the photograph of Celine holding a baby, taken by the famous Anne Geddes. With more than 175 albums sold, Celine Dion, still goes strong - the new album is at sales rank #11, and is getting good reviews too with average customer review getting 4.5 stars out of 5. I personally love Celine's "Falling Into You" album.

After about 20 years, Duran Duran still rocks. Their new album "Astronaut" is a great piece of work and I love it. Not just me, a lot many people too thinks the same way and they get an average customer review of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 85 reviews. The album has 13 songs and the sales rank is #15.

The Sultan of Swing is back with a great new album - Shangri-La. The fourth solo excursion from acclaimed singer-songwriter-guitarist Mark Knopfler, is perhaps his most rocking album since his halcyon days in Dire Straits. A four- time Grammy winner who has sold some 110 million albums worldwide with that group and solo and whose signature guitar sound, instantly recognizable vocals and smart lyrics have made him one of rock's most admired artists Knopfler offers an idyllic earthly refuge for the sophisticated rock fan with Shangri-La. Mark Knopfler's new album has 14 songs and gets an average customer review 3.5 out of 5 stars based on 64 reviews. Dont let that fool you - this is a good album by any standards. The sales rank is #23.

Bryan Adams brings out Room Service which aint something to rave about. Plain, old formula songs have killed the original songwriter in Adams, and, sadly, this one is no better. Although it gets a rating of 4.5 stars at Amazon, I am disappointed over this effort from Adams :-( . Out of the 11 songs in this album only a couple are worth hearing. The sales rank is #364. Trust me, Adams is capable of making an album far far better than this..

Richard Marx
is back in business with "My Own Best Enemy" - with the same old style - syrupy, rock-tinged power ballads. Its a mediocre album in my opinion, although the reviewers have given it 5 stars. There are 12 songs in this album and is ranking in sales at #1000. The album cover features Richard Marx standing in front of a stone wall, looking back....

My favourite band is U2. They are going to release a new album soon - "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb". I am eagerly waiting for it...

All in all, this is a pretty good season for music lovers. By the way, most of the album mentioned here are available on my share ;-)

Sales Rank and Review excerpts courtesy Amazon


Blogger Vineeth said...

Hey...I remember these reviews from somewhere...where where...I knew this....hmm.......

ohhhhhhhhhhhh...ya I saw all these reviews on for the real thing visit Amazon :p

10/25/2004 09:12:00 PM  
Blogger PC said...

Vineeth, you shouldnt have let ur bird-brain work soo hard... you just need to have looked at the last sentence to see where the reviews came from....

10/25/2004 09:50:00 PM  
Blogger Vineeth said...

Ya I noticed that but just wanted to know if u added anything to the excerpt.

It would be better if you just provide a list of all the links to the Amazon site rather than making readers go through your whole blog.

10/26/2004 10:47:00 AM  
Blogger PC said...

Well, I could have done that, except for that the Amazon site is quite big compared to my Blog, so anyway you can save some time :-p

10/26/2004 11:16:00 AM  

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