Monday, December 11, 2006

Airwave Blog 2: Reviewed CDs

Okay, I admit I'm not a big fan of Taylor Hicks and I have a right NOT to be by the way. However, in doing so, I know that "American Idol" fan totally adore their "Idols" and that's not want I'm complaining about it.

It's about what happens afterward with all the famous and glory that goes into being famous is all about. I mean just look at what happened with Clay Aiken. Remember his now infamous appearance with Regis and Kelly and what he made himself look out to be? Whose to say that the same thing will not happen to Hicks.

But I'm getting away from the album Taylor Hicks (Arista Records) itself. Yeah, well, I don't know too much of the inspired Soul Patrol in it. I think that he's trying to hard.

1. The Runaround
2. Dream Myself Awake
3. Heaven Knows
4. Gonna Move
5. Wherever I Lay My Hat
6. Give Me Tonight
7. Just To Feel That Way
8. The Maze
9. Places I've Been
10. Soul Thing
11. The Deal
12. The Right Place

Rating: 2 out of 5

George Michael returns with another greatest hits album Twenty-Five (Sony Records) but it's album time that he seriously consider coming out with more material than relying on the old material but it's hard to tell him that.

Twenty Five is the fourth such collection in Michael's career, though it carries the obvious advantage of being more up to date than 1998's lauded Ladies & Gentlemen and features not only solo material but music from the early Wham! days.

As such, it's the most comprehensive anthology yet, featuring upbeat Wham! classics like "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" and "Freedom" amidst somber solo material like "Praying for Time" and "Jesus to a Child." Spread across two discs (29 songs in total), the collection not only includes a host of evergreen classics but also recent singles "An Easier Affair" and "This Is Not Real Love" (with former Sugababe Mutya Buena) and two unreleased tracks.

There are some notable absences from the collection-–"I Want Your Sex" and "Kissing a Fool" are two glaring omissions-–but it still remains the most comprehensive survey of the artist's legacy to date.

2006 two CD collection celebrating George's 25 years as a recording artist, both solo and with Wham! He has been British Pop royalty ever since he took the charts by storm with Wham! in 1982.

He's been a solo star for over 20 years, achieving huge international success, selling over 80 million records worldwide with hits like 'Faith' and his most recent acclaimed album Patience.

He has since been hailed as the Most Played Artist on British Radio in the last 20 years! Features plenty of hits pluse four new songs including the recent radio favorite 'An Easier Affair', 'Heal The Pain' (a duet with Paul McCartney) 'Understand' and the brand new single 'This Is Not Real Love', a duet with Mutya Buena, former member of the Sugababes.

It's not bad that he's releasing music for the first time that never been heard.

1. Everything She Wants
2. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
3. Freedom
4. Faith
5. Too Funky
6. Fastlove
7. Freedom 1990
8. Spinning The Wheel
9. Outside
10. As (Ft Mary J. Blige)
11. Freeek
12. Shoot The Dog
13. Amazing
14. Flawless (Radio Version)
15. Easier Affair (Previously Unreleased)
16. Careless Whisper
17. Last Christmas
18. Different Corner
19. Father Figure
20. One More Try
21. Praying For Time
22. Heal The Pain (Ft Paul Mccartney) (Previously Unreleased)
23. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me (Ft Elton John)
24. Jesus To A Child
25. Older
26. Round Here
27. You Have Been Loved
28. John & Elvis Are Dead
29. This Is Not Real Love (Ft Mutya) (Previously Unreleased)

Rating: 4 out of 5

Here's the other "American Idol" Fantasia Barrio, with her self titled album Fantasia (J-Records) and I again question the talent, and yes, I'm NOT saying she doesn't have any but why. Makes her stop trying to be an actress with her life being told on cable and losing out to Beyonce for the role in "Dreamgirls" (All right B!) but my God I don't know I just don't see it.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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