|Saturday, March 17, 2001||
A 17-track album for
those who believe that profound quirks and quiddities of love are best
expressed by music. This is a compilation of some of the best love
songs of recent times. The album gets a smooth start with Queenís
Love Of My Heart, followed by Reflection by the teeny
bopper Christina Anguilera. Westlife does a cover of Extremeís More
Than Words. My Love Is Your Love proves that Whitney
Houstan was never out of the love-collections-circuit. Sarah
McLachalan presents her mellow side with Do What You Have To Do.
The album also features Marc Anthonyís current hit You Sang To Me,
George Michaelís Kissing A Fool and Extremeís When I
First Kissed You. Joy Enriquez brings about his best with How
Can I Not Love You. Other soulful tracks include Monicaís Right
Here Waiting (a Richard Marx cover featuring 112), Martina McBrideís
I Love You, Lisa Loebís Stay and Lovefool by
The Cardigans. However, more discerning romantics will appreciate the
inclusion of K-Ci and Jojoís All My Life and Trademarkís Only
Love, while TLCís Dear Lie sounds colossal.
Now this is something you just donít hear every day. Itís popular, itís happening, uplifting Christian songs re-worked in the style of Gregorian chanting. Gregorian is a vocal chanting group of 12 men, all of whom have a background in classical and choral music, backed by New Age electronics. The opening hit track Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits, is in a surprisingly good outfit. Scarborough Fair by Simon and Garfunkel and Sebastian by Steve Harley work splendidly as they are closer to the medieval idiom. Eric Claptonís Tears In Heaven offers some fantastic soundscapes. Other interesting works include Still Iím Sad by Paul Samwell, When A Man Loves A Woman by Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright, Midge Ureís Fade To Grey, Paul Simonís The Sound Of Silence and Donít Give Up by Peter Gabriel featuring Sarah Brightman. The top picks include Metallicaís Nothing Else Matters and REMís Losing My Religion, both very carefully handled. Youíll no doubt recognize the songs instantly, and other than the echoing, haunting vocals, they are all faithful adaptations. Hear it to believe it.
Boney M - Their Most
Beautiful Ballads (BMG Crescendo)
A soulful album from all angles. This Boney M ballad compilation finally hits the Indian music stores. The album showcases wonderful ballads of Boney M. The collection here contains some obvious hit titles like El Lute, Still Iím Sad and Heart Of Gold. Well-known Christmas songs like When A Child Is Born and Maryís Boy Child also finds a place here. Another highlight of this album is The Carnival Is Over which was never released on CD before. There are also a few twisted feelings attached to the album. The track 10,000 Light Years seems very much out of place, so as Time To Remember, as it is not the real Boney M playing. Boney M fans will also miss the absence of Marcia Barett as leadsinger. Although not really a ballad singer in the band, she produced some fantastic slow/mid tempo tracks like Never Change Lovers In The Middle Of The Night and Silent Loveró both offering her smooth and wide ranged vocals. However the magic of Somewhere In The World, Consuela Biaz, Sad Movies, Ribbons Of Blue and Boat On The River makes you ignore the flaws.
Party On Forever -
Various Artists (BMG Crescendo)
What this compilation brilliantly showcases is sounds which have become an integral part of lifting any party higher, which will still conform to a more instantly accessible and durable house format. Without a gurgling bass line in sight, and even a scattering of lyrics, these 14 undeniably danceable tracks vary beats, samples, scratches and chords to devastating effects. Sure-shot floor-burners include Karima with world music feel performed by Simon Says, Hello How Are You by No Mercy, Donít Wanna Let You Go by Five, Dr. Albanís Mata Oh A Eh, Sweet Dreams by La Bouche, I Want You Back performed by ĎN Sync, Donít Take My Heart Away by Modern Talking, Chilli by Tic Tic Tac featuring Carrapicho and Rame performed by Snap. A compilation that lives up to its name.
Album of the month
Singers are often considered the backbone of the bands they front. Zack De La Rocha certainly proved to be one. And now with a backbone transplant, itís yet to be seen how long the new line-up keeps the band running. Rage Against The Machine remains remorselessly, incessantly earnest. Renegades, like the previous albums finds itself tilting at the standard windmills of global capitalism, corruption, and racism with a what-other-problems-have-you-got attitude, sounding as ever, like an adrenalised hybrid of Cypress Hill, Minor Threat, Jello Biafra, Crass and Motorhead. "Like heroin/ As soon as the bass kicks, I need a fix," Rocha declares on a fiery rendition of Eric B and Rakimís Microphone Fiend. Bandmates Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford build a fiercely hypnotic guitar, bass grooves on the rap driven Pistol Grip Pump, with portions adopted from More Bounce To The Ounce by Roger Troutman. Iím Housiní takes Rage to piercing violenceó complete with throbbing bass lines and electrifying riffs. Renegades Of Funk is a hard-hitting track, which contains samples from the original number performed by Afrika Bambaataa and Soul Sonic Force, shouting "No matter how hard you try, you canít stop us now." The high charged punk reading of Down On The Street brings glory to The Stoogesí classic. The bandís unique rendering of Street Fighting Man, The Ghost Of Tom Joad and Maggieís Farm proves that no other band can handle such fragile topics better than RATM. The 12 cover versions that comprise Renegades ó recorded during one session ó makes it more than a mere souvenir. Itís a statement, a revolution.