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4.5 superb
Siobhan Donaghy Ghosts
My album rating is based on many aspects. First of all I listen to the sense that translates my first impression into comprehensible thoughts. As an expierenced music consumer in many different genres just like Pop, R&B, Soul, Singer/Songwriter, Alternative and Electronica/Dance, I usually trust my instincts - but also overthink them. It's important for me to look behind the music. Lyrics become very important when the music starts to grow and becomes more and more appealing. So, I'm looking at both: lyrical content and musical finesse. Comparisons with other artists, similar albums and standards in music business become important when it comes to the final rating. But at the end, my ratings are subjective with an objective point of view which I always try to add.

4.0 excellent
Alanis Morissette Flavors of Entanglement
An EXCELLENT comeback! Probably her best record since 'Jagged Little Pill'.
Bjork Volta
Grace Jones Warm Leatherette
"Warm Leatherette" is my favourite record of Grace Jones. It contains her most substantial material to date as well as her best efforts recreating magnificent cover version. The standout track is probably BREAKDOWN. Its bittersweetness is very well portrayed. It's heartbreaking and luscious at the same time. You don't know if you want to cry or bask in painful memories of your deliquescent love.
PRIVATE LIFE on the other hand is almost as cold as ice. All emotions have been shut down and Grace is mumbling delightfully remote-controlled (like a robot). The only emotional breakdown is the (too) short ejaculation after the hook. Magnificent track!
PARS re-creates the legendary 'La Vie En Rose' moment which has become one of Grace's signature cover versions. The romantisized French classic is brilliantly elaborated.
Grace Jones really warmed up to her more artistic side with this album. It contains some of her strongest and most intense work to date. And even if BULLSHIT might lack a bit of innovation, it's still good enough to keep the album on a well rounded and stunning basis.
Tori Amos American Doll Posse

3.5 great
Feist The Reminder
Utada Hikaru HEART STATION

3.0 good
Christina Aguilera Christina Aguilera
Compared to "Baby One More Time" which sadly overshadowed Christina Aguilera's pleasasant debut, the self-titled album made an important statement in pop music: watch out, there is actually somebody who's talented and about to blow your mind!
Nevertheless... "Christina Aguilera" contained a quite unexciting bunch of good and polished pop songs. Pleasant, but not as innovative as her upcoming stuff.
Kelly Clarkson My December
Madonna Like a Prayer
"Like A Prayer" has been critically rewarded and praised as one of the best pop albums in history. The title track surely is a spiritual experience and musical orgasm, but what's about the rest? "Express Yourself" is a cheesy 'feel good' anthem with an annoying 'please clap your hands' chorus. "Cherish" must have been mistakably put on the record. It's pure fabric softener. So is "Dear Jessie", one of the most crackbrained tracks Madonna ever had... so what makes this album outstanding except the title track?
Well it surely must be the Prince collaboration "Love Song", a sassy and soulful 'get me into bed' songs with slight dissonances. Or is it "Till Death Do Us Part" the only uptempo track which works on that album? It's driven, fast-paced and dynamic. Partly dark and haunting. Excellent!
Well, the ballads must top the album off but none of them is simply mindblowing like "Live To Tell" was... "Spanish Eyes" comes quite close to the intensity of Madonna's most perfect ballad ever done. The hispanic feeling to it is at least something that makes it memorable.
"Like A Prayer" is a real hit or miss. It contains such rubbish as pearls and you're obviously twisted between 'hmmm, is it a good album or is it just the few burners which made it a classic?'. Well I don't know... on average it must be a good album for sure. But it misses a lot of quality to be a classic.
Rihanna Good Girl Gone Bad

2.5 average
Katharine McPhee Katharine McPhee

2.0 poor
Jennifer Lopez Como Ama Una Mujer
Jessica Simpson A Public Affair
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