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Here's a peek at my CD collection. The recording artist is listed first and then the album title. You can click on an album title if you'd like a little more info.

Linkin Park: Hybrid Theory
Linkin Park: Meteora
Norah Jones: Come Away With Me
Tension: Smart?
U2: All That You Can't Leave Behind
Vertical Horizon: Everything You Want
Weezer: Maladroit
Weezer: Pinkerton
Weezer: The Green Album


Linkin Park: Hybrid Theory
Official Website: www.linkinpark.com
Genre: Rock?
Comments: "Hybrid" is right. Their music fuses rap, rock, and electronica ["But not in a lame Kid Rock way." --WenDiva]. Great hooks, melodies, and beats. They take their music seriously and have clean lyrics, which is very important to me. I like them much better than Limp Bizkit. I like "In the End" and "Crawling" a lot.
Rating: Five Stars!

Linkin Park: Meteora
Official Website: www.linkinpark.com
Genre: Rock?
Comments: I just bought this, and I'm very happy with my purchase. I think I like it even better than Hybrid Theory, which was really good. The lyrics in this one are a little more hopeful than those in the previous album. Also, the goodies that come with this enhanced CD are really interesting and informative, giving you a glimpse of how an album comes to be.
Rating: Five Stars!

Norah Jones: Come Away With Me
Official Website: www.norahjones.com
Genre: Jazz
Comments: This is a very nice, mellow CD, perfect for a quiet night by the fire. Jones has a unique voice that is soft and gentle, which is a nice change from the sort of voices one is used to hearing in rock and pop groups. I like both of the songs that her bandmate Harris composed, "Don't Know Why" and "Shoot the Moon," as well as her cover of "Cold, Cold Heart." The only songs I'm not too keen on are "The Painter Song" and "Nightingale."
Rating: Four Stars!

Tension: Smart?
Genre: Mandarin Pop
Comments: This is a Asian boy band consisting of a Korean, three Taiwanese, and one Hong Kong-er, all of whom were brought up in the United States. However, they all sing in Mandarin. Their music, most of which is written by David Tao, a Taiwanese R&B composer/writer, isn't bad by Mandopop standards, but I don't know how well they'd fare outside of Asia. Their harmonizing skills, assuming that nothing was tweaked post-production, if you know what I mean, are pretty good, too. You know how boy bands always have one ugly guy to kinda provide some legitimacy to their standing? Well, if that's the case, Tension is really, really legitimate talent. However, they are not good dancers, so N'Sync won't have to worry about them any time soon. I give their music three stars because it's kinda sappy and bubblegummy, but the band deserves five stars as comedians because watching their videos always makes me laugh really hard.
Rating: Three Stars!

U2: All That You Can't Leave Behind
Official Website: www.u2.com
Genre: Pop/Rock
Comments: One of my favorite U2 albums. I like most of the songs, which is usually not the case with U2, and I really like their "sound," as in the way the music is arranged, the way the Edge plays his guitar, etc. Bono doesn't have what I usually think of as a good "singing voice," but there is a definite edge and depth to his vocals. I also like the fact that many of their songs address social issues and personal empowerment, going beyond the traditional, banal motifs like "I love you" and "you broke up with me, and now I'm sad."
Rating: Five Stars!

Vertical Horizon: Everything You Want
Official Website: www.verticalhorizon.com
Genre: Pop/Rock
Comments: This is one of the few albums where I actually like all of the songs. My favorites are "Best I Ever Had" and "Finding Me." Their hit single and title song, "Everything You Want," gives you a pretty good idea of what their "sound" is like.
Rating: Five Stars!

Weezer: Maladroit
Official Website: www.weezer.com
Genre: Pop/Rock
Comments: This album is a little different from its predecessor, The Green Album, but still good. I think there is a greater variety in the music: you've got some slow stuff, some peppy stuff, and some angry stuff. The great musicianship is still there, though. "Slave," "Burnt Jamb," and "Keep Fishin'" are my favorites.
Rating: Four Stars!

Weezer: Pinkerton
Official Website: www.weezer.com
Genre: Pop/Rock
Comments: This album, which takes its name from the character in Puccini's Madama Butterfly, received mixed reviews when it came out several years ago, but has now acquired a cult following. It's darker and more raw than their other work, but is very passionate and chock-full of personal references.
Rating: Four Stars!

Weezer: The Green Album
Official Website: www.weezer.com
Genre: Pop/Rock
Comments: I like all of the songs on this album, which is rare. All of the songs are catchy and fun. Whenever I listen to this album, it makes me wish I could play the guitar like the guys in the band because it just sounds like so much fun! Songs I particularly like: "Smile" and "Island in the Sun."
Rating: Five Stars!


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