BRANDY ``Full Moon'' (Atlantic) Three stars
This multi-platinum-selling R&B darling who became the biggest multimedia star to emerge in the early '90s is back with a new album that dares to do what Britney Spears could not: convincingly bare her adult self. Brandy walks her man through love-making and confronts doomed relationships over grooves as big as Notorious B.I.G. and as smooth as Michael Jackson Noun 1. Michael Jackson - United States singer who began singing with his four brothers and later became a highly successful star during the 1980s (born in 1958)
Michael Joe Jackson, Jackson . And that's just the tip of the iceberg tip of the iceberg
n. pl. tips of the iceberg
A small evident part or aspect of something largely hidden: afraid that these few reported cases of the disease might only be the tip of the iceberg. . Brandy's hefty 17-track follow-up to 1998's ``Never Say Never'' - an album that featured the Grammy-winning duet ``The Boy Is Mine'' with Monica - finds the 23-year-old singer, actress, model and newlywed, who is expecting her first baby, primed to pick up from where she left off. In fact, the only part of the adult Brandy that might take some getting used to is her new rap moniker (1) A name, title or alias. See alias.
(2) A COM object that is used to create instances of other objects. Monikers save programmers time when coding various types of COM-based functions such as linking one document to another (OLE). See COM and OLE. that listeners are made privy to in the opening ``BRocka Intro.''
- Sandra Barrera
NORAH JONES Norah Jones (born Geethali Norah Jones Shankar on March 30 1979 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and occasional actress of American and Indian descent. ``Come Away With Me''(Blue Note) Four stars
Norah Jones seems too good to be true after listening to the buzz, but you won't think so after listening to her debut album. Despite her youthful years (22), Jones displays a musical sophistication so·phis·ti·cate
v. so·phis·ti·cat·ed, so·phis·ti·cat·ing, so·phis·ti·cates
1. To cause to become less natural, especially to make less naive and more worldly.
2. in her timing and phrasing that most singers would kill for, and her voice has the timbre timbre
Quality of sound that distinguishes one instrument, voice, or other sound source from another. Timbre largely results from a characteristic combination of overtones produced by different instruments. of an old soul. While she could have opted to do an album of standards and given herself an easy jazz-pop fan base, Jones decided to record mostly compositions that either she or her bandmembers wrote. Only three of the 14 cuts - Hank Williams' ``Cold Cold Heart,'' J.D. Loudermilk's ``Turn Me On'' and Hoagy Carmichael's ``The Nearness of You'' - are covers, all of which she makes her own. While none of the originals are going to knock your socks off, Jones inhabits them so well that listening to the album is like spending a lovely afternoon with a good friend and a bottle of fine wine.
- Rob Lowman
VARIOUS ARTISTS ``Moulin Rouge
Moulin Rouge (French for Red Mill or windmill) is a traditional cabaret, built in 1889 by Joseph Oller, who already owned the Paris Olympia. 2''(Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp./Interscope Records) One and one half stars
Not enough good can be said about the original soundtrack to the eight- time Oscar-nominated film ``Moulin Rouge.'' It was, to borrow a line from the movie, spectacular spectacular. If only the same were true of the latest installment of music from Baz Luhrmann's modern pop opera starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. ``Moulin Rouge 2'' features 11 tracks of mostly filler; songs that without cinematic accompaniment, such as the hilarious ``Like a Virgin'' performed by the wheeling, dealing Jim Broadbent and sinister Richard Roxburgh, are no fun to listen to over the headphones Head-mounted speakers. Headphones have a strap that rests on top of the head, positioning a pair of speakers over both ears. For listening to music or monitoring live performances and audio tracks, both left and right channels are required. .
- Sandra Barrera
INDIGO GIRLS Indigo Girls are an American folk rock duo, consisting of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers. They got their start in Atlanta as a regular act at The Little 5 Points Pub and were tangentially part of the Athens, Georgia college rock scene that included The B-52's, Pylon, R.E.M. : ``Become You'' (Epic) Three stars
Blending their voices in powerful harmonies over acoustic and electric guitars, the Indigo Girls have attained a degree of pop success rare for artists so firmly rooted in folk and women's music Women's music (or womyn's music, wimmin's music) is the music by women, for women, and about women (Garofalo 1992:242). The genre emerged as a musical expression of the second-wave feminist movement(Peraino 2001:693) as well as the labor, civil rights, and peace . Amy Ray's rough alto and moody rock songs provide an edgy balance to Emily Saliers' warm soprano and folkish folk·ish
1. Of or characteristic of folk music, art, or literature.
2. Simple or natural; folksy: charmed us with his folkish wit and humor. compositions. Compared to 1999's genre-jumping ``Come On Now Social,'' ``Become You'' (in stores Tuesday), the duo's eighth studio album, is a stripped-down, acoustic recording. Ray's lyrical and vocal talents shine on ``Moment of Forgiveness'' and ``Nuevas Senoritas,'' an evocative ballad inspired by a trip to Chiapas, Mexico. Saliers takes her turn in the spotlight with ``Deconstruction,'' ``Collecting You'' and ``Our Deliverance.''
- Phillip Zonkel
KYLIE MINOGUE ``Fever'' (Capitol Records) Two and one half stars
A 1988 rendition of Little Eva's ``Locomotion'' propelled this Aussie soap actress into a dance-pop icon of international proportion. Though her visibility has been greater outside the U.S. over the years, Kylie Minogue's grooving new ``Fever'' could be her entree back into the teen dance-pop dominated land of Britney Spears, on the strength of ``Love at First Sight,'' ``Your Love'' and the title track alone.
- Sandra Barrera
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