liz_marcs (liz_marcs) wrote,

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Music from the Cube: What Am I Listening to Today?

I'm finally trying to wrestle all those CDs into some form of organization since they've been taking over my office (again).

While Borders is a beautiful place to work when you want your CD collection to grow for relatively cheap, I realized last night when filing up to the letter 'G' in these massive 268-slot albums that I've never even heard half of these CDs. So I'm making an effort to try and listen to at least three CDs a day. *wheeee*

Also, I'm hoping to also finish loading the CDs into my library software. I've already got 100 CDs loaded and it's not even close to the totality of my collection.


Anyway, I figured I might as well share the bounty. (I'm trying to listen to them in alphabetical order, obviously there'll be hiccups).

So, what am I listening to at work today?


Anastacia Rating=$$
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How I Got This CD: Freebie demo from my Bordersverse Daze. Worth the time it took to dig through the box and retrieve it.

Freak of Nature is worth picking up cheap and used if you can find it. Split between dancable tunes and diva-belted ballads, pretty good for a bouncy time in the cube. Good for the mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Her big weakness is that she comes from the "if you've heard one diva, you've heard 'em all" school of diva-dom. She still needs to develop her own distinctive style rather than just attacking the songs like she's the bad-ass that's gonna kick the shit out of the Do-Re-Mi scale.
Sample Song Download: Overdue Goodbye

Anggun Rating=$$$
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How I Got This CD: Bought used 10 years ago. Glad I bought it, but I tend to forget that I own it.

Snow on the Sahara is a pretty mellow album and worth the investment in a budget-priced new copy if you can find it. Wonderful vocals (I do love me altos), but a voice that can make you feel like you're soaring. Good tunes to work to, but...but...well, sometimes her voice catches your attention and you have to stop and listen.
Sample Song Download: Secret of the Sea

Jessica Andrews Rating=$
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How I Got This CD: Freebie demo from my Bordersverse Daze. Good thing, because I sure as hell wouldn't buy it.

Meh. Most of Who I Am sounds very same-y. Some half-way decent tunes on it (I used the title track for my Living History soundtrack), but mostly a country version of Britney Spears, albeit a Britney Spears with a better voice. Utterly unoffensive background noise for writing.
Sample Song Download: Karma

Rating system:
None = Avoid at all cost. Worth cutting your ears off to avoid if someone threatens to play it for you. When faced with even the threat of its cellophane-wrapped presence, your best option is to RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY!

$= If you stumble across it for cheap in a used bin, it might, maybe, perhaps could be worth the buy, but only if you need a cheap coaster for your cold drinks or a cool-looking frisbee.

$$= You might want to give this CD/artist a try, but only if the sample track tickles your fancy. Don't bother buying this one new because the good tunes you'd get out of this one ain't worth that kind of money.

$$$ = Worth looking for on a casual basis and maybe even buying new, but no big rush.

$$$$ = Definitely worth having in the ol' CD collection and definitely worth buying new, but don't re-arrange your personal "must have" list to get your hands on it.

$$$$$ = Why haven't you bought this CD yet? Go. This is a "Want. Take. Have." situation because you so want this.

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