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Posted : 2008-01-22 16:26
Updated : 2008-01-22 16:26

Album Reviews

Leona Lewis
`Spirit'
SonyBMG


Rising pop diva Leona Lewis, who went to the stardom by winning the UK's talent show X-Factor in 2006, shows her charm in this album. The opener and her first single, ``Bleeding Love'' is a catchy and fascinating track, which has been at the top of the UK single charts for seven weeks in a row.

Collaborating with the world's big-name producers and songwriters, Lewis presents her R&B style ballads such as ``Here I Am'' reminiscent of ``Hero'' by Mariah Carey.

The fourth track, ``Better In Time'' is one of the best tracks with impressive piano sounds harmonized with her powerful vocals.

-Chung Ah-young


The Who
`Who's Next'
Universal


This is the first of the pop masterpiece series released by the Universal Music in cooperation with IZM, the local pop Webzine, operated by renowned pop columnist Im Zin-mo.

Im praises the album by The Who, the British rock band that first formed in 1964 and grew to be one of the most influential bands in the world. This album sees the group at their creative peak fusing hard rock backbeats and power chords, layered synthesizer sequences and Roger Daltrey's unmistakable vocals.

He recommends the best numbers of the band are ``Baba O'Riley,'' ``Song Is Over,'' ``Going Mobile,'' ``Behind Blue Eyes'' and ``Won't Get Fooled Again.

-Chung Ah-young


Eric Clapton
`461 Ocean Boulevard'
Universal


Legendary guitarist and songwriter Eric Clapton's 1974 album ``461 Ocean Boulevard'' is the second of Universal Music's pop masterpieces series.

The two-CD deluxe edition, consisting of a remastered album and a special live concert album which was recorded at Hammersmith Concert Hall in London, guides many pop fans through the masterpieces of the guitar master.

Pop columnist Im Zin-mo recommends ``Motherless Children,'' ``Let It Grow'' and Clapton's cover of Bob Marley's ``I Shot The Sheriff,'' which was placed on No. 1 on Pop Singles in 1974, as the best tracks of the album.

Also, much renowned track, ``Give Me Strength,'' along with other five bonus tracks of session out-takes, represent the peak of Clapton's music artistry.

-Chung Ah-young
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