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Posted : 2010-01-05 15:42
Updated : 2010-01-05 15:42

Album Reviews


Beyonce
`I Am ... Yours'
(SonyBMG)

Pop superstar Beyonce is undoubtedly one of the most exciting performers around today. Fans can experience the Beyonce concert experience with the CD and DVD ``I Am ... Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas.''

The concert features 30 songs, including the catchy hits ``Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),'' ``Irreplaceable,'' ``Halo,'' ``Sweet Dreams,'' and ``If I Were a Boy.'' Beyonce continues to impress with her strong vocals, powerful dance moves and charismatic stage presence. It also offers behind-the-scenes footage that gives a glimpse of the real Beyonce.

―Cathy Rose A. Garcia

Snoop Dogg
`Malice in Wonderland'
(Warner Music Korea)

Snoop Dogg returns to form in his 10th album ``Malice in Wonderland.'' The rapper's new album is full of collaborations with the hottest names in hip-hop such as Lil Jon, R. Kelly, The Dream and Soulja Boy. The tracks are a fusion of the gangsta rap that Snoop popularized, with today's trendy R&B and pop beats.

``I Wanna Rock,'' which samples ``It Takes Two'' by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock, is a sure-fire hit with its catchy riffs. There's a lot to like in this album: ``Gangsta Luv,'' ``Pimpin Ain't EZ'' featuring R. Kelly, and ``Special,'' featuring Brandy and Pharrell. Snoop doesn't exactly offer anything groundbreaking musically, but the album is still good fun.

―Cathy Rose A. Garcia

Kaori Muraji
`Kaori Muraji Plays Bach'
(Decca)

Classical guitarist Kaori Muarji has made a foray into the architectural world of J.S. Bach.
Bach's Cembalo Concerto Nos. 2 and 5, along with ``Air on a G String,'' have been arranged for guitar and orchestra.

The album makes the disparity between the cembalo (harpsichord) and the guitar quite palpable, since they cover different tonal ranges. At the same time, Muraji evokes an aura of a time long gone, and suggests that the guitar is not unlike the Baroque instrument in its capacity to express great intensity or quiet meditation.Also included are guitar solos ``Choral Jesus Bleibet Meine Freude'' and Partita No. 2.

―Lee Hyo-won
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