The War of the MP3 downloads

Techflash’s Eric Engleman just noted on his Amazon Blog that Apple is begining to push back against Amazon’s MP3 Daily Deals.  It seems that iTunes is trying to pressure labels to stay away.

I would hate to see Amazon lose this battle.  The Daily MP3 Deals of the Day are generally great values and I myself purchase quite a few of them. Most of the people I know seem to prefer the Amazon MP3s to iTunes.

Hmm. Do you think this means we can get What’s This? as a Deal of the Day?

Susan Boyle, I Dreamed a Dream: What a disappointment!

I Dreamed a Dream

I Dreamed a Dream

This week, I finally got around to listening to Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed A Dream CD.  In spite of all the hype, the CD was unbelievably disappointing.

Let’s face it:  we’ve all seen the Youtube video  and heard that incredible voice.  It is very apparent that Susan Boyle is a very powerful singer who can really belt out a tune.  Unfortunately, that Susan Boyle was utterly sabotaged by the producers and music arrangers on this album. Poor song choices, bad direction, tepid arrangements, and bad production techniques are just a few of the problems that really helped to ruin this recording.  Add to that the fact that Susan’s vocals were so undermixed on the CD, you had to actually strain to hear the lyrics.

Susan Boyle is a talented lady and deserved a recording that would give her a real chance at the success her voice and her talent deserves. It is just a shame that she didn’t get that.