September 18, 2003  
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CD Review:

Various Artists

The Fighting Temptations: Music From The Motion Picture

First of all, let me say The Fighting Temptations managed to get one thing right: the title. The soundtrack did leave me fighting a certain temptation - namely, to jam a sharp object into my frontal lobe in hopes of freeing myself.

OK, I'll admit it - I didn't actually impale my skull; it's not that bad. In fact, if you happen to be a fan of pop-gospel interlaced with lame hip-hop, then this CD is your cup of tea. Unfortunately, the other 99.9 per cent of the population will find the cup of tea heavily laced with strychnine.

Thankfully, producer Matthew Knowles has made an effort to keep the album's sucking as endemic as possible: his daughter Beyoncé appears on eight of 15 tracks and his less successful daughter Solange tags along. On second thought, get me a scalpel, STAT!

-Arthur Thuot


Tour De France Soundtracks

Once upon a time in the land of Volkswagens, Freud and Eva Braun, there lived an entity known as Kraftwerk.

Flash forward 25 years, Kraftwerk still exist. The year is 2003, the album is Tour De France Soundtracks, a collection of 12 songs about, well, the Tour De France bike race.

If your idea of a good time is hearing the distorted voice of a creepy German man repeatedly declaring "Tour De France" to a primitive dance beat, then this album is the soundtrack of your wet dreams. To say this collection is good or bad would not do it justice; the music contained within can only be classified as Kraftwerk. So strap on your helmet, turn the lights down low and pretend you're Lance Armstrong spending a delightful evening with the late Leni Reifenstahl as she admires your large bratwurst.

-Daniel Noble




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