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I buy a lot of books for my little boy, and this is one of the nicer ones I've purchased. What first attracted me to this book was the cover, which is a lovely light blue colour with a very cute picture of a baby wearing a fluffy textured hat. The picture on the cover is the same style as on each page - very simple - even child like - illustrations, but very charming at the same time. On each page is a baby in various environments, each with some part of them being interesting to touch - ie silky mittens or squashy socks etc. My little boy loves these touchy feely books as I'm sure most babies do, and it just makes it a bit more interesting for him rather than just sitting and listening. This will also help him to associate different textures with their descriptive words. The actual story is again very simple, just ten pages, but with a exciting ending which involves a mirror - once again allowing the baby to become more involved into the story. My son is two and a half now, and can actually recite the whole story by himself - thus proving it's simplicicty - however it is still a book he comes back to time and time time again. This book is made of very sturdy and thick cardboard, therefore has lasted so well and still looks in perfect condition - a sign of it's great durability where my son is concerned. I purchased this book form my local asda for £3 around six months ago, and can see on the back that the reccommended purchase price is £5.99. At £5.99, I may not have bought ths book as I tend to pay a bit less for baby books, but at £3 I'm pleased to have made this purchase and have found it to be good value for money. I would say that this book is perfect for little ones form age 1 to 3 - a real treat to read and see your little cherub getting involved by feeling the textures and seeing himself in the mirror at the end. A nice little book.
A friend of mine began raving about how delicious 'Crabbies ' alcoholic ginger beer was, around six months ago. After trying - thanks to that recommendation - I have become slightly obsessed with it and find myself feeling disappointed when a bar or shop I enter doesn't sell it. The bottle itself looks nice, simple and classy - emblazoned with the trademark Crabbies label incorporating the traditional Scottish thistle. The label describes it as 'original alcoholic ginger beer', and states that it is made to a unique recipe with fruits, spices and real ginger. Sounds good to me so far, and thumbs up to the aforementioned unique recipe. On checking the reverse of the bottle, I see that there are no ingredients listed or nutritional information which is a shame as it would be helpful to know just how bad it is for you - however it does admit to containing sulphites, sugar and sweetners....hmmm....maybe this is the reason I'm getting fatter each week ! The bottle also tells us that the drink is 4 % alcohol - around the same strength as bottle of lager. What I enjoy most about this drink is the taste. It has a strong fiery ginger taste, and is also nice and spicey with just the right amount of sweetness. To me, it is refreshing and doesn't taste too strongly of alcohol - perfect to enjoy on a warm day with plenty of ice. The bottle advises that Crabbies is best severed chilled over ice, with a slice of lemon, but I also enjoy it without the lemon but always with ice. I hesitate to admit it, but I also find it delicious with a dash of vodka in there too. As you can probably guess, I recommend you try this drink - one drawback though, being that it is not as widely available as I would like. Asda stock it now, as does one of my local shops, but not many bars actually sell it so I have to change my tipple on a rare night out. A 500 ml bottle costs around £2 from a shop, or £3 in a bar. If you like delicious, refreshing drinks that get you tiddly - then you will probably like this.
I recorded 'All About My Mother' off television recently but it is also available to buy for the very reasonable price of £4.49 from Amazon at the moment. I hadn't heard of it before watching, but was aware of the writer / director Pedro Almodavar, having seen and enjoyed some of his other work. This film was released 11 years ago in 1999, and was written and directed by the afore mentioned Pedro Almodavar. It is in Spanish with English subtitles. The cast were mostly women - an Argentinian actress called Cecelia Roth plays the lead character, Manuella, a nurse and single mother who's son tragically dies. She is a very good actress, and very believable in this role as she looks very 'normal' which the part called for. There are some very emotional scenes which she acts brilliantly - not going over the top and leaving the audience cringing. Penelope Cruz has a part playing Rosa - a nun who gets involved with the wrong person and winds up HIV positive and pregnant. Manuella then take her in and tries to help poor Rosa. Penelope Cruz - to me - is one of the finest actresses around, so it's no suprise that I am praising her performance once again. Strangly I find her better in the Spanish films, of which this is one, as she gets a chance to really show some depth as a character. She plays Rosa brilliantly. The plot is rather bizarre I suppose but never seems anything other than ordinary thanks to the acting. It centres around Manuella, a nurse, who's son is knocked over and killed by a car on his 18th birthday. After the death she travels to Barcelona to find her late son's father - who happens to be a transvestite called Lola. While in Barcelona she becomes involved in the lives of others - another transvestite friend, some lesbian actresses and of course Penelope Cruz's Rosa. The situation with Rosa is central to the story, as the nun is forced to leave her convent after shamefully becoming pregnant, and stays with Manuella who nurses her through the pregnancy which sadly doesn't end well. Just when you think that this movie is rather depressing, you are suprised with a rather happy ending - with the beginning of a happy and healthy new life and new happiness for Manuella. I love the fact that this movie deals with issues such as death, transvestiteism, HIV, and religion with such ease and normality - as I suppose all those things are, if they affect you in real life. The screenplay was well written and well directed - and I will most definatly look out for more films by Pedro Almodavar. I can't fault any of the acting either - in fact I can't really find any faults at all. Overall I very much enjoyed watching this. Although at times it was a bit dark, there were also moments of joy to uplift the mood. Any fan of foreign films which be pleased by watching this. Recommended.
It is quite unbelievable really that the original Toy Story film was released 15 years ago as it still is so enjoyable and fresh for kids today. My two year old son got obsessed with the movie after watching it for the first time a few months back. He demands to have it on whenever we are at home and we both know it word for word now lol. For his birthday we decided to buy him a few Toy Story character toys - one of which was this slinky dog. At the time of purchase, the third instalment of the Toy Story movies had not yet been released so the prices of these toys may have been lower than what they are now. I bought mine form The Disney Store for only ten pounds which I considered to be rather cheap for a Disney toy. When my son tore off the wrapping paper he was super excited and happy with this gift. On further inspection I found the quality of this to be top notch. It is basically plastic doggy's head and tail, with a slinky spring inbetween - and a string to pull it along wth. The idea is very simple but it satisfies my little one. He has had it for six months now and still plays with slinky dog regularly so it was certainly good value and a worthy purchase - although he does prefer his Buzz and Woody characters as they are a little more interesting. I am definatly pleased with this toy. It is durable, good value, and will please any little boy or girl with a Toy Story obsession !
Eddie Murphy has moments of excellence - however Norbit is cetainly not one of them. Norbit, is a comedy movie which was released in 2007. I had always fancied watching it - only because Eddie Murphy is in it and I find him very funny in some other movies - and finally got round to doing so recently. The film stars Murphy playing not one but threee characters - Norbit, Rasputia and Mr Wong. It also stars Thandie Newton and Cuba Gooding Junior. As the story begins, we see Norbit as a baby being abandoned at a Chinese restaurant/orphanage, where he is subsequently brought up by Mr Wong with Kate (Newton) who becomes his best friend. After Kate - a petite sweet girl - is fostered, Norbit finds himself forced to make friends with Rasputia - a very overweight and bossy woman, which leads to a very unhappy marriage. Years later, Norbit and Kate meet again with a few problems standing in way of his plan for them to be together - namely Kate's crooked fiancee (Gooding Junior). The plot itself was very predictable from the start with the dialogue and acting making it unenjoyable to watch. Eddie Murphy played three roles, however I did not enjoy any of his performances - particularly his portrayal of Rasputia where we saw him in a fatsuit and acting like one of the worst ever guests on Jerry Springer. I just thought it was too over the top and unrealistic. Norbit was slightly more likable as a character but again not very believeable. He was supposed to be a pushover, nerd and scared to pieces of his big fat wife. As his Mr Wong, we see him try to look and speak Chinese. I prefered him as Mr Wong although I had the feeling that some people may find it quite offensive. Cuba Gooding Junior was my favorite part of this film. He played his part of a scheming con artist very well - although it didn't seem like a very challenging role for him. What I disliked most about this film was the dialogue and the fact that it was just not funny. It just seemed to be very crude, and not very clever - it was as if a teenage boy had wrote it! Rasputias catchphrase 'how you doing' was so annoying throughout. Overall I did not enjoy watching this movie. I only laughed once, which is not what I expect from a comedy. Eddie Murphy was rubbish, the plot was predictable and stupid, and the dialogue was embarrasing to hear. Along with all the offensive fat and race jokes - this was a waste of my 90 minutes. I would not reccommend to anyone - except maybe a teenage boy.
After seeing this mascara advertised in magizines and on television, I though to myself ' I've just gotta have it.' The glossy adverts show the most spectacular, long, thick, black lashes - and promise you this effect if you use Maybelline's newest release - falsies mascara - so called because it is supposed to give the effect of wearing false eyelashes. On my trip to purchase this, I didn't really know how much it would cost and was pleasantly suprised that it was just £6.99 from Boots. That is a price I was happy to pay - anything over ten pound and I may not have bothered. You can also buy this from other stores for approximately the same price. The tube itself is a bit garish - bright neon pink with silver wording. Whether or not you will like the packaging will depend on whether or not you like pink I suppose. I get the feeling that this product is aimed at a younger market as they seem to have tried to make it look more funky than classy. Nevertheless, I quite liked the look of the tube. On my first use, I must say I was a little bit disappointed. I had been expecting miraculous results - well, I wanted my eyes to look like the ones on the advert. Sadly, they did not. The spoon brush that they Maybelline had been showing off about, was okayand did seem toreach all my lashes- even the littel ones in the corner. However it just did not look like false lashes. One my second wear, I expected less and decided that the effect was in fact rather good. My lashes were black, thick and coated nicely in mascara - some did even appear slightly longer. Maybe I had just been expecting too much from a humble tube of mascara. My overall opinion of this product is good, and I would recomend it - however it is not my favourite mascara in the world. I may buy it again, purely because the price is right also - where as my favorite is slightly more expensive. A decent mascara - but sadly not miraculous.
On a recent shopping trip, my son spotted these from his buggy and his little eyes lit up. I bought them for him, and am very glad I did. For anyone who isn't aware - In The Night Garden is a television show aimed at very young children (under 5's) which is shown daily on CBeebies. The show's characters are: IGGLE PIGGLE: A blue, big headed creature (?) who lives on a boat and carries around a red blanket all of the time. I can't work out if he is supposed to be a person or animal - and why he goes to sleep on a boat is anyones guess! UPSY DAISY: Is Iggle Piggles best friend. A little girl who loves singing and dancing and is very annoying. MAKKA PAKKA: Again, I'm not sure what he is supposed to be - a small creature maybe - but he rides a bike and carries a sponge around with him everywhere. TOMBLEBOOS: These three little things are a bit like little babies who all wear matching trousers - triplet babies maybe. As you can tell, it is very strange and does not really make much sense to me - my son seems to get it though ha ha. This character collection was on sale at a local store which sells all sorts of bits and bobs, for only £7.99 - a price which seemed fair to me. On checking out the online prices , it seems I've got a bargain as they cost around £13 on Amazon etc. The pack includes small (but not so small a baby could choke on them) plastic toy character of each of the above. The are very colourful and look just like the real thing. They don't actually do anything, but my son seems to like them and just enjoys holding them and throwing them around the house (he is only 20 months bless him). It advises on the pack, that these are suitable for children over 18 months old, but they seem quite safe to me as there are no small parts that can come away, and are too big to get lodged anywhere they shouldn't be. A lovely little gift or treat, however at £13 I'm not sure I would have made the purchase - if you can find a bargain as I did, then your little cherub will be very happy.
Jaffa cakes have always been my favourite biscuits since I was a child, and recently I have been purchasing the Asda Smartprice version which are a snip at 32p for a pack of 12. They are available form Asda, in the very plain and boring green and white smartprice packaging. They don't exactly jump out to catch your eye, therefore a lot of people might not notice and try these bargain biscuits. They are described on the packaging as ' 12 sponge cakes with an orange flavour filling, topped with dark chocolate' , which is a very accurate description I suppose. Also on the wrapper is the nutritional information which tells me that each cake will contain 43 calories, 1g fat. This seems low, however I always find that just one is never enough and end up eating at least three at one time. I always eat my Jaffa Cakes by nibbling around the edges firstly, then scraping off and eating all the chocolate, and lastly I suck the orange filling. Strangely enough, the Mcvities version are better for eating in that way as they are larger, with a thicker orange layer - however I don't think that they are worth paying so much extra for. On eating the Smartprice biscuits, I was very pleasantly suprised at the quality at such a low price. The sponge base is soft and crumbly, the orange layer is juicey and sweet and the chocolate covering just about craves my choccy cravings. My only negative would be that they are a bit smaller than the leading brand - Mcvities - which means you may eat more of them. My little son eats these too and loves his 'biccys.' They are not exactly luxurious but will definatley do the trick when you fancy a little something sweet. What else can I say, short and sweet I know, but I would reccommend these as a cheap, tasty biscuit for kids and adults alike.
Lately my 2 year old son has developed an obsession with watching the Shrek movies, and I must've seen 'Shrek' - the first of three movies- at least one hundred times. Shrek is an animated movie, starring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz amongst others, which was released in 2001. It was really popular at the time, with Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third following soon after. It is a childrens film, however in my opinion adults can enjoy these movies too as there are some very funny moments and a good storyline. **CHARACTERS** The main characters in Shrek are: SHREK - Voiced by Mike Myers. A big, green ogre who lives in a swamp. DONKEY - Voiced by Eddie Murphy. A small, talking, friendly donkey. PRINCESS FIONA - Voived by Cameron Diaz. A princess who is locked in a tower, waiting to be rescued by her Prince Charming. LORD FARQUAAD - Voiced by John Lithgow. The evil leader of Duloc, who hates fairytale creatures and yearns to be a real king. Also featuring in the film are various fairytale creatures ; Pinoccio, The Seven Dwarfs, The Three Bears and Three Blind Mice to name but a few. **STORYLINE** Lord Farquaad is collecting Fairytale creatures and sending them to live in a swamp so that they don't mess up his perfect kingdom. The problem is that the swamp belongs to Shrek. Not happy with his squatters, Shrek finds Lord Farquaad who agrees to give him back his land if he rescues Princess Fiona from the Fire breathing dragon. Farquaad then plans to marry her, to become a real king. After rescuing the pretty princess, with donkey in tow, the usually angry and loner Shrek, finds himself falling in love with her. There is a happy ending as Princess Fiona unmasks her secret - she turns into an ogre at sunset - making Shrek and Fiona a perfect match. They marry and live happily ever after. It is a typical fairytale story, but there are some serious messages in there. Don't judge a book by its cover - people were also assuming Shrek was frightening and evil because of the way he looks. Looks aren't important when it comes to love - Fiona fell in love with Shrek even though he looks the way he does. Everybody needs friends - Shrek had no friends until Donkey came along and forced his friendship upon him, yet in the end they rely on each other and are great mates. **MUSIC** The soundtrack is excellent, featuring some great tracks : All Star by Smash Mouth - and Hallellujah by Rufus Wainwright are my particular favorites. At the end there is a brilliant version of 'I'm a Believer' featuring all the characters singing and dancing - that is my son's best part which he watches again and agin. **MY VERDICT** I actually really enjoyed this film on the first watch - it's only now that I've seen it hundreds of times that I'm getting fed up. It is funny, has great music, likeable characters, and the actors who voice the characters are perfectly suited to their roles. Eddie Murphy in particular does an excellent job. He make the Donkey so funny with the way he delivers the lines. This is a lovely family film, which I would definately reccommend for kids and adults who are kids at heart.
CBeebies is a free channel which is aimed at children aged 0 - 4 years. My son is 19 months and is at an age where he will not sit and watch television - which is good as he is very active - but there are a few programs on here which can keep his interest for fifteen minutes or so - so thats fifteen minutes peace for me .......... get in !! I have Sky, where CBeebies is on channel 614. It is also available on freeview so you don't have to pay for it, which is good....obviously. It starts at 7am and closes at 7pm, and has a variety of fun and educational shows showing throughout the day. Some are repeated twice a day however, but lots of channels do that now I suppose. My (ahem..... I mean my son's) favourite shows to watch on hear are: In The Night Garden, Show Me Show Me, Mister Maker and Bob The Builder. In The Night Garden is definately aimed at the very young kids / babies, as it is pure nonsense but with colourful characters like Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy to grab little ones attention - there's not much of a plot on this show! It seems really popular judging by the amount of merchandise I noticed for sale over Christmas. Show Me Show Me is again aimed at the very young, and involves two (adult) presenters playing with their toys, singing and dancing to try to educate in a fun way. It' s a great program as it encourages the kids to join in and be curious. The presenter seem a bit mad though. Mister Maker is a bit like a program that was on when I was little called 'Art Attack'. It shows kids how to make models and paint etc. This one is probably aimed at the older kids but my baby likes it never the less. There are many other shows on here too, and there are none that I would dislike my son watching - no sex or violence on this channel parents! I'm not advocating plonking kids down in front of a T.V all day, however it's nice to get a little bit of peace sometimes and with the kiddies engrossed in Iggle Piggles latest adventure, I'm sure you will. A great, free channel for very small children.
Today I ate a bag of Skips for the first time in years - here's what I thought of them. ***TASTE*** Skips are little, round, Prawn cocktail flavoured crisps. Each little disc melts in your mouth and is a lovely texture - but doesn't really have a great deal of flavour. That's not to say that they don't taste nice - they do - but aren't easily identified as Prawn cocktail flavour. Very pleasant to eat never the less. ***PACKAGING*** They come in a bright yellow bag which is very eye catching and probably aimed at kids. The bag describes them as 'fizzy melty snacks', which I suppose is a good description, and it also advertises the 'skips promise', which is that they contain no artificial colours, no MSG, and are made with 100% sunflower oil. The Skips promise is probably there to make you feel better about eating them, and that they are better for you than some other snacks or crisps. ***COST*** A packet of skips will set you back between 40p and 60p depending where you purchase. A typical price for a bag of crisps. ***NUTRITION*** On reding the nutritional information I can see that eating a bag of Skips will give you: 82 calories 4.6g fat 0.4g saturated fat and 1.2g sugars. They are therefore slightly better for you than some crisps, but I wouldn't reccommend eating them every day as the ingredients are clearly not from natural, healthy sources. ***OVERALL*** I have a small son who typically loves eating snacks and junk. I keep him off the junk most days, but inevitablely have to give in at times and give him a treat. Skips are obviously not healthy however I don't object to him have a bag occaisionally as he really loves them. It is probabaly because of the texture, as he likes to let them melt on his tongue. They still are appealing to adults also as they do taste nice and contain less calories than most crisps - however they seem to be targeted more towards kids with the bright packaging and funky writing. I enjoyed eating these and will do again, but they are not overly delicious or exciting. A pleasant snack.
I really expected this film to be hilarious because it has some great actors in it, but mostly because it was written, co-produced and directed by Judd Apatow. Mr Apatow has delivered some cracking comedies in the past - such as Knocked Up, Superbad and Stepbrothers amongst others - most of which have made me cry laughing. The plot surrounds rich and famous comedian George Simmons - played by Adam Sandler - who learns he has Leukemia and may die. He realises then, that he isn't happy with some of the decisions he has made in his life, so he sets about making some changes to his lonely, selfish exsitence. He decides to go back to doing stand-up comedy instead of crappy movies, and tries to make amends with his family. He also contacts ex-fiancee - Laura, played by Leslie Mann - whom he cheated on and is now married, with a hope to rekindling the relationship. Meanwhile, he hires Ira Weiner (Seth Rogan) - a not very succesful stand-up comedian - to be his assistant. The main story is George trying to win back Laura - but at what cost? There is a little suprise at the end of the movie. Just when you think it's so predictable - bad man turns good then dies - you realise that's not going to happen after all. Overall I was quite disappointed with this movie. Adam Sandler's character was very annoying, moany and just not likeable at all. I suppose that was done purposefully however I just couldn't get it. He wasn't even funny - not a convincing comedian. Seth Rogan never disappoints though. I lkied his charater and always enjoy watching him act as it always seems so natural. He was the best thing about this film and definatley had the best lines. Leslie Mann is another great comedy actor, who I thought was fabulous in Knocked up, and good in this. It also stars Eric Bana as Laura's husband. He really suprised me and was pleasant and quite funny to watch - a lot funnier than Adam Sandler in my opinion. Playing one of Ira's flatmates is Jonah Hill whom you may recognise from other Judd Apatow such as Knocked up and Superbad. He kinds looks like a younger, bigger Seth Rogan - and has some really funny lines. I would have liked to have seen him more in the movie as he only has a very small part. There are some short 'blink and you may miss them' appearances by some big big names. Eminem, Raymond Romano (of Everybody Loves Raymond) and Sarah Silverman to name a few. These cameos are intended to show what a big star George is - mixing with fellow celebrities - however it doesn't make the film any better or funnier. I would have to say, there is no way I would watch this again, but it's not too bad. There are three of four funny scenes which had me laughing - just not enough for my liking though. An okay film.
I borrowed this DVD from a friend on his recommendation, and watched it last night. The movie was released in 2007,however I had not heard of it before my friends recommendation. It is a Spanish subtitled film so it may not have been on in cinemas over here - although I'm not too sure about that. The script was written by Sergio G Sanchez - again he is Spanish so not known well in England - and it was directed by Guillermo Del Toro. I was already aware of Guillermo as the director of Pans Labrynth - another great film - so was keen to watch some more of his work. The cast is made up of Spanish actors and actresses, mostly unknown in England so I won't list them. The story is about a family, Laura and Carlos - husband and wife - and their young son Simon. The family move into an old house, formerly an orphanage where Laura lived until she was seven. She had happy memories of her time there and dreamed of restoring it to a home to look after special needs children - however after moving in, Simon begins to act strange and talks about imaginary friends constantly. On the opening day of the home, Simon disappears without a trace. Laura and Carlos try desperately to trace him and feel the strange presences in the house may have something to do with his disappearance. As the story progresses, Laura discovers some gruesome details about events that took place in the orphanage, and is even more convinced that her son has been taken by ghosts. She eventually sees her son again,but the mystery surrounding his disappearance was not what she thought. I would not say that I enjoyed this film as it is quite creepy for the main part, and the ending, when you discover what happened to Simon, was very very sad. However, it was a good story with surprises and twists as the story unfolds. I found the ending quite disturbing and it certainly brought a tear to my eye - however that makes it memorable and shows that the director can bring the story to life. I enjoyed the acting throughout, Belen Rueda who played Laura was particularly good, you really believe the emotion in her acting. Throughout the film you really feel her desperation to get her son back, and her frustration as people begin to think she is going a bit mad. The little boy who played Simon was cute as a button and a joy to watch. I really couldn't fault any of the acting. This is not the sort of film that I would watch again - definitely not a feel good film- but I will highly recommend to others as an example of a brilliantly written and emotional story. I would class it as a horror, but not a jump out of your skin sort of horror - more a psychological thriller really. There are ghosts involved but not really scary ones. I don't want to give away the ending, but it is not what you expect. In a way I would've preferred a happier ending but who knows, maybe that would ruin the film as a whole and it certainly wouldn't have been as memorable. Verdict - excellent but disturbing movie.
I have wanted to try false eyelashes for some time but have always been a bit scared of them falling off half way through the night, but after reading a couple of positive reviews on DooYoo I decided to give them a try eventually. The eyelashes I chose were designed by Nicola of Girls aloud. They attracted me as they looked a lovely shape in the box - long black and natural with a sweeping corner. There were other lashes available designed by each member of the group, all different shapes and styles. The eyelashes cost me £4.89 from Boots, which is about the going rate judging by the other products available - not too expensive really. You can also buy this product elsewhere for a similar price. Last night was my work christmas party where I tested them out. Included in the box is a little tube of glue, some instructions and the eyelashes. I read the instructions carefully and began application. First of all I checked the length against my eyes. They fitted well but if they hadn't, the instructions told me that they can be snipped to fit. Next I covered the thin band holding the lashes with glue. That part was quite fiddly. As instructed, I waited 30 seconds then placed them in position close to my own eyelashes and held in place for a few moments. All in all the application was relatively easy and I would be confident doing it again. I did have to touch up my eye make-up up a little bit but that wasn't a problem. Looking in the mirror I was very pleased with the way my eyes looked. They seemed fuller and longer, with a nice flick at the ends - very nice. Off I went to the party, with the little glue tube in my bag just incase, but I did not have to use it at all. The stayed in place for the whole night, even through dancing and sweating. This impressed me and has made me more likely to wear falsey's again. A couple of people even complimented my eyes which was a bonus. Taking them off at the end of the was simply a case of pulling, which did not hurt or pull out my own lashes - easy peasy. They still look clean and can be re-used, which I will do on my next night out. I was very impressed with the look and ease of application. I would certainly buy these again.
'I am... Sascha Fierce' is Beyonce's third solo album which was released in November 2008, but I am reviewing the deluxe edition which was a re-release for 2009. The title of the album refers to Beyonce's alter ego when performing. The reason I bought this was because I liked the track 'Sweet Dreams', and was hoping the rest of the album was just as good - but was a little disappointed with some of the tracks. The deluxe version has 19 tracks - including the single, If I Were A boy, Halo, Sweet Dreams, Broken Hearted Girl and Single Ladies. All of which I had heard previously on the T.V and radio and are some of the best tracks on here. The other 14 tracks are in the same style but some not as catchy. My favorites from the album are as follows: If I Were A Boy. I loved this when it was released and saw Beyonce perform it live on T.V where she blew me away with her voice. It seems like it would be a difficult song to sing but she does it flawlessly. It is quite an emotional song, musing on role reversal. Excellent track. Hello. If you've seen 'Jerry Maguire', then you will recognise the chorus line of this track - 'You had me at hello'. I'm not sure if there is supposed to be a connection there but it always makes me think of that moment in the movie whenever I hear this. Aside from that, this is a love song but quite upbeat with it, and a nice catchy chorus to sing along to. Ego. This one has got a faster, R & B beat - a nice change from some of the ballads on the album. As the title suggests, she is singing about a guy with a big ego. Sweet Dreams. This one was released as a single and is fantastic. The voice is perfection, the music is electronic sounding but interesting....and the video's excellent too. The downside to this album, is that it seems to be padded out with too many boring, samey ballads, with little to them. In my opinion, they just sound too alike and although her voice is always fantastic, I would prefer to hear it singing a more interesting and/or lively song. All in all a decent album with some excellent tracks, however some are just a bit too blah and seem to just be padding it out.