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Box of Secrets
Box of Secrets
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Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep it simple stupid...oh and thrilling too!, 5 May 2009
This review is from: Box of Secrets (Audio CD)
Blood Red Shoes are a true reminder of the power of simplicity. One guitarist/singer, one drummer/singer, no bass or synths or unnecessary filling. Such a direct and minimal approach does demand effective performances and these come in glorious, sneering melodic chunks from guitarist Laura mary and especially drummer Steven.

This album was a long time coming and the band were probably wise to record fresh and spiced up versions of their popular tracks (established from previous EPs) such as 'It's Getting Boring by the Sea'. There are few duds here and the highlights such as the explosive single 'This is Not For You' and the excellent 'Take the Weight' (with its pass-the-parcel boy to girl vocal) are ideally suited to loud play in the car whizzing along a sunny motorway at the weekend.

Blood Red Shoes are best experienced live for their raw energy and enthusiasm but this debut captures a great deal of that experience.

Crackle - The Best of Bauhaus
Crackle - The Best of Bauhaus
Price: £9.24

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark delights indeed, 4 May 2009
Bauhaus will always be the definitive 'Goth' band for the pre-Manson generation, even though this compilation clearly shows how much they had to offer beyond the restrictions of the tag. For a start, guitarist Daniel Ash never rested on his laurels during the group's short original existence. Indeed it would have been so easy to revisit relentlessly the sound of early tracks here such as 'Dark Entries', 'In a Flat Field' and the magnificent 'Double Dare' as the media and public had an endless appetite for this kind of noise in the early 80s. Ash had other ideas, and as soon as the second LP mask he was getting funky and (frequently) funny with his playing. The title track of that LP (included here) is probably one of bauhaus most stunning compositions, starting out experimental, unsettling and dark as hell before bursting into a gorgeous closing melodic riff.

Where this compilation shines most is in its capturing the best moments of singer Peter Murphy's recorded moments of magic, from the epic 'Bela lugosis Dead' to the hissing vampiric performance on 'She's in Parties'.
Unlike previous compilations crackle benefits of the editting out of frankly substandard vocal performances by the other band members. Murphy was the essential voice and face of Bauhaus and at long last there is a single disc compilation that refects that.

Only gripe... 'Crowds' and 'Sanity Assassin' have been included here for the wrong reasons I suspect, at the expense of 'Hair of the Dog' (their most thrilling three minutes). Nonetheless a reasonably satisfying release.
If only they could have got on slightly better as human beings because this group was the greatest of all the 80s dark delights!

Kitty Lea 2009 Official A3 Size Calendar
Kitty Lea 2009 Official A3 Size Calendar
by Global Publishing
Edition: Calendar

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Purrrfect way to keep smiling through the year!, 4 May 2009
This is a very classy and well finished wall calendar starring the one and only Kitty Lea. No better way to remember doctors appointments and birthdays than with 13 searingly sexy pictures of the delightful and slightly dark UK glamour model. Only one rear view would be the only cause for complaint as Kitty is beautiful all over with no gratuitous stomach and back tattoos (a pet annoyance) and some nicely devised poses that capture Kitty's classic look that references glamour stars of the 50s and 70s. Five stars!

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