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R. A. Forsyth (Nairn, Nairnshire United Kingdom)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some nice songs here for a later John Martyn album, 9 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Apprentice (Audio CD)
This album contains a couple of John's very best songs in Send me one line, and The Moment. There are also some very good songs to back them up. Not for you if you buy into the commonly held misbelief that John's last great album was Solid Air(only contains three at the most of his best songs in my opinion) but well worth exploring if you are more open minded.

Mobile Home
Mobile Home
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most under-rated album of all time, 30 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Mobile Home (Audio CD)
I can't disagree with any of the reviews on here except the one Amazon have done. I agree that the first album contained some absolutely class songs, but I personally found it rather patchy. I remember Crispin being on one of the music shows promoting a video for the new album, and him being such an overblown big head that I seriously considered not buying Mobile Home at all. I presume he was "under the weather" at the time, but luckily I decided to buy it after all, and was then amazed that someone so full of himself was so capable of writing such stunningly sensitive, beautiful music. There are five or six songs on this album that will simply blow you away with the emotion contained in them, and how well they are sung.

Apart from the Amazon review, there are no bad reviews of this album because it is quite simply a lost gem of British rock music, and anyone who is capable of giving music a chance to grow on them(probably not the i-Pod generation who never seem to listen to an album as an entity)will be rewarded with the realisation of what a treasure they have found. Even when I listen to this album after all this time I am still at a loss to understand why it didn't get the recognition it deserved. There are rumours Crispin might be working on a solo album, so all is not lost for the future, as I am sure most of us would be very interested in hearing more from such an undoubted musical talent.

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5.0 out of 5 stars More mature Jimmmy, 18 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Futures (Audio CD)
As Bleed American was such a hard act to follow I would admit to being initially slightly underwhelmed by Futures on the first couple of listens. However if you give it a chance it's appeal grows to the extent that you're beginning to think that maybe it could even be better than it's predecessor. Even the bonus tracks are excellent, and the bonus CD versions of them are really interesting pared down versions. In short it's terrific.

Jimmy Eat World
Jimmy Eat World
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Price: £5.40

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it !!, 18 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Jimmy Eat World (Audio CD)
I shall keep it short. In the reviews of this album some people have referred this band as a sub standard Weezer. They couldn't be more wrong. Where Weezer songs are immediately catchy and likeable, they don't really stand repeated listenings very well, and often end up irritating eventually. This album doesn't really impress overly on first listen, but after a few more listens it reveals its utter brilliance, which even after repeated plays never pales. Why they aren't worldwide superstars is beyond me.

Mother Focus
Mother Focus
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A muted swansong but still wonderful music., 8 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Mother Focus (Audio CD)
Although the guitar pyrotechnics of old do not appear very much on this album this is still a fantastic album of really uplifting music, and Focus IV is Jan playing his guitar at his wonderful best. The tracks written by other band members are also very smooth, enjoyable and professionally played, with the obvious exception of I need a bathroom which smacks of desperation, and really shouldn't have been included at all. In short it's as worthy of inclusion in your collection as any of the other albums.

Long Gone Before Daylight
Long Gone Before Daylight
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5.0 out of 5 stars A complete gem, 10 July 2006
I would give this album six stars if possible. The reviewers who don't rate it either have no sensitivity or are incapable of listening to lyrics properly. Feathers and down is a standout track and is in no way a "filler". Music doesn't get more beautiful than this.

What Price Paradise
What Price Paradise

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Paradise on your sound system., 22 Oct. 2003
This review is from: What Price Paradise (Audio CD)
(...) Rather than over-produced stodge, this album has quite superb production values(Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley were no mugs in the studio). The album has a fresh sunny sound which in part is also down to the superb musicianship on display, and I don't see how a beautiful song like Hampton Beach, with its sparse arrangement, could really be described as over-produced. If you are ever looking for an album to test the drum sound of a pair of speakers, this is one CD I would thoroughly recommend (they sound fantastic throughout). As for the best track I would have to plump for The Understudy (the synthesiser/guitar break in the middle is quite joyous). (...) In contrast to Chris I feel that the band's latter albums culminating with their teaming up with Walter Becker, were simply a maturing of their songwriting skills which I find rather naive at times on their earlier albums. Indeed the "Hollow Horse" album contains some of the best efforts from this sadly underrated band eg. Sweet Charity in Adoration, Diary of a Hollow Horse(lovely guitar and piano playing)and Back Home(again great guitar and piano interplay).
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