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Songs for the Deaf
Songs for the Deaf
Price: £4.42

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Masterclass in rock from the Stone Age, 22 Aug. 2002
This review is from: Songs for the Deaf (Audio CD)
'Rated R' was amazing. Simple as. It had some amazing stand out tracks such as 'Feel Good Hit Of The Summer', 'Monster In Your Parasol' and 'Lost Art...'. The new album is almost as good, and thats good enough for me. Not so many stand out tracks yet as a whole it works superbly and the huge riffs are still there. Linked together by a satirical radio station it manages to keep you pumped for a whole hour of pure Rock done the way only Queens can do. My favourite tracks are 'No One Knows' with its bouncy riffs, 'Millionaire' with it's upbeat raw energy and familiar screams, and 'God' for its epic classic rock feel. One odd thing is that one song, 'Another Love Song' sounds like its straight off The Coral's album with its psycedelic feel. Not a bad thing mind.
Those who loved 'R' are gonna go mental for this as its another Rock Classic. Queens of The Stone Age are still the best Rock band around.


Scorpio Rising
Scorpio Rising
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Price: £3.49

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stylish album continuing the Contino Sessions good work, 22 Aug. 2002
This review is from: Scorpio Rising (Audio CD)
Death In Vegas strive to add something a little different to modern music with a combination of Dance, Psychedelia and Rock n Roll. 'The Contion Sessions' earned them a Mercury Music Prize nomination and rightly so. This album never quite reaches the heights of the last album but is still a great listen.
The DJing duo have taken on a more Eastern philosophy with this record, evident from the opening 2 tracks 'Leather' and 'Girls', which are really one long track of whirling guitars coming together to some accompanying sighs. Then comes the stand out track of the album, the first single 'Hands Around My Throat'. Drums and bass lines set the tone while the electronic bleeps accompany a striking female voice (Nicola Kuperus from US Techno group 'Adult'). The fact that this song never enters the same league as 'Dirt', 'Dirge' or 'Aisha' ,though, shows really where the album misses out. You never quite get the killer punch.
'23 Lies' is the other class track on the album. Again taking Eastern roots accompanied by a breathy female singer. Superb.
Much will be said of the title track featuring Liam Gallgher. It's a good track but quite frankly sounds like a Beatles/Oasis B-Side and only delays the real ambition of the album. Paul Weller also makes an appearance but again it appears out of key with the rest of the album and is nothing we havent heard many times before on a Paul Weller album.
the album ends marvellously, however, with 'Help yourself'. 12 minutes of airy female vocals and melodies gradually building to the final orchestral crescendo giving the album to a rousing close.
Overall, a very good album thats full of good tracks but lacking a few killer singles.


They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top
They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top
Price: £7.04

10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Garage rock that still manages to shock us, 13 Aug. 2002
The album starts with mellow tales of "needing hobbies" and "working rent free". Then suddenly we hear why we will love The Liars. "Can you hear us?" they shout. Damn right we can. The drums set the song on fire and already you're in love with them. Like hearing The Hives 'Hate to say I told you so' for the first time, ultimately the rest of the album never quite tops this track. It tries though. Intense Guitars thrash away, drums beat like Keith Moon could only manage, accompanied by various drum machine sounds that put a little inventiveness in the sound ('Mr. youre on fire Mr.). 'Liars loose nuts on the velodrome' brings out the shouting again ("Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah")to a heavy bass line, while in complete contrast 'Nothing is Ever Lost or Can Be Lost My Science Friend' is very low key with drum rolling and a very evil guitar melody that will bring paranoia into your brain.
The only drawback (and its very minor) is the final track. A good song that after 5 minutes begins a repetitive cycle of the same backing music for another 25 minutes. It's like a creepy Flaming Lips creation (which I suppose is a good thing). With the 'Vines' taking the world by storm and with the incredible 'Datsuns' to arrive shortly, Down Under is becoming the new 'New York'.


Amnesiac
Amnesiac
Price: £14.32

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Everyone hoped that this album would be good......its not., 12 May 2001
This review is from: Amnesiac (Audio CD)
Here's the truth. 'Kid A' is a much better album than this. There are maybe 4 good songs on this album and the rest is filler. The opener would have fitted Kid A perfectly and Pyramid Song does at least bring Yorke back to the good old days but 'Pulk Pull Revolving Doors' is easily the worst song I have heard this year. Its just a dodgy noise that makes me press the skip button within 2 seconds. The best song on the album is definitely 'I Might Be Wrong' which delivers a National Anthem style guitar riff and finds Yorke on form with his vocals. After that the last 6 songs just meander along without really going anywhere. This is the most disappointing release in a long time. I'm off to listen to Kid A instead.


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