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Thirst For Romance
Thirst For Romance
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4 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The maths don't quite add up., 23 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Thirst For Romance (Audio CD)
Listening to the first three tracks really does not prepare you for the rest of the album. It begins with two songs that, while not fantastic, make you believe that the record may be well worth a few listens. Then, along comes `Mountain Bird', a song which picks up where Ride's magnificent `From Time To Time' left off. Tragically, this is followed by a series of dreary piano ballads, the best of which, `Dead Man's Suit', sounds like an attempt to recreate what Embrace were doing ten years ago. It is an attempt that fails to meet its target. There are further attempts at nostalgia to lift the gloom and breathe some life back in to the album, most notably `Here Come The Romans' which has a 50s junior dance feel to it, and `Alfred The Great' which is lifted straight from a compilation of 70's hits. To it's credit, the album ends on something of a high with the jangly `Mathematics' which leaves the listener feeling somewhat confused as to what sort of album they actually set out to make. There is no sense of direction here, no sense that the band knows what it wants. A bit more planning and a bit less piano work may well lead to a much better second album.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars INXS Live, baby live!, 23 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Switch (Audio CD)
For a non INXS fan, and for someone who disagrees with the concept of reality TV shows, this record makes for surprisingly enjoyable listening. The only really negative points about this album are "Rockstar" Fortune's contrived attempts to make his vocals sound like those of "Hangman" Hutchence, and the utterly dreadful ditty that is 'Hot Girls'. The high points are definitely there - 'Afterglow' admittedly isn't 'Never Tear Us Apart' but it is lovely nonetheless and songs like 'Perfect Strangers' and 'Pretty Vegas' hark back to the kind of guitar sounds that most would associate with the band at its peak. But the true star of the show is 'Us' - a song that will doubtless make Michael look down from above, or up from below, and curse the fact that the band never produced a song this good while he was still around. Michael may be gone, but INXS live, baby, live!

Honey's Dead
Honey's Dead
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Price: £6.68

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost gold, indeed!, 23 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Honey's Dead (Audio CD)
Any album which contains a single that has been banned by Top of the Pops deserves respect. The opening line of 'Reverence' - "I wanna die just like Jesus Christ" - assured the Jesus & Mary Chain would not be performing their top ten hit on the BBC. This record has a couple of low points but it never crashes into the ground, instead the mix of echoey gain-ridden guitar sounds fused with indie drums works superbly well. There are also a few indie-pop tunes here too, notably 'Far Gone and Out' and the excellent 'Almost Gold' - mellow indie never sounded this good. Without this band we wouldn't have Black Rebel Motorcycle Club which is another good point. Thoroughly enjoyable album, not quite perfect, but a very good listen.

Give Up
Give Up
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1 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Kid B?, 23 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Give Up (Audio CD)
Strange. I originally thought this album should've been called 'Kid B' as many of the electronic sounds resemble Radiohead's 1999 output. After one listen I had this down as a potential 0/5 album as there is just too much electronica and too many songs which pass by unnoticed or are noticable only for lacking structure and sounding terrible. However, after listening to this a few times I realised that there is a definite charm to some of the songs, not many, but some. This is provided by the soft synth sounds and, more prominently, by Ben Gibbard's lovely vocals. There is nothing here that people will be raving about in 30 years time, or even now for that matter, but there are some nice songs if you look carefully enough in amongst the barrage of beeps.
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Pull the Pin
Pull the Pin
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Price: £4.47

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Like their last album, without the kick...., 23 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Pull the Pin (Audio CD)
Stereophonics have come a long way in 10 years. They haven't always been able to pull off what they attempt - listen to 'JEEP' and 'You Gotta Go There to Come Back' for numerous examples - but musically the brothers Jones have matured and developed considerably since 1997's debut 'Word Gets Around'. The real question has to be whether this is a good thing or not. To the average musician out there, the songs are more cleverly constructed these days, but to the average listener they perhaps lack the excitement of tracks like 'Local Boy In The Photograph'. 'Pull The Pin' sees the Welsh rockers stick largely to the same formula as used on their previous record 'Language Sex Violence Other?'. This record, however, lacks the flair and punch of a 'Dakota' (current single 'It Means Nothing' sounds similar, but with the stuffing knocked out of it) although the opening track does feature a riff that 'Vegas Two Times' would kill for. There are a couple of gentle moments for those who prefer the softer touch of Kelly's voice, namely 'Daisy Lane' and 'Bright Red Star', but the better parts of this record occur when the guitars are loud, and when the scrawl that first made his voice so distinctive is in evidence. Nothing to get too excited about here, but nothing as bad as 'Have a Nice Day'.

Heart Tuned To D.E.A.D.
Heart Tuned To D.E.A.D.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very much alive, actually., 23 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Heart Tuned To D.E.A.D. (Audio CD)
It is always a risky tactic when you put out an album where many of the songs rely purely on enthusiasm, as is the case here, rather than melody or well crafted tunes. The album opens with the disco-fuelled 'Drama Queen' and instantly your head becomes filled with the notion that you are in the realm of a bunch of guys who wished they had been teenagers in the 70s. Thankfully, that sound doesn't appear again on the rest of the album. There are nods here and there to Franz Ferdinand and even the odd Editors-esque guitar sound and, while it is certainly not going to go platinum, there is enough on this record to suggest that Switches may well have a bright future - 'Coming Down' and 'Snakes and Ladders' prove this point. There are just too many songs that sound empty and without purpose. There have been better debut albums this year but there have definitely been far worse.

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