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Ebonys
Ebonys

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hook Up and Get Down, 1 April 2004
This review is from: Ebonys (Audio CD)
Pure Philly Soul of a seventies strain.
Mostly a singles outfit, the Ebony's have been overlooked by pops chroniclers despite their immaculate Gamble/Huff pedigree of tunes. This their only album gets a welcome re-release, with some extra tracks. But it is the smooth soaring strings of You're the reason why and the slick seventies sound of Hook up and get down that will get to you.
a proper little gem


The Am
The Am
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.90

3.0 out of 5 stars The Legacy of Buckley, 1 April 2004
This review is from: The Am (Audio CD)
The band that sat, for the most part anonymously, behind Jeff Buckley as he soared so briefly in the late nineties, takes wing for a debut outing as the AM. The problem is, I suppose that their history preceeds and dictates what they do. Jeff's shadow is large and long, and you need to be brave and hold your nerve to break down new avenues. Refreshingly though, they have stepped out of the Buckley bandwagon of re-issues and "lost recordings" to provide some fresh material, that stands up in and of itself. Very reminiscent of early Roxy music, Tighe and the lads run through the glam rock by numbers with a zip and zing that punches above its weight. Worth a listen


Wondermints
Wondermints
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Price: £8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars sliding scale, 5 Aug 2003
This review is from: Wondermints (Audio CD)
The most annoying characteristic of the Wondermints is ably demonstrated by this album. They do reproduction power pop and close harmonies so well, that only the finest songs will support them. this becomes apparent as the album unfurls. Proto Pretty is a gem of a song - catchy hooks, great harmonies underlining a fantastic melody. But on this debut outing the song writing doesnt stretch much further. Fleur de Lys is great ; Shine - sublime but after that its more of the same. Good same - admittedly, but you start to want more variation, and even more simplicity. Richness on the palate needs cleansing from time to time or you get jaded with the opulence.


Miami Sound - Rare Funk And Soul From Miami, 1968-74 [VINYL]
Miami Sound - Rare Funk And Soul From Miami, 1968-74 [VINYL]

5.0 out of 5 stars Funky sounds from the Sunshine State, 5 Aug 2003
When you think of uptempo soul you are immediately drawn to the big US cities- Detroit's Motown, the Philly sound, Chicago and Okeh, and New York. However; this excellent compilation draws on some of Florida's funkiest moments. Soul Jazz have pulled together a sunny feisty selection up to 1974. Stand out moments have to be the driving "I get lifted" and Gwen Macrae's 90% of me, a track almost as sweet and boogieable as " I love you wholeheartedly" by Jackie Dee.
The greatest misconception is that this kind of music is niche music for soul afficinado's but the quality of this compilation deserves to make it approachable for a wider audience. Mojo magazine gave it five stars, and it would be churlish not to follow suit


Any Human Heart : The Intimate Journals Of Logan Mountstuart
Any Human Heart : The Intimate Journals Of Logan Mountstuart
by William Boyd
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unwarming, 19 Jun 2003
A sweeping journey through the life and loves of Logan Mountstuart, a character defined by his location and his need to write. Logan's run through school, Paris, War and life in New York, London and Africa is one strewn by adventure and lost love. He doesn't seem to grow as a character,and after warming to him as an errant if pompous schoolboy, you find less and less to like about him as a man. Perhaps that is intended but reading about a character that suffers tragedy and anonymity as a person you like less and less is a struggle in itself.


Aunts aren't Gentlemen
Aunts aren't Gentlemen
by P. G. Wodehouse
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Pleasures, 19 Jun 2003
This review is from: Aunts aren't Gentlemen (Paperback)
With summer about your ears, there are few better things than a large gin and a copy of Aunts aren't gentleman. A plot from the top drawer of farce keeps everything tight and as usual Plum's way with a turn of phrase make for a sheer joy.


Wanna Meet The Scruffs?
Wanna Meet The Scruffs?

3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as you'd think, 19 Jun 2003
This review is from: Wanna Meet The Scruffs? (Audio CD)
Well all the reviews and commentary on Power Pop always reference the Scruffs as the oft forgetten kings of the genre, and whilst they undoubtedly deliver, especially on "she says yea" its not as fresh as you'd hope for. Still if you're car is parked outside the Teenage Fanclub Scout hut, its a worthwhile purchase.


Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures Vol.1: Taken from the Vaults
Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures Vol.1: Taken from the Vaults
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £11.39

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have A Little Mercy, 19 Jun 2003
This is an album that is redolent of both the English desire to have a hobby and to collect and of the Americna ability to produce soul music of unrivalled intensity. I bought this after near hysterical reviews in the music press, and was, initially a little disappointed that it wasn't the high octane Stax-like soul that I really like. However, I listened again, with the extensive liner notes in my lap, and was transported back intime to an era when soul music meant something. The range of talent is incredible, and every single track boasts quality. Particular faves; Have a Little Mercy, by Jean Wells; which is so powerfully delivered its scary, yet tender, and Raw Spitt Songs to Sing.


House Of Leaves
House Of Leaves
by Mark Z. Danielewski
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.04

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius, 2 Oct 2002
This review is from: House Of Leaves (Paperback)
Is the only word to describe the breadth of ambition, the degree of intricacy, and the depth of animation that the author has created in the House of Leaves.
Someone wrote that it was scary... It makes Blair Witch (a supposedly scary piece of cinema verite) look like a ham fisted slasher pic. Writing spine chilling prose and not just for the dust jacket has become a thing of the past as we drown under enless reams from King, Hutson and all their cheap imitators; this is how to write goosebumps.


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