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The Electric Lady
The Electric Lady
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Price: £6.32

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Janelle Monae - The Electric Lady....2013s Sonic Masterpiece..., 10 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: The Electric Lady (Audio CD)
In so many ways The ArchAndroid was a debut that raised the game....hearing janelle Monae reall ydebut hard with that album the summer of 2010 was a breath of fresh air and it made impact...and truly became a modern masterpeice...how could she follow it up...and after having it a day only....The Electric Lady is another masterpiece in the making....the sonics, the messages, the flow of the songs...yeah Miss Monae has outdone heself again and in so many ways she deserves the worldwide attention and acclaim she needs i mean the material here showcases she NEEDS to be out there moreso than many of her "contemporaries".

The concepts, the idea of androids used as a social propaganda and the underlining themes across it is so mature and dealt with delicately and with humour too...the fusion of the SOul, Funk, Neo sounds continued from her debut...meshed with new Punkier sounds and Electronica vibes as well as her signature Orchestral/Classical music backing...and a Neon Psychedelia there.

This album is a beautiful follow up and truly is a LEAP ahead....not to mention the collaborations on here with Solange, Erykah Badu, Miguel, Esperanza Spalding and the one Formerly Known As Prince ;) delivering a genius piece reminiscent of his collaboration with Madonna on her masterpiece Like a Prayer album and his work with muse Sheila E. Wonderful echoes back and pushing forward.

10/10 modern class act! Well worth investing.


True Romance
True Romance
Price: £7.81

5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie XCX...The album of 2013 (thus far)..., 30 May 2013
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This review is from: True Romance (Audio CD)
True ROmance is a debut album that showcases an artist so inspired by Pop music and Pop culture she has immersed herself and brought her passions into a contemporary world from that dimension.

Just listening through this album, the vocal styles, imagery, sounds/sonics, lyrics really echo and mirror aspects of Madonna, Depeche Mode, Debbie Harry, Siouxsie & The Banshees...and often in one song....its a powerful union of heroes and sounds from Pop and Rock that worlds so well...with this Indietronica/New Wave/Dark Wave/Synth driven record....it opens up so many beautiful layers.

It makes you think, man, loads of these underground singers are kinda like the "new pioneers" for the current generation....the leaders of mainstream music in the 1970s, 80s, 90s are now the more underground artists of today...especially in the UK...here with Charli, and Florence Welch, Little Boots, Laura Marling, Ellie goulding, Marina Diamandis.....so many talented/inspired ladies of the past moving from one dimension into another...and in many ways that is what makes True ROmance so powerful....it echoes to the aforementioned artists styles/content/power and pushes different territories too.

To conclude Charli XCX is a very inspried artist for a Tumblr dominated world consumed in social media...but also she has a mass appeal about her...she taps into her inner Madonna, Siouxsie Sioux and Dave Gahan and explodes something truly rich, dark and beautiful...well worth a listen.


The Cabin In The Woods [DVD]
The Cabin In The Woods [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chris Hemsworth
Price: £6.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ANYthing Joss Whedon Touches turns to gold! A love letter to Horror AND a middle finger!, 30 Dec. 2012
This review is from: The Cabin In The Woods [DVD] (DVD)
Fans of Buffy The Vampire SLayer (my favourite show of all time), Angel, Firefly (and the hit film Serenity) and DOllhouse will understand already the style of script, direction Jos loves to take...full of humour, willing to surprise you at every turn and make characters you instantly love and/or love to hate and/or hate to love across the board....and here Joss teams up with Buffy Co-writer/producer Drew Goddard in his own directing debut.

The result of The Cabin In The Woods is a frenetically paced refreshing ode to Horror Cinemas past...oodles of Evil Dead, Night Of The Living Dead, Halloween, Scream references to begin with...and Scooby Doo (pothead Marty is obviously an ode to Shaggy Rodgers! and equally as loveable).

It is a warped film, with warped humour...but its brilliant...if you go in expecting a take-it-seriously horror film you will be disappointed, this is NOT what TCITW is all about. But i also recommend you take a check list of all your favourite horror films and whenever you see a reference tick the boxes...you will be very surprised! Expecially with the twist that comes later in the film.

Speaking of which there are some fantastic cameos in this film from actors in the Whedonverse across the board and as part of the films twisty finale...a Horror and Cinema ICON makes an explosive addition to the setlist.

Overall...this film in one viewing has become an instant favourite! It is frenetically paced, full of action, humour, a scortching script, wit, horror, shocks, and some edge of seat moments too.

Its not fundamentally perfect...but its perfect for an absolutely fun relentless time....90 minutes well spent.

10/10
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Push And Shove (Deluxe Edition)
Push And Shove (Deluxe Edition)
Price: £17.75

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Doubt have done the imposible...over a decade absent and returned with their best work to date!, 26 Sept. 2012
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11 years have passed since the golden nugget that was Rock Steady which saw the band expand horizons into new territories from their Ska brand....it was a monumental piece that encouraged band members to branch out with their own solo ventures!

Stefani in particular made a name for herself in fashion and of course struck her own gold with two successful solo albums, in particular LAMB which in itself is a practical masterstroke in Retro Pop. After 4 years of teasing a comeback....No Doubt are HERE.

Push & Shove is a showcase of just what they can do and what they are best at...their strengths and pulled together by producer Mark "Spike" Stent (Madonna, U2, Bjork, Massive Attack, Depeche Mode and Stefani collaborator) like the Electronic magician he is....really ensuring the band utilises their signature New Wave/Ska sound and brings it to a contemporary world...with assistance from Diplo and Major Lazer! They bring Industrial into their universe.

The resulting album is a very multi-layered cake...the first half of the album really does showcase a very experimental side utilising world beats and rhythms and old skool tempos echoing back to their Ska roots and Retro Pop styles that is so refreshing in todays watered down mainstream musical climate. The second half displays a more revisiting nature of old skool Rock vibes and alternative pop....some songs are very dreamlike in their approach and others touch on a melancholic and deeper level.

Overall it offers an assault on the senses as an album, it is an album to be played loud to make you feel good and dance away your troubles bringing that nostalgiac feeling of the 90s and the ability to push forward....well push AND shove ;).

Overall it is close to perfect and in my opinion their best collection of songs to date. Welcome back No Doubt! You have been missed.


Coexist
Coexist
Price: £7.68

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The XX continue the Dark Nightmarish Dream Pop of their Debut album and expand to a new horizon., 26 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Coexist (Audio CD)
Lets face it...when you launch such an album like XX back in late 2009....not only that but really make a staple of infamy and a signature sound and direction it is practically impossible to follow up....but Coexist manages to expand and broaden that sound of their debut album and create a new very nightmarish clubby universe.

There are some truly beautiful moments to be had with Coexist...some complain that its "too much of the same" or "not expanded enough" etc.etc, but to be honest why would you perfect perfection? and Jamie XX i truly feel has brought in those club influences from his solo work in 2011 into the band and it allows for ventures into some new territory.

A brilliantly dark album with some truly beautiful moments.

9/10


A Joyful Noise
A Joyful Noise
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Price: £6.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Gossip - The Joyful Noise Of Summer 2012!, 24 May 2012
This review is from: A Joyful Noise (Audio CD)
Beth Ditto....what can i say? She is a total chameleon....adapting to different cultural/musical forms across the past decade....she is an artist whos vocals...a pristine vocal blend of Madonna/Stevie Nicks and Cyndi Lauper (quite the blend...what a range!) and an image so defining and captivating it goes against the cultural norm of "this is what a perfect popstar should be" etc. going from indie/grungy looks to sci-fi to rebellion to this current neon-spiritual-punk style....it truly is phenomenal.

The band is pretty cool too....and here they have hooked up with Mark Ronson and Brian Higgins (Xenomania) to make one heck of a psychadelic/melancholy record....this is as "pop" predominantly they have ever gone...but not in a typical sell out way...if they did i imagine gueta, redone and dr luke would have been employed....but not here...this album is rooted in their traditional staple in the indie market...but combining this retro dance aspect...something in production you would imagine Prince orgasming over in the late 80s...or Madonna preaching across well....each era of her phenomenal career....and even Bowie style Punky hooks in pace and rhythm....it truly is a blend of everything great in Pop music put to the traditional Ditto staple.

Something to please fans since 99 and win some new fans over to explore their catalogue.

There are some powerful anthemic songs here, some very sentimental moments, touching heartbreaking recordings, the damn right experimental and of course the happy go lucky stuff....but there is not a single "dud" song to be found within A Joyful Noise...it is by far their best album, one of the best albums of 2012...and a definitive favourite.

Must definitely check this out....Beth Ditto is in control of the summer here. 10/10


MDNA
MDNA
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Price: £4.75

8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Madonna - The Queen Of Music, MDNA - THE Album To Be ADDICTED To In 2012!, 26 Mar. 2012
This review is from: MDNA (Audio CD)
Madonna single handedly crafted her own genre across 30 years of a career of her reigning supreme. The media are fascinated with her, her fans have grown and expanded, she has enchanted millions across the globe and infatuated so so many upcoming stars in music, fashion, entertainment an culture. Her impact is second to none only The Beatles can come close to Madonnas impact. So what makes it even more interesting is that Madonna is still capable of making an album that can not only be considered "great" by fans and critics alike...but also an album that can rank clsoe to her maserpeices.

MDNA lives by its definition...a triple entendre of Madonnas DNA (Making catchy Pop, Instant Anthems, and Exploration in Music) MDNA (her own name) and MDMA (the drug/ecstacy that brings you emotional heights and lows) And in essence MDNA is an album that follows these concepts.

As an album it is so layered, there are elements that call back to previous masterpeice albums, Like A Prayer (this is her most confessional work since i think!) Erotica (seductive imagery, gritty and intense productions and lyrics) Ray Of Light (Falling Free, reuniting with Orbit showcases this) Music (the Trance/Techno theme is explored much deeper here...and new French DJ hook up with Solveig rather than Mirwais)Confessions On A Dance Floor (the journey of sound and direction/Disco/Nostalgia vibes) and Like Virgin (some euphoric Dance Pop, gritty Synthpop is showcased here too)

And in terms of reinvention...Madonna really has layered and de-layered it up too combining these eras in one massive swoop visually. Some punky elements, high fashion elements and retro elements. This is Madonnas Dance Techno Divorce album! a new chapter in her life and one that is quite something to behond.

How does it hold up in the current Pop music climate? Well, very very well indeed. The past few years have seen a new female relaunch of sorts in Music...Lady gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Adele are names that crop up more than often and have shaken the charts up....all of which the past two years have given a great range of albums. MDNA is enough to actually eclipse and rival all of those...not to mention Britney, Kylie and Beyonce last year providing mighty new material too. MDNA eclipses them too...but in the sense of...there is literally so much going on the MDNA as an album.

And before my one by one review of the songs themselves....yes MDNA may not be as "instant" for some casual listeners or even some fans as a vice versa really but damn for me as a massive fan of Madonna she has surprised me with this album in a truly great way and everytime i replay the album sounds just grow...it is a real genuine BLOCKBUSTER of an album.

The songs themselves -

"girl gone wild" - Begins how Like A Prayer album dramatically ends with an Act of Contrition. And then the sonics grow and splurt out. While lyrically it isnt as challenging it is typically dramatic Bennassi and very typical Madonna Dance. Very fun and energetic that promises to be something on the airwaves. 4/5

"gang bang" - Reminds of Like A Prayers "till death do us part" and Eroticas "Thief Of Hearts". For me this is a definite masterstroke. If Madonna/Tarantino/Russ Meyer came up with this it wouldnt surprise me, throbby dirty beats, dramatic vocals, tense lyrics...this song has it all...would make a controversial release. 5/5

"im addicted" - very much grows and grows in beat and pace and production, it continues some of the heavy industrial beats of the previous song and builds and builds into something masterful and striking, this song really is quite the something. 4.5/5

"turn up the radio" - Instant for me on first listen too, it reminds of something from her debut album, that total euphoria and bliss encapsulated in the song is something to behold. It is empowering in its simple message. It screams for a release. 5/5

"give me all your luvin" - The Super Bowl song. Catchy, fun, vibrant...and a little bit different with Minaj and MIA in town too. While not one of her best efforts...you cannot deny its fun. 3/5

"some girls" - Madonna evokes Punk and New Wave....very Rock N Roll/Techno combined which makes for an unusual listen. Very gritty stuff to have hear and for me it is a very instant song, blaring trumpets/Kraftwerk style breakdowns...it is something to behold. 4.5/5

"superstar" - much in a similar vein to Cherish and True Blue...but not in either league really...instead it is more its own independant lovely song. and the production is so euphoric and having Lourdes with her mother here is something really touching. 4/5

"I don't give a..." - Vapid, Indie guitar and Hip Hop beats....only Madonna...but the lyrics and the way she sings it....it is a force to behold. In my opinion, Solveig has made his opus here the song is a total tour de force...and Minaj on here adds to it too. One of her most confessional songs ever. So poignant and true...and the dramatic conclusion....out of this world. 5/5

"im a sinner" - Ray Of Light/Beautiful Stranger/Amazing has come full circle here with a quadrilogy! Madonna and Orbit really made something epic here. Funky beats and oriental backing, very psychy and punchy and catchy..and a Vogue-style breakdown about the Saints is something to behold too...if this aint a release...5/5

"love spent" - Techno, Ballad, Dance...and a Banjo!! This is its own masterstoke too! The money/love metaphor is brilliant here and the production builds and builds and Madonnas vocal here have distorted vocoder and emotionally enrichened contrast each other brilliantly. I reckon this should be a potential release too. 5/5

"masterpeice" - The W.E song, sounds even better in HQ on here. She won the golden globe here and it is easy to hear why, it is a beautiful ballad so simplistic but so charming. 4.5/5

"falling free" - Very dramatic and melancholic final to the album. Madonnas voice here really highlights how underrated she is as a vocalist channeling emotion and lyrics that are so very poignant with the fear of really and truly letting oneself go. It is something to behold. 5/5

Deluxe Disc songs -

"beautiful killer" - A very charming song, some great orchastra/violin moments that remind of Papa Dont Preach and Let It Will Be from Confessions. Why it was neglected to a bonus disc remains a massive mystery, it is something ighty i cannot believe Solveig produced this with Madonna either. 4.5/5

"i f-d up" - Again a very honst lyrically song, reminds of Music and American Life with acoustic guitar meets electronic grooves type song. Very simplistic but also something very raw. 4/5

"B-Day Song" - very fun and actually a personal favourite of the deluxe songs. Some may dislike it because it is so left-of-centre to her other songs here. Motown influences and MIA in the same song cannot be true?? but it is. Fun, light, catchy romp. 4/5

"best friend" - Reminds me of American Life with the Techno downtempo groove by way of ballad. It is something nice but i feel it really is too short for what it wants to achieve in full...it definitely grows on you, by the end of the week i will probably be in love with it. 3/5

So overall MDNA...how do i personally rank it? Like A Prayer is my favourite album ever, Erotica, Confessions On A Dance Floor, Like A Virgin, Ray Of Light and Music i also rank really highly and are considered masterpeices. For me MDNA matches with these practically already in some levels...when Madonna hits heights on MDNA she really does rival her classics....but when she loses the rhythm so-to-speak it comes off run of the mill but fun regardless (there are very few of these moments).

Overall i reckon in a years time i may consider MDNA its own masterpeice...already it will be the album that defines Spring - Summer 2012 and is the biggest event in Pop Music this year. And a blockbuster to rival with The Dark Knight Rises and Prometheus this year...that says a lot.

Overall 10/10....MDNA is an album so close to perfect it screams it. It should come with a warning label...you will be addicted! Enjoy the album, celebrate!


Born To Die
Born To Die
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Price: £12.78

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lana Del Rey - A Beautiful, Dark and Twisted Debut album!, 2 Feb. 2012
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This review is from: Born To Die (Audio CD)
Lana Del Rey (real name Elizabeth Grant) has become something of a contemporary phenomenon. the song "video games" became something of a cult anthem last year, it managed to garner a top 10 smash for Del Rey and launched her to an area of mainstream attention. Since then news of her background (her millionaire parents, live performances etc) all being something personal and dark areas to "attack", little did they know that the negative criticisms of what they know (or think they knew) would in turn launch her into something of a viral internet campaign too...raising more awareness of her as an artist.

Some think...too much too soon? I however feel that this showcases that Lana is very much above her criticisms, the personal attacks...and the material on Born To Die (a second attempt of making a debut album after a previously scrapped LP in 2010) is plenty to go by.

Born To Die is very much an album that launches listeners into this dark, retro Hollywood B-Movie of sound, a melancholic trip through Old Skool Baroque Pop and harsh Indie sounds....it very much showcases Lana as a talent to be reckoned with, not only an ear for very deep melodies and effective catchy choruses...but also what a fine unique voice, living up to her nickname as a "gangsta Nancy Sinatra" but it is so much more than that too, she has that spark of Stevie Nicks about her too. That dark majestic vocal that harkens back to the early days of Popular Music.

In an area where current Pop Starlets Rihanna, Lady gaga, Adele, Ke$ha, Katy Perry et al. Are dominating the charts left right and centre...Lana is something of a breath of fresh air...very much like what FLorence & The Machine was in 2009 when Europop/Eurodance was at a peak, Lana brings to the table something different, edgy, quirky and so visceral in vibe. It is impossible not to get addicted.

Sure Born To Die is not necessarily as "radio friendly" as the aforementioned Pop Stars of today...but it isnt about that, it is about connecting to listeners on a much deeper level, Born To Die tells a story and listeners must fill in the gaps, you must find the hidden meanings, the topics, the concepts to paint the B-Movie in your mind, not something given to you on a plate for you to consume, digest and move onto the next thing. Born To Die is an album to repeat and take on several times over and enjoy more and more with every listen.

This Special Edition of the album features the songs - Without You, Lolita and Lucky Ones...and they are worth the extra money! Absolutely astounding songs that really do bring the Born To Die album a full circle in essence. Lolita is a surreal madness and Lucky Ones very much provides a sequel to the title track.

Dark Paradise, National Anthem, Off To The Races, Blue Jeans, Million Dollar Man, This Is What Makes Us girls and Radio are very much classics that are waiting to happen.

Buy this album today and experience the magic that is Lana Del Rey, she has a massive future ahead of her.

10/10
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Born to Die
Born to Die
Price: £6.22

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lana Del Rey - A Beautiful, Dark and Twisted Debut album!, 2 Feb. 2012
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This review is from: Born to Die (Audio CD)
Lana Del Rey (real name Elizabeth Grant) has become something of a contemporary phenomenon. the song "video games" became something of a cult anthem last year, it managed to garner a top 10 smash for Del Rey and launched her to an area of mainstream attention. Since then news of her background (her millionaire parents, live performances etc) all being something personal and dark areas to "attack", little did they know that the negative criticisms of what they know (or think they knew) would in turn launch her into something of a viral internet campaign too...raising more awareness of her as an artist.

Some think...too much too soon? I however feel that this showcases that Lana is very much above her criticisms, the personal attacks...and the material on Born To Die (a second attempt of making a debut album after a previously scrapped LP in 2010) is plenty to go by.

Born To Die is very much an album that launches listeners into this dark, retro Hollywood B-Movie of sound, a melancholic trip through Old Skool Baroque Pop and harsh Indie sounds....it very much showcases Lana as a talent to be reckoned with, not only an ear for very deep melodies and effective catchy choruses...but also what a fine unique voice, living up to her nickname as a "gangsta Nancy Sinatra" but it is so much more than that too, she has that spark of Stevie Nicks about her too. That dark majestic vocal that harkens back to the early days of Popular Music.

In an area where current Pop Starlets Rihanna, Lady gaga, Adele, Ke$ha, Katy Perry et al. Are dominating the charts left right and centre...Lana is something of a breath of fresh air...very much like what FLorence & The Machine was in 2009 when Europop/Eurodance was at a peak, Lana brings to the table something different, edgy, quirky and so visceral in vibe. It is impossible not to get addicted.

Sure Born To Die is not necessarily as "radio friendly" as the aforementioned Pop Stars of today...but it isnt about that, it is about connecting to listeners on a much deeper level, Born To Die tells a story and listeners must fill in the gaps, you must find the hidden meanings, the topics, the concepts to paint the B-Movie in your mind, not something given to you on a plate for you to consume, digest and move onto the next thing. Born To Die is an album to repeat and take on several times over and enjoy more and more with every listen.

This Special Edition of the album features the songs - Without You, Lolita and Lucky Ones...and they are worth the extra money! Absolutely astounding songs that really do bring the Born To Die album a full circle in essence. Lolita is a surreal madness and Lucky Ones very much provides a sequel to the title track.

Dark Paradise, National Anthem, Off To The Races, Blue Jeans, Million Dollar Man, This Is What Makes Us girls and Radio are very much classics that are waiting to happen.

Buy this album today and experience the magic that is Lana Del Rey, she has a massive future ahead of her.

10/10
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J-LO L.A. Glow Eau De Toilette 50ml Spray
J-LO L.A. Glow Eau De Toilette 50ml Spray
Offered by PerfumeShopping
Price: £13.30

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hope this helps : ), 22 Jan. 2012
I am 14 and received this from a friend for my birthday, I think that it's fantastic, it's quite a strong scent and more suitable for evening wear but the bottle is simple but the wearable cocktail ring adds a touch of class to it, one of the down sides is that because the bottle is quite big (which is a good point as well) it's not quite small enough to carry around. And although the bottle is quite big the perfume only fills the dark purple section of it and it's getting down quite quickly!(please note that I am not actually called S J Pinder scifi horror fan!)


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