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X&Y
X&Y
Offered by Giant Entertainment
Price: 4.92

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking the Formula, 14 Sep 2005
This review is from: X&Y (Audio CD)
I've been a fan of Coldplay since they where a relativley small band, touring with their first album and such tender tunes as 'Trouble' and 'Shiver', and one day I blink and WOW, they are one of the biggest bands in the world. Well whadyaknow...
So while goold old Thom is taking a well earned rest, we find Coldplay keeping their seat warm as Britain's biggest band. And honestly, this record does just remind you of how much you miss the old boys, whether that be throgh the tender strains of 'What If' or the Kraftwerk sampled 'Talk'.
Now it has been talked about that Coldplay haven't much pushed boundaries with this record. I agree, this doesn't deviate much from their usual set up, from the crashing introduction of 'Square One' or the oddly familiar 'Speed of Sound' however I found one major difference. When I think back to the Coldplay of old, I never remember the bombastic guitar based songs like 'High Speed' or 'Politik', its always the quieter sweeter songs such as 'Parachutes' or the highly underrated 'Green Eyes' which fling back to my mind. No longer. With 'X&Y' I'll remember this album for the time Coldplay realised they had a guitarist, and a pretty decent one at that, which comes through on 'Square One', 'White Shadows', 'Talk'. There's been a general expanse of Coldplay's sound here, with Chris Martin's lyric taking a bit of a leap. "The tears stream down your face" from recent single 'Fix You' come to mind as well as the confusion ladened throughtout this, would you call it a concept album?
Personally, I feel Coldplay are starting to move away from their old piano based music and into more heavier territory. With Eno influences, and particularly his time with Bowie, splattered all over this album, maybe they are getting tired of being called Radiohead-lite and now look to challenge the kings of British indie? Let the battle commence...


Halo - Classics (Xbox)
Halo - Classics (Xbox)
Offered by multimedia-online
Price: 17.94

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Combat has Evolved, 20 Nov 2004
The Xbox seemed to be quite a flawed release by Microsoft. With it's bulky design, ridiculous game pads, and competing with a console with 2 years worth of games, never mind being backwards compatible, it didn't seem to have much going for it. That was of course, until Halo burst onto the scene.
Halo is one of those beautifully simple games where you don't really care about the story line, you just know that; a) It looks good and b) you get shoot to shoot a variety of aliens. The story lines, for those who would pay attention, centered around a genetically enhanced soldier known only as Master Chief, who as part of Earth's battle fleet, are at war with a race of alien known as the Covenant who are just as conspicuous as our protagonist. Your ship crash lands on a random halo-esque structure, and you have to stop something called the 'Flood' before it wipes out everything. Original eh.
This game has a lot of good points in the single player, never mind the multiplayer. Despite their only being about 10 missions to partake in, they are so long you feel like you've done about 3 levels. There is no alternate single player, but this is all you need. With four levels of difficulty ranging from easy to 'Legendary' you'll find yourself replaying this. Plus you can perform the game co-operativley meaning it's a different experience again.
It has its problems but the game is so exciting that it isn't really important. The game looks good, but isn't anything I would declare spectacular. The level design is my biggest problem with this game. Especially on levels such as 'The Library', it's obvious that game designers have just created a set of 4 rooms and corridors and joined them together, creating confusing game play. Plus, there is no custom soundtrack, so you can't drive to some classic rock and shoot without missing something important being said by the computer which runs your suit.
The multiplayer deserves a review of its own, and it has kept me and my friends occupied for years. There are many different maps and options for you to choose from. Our personal favourite was 'Slayer' on the map 'Blood Gulch'. It was just either an excuse to ram each other down in warthogs or sit on the roof sniping. Even if you've only got two players though, it doesn't get much more tense than sniping each other out on Hang 'em High. There isn't a better multiplayer that I've seen, and you can link 4 Xbox's for a 16 player experience.
For fans of Half Life this won't be anything you, it does infact, take may of its ideas from the classic FPS. Regardless of that, this game is why you own an Xbox, and if its not, you're an idiot.


Aha Shake Heartbreak
Aha Shake Heartbreak
Offered by b68solutions
Price: 3.89

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kings of Leon - Aha Shake Heartbreak, 13 Nov 2004
This review is from: Aha Shake Heartbreak (Audio CD)
In an era were we see our biggest rock and indie hopes exactly replicating their tightly produced long-players in their exact form, we are left to the shambolic likes of the Kings of Leon to make their records sound like you've just dusted it off in your uncle's loft and found out they were more than just a slightly balding source of money. However, in their second album, we find the Kings sounding oh so very much like their New York counterparts the Strokes. Sure, the southern drawl of Caleb is still there, as are the blues licks, but the band seem tighter, more polyphonic than alcoholic, and more intent on crafting songs than just rocking them.
Not that this is a band thing, of-course. Where you once listened to 'Youth and Young Manhood' and heard quite a consistent album, where even the ballads were medium tempo blues, 'Aha Shake Heartbreak' is more varied and interesting. See 'Milk' as an example. Beginning very simply with just an acoustic guitar and Caleb begging an unknown to 'stay with me', the piece slowly builds up, through use of guitars, drums, and even (SHOCK!) a synthesiser to enhance the performance. Lead single 'The Bucket' is another prime example. Classic Strokes sounding guitars (see 'Reptilia', and it sounds very similar).
This isn't to say the Kings aren't bluesy any more. 'Razz' has a bass line James Brown would do the splits for, while 'Four Kicks' could fit into any AC/DC record, with the best guitar solo ever heard by KOL. However, the present of the Strokes production sound means it's not as immediate as 'Youth and Young Manhood', but give it a chance, and 'Aha Shake Heartbreake' will grow on you. Just make sure it's kept alongside the debut.


Dean Friedman/Well Well Said the Rocking Chair
Dean Friedman/Well Well Said the Rocking Chair
Price: 9.78

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Underrated Writer Ever?, 4 Oct 2004
This double album truly shows that Dean Friedman, for all his magic, will forever be unknown to the general population. While having a number of successful singles in the 70's, the two albums here are the finest quality, showing Freidman's beautiful voice and penmanship.
The first half of the album is Friedman's eponymous debut. It features such songs as the folk styled 'Company', and hit single 'Ariel'. His writing style hasn't developed to its fullest here, and the music takes most influence from folk and pop. The second half of the album is the phenomanal 'Well Well Said the Rocking Chair Album'. I have loved this album since I was 4 years old and would say all but one song on this album is a perfect example of pop at its best. Here the influence is clearly pop, with key ballads including 'Lydia' and hit single 'Lucky Stars'. Other favourites include the title track 'The Deli Song' and 'S&M'
I urge any budding songsmith to buy this album as it an unearthed gem of music. Thoughs who own it will agree this a fantastic album worthy of anybodys cd player.
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Cards Metal Raiders Booster
Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Cards Metal Raiders Booster

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yu-Gi-Oh: Metal Raiders Booster Pack, 25 Aug 2004
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars 
Metal Raiders is one of the earlier Yu Gi Oh card game booster pack and contains one of the best cards in the game 'Gate Guardian'. Don't let this fool you into buying a booster though, because the odds of you getting this card are practically 1 in 1000.
This booster series features some good cards but is let down by its number of fusion cards which can limit the use of a booster. I myself have found 4 fusion cards in about 6 of these boosters, including the Gate Guardian, which are completly useless unless you find the 2 or 3 cards necessary to fuse, plus you also need a card called Polymerisation. Taking the the card Gate Guardian for example again, you require then 3 ultra rare cards, approximatley 1 in 300, and then the card which allows you to use them. There is also a high number of same common cards, having found 3 Kojikocys in 6 boosters.
Overall not the best booster but certainly worth a try if you would like to build a fusion deck.


99 Cents
99 Cents
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 7.69

8 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Even Worth 99cents, 1 July 2004
This review is from: 99 Cents (Audio CD)
Normally, I'm quite an open minded a guy, listening to everything from Kanye West to Slipknot but this, is, without a doubt, some of the worst 'music' you are likely to come to across in a long long time. After being horribly misplaced as Red Hot Chili Peppers support, I decided to check out why the band called them Goddesses. What I discovered was women who literraly just shout over very repetive beats. It's not even that its repetive, its just plainly not inspiring music. You don't feel anything good when you listen to this record, and as one guy quoted in the crowd at Manchester during their performance "They don't play guitar?! Kill them!"
This can be seen as a very close minded review, but I implore you to leave this album alone, and spend your money on something more interesting, like a Yo Yo, or a packet of biscuits.


Chapter One
Chapter One
Price: 14.18

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Viking Skull - Chapter 1, 26 Feb 2004
This review is from: Chapter One (Audio CD)
If the Darkness are the new saviours of stadium hair rock, then this side project from the members of Raging Speedhorn are most definetly taking it back to the sweaty headbanging scene where NWOBHM began. It sounds like a lot of old bands merged together, the blues sleeze of Black Sabbath, the theatrics of Iron Maiden, the thrash of early Metallica, and the attitude of punk. The guitaring is absolutley fantastic, especially on 'Frostbite' and you don't know whether to take them seriously or not when they calim they will 'Rape Pillage and Burn'. It is only 6 songs, but these 6 short provide a solid base for a fantastic live act to build up their reputation (they supported FFAF at Liverpool Academy). It's not pretty, and it's not smart, but it will surely rattle your fillings. Buy now.


F-Zero X
F-Zero X

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars F Zero X (Nintendo 64), 20 Jan 2004
This review is from: F-Zero X (Video Game)
The N64 was a great throwback to the days of cartridge based systems, and for me, this was possibly one of the great games made in those offices. It's not only fast, difficult, and loads of fun, but so utterly addictive you'll play until you win.
The storyline is, well, there is no storyline. You jump into a car which quality varies in three categories. Then, after selecting your max spped to acceleration level, you race a series of 6 races. It takes more than just a foot on the pedal, with easy controls for turning, and obliterating opponents.
As you complete each level of ease, up to master, you unlock different ships and courses, which is great for the multiplayer option, which allows you to have heaps of fun with four friends, though an expansion pack is required.
Overall, this is probably one of the essential N64 games, and will reap hours of entertainment and a few blistered thumbs.


Rainmaker - Blue [7" VINYL]
Rainmaker - Blue [7" VINYL]

5.0 out of 5 stars Iron Maiden - Rainmaker [7" Coloured Vinyl], 14 Dec 2003
Rainmaker, the second single to be taken from Iron Maiden's 13th studio album Dance of Death, is another example of why these guys are showing the young guns how to rock. This is also another example of how Maidens music is being driven away from the classic bass fuelled classics such as 'Aces High' and more prgressive and modern.
The song itself is superb, with the guitar harmonies really shining through. The b-side is a variation of the album's title track, which shimmers with orchestra parts. Defintetly worth the small price tag. [This vinyl is coloured a sky blue].


Bowie, David: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - Off the Record
Bowie, David: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - Off the Record
by David Bowie
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ziggy Played Guitar..., 14 Dec 2003
This book is more than a standard guitar tab book. This book is actually a full score for the album 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars', the classic 1973 glam album by David Bowie. It gives full description of every part, for everything from vocal to autoharp. As a guitarist, its quite cumberson, as the tab is spread over many pages, but as trying to teach various parts to various instruemtns, it saves time from by ear tabbing.


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