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Year 3000 [CD 1]
Year 3000 [CD 1]
Price: £5.41

2 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Should be called 'Verse chorus verse chorus chorus chorus..., 28 May 2003
This review is from: Year 3000 [CD 1] (Audio CD)
This is one of many sopngs which proves how bad music is getting. It's not even laughable, it's just a plain stinker. The boys valiantly try to be different from the rest by playing guitars but, wait a minute, a rock single doesn't have 4 different remixes of the same song! Only pop singles have that. UNTUCKING YOUR SHIRT DOES NOT MAKE YOU REBELLIOUS! Now aboiut the song, the structure is ridiculous, with 2 verses and approximatley 10 choruses (6+ in a row). Then there is the pitiful songwriting. So in a thousand years this girl is only a great great great grandaughter? Nothing's changed yet you live underwater? 'Boybands and another one and another one ... and another one!' Well that took a long time to come up with. Pathetic. I can only hope they make as many records as the song states 'Everyone bought our seventh album'.
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Californication [CD 1]
Californication [CD 1]
Offered by Music-Club
Price: £22.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Classic, 28 May 2003
This review is from: Californication [CD 1] (Audio CD)
The album Californication marked a new beginning for the Chili's. with guitarist John Frusciante returning after nearly dying from drug abuse. The song Californication marked a new direction for the band, foreboding the loss of funk and their continuing entrance to the mainstream after the shockingly great Blood Sugar Sex Magik.
The song features a great guitar sequence which sends throwbacks to Under the Bridge. Lyrically beautiful and very poetic in thought, Anthony Kiedis tones down the rap for some excellent singing, while the continuing magic of Flea and Frusciante. Not alot for drums on this track, but it's subtle backtrack is very effective.
The song has become the starting band's first cover, and the only let down of the single is that it has only one track. I would have liked to see Get on Top or some live tracks at least.

There Is Nothing Left To Lose
There Is Nothing Left To Lose
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.58

4.0 out of 5 stars Foo Fighters - There's Nothing Left to Lose, 28 May 2003
The Foo Fighters had a tough job for their third studio album after the success of ‘The Colour and the Shape’. Many critics on release of ‘There’s Nothing Left to Lose’ claimed it to be their weakest album. But is this a C- album with A* tracks?
The album opens on a triple header of fantastic tracks. ‘Stacked Actors’ deep melodic riffery pulsates and creates a fantastic opener, while the following two songs, ‘Breakout’ and ‘Learn to Fly’ are modern classics, even if the latter is slightly poppy.
The album continues in good form, with songs like ‘Generator’ and ‘Live-in Skin’ fitting the stereotype of what we have come to expect from Grohl’s band of merry men. ‘next Year’ provides a great acoustic mellow track, and sets the pace for the rest of the album, with tracks such as ‘Ain`t it the Life’ and ‘M.I.A’ mellowed out for what seems to be an anti climatic finish.
The album started so fresh and hard, and ends mellow. It turns from the highest marks after ‘Next Year’. Maybe if they would have stuck ‘The One’ from Orange County soundtrack it would have raised it’s value, but hey. There’s always ‘The Colour and the Shape’
Verdict – 4/5

The Running Man
The Running Man
by Stephen King
Edition: Paperback

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Running Through The Pages, 24 May 2003
This review is from: The Running Man (Paperback)
What we have here is a SK novel which sets you up for a hurried book of the future with the mentality of the Roman Past. The Running Man was written in a night and it shows. Fastprose with the common man at the centre of a battle he cannot win.
Not only is this a story of the common man battles against the large corproation, there is an underlying message of the enviroment which the is unveiled throughout the story.
The ending which is shocking and very original, but when you look at the time length of the game, you'll be surpirsed at how easily you got caught in the pace. Overall, a fast paced exellent novel.

Wish You Were Here - Gatefold [VINYL]
Wish You Were Here - Gatefold [VINYL]

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here, 1 May 2003
Artist – Pink Floyd
Album – Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd, arguably the master of the concept album, won over rock fans all over the world with their classic albums ‘The Wall’ and ‘Dark Side of the Moon’. Then why review this album? Why not take on the easy job and say ‘Another Brick in the Wall part 2’ is probably the track which sums up the feelings of most school children. Why not tell you that ‘Money’ on ‘DSOTM’ is my favourite Pink Floyd track. Because then Faithful Reader(s), you’d be missing out on a little gem.
Ah, nothing like the sound of the crackling of an old vinyl. The opening track(s), Shine On You Crazy Diamond (parts I – V) for approximately 15 minutes of instrumentation with some excellent guitar solo’s from David Gilmour swirling around you in a psychedelic cloud of craftsmanship and beauty. After this the tributes for the original guitarist Syd Barrett begin to flow (You were caught on the cross fire of childhood and stardom).
After this comes what seems deeply sinister track music wise, Welcome to the Machines. I feel the lyrics are more of a message to Barrett (You bought a guitar to punish your ma,). Electronic instruments scatter the backing while the vocals sound strained and harsh.
Flipping over the old record, I find these tracks slightly less amazing as side A. Have a Cigar, the opener to side B, features a more upbeat bluesy edge, but we still have the same electronic instruments. This song, I feel, tracks the rise of Barrett to superstar (Come in here, dear boy, have a cigar. You're gonna go far). This features some more syncopated rhythms and general funk beats with another long guitar solo.
Wish You Were, the title track, is a laid back track which lyrically beautiful (So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell, blue skies from pain.) Basically, it’s guitar chords and vocals with a few electronic instruments thrown in for good measure.
Finally, we return from our voyage to swirling winds and Shine On You Crazy Diamond parts VI -I X. Varied from the original, this reprise has a harsher bluesy edge in its mist of guitar solo that plays on the themes of part 1. Half way through the track it reverts into the beginning of the vocal in the first part. The lyrics in this part are better written in my opinion (And we'll bask in the shadow of yesterday's triumph, and sail on the steel breeze.) Before fading out in a fog of arpeggios reggae guitar upstrokes.
This album is a classic rock album that can challenge Pink Floyd’s masterpieces any day of the week. Unfortunately, the second half lets it down, not that it’s bad, just that side A is so good. I would recommend this to most as a chill out album and a good listen.
Verdict – 4/5

A Clockwork Orange
A Clockwork Orange
Offered by thelastresortofmusic
Price: £14.80

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspicious and Sinister, 16 April 2003
This review is from: A Clockwork Orange (Audio CD)
Having to do a music GCSE has begun to enlighten me on the joys of classical music. Howver, after being recommended this by a friend, I have found one of the most excellent soundtracks ever recorded.
The opening piece, Title Music from a Clockwork Orange is a sinister peice, at times envoking terror within the listener. This piece sets a tone for the rest of the album. The following piece, the classical Thieving Magpies, although a happy piece, cannot be looked upon without suspicion of something evil. This continues with similar pieces in the soundtrack.
My personal favoruites on the album coincide with Alex's, Ninth Symphony, Second Movement. Both versions are very good.
There is also two very good laid back pieces, which marr the actual album. I want to marry a lighthouse keeper is an amusing track, which only adds to the tension induced. The outro, I'm Singing in the Rain, I can only visualise as Alex's face staring at the camera. Horryfying.

Akira: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Akira: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Offered by Japan-Select
Price: £47.10

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars, 16 April 2003
The film Akira is probably the best anime film of all time. The soundtrack adds so much depth to the film, its a must own for soundtrack.
Most of the songs are ten minutes long, a bore for some people, but it allws you to relax. Songs such as Kaneda and Winds Over Neo Tokyo are an excellent listen, with good use of oriental sounds and vocals to portray sequences such as the bike chase.
On the album my favourite track has to be Dolls Polyphony, a trio vocal section, probably put through a computer, adds a very freaky edge. If you have seen the film, you will understand it very well, and why that section is freaky.
The one song which I feel lets the album down is Illusion, which is aproximatley 12 mins of what sounds like a man shouting something in Japanese while a game of ping pong is being played. I find this a struggle to get through without skipping. Apart from this, it is an excellent sound track.

The Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption
by Stephen King
Edition: Paperback

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, 16 April 2003
I am a major Stephen King fan. I bought this book for £3 in a clearance and lucky I did. I was bestowed upon me my current favourite book, actually more like 4.
Different Seasons, to give the book it's proper title, is a collection of 4 novellas set in a different season of the year. The opener, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption (Hope Springs Eternal) tells the well cinemised tale of Andy Dufrense, imprisoned for the murder of his wife 'and the guy she was banging'. The book sheds new light to the film, and makes it a more enjoyable watch.
The second novella, Apt Pupil (Summer of Corruption) tells us the story of Todd Bowden a young boy drawn in when he discovers a Nazi war criminal in his neighbourhood. Although the story sounds farfetched, this was my favourite novella in Different Seasons, a psychological thriller that will terrify you.
The third novella, The Body (Fall From Innoncence) I felt dragged. It is about four boys who discover find out about life and death in their own epic journey. It is a good story, but not close to the previous two.
Finally we have The Breathing Method (A Winter's Tale), a gruesome story about a club and the tales told there. This I felt was the most graphic novel in the collection, but once you see through the obvious you find a strange sense of the supernatural surrounding the club.
Stephen King said he didn't want these to be horror genred, except The Breathing Method, which he was requested to include. However, his sense of finding horror in anything chills your soul. A must have for everyone.

Space Oddity
Space Oddity
Price: £6.33

4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Oddity!, 4 April 2003
This review is from: Space Oddity (Audio CD)
This David Bowie album is a hugely underrated album with the smash hit Space Oddity, but also the fantastic track 'Letters to Hermione' which displayed an incredible lyrical talent lost on albums. 2nd best Bowie album to Station to Station.

Steal This Album (Limited Edition))
Steal This Album (Limited Edition))
Price: £9.75

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Show's SOAD's Quality, 29 Mar 2003
As you can see, I've given this album 5 stars. Then you may be shocked to here that this is SOAD'S worst album to date, thus showing an incredible quality. People may say I should say this is C- album with A* tracks, but I can't!
This album was a trawl through the archives. Actually, it wasn't so much of a trawl, because Johnny isn't on it, and if you've heard it, you'll be disappointed it wasn't included. The album shows a more acoustic side to SOAD with tracks such as Ego Brainand the immense Roulette portraying an unknown finger picking quality of Daron Malakian.
Speaking of Daron Malakian, in this album, his vocality is a lot more present, on some tracks duetting with Serj's powerful voice to give a more edgy effect. Shavo (bass), has a better bass line, especially with Innervision and Mr. Jack. percussion is keeping things tight, with some originality thrown in to shake of the air drummers like myself.
Overall, the standout tracks for me are Innervision, Mr. Jack, Ego Brain and my favourite from the album, Roulette. However, for some strange reason, they have chosen to realese Boom! for their first single.

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