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Life Is Easy
Life Is Easy
Price: £10.67

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pop perfection guaranteed to give you goose bumps, 7 July 2014
This review is from: Life Is Easy (Audio CD)
With the second album from Bright Light Bright Light, aka Rod Thomas and friends, this is a rare treat – pop perfection that makes me feel young again.

The album starts quietly and builds so that the pace seems to speed up as it progresses until you get to monster dance tunes such as ‘Too Much’ and ‘Happiness’ (with a fantastic sampled ‘funky drummer’ beat) at the end.

Hardly a weak track on the album, the big tunes hit you one after another such as ‘Good Luck’ and obvious single ‘I Believe’ which forces you to dance, believe me!

The melodies are just as strong with ‘Lust for Life’ a good example in a song that just builds and builds.

The vocal addition of Sir Elton John on ‘I Wish We Were Leaving’ adds to an already classy album which rightly has been given royal approval by the yellow brick road king himself.

The best track has to be ‘In Your Care’, a sad but beautiful tune about being far away from your loved ones but knowing that they are still there for you and always will be.

The production quality on the album is extremely high, particularly the four tracks produced by The Invisible Men – one of the hottest production teams around at the moment – which stand out.

The previous album ‘Make Me Believe in Hope’ was strong and with the new work, Rod Thomas and the band have stepped things up a gear with a very strong set of tunes that make you happy, wistful and excited all at the same time. Sit back and listen and this album will give you goose bumps.

What Have We Become
What Have We Become
Offered by Amore DVD
Price: £10.49

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing, intelligent music, 19 May 2014
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This review is from: What Have We Become (Audio CD)
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott's new album is class from start to finish.
Refreshing music which has a British sentiment to it, but is flavoured with warm US country tones.
I love both singers' voices which compliment each other perfectly and it's great to hear them back together.
The lyrics are clever and biting at times, but make you think.
Standout tracks are 'The Snowman' which is simply beautiful, 'One Man's England' which has more intelligent political commentary on today's UK than most current politicians would dare to voice, and 'When It Was Ours', which is another gorgeous tune with a melody that demands to be hummed along to.
The deluxe version is worth paying that little bit more for, as the four extra tracks are of equally high quality, particularly the angry 'Advice to Daughters'.
There are many moments on the album which would be completely at home on a Beautiful South album. And that is high praise in my opinion.
Definitely an album worthy of your time and, if you let it, your affection.

Citizen Men's BV1080-18A Sport Eco-Drive Strap Watch
Citizen Men's BV1080-18A Sport Eco-Drive Strap Watch
Price: £112.81

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple but classy, 29 April 2014
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This Citizen's watch was even more attractive when I saw it in the flesh.
It has a large, simple and uncluttered face with attractive strap.
Love the fact that it is eco-drive - no more trips to the jewellers to replace batteries.
Would highly recommend.

I Wish We Were Leaving
I Wish We Were Leaving
Price: £2.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tune that won't leave you, 25 April 2014
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First class tune from BLBL with a nice flavour of Elton John vocals. A haunting melody that will stay with you. A great indicator of the second album coming this summer.

Price: £4.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pop worth your attention, 8 April 2013
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This review is from: Cosmos (MP3 Download)
This is a debut album masterminded by Scissor Sisters very own Del Marquis (Derek Gruen) and the obvious quality shows right away.

Along with various guest vocalists, this is something that any Scissors fan would enjoy too and has a definite 80s feel.

Echoes of early Madonna and Prince are noticeable - always good in my opinion!

Particularly welcome is the distinctive voice of Rod Thomas from Bright Light Bright Light on two tracks.

Stand out tracks include 'Legendary Children' - feel that glorious bassline - and 'In the Quiet'.

True pop lovers should listen in - you will enjoy.

Hollow Pike
Hollow Pike
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure for anyone of any age., 17 Feb 2013
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This review is from: Hollow Pike (Kindle Edition)
This book is wildly entertaining for readers of any age with loveable characters. James Dawson is a talent to watch.

In the Tall Grass
In the Tall Grass
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully nasty., 27 Jan 2013
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This review is from: In the Tall Grass (Kindle Edition)
A short story with a bite, this is a nasty but enjoyable story that may leave you with bad dreams. I liked it!

Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection - Limited Edition [Blu-ray] [1942] [Region Free]
Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection - Limited Edition [Blu-ray] [1942] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Alfred Hitchcock
Offered by brrsales
Price: £129.99

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic quality transfers - in places!, 20 Nov 2012
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A smartly packaged box set that feels like good quality. The paper extras in the back envelope are nice, especially the movie poster cards, but you probably won't look at them more than once.

A lot has been said about the variable quality of the blu-ray transfers of these films and I have to agree.

For most of the films, the transfers are good and some are fantastic, but unfortunately, others are awful.

When you see Vertigo, for example, the colours and sharpness are AMAZING - it takes your breath away to see that classic film looking so good and almost makes up for other deficiencies in the other films.

The very early films such as Saboteur and Shadow of a Doubt look great too - impressive for 1940s films, which makes it all the more disappointing that much later films such as Family Plot look awful in places.

Family Plot is probably the worst transfer and the trailer for that film in the extras is much better quality than the film itself. I guess that's from the DVD version! But Frenzy, from roughly the same period, looks great. Doesn't make sense.

Marnie is very grainy and Torn Curtain suffers from the same problem until it has outside scenes, which are sharp, strangely.

Luckily, the best films - Vertigo, Rear Window, Psycho, The Birds - do look very good, so I can live with the fact that lesser films like Family Plot are so poor.

It's a shame that not more of Hitchcock's classic are included - North by North West, Dial M for Murder, Strangers on a Train for example - but I guess this is down to copyright issues and different studios being involved.

All in all, I would recommend the box set, but it has its limitations. If all of these films had received the same incredible transfers that some of the films have got, then it would have been a truly outstanding box set.
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Harry Potter: The Complete 1-8 Film Collection - Limited Numbered Edition (Blu-ray + DVD) [2011] [Region Free]
Harry Potter: The Complete 1-8 Film Collection - Limited Numbered Edition (Blu-ray + DVD) [2011] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Daniel Radcliffe
Offered by thebookcommunity
Price: £240.00

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy box set, 30 Nov 2011
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I received this box set today - two days early - so thanks to Amazon for that surprise - and I am not disappointed. In case anyone is interested, I got number 5,429 out of the 25,000 copies of this limited edition.

The blu-rays and DVDs are presented in a sturdy and attractive box which should protect them well. The photo album inside is also well produced with glossy pics of the cast from all eight films. The cover is flat with some very slight embossing and does not have a raised shield as the product picture kind of suggests it would.

Only one small gripe - you have to peel off the paper cover stuck around the outside of the box to be able to open it up, which is fiddly and means you will have to unstick that cover every time to get access to the discs unless you are happy to throw away the paper cover - which you are unlikely to want to do.

Apart from that, the product is good and having watched some of the discs already, the picture quality is excellent.

Doctor Who: Series 5
Doctor Who: Series 5
Price: £13.78

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical soundtrack, 11 Nov 2010
This review is from: Doctor Who: Series 5 (Audio CD)
This double CD continues Murray Gold's masterful hand in creating magical music over the past few soundtrack albums to Doctor Who.

Despite being two discs and containing more than two hours of music, there is barely a track that you would want to skip when listening.

You can't help but feel stirred by this music and sometimes find a unexpected tear welling up when listening to some of the more beautiful pieces.

A perfect companion to the recently released DVD/blu-ray series 5 box set, I would recommend this album to any Doctor Who fan or real music lover.

One slight disappointment is an error in the track "I am the Doctor" which skips at 3mins 52secs in - I have heard about this problem from people who have downloaded the album and also found the same problem on my CD. It's a shame but doesn't mar the overall experience.

This album soars and helps to keep the programme alive and kicking. And that's coming from an old Who fan from the Tom Baker days!

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