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The Holy Bible
The Holy Bible
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Price: £4.11

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Album Ever, Yes You Better Believe It, 9 Sept. 2003
This review is from: The Holy Bible (Audio CD)
This is the only album Ive ever heard that is flawless from beginning to end after more than one listen.
The Manics could not have made an album more different to Gold Against The Soul. GATS was were the Manics lost their focus, still a great album but it was a bit of a mess. Not so however with "The Holy Bible", the band recaptured their focus and even through all of Richey's problems managed to create this, their "Darkside Of The Moon".
Their record is pure vitriol from beginning to end, it is scary to think of what frame of mind they must have been in to create something this aggressive and honest. Their is no other band on earth who have produced anything this vile before, not Slayer, not Cannibal Corpse, no one.
The album kicks off with a real rocker in "Yes", a song about prostitution, it begins with a quote from a Channel 4 documentary called "Pimps, Pros, Hookers And Their Johns". It is the closest you will get to a pop melody in the next hour or so.
The next track is equally as hard, taking it's name from a Lenny Bruce quote. "Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayit'sworldwouldfallapart" is a vitriolic attack on racist attitudes in the self proclaimed "Greatest Country On Earth". It's militaristic drums and flanged guitar providing a jagged, abrasive background for the equally abrasive lyrics. On this album the music does'nt simply bacvk the lyrics, it ups the ante of hate.
The third song, "Of Walking Abortion" is a condensced slice of Metal. The Manics do in one song what Slayer will never do in forty. How much more hate can you take.
"She Is Suffering", one of three singles taken from the album, is equally as unrepentant as anything else contained on the disc. But the anger is channelled in a softer, more tender way. Like Bonnie Tyler on a anger management course.
Then back into Hell Rock territory. "Archives Of Pain", the Manics song attacking the glorification of serial killers is a far cry from what they said a year prior when they recorded "Patrick Bateman". But then again, after you've heard "The Holy Bible" GATS will seem inconsequential.
"Revol", is the weirdest single the Manics have ever released. The lyrics place famous political leaders in sexual encounters and it opens with a bass only gOTHIC into. Bizarre as hell.
The next song is the most famous track off this album. "4st 7ibs" was written by Richey about his ongoing battle with anorexia. This is why the man is acclaimed and lauded, he not only wrote a beautiful song, he wrote a song about a condition that primarily affects an individuals perception. The lyrics are well defined, no ambigousity about the condition and serve as a warning to anyone taking the extreme path to weight loss.
"Mausoleum", a song about the holocaust, is evil. Judgemental and hard, this is the closest the world of music has ever got to "Schindler's List".
Then into the greatest song ever recorded. "Faster" is as good as music will ever get, the Manics manage to put all of their power and creativity and genius together into one moment and record a song that captures that moment. All other suppossed great songs should be judged by this.
"This Is Yesterday" is the mellowest that this album gets, a soft rock song about childhood and the happiness that goes with it as oppossed to the coldness of the adult world.
"Die In The Summertime" leads into a hell of a monster. "The Intense Humming Of Evil" is the closest the Manics have ever got to Joy Division... and they sure do a good job of it. Amazing.
The last track is high speed death punk rocker. P.C.P was released on the "Faster" ep and appears again here. And then it all comes to an end.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is the defining moment in music. It will never be bettered.


Animal Farm: A Fairy Story
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story
by George Orwell
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great books of all time, 8 Sept. 2003
Animal Farm is always referred to as a comment on the Russian Revolution, but it is more than that. It works as a general comment on the corruption of people who suddenly come into power and the perversion of great ideas. Just like most ideas, the Animal Revolution begins as a well intentioned attempt to free all animals from the grip of their human masters. But as time goes on the reality and the original idea become more detached.
I don't want to give anything away, just read it for yourself.


On Parole
On Parole
Price: £5.02

5 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If I could give this a zero I would!, 7 Sept. 2003
This review is from: On Parole (Audio CD)
This is possibly the worst album I have ever hear. Put simply, this is the Motorhead we all know and love minus speed, power, heaviness and all of the qualities that made Motorhead great. There is not 1 good song on this album. It just isnt Motorhead, the first album Lemmy made after he left Hawkwind and he obviously wasnt sure how he wanted the band to sound.
This album suffers for it. Buy Ace Of Spades instead.
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Everything (A Book about Manic Street Preachers)
Everything (A Book about Manic Street Preachers)
by Simon Price
Edition: Paperback

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ive ever read., 2 Sept. 2003
If you are interested in the Manics this is the only book to by right now.
The Manic Street Preachers were always different. Half Rock band, half cultural essay. Thankfully this book works in much the same way. I was only 6 when the Manic Street Preachers signed to Sony Records in 1991 and am glad in a way that I was. The Manics always commented on the culture that they saw around them and god was it crap.
This book masterfully takes you back to the absolutely dire late 80's/early 90's indie scene in Britain, dominated by either Mancunian white boys who thought they could dance or scruffy university dropouts looking at their feet whilst playing appallingly bad feedback drenched prog rock. Yes, the indie scene was a dying place. The Manics were different. The book describes the origins of the band, four young men from a nowhere town in Wales. It guides us through the Manics early corner cutting activities, a lesson in music press manipulation, and early sloganeering Clash meets Camus attitude.
After the fire of the Generation Terrorists era it guides us through the relatively subdued, unfocuse Gold Against The Soul era and then on into the hardcore militancy and despair of The Holy Bible era. So what if they didnt split up. As things begin to slip away it begins to effect everything. Price portrays this fragile part of their career in the right way, not in the sensationalist way the NME would have it.
It guides us through each part of their career with the same brilliance as the Generation Terrorist part. It exposes James, Richey, Nicky and Sean as exactly what they are, normal people with the same quirkes and traits as everybody else. Its diificult now to talk about the Manics without just going on about Richey endlessly but Price avoids this pitfall.
Buy it today. I doubt that untill Nicky writes his promised account of the band you will need any other Manics book.


UFOrb
UFOrb
Price: £7.09

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I dont like dance music but I love this!, 30 Aug. 2003
This review is from: UFOrb (Audio CD)
I'll be straight, dance is'nt my usual taste. I love rock and indie and my limited ventures into dance have been Progidy, Underworld (the dark hardcore stuff) and the poppy KLF. This is the only other dance album I own but I love it.
This album is beautiful. Ambient soundscapes and sampled effects sweep over you and help you relax. Its easiest for me to compare this to Dark Side Of The Moon or Kid A/OK Computer era Radiohead so I will.
This album shares the same sort of forward vision as those albums and in the same way that those albums are very ambitious and complex this is too. This is where the greatest music comes from and also where the biggest failings come from, when artists try to be ambitious. Fortunately Alex has the talent to make it work.
The album should not be listened to as tracks, it should be listened to as one long experience. The album take different styles such as dub and mixes it with a sort of prototype of trip hop. When voices come in they aid the flow of music rather than lock the music down. The album works because none of the individual factors in it take over, they all work together.
I suppose that because Jimmy Cauty of the KLF founded the Orb with Patterson (and left before this recording), and because when this was recorded ambient dance had'nt progressed as far as it would, this and all of the Orb's records in the first few years will be compare with the KLF's Chillout album. True, both this album and Chillout are classics but they are very different. This Orb album is very influenced by Jamaican Dub, Darkside era Pink Floyd soundscapes and at times very trippy sounds. Chillout may sound a bit basic compared to this but then again, Chillout was the first true ambient dance album.
If you only ever buy one dance album buy this. Alex has extraordinary musical vision and the talent to make it work. Granted, according to all of the reviews I've read the Orb never matched this again. So what, Guns N Roses were crap for a long time but at least they gave us the Appetite For Destruction album.


The World Needs a Hero
The World Needs a Hero
Price: £20.58

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is really bad, just... bad, 31 July 2003
This review is from: The World Needs a Hero (Audio CD)
So that's it, Megadeth are Megaded and they have signed off with the worst album of their career.
Do not buy, there is not one redeeming feature of this release, even the name is crap.
Megadeth were at one time a really good band, never great but good. They were on top of their game with the Peace Sells album and were a good band untill the release of the absolutely apalling Youthanasia album. The critics loved the Cryptic Writings album but personally I thought it was crap compared to their earlier work.
Their you go, the easiest career in the world to simplify: KIMB untill Extinction: good, post Extinction: crap.


The Clash: Westway To The World [DVD]
The Clash: Westway To The World [DVD]
Dvd ~ The Clash
Price: £5.87

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Punk Rock filmmaking at its best., 27 July 2003
This is a must if you are a punk fan along with The Filth And The Fury film.
A career overview of THE punk band of all time. It reveals at lot about how the clash came to be and also about the tensions within the band around the time of their breakup. It is amazing to think, but as Joe Strummer points out near the end, the entire career of The Clash went down in five years. This is a band who released a debut album that is now considered a classic, a classic double album and a triple album. Most bands don't achieve this in 15 years.
It quite ironic that the one band that some people believe the Clash to be superior to (Sex Pistols) are the whole reason the band existed. Joe reminisces on how after seeing the Pistols his old band, the 101's, were not worth a damn. Very interesting insightful film awith some good interviews.
The only thing that prevents this from getting a five is that the On Broadway 20 minute documentary mini movie is quite tedious but apart from that brilliant all around. Also, buy The Filth And The Fury Sex Pistols film.


St. Anger [Bonus DVD Digipak]
St. Anger [Bonus DVD Digipak]

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Really disappointing!!, 27 July 2003
This album is really bad. I bought it on the strength of its prerelease reviews that stated that Metallica have returned to the glory days of the Puppets album... they have'nt.
Metallica have revisited the epic song structure's that placed them ahead of their thrash metal contempories in the mid 80's but unlike the epic masterpieces of "Master Of Puppets" or "One" the band drag a good idea too far. Most of the songs on this album don't work because the content does'ent match the ambition. With the aforementioned songs they were an epic sweep, massive pieces that transcend speed, pace, power and atmosphere. These are nowhere near as full and expansive as the older material.
There are no guitar solos. For me this is a good thing because I am a big punk rock fan as well and can't stand long, pretensious noodling guitar solos. In general Metallica's solos have been fairly decent, especially in the early days, they were more like punk solos in that they were fast, powerful and full of attitude... but the noodlers always appear. Bugger all of either here though.
Metallica have always been a band to try new things and none more so here. Since their inception the final mix has always remained unchanged, loud guitars, loud drums, bass in the background and vocals somewhere in the middle. Well imagine my horror at this, vocals pushed to the front ahead of everything else and a pathetic dum dum for drums. Mixed wrongly.
So to conclude, don't bother. The DVD is'ent worth the disc its burnt to and the return of Pushead has'ent helped. Save your money and buy either the Puppets album (the pinnacle of their creativity) or the Black album (the pinnacle of their commercial success and their most easily accessible album),


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