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Mr. Aj Des Forges (Bristol, England.)

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The Destruction Of Small Ideas
The Destruction Of Small Ideas

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 65 days of explosive mind blowing power!, 15 May 2007
This is a neat progression from 'One For All Time', which has become truly my 'one for all time'... infact 65daysofstatic seem to capture so many emotions with such satisfying power, its akin to standing beneath the Angel Falls after running for 27 miles to get there...

Each track from The Destruction... has its own distinct barage of intricate atmospherics using a combination of phat baselines, mashed-upelctronica beats, super-tight-avalanche-inducing-atomic drumming (the drummer deserves an award, you should the way he bashes them live!), spine-tingling piano sounds and various other mesmirisingly-edible audio snippetts of ingenious precision to create something I'd say sounds quite unique...

This has got to be the most exciting sound around at the moment.

I was going to pick out the stand-out tracks but it turned into most of the album track-listing... If it had to be 3 I would say 'A Failsafe', 'The Distant & Mechanised Glow of Eastern European Dance Parties', 'Don't Go Down To Sorrow'... But really with each listen another track stikes me as a work of art! This album features the track 'The Conspiricy Of Seeds', with vocals on... I believe its a 1st for 65 (vocals), and whilst it is growing on me, its not a choice cut yet. Over all, a great album with so much to discover its another fine addition to the world of 65daysofstatic!

Offered by Giant Entertainment
Price: £6.10

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Empty Skies no where to be seen but its all good, 27 Nov. 2004
This review is from: Kokopelli (Audio CD)
Purchased this record spontaneously after hearing "Empty Skies" which I now know is on the other album... Having heard that track I was expecting this to be a dance record, especially as it was in the elecronica section of the record shop. Although there is a dance element to it, this is more of a dreamy dark guitar-beats crossover record,but genres don't matter.
I was merely surpised and very pleasently so when the random track selecta struck track 4 "Avalanch" first, and the full, satisfying beats with dark surroundings filled the room. That track blew me away and despite no 'empty skies' the rest of the album generally followed suit on first listen and I was left yearning for more. After a few more listens came my reasons for giving 4* not 5. Lyrically, several tracks make me squirm a little, such as "I'm coming home", or "at the turn of the century, it was you and me, making history, baby". The songs are fairly predictably structured into verse,build,chorus,verse repeat etc, albeit very effectively in most cases save for All in My head and Blue Eyed Boy where the chorus saves the verse from pop mediocrity.
I have no idea what they look like but the singer reminds me for some reason of Skin from a once big band whose name escapes me.
Overall this is a top quality record with mild reservations and I cannot wait to checkout the dancier RESIST.

Amusement Parks on Fire
Amusement Parks on Fire
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £16.95

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Floating Venus, 23 July 2004
This review is from: Amusement Parks on Fire (Audio CD)
Venus in Cancer (track 2) is amazing and thats what prompted me to find the album. The rest of the album continues the hazy thoughtfull multilayered cruiser rock theme that i really enjoy. Like a super mix of Ride and My Bloody Valentine with a newer feel, this stuff is perfect for listening to on a personal stereo whilst cruising on a train through Scotland. Or wherever you're going. Reccomended.

The Way of Curve
The Way of Curve

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comes Up Roses, 17 Jun. 2004
This review is from: The Way of Curve (Audio CD)
This does not deserve any critisism. A band with as good a back cataloue as Curve cannot possibly put all the best tracks to please all on the compilation. (As for those NME people who wrongly say all Curve sounds the same isn't it ironic that you only promote bands that fit whatever fad you decide to latch onto, garage rock anyone?) What they have put on this album certainly should not disappoint anyone and if you are new to Curve this will draw you in to their hypnotic power and send you off searching for their other amazing records which satisfy your senses to infinity.
Hearing remastered versions of classics like Horror Head and Superblaster remastered re-enforces their serene power even further at high volume! Tracks on the rarities b-side cd are still blowing me away now and each day a new one jumps out - today its Sinner and In Disguise which come after the euphoric cover version of I Feel Love.
Hope this album takes Curve to more people. FIll your room and life with Curve!

MTV Unplugged in New York
MTV Unplugged in New York
Price: £3.45

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Nirvana, 10 Mar. 2004
As an avid Nirvana fan for quite a few years this is the record I play the most, because it is the most pure, the emotion is actually transcended in an arguably more powerful way than any other, because you know kurt is feeling every lyric he is singing. Thats what makes Nirvana one of those rarities, they have a genuineness about the music and lyric and no-one can beat that. Some of the cover versions like 'Oh Me' and 'The Man Who Sold the World' are possibly the most beautiful tracks I have every been absorbed into. Their other studio albums like In Utero and Nevermind have their merits in a different way to this. Unplugged is just stripped back raw emotion and I love it, you should too.

Walking Tall
Walking Tall
by Simon Weston
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational, Moving, 4 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Walking Tall (Paperback)
I knew little about Simon Weston, and spontaneously purchased this book, thinking that I recognised him and would like to know more detail about what happened in the war from his pesonal percpective.
I was hooked from page one onwards, the writing style flows and really brings out his personality. Starting with childhood in Whales, we get an insight into his character developement, and sense how he found himself through the friendships formed in the unique situation of soldier training at various different posts, including Kenya and Berlin, whilst the City was still East/West divided.
When the journey to the Faulklands begins you know the innevitable, yet the book is so well written that you almost forget what this was all leading up to. His experience was shockingly horrific and re-enforces the senselessness of war (although the this may not be the view of Mr. Weston as there is no anti-war or blaming), and the book movingly chronicles the extreme lows leading to triumph.
Highly Reccomended.

Price: £4.86

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've never know completeness, like being here..., 2 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Lamb (Audio CD)
Purchased on the strength of Grecki, an almost life-changingly beautiful song that is far bigger in its emotive power than any word could describe, its wider than the universe. Despite this the album does not disappoint and all the trakcs are evocative, original and luhly textured.
After this try the Fear of Four album and make sure you get hold of the one with the remix of Gorecki because it is amazing!

Lost in Translation
Lost in Translation
Offered by CAC Media UK
Price: £23.49

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost in the cool feeling, 2 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Lost in Translation (Audio CD)
This captures the feeling in the film perfectly, and the film captured a feeling from life quite well- its like a wander into the zone of drifting through the complex and crazy world, yet somehow feeling good and elevated about not knowing where you're really heading because there is beauty and excitement to be experianced from a subtle view point. Its more than worth getting just for the Kevin Shields references, although all his contibutions are probably what see it through. City Girl does not disappoint, and I recall hearing it in the film and thinking how amazing it sounded. The MBV track 'Sometimes' sounds extra amazing in the context of this album. Other tracks all have merits, even the slightly cheezy 'Pheonix' (TOO YOUNG) works really well in the context. the DIvegas track sounds amazing here too- Its all working really well- if you enjoyed any music in the film, you'll love this.
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Version 2.0
Version 2.0
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.22

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soundtracked exciting times, 15 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Version 2.0 (Audio CD)
This album became an absolute favourate of mine in summer 1998, when I realised that it was an absolutely incredibly heartfelt record, that just captures feelings of hope, dispair and love and enjoyment. 'The Trick is to Keep Breathing' is so beautiful its a wander it wasn't released as a single. It was a move on from the previous record, but many reviews of Version 2.0 made out like it was some 70's disco record, which it isn't. There maybe some Blondie Influence there but really this is a purely unique sounding record that few people I know have truly appreciated. Tracks like 'Sleep Togethor' have an excitement about them that is hard to describe, and 'you look so fine' is a soaring beauty that captures feelings of desperation like no other. If you like any ecclectic mixtures of electronic beats and sounds, with quality guitars topped by pure female vocal, with melancholic yet uplifting tunes, this one has to be for you.

Up (U.S. Version)
Up (U.S. Version)
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.97

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Up' lifiting 'Up' there on top of the clouds, 15 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Up (U.S. Version) (Audio CD)
'Up' ended up being not only my favourate of Rem's but also the most listended to record for the last 4 years. At first I remember thinking all the tracks sounded the same and the whole album was a bit annonymous (compared to previous offerings). However, it soon started to clear, like mist rising from the oceon, into one of the most beautiful records ever.
Highly reccomend listening to tracks like 'Hope' and 'Why not Smile?' on a very highquality walkman or hi fi, as the depth and texture of the sound is so amazing its almost edible (I still hear new layers of sound when I listen to it now). The beauty eminates from the lyrics original, expressive nature and in the experimental sounds that work so brilliantly, its hard to imagine how anyone could not love this. Not forgetting that each track has a distinctly subtle-yet powerful tune, prime example being Diminished, or Parakeets. This is a truly great record, and don't believe people who think Automatic For the People is the only good album, you'll miss out on this and other masterpieces like 'Out of Time'

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