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A. Smith "Adamsez" (London, England United Kingdom)

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rises above blandness, 26 April 2004
This review is from: Rise (Audio CD)
Carefully crafted and immaculately produced, this would be a pleasantalternative to C&W for US highway driving. Attention to detail in thearrangements and instrumentation lifts it above the average, but I doubtyou'll leave the show humming the tunes. Moments reminded me of TheConnells and Something Happens. Check out the sound samples beforegambling on this.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweeping and assured late-Britpop, 29 Mar 2004
This review is from: rialto (Audio CD)
Rialto churned out some killer singles - all here - and did them ample justice with the rest of this debut collection. I concede Rialto could sometimes be predictable, repetitive and bombastic, but I happily forgive them for this album's simple impatience to rush from one great song to another. The follow-up album, Night on Earth, pales in comparison. Rialto had one great album in them, and this one's it. Production flawless, arrangements luxurious.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lucky to have it, 23 July 2003
This review is from: Daydreams (Audio CD)
Alice completed this recording only months before she succumbed to cystic fibrosis, a lifelong burden she affected to wear lightly as is clear in the BBC TV documentary The Nine Lives Of Alice Martineau, filmed when she had by her own estimation used up about six of them.
Alice wrote or co-wrote all the songs on the album, and there is not a duff one among them. On the contrary, they are filled with interest and bear repeated listening. The CD is also an immense credit to her co-writers, producer, arranger, voice coach, and the Sony team who had the gumption to give Alice a contract. The BBC programme showed how badly Alice's CF impeded her breathing. To hear her sing you would never know it, which is another of this album's mini-miracles.
In my opinion, Baby's Fine is the outstanding track on Daydreams. Packed with imagination and musical professionalism, it encapsulates what a great team Alice had, in this instance including co-writer Howard Toshman and arranger Chris Elliott. A credit to all involved, and Alice an inspiration to all.

School'S Out
School'S Out
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Should be in every collection, 4 July 2003
This review is from: School'S Out (Audio CD)
As fresh and original as it was thirty years ago when it came wading through all that Progressive nonsense. Like the Pistols, the Alice persona which preceded the record was a bit scary, but the actual music and indeed musicianship (of both groups) came as a pleasant surprise. In common with other reviewers here I'd point to My Stars, Alma Mater and Public Animal as particularly inventive. They also contain that sentimentality typical of Cooper which was strangely incongruous with the leopardskin mayhem of his live act.
School's Out never gets dull. I regard it as a pair with Billion Dollar Babies, so if you like this, you know what to do next!

And She Closed Her Eyes
And She Closed Her Eyes
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily her best work, 4 July 2003
This review is from: And She Closed Her Eyes (Audio CD)
Having listened to this off and on since its release, and everything else Stina's done, I can only urge you to do yourself a mid-price favour without further ado. It rewards the musical ear anew with every listening, which is all the more remarkable for Stina's spare arrangements. There's not a duff track on it, either. You'll want to investigate more of Stina's when you've heard it but in my opinion only two subsequent songs (People Are Strange, Sharon and Hope) are worth the search. If you want to stay with the Nordic vibe, track down a copy of Purr by the Swedish female soloist Cam instead, and pay whatever you have to.

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