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The Art of the Mass Effect Universe
The Art of the Mass Effect Universe
by Casey Hudson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 20.39

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawless except for a vital omission, 20 Feb 2012
Well this book IS fantastic. It is truly a lovely item and constructed extremely well. The cover is glossy and solid and the pages are thick and do the pictures tremendous justice. I wont go into it much more than this because if youre a fan of this amazing series you'll probably know what you're getting, but I did want to add this review to state one caveat (in case it's a selling point for somebody) in that the book, surprisingly, features practically nothing on the reapers, which are an iconic piece of design within the series. There is about a sentence on the design inspiration for the reapers, and although reaper forces from ME3 are given a brief section, there is really no dedicated pictures of the reapers themselves. This was especially odd considering the very visible and key role sovereign played in mass effect 1 - you'd think he alone would be given some space, let alone the vast forces of reapers seen in ME2 and 3.

I still whole heartedly recommend this for any fan, dont get me wrong. Just a bit disappointing such a narrative cornerstone and great design was left out!

Price: 7.17

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year, definitely, 26 Oct 2010
This review is from: Hedonism (Audio CD)
I first saw bellowhead at a festival this year, and being 22 and mostly into electronic music I hadn't really been in the circle of festivals where bellowhead were already big news. Pretty much instantly they were head and shoulders better than anything I'd seen at that, or most anything at any other, music festival. I've listened to all their other albums day in day out since then, and this one particularly (being the best of a good bunch) has barely left my car stereo ever since it came out.

Listening on high end studio monitors, it really is a clear leap in production for a band who are practically a small orchestra. This is totally free of the quality destroying over-compression that pretty much every song on today's charts suffers at the mixing desk stage. The sounds come across dynamically and vividly, but beyond the fantastic production (which is aided by recording with some historically ace equipment at abbey road), they're catchy, rich, detailed and brilliantly composed/adapted. Jon Boden's excellent singing is totally unique and free from the faux-celtic warbling that makes a lot of folk rather inaccessible. There's not a track I'd skip.

Definitely folk, but there are so many other genres going on within their broad remit that this really will appeal to anyone who enjoys good music. As someone else has titled their review, 'Crash, bang, wallop what an album'.

Him & Her [DVD]
Him & Her [DVD]
Dvd ~ Russell Tovey
Price: 7.66

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous. What a shock for bbc3, 12 Oct 2010
This review is from: Him & Her [DVD] (DVD)
This really is a breath of fresh air for a channel that has hardly been at the forefront of comedies for people who want a bit more thought put in. Both the leads are absolutely fantastic in their roles - Steve is portrayed brilliantly by Russell Tovey as blundering but well intentioned and likeable, and Sarah Solemani's cool, clever and often very subtle performance has been that of the best female lead in a comedy for as long as I can remember. Looks like a lot of people identify with lazing around in bed for weeks.

I was a big fan of Stefan Golaszewski's work with the brilliant 'Cowards' and his plays, but he really has found his niche here I think. I just hope there's a series 2 commissioned!

Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle - Series 1 [DVD]
Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle - Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stewart Lee
Price: 5.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A vital object, 3 Aug 2010
There's some things you own which are just stuff, and some things which are really important stuff. This is definitely in the latter category for me. Not only is Stewart Lee the funniest man you can possibly listen to say the same thing twenty four times, the DVD is very much worth buying for the extras. There are six shorts of Stewart Lee discussing the subject matter of each episode with Armando Iannucci, which is enough reason for a certain demographic (or very small cult) to shell out for. Even better is the really candid commentaries with Lee himself, comedy legend Kevin Eldon (whom it's fantastic to hear from) and Paul Putner, who is charming. Unlike a lot of commentaries it is consistently interesting to hear what's behind some of the content, as although the stand up format is fairly straightforward, there are some very extravagant sketches throughout the series, and it's great to hear how they were made. It's also nice to hear the relationship between the people involved who are all funny and by the sound of it all good friends.

There's not much I can add about the stand up itself. Every line is gold, really, and Stewart Lee does the best stand up in the world.

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