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Be Yourself Tonight
Be Yourself Tonight
Price: £9.16

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Their Final Great?, 9 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Be Yourself Tonight (Audio CD)
While it did not receive the commercial success of their previous two studio albums, "Be Here Tonight" is arguably the best in Eurythmics' catalogue. It once again showed their rare ability to combine the idea of synthpop and new wave, with the soulful vocals of Annie Lennox. This album contained fewer commercial tracks, and was therefore more consistent in its actual output, delivering performances to stun. With the inclusion of Aretha Franklin in "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves," this just goes to show the level of talent in this group.

However, this album suffers the problem that I believe the previous two do: their inability to truly survive the times. It is still a great, like their previous two, but is arguably their best effort.
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Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This
Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This
Offered by westworld-
Price: £11.03

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Deserved Time In The Spotlight, 9 Feb. 2012
"Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" is the album that propelled Eurythmics into the mainstream success that they deserved. The cause was the title track, but one should not forget that the album the song came from was a great in itself. With a good blend between hits and album tracks, the band manage to fit "Love Is A Stranger" with "This City Never Sleeps," both different genres, and both different styles of production and vocals. I hope we will never forget the magnificence of the title track, and that there were two people in this entire band.

While in times overdone and aged, this album is a classic that shows a band on its way to the top of the 80s scene.


Maggot Brain: Remastered
Maggot Brain: Remastered
Price: £7.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Psychedelic? Funk? Rock?, 11 Jun. 2011
All of the above.
From the long, mournful tune of the title track, right through to the closer, many different styles are touched upon by this very creative and fun band.

Not much can be said about it. A great album. Maybe not an essential one.


Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £7.29

5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece Of Modern Rock, 18 May 2011
One of the most diverse and creative albums of the 1990s, the Smashing Pumpkins wrote one of the most epic and enjoyable albums ever. At just over two hours in length the music ranges from acoustic piano and guitar, to symphonic strings, to synthesized keyboards, to heavy guitars. All this time the music stays entertaining with each song different from the last.

The first CD, "Dawn To Dusk," plays much of the heavier catalogue that previous fans have been used to in "Siamese Dream." A few quieter tracks have been put in at intervals to let the music settle. This is the commercial side of the album, where the music is rarely too loud or too quiet.

The second CD, "Twilight To Starlight," moves onto the Pumpkins' more extreme genres, from the unbearably sad and quiet "Stumbleine," to the extremely noisy "Bodies," which they seem to overdo at points, leaving the only two dispensable tracks, "Tales Of A Scorched Earth" and "X.Y.U." They even include a reprise of the title track in "Thru The Eyes Of Ruby," just to please their prog fans.

One of the few double albums where it is possible to listen to from start to finish without getting bored, "Mellon Collie" remains a classic of alternative rock today, and is still one of the greatest double albums of all time.


Voodoo
Voodoo
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £4.95

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive Songs And Near-Silent Lyrics Ruin A Previously Good Artist, 18 May 2011
This review is from: Voodoo (Audio CD)
"Voodoo" takes a step away from D'Angelo's previous work, "Brown Sugar" and, unfortunately, focuses less on what made the album successful. The second album fills itself out with a repeated bassline and drumbeat, while D'Angelo whispers vocals. This blend creates a hazy sound that draws its listener into the music, for a while.

The songs themselves, however, venture too long on the same sound and begin to blend in quickly, with the next track being hardly distinctive from the last. By result the album quickly falls apart with disappointment that it could have been half the length and double the result.

"Voodoo" is a poor effort because of too much excess, and a disappointment from an artist who is capable of so much better.
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Guitar Town
Guitar Town
Price: £3.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Debut, 18 May 2011
This review is from: Guitar Town (Audio CD)
It looked like Steve Earle had a promising future when he released this record. He sings lyrics all rockers understand, but makes them sound more personal and heartfelt to give them a whole new meaning. Much of the material here is strong, especially the title track.

This is a classic from the other side of the 80s, and a strong debut from a rising artist.


Entertainment
Entertainment
Price: £6.99

0 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Bad Start From A Good Band (redone), 17 May 2011
This review is from: Entertainment (Audio CD)
This was my original review:

"Entertainment!" gained a large following for the Gang Of Four, but maybe it was not the one that should have. Although energetic and laid-back, the album lacks enough thought and effort to impress more than just the band's following.

While a few tracks do impress, this is not an album for introducing people to punk.
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I admit I should have put more detail into my reviews, so sorry about that.

What people generally see in this album is that the lyrics evoke a political or social tone about the society of the late 70s. These lyrics are riddled with backing vocals that shout lyrics unrelated to any social point or to the lead vocals themselves. Many lyrics make no sense: "please send me evenings and weekends" repeated over ten times. Little effort is placed in actual tone or harmony, and so the "singer" instead talks or shouts his way through lyrics. While some lines shine through well-spoken, there is always an empty space that needs filling by a proper vocalist.

These empty spaces are all too common, though. When the singer is not speaking lyrics, the rest of the band offer a bland backdrop of uninteresting noise. The drummer shows a Ringo Starr-level of skill, with riffs barely changing throughout most songs. While I admit there are exceptions, the drumming does not shine through enough to help the band. The bassist is always present yet offering nothing either. As the singer appears the main focus point of the band, the empty spaces are filled with occasional notes by the bassist, rather than full-fledged riffs. Therefore there is nothing interesting about the empty spaces, of which there are many, and the input they put in is minimal.

The lack of skill in guitar is also shown, but thankfully not emphasised. The guitarist understands his ability and so does not overdo any tracks, the exception being "Anthrax," a track that would sound much more pleasant without the distorted guitar interrupting the flow of the already pointless track.

All in all, the band had a crude sound, but none of them were able to shine at this point. This is why I believe their EP a year later was their better sound, as while the spaces were still there, the band was more close-knit, giving energetic choruses on songs like "Armalite Rifle."

I do not take popularity or "classic status" into account, and so I believe I have made my point and opinion clear.
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All The Young Dudes
All The Young Dudes
Price: £3.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bowie Saves The Day, 17 May 2011
This review is from: All The Young Dudes (Audio CD)
About to collapse after a string of badly written albums, Mott The Hoople made a great comeback with "All The Young Dudes." Although not their usual sound, David Bowie's massive influence over the songs does not necessarily make it bad. In fact, he gave them the perfect songs to cover: "Sweet Jane" and "All The Young Dudes" (one of Bowie's own).

Although some material is not as strong, Mott came back as a band fighting fit again, as they would try to continue on their own after this album.


Vitalogy
Vitalogy
Offered by Hot Cakes
Price: £20.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Their Second Great, 17 May 2011
This review is from: Vitalogy (Audio CD)
After the success of their debut masterpiece, Pearl Jam used more experimenting and less commercial tunes for "Vs." and it didn't always pay off. However, with the feel of punk in their minds, they created a blend of commercial numbers right alongside some extremely strange ones ("Hey, Foxymophandlemama, That's Me") as Pearl Jam try to get the right sound.

It doesn't work perfectly on "Vitalogy" but similar albums would try to reach the same sound in the future, such as Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Californication."


That'S The Way Of The World
That'S The Way Of The World

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Job From A Great Band, 15 May 2011
An album that is just wonderful to listen to. It has a song for every mood, and every song will influence your mood. Main highlight is the title track, but many of the other tracks are close behind. Good relaxation music that will take you on a journey.

While it may not be the most fantastic album, few could say that this album is in any way bad at all.


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