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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Derivative, true, but marvellous all the same, 21 July 2012
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This review is from: Manifest! (MP3 Download)
If this album were just "I'm His Girl" it would be incredible, slinky, cool pop built around a terrific bassline and so UV-lit and blue-purple it's hard not to be drawn in, absorbed by the self-confident, spacey world Friends construct. But it's not, and the rest is fab too: all 38 minutes of it are groovy, percussive, signal "let the good times roll" like nothing this year so far save Sleigh Bells. Perhaps sometimes it reminds one a little too overtly of others - La Roux, The Slits, New Order - and one hopes they'll strike out on more of their own path in the future and become even better for it. But to deny the infectiousness of "Friend Crush" or the piping hot "A Thing Like This" or "Ideas on Ghosts" on the grounds that they're a tad unoriginal would be churlish and wrong. Ace.

Annie Hall [DVD] [1977]
Annie Hall [DVD] [1977]
Dvd ~ Woody Allen
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming, delightful and very funny, 27 April 2012
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Annie Hall is a rather odd film, with Allen's character - a neurotic Jewish comedian, that must have been a stretch for him to play - frequently addressing us directly, in one scene switching seamlessly from real-life to fantasy when annoyed by a boor behind him in a movie queue, in others suddenly becoming a cartoon character or using subtitles to show the subtext in his and Annie's first conversation. But never mind this playing with the form because quite apart from that Annie Hall is a very funny film: it's because Alvy Singer's romance with Annie Hall (and with Brooklyn) is so affecting and awkwardly believable that it's so hilarious. Enjoyable, cheering - and only an hour and a half long! - I'd recommend Annie Hall to anyone.

Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to its Own Past
Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to its Own Past
by Simon Reynolds
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Simon Reynolds, why are you always so disappointing, 18 April 2012
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I'd previously attempted to read Rip it Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984, but abandoned it halfway through - I found Reynolds's writing an unsatisfying hodgepodge of ideas. By the time Retromania came out, however, I decided it was worth a chance, since the topic - revivalism and the recycling of old ideas - is one I find particularly interesting. However, it was ultimately not worth my time. His writing style still leaves a lot to be desired, and the salient points, when there are any, are buried between desperate namedrops and odd self-centred anecdotes. Often he seems befuddled and fusty, writing about modern pop culture like a slightly lost middle-aged man. If you've enjoyed his previous self-defeating and confused treatises, then Retromania will probably be right up your street; it is probably not worthwhile otherwise.
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