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Black Light
Black Light
Price: 8.34

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bit oh a hidden gem, 15 July 2010
This review is from: Black Light (Audio CD)
Full of character and invention, in particular the most interesting use of Brian Ferry's voice of all time on gut-wrentchingly, pleadingly dark, tune - Shameless (listen out for the terribly sad moment of near redemption in the melody two-thirds in - blimey). Long gone is the floaty introspective GA of old and in its place is some crunchy, urgent, almost late '70s new wave. Love it. There are five pretty ordinary tracks in there though - it's as if the band are still trying to get comfortable in the sound and that the process is edit-less: whatever comes out is whatever comes out. Favorite track is the blimmin' massive Paper Romance. Play it loud.


Further
Further
Price: 8.91

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty to be happy about., 15 July 2010
This review is from: Further (Audio CD)
It's the Chemicals: big beats, great melodies and the ability to string a tune together delivers yet more glorious music to speed your brain along to. Typical late Chemical's duds jostle with a couple of tunes as thumpingly huge and as satisfyinly toe-tapping as anything in their catalogue. The playlist is weirdly constructed though so it takes a few plays to work out where the gold is but it absolutely is there. Opener Snow shows they've still got an eye on what the cool kids are up to, with a beat-track made out of early '80s tech-junk sounds, but then it wallops into the weird, Chemicals meets The Who, twelve minute car crash Escape Velocity. The rest rolls through a set of nicely distinct but typically Chemical Brothers tunes that deliver on the duo's cast-iron promise: to provide you with music to make you feel good about that whole 'being alive' business.


LaCie USB Speakers Design by Neil Poulton
LaCie USB Speakers Design by Neil Poulton

4.0 out of 5 stars Almost stupidly cheap, 2 July 2010
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Even at introduction, these were not expensive. Now going for around fifteen quid they are almost stupidly cheap - so my expectation was set low to match. I'm a bit stunned to report back that these weird-looking speakers sound great. Not billion-quid great and, of course, bass is very limited but they're fast, musical and easy to listen too. Bargain.


Outeredge Bike Transport Bag
Outeredge Bike Transport Bag
Price: 58.39

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent bag., 27 May 2010
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Strong, well-padded, very high-quality zip, useful inner pockets for two wheels and a perfect hanging-pouch for bits and bobs. Oh and the inside is easy to wipe-down and the whole thing is a bargain price. Terrific.


Anvil! The Story of Anvil [DVD]
Anvil! The Story of Anvil [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Norland
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: 4.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just the music, 27 May 2010
Don't like metal? Doesn't matter in the context of this movie: The Story of Anvil is a heart-breaking, heart-warming, human story, that could be about any struggle to achieve something more than surviving the humdrum of everyday life. Robb and Lipps are so easily likeable and their relationship one of such sweet brotherly bonding - rarely will you be cheering so hopefully and expectantly for the underdog. Anvil forever!


Fashion Fabulous London: The Top 200 Hottest Fashion Shops in London
Fashion Fabulous London: The Top 200 Hottest Fashion Shops in London
by Tracy Rose
Edition: Paperback

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, useful and fun., 27 April 2010
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Hugely impressed by this essential London fashion handbook. The Roses cover 200 fashion shops and do so with a brilliant eye for detail, spot-on understanding of the prevailing zeitgeist and a welcome lack of fashion snobbery (TK Maxx get the same honest and optimistic treatment as Armani do). They describe the look of the store, the clothes and the atmosphere.

They don't stop at shops though - the final pages of the book cover fashion bars, courses, events, charity shops and all sorts besides. The collection is then rounded off with a terrific set of favorites lists with titles such as 'Outstanding Service', 'Low Budget', 'Cool' and 'Ethical'.

Great guide for the fashionista but an absolute essential for anybody studying either fashion, or retailing.
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Emily's Tiger
Emily's Tiger
by Miriam Latimer
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, 17 April 2010
This review is from: Emily's Tiger (Paperback)
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Such good fun, kids love the distinct and terrifically drawn (in both senses) characters. Lovely!


Closing Time: A Memoir
Closing Time: A Memoir
by Joe Queenan
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Hard work, 17 April 2010
This review is from: Closing Time: A Memoir (Hardcover)
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The abridged radio version of this book is great. Hearing that led me to grab this original, I have to say, the abridgers must have done an incredible job because Closing Time is incredibly hard work. Queenan had a tough time and so do we reading about it.


That Mitchell and Webb Sound: Series 4 (That Mitchell & Webb Sound)
That Mitchell and Webb Sound: Series 4 (That Mitchell & Webb Sound)
by David Mitchell
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 12.71

4.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable old friends, 17 April 2010
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David Mitchell and Robert Webb might as well be members of the family now - both appear so often on our tellies. There's not a voice-over or panel-show place these lads aren't either providing, in or competing for. It means we're perhaps more comfortable these days with their promotional profiles, so a return to the radio roots of their early success is a breath of fresh air. Series 4 brings back many of the old radio favorites, showcases audio-versions of characters later transferring to the TV equivalent and does so with the pair on sharp form. Great fun in the car especially.


Skullcandy Titan Earbuds for iPhone - Chrome
Skullcandy Titan Earbuds for iPhone - Chrome
Offered by King Of Gadgets UK
Price: 30.27

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning performance for very little cash, 7 Dec 2009
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Wow. I wanted a set of in-ear headphones with an inline-mic/iPod-control for my iPhone. Did the usual research and one set kept getting mentions and it was from a manufacturer I wouldn't normally touch with a dirty barge-pole: Skullcandy. It seems that these Titan earbuds have turned out, almost accidentally, to be fabulous and a genuine steal. I've been using them for a few days and even without the additional control you get after a burn-in, they are a million-miles ahead of my Sennheiser CX300's and more musical, richer and faster than my classic Shure e2c's. The buds are better too - they're a softer silicone than the Sennheiser ones and just stay in my ears properly, they're as isolating as the Shure's with foam tips. The one proviso is matching these phones to the right kit - they particularly suit the iPhone which has a weedy bass curve. With better sources the bass can become messy.

But I'm stunned by how good they are with the iPhone. Seems others are as well: AVGuide review them very positively as do Headroom. These ones are the 2008 model, if you get the version without a mic it's the 2009 and those come with a better cable (non-microphonic) and additional earbud options.

It's interesting to us audiophiles - Skullcandy have such a terrible reputation as suppliers of style over substance, or of being one-trick bass-heavy ponies that the Titans have divided the headphone community (there is such a thing). One look at Titans over on Head-Fi and you'll find people being smashed in the face for saying they like these headphones.

And they come with a sticker of a silver skull, so that's nice. Colour me genuinely surprised by these little gems.


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