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The Colour Of Spring
The Colour Of Spring
Price: £5.93

5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected delight, 15 May 2016
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This review is from: The Colour Of Spring (Audio CD)
I am a bit of a HiFi buff, and I find that many of the modern albums are produced for the MP3 generation; overly compressed and fatiguing. While asking for recommendations of something better, I was pointed towards this album. I remembered Talk Talk from the 80s, but they were a group that was about at the time and never got on my musical radar. Big mistake. I bought the album to show off my HiFi, and cannot stop playing it. Haunting vocals, well written songs and it really is a brilliant combination. Try to get the original version, it has been remastered and that kills the dynamics, in my opinion.


Chasing Yesterday
Chasing Yesterday
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £4.56

5.0 out of 5 stars How to make a modern classic, 16 April 2016
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This review is from: Chasing Yesterday (Audio CD)
This is a modern classic. Noel Gallacher writes songs that get right inside your head. The lyrics are clever, amusing and insightful. The tunes are laid back Oasis, and the combination is a collection of songs that you cannot ignore. There is a real mix of styles and tempos, but the more you listen, the more you hear. There are layers upon layers in these songs, and The Dying of the Light is possibly the best track that I have heard for many years. Emotional, melancholic, clever; this is Oasis as you always wanted them to be. Beautiful, utterly beautiful.


Hozier
Hozier
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Most complete album that I have heard all year, 4 Dec. 2015
This review is from: Hozier (Audio CD)
There is a real depth to this album. There are standout songs, but there are no fillers; every track has something to recommend it. Ok, so it has a melancholy overtone, but it is not sombre. High points are the vocals, crackling with emotion and real presence. Not far behind is the great production, those bass drums really kick and there is that fantastic feel of sitting on the edge of distortion, a la Black Keys. There is a blues vibe running through much of the album and the songwriting is absolutely spot on. No hesitation, easiest 5 stars ever.


Decade in the Sun: Best of Stereophonics
Decade in the Sun: Best of Stereophonics
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £3.94

5.0 out of 5 stars A showcase for the strength of this under-rated band, 23 Aug. 2015
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None of my friends would call the Stereophonics their favourite band. However, they all like them. It us a curiousity, the Stereophonics have that 'below the radar' feel and there is no rhyme or reason to that. Take, for example, this album. It is as good a selection of modern songwriting and music as you will ever find. Catchy tunes, proper lyrics, nicely balanced, as we would say 'crafted'. Kelly Jones has one of the most sublime voices that you will find; it is the focal point in their songs, either soft and emotional or strong and every bit the rock front man. For those less familiar with the Stereophonics, you will find song after song on here that you recognise. Class act, every bit of the way, and possibly the best group that you never really noticed.


Street Fighting Years
Street Fighting Years
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5.0 out of 5 stars An 80s classic that has not faded, 14 Aug. 2015
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This album saw Simple Minds emerge from the mix of 80s pop into a rock band with real depth. I am totally biased as this album was released in my mid 20s and it hit me with an instant wow factor. The songs are individual, haunting, heavily produced but atmospheric in a way that really strikes a chord. Vocally this was, for me, Jim Kerr's finest moment. His voice really does float over the songs, giving edge and real character to them. OK, so the political sentiment might not be quite so relevant today, but Simple Minds captured an era. Still sounds great, which is the sign of a great album.


Jagged Little Pill Acoustic
Jagged Little Pill Acoustic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully reworked, 5 July 2015
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First things first, this is an acoustic version of a classic album. There are some negative reviews, but they are to be expected. It is different, it is more mellow, more laid back, gentle and down tempo compared to the original. OK, but get this. The songs have been rewritten to work acoustically, there are layers of instrumentation and it is all there to back up her voice which carries the songs. For me, it is brilliant and a shining example that making an acoustic record is more than replacing the electric guitars with acoustics. It is Sunday morning and not Saturday night, but there is a place for that in my life. I am glad that I bought it, and it is going to spend a lot of time spinning around in my CD player.


How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £11.67

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heading towards the mainstream, 15 Jun. 2015
Lungs was clever, varied and exciting. Ceremonials had stadium fillers. HBHBHB seems to have taken the commercially successful elements of the first two albums and produced an album that adds little that is new. Florence still has that cracking voice, a bit piercing in places, but it soars and is never boring. Don't misunderstand, this is clever and a perfect vehicle for Florence. However, I miss the humour and clever lyrics of Lungs
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The Pirates of Maryland Point
The Pirates of Maryland Point
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun story, 31 Jan. 2015
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Lighthearted, off the wall, sort of story. Fluffy nonsense, but very entertaining.


Crock-Pot 0.6L Rice Cooker Grey
Crock-Pot 0.6L Rice Cooker Grey

3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but burns the rice, 31 Jan. 2015
I have had rice cookers before, and this one is ok. It does bubble out of the vent a bit which is a nuisance but not serious. The only real downside is that, despite stirring regularly, the rice burns on the bottom of the bowl. This should not happen and is why I have scored it down.


Songs of Faith and Devotion
Songs of Faith and Devotion
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £9.21

5.0 out of 5 stars A tour de force in electronic music, 9 Oct. 2014
I remember DM as a rather lightweight electronics band that sprung up as one of many in the early 80s. The radio was full of them and, at the time, I remember their fare as ok but nothing exceptional. How the years have changed that opinion. I started with their greatest hits album, but there is such a variation in styles and song craft that I started to work through the back catalogue. SOFAD is something of a revelation, exceptional in so many ways, and oh so dark, very very dark. Gone are the bright skippy tunes, here is the real stuff. Proper lyrics, straight from the heart. Tunes with rhythm, built up layer upon layer, to provide a song that you can listen to over and over again, hearing different elements on every occasion. Missed it first time around, but so glad I finally caught on.


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