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More Space
More Space
by Fay Sweet
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars An Improvement On Most Home Improvement Books, 14 Dec 2002
This review is from: More Space (Paperback)
This book comes with lots of beautifully detailed shots of home interiors,
with the photographs acting as commentary in a way words never could (the
layout of a chair and desk in office settings, for instance). These photographs
provide a nice contrast between homes and their settings. The text is an
informative commentary which, in its general descriptive style, backs the
pictures up nicely.


Safe from Harm [CD 1]
Safe from Harm [CD 1]
Offered by LEWKS1973
Price: 0.02

2.0 out of 5 stars It was never meant to be a pop song, 28 Dec 2001
This review is from: Safe from Harm [CD 1] (Audio CD)
As originally recorded ten years ago by the Bristol Collective, "Safe From Harm" was a cool, claustrophobic soul groove about obsessive love and the feelings it brings out in the obsessor.
However, Mo'Solid Gold have turned it into a nice but rather flat and lifeless pop song, with all the obsession of a Michael Bolton song. They've been far too faithful to the original. We know when the guitar breaks are going to come in, we know when the song'll pause - and it all happens on cue.
The main point behind covering a well-loved original - as Mo' Solid Gold have done here with "Safe From Harm" is to inject some originality into it, not aurally photocopy it. Presumably recorded with the intention of portraying Mo' Solid Gold as serious purveyors of seriously emotional songs, this cover of Massive Attack's "Safe From Harm" instead highlights that they should really get better advisors.


Walk on [DVD AUDIO]
Walk on [DVD AUDIO]
Offered by unknown_pleasures
Price: 3.43

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotion and danceability, 10 Dec 2001
This review is from: Walk on [DVD AUDIO] (Audio CD)
The video is taken from the upcoming fdeature-lnegth DVD "World Elevation Tour" and is backed with a promo for this disc and some follow-on interviews with the band from U2's last DVD single, "Elevation". U2 have released the most moving track from "All That You Can't Leave Behind" as its final single. "Walk ON" serves as a cool, understated response to the frenetic "Elevation" and a reminder that, behind all their bluster, U2 have a strong, emotional heart


U2 - Elevation [DVD]
U2 - Elevation [DVD]
Dvd ~ U2
Offered by simak
Price: 4.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lara Croft+U2= winner!!!, 10 Dec 2001
This review is from: U2 - Elevation [DVD] (DVD)
The video is hugely inventive, pitting "good" Lara Croft against "evil" U2, the animation flashy without being grating and the pace fully utilising the track's frenetic, action movie-friendly quality. This remixed "Elevation" is far better than the stodgy album version, far freer in sound, The Edge sounds rawer and Bono drops his usual over-earnest approach in favour of audience-friendly sheer enjoyment. The interviews with the band are tight and to the point, where most band interviews are drawn-out, self-congratulatory affairs. This disc is a triumph for U2 and a stark lesson for other artists in letting images speak for you.


Scotland: The Wild Places
Scotland: The Wild Places
by Colin Prior
Edition: Hardcover

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scotland in all its rain-soaked windswept glory, 9 Dec 2001
This book's cover sets the tone: an epic aerial photograph of Ben More and surroundings. There are several more sweepingly romantic photographs of the Argyll area here, tracing landscapes through seasons and bringing in lots of lovely sunsets and shades contrasts. There are some stunning shots of wildlife also, such as the reindeer in snow on page 13. In the text, Colin Prior relates how each shot was set up and why he shot the photos in particular seasons, combining with the photographs to give a gloriously full-blooded and invigorating portrait of Scotland.


The Darwin Awards: The Official Darwin Awards: 180 Bizarre True Stories of How Dumb Humans Have Met Their Maker
The Darwin Awards: The Official Darwin Awards: 180 Bizarre True Stories of How Dumb Humans Have Met Their Maker
by Wendy Northcutt
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More absurd stories of life lost, 9 Dec 2001
This book's subject is the many weird, wonderful and downright stupid ways in which, as the author puts it "human beings have met their maker". Enjoyably sardonic (but never condescending) in tone, the author relates tales such as the one about the unfortunate show-off in "Guitars & Guns" with a real verve for storytelling and an acute eye for the more absurd things in life.


Robert Mitchum: Baby, I Don't Care
Robert Mitchum: Baby, I Don't Care
by Lee Server
Edition: Hardcover

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The autbiography he never wrote, 9 Dec 2001
Apparently, people were always on at Robert Mitchum to write his autobiography. Mitchum was an "aspiring writer", but he never actually aspired enough to put his life down on paper. What Lee Saver has done is almost write his autobiography for him. This book is full of unsentimental anecdotes from and about the great man, which, over the course of almost 600 pages, covers his hobo period in the '30s, his first steps as an actor in the '40s, right through to his creative rebirth in the '70s with such downbeat classics as The Friends Of Eddie Coyle and The Yakuza.


The Art Book
The Art Book
by Adam Butler
Edition: Hardcover

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art for people who love it and people who just like looking, 21 Oct 2001
This review is from: The Art Book (Hardcover)
This is a well-informed book, thoroughly researched and beautifully laid out so one can leaf through it at random, letting one's eye linger over the many visual treats the book holds between its covers, or quickly flick through it in one go until a particular picture takes one's fancy. It mixes the well-known with the obscure, such as Roy Lichtenstein's In The Car (which has been an ad campaign favourite of companies on both sides of the Atlantic virtually since its 1963 creation) and Rene Magritte's Treachery Of Images (one of the artist's lesser-known but still very striking works). It is informative about each featured artist, giving a little biographical information, such as family background, when exactly in life the artist started painting, what their social circumstances were and how this affected their creative mindset, if at all. It is a very well-balanced book, giving equal space to the stars of the art world, such as Magritte and Da Vinci (it's a sign of the book's strength that Mona Lisa is just another highlight.) as it does to lesser-known artists, such as Lichtenstein. In each case, the painting, rather than the artist, is the star.


"Rolling Stone": The Complete Covers, 1967-97 (Abradale Books)
"Rolling Stone": The Complete Covers, 1967-97 (Abradale Books)
by Jann S. Wenner
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep on rollin', 21 Oct 2001
This book is a virtual history of American rock'n'roll. Each cover says something about the times, such as the now rather melancholy shot of Nirvana, form early 1994, on the verge of a huge comeback, just months before Kurt Cobain shot himself, or Annie Leibovitz's moody 1971 study of John Lennon, then deeply into his Working Class Hero phase. Rock'n'roll stars compete for cover space with politicians and film stars, depending upon what the issue or the hot stuff of the day was - Warren Beatty and Jerry Falwell both feature in political and pop-cultural contexts (the shot of Beatty is from 1975, when he was promoting Shampoo, a film set just days before the Kennedy assassination) and the text is sprinkled with plenty of choice quotes form both camps, making this a book to be slowly savoured for its pictorial and historical content time and time again.


19/2000
19/2000
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: 4.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A real summer party track, 27 July 2001
This review is from: 19/2000 (Audio CD)
The album version is endearingly clunky and happy, strolling along to Damon Albarn's unusually laid-back vocal (he usually sounds as if he's got too many points to make and not enough to make them). A minimal keyboard provides backing where necessary, everything forming a kind of unmixed soundscape.
The Soulchild remix funks up the track to great effect, adding a housey piano riff and looping Damon's vocals to complement it, making it very Happy Mondays-ish. A real summer party track, in other words. Like all good pop, this track is designed for pure enjoyment.
It's very fresh sounding and, in the case of the Soulchild remix, very funky. Every one of the elements - hip-hop groove, housey piano, Damon's cocky vocal, is visible to resounding effect. Yet, they never clash, each is given space to breathe, so you'll enjoy the track all the more.


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