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Wake Up The Nation
Wake Up The Nation
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as some say, 24 May 2010
This review is from: Wake Up The Nation (Audio CD)
I've read alot about this album and as a fan of paul weller bought it anyway. A certain music mag said it is his best album so far and knowing the said mag often over do it i took it with a pinch of salt. On first listening the first thing that strikes you is a rawness and more of an old even jam sound. However, having listened to it around 3 times now i think its a good album but definetly not a great album. In fact i think even hardened weller fans would be hard pushed to put any of the songs in paul wellers top 10 songs. Its a very positive and energetic record and the songs are fairly short in most cases which works well. Strangely, mr weller has affected a bit of a pub singer style high note at the end of a line thing which when you start thinking of vic reeves becomes a bit funny and a little annoying. Compared to 22 dreams, this fall someway short and is nowhere near wild wood or stanley road in terms of quality. 22 dreams is wellers best album of late and by far more diverse and much much stronger song by song.
If you're already a fan then you'll either love it or like me be more realistic about it and think it a little disappointing but probably worth buying. Theres still life in the old mod yet but this is good at best.


One Plus One Is One
One Plus One Is One
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2.0 out of 5 stars must try harder, 20 Dec. 2009
This review is from: One Plus One Is One (Audio CD)
BDB is bloody great-bloody bloody great-but, unfortunately since have you fed the fish he seems to be missing a trick. The first album was great-the second album which was the soundtrack to about a boy was more than a soundtrack, it was a brilliant album. Then came have you fed the fish which was just great good pop songs and a thoroughly good record. So what has happened with damon gough since-oh dear. His writing sounds like its gone fro m being prolific to sporadic. I suspect he wrote a couple of good songs and then thought an album was looming and wrote the other songs to order which i'm afraid simply don't work. This is definetly his worst album and should never have been released as it is just not good enough. in fairness there is a couple of good tracks but from what we have been used to there should be an album of top tunes.it makes me really angry that he is clearly an amazing writer and he has somehow let his own standards slip.
There will be plenty of BDB fanatics who will write great acolades on here but you get that with every artist as nutters will always be attracted to thinking people will listen to them but trust me-i love his first 3 albums but this is just cobblers.


Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant amazing incredible, 28 April 2009
This review is from: Vampire Weekend (Audio CD)
This is definetly one of the best albums of 2008 along with MGMT and is full of great songs that don't follow the well trodden path of alot of todays music. Vampire Weekend have used African style guitar playing in Indie style songs and the result is just so refreshing. It may take a couple of listens to get comfortable with it but ultimately it is just great from start to finish-and the finish comes in good time so the album doesn't go on too long so at about 30-40 mins its over before you've finished your dinner.


Phantom Power
Phantom Power
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars buy this album buy this album buy this album, 28 April 2009
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This review is from: Phantom Power (Audio CD)
I've long been a fan of SFA but i did go off them for a while after hearing Guerilla and rings around the world, mainly because i thought their albums were becoming too patchy. However, i went back to them after buying Love Kraft on a whim which is great. So i then bought this album which is even better. Wgere SFA have been inconsistent in the past, this album is pretty much great from start to finish. I think SFA are best when they are doing laid back almost soulful stuff which is in plentiful supply on this album. You can hear touches of Al Green on some tracks! I love them for being different but after a while that becomes the same?? This album really shows off their songwriting genius whilst still managing not to sound like everybody else. Unfortunatley, the finger slips off the quality control button a bit with Hey Venus and goes out the window altogether on the terrible new album dark days light years which is just awful but hopefully one day they will repeat the quality on Phantom Power which is simply an amazing album and possibly their best-get it!


22 Dreams
22 Dreams
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4.0 out of 5 stars best since wildwood, 28 April 2009
This review is from: 22 Dreams (Audio CD)
There seems to be some mixed reviews for this album yet its the most interesting thing Weller has possibly ever done. Its a great album to play all the way through a bit like a concept album but importantly the songs are top quality. I've not been a fan of everything Weller has done solo and for me his best album by some distance is Wildwood. A lot of fuss was made about Stanley Road which undoubtedly has some brilliant moments but i think its more about the feel of that album and the time it came out. 22 Dreams is a much stronger record than Stanley Road for quality but it takes a few listens to get your head around the mixture of styles. Its well worth investing your hard earned in this though as with each listen it comes together more and more. Definetly one of the best albums of 2008-buy it now for goodness sakes.


Dark Days/Light Years
Dark Days/Light Years
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars oh dear........................i think!, 23 April 2009
This review is from: Dark Days/Light Years (Audio CD)
Having been a fan of SFA since their first 2 albums, they lost me a bit after persevering with Guerilla and Rings around the world, each had very high moments but were also littered with dodgy ones.I was pleasantly surprised however when i heard Lovecraft amd Phantom Power which are excellent, especially Phantom Power which is their most consistent album to date. It seems on my first few listenings to dark days/light years that the old quality control has been lost again and whilst its refreshing to hear such contrasting stuff, especually with the more bland stuff around today, i think they've missed a trick and supplied an album which contains some good moments but some dodgy ones too. Some of the other reviews here have been pretty generous with their ratings but if you read between the lines its clear my views are shared by others who have an over riding love of the band. Crazy naked girls which starts proceedings is an ok idea which ends up going nowhere and well out stays its welcome. Its like an old gong riff which is not that good but repeated for ages.It actually sounds like a b-side track at best. This theme is common as a number of the songs revolve around one repeated riff and therefore not that interesting. BUT-its early days for me and this album and as with other SFA albums it maybe a slow burner. I hate writing an average review for this as i love the band but personally i think they are at their best with the more laid back stuff found on Phantom Power which is just superb from start to finish. Some of the reviews here talk about the album being good and funny-sorry-i don't want to laugh at their albums-they are better than that. Hopefully they will return to form but i suppose in some ways the unexpected is what we love about them-but ultimately its still got to be good. I hope this album grows on me but so far its a dissappointment and 3 stars is generous.SFA are a much better band than whats on offer here which is a complete jumble of ideas, many of which just don't work-buy Phantom Power and Love Kraft to hear what they can do-this is more akin to Hey Venus which is also a much better album than this.What a shame but best avoided.


Stainless Style
Stainless Style
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4.0 out of 5 stars mostly great but...................., 23 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Stainless Style (Audio CD)
This is an album that will obviously appeal to SFA fans, probably more than Boom Bip. There are some great songs here with top drawer melodies and a definite 80's poly synth sound which strangely works well and of course is much back in vogue anyway. There really are some strong songs such as Dream Cars and I Lust You which work well. There is a problem with this album though as for however much i try i cannot marry these lovely melody driven pop songs with the rap tracks which just don't work. Its great to have a varied palette but if you don't like grime rap stuff then it is very hard not to skip these tracks. There aren't many of them so even if thats not your bag the album is still worth getting. If you like the rap stuff and like the more psychedlic pop of SFA then you'll love from start to finish-either way, its a great refreshing album and worth spending your pocket money on.


Some People Have Real Problems
Some People Have Real Problems

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely AMAZING, 13 Feb. 2009
i bought this album like many on the strength of Sia's performance on Jools Holland, having only heard her before on a Zero 7 album i have. From that show i thought Buttons was brilliant but when i got the album, maybe partly because its a hidden track, its one of the songs i listen to least-although it is great. Sia will be loved or hated for her voice by the mainstream but its the songs here which are so well written. They are all a bit different and aren't just run of the mill manufactured nonense. There really isn't a bad song on the album and songs like Lentil and Electric Bird stay in your head for ages. I think the high point of the album though has to be Death By Chocolate which is then followed by Soon We'll Be Found. These songs are just incredible and i want Sia to get more attention so more people can hear these amazing songs. The only thing i'm not so keen on is the cover of I Go To Sleep. Theres nothing wrong with it but i can't get past the Pretenders version which is inbeded in me-in fact i wish they had left it off the album and replaced it with Buttons as a proper track but it doesn't spoil the party. Just go out and buy it because amongst a lot of good albums last year like Vampire Weekend,Portishead, Elbow,this is my favourite album of 2008.


Pretty Odd
Pretty Odd
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles better then the debut, 19 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Pretty Odd (Audio CD)
I have to admit i bought this album before buying the debut and what a difference.On the opening track they sing that they are sorry for being away but they are the same band-THANK GOD THEY'RE NOT!! The first album is not bad but its for a certain audience in the main made up of spotty teenagers who fancy the girl in the year above them. Pretty Odd sees PATD growing up massively in a short space of time.The songs are basically much better and show a maturity not evident on the debut. The first album contained songs written at the same tempo throughout which can become quite tiring whereas Pretty Odd has a great variety of styles, some of which like Folkin Around maybe a bit tongue in cheek but may point the way forward for the band.

Pretty Odd is an album which keeps giving which each listen with the diversity making it an interesting box of tricks. Yes,the band had obviously been listening to the beatles and probably Sgt Pepper in particular but this is no bad thing and gives a depth to the songs not evident on the first album.Where they will go next who knows but from a fairly run of the mill emo type band they show real promise of making their own Sgt Pepper or Dark Side of The Moon.

Basically, ignore the idiot reviews on here saying how terrible this is compared to album number 1 unless you are 15 years old and don't have any friends. Pretty Odd is a great album and i think PATD could become a fantastic band.
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Strawberries
Strawberries
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant songs, 3 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Strawberries (Audio CD)
The Damned are without doubt one of the best bands to come out of the original punk movement. This is because they knew how to write great songs, from Brian James raw writing on the first 2 albums through the brilliant Machine Gun Etiquette, The Black Album and Strawberries where Captain's influence comes to the fore. On Strawberries, The Damned seemed to be at a songwriting peak and found many new fans. There really isn't a bad song on the album, maybe songs that the fans wanting a harder sound may have found too soft but for those there are songs like Ignite. However, the brilliance of songs like Stranger On The Town, Gun Fury, Badtime For Bonzo and Under The Floor Again make this album one of their best. Not as raw as Damned Damned Damned or the punk perfection of Machine Gun Etiquette (probably the best punk album ever)but in its own right a brilliant album from start to finish. Buy this album you swines!


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