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D-Link DUB-H4/B USB 2.0 4-Port Hub
D-Link DUB-H4/B USB 2.0 4-Port Hub
Offered by Office Nerd
Price: 14.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Metronic Digi-Scart Ref.441816, 20 Feb 2010
this item turned out to be exactly as described and works really well.It was delivered as soon as it could be and I am entirely satisfied with all aspects of its purchase.


Accelerate [CD + DVD]
Accelerate [CD + DVD]
Offered by westworld-
Price: 5.78

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Go and DJ then...hollow men, 9 April 2008
This review is from: Accelerate [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)
Why can't I be bothered with REM anymore? It's not even being bothered, as I thought it was when I heard their last album 'around the sun' and decided that what you don't hear can't upset you, so I gave it to a mate who I didn't like very much and pretended that I'd never heard it. Up until that point REM were always my favourite band. Then I heard music like The Flaming Lips and The Libertines. and REM were disloged to about 20th place amongst my favourites. But, being a sentimental person, when I heard they had a new single, I convinced myself that nothing could be as bad as the rap song on their last album so what did i have to loose? Anyways, Supernatural Seriousness was a great song and I was so excited to get this album it drove me nuts. Now I have it, and it does...drive me nuts. What a shame, it's like watching Granny pass away really, But more like Granny when she's gone a bit mental and when you visit her in the old folks home and she's had numerous sherrys and rambles about her youth, missing the point of what was great about being young, misremembering things and feelings and generally embarresing herself and you'll do anything to get away. Well that's definately the feeling i get when I listen to REM's new albums. I mean 'Theyve returned to their old sound!' scream the old fans, (or the fans who always pretended they knew them and just reggurgetated the reviews on amazon) But seriously you all miss the point of life the universe and everything. As you get older you change! and REM really knew this a few years ago. For a band who's late 90's to early 00's records were absolutely tearjerkingly astonishing, how do you then call for the 'ultimate' cop out, and revive the sound you practised 10, 20 years ago? It'll clearly never be as good, because you have changed as a person and don't feel like that anymore. How many more suffixes of 'ness' can Michael Stipe squeeze into an album? How many more tunes less bland piano riffs such as the one on 'Hollow man' can Mike Mills sheepishly suggest to Peter Buck? Who incedently i believe is the reason for REM's decline, it's clear he was the genious and i BET that he doesn't contribute at all anymore, hence the heartless amatuer songs bashed out on this record, while Peter Buck is guesting in every band and television interview going. 'It's a new day today and the coffee is strong' preaches Stipe, imitating a Willie Nelson/Pavorotti narative that also mentions 'the government' or something else original like that. However, nothing gets as bad as 'I'm Gonna DJ', which is so embarresing I can't listen to it. A new time low for a band lost and bored with life, but too egocentric to admit it. A barbaric anihilation of all their dignity, vitality and most importantly, their 13 album genious past. It's sad to admit it, but REM ended after Reveal, an album I'll always cherish...I hope, but I'm starting to doubt it after hearing Michael talk of trendy things such as 'playlists' and 'vinyl' and bellowing with Mike 'At the end of the World!' assuming that audiences like concieted and clever references to their past. Although judging by the other reviews here, people do. It seems the next stage for REM, after a few more albums like this one, really is 'DJ'ing at a seedy nightclub.
I beg you boys, just stop now please.
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Diamond Hoo Ha
Diamond Hoo Ha
Offered by Leisurezone
Price: 6.99

2 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars lack of inspiration, 9 April 2008
This review is from: Diamond Hoo Ha (Audio CD)
indeed, supergrass have returned to their old sound, yet unfortunately without their old enthusiasm or lust for life, that can be heard on the classic (and one of my favourite albums ever) 'I should Coco', and this isnt a bad album at all, it's pretty good, but it's just not heartfelt and slightly pretentious to be honest- Supergrass arn't American highway-men, they wern't there at the great train robbery, they're just average English kids who happen to have been struck by a youthful genious that touched the hearts of millions of kids, and always will do. However, it seems that now all bands of any worth in the past, are reappearing disguised as their former selves, 'returning to their old style' as people love to quote, yet their is something infinately more facinating about a genuine journey of a band through life, as their views and feelings change-and is reflected in the music. In contrast to their past few previous albums this is really superficial and bland. Uninspired and boring. But, you know fair enough to the guys, it'll keep the records selling and girls in the tour bus, even if all they want is for their wife to make them tea in the morning nowadays. And thanks to the sheer genious of their early works, they deserve a bit of a lark. Well done!


Memory Almost Full
Memory Almost Full
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: 4.75

7 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars laughable at best, 28 Jun 2007
This review is from: Memory Almost Full (Audio CD)
im normally always dubious of singers who fronted a famous band and then much later release solo albums, because its practically a dream for a record label, and no matter how bad the music is, a record will be made and money will be earnt because, after all, everyone feels oh so clever saying 'oh you know that guy from so and so? well his solo work isnt actually all that bad! i picked up a copy yesterday etc...' makes you feel sick doesnt it. Well recently, iv been proved wrong, tim armstrong's solo outing 'a poets life' is far better than anything he ever did with rancid, and stephen malkmus was definately not riding off the back of pavement... however, it feels good sometimes to have your old views reassured, and 'memory full' is truly and scincerely one of the worst albums i've heard in years. Yes, normally its cruel to compare a singers new work , to the work he did in a old band, but the beatles??? this guys got some nerve, i mean, not only does it make you question how good the beatles actually were (and believe me, im the biggest beatles fan) but its simply unfair on john and george to slaughter their back catalogue with this album of laughable cliches. hark at pauls inspired couplet- 'everybodys gonna dance tonight/everybody gonna feel alright'-from a band that changed the way pop lyrics were written this guy clearly doesnt give a damn anymore and neither should we to be honest.why just because of his past should this music be allowed to be released? The utterly disgraceful attempt and moc-alternative 'nod your head' makes your flesh crawl, as does the psuedo artistic 'house of wax'.I could go on explaining for hours why these tracks are fake, pretentious, monotonous and a negative force in music, but frankly it doesnt deserve the respect of close analysis. 'will i ever see my fathers face??' yells paul on 'only momma knows', lets hope not paul for your sake, because he'd smack your teeth in on principle. Its a sad day for music, when albums like this of rehashed genres and watery sentimentality are released and are actually regarded as having artistic merit.
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The Presidents of the United States of America
The Presidents of the United States of America

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow!, 10 May 2007
this sounds pretty much like nothing else in your record collection! presidents have such a distinctive style, of exaggerated americana coupled with ditorted pop masterpieces and twanging mood pieces. as an 'album' its nearly faultless, all the songs link perfectly to the next, and by the end you really feel the band has developed! noone else gets away with singing songs about lizards and their pet cats except presidents, and nothing has felt this 'fun' for a long time. every song is memorable and catchy but apart from the indie breathrough-peaches, the best song here is definately 'naked and famous' a fantasticly scincere song, that whilst bieng incredibly funny, manages to develop an amazing melody, fantastic chorus and lyrics of anthemic quality

long live the presidents- they have an inescapable charm, and theres warmth at the heart of their songs. listen and smile- i guaruntee this album will stay with you for years.


Gods and Monsters [CD + DVD]
Gods and Monsters [CD + DVD]
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 21.95

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars hmm, 10 May 2007
this is pretty third rate music really. bought it on a whim because i liked the name, however i will definately be returning it! its music that not only is searching for a melody, but the third rate muscisianship and selfconcious voice and lyrics make this quite an annoying album after the second song. last song, was definately a cut above the rest, but overall a big dissapointment from a very mediocre band. however, if you are a fan of the band , then its great value for money as it contains a free dvd of them playing just as boringly live!


Brighten The Corners
Brighten The Corners
Price: 6.20

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars theres no coast of nebraska, 17 Mar 2007
This review is from: Brighten The Corners (Audio CD)
'whats your favourite pavement album?' is a rhetorical question for me, i mean if push came to shove, i guess ill listen to crooked rain crooked rain the most, but brighten the corners is a cryptic record, that really does seem to change everytime you listen to it. Lyrically its just fantastical-SM's bizzare phrasing is not only highly original but the unpredictability makes every listen seem different. and what a range of songs on offer here! so different, even though the album is bought together by a strange and slightly disturbing undercurrent. I always think of this album as the personality fight we all endure within ourselves, the conflicting emotions that at times make us feel literally insane.

anyways, highlights include- shady lane - transport is arranged-passat dream-starlings in the slipstream-blue hawiian and date with ikea is awsome too.

one of those special albums, that reminds you just how complicated it is to be human sometimes- the comedy, and the tragedy.
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I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass
I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass
Price: 9.19

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good but not great, 4 Mar 2007
yo la tengo return once again with a brilliant album, its got all the yo la tengo signiture sounds, the noisy rockers, the quiet and beautiful ballads and the mad instrumental jams. However, for me this album lacks the unity apparent on other realeses such as i can hear the heart. There are, dare i say it, too many styles of music here??!! a brave statement i know, for a band who play everything from glam to shoegaze. nevertheless there are some real classic tracks on dislpay here. take mr tough for example, which is a stunning track and one of the most danceable songs yo la tengo have written. also feel like going home is glorious, however my favourite here is weakest part-noithing particularly new style wise, but magical all the same.

despite my criticism, im so glad to have a new yo la tengo record, which is needless to say, better than anything around today (except maybe the new flaming lips album!!)


Transmissions From the Satellite Heart
Transmissions From the Satellite Heart
Price: 5.32

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another masterpiece, 1 Mar 2007
whereas, later on in their career with the soft bulletin and yoshimi, the flaming lips create groundbreaking masterpieces,this is an ear breaking masterpiece! The lips create an awsome and bombastic sound, full of bizzare and wonderful noises. each song on here is lighthearted and fun, even towards the end of the album, with the apocolyptic 'when yer twenty two' and 'slow nerve action' still underpinned by a strange sense of deviousness! sort of like denis the menace with a rocket launcher. however this album has its sweet and sentimental moments, 'be my head' still remains as one of my favourite ever love songs, though im sure its about lsd or something. pilot can at the queer of god is genius, and of course, 'she dont use jelly' still makes me want to cover my face in marmite and eat snails.

this album is the flaming lips at their most lighthearted, fun and noisiest. (great areoplane music!) this album feels like the best summer you could never remember, because you ate too much jahjoo fruit, or something like that.

i adore this record.


The Soft Bulletin
The Soft Bulletin
Price: 10.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sublime, 28 Feb 2007
This review is from: The Soft Bulletin (Audio CD)
last november, i went to see the flaming lips with my girlfriend, we got mistaken for the support band, and snuck backstage. we met wayne steven and michael, and at the expense of sounding a little wierd, it was the most magical experience ever. these people, are the real thing. Wayne truly is wayne, if you know what i mean, he was the most exciting person iv ever been with, and had infinite patience with me, even though id just snuck backstage and barged into the dressing room! point being, that the flaming lips really are their music. they dont just try to create something they dont believe in to make money or whatever, their personalities ARE the music, and in that way, never was a more honest and beautiful record made, than the soft bulletin. a fantastic adeventure from start to finish, that questions everything you once thought about life, and turns it on its head. themeatically its the most universal album iv ever heard, and the music is splendorous and magnificent. To the extent that it has and never will be matched again.

The most perfect record ever made, that will inspire me and others for ever.

listen and be uplifted.


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