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Kokopelli
Kokopelli
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £8.98

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album, 27 July 2006
This review is from: Kokopelli (Audio CD)
Dont listen to these bad reviews, its a great album from start to finish. Nothing out sounds quite like this really! Sian's voice is haunting which is probably why the band have gone down this route rather than the old fashioned Drum and Bass, I think its still a very dancable album in places too! 'Wasting My Time', 'Recovery', 'Crawling' and 'all in my head' are proof of this

Cant wait till the new one comes out later this year!


Dynamite
Dynamite
Offered by Giant Entertainment
Price: £4.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Album, 1 July 2005
This review is from: Dynamite (Audio CD)
This album is simply great. When I first heard 'Feels Just like it should' I was slightly worried as it takes a few listens to get into it, but the rest of the album, with the expection of 'loveblind' is the only real un-jamiroquai sounding track! Dynamite is a real mix of different genres which also makes it great, as there is something for everyone on here. For Jamiroquai traditionalists theres 'Seven days in sunny june' and 'Tallulah'. Disco fans will love 'Dynamite' (my personal favourite track!), '(Dont)Give hate a chance', 'Time wont wait', 'Starchild'. Rock fans will love 'Black Devil Car'. Dance fans will love 'Electric Mistress'.

Despite other reviews saying that World That He Wants is poor, it does seem misplaced in the rather upbeat album, but Dont give hate a chance has a similar theme to it so i think these two tracks should stand together.

I was annoyed in the single version of DGHAC when the line 'theres no rainbows just bullets and bombs' was removed - this is a political song and it needs that line in it

Sony have yet again let their artists down with the promotion side of the album, Black Devil Car would have made a great single, as would Dynamite in my opinion, im still not sure 'Feels Just like it should' should have been the first single

The band promoted this album with the excellent Dynamite tour which i was lucky enough to see at Cardiff last year. To really experience Jamiroquai you REALLY need to see them live! They're great!


Invincible
Invincible
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.12

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Invincible??, 9 May 2005
This review is from: Invincible (Audio CD)
A few words about Jacko's latest (and possibly last?? hopefully not) studio album. He reportedly recorded nearly 100 songs for it and cut them down to 16, the album cost in the region of £20 Million to produce making the most expensive album ever made. It's my opinion that this album cud be better if more attention was made to the track listening. MJ seems to be torn between his anthems and slower songs, the best songs on invincible are the faster, more funky and dancy songs.
1)'Unbreakable'- a great start to the album, very catchy, with more promotion would have been the song to boost the sales of the album 10/10
2)'Hearbreaker' - a song which i used to skip, now i see as a cornerstone for the album with its great production. 8/10
3) 'Invincible' the title track is poor in my opinion. It could have been so much more its got an annoying beat and its just crying out to be faster! 5/10
4) 'Break of Dawn' is ok, a nice gentle and inoffensive song, but not the best on the album 6/10
5) 'Heaven can wait' similar to Invincible, not sure why its needed on the album to be honest. 6/10
6) 'You rock my world'- this will go down as one of MJs best songs, its got a great video as well. 10/10
7) 'Butterflies' - this is more like it, written by two British artists Andre Harris and Marsha Ambrousis, its catchy, and shows of MJ vocals, in one of his finest vocal performances to date. 10/10
8) 'Speechless' - up there with the most cheesy songs on the album, although its obviously very heartfelt. It has a slow start with just MJ singing, it then moves up a gear like all Jacko anthems complete with choir in full voice, then it drops down at the end. 6/10 - not my sorta thing
9) '2000 Watts' - good for a number of reasons, the main one is that at the start it doesn't sound like MJ at all (its rumoured that Jacko had special singing lessons to make his voice sound deeper), its very catchy, but not the best song on the album. One of two Teddy Riley produced songs that were chosen for Invincible. 8/10
10) 'You are my life' - Produced by Babyface, its very similar to Speechless in many ways, but I actually like it, its more catchy, has a better slow beat that's constant throughout, a definite top 20 single. 8/10
11) 'Privacy' - I used to hate this song, his time for moaning at the press was on History, but with all the recent events in the press about him its grown in significance. 8/10
12) 'Don't walk away' - takes a while to get going but its worth it, it's a good solid song, more moody and atmospheric than other slow songs on the album. 7/10
13) 'Cry' - Number 25 in the charts sums this song up, people are growing board of his Anthems, but they are a MJ trademark and who else makes them with the same quality and believability? 6/10
14) 'The Lost Children' with all the press stuff at the moment, perhaps an unfortunately titled song, even though its MJ produced and written. I personally cant stand it, I think it's the worst on the album 5/10
15) 'Whatever Happens' - why was this song not released? It's great and is a new direction for MJ great guitar work from Santana as well. 10/10
16) 'threatened' - Thriller for the new decade, one of the best 'darkchild' produced songs on the album in my opinion. 9/10
In summary this album did not deserve the slating it got in the press, it's a solid album, with 5 or 6 songs from it which will go down as some of his best work, however some of it 'Invincible' and 'the lost children' especially are perhaps the worst stuff he's ever done. I also own the ultimate collection that has several songs on it which were rejected for the album and they are much better (Fall Again etc).


Xbox Console
Xbox Console

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The PS2 is sooooo 1998!!!, 1 Feb. 2005
This review is from: Xbox Console (Video Game)
That's right it was designed an built in 1998, it's the old man of the market, so why are people still buying them. I brought a PS2 in 2002 because I was unsure that the Xbox was going to succeed in the long term after its poor start. What a mistake!! I unpacked it played it, turned my nose up at it as it juddered and crashed playing my games and sent it back to the shop. While in the shop I thought to hell with it and brought a shiny black Xbox with Halo and Project Gotham Racing, these two games on there are own were much better than anything out on the PS2 and I can honestly say Xbox has fewer better quality and more original games (Fable etc) than PS2 which has more sequels and cash ins than any other console, what a great reason for buying it!!! The Hard drive is massive and online play is amazing, the Xbox exclusive games are amazing (apart for one or two poor ones). The DVD drive is worth buying, especially if you don't have a DVD player. Also people say that the Xbox fan is noisy, its not!!!, the old PS2 is much noisier!! And the new slim (cash in) PS2 re-design doesn't have one at all, I feel a meltdown coming on??? How can that work? surely if the old design had one then the new one needs one too? The main difference now is that the PS2 and Xbox are the same price, it doesn't take a genius to work it out does it? Well obviously it does and shows how stupid the public are if every1 is buying a PS2! Xbox is by far the better console.


Invincible
Invincible
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Price: £4.12

4.0 out of 5 stars Is he Invincible?, 9 Jan. 2005
This review is from: Invincible (Audio CD)
Three words for this album its got to be said, Hit and Miss! Some of this album is easily on the same level as some of MJ's earlier work, brought up to date by using young and rising producers such as Babyface and Rodney Jerkins and co. The standout tracks on this album without a doubt are 'Unbreakable', 'You Rock My World', 'Butterflies', 'Whatever Happens' and 'Threatened. After one listen u'll be singing Unbreakable all day, Butterflies is one of MJ's best work, the excellent Whatever Happens featuring Carlos Santana is great, and marks a new direction for MJ, Unbreakable is a funky, dancy latest decade version of Thriller an sounds great with some excellent production in it too. There are some other songs which are ok depending on your mood such as '2000 Watts', the catchy 'You are my life' and 'Speechless', the latest MJ anthem 'cry' which MJ realeased in Dec 01 hoping for a christmas number one to promote this album which was stumbling down the charts, got to number 25 in the chart, and its fair to say its not his best, why was it realeased? Other than Cry, other weak (very weak tracks for MJ) include 'The lost children' and 'Invincible', the title track could have been soooo much more.


Xbox Console
Xbox Console

8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Xbox, the console to rule them all, 29 July 2004
This review is from: Xbox Console (Video Game)
When Xbox was launched i was sceptical, i looked at the games that were coming out and thourght, that aint for me. Instead i brought a PlayStation 2, i now kick myself everyday when i realise what a stupid waste of £170 that was!!! PLayStation 2 is bug ridden, doddgy frame rates, few decent games, and worst of all, all it is an improvement on the PS1!! i gave in last June and brought an Xbox from amazon and have not looked back since. Great graphics, truly great games (unlike PS2's sequels), great sound, better DVD drive, better online options,better value for money, i could go on and on. My PS2 is now just an expensive paperweight. Im sure that GameCube and Xbox are gonna make huge gains on PS2 this year, just look at the xbox line up of Fable, Halo 2, Doom 3, BC (all exclusive titles). There are hundreds of others too, i just cant remember them all!!! All PS2 have is GT4 (yet another sequal!!), ok thats gonna be great, but its gonna have to go well to beat the brilliant Project Gotham Racing 2, it is a killer lineup that goes on and on. Me and my m8s often play 16 player Halo linkup using 4 xbox's. Microsoft have done a great job here, and for £100 its a bargin.


Think Tank
Think Tank
Price: £5.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REAL music by a REAL band, 14 July 2003
This review is from: Think Tank (Audio CD)
This is THE album of the summer without a doubt. The only problem with the album when you play it is that you are thinking "what if Graham was still there?" at some points in some of the songs. The album is experimental, it was always going to be! for example the out of tune and out of time sax solo in 'Jets'. The best songs on Think Tank are 'Ambulance', a great way to start the album and the successful 'Out of Time' which retains its downcast openings. 'Crazy Beat' is without doubt the 'Song 2' of the new decade!, up tempo, catchy, brilliant! 'Good Song' does what it says! 'On the way to the club' aint so good, but fits the album perfectly. 'Brothers and Sisters' is one of the standout tracks on here. 'Caravan' again fits the album well, but isnt the best track on Think Tank. 'weve got a file on you' is a short uptempo, fast paced song, well more like an intermission as its just over 1 min long. 'the Moroccan peoples revolutionary bowls club' is another great song, catchy in paces, experimental computer bits too. 'Sweet song' in one word - Genious, a song co-produced with William Orbit, that tells you what this songs going to be like!! 'Jets' and 'Gene by Gene' are again cool tracks. 'Battery in your leg' is the only song to feature Graham Coxon, but on this form he dosent seem to be missed much as the other 3 members have done a great job on their own.


Think Tank
Think Tank
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant, 18 Jun. 2003
This review is from: Think Tank (Audio CD)
Think Tank is Blurs best album. Not becuase the music as much but by the fact that they have carried on without Graham Coxon, not an easy task!! The album starts of with Ambulance and this song sets the scene for the album, downcast, downtempo. It does have its fast paced moments for example the catchy Crazy Beat and We've got a file on you. The first single Out of Time is one of Blurs best and is beautifully simplistic, catchy without being over the top! Well done Blur. Sweet Song, which was produced by William Orbit is quite brilliant too, very slow with sweet lyrics that make you think. Graham Coxon only appears on 1 song on the album Battery on your leg which shows Grahams absence as the guitars stand out. The long titled Moroccan Peoples revolutionary bowls club is also cool with alot of bass and again good lyrics. Brothers and Sisters is also one of Blurs best and follows the flow of the album. Think Tank is not perfect it does have weak tracks (On the way to the club, Caravan and Jets) but its of course one of the best albums to come out so far this year, because there is nothing else and the most influential album to come out since Coldplay's A Rush of Blood to the Head. Well Done Blur for a great return to form when it looked over!! (just give us more Norman Cook produced tracks in the future!!!).


Think Tank
Think Tank
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant, 18 Jun. 2003
This review is from: Think Tank (Audio CD)
Think Tank is Blurs best album. Not becuase the music as much but by the fact that they have carried on without Graham Coxon, not an easy task!! The album starts of with Ambulance and this song sets the scene for the album, downcast, downtempo. It does have its fast paced moments for example the catchy Crazy Beat and We've got a file on you. The first single Out of Time is one of Blurs best and is beautifully simplistic, catchy without being over the top! Well done Blur. Sweet Song, which was produced by William Orbit is quite brilliant too, very slow with sweet lyrics that make you think. Graham Coxon only appears on 1 song on the album Battery on your leg which shows Grahams absence as the guitars stand out. The long titled Moroccan Peoples revolutionary bowls club is also cool with alot of bass and again good lyrics. Brothers and Sisters is also one of Blurs best and follows the flow of the album. Think Tank is not perfect it does have weak tracks (On the way to the club, Caravan and Jets) but its of course one of the best albums to come out so far this year, because there is nothing else and the most influential album to come out since Coldplay's A Rush of Blood to the Head. Well Done Blur for a great return to form when it looked over!! (just give us more Norman Cook produced tracks in the future!!!).


Think Tank
Think Tank
Price: £5.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant, 18 Jun. 2003
This review is from: Think Tank (Audio CD)
Think Tank is Blurs best album. Not becuase the music as much but by the fact that they have carried on without Graham Coxon, not an easy task!! The album starts of with Ambulance and this song sets the scene for the album, downcast, downtempo. It does have its fast paced moments for example the catchy Crazy Beat and We've got a file on you. The first single Out of Time is one of Blurs best and is beautifully simplistic, catchy without being over the top! Well done Blur. Sweet Song, which was produced by William Orbit is quite brilliant too, very slow with sweet lyrics that make you think. Graham Coxon only appears on 1 song on the album Battery on your leg which shows Grahams absence as the guitars stand out. The long titled Moroccan Peoples revolutionary bowls club is also cool with alot of bass and again good lyrics. Brothers and Sisters is also one of Blurs best and follows the flow of the album. Think Tank is not perfect it does have weak tracks (On the way to the club, Caravan and Jets) but its of course one of the best albums to come out so far this year, because there is nothing else and the most influential album to come out since Coldplay's A Rush of Blood to the Head. Well Done Blur for a great return to form when it looked over!! (just give us more Norman Cook produced tracks in the future!!!).


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