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The Big Gundown
The Big Gundown
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Price: £17.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius, 27 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: The Big Gundown (Audio CD)
Don't buy this if you're expecting a straight Morricone covers album - what Zorn does is take snippets of the Italian maestro's music, repeats a la minimalism and augments with his own brand of angular, sometimes abrasive modernist classsiscism. Hypnotic, thrilling and strangely affecting - a work of genius.


SEAL Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama Bin Laden
SEAL Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama Bin Laden
by Chuck Pfarrer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating account compromised, 13 Aug. 2012
This highly readable, gripping portrait of Bin Laden, Seal Team 6 and operation thay set them on a collision course is compromised by the author's own misguided prejudices. Pfarrar is clearly a somewhat naive Arabist - he dosn't try to conceal his emnity and hostility for Israel and her armed forces, and his chronic misreading of events (most glaringly the so-called 'Arab Spring' which he characterises as a pro-democarcy movement that represents to defeat of Al Qaeda, and not as an Islamist grab for power in secular, albeit authoratarian nations) undermines his good work elsewhere.

Still worth a read, but what could have been a 5 star read merely rates a 3.


Last Supper: Filmworks Xxii
Last Supper: Filmworks Xxii
Price: £19.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Minimalism, 6 Aug. 2012
While not a hardcore fan of Zorn's onanistic jazz doodlings or his often harsh, atonal classical works - this is a beautiful work hewn as pure minimalism. Dark, insistent and richly evocative - the repeating motifs of voice and percussion could have come from the canon of Glass or Reich's '70's canon.

Zorn finest disc to-date, as a fan of minimalsm this work possessed of a sublime, simple beauty.


Heinrich Himmler: A Life
Heinrich Himmler: A Life
by Peter Longerich
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A dry, but fifully interesting, 28 July 2012
A rather dry, and at times leadely paced biography, this is nontheless fitfully fascinating. However the author spends too much time on Himmler's unremarkable conventionally dull childhood. He also rushes the ultimate downfall and death of Himmler. This and a pedantic interest in the mechanics of the SS at the expense of any cogent characterisation of Himmer or any of the Nazis, deadens the chilling effects of their crimes.

If you're interested in all things Nazi, well give this a whirl - but we must wait a little longer for the definitive biography.


The Tree Of Life
The Tree Of Life
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Price: £17.80

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Post-Minimalist Masterpiece, 1 April 2012
This review is from: The Tree Of Life (Audio CD)
This post-minimalist masterpiece is without doubt Desplat's finest CD relase to date. Apparently little of the music made it into the film (a picture that looks so self-consciously pretensious even by Malick standards), but their loss is our gain. Simple, moving and incredibly powerful, this is music of the highest order.


A Dangerous Method
A Dangerous Method
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 31 Mar. 2012
This review is from: A Dangerous Method (Audio CD)
As a Howard Shore fan, particularly his Cronenberg scores, this is something of a disappointment. Shore just reworks themes and motifs from that most problematic of composers, Richard Wagner. Consequently here you get just over 30 minutes of lukewarm reworked Romaticism that fails to evoke Shore's usual shock & awe. A missed opportunity.


Incidence
Incidence

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bleak and Haunting, 22 Mar. 2012
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A classic of electronic minimalism - stripped right back to an hour-long drone - Chartier seems to take you on a transcendent journey. Bleak and haunting, this is one of the composer's finest works.


Bryars: Piano Concerto 'The Solway Canal'
Bryars: Piano Concerto 'The Solway Canal'
Price: £7.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully wrought, 12 Mar. 2012
Probably the finest Bryars disc, after the genius of the Philip Glass released Point Music recordings of 'Jesus' Blood Nver Failed Me Yet' and 'The Sinking of the Titanic'. Reminiscent of Wojciech Kilar's orchestral works, this is beautifully wrought minimalism of the highest order, it simplicity masking an emotional and visceral punch that few can match.


Bryars: Jesus's Blood Never Failed Me Yet
Bryars: Jesus's Blood Never Failed Me Yet
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Price: £9.30

5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible, 12 Mar. 2012
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From Philip Glass's sadly now defunct Point Music label comes the definitive recording of Bryars' finest work. Bleak, haunting and with an emotional and visceral power that cannot be matched - PGE musical director Michael Riesman produces and conducts and creates a masterpiece of epic minimalism. Indispesible.


Infected
Infected
by Scott Sigler
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Debut, 12 Mar. 2012
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Not as good as Sigler's later novels, but still an intriguing debut and a worthwhile read for fans. Dark (sometimes bordering on the miserablist), yet often bleakly funny, perhaps not the best intro to Sigler, but a worthy addition to the sci-fi/horror canon.


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