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Def Leppard
Def Leppard
Offered by positivenoise
Price: £5.93

2 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Simple words, 17 Dec. 2015
This review is from: Def Leppard (Audio CD)
Cashing in
Past it
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Something To Write Home About
Something To Write Home About
Offered by Smaller World Future
Price: £25.67

5.0 out of 5 stars Done categorise it, just worship it!, 25 April 2014
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Old emo, new emo , grunge, post-hardcore, punk, geek-rock?????? Who cares what the genre or sub genre may be when an album is this good! How come it took me until 2014 to discover this little gem? Something to write home about is a delight from pounding opener Holiday to the atmospheric closer I'll Catch You. The singing is perfect and the guitar sound raw. These two elements combine expertly to give a sound that is both definitive and original. On top of this you have intelligent "boy meets girl, girl leaves boy" lyrics that take you back to your youth instantly. How many band can achieve that? And thank goodness, all of this has not been over produced giving the whole album a live garage performance type vibe to it. Highlights are Action And Action, Ten Minutes To Downtown and My Apology. Something to write home about? Yes, indeed....and a back catalogue to catch up on!

The B-Sides
The B-Sides
Price: £6.52

4.0 out of 5 stars Fills a gap between now and a new album, 25 April 2014
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This is a 11 track album consisting of cover versions and acoustic versions of GA classics. As expected , Brian Fallons voice is as amazing as ever and shines on every song. The acoustic guitar takes some songs into new dimensions. This is none more evident than on The Queen Of Lower Chelsea. A good song to begin with suddenly becomes great just by being made acoustic. The covers are good too, especially Tumbling Dice and Once Upon A Time. This is the kind of CD to unwind to after a long day in work. All we need now of course is a new album from The Gaslight Anthem!

Midnight Memories
Midnight Memories
Offered by Foxtek
Price: £2.89

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete bum, 13 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Midnight Memories (Audio CD)
If this group was a body part it would one hundred percent be the anus. This is not music and its an insult to categorise it as such.
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Music From Another Dimension!
Music From Another Dimension!
Offered by Not2day Media
Price: £1.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Music from a familiar dimension, 8 Feb. 2013
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This is Aerosmith back to doing what they do best. Blues ridden, groove ridden , sleaze ridden, rock ridden. Yup, the grit and porn are back and we are better off because of it! This is the best Aerosmith album in quite a while. Opening with Luv XXX you soon know what you're in for. No over glossed production, just bar room rock n roll. This continues in the same vein with "Oh Yeah" , a song that would not be amiss on Exile On Main. St. There are many similar notable rock n roll tracks on this album such as "Street Jesus", "Lover Alot" and "Out go the lights". The latter song is a strong example of sleazy riffing and evokes a smoke filled, whiskey fuelled cool barroom. It also heralds a long lost return of the most excellent of percussion instruments, the cowbell!

So....what about the ballads and....that duet with Carrie Underwood? ( Darn! Stephen, what controversy!) Facts are facts. Apart from last song "Another last goodbye" , the ballads are sleazier than they've been for years, which is good. You can always skip the last song. And ......the countrified ballad with Carrie Underwood isn't as bad as people would make you think. It's different and a welcome turn of pace because of that.

Music from another dimension falls short of a five star rating because Joe Perry simply cannot sing. He has composed 2 possibly brilliant songs in "Something" and "Freedom Fighter' , which are sadly rendered mediocre at best because of the AWFUL singing. This is the only blight on an otherwise excellent album.

In summary, the rock n roll, the attitude, the swagger and the cocky strut are back.

Long live Aerosmith

The King of Plagues (Joe Ledger 3)
The King of Plagues (Joe Ledger 3)
by Jonathan Maberry
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable hokum!, 29 Jan. 2013
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This is the third instalment of the adventures of Joe Ledger and the Echo Team. The plot involves a ultra terrorist network known as the Seven Kings using weaponised forms of the 10 plagues of Egypt in order to cause mayhem and misdirection across the globe, resulting in monitory gains for the Seven Kings. An old enemy of Ledger surfaces to become The King of Plagues, charged with the task of initiating the deaths of first born sons of The Inner Circle ( the antithesis, but by no means morally superior group, of the Seven Kings) and releasing the final "Rivers of blood" upon the globe. In all of this you have treachery, moles, grasses, double agents etc etc. Joe Ledger and his team have to deal with all of this in order to figure out where and when the Kings will strike and save the world. The plot is completely ridiculous and OTT but riveting and interesting at the same time! It appears that Maberry is well aware of this and thus we even have a guest appearance of U2s Bono to add to the hokum! All in all, despite the flaws, the plot does draw you in and you can't wait to know what happens next.

It's not the best of the first 3 Joe Ledger books but still deserves the 4 stars that I have given it. The characters are as brilliantly OTT as ever, especially mysterious hard guy "Church" who seems to head up the DMS whilst nibbling on vanilla wafers. Top and Bunny are as ridiculously masculine and pumped up on testosterone as they've always been. In this instalment we get their female equivalent in the form of a Circe O'Tree, a good looking 30s web analyst who happens to be able to scream, aim and fire with the big guns!

All in all, total hokum. But total hokum that you can't help but enjoy. A great way to forget the troubles of the word and immerse yourself in a crazy, fast moving, hilarious and ofttimes moving piece of fiction. Can't wait for the next instalment!

A Million Lights
A Million Lights
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £3.94

7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Talentless cow, 5 Jan. 2013
This review is from: A Million Lights (Audio CD)
How this talentless cow is so successful is beyond me! This album is utter dross. There's no groove, no emotion and no go whatsoever. Lacklustre vocals over " heard it all before" type rhythms and beats only add to its downfall. Possibly one if the worst records of all time. If this is the state of pop music these days then I despair. Ms. Cole is a role model for no one, except for of course a generation of dimwitted girls whose only ambitions in life would be to get drunk and get laid on the weekend. Cheryl uses sex and flesh to sell because she cannot sing and the poor sods who try to help her out simply cannot compose a decent tune. Good job she had her tattoo done, it will remind her that her brain is slightly north of it.

No doubt this absolute crud will sell because that's the legacy that pimps like Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh have given the sheep to chew on.

Cheryl, get some clothes on love and learn to sing. Adele can do it so can Dido. Ahhh wait....they have talent of course. You don't.
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Allison Hewitt is Trapped
Allison Hewitt is Trapped
by Madeleine Roux
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Allison Hewitt is terrific!, 2 Jan. 2013
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This is an excellent addition for any fans of Zombie fiction. Allison is a gutsy heroine who narrates her story via computer blogs. People from all walks of life respond to her blogs and these could make splinter novels all by themselves, especially those blogs from people on boats having to go into zombie riddled ports for food.

Anyway, Alison goes in quest of Liberty Village , a sort of Zombie Free Haven, following a cryptic message left by her mother. Along the way he meets a motley crew of characters, some good some bad, and of course, a lot of the undead. What makes this novel stand our against similar fares are
1) the hideousness not so much of the zombies but of some of the humans. "The Territorials" we're bad enough with their redneck US military ways. But the most horrific were "The Black Earth Wives", a group of secular uber-religious brain washed women. One of the scariest creations in Zombie fiction and their punishment for non believers is horrid!
2) the reality of what you might have to go through in a zombie outbreak- cleaning out sloppy potties whilst keeping an eye out for zombies anyone? Running a gauntlet of zombies in order to get female stuff...every time of the month?

Much as with Mira Grants Newsflesh novels, Madeline Roux has given a very credible female lead that we instantly care for, as well as her family and friends. There's no hard muscular guys helping out poor damsels in distress here. We have a wimpy Chinese guy who Allison saves on many occasions. And yes, this wimpy guy is a fantastic character that you also root for and sympathise with.

The humour in the book is brilliant too. There is a superb LSD moment in the middle of the book which pits our heroine fighting zombie hordes in Ancient Greece alongside Odysseys- not to be missed!

Ultimately,proof indeed that female writers seem to have the upper hand when writing zombie fiction. Allison Hewitt Is Trapped cannot simply be palmed off as "chick lit". It's definitely Zombie lit, but Zombie lit right out if the top drawer.

Dead Silence
Dead Silence

5.0 out of 5 stars Canada's got Billy Talent, 29 Dec. 2012
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I'm not even going out on a limb here, but Dead Silence for me is the album of 2012. It's a fantastic and awe-inspiring listen! From the medieval opening of Lonely Road To Absolution to the anthem like closer of Dead Silence, this is an album brimming with quality to the full on every single song. That's right, every single song. There is not a hint of filler anywhere on this remarkable album. It's as if the lads thought "Holy s***, we can put everything we have on this CD." There are 14 songs here and it's nearly an hour long but again I repeat....there's not a single filler track here.

Ian D'Sa's production is fantastic. The clarity and crispness of sound is a credit to him. The baselines are immaculately captured and Jon Gallant shines on this album.

Musically it's quite simply a rock album and its an excellent one at that. There are shades of The Cure on Show Me The Way and Ben's vocal honestly put me in mind of Bruce Dickinson at his best. There are anthems here in the shape of Dead Silence and Swallowed Up By The Ocean. There are pounders like "Viking Death March". There's punk rock here in the shape of Surprise Surprise and Man Alive! Whatever the "mood" the whole album bristles with quality whilst retaining the Billy Talent signature sound throughout.

Considering the quality and maturity on offer here its very surprising that Kerrang surmised that Billy Talent weren't a bigger band because of Kowalewicz's voice and D'Sa's hair(?). Ben's voice is superb throughout and Ian's hair has got nothing to do with the album. So I'll say what I think the inept Kerrang reporter should have said all along. Namely that this album will go down as a classic. Without a doubt the album of 2012 and arguably of the last 5 years.

Hot Cakes
Hot Cakes
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £9.09

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hot and Not, 14 Dec. 2012
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Look, this is a hard one to write. One can't review it based on previous glories as many others seem to have done. One has to take it as a standalone album and review it as such.'s ok. Nothing more, nothing less. The production it has to be said is shoddy and the whole sound is muddy as opposed to clear and crisp. The lyrics, with the exception of opener Every Inch Of You, are safe but non-amusing. Some songs could also do with a guitar solo as you would expect with this type of band. The Hawkins bros are bona fide guitar players but rarely get to show off their talents here. On the plus side there some great tracks on here such as She A Girl Eddie, Concrete and closer Love Is Not The Answer. Justin's singing is great and not as grating as some reviews would make you believe. So overall, a fair album all told. It just that....well, I'll get roasted for's just that Steel Panther do it ( killer hooks, great guitar solos, mind blowingly offensive but hilarious lyrics, indeed the WHOLE WHOLE parody thing) so much better nowadays. There, I've said it. Still worth a look-in though.
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