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Advisory Committee
Advisory Committee
Price: £10.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Erratic but good, 17 Nov. 2004
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This review is from: Advisory Committee (Audio CD)
Contrary to Mirah's more recent album "C'mon Miracle", this is a much less balanced, musically more erratic selection of songs that swings from noise punk to folk with Jewish influences with a variety of other styles in between. Interestingly, this works almost equally well. The fact that it's much less restrained than its successor is at the same time its great asset and also its great weakness; it puts the listener through a large spectrum of emotions, but meanders a bit, unsure of its direction. Still, it remains powerful and interesting throughout.


We Fight Til' Death
We Fight Til' Death
Price: £15.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite there, 17 Nov. 2004
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This review is from: We Fight Til' Death (Audio CD)
Windsor for the Derby started out as a post-rock band developing instrumental soundscapes in a vein similar to Tortoise; now they are adding lyrics and somewhat more rock-oriented song structures that are reminiscent of anything between the bubbliness of Seefeel and the hypnotic drones of Quickspace, without ever quite getting there or developing a musical signature themselves. There are some definite high points here - 'The Melody of a Fallen Tree' and 'We Fight til Death' are truly excellent tracks, but the rest of the material is simply not strong enough to fill 50 minutes with.


Slates
Slates

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential, 17 Nov. 2004
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This review is from: Slates (Audio CD)
Originally released in 1981 on 10-inch vinyl and then notoriously unavailable for over ten years until a somewhat sloppy re-release in 1992, this mini album has continuously been the victim of its format and the greatness of its successor 'Hex Enduction Hour'. This is, however, grave injustice to what is one of the very best Fall albums that they ever received. Surpassed in complexity and craftmanship only by 'Hex' and unsurpassed in sheer energy and gall by no other Fall album, this is not just one of their very best, but it stands out among the quintessential albums of the early 1980s.
For a mere 6-track mini album, the songs are remarkably varied, from the slow 'Older Lover' to the killer attack of 'Prole Art Threat' to the hypnotic, driving riff of 'Slates, Slags Etc', all delivered with an intensity the band has rarely ever achieved since (except perhaps in recent live performances).
This newly remastered 2004 re-release presents the album for the first time in an appropriate context: in addition to the six original tracks there are seven bonus tracks - their 1981 Peel Session, the 'Lie Dream/Fantastic Life' single and a studio outtake - bringing this to a 50-minute document of the band driving towards their zenith.
This is absolutely essential and should be in everybody's record collection, regardless of whether you are a Fall fan or not.


Interim
Interim
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Price: £9.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sloppily recorded weirdness with a few true gems, 8 Nov. 2004
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This review is from: Interim (Audio CD)
Perhaps the best description of this album comes from the liner notes: "Mark E-Smith writes: These recordings consist of the group in INTERIM back-end of 04, live + in rehearsal mit new rhythm section. The Results are up to you to decide to decide is but yo. Comments will be ignored."
More than anything else, this is a document of the group in transition between their last, excellent album "The Real New Fall LP" and their next album, whatever it may be. Here are some old tracks and some new tracks, live recordings and rehearsals edited together to one weird jumble that is interesting more for its documentary than its musical value.
The sound quality is rather poor throughout, though somewhat better than on previous live records like "2G+2" or "Totale's Turns", and the group is in good form, but I doubt that anyone but hardcore fans will be convinced by this, so if you are a newcomer to The Fall, you might want to stay clear of this.
However, if you are a fan of Mark E. Smith's twisted sense of humour/reality, you'll find a couple of true gems on this record. If anything, it's whetting the appetite for their next album, which, judging by the new material here, could be really great.


Get Carter [DVD] [2000]
Get Carter [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Sylvester Stallone
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Price: £3.99

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a pointless remake, 17 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Get Carter [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
So who had the idea that one of the greatest British cult films could or should be remade? Who felt that an old Sylvester Stallone is better in this role than a young Michael Caine? And who felt that rainy Seattle of the 00's matches rainy Newcastle-upon-Tyne of the 70's?
It's an Americanised, slightly technically upgraded version of the story of Jack Carter, who travels north to find out why his brother, whom he hadn't seen in years died drunk in a car accident, despite the fact that he never drank and drove.
Stallone's Carter is a more bodily, more physical type than the slick, almost arrogant Carter played by Michael Caine. He seems also more tired, more resigned and much more emotional: he even weeps at one point. There is no phone sex scene, no hard men's talk, instead there is considerably more uncalled-for uncle-niece bonding.
Mickey Rourke as porn king Paice is a mere shadow of what Ian Hendry was in the original; Michael Caine also appears in the new version, but his character here is, if anything, just predictable and a major disappointment.
All in all, it's a mediocre attempt at remaking a 1970s cult classic and at the same time making it family-friendly by making a coo, detached film emotional, by throwing in an uncle-niece angle and by changing the ending. Too bad that with this new ending the film's title no longer makes any sense.
Recommended only if you want to see Sylvester Stallone weep or if you're a diehard fan of the original and want to compare the two. It's not abysmally bad, it's just not particularly good either. It's mostly pointless.


Dil Se [DVD] [1998]
Dil Se [DVD] [1998]
Dvd ~ Shah Rukh Khan

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie; bad DVD, 23 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Dil Se [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
Dil Se is certainly one of the better Bollywood movies; the plot may lack some logic here and there, but the story, a combination of love story and political thriller, is still utterly compelling. Santosh Sivan's cinematography is near perfect and never fails to break the sombre mood that permeates the entire movie; A. R. Rahman's score is among his best so far. Acting from both Shahrukh Khan and Manisha Koirala is solid.
My major problem is with the DVD, which is of exceptionally poor quality: more than half of the opening credits are simply missing (starts with "audiography" rather than certificate, title and actors' names), you have to watch several minutes of commercials every time you insert the DVD (can't skip to the menu), and audio and video mastering are both very poor (several skips in the soundtrack, uneven sound level, low image resolution).
This excellent film really deserves better presentation than what it gets on this DVD (I'm referring to the UK release by Eros International, cat no. DVD-E 118 / VFC07990).


4766 Seconds - Shortcut to Teenage Fanclub (Best of)
4766 Seconds - Shortcut to Teenage Fanclub (Best of)
Offered by Smaller World Future
Price: £86.54

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure bliss, 22 Mar. 2003
A 'Greatest Hits' album from Teenage Fanclub doesn't really make much sense to me, for the simple reason that they've made such consistently great albums (with the possible exception of 'Thirteen') that I wouldn't know which songs to pick. If you've never heard of them before, this is your chance to get 21 songs/80 minutes of musical bliss. You won't regret it.


Comfort in Sound
Comfort in Sound
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Price: £2.73

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm... eclectic, 22 Mar. 2003
This review is from: Comfort in Sound (Audio CD)
This is eclectic early 21st-century music: there's nothing on this album that you haven't heard already from 90s bands such as Oasis, Nirvana, Helmet, or Ride. It's good stuff mostly, like it's good to have those great 90s bands back again, only it isn't them. A band that totally lacks an identity of its own, but still sounds good. Eminently listenable, but feels odd somehow.


The Richest Man In Babylon
The Richest Man In Babylon
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Price: £12.88

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A major disappointment, 22 Mar. 2003
Since I liked the Thievery Corporation's first two albums so much, I rushed and bought this without bothering to listen to it first - a big mistake. It was a major disappointment to see that not only have they not evolved at all, they also seem to have run out of ideas. This album lacks punch and verve and seems to be based on a few odd loops and vocals that become a bit repetitive after a while. Okay, so it's chill-out music, but that doesn't mean it should be boring.


Painful
Painful
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Price: £11.13

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic. Brilliant. Will be revered by future generations, 20 May 2001
This review is from: Painful (Audio CD)
You won't get me enthusing about music very easily. This record is an exception. Largely neglected by the public (or most music critics), Yo La Tengo have built up a back catalogue of records that will, possibly, some day establish them as one of the great rock bands of the 1990s. Well, hopefully, anyway.
Painful, released in 1993, has been on top of my list of favourite records for a long time now, and has never ever become boring. Sporting a more direct approach than on their later albums, this is reminiscent of My Bloody Vanlentine vs. Sonic Youth, but played with clearly more emotion (and, alas, expertise) than either of the other groups ever had.
The quiet songs are intense, and so are the loud ones; a direct comparison between the two versions of "Big Day Coming" easily proves that both are winners. Heck, even the instrumental track at the end ("I Heard You Looking") is great.
This record should be in everybody's collection. Even if they have only one record.
The US import has some nicer artwork on the CD and CD cover than the release on City Slang. Get this one if you like cover art and if you don't mind the extra bucks.


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