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Back from the Dead
Back from the Dead
Offered by Hausmusik
Price: £11.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Way ahead, 11 July 2006
This review is from: Back from the Dead (Audio CD)
Despite the wilderness years, UFO bassist Peter Way's infamous 80s side project has been resurrected in the best possible way. What could have been a torturous throw back of embarrassing ineptitude has proved to be a terrific, hard rocking album from which, many young upstarts could learn a thing or two.

Fin's vocals seem to have dragged something back from the brink of death, a place he has visited on several occasions, and the effect is a bourbon gurgling selection of rock n' roll that could have been recorded down the Dog and Duck on a Saturday night - If they didn't sound so bloody tight.


Road To Hell 2
Road To Hell 2
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Price: £9.22

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rea takes a detour, 11 July 2006
This review is from: Road To Hell 2 (Audio CD)
The latest visitation to Chris Rea's love/hate relationship with his car has all the musical direction of a fun fair ride. At every turn there's a sideshow attraction that defies any logical timeline or style; a bit of 70s disco, 80s kitsch and 90s dance. All this mixed in with Rea's bluesy guitar and gravely tones, making the word eclectic seem woefully inadequate.

With Rea's health fragile at best and a return to the blues under construction, this comes across as the last hoorah for his pop/rock career, and sadly, it's a forgettable swan song. Rea's appeal has always been in his ability to use his musical slight of hand. There is no better example of this than in 1989's The Road to Hell, where fragile rock and pop mixed so successfully with acerbic social commentary. The formula here however, is tardy and painful, with just the faintest suggestion of the ingenuity and style explored by its namesake.


Crystal Pistol
Crystal Pistol
Price: £16.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Rough and more than ready!, 11 July 2006
This review is from: Crystal Pistol (Audio CD)
As rock's heart grows strong once again, the arteries are flowing with the impurities and antibodies that create their own mutations. Crystal Pistol's brand of sleaze rock is the equivalent of four packs a day and fifteen cream doughnuts to wash them down. It's raw, dangerous and oh so delicious.

The songs, whilst lyrically crass and ludicrous, rock with the right amount of sarcasm and disdain. Loving someone like a locomotive is of course, only slightly more ridiculous than loving someone like a reptile (see Motörhead) and singing a song like Everybody Hates You When You Love Rock N' Roll, can only be achieved with tongue firmly planted in cheek.

These songs are indicative of the approach. Crystal Pistol are unashamedly embracing the spirit of their heroes, and echoes of the New York Dolls resonate along with distant tributes to everyone from The Dogs D'Amour to The Stooges. Put on dirty clothes, rough up your hair and enjoy!


On An Island
On An Island
Price: £9.99

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Retirement looms for Floyd man, 10 July 2006
This review is from: On An Island (Audio CD)
Whilst Roger Waters is off launching operas and pondering another `rock n' roll' record, David Gilmour is settling into something resembling retirement.

That On An Island, better resembles the life of the contemplative country squire, than it does of a frenzied, self-destructive youth, suggest much about what we can expect from the softly spoken one from now on.

Gilmour's third solo effort rocks gently on the porch of contentment, caressing the listener's ears with the melancholy of a bygone artist dallying with his blues roots.

Always prey to those who demand another Comfortably Numb, On An Island makes not even the slightest effort to comply. Instead, it shuffles melodically through a series of Edwardian smoking rooms, content in its smugness and satisfied with its standing, despite the gout.

Floyd fans, of which I am one, must let the past lie. Gilmour was the band's musician and Waters its conscience. Now parted, should we be surprised that Gilmour's music drips with the harmonies of age, whilst Waters' still rages with the belief in change. It's what made them great then and it's what makes them great now.


Patience
Patience
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Price: £3.52

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patience pays off!, 22 May 2004
This review is from: Patience (Audio CD)
It must be infuriating, not only for us fans, but also for George Michael himself that personal demons have prevented the fluidity that his talent deserves. Patience, only his fourth solo album is yet another example of the delicious, multi-faceted grooves that we have been starved of.
It is indicative of the richness and quality on show in this album, that when the world tires of bland, soppy popiness and rip-off sampling, George Michael can steel the plaudits from right under the noses of all that are unwholesome about the current trend.
Patience is a truly sensuous album, an album for all the moods of existence and a refreshing alternative to a lifeless popular dance/pop scene. It is a shame that George will be seen as an old school performer by young fans, because if they only took the time to open their eyes and ears, they would realise that one of the most talented artists of the last twenty years is as good as ever and better than the rest.


Presto
Presto

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rockin' Rabbit!, 16 May 2004
This review is from: Presto (Audio CD)
An increasingly difficult album to lay your hands on, Presto is an essential component of your Rush collection. Whilst indicative of their lucid style, it nevertheless reminds us that even a transforming band can still go the distance.
Analysing individual Rush albums is a little like discussing the parts of a car engine. They are often only of interest to enthusiasts, are of little use to Bible salesmen but are each vital to the smooth running of a well-oiled rock and roll machine. Presto is yet another makeover and a welcome one at that. Whereas some of the late eighties efforts were mere fan belts and diodes, Rush kicked off the nineties with a turbo charger and, dare I say it, a Superconductor.
Stop messing around in the garage and go pull the rabbit out of the hat!


Get Born [EXTRA TRACK]
Get Born [EXTRA TRACK]
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Price: £2.24

2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking a bit of thrust!, 16 May 2004
This review is from: Get Born [EXTRA TRACK] (Audio CD)
With Get Born, Jet's debut album, we are taxied enthusiastically across the runway; take off with incredible power, cruise nicely for a while but then crash back down to earth in flames of disappointment.
Despite the recent spate of bands associating with AC/DC and the Rolling Stones, few bands have done anything other than place their fingers on the frets and hit chords whose patents have long stopped being pending. In Jet's case, the problems lie with its desire to please but its unwillingness to stick its neck out.
Certainly the albums opening three tracks kick on and will ably satisfy the rock fans amongst us. However, whilst Look What You've Done could have been forgiven for its straight Beatles/Oasis copy, the band's insistence on continually returning to that place with Move On, Radio Song, Come Around Again and Timothy only highlights its desire to be something it's not. Basically, Jet are only rocking when they are rockin'.
In a time when live music is reasserting itself, Jet will succeed and for that I am mightily pleased, however, they need to readdress their thrust if they intend breaking free of the atmosphere.


Rain Tree Crow: Remastered
Rain Tree Crow: Remastered
Price: £11.15

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality reinvention, 10 May 2004
This 1991 reincarnation of Japan (minus some-time member Rob Dean) is a delightful hybrid of the experimental styles of its reunited members, post several excellent solo albums. It starts off with a crisp and funky sound in Big Wheels in Shanty Town, but it is not long before we slip into the moody bliss at the heart of Messrs Sylvian, Karn, Jansen and Barbieri.
Certainly this album provides an opportunity for non-Japan/Sylvian fans to indulge themselves in some scintillating sounds and crisp production, without the impenetrable wall of affectation that has symbolised much of the latter solo work from all involved.
There are some moments of weakness where the plot seems to have been left at home, but these are easily forgiven with the sumptuous Blackwater, Every Colour You Are and Pocket Full of Change. Overall, Rain Tree Crow offered a wonderful distraction from the lukewarm choices of the early '90s and remains significant today in a way that only well crafted music can.


Paris
Paris
Price: £6.99

33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars French flair!, 10 May 2004
This review is from: Paris (Audio CD)
The definite live recording from the Davies/Hodgson days of Supertramp; this is a fitting reminder of the powers of a band at the peak of their commercial success. This is reflected in the song selection, which is largely drawn from the band's two most popular albums, Crime of the Century and Breakfast in America.
For those of us lucky enough to have seen them during this era, much is lost visually, especially the delightful Brighton-London train journey during Rudy. However, it is a concert with many visceral delights and with Supertramp's irreverence audible in each rendition, the listener can indulge in the experience, a claim sadly untrue of many live interpretations.
Whilst the road travelled thereafter was patchy at best, Supertramp made their mark big time in Paris and even for the most cynical amongst us; this is a moment worthy of savouring over and over again.


Tales From The Engine Room
Tales From The Engine Room
Offered by collectorsheaven
Price: £7.38

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly hybrid, 10 May 2004
The crossing of genres is not exactly a new thing. Rock and dance mixing has been attempted many times before with varied success. However, by crossing the barrier you stand at risk of alienating both fan bases with an end product that is both unsatisfactory and belittling.
With Marillion's determined and passionate fans always willing to vehemently protect the image of one of modern rock's most innovative artists, it came as somewhat of a surprise when the band sought an audience down an alien path. Thankfully, the gamble has paid off, and in truth this 'remixed' version is a richer and more fulfilling experience than its host album.
The success lies in the apparent restraint showed by all concerned. It would have been easy to overlay a shallow, bouncing beat on every track in an attempt to take Marillion to a place they would never have dreamed of; the dance floor. Instead, we have a work enhanced by innovation and taken into a pleasing direction, opening the Marillion sound up to yet another audience.
It is indicative of Marillion's willingness to experiment that following this albums success, they moved into an even greater area of creativity. Fans of Marillion be advised, this is a wonderful addition to your collection. For the curious, expect much serendipity.


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