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Velocifero
Velocifero
Price: £8.48

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The generosity of strangers..., 21 April 2008
This review is from: Velocifero (Audio CD)
If you like Ladytron and the kind of music they have been prgressing towards during the last few years then this is a must-have album for you!
"Velocifero" is the natural evolution of their 2005 LP "Witching Hour" expanding their rock influences further without banishing or denying their electronica roots. Though their drum loops haven't gotten any more "live" than they were on their last offering, Ladytron have improved their approach of an organic sound by, ironically, perfectioning their agenda of sounding 'not-so-perfect'. The album doesn't sound raw or unfinished at all, but it sounds very real and the lyrics are, for lack of a better word, rather heartfelt. As for the music itself, every single element has been carefully placed and perfectly mixed by Ladytron themselves with the help of producers Vicarious Bliss and Alessandro Cortini, who is probably the one responsible for a slight Industrial feel which is present throughout the tracks (especially "Burning Up" and "The Lovers".)
All in all "Velocifero" is one of the band's best albums to date combining various genres and lots of new ideas with some older ones, which are important to maintain the Ladytron feel we have come to love them for!


Hard Candy
Hard Candy
Offered by dutchtoni
Price: £25.00

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CANDY GALORE, 21 April 2008
This review is from: Hard Candy (Audio CD)
When Madonna decided to work with The Neptunes and Timbaland for her new studio album most fans and critics were convinced that this is her version of the 'Faustian Pact'. But if you know Madonna and her immense body of work you will realize that this album is only the latest example of what she has been doing for the last 25 years. Sometimes more and sometimes less effective.
"Hard Candy" is an album full of explosive dance tracks crafted by distinctive beats, memorable hooks and a lot of ambition. It might not be her best LP in terms of innovation but it is certainly a very fresh-sounding reflection of and on today's music industry. Even if it is not very likely that the media is ever going to stop criticizing and/or admiring M-Dolla (as Pharrell Williams likes to call her) for how she is presenting herself, the fact that this woman is turning 50 soon is actually nowhere to be noticed on this record. Not that it is of any relevance.
The majority of the tracks was produced by The Neptunes, namely Pharrell Williams, and Madonna. Probably the one collaboration that has been most fertile bringing forth electrified club-bangers like "Heartbeat", "She's Not Me" and "Beat Goes On". Timbaland's input is not as heavy as expected though songs like "Miles Away" and "Devil Wouldn't Recognize You" are rather predictable pieces combining typical Timbaland beats with lyrical input by Madonna and Justin Timberlake. The Timbo/Danja instrumental tracks seem to show little to no Madonna involvement but thankfully the words and melodies are rather balanced recalling both Madonna's and JT's back catalogue - a big "credibility saver" on M's behalf.
All in all Madonna has once again managed to partly re-invent herself and more importantly her music. Like all of her albums "Hard Candy" showcases a new persona for the media to talk about. A nice little treat for her fans, especially if you look at the promo pictures, but not very important for what we can hear on the CD itsef. And that part of the package sounds even better than Madonna looks!


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CANDY GALORE, 21 April 2008
When Madonna decided to work with The Neptunes and Timbaland for her new studio album most fans and critics were convinced that this is her version of the 'Faustian Pact'. But if you know Madonna and her immense body of work you will realize that this album is only the latest example of what she has been doing for the last 25 years. Sometimes more and sometimes less effective.
"Hard Candy" is an album full of explosive dance tracks crafted by distinctive beats, memorable hooks and a lot of ambition. It might not be her best LP in terms of innovation but it is certainly a very fresh-sounding reflection of and on today's music industry. Even if it is not very likely that the media is ever going to stop criticizing and/or admiring M-Dolla (as Pharrell Williams likes to call her) for how she is presenting herself, the fact that this woman is turning 50 soon is actually nowhere to be noticed on this record. Not that it is of any relevance.
The majority of the tracks was produced by The Neptunes, namely Pharrell Williams, and Madonna. Probably the one collaboration that has been most fertile bringing forth electrified club-bangers like "Heartbeat", "She's Not Me" and "Beat Goes On". Timbaland's input is not as heavy as expected though songs like "Miles Away" and "Devil Wouldn't Recognize You" are rather predictable pieces combining typical Timbaland beats with lyrical input by Madonna and Justin Timberlake. The Timbo/Danja instrumental tracks seem to show little to no Madonna involvement but thankfully the words and melodies are rather balanced recalling both Madonna's and JT's back catalogue - a big "credibility saver" on M's behalf.
All in all Madonna has once again managed to partly re-invent herself and more importantly her music. Like all of her albums "Hard Candy" showcases a new persona for the media to talk about. A nice little treat for her fans, especially if you look at the promo pictures, but not very important for what we can hear on the CD itsef. And that part of the package sounds even better than Madonna looks!


American Life
American Life
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £2.58

8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOTHING FAILS!, 1 May 2003
This review is from: American Life (Audio CD)
With „American Life" Madonna shows us again how creatively people can/could be (and that the American Hair-Dyeing industry should be supported).
There aren't many albums where every song is worth to listen to, but "American Life" is one of the few. That's one of the reasons why it debuted at number one, and Madonna wouldn't be satisfied with another place. The only "negative" thing about the album is that there are only 11 Tracks on it, and she has surely recorded 20 to 30 tracks, but well.
All in all "American Life" is a very slow, smooth and melancholic album, but this isn't negative at all. Only the opener "American Life", the second single "Hollywood", the bitter-sweet "Mother And Father" and the James Bond Theme "Die Another Day" are really Up-Tempo Songs. All the other tracks are joined by guitars (normal ones and electric ones) and cool, but slow, Beats. The best songs on the album are "Hollywood", joined by cool Electronic-Beats, "Intervention", which has a good Guitar-Intro and "X-Static Process", a "religious" ballad with the clearest voice we have ever heard of Madonna, but somehow the title reminds me of a NASA-Project. But all the other tracks are also good and have a very interesting (in a good meaning) sound.
I totally recommend this album to everyone, so go and buy it!


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