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14 of 54 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, Derivative, Forgettable, 11 Jun 2013
This review is from: 13 (Audio CD)
Ozzy Osbourne is the only 'singer' I know that gets praised simply for not sucking. He may sound slightly better (thanks to umpteen studio takes no doubt) than he has in years but he's still awful. His snail-paced enunciation throughout this contrived material makes already unnecessarily long crushingly dull. If you can stomach Ozzy you might be able to get through this all style no substance mess. Long boring filler songs like "End Of The Beginning", "God Is Dead?", "Age OF Reason", etc...all sound like the same bloody song. Ssssssssslow and ploding. There's only two songs hat rise above mediocrity- the "Planet Caravan"-like "Zeitgeist" and the bluesy "Damaged Soul". I listened to this disc 2 times through and I doubt I will ever do that to myself again. I'll keep the two good songs and forget the forgettable rest. Fail.
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Dream Evil
Dream Evil
Price: £17.96

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grading It For It Is, 27 Mar 2013
This review is from: Dream Evil (Audio CD)
I've read three two star reviews from disgruntled fans about this package. Just because the bonus disc offers nothing new I prefer to judge the contents for what is here not what I would rather be here. Yes, the compilers of this Deluxe Edition must have put the absolute minimal effort into the creation of this package. I'd like to give them a big FU for that. "Hide In The Rainbow" already used on "Sacred Heart" DE. An edit of "I Could Have Been A Dreamer" is understandable for the sake of completeness I guess. Universal obviously made no effort to locate any unreleased soundboard recording from the "Dream Evil" tour (because there are several). So they opt to release Dio's 1987 gig at the Monsters Of Rock. Again, it would appear that no effort was made to revisit the actual tapes from the show but instead copy the previously-released "Dio At Donington" set from 2010, which many suspect was copied from a good bootleg. That means the other songs performed that night, most notably "Sunset Superman", are again not included. Maybe those tapes no longer exist? That would be the only acceptable excuse. For a Dio fan who buys all the releases there is very little reason to purchase this DE of "Dream Evil", especially for those of us who purchased the Japanese remaster of "Dream Evil". Like that release the remastering here IS an improvement over the original CD issue...but not enough to make it revelatory.

Still the "Dream Evil" album is a masterpiece of classic 80s Heavy Metal, probably equal to "Holy Diver" and the MOR Show from 1987 is a fine live recording so this is a great five star release.
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Losing Sleep
Losing Sleep
Price: £7.79

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious Alternative Pop/Rock, 9 Jan 2011
This review is from: Losing Sleep (Audio CD)
This is an extremely well crafted set of cuts; filled to the brim with hooks and earnestness. The set is scheduled for March here in the USA but I couldn't wait and purchased the import after hearing the samples. "Losing Sleep", "Do It Again", "Come Tomorrow, Come Today" (to name a few) should be storming the singles charts (and would be if Collins was perceived as a 20-something). He's made great albums in the past- more experimental ones- but this one is just a straight joyful listen (with meaning).

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