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The Warning
The Warning
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Chip's greatest work, 22 May 2011
This review is from: The Warning (Audio CD)
Now a band perhaps more renowned for being used on BBC soundtracks, Hot Chip's most emotionally engaging and interesting work is their sophomore 'The Warning'
The tracks on the album have a real sense of intimacy and frailty which blends well with their electronica influences, most notably seen on tracks like 'So Glad to See You' and 'Look After Me'
There are also the more danceable singles like 'Over and Over' and 'And I was a Boy From School'.
There are few better albums for post going out relaxing and it is also good travel music.

Q&A Jurisprudence 2011-2012 (Questions and Answers)
Q&A Jurisprudence 2011-2012 (Questions and Answers)
by David Brooke
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars There are better introductory books to the topic, 13 May 2011
This book, along with the series overall, is in my opinion not the best for exam preparation, despite that being presented as the main purpose of the book and series.
The most effective way of preparing for an LLB exam is to isolate topics and try to get to know those inside out before attempting any overview. The focus of these Q&A books are mostly an overview as they aim to respond to hypothetical exam questions.
Furthermore, the answers given are often intimidating for LLB students. Answers are always exemplary and often near 2000 words in length. This doesn't reflect the reality of exam answers, which have to be written normally within 45-60 minutes, under exam pressure, and especially with a typical law exam lasting 3 hours or more the final answer to be given out of 3 or 4 often drops significantly in quality. The series and the book creates an unrealistic impression for the anxious student. What would have been more desirable would the approach adopted by some revision guides, that is show what answers for each of the honours classes, from first down to third, would look like.
In conclusion, by all means use this book and others in the series during your course to supplement your readings and to prepare for tutorials, but don't expect to glean much from it for the final few days before an exam.
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The Consolations of Philosophy
The Consolations of Philosophy
by Alain De Botton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Articulate lifestyle advice, 3 May 2011
As mentioned by others, this book is not philosophy as such, or at least not what philosophy is as taught in universities. Rather, this is lifestyle advice as given by six philosophers (Socrates, Epicurus, Seneca, De Montaigne, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche), all well formulated by De Botton, with plenty of illustrations to put you in the frame of the analogies he draws.
This is like agony aunt advice but with a more intellectual seal of approval, and it will certainly make you sound more well read than you actually are, when you say you feel money is not the goal of life because you agree with Epicurus, or that hard toil is necessary for success, as Nietzsche had declared in Human All Too Human.

Total Life Forever
Total Life Forever
Price: £5.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy Mercury prize contender, 11 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Total Life Forever (Audio CD)
Foals first arrived seeming as if they were another one of the NME flavour of the month crop, but they have progressed their sound with every release. Their first album already sounded much more grand and fleshed out than early singles Hummer and Mathletics, neither of which were on the debut album Antidotes.
Total Life Forever is even more of a foray into new territory, you would think when listening to tracks like Spanish Sahara or This Orient you were listening to a different band. There are 5 members in the band and they have fully utilised the numbers, every track has many layers of sound.
On the whole the mood is introspective and the sound is dense, one can really get lost in the mood created by the album.

The Doors of Perception: And Heaven and Hell
The Doors of Perception: And Heaven and Hell
by Aldous Huxley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential tool for coping with modern life, 15 Mar. 2010
In our increasingly fame, money and sex obsessed, instant gratification based society, Huxley's The Doors of Perception provide beyond valuable summaries and conclusions about what life is and what the human brain desires and craves. Through reflecting on the trip he had on mescaline, Huxley concludes on the spectrum of brainpower that is present in the human species. Throughout he is contemplating and placing himself in the mindset of great poets, artists, musicians and mystics, and analysing what insights had caused them to make their greatest works.
This is also by no means mere mystical insight or a tedious recount of a drug experience. Being a respected intellectual Huxley takes his experience onwards to a critique of Western culture and philosophy, particularly incorporating the 20th century deconstructive approach to language and rejection of the logocentrist, rational tradition emanating from the likes of Descartes and Kant.
The world we live in and the human species is so much more than what most people think it is, so much more than the world of celebrity magazines, on demand TV and 9-5 drudgery. For anyone seeking meaning to life or a relief from their current mindset The Doors of Perception is essential reading.

Thinly Disguised Autobiography
Thinly Disguised Autobiography
by James Delingpole
Edition: Paperback

23 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Whingeing, insecure drivel from a right wing idiot, 10 Jun. 2009
I thought this book was OK until I became aware of Delingpole's journalism, recent posts of which deny the impacts of climate change, support the British Empire and leant sympathy to the BNP and Islamophobia, then I realised every word came from the mind of an unbearable right wing Conservative who thinks there is one level of human rights for him and his Home Counties chums and another level of human rights for the darkies and scum. He is an absolute idiot.
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Ringleader Of The Tormentors
Ringleader Of The Tormentors
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grandiose and gorgeous, 7 Feb. 2009
Rome has been a significant influence on Morrissey in Ringleader Of The Tormentors, from the Ennio Morricone scored Dear God, Please Help Me, to the constant featuring of an Italian children's choir, finishing in one of his most stark album sleeves, Ringleader Of The Tormentors is drenched in grand sounds and operatic vocals. While there are few stand out singles and two songs coming in at a heavyweight 5.52 and 7.22 respectively, the album has a coherent structure, culminating in a rare semi optimistic declaration in album closer At Last I Am Born. Constantly flitting between life and death, pausing to declare life a pigsty on track 7, Ringleader Of The Tormentors finds Morrissey in theatrical form.

Vauxhall And I
Vauxhall And I
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mournful, atmospheric and essential, 5 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Vauxhall And I (Audio CD)
While Vauxhall and I offers few live favourites that Morrissey still plays to this day, as an album it is arguably Morrissey's finest as a solo artist. Written after the death of 3 close friends and associates, many of the songs here concern death and destruction - Lifeguard Sleeping, Girl Drowning and the goosebumps inducing The Lazy Sunbathers, about sunbathers on the day of Nazi invasion of Poland. There is also a direct elegy to lost friendships in Hold On To Your Friends, offering valuable Moz advice such as seen in Accept Yourself by Smiths such as 'There's more than enough to fight and oppose, so hold on to your friends'. It also features the eery and by the same measure tragic The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get, classic mope in I Am Hated For Loving, the defiant Now My Heart Is Full, and the snarling hitback at critics in Speedway. Most of the album is in the minor key and the tempo is much slowed from the preceding Your Arsenal. Perhaps the most sombre Morrissey solo album, listeners be prepared for 40 minutes of relentless introspection.

Years of Refusal
Years of Refusal
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Godfather of Britpop returns, 4 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Years of Refusal (Audio CD)
I agree with a number of reviews I've read in that Years of Refusal sees Morrissey in defiant and even aggressive form. Apart from I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris, little here shows traces of the stereotypical Morrissey image of the moping moaner. Whereas Ringleaders of the Tormentors showed signs of Morrissey in a romantic relationship, Years of Refusal has him back to his You are the Quarry era songs about painful and abrupt endings to relationships. Another hark back to 2004 is the recruitment of Jerry Finn as producer, and his track record with bands like The Offspring and Blink 182 shows through as there is quite a trace of American punk pop angst. Let us hope Morrissey has indeed grown up, and found that he is OK by himself.

It's a Bit Complicated
It's a Bit Complicated

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Direct Hit, 20 Jun. 2007
This review is from: It's a Bit Complicated (Audio CD)
It's probably more of a 4.5 stars, it's probably not the most original sounding record ever, but one can't fail to be won over by the frank and ever humble lyrics of Eddie Argos. Two albums gone and I'm certainly sure Art Brut are on the way to building a non-mainstream legacy of their own. Unlike many guitar wielding, NME filling, Camden dwelling peers, Art Brut embrace the rock cliches and never take themselves too seriously. Studied in German universities, and number one in countries with no Top of the Pops, long live/viva/keep it coming, Art Brut.

Tracks to watch: Pump Up The Volume, Direct Hit, St.Pauli, Sound of Summer, Jealous Guy

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