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The Top
The Top
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome To Mr Smith's Wacky Wonderful Ride., 22 Aug 2009
This review is from: The Top (Audio CD)
The Cure has always been known as an unusual band. Sometimes mad, sometimes silly, sometimes even full on creepy, but fifth album `The Top' is the bands crowning glory in the bonkers stake. Essentially a solo album by Smith, some friends and a boatload of hallucinogenic drugs, the album takes the listener into the distorted, childlike and often scary mind of the frontman and back again. While this is by no means the bands strongest release it still remains effectively unique, original and interesting- some factors that have been missing from their more recent output due to occasional repetition. The odd song presented here could fall under the `fan only' banner but there's still plenty to enjoy even for those with a shorter attention span. `The Caterpillar' is pure infectious pop at its best, opener `Shake Dog Shake' displays the bands heavier side well and closing title track `The Top' gives listeners the much expected (but never beaten) introspective and moody cure sound. Unorthodox as the ten tracks are they do manage to give an overview of Smith's various forms of eclectic song writing and with repeat listens should reward those who persist. Hardly the album they will be remembered for but an album that's not easy to forget.

Chronicles: Volume One
Chronicles: Volume One
by Bob Dylan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Unorthodox, Unusual and Insightful - Just Like Dylan Himself, 22 Aug 2009
This review is from: Chronicles: Volume One (Paperback)
Those looking for your run of the mill music biography should probably look else were. Very far away in fact- maybe Mongolia. As you might expect from an iconic figure such as Dylan, Chronicles: Volume 1 doesn't follow the common path of `raise, fall, raise and aged respectability' that one finds in most books of this genre, however this is not to say it doesn't contain elements of this formula (what musicians tale doesn't?) Dylan has opted instead to give the readers a taste of his unique viewpoint on life and show us what it is to be a songwriter in this often-mad and unfair world. No chorological order in these near 300 pages, just selected moments in his life that Dylan happens to feel like sharing with us. Fans and newbie's looking for exciting tales of his generation defining sixties albums will be disappointed, no such luck - maybe for Chronicles Volume 2? Time will tell. However if your looking for a pure Dylan'esque experience and a glance into the workings of the great man this is no doubt the best place to start. From his early years as an unshakeable and single-mindedly determined young man trying forge his destiny to the later years showcasing the pressure and insanity that fame brought him once he had managed to do so. Chronicles: Volume 1 is as revealing, exotic and eye opening a read as it's subject.

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4.0 out of 5 stars 101 in Freakonomics, 22 Aug 2009
This review is from: STRANGE COUSINS FROM (Audio CD)
Clutch may be far from a household name but there cult following in the music scene is growing with each release- and with good reason. Clutch represent good wholesome, ballsy Rock N Roll with a heavy dose of bluesy attitude and stoner groove. This, there ninth album following on from the critically applauded 'From Beale St. To Oblivion', is to a extent business as usual for the band, but boy business is good. While fans may miss the presence of organist Mike Schauer, the infectious (and more than ever) blues tinged guitar and drumming coupled with Neil Fallon's commanding vocal work and surreal lyrics should keep the ears happy.While not as exciting as past efforts, 'Strange Cousins From The West' is a strong addition to a back catalogue that is growing in strength and musical maturity with each release. Sit back, grab a beer and Enjoy.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Breath Of Fresh Air..., 17 July 2009
This review is from: Lungs (Audio CD)
Hype- destroyer of hope and waster of well earned money. Hype can be a dangerous thing, in this day an age of media overload fool hardy consumers can loose a lot of cash believing all the reviews, previews, awards, back slaps and chin strokes that barrage the eyes and mind about `fresh new talent'. So Florence and the Machine's debut was approached with great caution and a pair a heavy-duty rubber gloves as I gave it its first listen. I was quite ready to hate it, and to be fair hating things is often more fun but alas I loved it and now hear it's lovely melodies ringing in my ears. Some reviewers have complained about its `all but the kitchen sink' production, however it could be argued that not every album should sound like The Stooges or Delta Blues. Epworth, Ford and Mackie have done a great job at balancing the heavy use of strings and percussion and to be honest its this layered melodic but clean sound that adds a lot to `Lungs'. These things are obviously hardly most important, what really stands is Florence's unique and impressive voice coupled with her dreamy and often dark lyrics. The overall package is some kind of alternative, indie, goth tinged fairy music that acts as both great background noise and summer evening groove. Florence and Co may not be to everyone's taste but for people looking for something new and a little different- an artist to watch has arrived.

The Author
The Author

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing..., 27 Mar 2009
This review is from: The Author (Audio CD)
After catching a free intimate gig at a cafe in Falmouth two months back i left with my mind blown, an outstanding talent. Her songs fair just as well on CD and i would recommend it any fan of acoustic music or anyone who likes there songwriters to be a bit more memorable then a lot of the dross you hear on the radio at times. Key Tracks - The Author, Francis, Morse Code, Again

4:13 Dream
4:13 Dream
Price: £8.70

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Return to Cuckoo-Ville, 17 Dec 2008
This review is from: 4:13 Dream (Audio CD)
I wont go into as much detail as other reviewers have already done but overall this is a return to form for The Cure. While not Disintegration or The Head on the Door, 4:13 Dream is still a welcome return to the Cure's madcap eclectic style, it contains smiths crazed lyrics and guitar while the songs cover both morose and happy subject matter. Its mixture of styles reminds me of 92s 'Wish' no doubt because of the return of Porl Thompson on lead guitar, something that adds real flair to tracks such as Switch and The Real Snow White.

While Kiss me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me and Wish did the 'mixed-bag' Cure style better 4:13 Dream is a much more accessible and fun album then the last 3 album the band have released.. in short not there best, not there worst.

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