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WWE - No Mercy 2007 [DVD]
WWE - No Mercy 2007 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Wwe
Price: £5.49

5.0 out of 5 stars The Single Greatest Pay Per View of ALL TIME, 16 Sep 2009
This review is from: WWE - No Mercy 2007 [DVD] (DVD)
Let me preface this by stating that I know many people will disagree with that statement. However if you DO disagree... you are simply a person who is 100% wrong. Randy Orton is the greatest source of WWEntertainment of all the times, and tonight was the man's night.

This is surely one of the only Pay Per Views which has a one-rivalry story told right the way through (other than perhaps No Mercy 2000, which plugged the completely disasterously abysmal Rikishi-Austin match). For a fan such as myself who had, at that time, been waiting for Randy Orton to be given the opportunity to carry the company for WAY too long, seeing him holding the newly-awarded WWE Championship above his head while the pyro went off wildly behind him (much to the blatant disapproval of the majority of the crowd) was a truly ecstasy-inducing moment. The fact that it technically happened on my birthday as well (The Pay Per View was broadcast at 1am October 8th in the UK) only added to the joy. Triple H, the wrestler who my friends and I were begging not to be introduced as Orton's opponent (He has a history of making Orton look like a fool by beating him 99% of the time) swanned down to the ring, and after some admittedly hilarious interaction between HHH and Vince McMahon (at that point an Ort-vocate), we have...

Stage 1: HHH vs Randy Orton (c) for the strap. You could tell they were holding back their most ingenious ideas for later on in the night; nevertheless, these two had a fast paced back-and-forth, PPV worthy bout. HHH ended up dramatically increasing my hatred for him by beating Orton in about 11 minutes. The crowd predictably lapped up this garbage.

Stage 2: An infuriated Vince remined Triple that they had advertised a HHH Umaga match, and that was exactly what they would have - with the added stipulation that the newly-won WWE Championship was up for grabs.

Stage III (Kyuss reference completely intended there): in the upset of the century!!! .....of course I am only joking, Hunter put him away with relative ease.

By this time I had renounced this PPV as the worst I had ever witnessed.

Stage 4: We see HHH resting up backstage. Vince, in a moment of complete genius the likes of which only he can muster, informs Hunter that Randy Orton (heart speeding up here a bit...) has requested his rematch clause (Oh god please say the words Vince!)... tonight. (AAAAAAAAHHHHH!!) And as per advertised, it will be a Last Man Standing Match. I, at that moment, converted to Mcmahonism. Then, realising who we were dealing with here, quickly renounced my new faith and converted back to The Church of Orton.

Stage 5: We now have the main event - Orton's rematch. I won't go into every detail here, but trust me: it's a goodun. There are several heart-in-mouth moments, clever use of weapons, and a finish that you won't see coming... at all. I think you can tell by the tone of this review who wins.

One word of warning, though: the PAL version cuts out a section of the match where Orton chokes HHH out with a cable. However, it is seamless and even if you know that it is cut out, it is nigh on impossible to see the point where it is supposed to happen (right after the DDT to the chair).

Buy it now.
Buy it now.
Buy it now.
Buy it now.
Buy it now.

Live Jihad [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Live Jihad [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Moistboyz

5.0 out of 5 stars We're moist cuz we sweat..., 9 Sep 2009
...proclaims Dickey Moist at the start of this unreal DVD. Maybe he wants to stop the giggles from the local dumb broad in the back before they happen? Maybe he's playing up to the anti-gay image the band holds by deterring any potential male comers-on?? (Not that any of them are what you would call 'pretty boys'.) The fact is, every pore of every member is about to work overtime in the name of blistering rock 'n' roll... which is exactly what the Moistboyz do best.

The Moistboyz, while being one of those bands whose t-shirts I will never wear around town (or at all), are nevertheless a band you cannot help but adore in every respect. They have everything you need in a rock band - Dickey Moist, a frontman who is quite clearly obsessed with Iggy Pop, willing to go that extra mile onstage by consuming that extra beer while writhing about on his back looking for the setlist mumbling a bunch of garbage - yet never forgetting a single venomous lyric. Mickey Moist, a.k.a. Dean Ween, a man so well versed in the heavy riff they practically spill out of his ears. Dave Dreiwitz, the bassist for Ween, who can lock into a rhythm with the best of them - whilst also looking a bit out of place (dunno if it's just me but he doesn't look like the sort who would play in such an offensive band? You see him playing 'Ocean Man' on Ween's Live In Chicago and you sort of want to ruffle his hair and send him happily on his way. Yet here he is and man oh man, is he ever on top form).

This band are seemingly always greeted with confusion - "Do they practise what they preach? Are they a scary bunch of ra(p/c)ists?!" Who cares to be honest - when you have such incredible balls-on-the-table music as demonstrated by 'Keep The Fire Alive' (their stoner rock song, also hilariously mysogenistic), 'The Tweaker' (obvious influence there) and the unbelievable trip-out jam at the end of set closer 'F*ck You' - itself one of the most iconic riffs of our time - all the backstage stuff just sort of, well, becomes less important.

The Moistboyz are here to rock and sweat - let's hope they never retire.

Price: £8.83

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Utterly fantastic and better than the last... for the most part, 18 Aug 2009
This review is from: Broken (Audio CD)
This album is as close as us Lanegan fans have gotten to a new solo album in quite a while, with Bubblegum, his last, having just celebrated its 5th year of existence. The sheer quantity of tracks here featuring the familiar 'Warmth At The Back Of Your Throat After A Shot Of Whisky' vocals is sure to keep us lot happy for a while.
Compared to his for the most part subpar collaborations with Isobel Campbell, and his comfort zone in the Gutter Twins (not that Saturnalia wasn't a great album), Lanegan really stretches himself on this one. You'll have your heart broken again and again, in the sweetest sense possible. Tales of regret and inner turmoil have always been the Lanegan standard, but here the vocal meoldies soar just that bit more due to the production work - Mark's voice sounds richer because of the sheer amount of musical embellishment behind his voice. Be it wall-of-sound guitars, amazing back-up harmonies, maturely put-together string sections or a wealth of backup singers (including Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers!!) who are in their own right well-known enough to carry a song by themselves but who are humble enough to just add to them.
However, the extra star missing from this review is due to a genuinely uninspired Lanegan cover from newcomer Red Ghost. Like many people I had talked to prior to the release of this album I got myself into a bit of a state in anticipation of this new Lanegan interpretation, 'Praying Grounds'. Being that the cover of 'Kingdoms of Rain' from their last album, It's Not How far You Fall, It's The Way You Land, was completely astounding and added to the songs without taking anything away from it (not an easy thing to do to a classic such as KoR), I was looking forawrd to this a lot. Then they got Red Ghost to do lead on it, Lanegan doesn't even do backup, and what do you get: a pale imitation rather than a logical step forward. None of the passion of the original is present here. However, that's not to say I dislike her voice - she just missed the Mark (Oh see what I did there!) with her rendition of this one particular number. I really can't understand why someone who so clearly doesn't 'get' where the original was coming from was allowed as a guest to take the lead on this one, but hey. Rolling Sky, another song featuring Red Ghost, is fantastic so don't be totally put off.
Now release a 'proper' solo album, Lanegan! Get it done!
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Whiskey For The Holy Ghost
Whiskey For The Holy Ghost
Price: £9.22

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone who rates this less than 5 stars is WRONG: it's science, 7 July 2007
This is not just Mark Lanegan's finest solo album, it's his most beautifully evocative work to date.
As has been previously mentioned, there will always be a certain popular feeling summoned up by listening to Lanegan's whiskey-weary, "just-give-me-somewhere-to-sit-down-and-smoke" vocals, which could lend itself to an artist resting on his or her laurels and allowing themselves to become a one-trick-pony who's bound to sell, as is the case with such acts as Motorhead (these days).
As it stands, Mark's songcraft has developed leaps and bounds since his instrumentally-sparse debut "The Winding Sheet", while retaining its lyrical intensity. It is in essence the next logical step: there are some actual just heart-achingly beautiful arrangements displayed in songs such as 'Kingdoms of Rain': a funeral procession of a song, where the vocals are harmonised by an organ to incredible effect. 'Borracho' - literally, "drunk" in Spanish, builds up a storm of swirling, angular rhythm guitar until you DO feel drunk, and the desert really does turn to ocean over you, you can FEEL it. 'Carnival' is possibly my favourite song of all time, and not far behind is 'Sunrise': it will move you intensely to listen to this song when no one is up yet, you've poured a glass of wine for yourself and the most important thing in the world is how the light shining in from behind the blinds is falling across your face, and when the saxophone filters in, a moment of complete musical perfection is achieved.

Also, it is completely recommended that you purchase this if you've heard the Soulsaver's cover of 'Kingdoms of Rain' with Mark Lanegan on vocals. That, and this, is soul music at its best.

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