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Violence [Australian Import]
Violence [Australian Import]
Price: £17.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Their best album, 28 Oct 2010
So, I first heard this cd aaages back but thought I'd put something down about it. The band's first cd was a bit nu-metal, the second was much better, heavy and nasty, and this is where it all came together, the riffs, songwriting, amazing production job, awesome vocal performance, hard pounding drums, with enough variation of ideas and rhythms to round the whole thing out into a proper album. awesome.

Accelerated Evolution
Accelerated Evolution
Price: £26.77

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull, 26 Nov 2009
This review is from: Accelerated Evolution (Audio CD)
The songwriting is simplistic, which no amount of production (the drums grate on my ears) and synth washes can mask, and the whole thing is very 80s, with not enough riffs and a lot of pretty standard chord progressions. Not his best. Some good guitar solos.

Infinite Jest
Infinite Jest
by David Foster Wallace
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Star? WHAT!?, 25 Dec 2008
This review is from: Infinite Jest (Paperback)
I'm a third of the way through. Extraordinary book, amazingly entertaining on every page, with a huge breadth of styles and subject matter.

This book is fabulously immersive. It's taking over my life, and I'm ok with it. I'm an open-minded guy, but the people who have chosen to give this book one star, in my mind, deserve to be ignored. I don't get defensive over other people's work a lot, but this one needs to be stood up for. Maybe because I'm English I missed the hype when it was released so I'm immune to the zealous backlash that can be the only explanation for low ratings. Not sure. But I love it. I'm sure you will too.

Watershed (Special Edition)
Watershed (Special Edition)

5 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars BIG. DISAPPOINTENT., 12 Jun 2008
opeth try a lotta new things on this album. very few of them work. the funk section of lotus eater? WIN. female vocals on the cracking acoustic first track? WIN. major key vocals over blasts? LOSE. Burden, in its cheesy powerballad entirety? LOSE. Failing to come up with a song structure for Porcelain Heart? LOSE. Almost completely abandoning death metal after track 3 in favour of drifting mood pieces that fail to engage or create atmosphere? LOSE.

tracks 1, 2 and 3 are great, although the end of Heir Apparent comes in for no good reason, and the heavy intro to Lotus Eater is kinda funny rather than rockin. If you liked Ghost Reveries you'll probably go with it. I was very disappointed with that disc apart from Baying Of The Hounds and Hours of Wealth. Opeth have stretched off in every direction and its left them sounding incohesive. Approach with caution. 5.5/10
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Scrubs : Complete Season 6 [2007] [DVD]
Scrubs : Complete Season 6 [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Zach Braff
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £5.09

12 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Never seen a quality drop-off like it, 22 April 2008
Massive Scrubs fan here. Seasons 1-3, lifechangingly awesome, Season 4 funny but more deliberately "whackier", more cutaways etc, and by Season 5 the show had become sillier and patchier, but with enough funny writing and good episodes to get away with it. Then Season 6...

So bad I almost gave it one star. Only a few episodes (My Musical, Their Story) saved it. The one-liners and snappy interplay are gone, and a lotta the actors look bored. The whole show just ground to a halt and stopped being funny. Clearly affected by doubts over its future, there is little here to suggest anyone involved is switched on further than autopilot. Season 7 is much funnier so far, shaping up to be a return to Season 5 form, and I'm really happy about that because I will always be a fan of the show and these characters. However, I would not feel good about spending money on this particular series.

In summary- every other season is good to great. This season is very poor.

The Great Southern Trendkill
The Great Southern Trendkill
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £4.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pantera's best disc, against all sense, 27 Dec 2007
Pantera's sharpest songs aren't found here, they're on Vulgar Display, and their focus isn't as singular as on Far Beyond Driven. On this disc songs stop half way through (Living Through Me), riffs stutter and disrupt before joining a song (War Nerve), the title track is half hardcore screamfest, half glorious southern groove wigout- just because! These idiosyncracies and unpredictabilities contribute to the air of paranoia that grips this disc, recorded shortly before Phil's OD and at a low point in communication between him and the rest of the band. The album drips with atmosphere and is far and away the most seismic and complete listening experience out of Pantera's back catalogue. It's got my fave Pantera ballad, 10s, possessing one of my fave Dime solos, killer riffage on War Nerve and 13 Steps especially, and an inhuman vocal performance from Anselmo. Can't believe how underrated this disc is. Total 5 star album.

Frasier - Season 3 [DVD]
Frasier - Season 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kelsey Grammer
Price: £10.70

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More brilliance, 1 Dec 2007
This review is from: Frasier - Season 3 [DVD] (DVD)
Frasier, at this point, and through the first 7 seasons, is the most perfectly scripted sitcom ever. It is theatrical and witty, with a great cast. Funny as hell. I'd tell you to ignore the 1 star reviewer's comments on the show, but he doesn't actually mention it...

Visitor Q [DVD] [2001]
Visitor Q [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Ken'ichi Endō
Price: £11.92

2 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor, and worst of all, boring, 28 Sep 2007
This review is from: Visitor Q [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
Films shouldn't be boring. This one is proof that throwing every taboo you can think of up on screen makes them all passé, and i was yawning indifference well before the end. Just because it's foreign doesn't mean it's good. Also, a lot of TERRIBLE acting is probably going unmissed in foreign language films, since the actors' rhythms and delivery are totally alien. Don't assume these guys are great actors or that everything coming out of Asia is a masterpiece.

I'm an open-minded guy. But this film SUCKS. Attention-seeking tripe.

Mer De Noms
Mer De Noms
Price: £10.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 stars- APC's best, 25 Jun 2007
This review is from: Mer De Noms (Audio CD)
For me, the best APC album- it is more unpredictable and therefore *alt* than Thirteenth Step, and possesses a shimmering ethereal feel, a pleasing off-kilter weirdness to its rocking, as demonstrated by the likes of Rose or Thinking Of You. Judith rocks in a savage alt-rock manner, and 3 Libras is a gorgeous ballad, the former the closest they get to the metal tinge of Tool, the latter an example of how beautiful Maynard's voice can be when put in a less grinding, hypnotic environment. I'm a massive Tool fan, but if this was Tool mark 2 it would be pointless. It is more rocky, as opposed to metal-y, and Maynard's vocals are STUNNING, as is the array of guitar tones and some great arrangements, for instance in Brena, a heartstopping ballad, and the aforementioned 3 Libras. If you want dark, emotive rock, this is the place to be! Highly recommended.

10,000 Days
10,000 Days
Price: £7.20

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 really, 20 Jun 2007
This review is from: 10,000 Days (Audio CD)
Hi, just a quick one, don't be intimidated by arrogant reviewers who say that if you don't like this it's because you are using your "western, uninitiated ears". This is, after all, rock music, and is indeed far less musically taxing than the magnificent 2001 set Lateralus. It is also the first Tool full-length that doesn't sound totally coherent. The other discs have a definite mood, whereas this one fluctuates, and there are some rehashes of old ideas. Unlike the previous discs, this one doesn't take the music anywhere new, but it does still rock, especially The Pot and, after repeated listens, Rosetta Stoned and Jambi. Putting Maynard's voice so far back in the mix partially deprives the listener of one of the main joys of Tool, and there is way too much in the way of filler tracks, but I like this album a whole lot more than the first time I heard it. It isn't as good as the darker, vitriol-filled Aenima or the more expansive, organic Lateralus,both of which I'd recommend getting first, but is more varied and better produced than Undertow.

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