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Devils Got Your Gold
Devils Got Your Gold
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Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! What a surprise & What a shame..., 13 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Devils Got Your Gold (Audio CD)
...Like most people, Totally Frank, the TV show these unbelievably leggy and talented girls hail from, completely passed me by. Only thing I remember about it is the intro to the programme which I happened to catch one sunday morning, where the girls playfully set up a billboard for themselves, mainly because of the striking theme tune, "Complicated" with its Oooh ooh ooh ooh ooh. But the girls are no one trick pony, with several of the tracks lining up to be potential hits. It kicks off with "I'm Not Shy", a Mania cover, which is the one of the weakest track on the album and was unfortunately their first single, which must have contributed to their demise (the woefully cheap and charmless corresponding video not helping). Although feeling out of place slightly to the rest of the album, it is none the less polished (if a little too much) and fabulously produced thanks to Xenomania who also co-wrote majority of the lyrics on the album. "Complicated" quickly follows and is one of many gems, and really shows what sets them apart from their peers, and that's that they are girl band who play their own instruments, as oppose to a girl group who act simply provide vocals. And this certainly shows, as they have an intelligence to their songs not found on a Sugababe or Girls Aloud record. The following two tracks, "Closer to Me" and "Don't Wait Up" are pretty, but not really memorable, although the lyrics maintain the streetwise and sassy nature of the rest of the album. Another Mania cover follows, "Money in My Pocket" follows, which is significantly performed with more gusto, and leads on to semi-title track epic "If the Devils Got Your Gold". The track has lead singer, Lauren Blakes desolate vocals float in a panoramic soundscape of orchestral strings with a deep driving bass, and perfectly placed electronic highlights. "Turn it up", the TV shows second series theme tune, returns the girls to catchy pop tune territory, and is certainly one of the better tracks here, as the girls give good effort of rocking out and is followed by brilliant fun that is "All I ever do". "Silence" oozes understated cool as Lauren tells us that "...maybe she's come too early; But she'll'll kick back and sip her daiquiri". "Never Left A Girl" is the last chunk of pop-genius, as the girls soar through a rich medley of tasteful electronic beats, with the last two tracks "Wake Up" and "Palm of Your Hand" having the girls coast to a comfortable finish. This all beckons the questions, what went wrong? It certainly seems they were very poorly promoted with virtually no reviews for "Devils Got Your Gold"(I have struggled to find more than two reviews for this album), and also as mentioned before the weak single and woefully cheap corresponding videos(they are a girl band - why aren't they playing in the video?), truly awful album cover, as well as a confused image, its almost as if Polydor wanted to drop them. Factor in that they were pop band put togeather, without an existing fan base, they really didn't have a chance. Which is such a shame...

Highlights...
Complicated - Track 2
Money in My Pocket - Track 5
If the Devils Got Your Gold - Track 6
All I Ever Do - Track 8
Silence - Track 9
Never Left a Girl - Track 10


Hideaway [2 Track CD]
Hideaway [2 Track CD]
Offered by actionrecords
Price: £1.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ...alright - not their best..., 19 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Hideaway [2 Track CD] (Audio CD)
...Have to say this is not the best track from You See Colours, there are better standouts such as Valentine naturally, and You and Me. For me this works as part of the album, listening to it all the way through, but on its own, its not a brilliant song, and is not the best representation of what Delays is capable of...


Reconnect [CD 1]
Reconnect [CD 1]
Offered by 5records
Price: £3.95

5.0 out of 5 stars ...surprisingly good....., 15 April 2007
This review is from: Reconnect [CD 1] (Audio CD)
...the first time I heard Director was live at T in the Park (literally wondering in just to see who was playing), and I have been intrigued ever since. Indeed Michael Maloney does have a unique voice, and live, they were really rocked out, and drew people into the humble tent they were playing. Having got back to the comforts of the place I call "home", I did bit of research, "Reconnect" was the only real song I could remember and having listened to some other songs from their debut album which came out in Ireland a while ago, it has to be said this is their best song to date. Most of the songs on their debut album "We Thrive on Big Cities" pale in comparison to this track except perhaps "Big Cities", and is telling of the fact they are still a young band, and have yet to devolop their sound. As for now, we're left with "Reconnect", which is a fab song, with great catchy lyrics and edgy guitar riff, definetely worth the purchase (let's face it the albums not worth wait).


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Evocative..., 2 Mar. 2007
This review is from: ( ) (Audio CD)
...is two adjectives that come mind for this record. This was my first exposition to Sigur Rós. And on first listen, I was rather bemused. No really I was, the first time I listened, I am not sure I knew what to think, It didn't really make any sense, to the point where it stayed in dark deep bottoms of my CD cupboard until a few months later. Indeed I thought I had made terrible mistake, buying it, after all what attracted me that strange afternoon in HMV, was the beautiful packaging. And Indeed it is beautifully packaged, a crystal white slip case, with paranthesis cut out, covers the jewel case, which itself has just contains blank book of black and white artwork on what I can only describe is soft parchment. You could say it is represenation of what is to come, once you slip it into your cd player. The sparse emptiness of the packaging is certainly a visual metaphor, for the dark empy heavy drones that precede on the album.

Having put the CD on few months later, I finally began to appreciate these were more than ramdom drones, but evocative emotions that transcended language barriers. The album is divided into two parts seperated by a 30 second silence after track 4. It begins with "untitled 1" or "vaka" as known as its known by its working title, which starts off with a desolate piano intro. A feeling of disconnection and emptiness is what drives the both halves of the album, sparse drum beats float, while Birgissons "hopelandic" falsetto coo's lonely in a gaseous depth strings and other instruements. The second half is rather more aggressive, and definetley more heavy, with the guitars coming through more clearly particularly as the band descend into "untitled 8" (Popplagiš"), which has the most unhinged and what I can only describe as the most narcotic drumming climax I have ever heard. Overall this album is definately a slow burner, and is not for the unadventurous, its not an easy album to like and probablly won't win over many new Sigur Rós fans, but it is in my view the most powerful and evocative of those in Sigur Rós' discography so far.

Highlights...

Its hard to really point out highlights in this album, as it is really concise and so well balanced, "untitled 4" and "untitled 8", definitely stand out, but otherwise this album is made to be, and is best heard so, all the way through.


Pieces Of The People We Love
Pieces Of The People We Love
Offered by Todays Great Deal
Price: £3.38

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Headnodder? This will make you dance... oh yeah..., 19 Sept. 2006
...Yup, if your one of those headnodders at the side of gig like me, then this will make you dance. Peices of the People We Love, is just one funky record, and while it is not perfect in many ways (the last half while not bad - is no way as good as the beginning), the gems it contains more than make up for it. A much more polished and accessible record, compared to their 2003 debut Echoes, and while they may have parted company with architects of their sound, the DFA, they have lost none of their fun and ear for a tune. There are just a great number of songs on here, from first track "Don Gon Do it" to the funkalicious "Get Myself Into It" and the catchy and irrestiable, "The Devil" to the big barrrel of fun that is "Whoo! Alright - Yeah...Uh Huh." Get this record and you will dance... and if it doesn't you can tell Luke Jenner's mommy....

Highlights...

Don Gon Do It - Track 1

Get Myself Into It - Track 3

First Gear - Track 4

The Devil - Track 5

Whoo! Alright - Yeah...Uh Huh. - Track 6


Hide From The Sun [Limited Edition]
Hide From The Sun [Limited Edition]
Offered by jack_bauer_twentyfour
Price: £6.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised..., 15 April 2006
I recently heard "In the Shadows" after a long time, and must say it is a very catchy and infectious tune. Having never bought there last album "Dead Letters", I went and looked up, as I knew they had launched a new album. I saw "Hide from the Sun", the limited edition version, which was cheaper than the normal one for some reason, intrigued, and bored on this quiet Good Friday, I bought it, not expecting much as having listened to some of the tracks from the internet I wasn't really impressed. So I took it home and put it, on. I was pleasantly surprised, altho they aren't any really mega catchy songs like "In the Shadows", I must was a fairly pleasant album to listen to. Much softer than "Dead Letters", The Rasmus have often been the butt of many a joke, and have never really been taken seriously as a rock band. That was my initial reaction. No Doubt they do what they do,fusing alternative metal, rock and pop pretty well. To some this may sound dull, with its dark but clean lyrics, and well put togeather sound, but it is not, and they would be right, few listens, and the songs are neither memorable nor interesting. For what it's worth, The Rasmus certainly don't deserve the moronic bottle throwing that was aimed at them when the performed at the Reading Festival. They are not a bad band, but this album is very dull. Leave your perceptions behind of The Rasmus, but nevertheless this album is not worth the money...

Highlights...
No Fear - Track 3
Lucifer's Angel - Track 4
Sail Away - Track 8


The Invitation
The Invitation
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Price: £3.52

3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Singles, Poor Album., 24 Feb. 2006
This review is from: The Invitation (Audio CD)
The main reason I came across this album, was due to design project I was doing at coll, and there cover suited the topic for my research. Having watched the videos for their singles, I was fairly impressed,after listening to "Thru the Glass" and "Into the Fire". However it was "Do No Wrong", which really captured my imagination, a powerful emotive song, which almost bought a tear to my eye. Thirteen Senses have been compared to Keane a lot, mainly because of the similar style of music and the fact a lot of the songs are piano led. However in all other aspects they are very much different, where as Keane go for pop-punch impact, with little depth, Thirteen Senses are subtle. This mite make them dull to a lot of people, but they are far from it, the first 4 songs on "Invitation" have a subtle beauty, "Hopes and Fears" could only dream of. Thats the good part, "Do No Wrong" is what made me order the album, but it was a very dissappointing Album, past the fourth track, the ideas seem to have dried up, as it lumber and drags it self to the end of the Album. If you don't fall asleep by this time, you may just catch a glimpse of the thoughtful and beautiful nature of some the theses songs. The fact is, as a band they do not seem to have enough ideas, to fill 12 songs. The last 8 songs, are not even remotely listenable or tuneful, to keep you interested. The only reason to buy this album is for the three brilliant singles, so you don't have to shed out individually for them, it only, just gets three stars thanks mainly to those singles. Thirteens Senses new Album, is out soon, lets hope its a better one...

Highlights...
Into The Fire - Track 1
Thru The Glass - Track 2
Do No Wrong - Track 4


12 Memories
12 Memories
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Price: £6.57

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Travis have still got it, but ..., 2 Jan. 2006
This review is from: 12 Memories (Audio CD)
Travis have still got the ability to churn out great honest rock tracks, but we just hope the will use it to greater affect next time. For Travis this is a poor album overall, it does not have the same honest, quality abt it, with at times when Fran Healy sings the songs, he doesn't actually sound like he means it. However 12 memories does have its redeeming features, and they come in the form of tracks such as "Re-Offender" and "Love will come through". I use an iPod, and both "The Man Who" and "Invisible Band" as whole albums made it on to it. This cannot be said for "12 memories", it shows Travis still can make good alternative rock, but it is not the album that it could've been..
Highlights...
Quicksand - Track 1
Re-Offender - Track 3
Love Will Come Through - Track 8
Walking Down the Hill - Track 11


The Invisible Band
The Invisible Band
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Price: £1.89

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Music from the heart..., 2 Jan. 2006
This review is from: The Invisible Band (Audio CD)
Invisible band is what I like about Travis so much, they produce music which is just honest and straight from the heart. This was my first music CD, which i got given as a present, and I instantly fell in love with it. Its got great catchy tunes and hooks, this is alternative rock at one of its best. Every track is much more human and in touch with emotion, compared to their contemporaries such as coldplay. If you like your music straight from the heart, with catchy guitar riffs then you will love Invisible band

Highlights...

Sing - Track 1

Side - Track 3

Pipe-Dreams - Track 4

Follow the Light - Track 8

Afterglow - Track 10

The Humpty Dumpty Love Song - track 12


Takk...
Takk...

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...beautiful and upbeat..., 2 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Takk... (Audio CD)
...Having been a fan of their Sigur Rós for while, I can say this is umistakenably Sigur Rós, albeit in more upbeat package. A far contrast to the dark drones 2002's (), an album without any titles, and overal feel of emotional emptiness, it even contains a track with a real "oompa" brass band towards the end of the third track "Meš blóšnasir". Overall its a warmer take on there signature sound, a more innocent almost a happy child feel. That's not say it doesn't soar, their music is atmospheric and as powerful as ever. The tracks fade into each other as harmoniously, and for the most part its an enjoyable, altho the rather lacklustre "Milano" does overstay its welcome a bit too long. For many, while this may be still stretch, this is by far Sigur Rós' most accessible record.

Highlights...

Glósóli - Track 2

Hoppípolla - Track 3

Sęglópur - Track 5


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