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Are You Trying To Be Lonely?
Are You Trying To Be Lonely?

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yeah yeah yeah, 26 Oct. 2007
Nice enough breezy sharp northern soul tune with Weller's soulful vocals. Not outstanding in any way but decent enough addition to the growing Weller collaborative canon.
The second track -"The Lazuzli Affair" is a nice enough bit of mod-60s pastiche.

Weller's coasting but he coasts in reasonable style. Put on your dancing shoes, as Sir Cliff once sung.


This Old Town [7" VINYL]
This Old Town [7" VINYL]

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You track it down...., 24 Sept. 2007
This review is from: This Old Town [7" VINYL] (Vinyl)
...you take it home. Your turntable's busted. You wait for it to get fixed. Then you play it. It's a rehashed Ocean Colour Scene album track.
Disappointing.

"Each New Morning" is typically vibrant Coxon.
"Black River" is a bit forgettable.

On this evidence, Weller needs to sharpen up his songwriting pen.

Re-hashing old tunes is not a good sign.

Still more energy and class than much other guitar music knocking about. 3 out of 5 for the inclusion of "each new morning" and the energy of the re-hash.


Lady's Bridge
Lady's Bridge
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grand, 20 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Lady's Bridge (Audio CD)
"Consolidation" is the best way to describe this album. The shapes aren't really changing and in one sense why should they?
Richard Hawley sings beautifully and writes beautifully. Tracks like "Roll River Roll" have a class about them that moves beyond the pastiche that musicians so often fall into when echoing the 1950s.

Gene Vincent, pre-Beatles British pop music, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash haunt this album in a way that stops Richard Hawley being a critically-acclaimed Shakin' Stevens.

"Serious" comes closest to pastiche but its energy makes it work.
"Dark Road" is so quintessentially Hawley lyrically that you could guess all the allegories and imagery (aside from the title) without even hearing the song and be right. But the fat guitar riff and lonesome sound carries it off.
The last 2 tracks on the album are dark yet likeable. "Our Darkness" being the stronger of the two.

Four stars easily. However, to do another consolidation album after this one might bring about staleness.

Advice straight from Merry Terry's Career Office porta-cabin: Beautiful formula, sir, but go a bit stranger on us next time. Maybe... maybe don't..


Once Upon A Time In The West [Uk Version]
Once Upon A Time In The West [Uk Version]
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ....There were some blokes who could terrace chant, 20 Sept. 2007
Second album syndrome comes to the buyer as well. Can you really be bothered to spend the money and deal with the disappointment later? In this case don't worry. Here's a decent second album. Much criticism has come about for Hard-Fi being Hard-Fi.

"Suburban Knights" is instant but its appeal doesn't last for long. The terrace chant backing vocals are a bit unappealing after a while. Where the album starts to take shape is on "I Shall Overcome" which sounds like an electro-Joe Strummer. "Tonight" is Hard-Fi by numbers. Wanting to get out of the suburbs. Fair enough but we've been here too many times before for it to be individual and interesting unless you've got a new take on it
The peaks here are strangely enough the softer tracks. When Hard-Fi or more specifically Richard Archer shows his vulnerability, his songwriting strengths come to the fore.
"Help Me Please" is startling and moving. "The King" whilst lyrically starts off tripping over its own cliches, is an excellent song which takes shape very well and closes the album with a touch of class. The falsetto's on this track, although brief, take it to a different place altogether.

The other track to mention is "We Need Love" which sounds like a bar-room Specials. Promising if the band can experiment in a way as convicing as this.

A decent second album. Not the classic that the band could probably produce if they broke the formula a little more. But worth getting hold of as a getting-ready-to-go-out-on-a-friday soundtrack.

A band worth watching however, if they chose to up their game.


Stars of CCTV
Stars of CCTV
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard-Fidelity All-Stars, 20 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Stars of CCTV (Audio CD)
You can't move for guitar bands. Standing there... looking all promotional shot, wielding their instruments, trying to sing lyrics that say something (ma'hn).
From its very title, the boys from Staines are trying to keep it real or so it seems.

Essentially the boys have got the songs to back it up. "Tied Up Too Tight", "Living For The Weekend", "Hard To Beat" and "Stars of CCTV" are all tracks that when played are convincing and British guitar music of a good quality.
Where this album really soars is on "Feltham Is Singing Out", a devestating, corrosively compelling song, well written with a dark-edge hovering over its tragic lyrics. Songwriting pen as sharp as it gets on this album. But a good peak.
"Better Do Better" soars to an epic peak and works rather well. See you can be a geezer in your shell-toes and still be all hurt and soar to an epic peak.
The title track "Stars Of CCTV" is another fine song, sounding plaintive and persuasive. The falsetto is rather lovely.

So a decent debut with some fine songs on it. Not a consistent classic debut but a promising one.

Only trouble is not sure the lead man can sing live all that well. He might want to sort it out. Know what I mean. Like with him being in a band and everything.


Mystery Girl
Mystery Girl
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked and under-rated, 6 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Mystery Girl (Audio CD)
"Mystery Girl" is a classy peice of work.
A gold-plated set of songs in the main, decent production and the virtuoso vocal prowess of Roy Orbison.

The man's 1960s output is a peice of popular music history but this final album (best not to count "King of Hearts" for the sake of kindness) is a decent, fitting document.

"She's A Mystery To Me" is a wonderful collision of Bono at his most beguiling in terms of songwriting and Mr Orbison putting in a stunning vocal performance. A spine-tingleing classic. Paranoid, bewildered and compelling.
"You've Got It" is charming pop-lite. Forgettable but nevertheless likeable.
"The Comedians", an Elvis Costello penned number, is a startlingly dramatic update on "Running Scared" with a layer of neurosis thrown in. Stunning.
"The Only One" written partly by Wesley Orbison, is a tight soulful number that is a fine song that deserved wider exposure.
"A Love So Beautiful" might tip into schmaltz were it not for the quality of the man's voice.

Elsewhere all is decent enough. "Windsurfer" has a pleasant enough summery feel to it. "Careless Heart" is decent enough. "(All I Can Do) Is Dream You" doesn't quite pack the punch it seems to want to.

However, overall a respectful, convincing and for the most part excellent album.

A welcome addition the man's discography.
Add this to "Black & White Night Live", a decent greatest hits compilation and try and get him and KD Lang doing "Crying" and you have a decent overview of the man's work.
Truly a one-off.


Rock Island Line - The Singles Anthology
Rock Island Line - The Singles Anthology

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If anybody asks you "Who sung the song?"...., 23 July 2007
Influence is curious currency. And Lonnie Donegan as a performing artist had bags of it.
The Quarrymen became The Beatles and the three chord tricks became British R&B. Whilst skiffle itself was not durable in terms of the public eye it spawned a whole era of music that charts British music history.

Mr Donegan then. Here is probably the most comprehensive and best value compilation of the man's material. There are decent alternatives but this collection of Singles (both A-sides and B-sides) does a good job of covering the man's career from the mid-1950s to the mid-late 1960s.

"Rock Island Line" sounds like it's in the eye of the storm when it gathers pace. Magic but accessible magic. Sounds American but quintessentially British.
(Just for note "Diggin' My Potatoes" is curiously risque for the 1950s.)

CD1 documents some of the most essential British popular music. "Lost John" is insistent and bluesy and charming in a ram-shackle kind of way. "Bring A Little Water Sylvie" is insistent and energetic and steamrollers its way into your consciousness.
"Cumberland Gap" is breathtaking.

And yeah so its Britain and its the 1950s and so there is a bit of (coughs) music hall. "Putting On The Style" is of its time but not without its charm. Even if the audience show that intrinsic British sense of rhytmn by clapping along in the only way they know how like parents at a pantomime (it's a live recording).

"Does Your Chewing Gum..." quite possibly should be overlooked. It's not wrong maybe it's just so of its time that it's a peice of work to get enthusiastic about.

CD2 contains the well-known My Father Works For Tendered Out Environmental Services. Once again, this does not do much for Merry Terry... but much else on this CD does.

Two over-looked stunners on here is the majestic single "The Comancheroes" which is a stunner and backed by the intoxicating "Rambling Round."
The blistering "Have A Drink On Me" is infectious and irrestistable. Even for Adam Faith fans who must be forgiving.

CD3 is more reflective and some might say patchy. "Where In The World Are We Going?" is quite charming. But the influence is documented on the first 2 discs.

An excellent package and a worthy document to a huge influence and talent.

This is infectious, joyous music with class and soul. If you can forgive the music-hall tendencies in places and I think I can, this is an excellent 3 CD set from one of the most influential figures in British music in the last 50 to 60 years.


Up (U.S. Version)
Up (U.S. Version)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A scapegoat falls to climb...., 6 July 2007
This review is from: Up (U.S. Version) (Audio CD)
Be patient because it might take a while.
Obscure electronica and a woozy, sleepy jaded feel pervades this album. And mostly, nothing on here will grab you straight away. Certainly the stunning "At My Most Beautiful" might take your attention and the charming but REM-by-numbers lead off single "Daysleeper" will shake you by the hand and offer you tea and biscuits. But "Airportman" might just ignore you. Completely ignore you. But don't worry you'll be on speaking terms at some point.

There is something quite stunning about this album once you've spent time with it.
"Walk Unafraid" is defiant and mesmeric. "Parakeet" is beautiful. "Diminished" is paranoid and claustrophobic but perversely has a charming little chorus in the middle. This gives way to a sweet little acoustic hidden track which leaves as quickly as it arrives.
"Why Not Smile?" is simple and winsome. The closer "Falls To Climb" is somber and stately - the kind of track that would normally have Mr Buck's jangly Rickenbacker but this time is covered in electronic bleeps and synths. And it works well.

Down-sides? You need persistence, sunbeam, and if you've got 16 million tracks on your I-pod you can wade through at choice you might not want to cultivate it.
But if you appreciate the whole concept of an album then you'll stick with this.
There is a little bit of sleepyness - "Suspicion" is comatosed. Not at all offensive, just very sleepy.

But all in all, accomplished, intelligent and convincing. Worth a re-visit.


London Pub Reviews
London Pub Reviews
by Paul Ewen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I bet he drinks Carling Black label..., 6 July 2007
This review is from: London Pub Reviews (Paperback)
This is not a conventional review of London Pubs. It does not tell you much about the quality of the beer to be quite honest.

It is very, very funny, acutely surreal and produces belly laughs. This kind of writing needs to be cherished.

Merry Terry recommends....


OCEAN COLOUR SCENE / ON THE LEYLINE
OCEAN COLOUR SCENE / ON THE LEYLINE
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Trudge in quality loafers, 24 May 2007
OCS are not explorers. They tend to go where they've gone before. Those of us who as kids went to the same British seaside town every year for holiday will know that has good and bad elements.
OCS are not going to throw up a freeform jazz album. But nor are they going to ever be vital or essential. The boys can play. They really can. Better musicians than Oasis (altho' Fowler is no Liam - nowhere near in fact). And an album normally throws up at least a handful of good songs. This album is no different.
"I Told You So" is pleasant and melodic. "The Loneliest Girl In The Whole Wide World" sounds like Manfred Mann at their wistful best and is rather charming. "Go To Sea Boy" is the band at full strength. It sounds important and the blistering fretwork (it's not 1973 again I promise) is all rather good and if it was a new track by a new band somebody somewhere might get excited. "Don't Get Me" is sweet enough if a little inconsequential.
So far, so decent enough. The album peaks with "This Old Town", a tight Paul Weller penned number that hangs on a neat angular riff and is everything that Weller's pen when it's sharp, normally delivers. The band, as they always do, play it well.
The rest.... "Mr Brown" needs to be skipped. OCS have only ever done politics with any coherency on the excellent "North Atlantic Drift" track. They lack coherency here and it isn't a good enough song to get away with lyrical incoherency. "Two Lovers" is forgettable. The title track is OCS by numbers. And also forgettable for it.

Business as usual.
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