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Time Out of Mind
Time Out of Mind
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A jaded masterpeice, 30 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Time Out of Mind (Audio CD)
Lets deal with the term masterpeice. It's over-used but lets get a working definition. Lets define it as an example of a craftsman working at the peak of their powers.

Dylan has amazed and frustrated during his career. Low points have not been in short-supply and a stream of 1980s albums until 1989's "Oh Mercy" were bewildering and disappointing.

1997 saw the release of this stone-cold classic produced by the excellent Daniel Lanois who makes it sound like it was recorded next to a swamp.

"Love Sick" is the grumpy storming opener which sets the tone of a man aghast at the futility of that around him and feels somehow left behind but not wanting to move on.

There is beauty to be found here. "Standing In The Doorway", clocking in at around 7 minutes - is a stunner and alongside "Not Dark Yet" and "Trying To Get To Heaven", provides a contrast to the 12 bar workouts.

"Cold Irons Bound" is devestating and "Highlands" is a 16 minute lazy stroll that you would only tolerate from Mr Dylan but even he might be pushing it a little. But forgive him this time. Here he delivers his best record in years.

Modern Times
Modern Times
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alicia Keys and a whopping good time, 30 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Modern Times (Audio CD)
You can almost feel the swamps heaving with expectation. A new Dylan album. A new Dylan album following two very good Dylan albums. Surely he can make it into a trilogy of good ones?

Like last time, no Daniel Lanois to help out with the soundscape.

Jack Frost the man himself is taking production duties.

So where can the man go with this?

The truth is not all that far from 2001's ill-timed but excellent "Love and Theft." It's porch-ballad's, 12-bar shuffling and an over-arching theme of mortality.

"Spirit On The Water" is very charming and the nearest our Robert will ever get to crooning. "Workingman's Blues No.2" is a spiralling but pleasant tune which stretches out for some time but does not out-stay its welcome.

"Rollin' & Tumblin'" is the 12 bar jobby by numbers that Bob and his band have churned out in places over the last 3 albums but somehow seems to convince.

"Nettie Moore" is sublime and the closer "Ain't Talkin'" is a death-stare of a closer which is both mesmerising and bleak.

God forbid that this were the last slab of new material the man puts out, but were it to be, "Modern Times" would be a commendable conclusion to a landmark career. But lets hope there's at least another one lurking in there.

Whilst this phase in the man's career doesn't ever seem to surprise you, it is fascinating to see a master at his craft. Alicia Keys should be honoured.

Fly On The Wall: B Sides and Rarities
Fly On The Wall: B Sides and Rarities
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Little mixed bag..., 29 Aug. 2006
Lets gets the flaws out of the way.

Jazz-funk is a much maligned form and when delivered by the likes of Lonnie Liston-Smith then fair enough. When done by Paul Weller aided by Brendan Lynch and Jacko Peake it can become tedious. And there are a few of those knocking around here that are slightly self-indulgent.

The rest is quite simply quality.

Tracks like "Fly On The Wall" and "It's A New Day Baby" bustle with energy and style.

The covers on here seem to work too, far better than on 2004's patchy covers album. Maybe it's because they are fresher and more random. Check Weller's beautiful cover of Ben Harper's "Waiting On An Angel."

An interesting collection on the whole.

Golddiggas, Headnodders & Pholk Songs
Golddiggas, Headnodders & Pholk Songs
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars From Over The Covers...., 29 Aug. 2006
Much of this album is rather charming and winsome.

"Don't Stop Movin'" works well as a sinister country groove and "This Will Be Our Year" is great pop music.

TBS tackle the covers here with intelligence and Heaton is naturally gifted to tackle soul standard "'Til I Can't Take It Anymore." His take on "Stone In Love With You" is amazing.

Sweet but maybe a little inconsequential. "This Old Skin" - clearly a Heaton/Rotheray tune (THe Hepplebaums - yeah right) - is a great tune and suggests that as songwriters they are back on form.

One of the better covers albums knocking around.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars South go Western...., 29 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Superbi (Audio CD)
A more confident album than 2003's "Gaze."

Lead-off track - "Manchester" - suggests nothing ground-breaking but a charming consolidation.

Elsewhere country-flavoured tunes are in abundance that are pleasant if somewhat forgettable.

Where this album really takes shape is on "Meanwhile" which is a stylish and intelligent bit of pop and "Bed Of Nails" which is a heart-rending tune sung beautifully by Heaton and Alison Wheeler.

Other than that nothing here of note other than the usual quality lyrics but slightly pedestrian music. Much of it - like "Tears" - feels like it's been done before.

Painting It Red
Painting It Red
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4.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked gem, 29 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Painting It Red (Audio CD)
Following the commercial success of "Quench", the fortunes of Paul Heaton's six-peice took a down-turn. Jacqui Abbott left just after the release of "Paiting It Red" and sales took a down-turn.

However, that belies the fact that this album contains some of the strongest and most poignant songs of their career.

"The River" is elegant and charming and "Half-Hearted Get" is a beguiling puzzler that works its way into your memory.

Some say 20 tracks is a stretch too far and quality suffered a little but that is maybe only true of two tunes.

Overall the effect is to suggest a prolific songwriting pen. An under-rated album from an under-rated band.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Look what I found...., 29 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Quench (Audio CD)
The South at their most convincing and cohesive this is a 13 track pleasure showing a band at the peak of their powers. From the infectious "Perfect 10", the tender "Big Coin", the sublime "The Slide", "Quench" is an accomplished success.

By the time "Your Father And I" concludes this album, it is clear that The South have found a groove that works for them.

Heaton & Rotheray deliver a quality set of tunes here and the musicianship and production is very good.

Blue Is The Colour
Blue Is The Colour
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Have someone elses fun, 29 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Blue Is The Colour (Audio CD)
There is a criminally overlooked gem on this album called "Have Fun" which rates as one of the most moving and profound things to come from the nail-bitten bic pen of Heaton and Rotheray.

On the whole this album is polished and contains the hit-singles "Rotterdam" and "Don't Marry Her." These are quality tunes but there are a handful of other gems on here. "Liars Bar" is sublime in its Bukowskian swagger (or should that be stagger?) ; "Blackbird..." is a lonesome, plaintive gem ; "The Sound of North America" is rather lovely and "Alone" is a fantastic closer.

What lets "Blue Is The Colour" down are tracks like "Little Blue" which should have been left on the cutting room floor. "Mirror" should have been left for a B-side and "One God" has a pretty tune but clumsy and meaninglessly offensive lyrics.

Buy for "Have Fun" and the handful of other strong tunes.

Heaton and Rotheray prove their mettle once again as songwriters but quality control lets down the album on the whole.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark, sad but accomplished, 29 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Miaow (Audio CD)
Album number four came out with a sombre face.

Opener "Hold On To What?" showed that the songwriting was still first-rate but tracks like "Worthless Lie" and "Tattoo" suggets something might have been eating at Mr Heaton.

"Prettiest Eyes" is simply charming and "Good As Gold" is irresistable.

However, some of the material on here, such as "Mini Correct" is unsettling and not particularly likeable and lack depth.

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4.0 out of 5 stars They find a producer....., 29 Aug. 2006
This review is from: 0898 (Audio CD)
Album number three for the great ship The South.

Opening in style and class with "Old Red Eyes..."

There is some consistency to this album and Heaton and Rotheray here deliver an album full of quality songs.

"The Rocking Chair" is a stunning and poignant tune sung with fragile defiance by Briana Corrigan. "Bell Bottomed Tear" could well be a standard and "36D" is incisive and infectious.

The album tracks on here even match up and the sound is crisp and full.

Well worth a purchase.

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