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The Bends
The Bends
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guitarist's Radiohead album, 25 Feb. 2005
This review is from: The Bends (Audio CD)
This is my favourite Radiohead album, for the following reasons:
1)Personally as a guitar-player myself, this is the kind of quality I (in my (nice)dreams!) aspire to. Inspirational.
2)Track for track it is the most consistently brilliant, so many excellent songs, only average effort being the penultimate number, 'Sulk', good indie fare I suppose, if it was Coldplay would be one of their better efforts, but this being Radiohead, it kinda pales in comparison to the rest of the album.
3)Being of the inclination to rock-out every now and again, when this rocks, it rocks hardest of all RH albums...although Paranoid Android and Electioneering on OK Computer come pretty close.
4) The furious explosion from nowhere of Johnny Greenwood's telecaster on the otherwise mellow, acoustics-and-strings '(nice dream)' is inspired, few bands I can think of currently could pull off such a transition with such success, or frankly would attempt it.
5) Likewise, the deft switch between hysterical thrash and serenity on 'Just', both in the instrumentation and in Yorke's vocals, this song exhibits what is for me the best instrumental bridge in rock in the last decade....very brief, but achingly beautiful nonetheless.......how do they do it?
On the negative side, which for the sake of balance I thought I might put in.
1) The non-inclusion of 'Talk Show Host', B-side and equal of the Single 'Street Spirit (Fade Out)' Used to great effect in the modern-era set adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Such a shame, as it would have made great album even better.
2)This is a more tentative one, but personally, whilst I think Planet Telex is a wonderful, ambitious, sweeping song, for me, it is perhaps a bit whimsical and lacking in pace as an opening manifesto for the album....just a thought.
Other than that, sublime and superb, I particularly love the fact that though doubtless this band is composed entirely of virtuosi,on this album they are never dragged into meandering flashy playing for its own sake, it all leads somewhere and adds to the awesome sound.
Buy this and play it loud....maybe even indulge in a bit of crazed air-guitar once you have checked no-one else is watching ;-)


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3.0 out of 5 stars Full throttle? Doesn't get out of second gear more like!, 20 July 2003
This is a extremely silly, but reasonably enjoyable film, with amusing performances from its stars, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz.
It's probably not as good as the first though, and the direction is very loud and in-your-face and at times this loudness could be slightly headache-inducing.
On the plus side there is a hilarious cameo from the Monty Python and Fawlty Towers legend John Cleese as Lucy Liu's characters long-suffering father.
I guess it pretty well without saying, (but this review needs padding so, I'll say it nonetheless)this film works best as light relief, and is good if you just want to give your brain a bit of time out.
Generally though, this film isn't great, and probably not worth going to the effort and expense of buying.


October
October
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Price: £7.85

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little mentioned, but one of their best, 9 July 2003
This review is from: October (Audio CD)
I bought this mainly because it was cheap and I've recently been getting into U2's 80's stuff, so my expectations for this early effort were not huge. However, I was hugely impressed. It hasn't dated nearly as badly as some of the singles from the so-called, "Best of '80 to 90" (which, I'm pretty sure doesn't feature any of these tracks) and would go as far as saying that this is better than the more acclaimed and well-known 'Joshua Tree'.
My personal favourites here are the majestic 'Gloria', and the melancholic 'Tomorrow' and 'October'. The latter introduced by the Edge's solitary piano, and culminating with Bono's uncharacteristically down-beat vocals.
Bono's lyrics are probably less political than usual for an 80's U2 album, tending to focus more inwardly, as on 'Gloria' an interesting insight into what seems a rare thing in his line of work, a meaningful faith.
The Edge probably at his best guitar-wise as well on this album, in both the single 'Fire' and the aptly-named final flourish 'is that all?'
My conclusions? If you're a fan of U2's more guitar-based stuff, then you'd do very well to invest in a copy of this, an overlooked classic.


NIRVANA-NIRVANA
NIRVANA-NIRVANA
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Price: £4.86

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smells like another Nirvana album...., 5 Nov. 2002
This review is from: NIRVANA-NIRVANA (Audio CD)
The definitive Nirvana collection? Well maybe. This is the first Nirvana album that I have actually bought myself, although I have been listening to them on and off for the last couple of years.
All the 'classics' are there, 'Smells like Teen Spirit', 'Come as you are' and 'Lithium', although one of my favourites (albeit an obscure one) 'Something in the way' is absent. The standout track for me, other than those mentioned above, is the live cover of David Bowie's 'The man who sold the world'.
The one new track, although not one of their best musically, lyrically extremely poigniant, "Things have never been so swell, I have never felt this well", given that lead singer Kurt Cobain would kill himself two months later.
The album in general, is characteristically downbeat, but the mood is lifted occasionally by the aforementioned 'teen spirit' and the, dare I say it, slightly poppy 'About a girl'.
For fans of this kind of music, Nirvana provided pretty much the complete package. The gritty rhythm guitar, plus the occasional lead, Dave Grohl's pounding drums and Krist 'the-guy-everyone-forgets' Novoselic's melancholic, driven bass. Oh, and then this guy called Kurt Cobain on vocals. Whether melodical, desolate singing ('on heart-shaped box') or screaming his heart out (we're not talking Slipknot here, this is the real deal) his voice always gets his point across.
If you are new to Nirvana, or just want a 'best of' then this album definately fits the bill, however, the chances are that if you're a die-hard fan then you'll own most of these songs anyway.


Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones [DVD] [2002]
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Hayden Christensen
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.57

5 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars Episode 2: A slight Improvement, 10 Sept. 2002
Hmm, trying to be positive here........I know its better than Episode One!
I'm probably being a little harsh here, I guess it wasn't that I didn't enjoy this film, but.........
The love story at the centre of this film is what brings it down. It is so awfully written that its amusing, a case in point being the scene where Anakin and Padme roll around in the field of long grass, as Yoda would say 'Awful cliche it was...yesssssss'
Also, it is virtually impossible to have any sympathy with Anakin, as he appears to have absolutely no redeeming features, and him getting to snog Natalie Portman really does rub salt into the wound.
There are, however, some positives. Ewan McGregor is superb as Obi Wan, giving him a James Bond-like dry wit. Also, as expected the special effects are excellent on the whole (not totally sure about CGI yoda though.) Another big improvement on the previous episode is it manages to keep the story from dragging as much as it did in Phantom Menace. Its funny too, although some of the time this is probably not what Mr Lucas intended (look out for the line about disgruntled spice-miners).
This is an enjoyable film, provided you're in the kind of mood where the dialogue will amuse, rather than irritate you. If you don't like the other Star Wars films however, avoid this like a disgruntled spice-miner!


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