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AD Sangreal
AD Sangreal
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £12.98

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best yet, 6 Sep 2011
This review is from: AD Sangreal (Audio CD)
A stunning release and better than BC Ancestors although it is impossible to have anything as moving as the song 'Root's sung by Woolly on the last album. This is a more cohensive album full of charm, brilliant musicianship, glorious melodies and humable songs. The mood of the album is reflected through Gregorian chants, atmospheric orchestrations and the use of the wonderful hammered dulcimer. With this and BC Ancestors you really feel that David Rohl could and should turn this into a stage show much like Clive Nolan has done with his 'She' musical project. In fact, if you listen to songs like Magdalena, The Kingdom of Aragon and Al-Andalus you get an immediate impression of these being performed in a theatre setting.

If you like Alan Parsons Project style of symphonic rock music then do not hestitate to buy this gem. The album has a bonus song of Woolly Wolstenholme singing one Barclay James Harvest's classic songs 'Galadriel' and knowing that he has now left this earth you cannot help but shed a tear to this beautiful and haunting song.

The sad thing is that so many people will miss out on hearing this album simply as the pop and rock market in the UK is so myopic and we lack a radio station that can be heard by the masses in order that many others get the chance to hear what beautiful and heartfelt music sounds like and how this album is a perfect example of this.

Ironclad [DVD] [2011]
Ironclad [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ James Purefoy
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £4.98

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie, 1 Aug 2011
This review is from: Ironclad [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
Cannot agree with the C-List comments from one poster as I think the acting is very good indeed. As for the movie, I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the direction and feel of the film was gripping, realistic and highlighted the bleakness of living in those times.

If people want historical accuracy (if such a thing exists based on the writings at that time, or after many events have taken place) then go to a library and research the period in question. Braveheart was a superb movie based on a story that has, to date, been subject to historical questionning, e.g. they cannot even agree where William Wallace was born so why question Ironclad in respect of its accuracy? We do know there was a siege at Rochester Castle but alas noone is alive to outline exactly what happened so to beef up the entertainment we will will have some poetic licence.

Next we will have some questionning the accuracy of Lord of the Rings based on their understanding of real events (yes, I do know its a fantasy story and not real life).

Second Life Syndrome
Second Life Syndrome
Offered by Hausmusik
Price: £20.60

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year?, 12 Jan 2006
This review is from: Second Life Syndrome (Audio CD)
In one word "awesome" Better than first album? No need to measure them as they are both superb and if you like the first album then you will love this as much.

World Through My Eyes Ltd Edition
World Through My Eyes Ltd Edition

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RPWL go from strength to strength, 16 Feb 2005
Having listened to RPWL from their very first album, I thought it would have been hard to beat their very first "God Has Failed" which is stunning. Second album took their sound in a slightly different direction and is wonderful but not as much as first one. This new album is full of glorious melodies, superb pop/rock material and loads of prog sounding classical and world influences. It takes a few listens to appreciate everything on the album but to most was taken in on first listen. Vocals are fantastic, the band are so tight and every song has quality. Buy it, a band showing their full promise from their very first album.

Variations on a Dream
Variations on a Dream
Offered by videosanddvds
Price: £31.99

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hidden dream, 10 Jun 2003
This review is from: Variations on a Dream (Audio CD)
If you only buy one album this year, then get this. If you want your faith restored that there are bands out there who are producing pure class in pop/rock then look no further. Bruce Soord and his band have produced his masterpiece and all fans of later Porucpine Tree, mellow Radiohead and Mew should simply buy this and be blown away. Each track has melodies and hooks to die for, superbly played with music ranging from sublime and haunting ballads to more progressive leanings away from pop to rock. Bruce manages to do this with the greatest of ease but never losing his sense of melody or structure. This is his band's third release with the first hinting of the talent, the second taking big leap forward in terms of composition and style and now with the third, he has surpassed himself. If you love the aforementioned bands but with a touch of his own style, then go out and buy this. It is no good going through each track as they are all wonderful. As I said earlier, this album has restored MY faith in music, now let it restore yours.

A Nod And A Wink
A Nod And A Wink
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £15.44

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars definitive camel, 21 Feb 2003
This review is from: A Nod And A Wink (Audio CD)
Having heard this album over the last 4 months or so, I have to disagree with CD Coy's comments that the music does not have a link to previous Camel albums. The album is definately a hark back to the past - and I don't mean the 50s - but the classic era of Snow Goose, Moonmadness and Nude. There are clear references to those album and more through the use of flute, acoustic guitar and keyboard styles. One minute you are back in the Snow Goose era and suddenly you could be listening to the best of Dust and Dreams or Harbour of Tears. The Miller's tale could have come from D&D or HOT. Squigley Fair is stunning and has SG, Nude and D&D all over it. I think this is Andy's best album since SG and full of emotional soundscapes, glorious hooks and some of the best material he has ever written. No need to go through the tracks except to say they are all superb but what strikes me more than anything else is the feeling that the whole band had a ball doing this album and it comes across in the musicianship and how tight the band are. Even if you have never experience this band, go out and buy this and if the final track does not bring a tear to your eye then you are already dead. Wonderful album and my personal choice of 2002.

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