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How to Draw: Dogs and Puppies
How to Draw: Dogs and Puppies
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Review, 29 Aug. 2014
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Very good. I've been wanting to learn how to draw dogs for ages. Really useful app to help me draw dogs.


Bioethics in Historical Perspective
Bioethics in Historical Perspective
by Sarah Ferber
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly researched and balanced introduction, 8 July 2014
‘This thoroughly researched and balanced introduction to bioethics discourse and its historical foundations deserves a wide readership beyond those who are interested in medical science. Students of the history of medicine, politics, the pharma industry, and social and philosophical ethics will equally benefit from reading the book. ‘ Professor Catherine Hezser, University College, London - LSE Review of Books


Oshin
Oshin
Price: £14.86

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW, 23 July 2012
This review is from: Oshin (Audio CD)
I'd not heard of this majestic beast of a record until I was introduced to it by my local record store (thanks Truck Records, Oxford. Moral: support your local record store). It sounds like a whole host of things I've heard before - heads down shoegazing, krautrock's motorik rhythms, the Cocteau's indistinct vocals - and yet it sounds like nothing else. All I can say is that once the waves of arpeggio guitars and pulsating backbeat start to drill their way into your cortex you'll find it as difficult to take off the stereo as I do.


The Awkward Recruit
The Awkward Recruit
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch those awards come rolling in..., 15 July 2009
This review is from: The Awkward Recruit (Audio CD)
Those of us who have been watching the progress of the Essex four-piece, Mawkin, over the last few years will have been impressed by the virtuosity with which they embrace the various musical styles they take on along with their sheer enthusiasm. If there was a criticism with their couple of previous releases (Extended Procrastination) it was that they desperately needed a singer. Enter Devonian Jim Causley. With a voice described elsewhere as "fruity" he is the perfect addition to Mawkin's wild eclecticism.

Following on from last year's superb EP Cold Ruin, "The Awkward Recruit" is their first full-length release as a group. And what a "debut" it is. With styles veering all over Europe and beyond, encompassing bits of klezmer and snatches of French and Spanish (most noticeably on "L'homme Arme" and "Todos Los Bienes Del Mundo") the album has typical folky singalongs, such as the opening "Jolly Broom Man" and "Cropper Lads" and wordier pieces, such as the title track and the Causley-penned "Keeper of the Game". There are also more familiar pieces, such as "Cutty Wren" and "The Saucy Sailor" (made famous by Steeleye Span), but whatever the familiarity each song is approached with energy, vivacity and wit, enhanced by the spare, clear production of Megson's Stu Hanna.

This is so good that I suggest the lads clear some space on the mantelpiece to put those folk awards on when they come rolling in.


Take Yourself a Wife
Take Yourself a Wife
Price: £14.09

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nine tales of north east working class folk......., 7 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Take Yourself a Wife (Audio CD)
As a big fan of Megson's last album - the largely original "Smoke of Home" - I approached "Take Yourself a Wife" with some trepidation. Songs gathered from 250 years of the North East's musical tradition didn't exactly make my heart leap in anticipation to be honest. But how wrong could I be? This is excellent stuff - nine tales of distant fathers and departing lovers, of press gangs and pit workers that move easily from the touching "Little Joe" to the entertaining knees-up of the title track.

One thing that links all the songs, though, is their rooting in the everyday experiences of working class folk over the last couple of centuries. Songs taken from writers who lived and worked in the area north of the Cleveland Hills and south of the Scottish borders. From the nine year olds working 12 hour shifts down the pits for "Fourpence a Day" and the Candymen who evicted striking miners from their homes on "The Oakey Strike Evictions" to protest songs about town planning in Newcastle ("The New Fish Market"), these are songs (and experiences) brought to life with conviction and sensitivity by Stu and Debbie Hanna-Palmer, who play all the instruments and whose vocal harmonising is a particular pleasure. Particularly when unaccompanied on the bailiff-baiting "The Oakey Strike Evictions" with its multi-tracked voices.

Megson deal with this sometimes dark subject matter with a lightness of touch that makes it accessible without losing any of it's impact.


Station House
Station House
Price: £13.47

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full Steam Ahead......, 10 July 2008
This review is from: Station House (Audio CD)
Recorded whilst staying in a former station master's house in Robin Hood's Bay (hence the album title) this is the first album from Nancy Kerr, James Fagan and Robert Harbron as a trio. Kerr and Fagan are, of course, well known as a duo on the folk scene (and indeed as recipients of several BBC Folk Awards). Harbron is also well known as a much in demand producer and for his work with the English Acoustic Collective. This new album is just what you'd expect from three people with this sort of pedigree.

It's a particularly strong set that features a number of Anglo-Australian compositions (as do all Kerr & Fagan albums), such as "Leaving Old England" and "Farmhands and Masters". Nancy Kerr's fiddle playing is a particular highlight as are the two songs she contributes - "Break Your Fall" and "I Wish". Perhaps the stand out track, however, is the interesting joining of Iris DeMent's "Let The Mystery Be" with Joe Hill's parody of a Salvation Army hymn "Pie In The Sky".

The production is left spare to give the album an organic feel that lets the songs and playing really shine through. As such it fits perfectly into the contemporary folk idiom and stands up against any folk release this year.


Love Must Be Tough
Love Must Be Tough
Price: £10.24

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Steady as she goes...., 27 May 2008
This review is from: Love Must Be Tough (Audio CD)
Eleanor McEvoy's seventh album was originally conceived as a covers album dealing with turning 40 and the mid life crisis. A few of the covers survive including the Rolling Stones' "Mother's Little Helper" and Nick Lowe's "(I Knew The Bride) When She Used to Rock 'N' Roll". These two tracks and two written with the Beautiful South's Dave Rotheray serve to raise this just above the perfectly pleasant, but slightly bland. As does the particularly excellent Van Morrison-like Caledonian soul of "Roll Out Better Days"

Her backing band, The South King Street Band (the nod to Springsteen's backing band ends with the name though) manage to cover all the various styles on the album - country, jazz and even (on "He Never Spoke Spanish To Me") a Mexican mariachi band. And yet this album - a real move away from the self-played style of her last album "Out There" - will continue to be categorised under folk, which it isn't. Don't let this deter you though. There are fine songs and fine performances here, which are only enhanced by Eleanor's delightful Irish-accented vocals being placed high in the mix (the album's nice Sixties pastiche cover would probably look good in the vinyl version as well).

So in short hardly ground-breaking musically, but there are some real gems in there - so for those 4 stars (and 3 for the rest).


Momofuku
Momofuku
Price: £8.13

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...a limited, primitive kind of man", 9 May 2008
This review is from: Momofuku (Audio CD)
This may not be the return to Vintage Costello that older fans have been waiting for, but it's not far off. It's definitely his best album since Blood & Chocolate (although any Costello release always has something to recommend it). Significantly on this one he seems to be having FUN. Bashed out over a week in February our Elvis seems to be rejuvanated by having the kids round (both his new twin boys and the musical scamps who gatecrash his party), which include Jenny Lewis and her beau Johnathan Rice as well drummer Pete Thomas's drumming daughter Tennessee.

Right from the word go Costello is in prime in-your-face form with No Hiding Place and particularly American Gangster Time (this one especially features a classic Steve Nieve '60's organ line that'll send you right back to Pump It Up). Over the following 10 tracks Costello moves from rockers, to country ballads to a touchingly autobiographical My Three Sons and finally to Go Away with a 96 Tears-like organ track that you'll be trying to get out of your head long after you've heard it.

On Drum and Bone he declares himself "a limited, primitive kind of man" and to some extent that's reflected in the music here - tracks that make you want to stomp and sway rather than sit and ponder. Lyrically though he's as astute as ever. "I'd rather go blind for speaking my mind" he says on American Gangster Time and so he does time after time.

Off the pop radar for some time now Momofuku probably won't change this, but for those of us in the know it's a time for celebration - Elvis is in the building.


The Imagined Village
The Imagined Village
Offered by Giant Entertainment
Price: £9.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just sex and death......., 26 Feb. 2008
This review is from: The Imagined Village (Audio CD)
"Sex and Death" is how Simon Emmerson, whose brainchild this is, describes this folk concept album, but it's about much more than that. It is the re-imagining of traditional folk songs and themes in a modern (often urban) setting. It's not just the chalk downs of Bob Copper's childhood that have been replaced by "'Ouses, `Ouses, `Ouses" as in the first track, so folk music has been surplanted by urban rhythms. This is where folk music comes out fighting.

Like all concept albums it's not wholly successful, but where it is it transcends the confines of the album's aims. A standout track is Benjamin Zephaniah's retelling of Tam Lyn over 9 epic minutes, channelling poetry through breakbeats and a dub sensibility. Despite Eliza Carthy's backing vocals it's probably not really folk music. However, folk purists can take heart elsewhere as Martin and Eliza Carthy and Chris Woods are present and correct, along with Paul Weller and Billy Bragg (no stranger to a folk tune themselves). Bragg, himself provides another standout moment with his reworking of an old Copper favourite "Hard Times of Old England", where Bragg touches on some of the themes of his "Progressive Patriot" book.

It doesn't all come off, but where it does (and it does most of the time) this is a triumph. Folk purists may sniff, but as Martin Carthy says, "The only harm you can do to traditional music is not to play it or sing it".


Up Front & Down Low
Up Front & Down Low
Price: £12.35

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just for country lovers.....honest, 18 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Up Front & Down Low (Audio CD)
Difficult one this. Teddy's 2nd album (after his unjustly neglected eponymous first one) "Separate Ways" is one of my favourite albums of recent years. And I don't seem to be on my own in that. So just as he's getting critical acclaim, why do a country album? Writer's block? Presumably not as the only self-written track on the album "Down Low" is one of the best on here and fits perfectly. Rather I think it serves as something of a palate cleanser, rather like Costello's "Almost Blue". Something that needs to be got out of the system. And to be fair that was the turning point for Costello's voice - changing from the needling whine to the full on baritone. Not that Teddy Thompson has that problem as his mournful, melancholic voice suits the country subject matter perfectly. The only time it's misjudged is on the weak final track "Let's Think About Living". Thankfully the "hidden" track "Don't ask me to be friends" is possibly the best thing on it. There are also some fantastic harmonies from Iris De Ment and Tift Merritt to add to the country credibility. It's obvious he really means it, man. Finally one word about the excellent orchestration from Robert Kirby (and a sensational arrangement from Rufus Wainwright on "My Blue Tears", which sounds like it belongs to another song and is worth the price of admission on it's own). Yes it's pretty much straight country, but don't let that put you off. This is heart-felt, working-man's blues.


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