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So Long, See You Tomorrow (Vintage Classics)
So Long, See You Tomorrow (Vintage Classics)
by William Maxwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bleak, sentimental tale that lacks intrigue, 2 Sep 2013
I feel compelled to add a voice of dissent here, given the unwaveringly positive reviews. I've just finished this as a book club selection and found it to be bleak, relentlessly sentimental and lacking in any real intrigue.

The wistful tone never lets up as we are first informed of the outcome of a murder/suicide tragedy that took place many moons before, and then provided with a detailed, and tedious account of what took place. The narrative is a succession of events interspersed with sentimental descriptions, but the characters are undeveloped, difficult to connect with and consequently I felt little sympathy for their plight. The narrator's regret seems to border on obsession - why he should place so much significance on his failure to acknowledge his former friend in a school corridor is not at all clear. This is not particularly extraordinary behaviour for a teenager - is everyone proud looking back on how they behaved at that age? Does it really warrant such and extended 'what if?'

Ownership is a recurrent theme (of the means of production, of other people, of responsibility for events), but it isn't explored in any depth. The characters are propelled towards the intevitable ending by a narrator (author?) who seems unable to conceive of any human capacity for reflection on their behaviour and so all action is either the result of social compulsion (we have to live x way because of what people will say / we'll lose our livelihood) or because they are automatons simply doing what comes next. I cannot decide whether this is a statement on the period in question, due to the author's lack of imagination or because of the narrative style (looking back on events that led up to an outcome already described). Perhaps a combination of all three.

There is a hint that the narrator may have returned to this story when it was dredged up in a therapy session. Perhaps focussing on it so much made it seem more interesting and important than it is - which to my mind is the only real reason for sadness on show here.


Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance Industrial / Post-Punk / Ebm : Classics & Rarities
Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance Industrial / Post-Punk / Ebm : Classics & Rarities
Price: £15.35

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another version of the tracklisting, 10 May 2012
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This CD is great- you'll love it.

Now that's out the way, I need to point out that my tracklisting is wrong too, but its not the same as the other chap has posted either - mine has the following listed for CD2:

2-05 Severed Heads - Dead Eyes Opened '
2-06 The Cage (Featuring Nona Hendryx) - Do What Yoy Wanna Do (Dub) '
2-07 Yello - You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess (UK Promo 12" Version) '
2-08 Ledernacken - Amok!
2-09 Nash The Slash - Womble
2-10 John Carpenter, Alan Howarth - The Duke Arrives: The Barricade - The President At The Train
2-11 Diseño Corbusier - Golpe De Amistad

when actually it is:

2-05 Cage, The Featuring Nona Hendryx - Do What You Wanna Do (Dub)
2-06 Yello - You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess (UK Promo 12" Version)
2-07 Severed Heads -Dead Eyes Opened
2-08 John Carpenter & Alan Howarth -The Duke Arrives: The Barricade - The President At The Train (12" Re-edit)
2-09 Diseño Corbusier - Golpe De Amistad
2-10 Nash The Slash -Womble
2-11 Ledernacken - Amok!


The King of Limbs
The King of Limbs
Price: £8.36

10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Radiohead drop the angst, 1 April 2011
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This review is from: The King of Limbs (Audio CD)
This is the first Radiohead album that I have ever felt fully drawn into. I've always had a kind of removed appreciation for their work; recognising the quality of the music but rarely actually wanting to listen to it. Radiohead have always sounded like they want to impress while at the same time feeling uncomfortable with this fact- something which may have leant a sense of angst to a lot of their previous work. OK Computer and In Rainbows particularly have been lauded as great albums, but to me they are the Radiohead albums that seem most to embody this sense of angst.

So moving on to the King of Limbs and it seems like Radiohead's existential crisis is over, no longer are the concerned about impressing and the angst is gone with it. It is the sound of a band that is confident in itself, and this is evident in the lush textured feel to the album. The production is incredible and each track feels like a natural extension of the last - not because it sounds samey but because of the care that has gone into creating a distinctive, progressive feel throughout the album.

It is a far more self-contained album than In Rainbows, and while a common view seems to be that The King of Limbs is a natural progression, it actually sounds to me like a significant reductive shift. The melodious elements of the album are subtler and far less immediate, but ultimately are all the more beautiful for it.

It is difficult to pick a highlight from the album; it is very much the sum of each wonderful part. If anything, Lotus Flower sounds slightly out of place as a centre piece, neither fully fitting in with the frenetic beat driven first section of the album nor the relaxed opium haze of the second half, but it may be that it sits there to act as a conduit between the two halves.

I know a lot of people who loved In Rainbows who are disappointed with The King of Limbs. However, when Kid A came out there were a lot of people who had loved Radiohead's previous work who were up in arms, but with time it became apparent that Kid A was an excellent album.

King of Limbs may not contain much in the way of hooks or stadium sing-alongs, but to me it is the band's most beautiful, confident and coherent work to date; the sound of a band that feels it has nothing to prove and benefitting because of it.


The Mighty Boosh : Complete BBC Series 3 [2007] [DVD]
The Mighty Boosh : Complete BBC Series 3 [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Noel Fielding
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £3.80

23 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars They wouldn't let it lie!, 22 Jan 2008
As Vic and Bob would have said on 'Big Night Out'- They wouldn't let it lie! So often, it seems, two series is the optimum length for any comedy series and unfortunately the Boosh boys go to extreme lengths to add weight to this.

This is regurgitation after regurgigation-the Hitcher again!- Really!?!? The shamen council on repeat!?!? They haven't got any new ideas and it is pretty clear what has happened. The first two series were written before the fame, hype and the BBC1 trailers- now they've got something to live up to. Previously they just made a mad and interesting series, now they were TRYING to make a mad and interesting series.

Vince has become quite nasty, turning on Howard in nearly every episode to develop plot in a way that would have been unthinkable before. The easy gentleness of the previous series' has given way to shonky desperation.

The episode when Howard is shrunk and travels through Vince's body is more like a later episode of Red Dwarf than the Boosh- it looks horrible- the characters are horrible and it isn't remotely amusing.

The Boosh boys go to great lengths to parody themselves- the crimping episode completely ruins the weirdness of their tendency to break in to nonsensical song because they decide to build a plot around it.

It is stilted, overcooked, cumbersome and painful to watch if you're a lover of what had gone before.
PLEASE! NO MORE!!!!!


Underworld
Underworld
by Don DeLillo
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard work required!, 22 April 2007
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Whoever said that a great novel had to be easy to digest? Sometimes it is rewarding to work hard at reading a novel, taking the time to absorb the beauty of the language- paying close attention to the actual words upon the page. This is no page turner, but it is incredibly rewarding if you are prepared to give it the time.

The book isn't about plot, morality, resolution or sentimentaliy- apsects of American literature that I so often find repellent- Delillo depicts humanity not emotional cliche. It goes way beyond cliche, painting an incredible and beautiful picture of the United States during the second half of the 20th Century. The interconnected nature of everything on our planet is demonstrated so effectively as to be overwhelming- it is not only what Delillo depicts that is overwhelming, but also the sheer ambition of the writer in attempting to encapsulate so many nuances of American culture in one novel.

I imagine those who have posted such dispariging reviews were expecting such a highly praised novel to a bit more of the work for them. It took a long time to get through and it's rarely easy going, but if you come to it with an open mind and can suspend your assumptions about what a novel is supposed to be, then you may find Underworld to be extrmely valuable and satisfying.


Life Of Pi
Life Of Pi
by Yann Martel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life of Pi, 9 Nov 2006
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It is difficult to describe how good this book is. Those that recommended it to me seemed to appreciate this and after little more than a shrug and a smile could only ask me to put my trust in them and get to reading it. So I think I will do the same for you; the plot summaries you may read will not do justice to or enahance your enjoyment of this book. Just read it! And to those perturbed by the so called 'alternative' ending- my how you've missed something!


Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Price: £10.33

7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dedicated to happy couple..., 13 Feb 2006
It's your girlfriend's best friend's sister's wedding, the dj turns off spandau ballet for a short interlude- a few lads who the bride used to go to school with have formed a band and are going to play a few numbers. The dj calls everyone to attention and the band run us through 'fake tales of san francisco', 'When the sun goes down' and 'I bet you look good on the dancefloor' (Aunty Maud particularly liked this one- 'But', she added, 'why does he sing in such a funny voice?'. The crowd applaud generously and scuttle off in search of sausage rolls, champagne and a dance with a bride's maid, while the dj puts spandau back on- right from the point where he left it.


Paradisiac
Paradisiac
Offered by SourceMediaUK
Price: £2.92

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What Happened?, 4 Jan 2006
This review is from: Paradisiac (Audio CD)
Out go the snake hipped grooves, infectious riffs and electronic subtleties as Millionaire decide it's time to abandon creativity and toss off this depressingly tuneless and fuzzy dirge fest. Who would have thought Josh Homme could have such a negative effect on a band? Perhaps the first album was slightly lightweight on the production, but this effort verges on the unlistenable after the first track. Perhaps Millionaire will be considered cool now, but for those that enjoyed 'Simian Flock', there is nothing to match 'body expereience revue' or 'petty thug' on here.
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'64 - '95
'64 - '95
Price: £9.89

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time for change, 16 Sep 2005
This review is from: '64 - '95 (Audio CD)
The only inevitabilities in life are death and taxes. Or so the saying goes. However i would like to add to this the certainty that a band making a slight change in direction will lead to accusation of them having 'lost the plot' or as one reviewer of this Lemon Jelly release wrote 'having gone sour'. It is suprising however that those who appreciate the music of a band such as Lemon Jelly would be so adverse to diversity and progression. It would have been easy to make an album that sounded very similar to their previous work, but they are not U2, they are not about regurgitation. Would a samey album have been any more pleasing? Anyway I'm babbling now, this album is truly fantastic, from the floaty near cheesiness of 'make things right' and 'stay with you', to the gravelly 'come down on me' and 'the shouty track' (which add energy to their live set). However the real gem is the closing track 'go' which with a combination of power chords and william shatner sounds on paper like a grave mistake, but to the ear it is a wonderful and exhilirating closer.


Turn Against This Land
Turn Against This Land
Offered by crucialmusic
Price: £8.97

3 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yawn!, 22 Aug 2005
This review is from: Turn Against This Land (Audio CD)
There is a band known as Dogs. All that sets them apart from the hoards of other trendy indie bores is the absence of the prefix 'the'. About as interesting as sitting around thinking of boring things to compare dire, talentless, trendy bands to. Those who have described this as genius etc. in the other reviews are in for a real treat when the discover some interesting sounds!


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