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Big Music
Big Music
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spirited Away, 17 Dec 2014
This review is from: Big Music (Audio CD)
Unlike the Minds previous two "returns to form" there is genuinely not one filler on this album. Superb.


Punk Rock: An Oral History
Punk Rock: An Oral History
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Account of Punk, 4 Mar 2014
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THE best book on punk rock I have read as told through the main protagonists of the day.

How refreshing to finally discover a book on punk rock that acknowledges the importance and relevance of the "second wave of punk", the contribution of the Irish/Scottish bands, the importance of Manchester and other towns and cities outside London, the importance of the lesser bands and doesn't snobbishly ignore the massive contribution made by the Stranglers (yes you Mr Savage) which simply cannot be overlooked in any credible book about the period.

Similarly it seems to only be Messrs Savage and Lydon who don't think that the contribution of bands like the Ruts, the Cockney Rejects and post pounk bands like Killing Joke, Joy Division etc are not important in the overall bigger picture. Noticeable that Lydon disses nearly every band which tells you everything. Superb unbiased account of the whole punk movement and all its variations - highly recommended.


Zed Hed
Zed Hed
Price: £9.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 25 Feb 2014
This review is from: Zed Hed (Audio CD)
Stiff Little Fingers + Vive Le Rock magazine = RT ZED.

Didn't even know this band existed but thought I would give them a try after reading a review in VLR magazine. Brilliant - buy it!


Black Traffic
Black Traffic
Price: £9.28

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, 21 Feb 2014
This review is from: Black Traffic (Audio CD)
I have never previously been a fan of this band but recently stumbled upon an acoustic perfomance on TV. Such was the power of that performance that I decided to investigate further and this album is my first ever purchase. All I can say is wow, what an album.

I shall certainly be delving further into their back catalogue.


Mercury Rising
Mercury Rising
Price: £5.93

5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Bass, 5 Feb 2014
This review is from: Mercury Rising (Audio CD)
Anyone who doesn't get this with the heavy bass, the quirkyness and the usual melody we've come to expect from the Stranglers simply doesn't understand the Meninblack.


Feel It Live
Feel It Live

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best live album, 19 Sep 2013
This review is from: Feel It Live (Audio CD)
The best Stranglers live album since Live X Cert. At last we have a live show without the obligatory Golden Brown, Strange Little Girl and Always the Sun. Please - they are all classics but have been played to death live - one per gig at most would suffice.
Anyway none appears here just all the rocking classics spanning their whole career. Really tight sound too.
Brilliant - if you're a lifelong fan this will not disappoint.


Later...When The TV Turns To Static
Later...When The TV Turns To Static
Price: £13.42

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 9 Sep 2013
Like a lot of people I was amazed at the brilliance of Glasvegas' debut album and somewhat nonplussed at the follow up although that album does contain 2 or 3 bona fide classic songs.
Were they a one album wonder? Thankfully any such doubts have been kicked firmly into touch with a quite superb return to form with this latest album.
Just brilliant. Nothing comes near when Glasvegas are on form.
See you in Belfast!!


Battle Born
Battle Born
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 7 Mar 2013
This review is from: Battle Born (Audio CD)
It has quite simply taken the Killers until their 4th studio album to truly fulfil their promise.

After the early promise of Hot Fuss which let's face it was one brilliant EP's worth followed by the potential shown on Sam's Town which was again hit and miss the band retreated into the very patchy Day and Age. While Day and Age doubtless contains Killers classics (Human, Spaceman, Dustland Fairytale) it also contains what should have been singles' b sides at best.

Only now on album 4 do the band finally produce an album which has really great songs from start to finish and is, by a country mile, their best offering to date.


Totem And Taboo
Totem And Taboo
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still got it, 18 Sep 2012
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This review is from: Totem And Taboo (Audio CD)
A great progression from Hooverdam with better production and more importantly much much better songs.

Unlike most previous Hugh albums there really isn't a duff track on this short and very sweet album - 10 cracking tracks with Hugh really rockin' out on a couple of them. Like all great albums it takes about 3 listens before its brilliance hits you.

And we also get an epic Richard Hawley type closer clocking in at almost 10 minutes, the chorus of which could be the long lost relation of the Stranglers' Too Precious from their 1986 album Dreamtime.

Great return to form from Hugh.


GIANTS
GIANTS
Price: £12.62

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly giant, 4 July 2012
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This review is from: GIANTS (Audio CD)
Ok let's look at this objectively now that the album has been out for a few months and we can look at it outside all the hyped excitement of a new release. The difference with Giants as opposed to the two recent "returns to form" Suite 16 and Norfolk Coast is that I consistently revisit this album without in anyway getting bored with it.
The diversity of this album is what puts it genuinely up there with their best Cornwell output. Remember the days when you had so many styles on one album (Black and White and The Raven) well this is what Giants gives you. Yes Suite 16 had its moments (most notably Relentless)and Norfolk Coast was the Stranglers by numbers to a fair degree, needed at that time to drag us all out of the late 90s slumber of Written in Red and Coup de Grace but this truly is the Stranglers as they should be - not afraid to open an album with an instrumental and to include a heavy metal tango. All the songs in between are equally diverse to keep interest with only the poppy Boom Boom failing to really excite (me anyway).
I have been a Stranglers fan since 1977 and in my opinion this is right up there in the top 5 of their career.


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