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Plantronics BackBeat 903+ Stereo Bluetooth Headphones
Plantronics BackBeat 903+ Stereo Bluetooth Headphones
Price: £52.63

1.0 out of 5 stars Died after 9 day's usage., 13 April 2013
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Used them for nine days after which they wouldn't connect to my iPhone or power up properly. I looked on Google and found various remedies, none of which worked so they were returned to Amazon for a refund. It's a shame as they were decent in terms of comfort, style and sound quality but just poorly built.


Instead
Instead
Price: £13.18

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new twist on nostalgia, 27 Feb 2007
This review is from: Instead (Audio CD)
Ok, I'm biased. Propaganda and OMD were two of my favourite bands of the '80s, so the anticipation for this album has been building for some years now since I heard that Claudia Brucken and Paul Humphries were collaborating. Having played the CD constantly since it's arrival, here's my review.

The opening track "The Theory of Everything" is a midtempo affair, building to a chorus full of backing vocals that would sat happily on any of the later OMD albums. Claudia's vocals are fantastic throughout and any fan of her Propaganda, Act or her solo album "Love and A Million Other Things" will get the shiver of nostalgia on hearing them. The album continues with "Sequential" and "Home (Tonight)" both having dark, brooding undertones and heavy on the synths. "Signals" has been remixed since their 2004 release "Item" and is more sedate than it's previous incarnation; although I love the original mix, this isn't a bad thing as the new mix sits perfectly with the rest of the album. "Have A Cigar" is Pink Floyd meets Frankie Goes To Hollywood and one of the standout tracks. Paul's vocals come into their own in "I Don't Blame You" which is follwed by "Cloud 9", the, highlight of the album in my opinion, featuring Depeche Mode's Martin Gore on guitar. "Anonymous" and "Heaven", although not bad songs by any means, are a little too ephemeral in the wake of "Cloud 9". "Kein Anschluss" is back on track however with definite nods to Kraftwerk in musical style and German lyrics. "The Weakness in Me" is a quiet, reflective track that could've been on a Depeche Mode post-"Violator" album, whereas "Vision In The Sky" starts slowly and builds to an uplifting synth-voiced ending to this fine debut album.

My only (minor) criticism is that there aren't the "Claudia-goes-a-bit-wild-and-scary-with-the-vocals" moments that were present in the Propaganda and Act days. That being said it's nice to hear an album that, for the first time in a long time, I'm not bored with by the third or fourth listen.


Grand Docu-Soap
Grand Docu-Soap

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Plaisir De Nirvana, 22 Feb 2003
This review is from: Grand Docu-Soap (Audio CD)
For a band that officially died in 1996, the Swedish camp quartet refuse to lie down and rest in peace. Not only do they reform for a killer comeback single "Let The Sunshine In", but they cover Ottowan's "Hands Up" and the Corgis "Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime". As if this isn't enough incentive for the die hard fans, they package the latest "greatest hits" compilation with a bonus cd of the best remixes, some of which have been out of print for over a decade.
The highlights are both 7" and 12" mixes of "Let The Sunshine In", the chorus of which has been borrowed from "Hair" and is, in true Army of Lovers fashion, something of a self-indulgent masterpiece. With Jean-Pierre's announcement that "I believe in God and I believe that God believes in Jean-Pierre...that's me!", the Army carry on their tradition of over-the-top, high camp Europop. Also, other welcome additions are "Crucified (The Nuzak Remix)", "Obsession (Schizoppereta Mix)" and "Lit De Parade (Plaisir De Nirvana Mix)", the latter being the extended version of the highly danceable Radio Edit.
We know they're camp, we know they're outrageous, but the music is so infectious and the choruses (with the aid of the Army Tabernacle Choir) are so contagious that no matter how hard you try to exorcise these songs from your head you WILL be singing them for days. The lyrics, by and large, are still impenetrable but I can only assume that this is due to Alexander Bard's overwhelming intellect dwarfing my own. Who else could write pop songs about egocentricity, the French Riviera, Jewish celebration and the death bed - pre and post demise? Be warned...they're not for the faint hearted, but they are fun.


Disco 3
Disco 3
Price: £9.62

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back To Basics, 3 Feb 2003
This review is from: Disco 3 (Audio CD)
For those who have been loyal fans of PSB since the original release of "Opportunities" back in 1985, there have been some inspirational releases and then there was "Disco 2". Thankfully the lastest of the "Disco" incarnations is as far from it's predecessor as "Release" was from the electro-dance music with which the PSB are synonymous. The opening track "Time On My Hands" is a warm-up for the overall mood of the album. "Positive Role Model" is the PSBs reworking of the highlight song from their "Closer To Heaven" musical. "Try It (I'm In Love With A Married Man)" is back to their roots with a cover of the Oh Romeo track penned by Bobby Orlando (who produced the original West End Girls). The remixes of the "Release" tracks, "London" "Here" and "Home and Dry" continue the club feel. For me however, the standout track is "Somebody Else's Business". This is pure PSB at their best: dark lyrics, a four-on-the-floor beat and a chorus you'll be singing for weeks. Stunning! This is definitely an album to play before going clubbing at the weekend.


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