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979 EP
979 EP
Price: £2.07

4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric and Experimental Tracks, 4 Dec. 2011
This review is from: 979 EP (MP3 Download)
I love 'I Could Try to Explain'which is a lovely slice of shimmering guitar-driven pop. Not so keen on the other two tracks, but they definitely seem to be a group worth following. A definite must if you love early 90s melodic indie music such as Lush, Cocteau Twins, New Order and the Breeders.

The English Riviera
The English Riviera
Price: £5.09

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Summery Tribute to Torbay!, 19 Jun. 2011
This review is from: The English Riviera (MP3 Download)
I came across this band purely by chance. I overheard Everything Goes My Way on the club's stereo system when I went to see another band play last week. I absolutely HAD to find out who this band was. The promoter told me that it was Metronomy, and I so gutted when he also mentioned that they had played in that same venue just a few months ago! Because this has to be one of the best albums I've heard in quite some time. It seems like it's a concept album about Torbay - the album opens with the sounds of seagulls and waves, and instruments reminiscent of seaside fairs such as fairground organs are weaved throughout the songs. Joseph Mount has also definitely tapped into some sort of zeitgest among many of us who grew up in the eighties and early nineties. The new wave and funk feel of many of the songs definitely take the best elements of the music of that era and turn it into something new and exciting. The best songs on it are A Thing for Me (which has a wonderfully bizarre karaoke-style music video), Corinne (very Pixies-ish!) and The Bay. To be honest though, there aren't any weak tracks on here at all. I'm now off to do something I very rarely do and actually buy the CD versions of this and the two previous Metronomy albums!

No Problem
No Problem
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: £3.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Debut - Brilliant for Air Guitar Practice!!, 4 Feb. 2011
This review is from: No Problem (Audio CD)
This album melds the very best of 80s soft pop-rock (!) with most of the songs coming in at under four minutes, incorporating catchy hooks, shimmering guitars and upbeat melodies, full of Gallic charm. If you love Phoenix but want to hear a less introspective, more chorus driven sound then this will do the trick. Plus this album has the best guitar solos I've heard in ages! Xavier de Rosnay from Justice along with Daft Punk's sound engineer Peter Franco are responsible for the album's precise production values - with a few quirks thrown in.

Selected Scottish Poems for Analysis and Discussion (Higher Grade)
Selected Scottish Poems for Analysis and Discussion (Higher Grade)
by Maureen Brown
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Text for Higher and Intermediate 2 English, 24 Feb. 2010
This is an excellent resource for English teachers, especially if you are just starting to teach Intermediate 2 and Higher. Each section has: background information on the poet, Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation questions to get into each text, paragraph plans for critical essays, related suggestions for the Writing paper and more. It's the best teaching guide I've bought in a while!

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