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My My My
My My My

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 3 April 2005
This review is from: My My My (Audio CD)
This single from Armand Van Helden is a real anthem! It's looped vocals - though repetitive - are a real inspiration on the dancefloor. I love it!
This CD Single is one of the rarest modern dance/house tracks out there and if you own this you could earn a fortune by selling it online. MyMyMy has been deleted from sale and can no longer be found new anywhere in the UK - much to the chagrin of Armand Van Helden fans across the country.
However, just a word for all of us waiting to request this item used. I have it on good authority that Armand Van Helden's recent hits like MyMyMy and Hear My Name (as well as new single Your Eyes) are going to imminently appear on the UK iTunes Music Store, so that is an easier (and cheaper) way to obtain the track!
Hope I have been helpful.


Parachutes
Parachutes
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Price: £4.09

8 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An adequate debut, but only a taster for things to come, 3 Mar. 2005
This review is from: Parachutes (Audio CD)
Unlike so many music fans, I cannot rave about Coldplay's 2000 debut album "Parachutes". Unusually for a debut album, it only consists of 10 songs and one of those is a pointless musical interlude.
Also it must be said that songs like "Sparks" and "High Speed" are not up to the standard set by the album's highlights. These highlights include "Don't Panic", "Yellow" and Trouble". Everybody has surely heard those 3 hit singles by now. Coldplay are fully deserving of the commercial success which they received through those 3 songle releases.
However, the best songs on "Parachutes" are amazingly merely album tracks. "Spies" is the third track and is a wonderful, creepy, mellow song sung with genuine heartfelt emotion by Chris Martin, the song-writer and lead vocalist. "Everything's Not Lost" is the stunning and uplifting album closer, similar in length to Oasis' classic tune "Champagne Supernova". I recommend purchasing the album for those two songs alone, and the Amazon price is very good value so check them out.
Coldplay as a band, however, really came of age, 2 years later when they released their multi-award-winning follow-up "A Rush Of Blood To The Head", which is superior to "Parachutes" in every concievable way.


Is This It?
Is This It?
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Price: £4.94

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic debut album, 3 Mar. 2005
This review is from: Is This It? (Audio CD)
In 2001 I hadn't been aware of The Strokes' music, although early in 2002 I had the fortune to listen to this their debut album and I am so glad that I did!
The Strokes are generally credited with beginning the current trend of retro-indie rock and they did so with style, gusto and, most importantly, musical ability. Thier debut album last for only 30 minutes but after that half hour the listener cannot help but feel exhausted. It is fast paced, in-yer-face indie rock with catchy riffs and melodies from Valensi and Hammond Jr (the guitarists) and screeching-yet-cool vocals from lead singer Julian Casablancas.
The best songs on this album are "The Modern Age", "Last Nite", "Hard To Explain", "New York City Cops" and the album closer "Take It Or Leave It", but the entire album works as a whole and there are really no low points.
A criticism of The Strokes' music is that it each song sounds the same as the last one, and that is an easy observation to make after just one listen of the album. However, repeated listens are required to gauge the genius of this music and 4 years on since its release date I am still enjoying it as much as I did upon my first listen.
Invest in this album. You simply cannot be disappointed.


Final Straw
Final Straw
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: £4.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Snow Patrol hit the mainstream with Final Straw, 27 Feb. 2005
This review is from: Final Straw (Audio CD)
Along with Keane's "Hopes and Fears" album, this superb 3rd album from Snow Patrol was among my favourite mellow music of 2004. Snow Patrol are similar to Coldplay in that they produce soft songs with heartfelt lyrics and clever melodies.
After a relatively low-key start to the album, things gradually pick up and the absolute zenithal moment of the album would have to be track 7 "Run" which is arguably one of the best songs of the 21st century. However, also check out "Chocolate" and "Spitting Games", as well as the haunting "Somewhere A Clock Is Ticking".


Kasabian
Kasabian
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Price: £3.89

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome debut from a Great British band, 27 Feb. 2005
This review is from: Kasabian (Audio CD)
I had first heard of this band from the iTunes Music Store and downloaded the song "L.S.F.". I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was, so I then went out and purchased the album from the shops.
Kasabian heavily draw their influences from The Stone Roses and this is what The Second Coming should have sounded like. Kasabian are masters at playing instruments and can produce their album comptenetly enough to mix the different sounds with each other to leave an awesome wall of noise, complimented quite superbly by rough vocals and meaningful lyrics.
The highlights of this album are the aforementioned "L.S.F.", "Cutt Off", "Reason Is Treason" and the forthcoming re-issued single "Club Foot".
I highly recommend this album.


Amnesiac
Amnesiac
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Price: £4.01

1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If only Kid A sounded as good as this., 27 Feb. 2005
This review is from: Amnesiac (Audio CD)
Radiohead recorded Amnesiac at the same time as Kid A, so comparisons are inevitable. However, the only track here that would have sounded on Kid A, and that is "Pulk/Pull Revolving doors". Amnesiac is deep and many dimensional, and these things take time to explore but are ultimately well worth exploring.
Beginning in slow, moderate fashion, "Packt like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box" combines dodgy beats with an electric piano and Thom's 'tuneful' mutterings. Then soon after we have "Pyramid Song", which should need no introduction, nor should the haunting melody of "Knives Out", a reminder of the OK Computer-era Radiohead.
If you wish to stereotype Amnesiac as being "merely another Kid A" then I would urge you to think again: this is one interesting and stimulating record.


Kid A
Kid A
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Price: £4.89

2 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Experimental, 27 Feb. 2005
This review is from: Kid A (Audio CD)
I was not impressed with this album. There are no tunes to get hooked on, it's just monotonous drones. I like some of Radiohead's earlier work but I guess I'm not the kind of person to admire this kind of stuff. It's too heavy and experimental for me.
The first few tracks were OK, in particular "The National Anthem" which is undoubtedly the best Radiohead track in the 1999-2002 era, but Kid A just became boring after a while. "Optimistic" is the only track worth listening to after the first three. However, "Idioteque" is also perhaps worth a listen if you're feeling a little sadomasochistic.


Escapology [Explicit Lyrics]
Escapology [Explicit Lyrics]
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Price: £3.95

3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A relatively poor 5th studio album from RW, 27 Feb. 2005
Escapology, Robbie's latest offering, has all the hallmarks of Oasis' Be Here Now album of 1997. Totally bloated, completely over-produced and excruciatingly self-indulgent. This album is all about Robbie; and what Robbie does; and what Robbie eats; and what Robbie thinks, etc.
Robbie Williams is one severely insecure guy and feels the need to lie about his life to make it interesting. That's basically what it comes down to.
This album does have its high points, though.
The melancholy "Feel", the emotional "Something Beautiful", the anthemic "Sexed Up" and the rocker "Come Undone" are all very good songs which I will listen to again and again.
However, songs like "Hot Fudge" and "Me And My Monkey" may sound great to his legion of adoring fans at a live performance but they are not worthy of praise for being on this album. It's too self-indulgent for words.
"I used to be the boy next door...if you're Lord Litchfield and Roger Moore" he cheekily proclaims. Yeah, yeah, that's all very well, but while you're admiring yourself in the mirror and asking Guy Chambers to write about how good-looking you are, Radiohead are writing classic songs about pyramids, aliens and geo-political scenarios.
That is the difference between real music and pop music, I suppose. If you're a big Robbie fan, you'll love Escapology. If, however, he doesn't float your boat then you should give this album a wide berth.


Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
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Price: £4.10

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sublime!, 27 Feb. 2005
This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
Finally! A Robbie Williams album which gets rid of the cheesy filler material and solely concentrates on the Hits.
I am no great fan of RW but the tracks included on this Greatest Hits package are all amazing. It is just one hit after another and will surely go down as one of the best Greatest Hits albums of the past decade.
"Angels", "Let Me Entertain You", "Millennium", "Strong", "Let Love Be Your Energy" and "Feel" are the highlights of the compilation, although the album is well worth getting for the decent stand-alone single "Eternity", which is not available on any other UK album, and "Radio", which is RW's most recent chart topper.


Urban Hymns
Urban Hymns
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4 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Amazon reviewers would have you believe, 27 Feb. 2005
This review is from: Urban Hymns (Audio CD)
There are some moments of pure genius on Urban Hymns: "Bittersweet Symphony", "The Drugs Don't Work", "Space And Time" and "Velvet Morning" are the highlights for me, although "Lucky Man", "One Day" and "Come On!" are not far behind in the enjoyment stakes.
However, not all of the other songs live up to the grandiose of the abovementioned seven.
"The Rolling People", although boasting a catchy chorus, just goes on forever, as does "Catching The Butterfly". Neither of these songs are anything to write home about, and, in fact, look relatively weak when compared to the likes of "Bittersweet Symphony's" radio friendly orchestral 'riff', whereas "Sonnet", "Neon Wilderness", "Weeping Willow" and "This Time" are all poor tracks.
In conclusion, Urban Hymns, one of the best albums of 1997, has its fair share of good tunes but the album last for a whopping seventy minutes and only the hardcore 'Verve' fans will tolerate its totality.


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