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The Village Green Preservation Society: Remastered
The Village Green Preservation Society: Remastered
Offered by Smart-UK
Price: £13.55

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What the sixties sound like when you remove the hype, 6 April 2003
I love this album.
Now virtually forgotten (and not particularly well known even in its day), "Village Green" the finest forty minutes of one of the cornerstones of the British hit parade. But, there's not one hit single here... nothing you're going to recognise from all those "Best of the Kinks" collections, and nothing that's ever going to be played on Radio 2. The closest you may have come to hearing this album could be hearing its grandson, Blur's "Parklife".
There are many who make Pepper-esque comparisons, crying about what this album "could have been". Think of it the other way round... if you take away the producers, the art departments and the marketeers, this is what you end up with. Raw beauty.
Within five years, some naff boy band will cover "Big Sky" or "Starstruck" for the soundtrack of some movie starring Hugh Grant, and it will stay at number one for an entire summer. Imagine how bad you're gonna feel if you don't discover this album before that happens. Buy it now, and discover that The Kinks made classic albums, not just classic singles.

Super Mario Sunshine
Super Mario Sunshine

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the quantum leap that was Mario 64, 3 Nov. 2002
This review is from: Super Mario Sunshine (Video Game)
No doubt about it, Super Mario Sunshine will provide you with that long-awaited Mario fix. With the power of the Gamecube, it's the prettiest & slickest Mario yet. He's also got new tricks up his sleeve with the help of FLUDD (a multi-talented water-squirting contraption), Yoshi and a few new moves.
But unfortunately, that's as good as it gets. There's fewer worlds to explore than in Mario 64, and the constant tropical island theme means that they all tend to look the same. The tasks also repeat themselves from world to world, often with the same boss cropping up three or more times throughout the game. Compared with Mario 64, the whole game is also dumbed down: the moves are easier and the problems require less grey-matter. Yet some of the tasks are pointlessly infuriating, especially when you end up screaming at the control pad because you can't get the camera to go where you want it.
All in all, this sometimes turns the "Gimmie another go!" factor of Mario 64 into a "Huh, I don't care... what's on TV?" factor.
However, the mighty Mario 64 was always going to be a tough act to follow, so maybe we shouldn't judge so harshly. And besides, there are enough twists and surprises to keep most Mario fans happy.

Offered by Liberty-Star
Price: £17.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A spectacular return to from from the 'lab!, 8 Aug. 2002
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This review is from: Sound-Dust (Audio CD)
More accessible, easier on the ear than their last full long-player "Cobra...", this is Stereolab's most melodic album yet. The first three tracks will spin you all over the place, flinging you round musical corners you didn't think could exist. The closing number, "Les bons bons raisons" is a triumphant stomp of a finale that goes "bong-bong bong-bong bong-bong" and then some. Everything in between is just as good. Long gone are the pounding one-chord indie guitars, but the 'lab are definitely back. Welcome, welcome.

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
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Price: £4.92

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A band that will never let you down., 14 July 2002
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Another breathtaking release from the Lips, effortlessly building on the reputation they built with their previous release, "The Soft Bulletin", and their foundation of classic album after classic album before that. Optimistic, spiritual, yet down-to-earth. The stand-out tracks "Do You Realise" and "All We Have Is Now", plus the title track "Yoshimi...", showcase a maturity of songwriting that comes close to explaining the meaning of life without resorting to pomp or pretension. And, the arrangements are non-mainstream, yet accessible to all with open ears. By comparison, their immediate contemporaries (Spiritualised and Mercury Rev spring to mind) sound shallow, fumbling and over-produced. Once again, The Flaming Lips have pressed exactly the right buttons. Whether you're a Lips fan or not, buy this album. Please, for the sake of humanity.

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