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Who's Next
Who's Next
Price: £2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great, 24 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Who's Next (Audio CD)
Has the reputation as The Who's best album, and probably the one where they took album rock seriously. It has some of their best moments, but it also has some filler tracks, and for that reason i can't give it a five star rating. The best tracks are all on best-of compilations and the other tracks really aren't essential.

Pink Flag
Pink Flag
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £18.95

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard as Nails, 29 Aug. 2004
This review is from: Pink Flag (Audio CD)
This album sounds fresh even today. The guitar attack has rarely been matched, and the visceral intelligent lyrics make this album even more astonishing.
Name checked by such respected artists as Steve Albini and Iain MacKaye, this album has a great influence on american hardcore punk. It's the kind of music only an English band of the 70s could make; abrasive, intelligent and very kraut-rock influenced.
The songs are all short and snappy, with driving hooks that fall apart at just the right time. No room for guitar histrionics.
The only album I can think of that resembles it is Entertainment by the Gang of Four, or maybe Metal Box by PiL. It has to be one of my absolute faves.

Civilization II - Box
Civilization II - Box

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars genre defining classic, 29 Aug. 2004
This review is from: Civilization II - Box (Video Game)
It's old and a bit creaky, but this really is the kind that has endless replay value.
The game scenario spans many centuries, in which you take your civilisation from phalanxs to stealth bombers and beyond. Each move can have massive repercussions in later years, so you find yourself wanting to play the same level again and again from the start till you get it right.
Other games in this series have been a bit dissapointing IMHO. I found Call to Power a bit easy, and Civ III has an awkward interface, and the gameplay loses something. Alpha Centauri is quite a decent game, though it's very different in style to Civ
The game is very easy to Mod as well, having many fan sites dedicated to it.
In short, it has to go in the same bracket as games such as Elite, Sim City, Doom and Half Life for games that really broke the mould.

Live Through This
Live Through This
Price: £7.15

2 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars cynical plagiarism, 26 July 2003
This review is from: Live Through This (Audio CD)
Hole were always a second rate band, and this album shows how Courtney Love made the most of her lover's cachet. Unsurpisingly, Hole suddenly sound exactly like Nirvana after Cobain killed himself, the likelihood being that Love directly stole his songs. No wonder they fizzled out when Cobain's songs ran out. Tedious
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The State of Art Is on Fire
The State of Art Is on Fire
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £10.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars crypt are the new rock and roll, 4 Jun. 2003
probably the best single piece of vinyl by rftc, each song is played at breakneck speed. The first four tracks in particular are endlessly sing-along mosh pit favourites. Forget the Hives, these guys are the genuine article.

Samba '68
Samba '68

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best intro to latin jazz, 31 May 2003
This review is from: Samba '68 (Audio CD)
Already a massive star in Brazil, Samba '68 was largely an english language re-working of his debut, O Compositor e O Cantor. The lush orchestral arrangements by Eumir Deodato bring a warmth and emotion intensity to a number of ballads; notably If You Went Away, and Safely In Your Arms, and the album sounds sunny throughout. Gorgeous

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