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St Jude
St Jude
Price: £8.25

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What Took You So Long, 11 April 2008
This review is from: St Jude (Audio CD)
The Courteeners finally released their highly anticipated debut album on the 7th April. The backlash has no doubt begun after Liam Fray declared this offering to be up there with the Stone Roses debut. To be fair he had to big the album up but St Jude doesn't quiet hit the heights that the Stone Roses debut did. Although it is a very good first effort
I have seen the band on many occasions over the last 6 months and the songs have evolved a lot since I first heard them. This made the first listen quite difficult for me but once I got past the fact the songs had changed slightly I realised what a great piece of work St Jude really is. The songs really work well as a whole and the listener never finds themselves getting bored. The Courteeners have added layers of sound on various fan favourites which makes them sound a little weird at first.
The outstanding track on the album is "Please Don't" which has a girl group drumbeat reminiscent of Phil Spector's Wall of Sound recordings. One listen of this and the listener realises there is a lot more depth and sensitivity to the Courteeners than previously thought. This is again highlighted on the album closer "yesterday, Today and Probably Tomorrow" which is an eloquent ode to a love that the singer knows will never last. It evokes memories of Morrissey at his best and leaves the listener in no doubt that there is definitely more to come from the Courteeners.
Just buy the album and decide for yourself. I'm sure you won't be disappointed


Acrylic
Acrylic
Offered by Eds Attic Music Store
Price: £8.95

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Voice of a Generation, 5 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Acrylic (Audio CD)
I heard about the Courteeners through the NME. Not my usual place to find out about bands. I was intrigued and when i heard they were playing in my local town of Halifax i had to go. What a gig and what a band. Liam Fray is the best thing to happen to music since Kurt Cobain died and left us with a gaping hole. Acrylic is a fantatstic set closer but all of their other songs are just so good. Move over Alex Turner because a certain band from Manchester are about to steal your thunder. I've since seen them at the Faversham in Leeds and i am going to their sold out gig at Manchester Academy next week. Most clubs are full of overrated, dehydrated, goggle eyed girls!!! Bring it on


Tepid Peppermint Wonderland - A Retrospective
Tepid Peppermint Wonderland - A Retrospective

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our generation's lost genius, 30 Aug. 2006
The first thing to write about when discussing the BJM is their leader, Anton Newcombe. As anyone who has seen the documentary Dig will testify, he can be a very nasty person. Aside from this, he is a total genius. The arrangements that he puts into his songs are truly remarkable. Each song is better than the last and just when you think he cannot better something, he goes and does it. My favourite tunes are Servo and Anenome. The latter feeling like an acid trip! There is just so much thought and soul put into the BJM's music that you can't help but like it. I have never fallen in love with any type of music for a long time, not since i discovered a guy called Kurt Cobain. In 40 years i truly believe that he will be considered to be on the same pedestal as Lennon, Dylan and Cobain. You deserve it Anton, you really do.


The Complete James Dean Collection : East Of Eden / Rebel Without A Cause / Giant [DVD]
The Complete James Dean Collection : East Of Eden / Rebel Without A Cause / Giant [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Dean

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The GREATEST actor ever, 27 Jun. 2005
James Dean trancends every generation and will continue to do so in a away nobody else will ever achieve. Dean is remembered mainly because of his three starring roles before his untimely death at the age of 24 in a car accident. I always wonder what magic might have occurred had Dean lived. Maybe he would have done a Brando and wasted his talent or would he have been the most amazing actor ever to grace our silver screen? East of Eden was by far James Dean's best role. This is the closest we ever get to actually see the real James Dean showing some of his raw emotion. This was probably due to life imitating art at the time as Dean never really had a relationship with his father. Iwon't go on any longer because the proof is in the pudding. All i will say is buy this set and i promise you that you will not be disappointed at all.


NYC Man - The Greatest Hits
NYC Man - The Greatest Hits
Offered by westworld-
Price: £6.98

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure brilliance in one small package, 21 Aug. 2004
Lou Reed is a man of many things. People say that he's miserable, oyhers say that he's rubbish. Most regard him as one of the foremost inventors of popular culture as it is today. He is inventive and witty and his knowledge of how to write a beautiful song is undoubted. His songs are about real life and a lot of people can't appreciate this fact about the songs that he has written in his illustrious career in rock. The best songs on this album are without doubt Perfect Day and Pale Blue Eyes. The latter been composed for The Velvet Undergrounds self titled third album. The legend goes that anyone who ever heard a Lou Reed composition has gone on to form a band. If that legend is to be believed then just about every band that is recording today has been influenced by the great Lou Reed. Five stars just isn't enough.


Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Offered by the_record_factory
Price: £7.95

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I read the news today oh boy. About a lucky man............?, 27 Mar. 2004
This was the most revolutionary album ever recorded and will continue to be so forever. There is one simple reason for this, and that is the fact that the album is so far ahead of its time that it is hard to conceive how the album was ever made in the first place.
The best song on an album of great songs is definately "A Day In The Life" I think this because it showed Paul McCartney's true gift of melody, while at the same time showing how gifted a songwriter that the late, great John Lennon was. The song showcases all of Lennon's distaste for his country at the time and how everything was wrong.
"Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" was the first song that was obviously about drugs, the title been a clue. The opening bars just sound like the music world's first flirtation with electronica and it just makes you listen to Lennon's fantastic voice.
The whole album is a total masterpiece and I don't think it will ever be surpassed. Not now, not ever.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oscar frontrunner so early ???????????, 27 Mar. 2004
I saw the film on the opening night here in Britain. I'm not in any way religious but I was intrigued by what all the fuss was about so I pre booked my tickets for the screening. It was not a disappointment! The story was good, the acting was excellent and the torture scenes extreme. This all rolled into one made this film emotional cinema at its very best. The torture scenes had had its critics with some saying they wee just too extreme. Supposedly this really happened and that was how it was. Making them any less extreme would have taken the emotion out of the film, people cried at the obvious pain that Jesus was suffering. The pain he was suffering made people think, and isn't that what great art is supposed to do.Mel Gibson has been extremely brave in putting this film out but I believe it has paid off.
Overall the movie was a masterful, thought provoking piece of art that should be seen by everyone if only to show the suffering that Jesus was put through. A truly great film that I will remember as the most emotional visit to the cinema I will probably ever have.


Nevermind
Nevermind
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £8.78

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I start this off without any words..............., 23 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Nevermind (Audio CD)
Nirvana were the seminal grunge band that almost every youngster who was 15 liked. They were liked by many for one reason only and that is "Smells Like Teen Spirit."Great song but there is so much more to Nirvana than this. This album came at a time when it was needed most, a time like now, with there been all this manufactured crap around at the moment what we need is an album like this but sadly Cobain was something special and were not likely to see anything like him for a long time.
The best song on Nevermind is definately Lounge Act or Drain You. The latter been so hypnotic that you will be in a translike state when you finish listening. Lounge Acts lyrics are superb, with Cobain tapping into the listeners psyche and making them realise that these are words of wisdom that should be taken in. An example been "truth covered in security, I can't let you smother me." Peiople are alsways telling us what we want to hear and nobody has the guts to say anything about it, Cobain did. And he did it very convincingly indeed.
The worst song on the album is "Something in the Way." This is mainly because it doesn't fit in with the rest of the album as it should. Its too quiet, even though Polly is very quiet too. But Pollys a kind of interlude between the noise and confusion that makes up Nevermind.
Apart from these trivial things Nevermind forms a pivotal part of popular culture history. If a scruff dressed in jeans and a t-shirt can change the world and make it a better place, then maybe we all can.Kurt gave us hope and I just can't help but wondering what he would be doing now if he was still with us. Unfortunately I'll never know and neither will you guys.
I'll leave you with this:
If you've heard it before then carry on enjoying the music. If you're new to it then may I welcome you to the beginning of something special. Kurt Cobain 1967-1994 R.I.P. We'll always love you.
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In Utero
In Utero
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £7.31

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Abrasive, raw, just how Kurt wanted it to be, 21 Mar. 2004
This review is from: In Utero (Audio CD)
Following the success of Nevermind, it must have been hard to imagine that you could create a follow up album that would surpass one of the greatest albums ever.Kurt Cobain did it and so proved his musical genius was far more than a one off. The lyrics a lot deeper, the sound is raw and harsh. It showcases Cobain's talentfor a tune and the fact that he wasn't prepared to do what the record company wanted and do a Nevermind part 2. The best song from the set has to be Heart Shaped Box. Its an opaque love song that somehow manages to incorporate Cobain's obsessions for body parts while still been intimate for the listener. It's probably Nirvana's single most important artistic achievement.All Apologies seems to be a suicide note that nobody took seriously. All thats left for the listener and the music world in general is to ponder what one of the most gifted musicians ever to grace us with his presence would do next. Sadly we'll never know.


Six Feet Under : Complete HBO Season 1 [DVD]
Six Feet Under : Complete HBO Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alan Ball
Price: £16.06

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your whole life should be devoted to this, 19 Mar. 2004
Six Feet Under is the kind of show that i expected my dad to like. I was the only person watching it by the end of the series. The pilot episode is so ironic the way it deals with death and how the owners of a funeral home deal with the death of a loved one, namely their father. Smoking literally does kill him.I thought the Fishers were the most dysfunctional family you would ever be likely to see on tv, but then Brenda and her brother Billy come along. Now there's a screwed up family if ever i saw one. All i can say is that you should own this dvd no matter what because you'll enjoy it time and time again. A truly spectacular show that deserves all the awards it gets. Classic entertainment.


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