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Funeral
Funeral
Price: £9.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars it's a grower, 21 Sept. 2007
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This review is from: Funeral (Audio CD)
Have to agree with two other reviews, one of which said the music was good but the vocals terrible, and the other, perhaps paradoxically, which said it gets better the more you listen. I've come to Arcade fire only recently and my experience is that both those guys were right: on the first listen I thought, interesting music, sounds promising and then the vocals kicked in and I thought Yikes, who strangled the cat? But I persevered and it grows on you, it really does. And someone else who said you need to take time to listen properly, I agree there too. It's not wallpaper music and maybe that's why the vocals take some adjusting to - they're too strident to have in the background. But, having listened a few times, each time it sounds better - surely a good sign.


Electric Sufi
Electric Sufi

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a different direction for your CD collection, 3 Nov. 2006
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If you like trying out new musical flavours you might just treat yourself to something like this. The combination of Marcus Stockhausen (son of...) on trumpet and Youssef on oud and vocals creates an aromatic and atmospheric brew, which the rest of the band compliments very well. Youssef is an excellent musician and vocalist with a stunning range and plenty of dynamic oomph, and if (particularly with his singing) he is inclined to showboat occasonally, who's complaining? Stockhausen has a gorgeous tone and knows when to hold back and when to welly.

There are dreamy, smoky numbers on here and some more upbeat stuff, some more recognisably jazz-influenced than others, but all shot through with plenty of middle eastern flavour. This was one of my first forays into more 'world'-type music, and I found it a great album to get started on in that sense; it's accessible enough to grow on you very quickly, whilst still providing plenty for those with more developed palates to get their teeth into.


Sao Paulo Confessions
Sao Paulo Confessions
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £10.00

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I think I've missed the point, 30 Oct. 2006
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This review is from: Sao Paulo Confessions (Audio CD)
Having read the rave reviews I was looking forward to hearing this. I love music which melds different traditions and sounds into a convincing fusion, but I'm sorry to say this didn't do it for me. I found it a bit muddy and there was just too much going on for my taste. I also found some of the repetitive trance-inducing stuff, rather than creating an ambience or transporting me into a different place or whatever, just a little irritating.

That could just be me, of course. If this were a little more up at the world-fusion end of the pool, and a bit less at the techno-dance end, I'd probably like it more. But there's no doubting the cleverness of the layering that goes on.


Worship Today: Music Edition: Songs and Hymns for the Whole Church
Worship Today: Music Edition: Songs and Hymns for the Whole Church

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great one-stop shop for your worship, 30 Oct. 2006
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This is the Acme of worship music compendia as far as I can see. The list of songs & hymns it contains is very comprehensive and is logically laid out in alpabetical order by first line. There are indices for first line, title, author and subject, so whatever you're looking for, if it's in here you should find it easily.

The music and words are printed clearly and sensibly and at a good point size. I'm trying to think of something to criticise it for, but can't really think of anything. I suppose twenty-fve sovs is a bit steep, but compared to how much use you might get out of it in a lifetime, it's not the worst value for money in the world.


BT Freestyle 2200 - DECT Cordless Phone Twin Pack - Titan Grey
BT Freestyle 2200 - DECT Cordless Phone Twin Pack - Titan Grey

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unlikely to beat this for value, 30 Oct. 2006
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We've had our DECT phones for over a year now and, like all the best gadgets, can't believe we ever managed without them. Sound quality is great and consistent wherever you are in the house (or down the garden for that matter) and the phone comes with all the features you are ever likely to need. The phones look smart and build quality appears to be excellent. There's no sign of wear on the buttons even after a year of heavy use.

If you're bothered by such things, the choice of ring tones is not great, but that really is scraping the barrel to find a criticism. The only other thing I might say is that the volume does not vary as much as I would like - we have one unit by the bed and if someone rings when we're asleep, it tends to cause heart attacks. To be fair that may be because I haven't read the manual properly.

Highly recommended, and for the current price of twenty quid it's a steal.


Exile
Exile
Price: £15.41

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint-hearted, 30 Oct. 2006
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Loosely this album would probably be filed under "Jazz crossover", but there any resemblance to Jamie Cullum packs its bags and flees on a powerful motorbike. The intensity of the music, particularly Atzmon's own playing, makes your hair, tie and scarf stream out behind you like that guy in those 1980's Maxell cassette commercials (or was it BASF? Whatever). There are wonderful additions from the guest musicians too. There is virtuosity and raw passion here that you rarely find in these anodysed times - not surprising given the heritage of the personnel involved in the project. Dinner jazz it isn't, but it is worth persevering with.


Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers
Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers
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Price: £4.95

4.0 out of 5 stars almost too many ingredients, 30 Oct. 2006
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As other reviewers have noted, Howard Shore shows once again with this CD his great talent for film soundtrack-writing. Each theme is tailored superbly to the character or place it represents, and the orchestration is superb, allowing a great spectrum of emotional colour to shine through.

If I have a criticism it probably concerns what another reviewer referred to with his comparison of the music on one hand alongside the film, and on the other as music in its own right. The editing of the CD is such that you get a lot of themes, or passing references to them, constantly bobbing up in the mix like ingredients in a casserole. So the music, whilst undeniably beautifully written and expertly orchestrated, sometimes feels as though it is never allowed to settle.

Having said that, if you don't mind the slightly whistle-stop-tour feel, this is an excellent CD which conveys the atmosphere of the film superbly, and is a great addition to the film itself, almost a character in its own right.


Careless Love
Careless Love
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Price: £3.84

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music, 25 Oct. 2006
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This review is from: Careless Love (Audio CD)
This album is a delight. All the tracks are slightly different although they all live loosely in the jazz/blues arena. Madeleine plays the guitar with a sure touch and her gorgeous singing voice is like Billie Holliday, only more so if that's possible. I defy anyone to listen to this and not end up smiling.


Viaticum
Viaticum
Price: £13.57

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a whole palette of colours, 25 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Viaticum (Audio CD)
EST in my view are the best piano trio in the world right now. Their music is constantly engaging and thrilling and this album is no exception. Highlights are the title track and Table/Fable, the one being a gorgeous and mellow concoction with chords which could have come from Faure or Poulenc, the other a real emotional rollercoaster, like a furious storm on a Summer's day. Elsewhere the tracks do not always reach the heights but are trademark EST: virtuosic, surprising and great to listen to.


Changing Places
Changing Places
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Price: £14.86

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth & classy, 25 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Changing Places (Audio CD)
Tord Gustavsen and his trio have somehow managed to find a little niche within the piano trio genre. Their music is lyrical and very easy to listen to (without being in any way 'easy listening' with all the beige horror that implies); it's understated and refuses to be rushed. I've knocked off a star because I personally prefer The Ground, which for me is even more perfectly-formed! Make no mistake, all three guys know what they're about. What you don't get is manic, breathless notes-for-the-sake-of-it solos, but you do get gorgeous music.


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