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The Queen Is Dead
The Queen Is Dead
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3rd greatest British band of all-time, 13 Feb. 2006
This review is from: The Queen Is Dead (Audio CD)
The Smiths are the third greatest British band of all-time behind the Stones and the Beatles. The album exudes a quality that few British bands (with the exception of Blur and Suede) have matched since. Johnny Marr's guitar jangles like never before and progresses from the intricacies of 'MIM' and their debut to a more American sounding jangle. Morrissey's lyrics are as cunning and wry as ever with a heavy dose of misery (tracks 3-4). The circumstances of the recording (no manager/Marr handling all financial duties) would come to fruition with the following year's 'Strangeways...' album and led to the group's split with Marr flying to America to work with Talking Head's (Nothing But) Flowers along with Kirsty MacColl. This album, however, has to rank among the top 20 ever (I'd say number 15) and is thouroughly deserved of the acclaim. A tour-de-force.

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4.0 out of 5 stars "Conquer yourself, rather than the world", 5 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Lifeblood (Audio CD)
If 'Know Your Enemy' was an audacious attempt to recreate the dark angularismic lyricism of 'The Holy Bible' then 'LifeBlood' is the polar opposite. Whether the Manics continue to drive the void to its climax is all the more speculative but this album is a step in the right direction. Telling it like it is is never easy and the Manic Street Preachers sure didn't 'start the fire'. With no other band to look up to (not even Oasis or Gorillaz), it seems that this band are 'the only thing left to believe in. There is simply no one near them. Do yourself a god forsaken gesture and buy the entire Manics back catalogue. You could do a lot better!

OK Computer
OK Computer
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ambition, 16 Sept. 2005
This review is from: OK Computer (Audio CD)
Probably the most ambitious record of the year, Radiohead came up trumps with almost every music magazine, selling loads and ranking unbelievably high amongst 'greatest albums ever' polls. 'Paranoid Android', 'Karma Police' and 'No Surprises' are perhaps the most referred points of the album. The former is a three-part conceptual track of guitar mayhem and Thom Yorke's choir boy like vocals which reign as part of Radiohead's force but can descend into moany misery in parts (though still relevant to their sound). The latter is an old-fashioned Motown-esque sprinkling of xylophone and Yorke's comedown after the previous track, relieving at "no alarms and no surprises". In the context of the whole album, it does seem out of place. Perhaps a bit overrated but the range of sounds and differing textures is a welcome revelation and has to be admired.

Different Class
Different Class
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of the Britpop movement, 25 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Different Class (Audio CD)
If you consider how badly dated many of the albums that surfaced around the Britpop era of the '90s were, you'd come to albums like this with an unsettling aura of 'those memories' etc. or just because you want to hear an album by Pulp, for instance. However, this is the album that really encompassed Britpop. Pulp always were considered outsiders, which was probably reflected by their Smiths influences (see Blur and Suede). The essense of Britpop, however, was to encompass the Englishness of that influential band as well as reacting to the American domination of the early 90s (Guns 'N' Roses, Nirvana et al.) The final track is the most endearing track of the whole Britpop era. Witty tales of longing love and a shotgun towards Cocker's repressed lifestyle, it is here that you know that Pulp really made it - with an album of such quality. Everyone's heard 'Common People' and, probably, 'Mis-Shapes' by now so buying this album is a really good option.

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1 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh please!, 24 July 2005
This review is from: Singles (Audio CD)
Why oh why oh why? I don't understand why the Smiths get so much acclaim. Most of their following must be lonely, outsiders who can't be arsed to do anything about their misery. Either that or there is something that I haven't quite grasped. However, one thing's for sure - gettin' in2 this group was one of the biggest mistakes I have ever made. Ever since I made that fatal decision, my social life has gone down the pan, I have been made fun of left-right-centre on my unconvincing turn to vegeterianism and just jeered at for even mentioning the band. Johnny Marr is a decent enough guitarist but Morrissey is just a diabolical vocalist whose voice has given countless nightmares to those who just want to make a life out of ourselves. I don't want anything 2 do with this band - I've completely had it with 'em and others should wake up and see sense - there is better stuff elsewhere.
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Appetite For Destruction
Appetite For Destruction
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3.0 out of 5 stars G 'N' R, 21 July 2005
80s stadium rock band either raved about or frightened. Exciting stuff albeit a bit cliched. Guns 'N' Roses made seismic impact at the time with their brand of guitar solos and shrilly vocals. 'Welcome To The Jungle' is a brilliant opener, using the jungle as a metaphor for society. 'It's So Easy' documents alienation from society and 'Sweet Child 'O' Mine' longs for everlasting love. Obviously, not to everyone's taste but essential if you are into punk/metal.
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Greatest Hits: Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Greatest Hits: Red Hot Chilli Peppers
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4.0 out of 5 stars They're red hot!, 21 July 2005
The Red Hot Chili Peppers had always, for me, seemed somewhat of an acquired taste. Their breakneck funk-rock had previously left me in a quagmire but it wasn't until I heard 'Under The Bridge' that I really began to embrace them. This was (as far as I know) their first crossover hit to non-rock fans and those who had followed them from their early days - not particularly in abundance here. I wouldn't say this is a good starting point for those yet to discover this rare talent so I would suggest buying the albums first. 2 extra songs present on here but if you brought/downloaded the singles then don't bother. Their sound is akin to Jane's Addiction so if you like the Peppers then check out the aformentioned band - but then again, not everyone likes funk-rock. Nevertheless this collection should serve to please anyone with an eclectic ear or those who crave for great tunes. Essential.

Imagine - The Movie
Imagine - The Movie
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good starting point, 18 July 2005
This review is from: Imagine - The Movie (Audio CD)
Yeh. Those unfamiliar with Lennon's solo work could do worse than check this out - the soundtrack to a famous film with the title track now in the hallmarks of musical legend. In the current climate it's a make your own mind up decision regarding the relevance of Lennon to modern day music. The Yoko Ono work may be criticised for being dated but tracks such as 'Jealous Guy' have a timeless aura. His other work with the Beatles probably stands up better than most here but given Lennon was a very personal character it wouldn't be wise to compare this with his past. Behind the scenes, I always thought he was a bit of a nasty piece of work with his lingering misogyny and adulterousness and that does show in certain areas of his work. Most people will be familiar with the work on here and there may be better collections elsewhere but give this a go and it should give you what you need.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal, 6 July 2005
This review is from: Dummy (Audio CD)
1994 - Bristol - Massive Attack 2nd Album, Tricky solo debut. Then came this classy album from Portishead. The overall sound of the album? Dark + mysterious, an almost gothic quality (maybe there's some hidden meaning I'm not aware of). It's albums like this that people will be talking about in years to come. The 60s style type face seems to bode well with the film-noire sound of the whole album. As a comparison to Massive Attack, Portishead use slow, melodic grooves but without the reggae aspects. Beth Gibbons' icy vocals are excellent, keeping well with the tone of the album - it is truly a transcendencial gem deserving of greater attention.

Live Forever: The Rise and Fall of Brit Pop (2003) [DVD]
Live Forever: The Rise and Fall of Brit Pop (2003) [DVD]
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4.0 out of 5 stars The retrospective, 30 Jun. 2005
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Forever derided as the movement that spawned 'lad' culture (possibly the natural successor to the whole acid house movement in the late 80s), 'Brit-pop' was to encompass everything that was to be celebrated about British pop music in the 1960s. Suede kicked it off with their epynomynous debut in 1993. It's a bit puzzling that little was mentioned of them apart from the 'biggest band in Britain' magazine footage near the beginning. However, interviews galore with the 'then' ubiquitous Gallagher brothers and a rather subdued Mr. Albarn, offering a more realistic perspective on the whole thing are abound including extra (unseen) footage. And then you get the whole 'right guvnor' type encompassing of Britpop and New Labour - it's pomposity rightly highlighted. Britpop's ending? Inevitable really. Many said it was short lived and it was. And then came LimpBizkit and I won't even mention the plethora of all-too-samey RATM soundalike bands etc. etc. It's a worthwhile addition for history's sake. As a reaction to sick bag Americana, I'd go back 2 it anytime. And so should everyone else...

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