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Without Real String or Fish
Without Real String or Fish
Price: £7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars More tales from the deep, 7 April 2015
In which one of Britain's most underrated creative musical forces make another career highlight album. Soft Estate and Horrors of the Deep are highlights for me along with Woke Up Wrong. Beyond Metropolis is pretty stunning too.

Sorry I Made You Cry
Sorry I Made You Cry
Price: £9.37

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best covers album ever?, 19 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Sorry I Made You Cry (Audio CD)
I've come to this in quite a roundabout way after buying Queen of Denmark this year, and then only recently finding out that John Grant was the Czar's lead singer. This is a very special album of carefully chosen mood songs, beautifully sung, beautifully arranged, and from "an old-fashioned homosexual" point of view, very moving. Where the Boys Are is blissful; so wonderful to hear a great male singer unafraid of or veiling his longing for the arms of another man - it still seems such a rare thing for gay artists to do. Can't recommend highly enough.

Antony and the Johnsons: Swanlights
Antony and the Johnsons: Swanlights
by Antony
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.12

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but no Bjork, 17 Oct. 2010
Just a quick note that this book is a beautiful accompaniment to Antony's new album, but the Bjork track Fletta is strangely missing from the cd - unsure why as it says it includes the full-length album.
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Rooks/The Rainbow [VINYL]
Rooks/The Rainbow [VINYL]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars COVERING TALK TALK'S THE RAINBOW, 22 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Rooks/The Rainbow [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Shearwater cover Talk Talk's The Rainbow in a live version from the Crocodile Cafe in Seattle. I was wondering how they could do this on a 7" as the original is over 20 minutes long. Well, this is an edited version: it plays at 33 rpm and is just short of 10 minutes. It makes complete sense for them to cover this song - Meiburg sound like Mark Hollis and this song has that mix of the quiet and delicate mixed with sudden noise that Shearwater do so well. The sound quality is great and shows they should do more of their quiet songs in their set, as they seem to focus on the more urgent driven songs live - to the extent that it doesn't do the delicate beauty and power of their studio recordings justice. Highly recommended.

The Golden Archipelago
The Golden Archipelago
Price: £12.26

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rewards more with every listen, 27 Feb. 2010
This review is from: The Golden Archipelago (Audio CD)
Agree with other reviewers here - this album is not immediate, but then in retrospect I don't think Rook was either - it just feels like the tunes from that album are ingrained into my life after so many plays over the last 2 years. My initial response to this was that it wasn't as strong, but 2 weeks in and it has caught hold. There is so much power balanced with fragility in The Golden Archipeligo that this even more than their other albums sounds like the successor to late period Talk Talk. Meiburg's voice is getting better all the time, and the live performances are becoming even tighter and more accomplished this year. This album really does work as a whole themed performance piece, and the beautiful alternative extra tracks on various digital formats are also worth picking up too.

Jamie and the magic torch song (2001)
Jamie and the magic torch song (2001)

5.0 out of 5 stars Magical and dark British synth pop, 7 Feb. 2010
In which Jamie Gray superbly sets out to resurrect introverted 80s synth pop in the morass of 1990s dross. This is really a lost classic and worth buying if you have any sort of emotional intelligence and sensibility to the refinery of English popular music of the late 20th century!

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