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United
United

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love is the Law, 12 July 2016
This review is from: United (Vinyl)
'United,' Throbbing Gristle's debut single, is a tender, lyrical love song set against a grinding, industrial synth-pop background. I'm as big a fan of it now as I was in 1978.


Starless and Bible Black, 30th Anniversary Edition
Starless and Bible Black, 30th Anniversary Edition
Price: £8.49

5.0 out of 5 stars 'Once had a friend with a cloven foot', 2 July 2016
Released in early 1974 'Starless and Bible Black' consists of a mixture of structured and improvised songs. To me, alongside 'Lark's Tongues in Aspic' and 'Red', it represents King Crimson at their absolute peak. Highlights are the beautiful, exquisitely detailed 'The Night Watch', the claustrophobic, improvised 'The Mincer' and the brooding desolation of 'Fracture'.


Left of the Bang
Left of the Bang
by Claire Lowdon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Debut, 13 Jun. 2016
This review is from: Left of the Bang (Paperback)
For a novel described as a lightweight comedy about London yuppies 'Left of the Bang' is quite gritty and downbeat. Nevertheless I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. In my opinion one of the best books of 2015.


Absolute
Absolute
Price: £5.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars 'A Collection of the Words and Music of Scitti Politti', 10 April 2016
This review is from: Absolute (Audio CD)
This is an excellent compilation of material from four Scritti Politti albums together with a selection of stand alone singles. The sublime synth-soul of 'Cupid and Psyche '85' and 'Provision' still sounds timeless while the transitional post-punk pop of 'Songs to Remember' is also impressive. I was never a big fan of the hip-hop influenced 'Anhomie and Bonhomie', however, which I found to be a bit uninspired. Also included here is the Shabba Ranks collaboration 'She's a Woman' which is pleasant enough and two songs from 2011 which show Green utilizing contemporary production techniques to stunning effect.


Moonmadness
Moonmadness
Price: £5.35

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Late Prog Classic, 27 Mar. 2016
This review is from: Moonmadness (Audio CD)
I bought 'Moonmadness' in the summer of '77 as punk was battering down the ramparts of prog. There's a mellowness and sophistication to Camel's music that stems from Andy Latimer and Peter Bardens' r'n'b roots. To anyone who says prog rock is not an emotional music I say listen to 'Spirit of the Water' and 'Air Born'. My personal favourite, however, has to be the sublime 'Lunar Sea' with it's funky bass and sinuous synth runs.


Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft: The Best Weird Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft: The Best Weird Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by H. P. Lovecraft
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Weird Tales, 25 Nov. 2015
I remember being a huge H P Lovecraft fan when I was around thirteen/fourteen. Re-reading these stories, forty years on, I'm struck by how well they've endured. Admittedly they're not all great - 'The Whisperer in the Darkness' and 'The Dunwich Horror' are quite heavy going. But 'The Call of Cthulhu' is simply awe-inspiring, 'The Haunter of the Dark' brooding and apocalyptic while 'The Dreams in the Witch House' conveys an air of claustrophobic dread. As to my favourite I'm torn between 'Herbert West - Reanimator' and 'Pickman's Model' - both reveal Lovecraft at his most shockingly visceral.


It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Price: £5.46

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5.0 out of 5 stars Believe the Hype, 22 Nov. 2015
Without a doubt Public Enemy's best album and certainly one of the best albums of the 80's 'It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back' is crammed with great songs. Highlights are the eastern tinged 'Party For Your Right To Fight', the hit single 'Don't Believe The Hype' and Flavor Flav's infectious 'Cold Lampin' With Flavor'. But my personal favourites are 'Louder Than A Bomb' and 'Caught, Can We Get A Witness?' in which the band seem to go into apocalyptic overdrive.


Elephant
Elephant
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Price: £7.93

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Great White Stripes Album, 19 Nov. 2015
This review is from: Elephant (Audio CD)
In my opinion 'Elephant' is the last great album by The White Stripes. It's certainly the most musically diverse. There's the murky rockabilly of 'Black Math', the blistering blues of 'Ball And Biscuit' and the psychedelic garage 'The Air Near My Fingers' (my personal favourite). The band even have a twisted stab at pomp rock on 'There's No Home For You Here'. And I haven't even mentioned the iconic 'Seven Nation Army'.


H To He Who Am The Only One
H To He Who Am The Only One
Price: £6.74

5.0 out of 5 stars The Darker Side of Prog, 8 Nov. 2015
If King Crimson were the first true prog band then Van Der Graaf Generator weren't far behind. 'H To He Who Am The Only One' is a sophisticated piece of progressive rock expertly played and slickly produced while Peter Hammill's lyrics stand as poetry in their own right. Highlights are the dark, dramatic 'Killer', the suitably forlorn 'House With No Door' and the elaborate 'The Emperor In His War Room' which features the unmistakable guitar sound of Robert Fripp.


The Perfect Kiss
The Perfect Kiss
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Single, 7 Nov. 2015
This review is from: The Perfect Kiss (MP3 Download)
In my opinion 1985's 'The Perfect Kiss' is New Order's best single. The forboding child-like lyrics are set against a lush synth/electronic percussion backdrop. Who would have thought synth-pop could be so haunting and romantic?


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