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Funny Looking Angels
Funny Looking Angels
Price: £11.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Got me in the Christmas spirit!, 30 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Funny Looking Angels (Audio CD)
Given the grim weather and general lack of cheer around over the last few months i've really struggled to get myself in the mood for all this Christmas lark, if only i'd had this album!

The stand out tracks are the single "When the Thames froze" which manages to warm the cockles of your heart while still getting a few digs in at the current occupants of Number 10. and "This ain't New Jersey" a very English Christmas Song (you have to love the line "this ain't New Jersey, Father Christmas is coming to town") which puts you right there in the pub on a snowy Christmas Eve.

Some of the covers may not add too much to the originals but they're still slick, brilliantly chosen and fit perfectly here, and who doesn't like "Wonderful Life" anyway? Oh and if you can track it down check out Ed Harcourt's version of "In The Bleak Midwinter" for a slightly more manic take on the one on offer here.

Shame the festive season is now drawing to a close as I've only just laid my hands on this gem, but it'll definitely be making a re-appearance on December 1st 2012 to get me in the mood.


Ichi The Killer [DVD] [2003]
Ichi The Killer [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Tadanobu Asano
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £4.95

6 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Style over content and just not that stylish..., 26 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Ichi The Killer [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
I have read the other reviews on this page which make mention of the BBFCs cut of the film ruining it in comparison to the Japanese edit....however, I fail to see how any amount of missing footage could improve this film.
The plot (I can just about bring myself to call it that) attempts to be clever, bringing together various interweaving tales of gangs, cops and schoolyard bullies but just seems to try too damn hard, thus leaving the viewer baffled not by the plot but why they deemed neccesary to throw these elements in..
Now the big selling point of Ichi for most people will be the gore....and yes there is lots of it...but it is just so cartoonish and over the top that you never get any sense of jeopardy for the characters and the various blood showers and dismembered body parts soon become par for the course...
basically it comes down to this, if you're looking for a clever eastern take on gang warfare try Infernal Affairs...and for those Gore hounds and violence fans out there you can do far better checking out Oldboy and Battle Royale


Lipstick Traces - A Secret History [Digipak]
Lipstick Traces - A Secret History [Digipak]

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finding out where you came from..., 25 July 2003
This compilation of Manics B-Sides, Covers and rarities (namely lost single 4ever Delayed and the last song recorded as a four piece the excellent Judge Y'rself) gives old and new fans alike a chance to take a look over the evolution of the boys from Blackwood.
Usually these collections can gather dust in a collection and be seen as a cynical attempt at swelling the bank balance but this was never going to be the case with the MSP's. It isn't flawless by any means (wrote for luck is particularly hard going) but when it hits the heights it smacks of absolute brilliance.
How Prologue to History was left off This is my truth in favour of SYMM is beyond me but here it stands tall as the first track. Even the kitsch moments such as the Chris Farlowe cover "Out of Time" and "Raindrops keep falling on my head" somehow work here.
Basically, if you are a fan you will love it and if not give it a try, you just might suprise yourself by discovering just what you have been missing from one of the most consistantly relevant bands of the last decade


Lipstick Traces - A Secret History [Digipak]
Lipstick Traces - A Secret History [Digipak]

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finding out where you came from..., 25 July 2003
This compilation of Manics B-Sides, Covers and rarities (namely lost single 4ever Delayed and the last song recorded as a four piece the excellent Judge Y'rself) gives old and new fans alike a chance to take a look over the evolution of the boys from Blackwood.
Usually these collections can gather dust in a collection and be seen as a cynical attempt at swelling the bank balance but this was never going to be the case with the MSP's. It isn't flawless by any means (wrote for luck is particularly hard going) but when it hits the heights it smacks of absolute brilliance.
How Prologue to History was left off This is my truth in favour of SYMM is beyond me but here it stands tall as the first track. Even the kitsch moments such as the Chris Farlowe cover "Out of Time" and "Raindrops keep falling on my head" somehow work here.
Basically, if you are a fan you will love it and if not give it a try, you just might suprise yourself by discovering just what you have been missing from one of the most consistantly relevant bands of the last decade


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