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Lie Down in the Light
Lie Down in the Light

5.0 out of 5 stars just cool, 31 Dec 2009
This review is from: Lie Down in the Light (Audio CD)
gotta love this album 9/10
from start to finish there is hardly a song that goes awry.
it's a very folksy album, lot more twee than i had heard BPB before, but the songs are good.
I have to say that despite the tweeness, which isn't something i am a major fan of, lie down in the light is perhaps my favourite song from BPB full stop. the resignation in his voice is fantastic. The end track is very much like that too.
It's just a good collection of songs that doesn't feel the need to have a concept or break new ground. but it digs pretty deep.

The Letting Go
The Letting Go
Price: 9.46

3.0 out of 5 stars not bad, 31 Dec 2009
This review is from: The Letting Go (Audio CD)
the album has a strong opening which unfortunately doesn't carry through into the rest of the songs.
I would love to hear some more songs from BPB in this style though, it was really good.
highlights are strange form of life, cursed sleep and love comes to me.

Marry Me [CD]
Marry Me [CD]
Price: 6.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Read the signs, 30 Dec 2009
This review is from: Marry Me [CD] (Audio CD)
Got this when it came out.
Would have to recommend Now Now, All my stars aligned, and your lips are red.
the other songs are ok but don't lend themselves to repeated listening.
overall it's a good album. the second half is maybe a bit too wishy washy, but you aren't likely to ever hear anything like it anywhere else, and it plays out as really reflective of someone's personality. In this respect it's a very honest album which i like, it's probably also the reason I liked this better than her second album. 7/10

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Price: 9.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth the effort overall, 30 Dec 2009
This review is from: Actor (Audio CD)
Bought this when it came out earlier this year.
It's a good album without being spectacular, don't feel it deserves to be top of any of the end of year lists but still should make the top 50.
the song structures suffer from a lack of solidity generally, which was the major weakness of 'marry me'. about half of the tracks seem a bit throwaway and the lack of good melody is made up for by some really good guitar play and some pretty crap computer noises.
The most enjoyable songs are laughing with a mouth of blood, marrow and black rainbow. these are the ones that seem to strike the right balance of story and drive. they have a bit of melody but also twist the knife a bit.

His Dark Materials Slipcase
His Dark Materials Slipcase
by Philip Pullman
Edition: Paperback

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars VERY IMAGINATIVE, 1 Dec 2007
Pullman manages to create a world where fantasy elements are realised with great ease. the book is extremely readable and the first 2 volumes especially have great plotting and pace. unfortuately the last volume is just a bit stretched and doesn't seem to know how to end. In the the end this is the problem for a novel that wears it's atheistical agenda a bit too obviously on its sleave at the end, it loses the characters and the drive, and roughly the last 1/3 of the final volume just feels like watching someone else play noughts and crosses. still ok though i was disappointed with it overall.

The Privilege of Prayer
The Privilege of Prayer
by Eugene Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.76

5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good, 24 July 2007
This fellow is not particularly well known, however he is very well travelled as a teacher and preacher of the word and has been on the go both sides of the atlantic for around 20 years. This Study on the life of prayer is deep and accurate, and is good reading. One of Christianity's best kept secrets.

Galactic Pot-healer
Galactic Pot-healer
by Philip K. Dick
Edition: Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars just plain wierd, 24 July 2007
This review is from: Galactic Pot-healer (Paperback)
it's probably an atheistical kind of thing, by which PKD was attempting to make belief appear foolish and grotesque, however this novel has extraordinary symbolism that makes it a stand out. the plot concerns a God-like creature that calls a 'pot-healer', or ceramic repair man, to serve in raising his cathedral from the sea, in exchange for happiness and fulfillment. he then travels across the universe and encounters lots of other creatures who have also been called and they form a society on the God-creature's home world. A reflection of his perception of faith? there is absolutely no way to tell.
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The Father-Thing: Volume Three Of The Collected Stories (Collected Short Stories of Philip K. Dick)
The Father-Thing: Volume Three Of The Collected Stories (Collected Short Stories of Philip K. Dick)
by Philip K. Dick
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.72

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars pretty sound, 24 July 2007
I read this while i was at school. I had already read the previous 2 collections of short stories in the collection: starting with @beyond lies the Wub'. This collection does not compare favourably with the first 2 books. the stories perhaps lack the impact that second variety and beyond lies the wub had. The stories are however good, just not as good as the earlier ones. the title story is a disappointment, being perhaps the weakest of the stories here.
overall good though.

Waiting For The Sirens' Call
Waiting For The Sirens' Call
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, Now do it again without jetstream, that 'need your love song' and working overtime., 10 Dec 2006
Take away about three songs to leave yourself with the best neworder album they have ever put out. at the same time: when the songs go bad, they go embarassingly and cringworthily bad. or Horrid.

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