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X&Y
X&Y
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best effort yet, 20 May 2006
This review is from: X&Y (Audio CD)
I have believed that Coldplay were at their best on 2001's 'A Rush Of Blood To The Head', doing what they do best- their heartfelt ballads and wonderful melodies made it the record of 2001. That was until I heard this.

However, on 2005's 'X & Y', I had already heard 'Fix You' prior to the album's release as a whole, and a lot of hype surrounded the album.

This album is definitely a different Coldplay, with their keys, their bigger emphasis on Jonny Buckland's guitar and therefore developing a rockier, edgier sound, if not sometimes experimental. Was this a 'U2 pretenders' album (due to the guitaring?)

Not entirely. Sure, there was a bigger emphasis, on tracks such as 'What If?', 'White Shadows', and 'Fix You'. But that's about it. The other difference is the keyboards which are clearly evident throughout the album.

This is a more grown-up, developed Coldplay, and takes them onto a different level.

I changed my mind about Coldplay when I heard this album- stadium rockers like 'Fix You' were good enough to be called the new 'Imagine' by certain people- it really is that impressive. The pianos are still there. But now Coldplay are more of a rock band, and now the keyboards have been added, it adds a whole new dimension to their music.

The opener, 'Square One', starts with keyboards in abundance and Chris Martin singing in his usual brilliant voice- ranging from fairly low to falsetto- brilliant (such is his vocal range). Excellent opener.

'What If?' is a rockier number, Buckland's guitaring impressive throughout. Martin's falsetto voice sings 'Oooh, that's right, let's take a breath, try and hold it inside.' Top track.

'White Shadows' is Coldplay's heaviest piece of music in their career. Starts unassumingly with the keys, then explodes with Buckland's guitar taking charge. Even though it's fairly fast paced, it is not short at six minutes. Brilliant stuff.

'Fix You' is one of the best tracks on the album. An anthem, no doubt, and is split into two parts. The opening part is piano, accompanied by keyboards. The second part is where the guitar comes in and the song busrts into life. Coldplay are on top form in this song.

'Talk' is another impressive offering. With the riff taken from one of Kraftwerk's songs, it instantly has a catchy feel to it. The guitar oozes brilliance and it is up there with 'Fix You' as the best offerings on 'X & Y'.

'X & Y', the title track starts dreamily, the music with a 'drifting off' feel, string-laden and wonderful to the ears. The U2-esque guitar comes in then and, like 'Fix You', adds another dimension to the song and takes it up another level.

'Speed Of Sound', which was the first release, and is track seven, has a catchy beginning reminiscent of earlier work with its simpler piano and a relatively tame verse. The chorus then explodes with the introduction of Buckland's guitar and has a 'stadium-rock' feel to it. A solid offering and keeps up the consistency level seen throughout so far.

'A Message' is track eight, and is an acoustic track. It is an easy, drift-away sort of ballad, The chorus is a bit heavier, as you would expect, and the drums are different and excellent at that. A sure favourite at a festival.

Track nine, 'Low' is the longest track on the album. Martin plays an extra guitar on this one. A solid start, fading-in, and has a decent riff to it. 'All you ever wanted to be, living in perfect symmetry', Martin sings. Another solid track.

Track ten, 'The Hardest Part', another release for the band is a great song. 'The hardest part was letting go, not taking part. You really broke my heart.' Martin sings. The song consists of a melody of piano and guitars but the main emphasis is on the piano.

Track eleven, 'Swallowed In The Sea' for me, is the weakest track on the album. Lyrically, it fails to reach the standard of the rest of the rest album. 'White Shadows' has mediocre lyrics too, but because the musical quality is so impressive, it gets away with it. The tune is good, but not the best on show here compared with the very high standards seen so far.

Track twelve, 'Twisted Logic' is an anthem. The guitars are excellent and the music as a whole is excellent. The guitaring is very evident throughout. The ending bit is brilliant as well.

The 'hidden' track, 'Till Kingdom Come' is a Pink-Floyd, 'Wish You Were Here' type ballad and is one of the best of the bunch. 'For you I'll wait, 'til kingdom come, until my days, my days are done. Just say you'll come and set me free, just say you'll wait, you'll wait for me.' Martin sings. Simply brilliant.

The only weak point of 'X & Y' is the song-writing at times, however, the music itself is probably the best of 2005. I believe it is better than 'A Rush Of Blood' because it is so different and Coldplay are adding so much more depth to their music. Yes, Coldplay are at their best, regardless of what some reviews say. Buy it if you haven't already.


10,000 Days
10,000 Days
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical masterpiece, 20 May 2006
This review is from: 10,000 Days (Audio CD)
When I received Tool's '10,000 Days' CD the first thing that struck me about it was the packaging. I had never seen anything like it before on a CD. After looking through the stereoscopic lenses, it was time for the music. And what music.

I took a huge gamble in buying this CD. I had never even heard of Tool, let alone their music, so I really didn't know what to expect. It was the biggest gamble in buying a CD in my life. Luckily, it paid off.

I had heard that Tool's previous album, 'Lateralus', was a huge achievement, and people were saying that this offering would never be able to beat it.

I have never heard 'Lateralus' so I won't know until I buy it. Moving on, I stuck this in the CD player, not knowing what to expect, except that they were a 'progressive metal' band. When I think 'Progressive', I think Pink Floyd, Sonic Youth, Spock's Beard, The Mars Volta and so on.

So it was going to be a dark, experimental album really. I like to think of progressive music as intelligent, well-crafted pieces of music. And that's what '10,000 Days' is.

The opener, 'Vicarious' is eight minutes in length, and the power generated between the guitars and the brilliant drumming is phenomenal. I instantly loved it.

It opens up into 'Jambi', which is similar, so my opinion didn't change- still loved the music.

Track three, titled 'Wings For Marie (Part I)' is darker, more progressive and has an atmospheric feel to it too. It then has a heavier feel to it towards the end before calming down. The musical quality is excellent.

Track four, and the second part, titled '10,000 Days' is twelve minutes long and has a similar feel to the first part. Nothing much I can add to the first part because it is similar. Excellent stuff.

Track five, 'The Pot' returns to the heavier sounds of the opening two tracks and gives it a powerful feel. Brilliant.

Track six, 'Lipan Conjuring' is a very atmospheric track, with impressive vocals. Clocks in at just over a minute and is the halfway point of the album.

Track seven, 'Lost Keys (Blame Hofmann)' is rather dark and progressive to begin with hazy guitars and then a conversation is heard between two people- a woman and a doctor. A bit weird but the music is very good.

Track eight, of which it opens up into, 'Rosetta Stoned' is another progressive one, dark, with rather melodic guitars and Maynard James Keenan's haunting voice. The track opens up slightly towards the end into a powerful bit and then finishes softer. Excellent stuff.

Track nine, 'Intension' is very progressive. Think Mars Volta but slightly heavier. Rather eerie at times as well, this is really good, intelligent music.

Track ten, 'Right In Two' opens up as normal, and MJK's vocals sound rather haunting again, somwehat like he's singing underwater. This song is very nearly nine minutes long, and about halfway through the guitars start to become more powerful, while the drum beat is very tribal- excellent music. This is up there with the first two tracks as the best musical piece of music. The drums are the best I've heard for a long time.

Track eleven, if you listen to it without having listened to the rest of the album before, is pure nonsense and deserves no place on the CD. However, listen to it at the end of the album after the other 10 tracks it does have a tense feel about it; the noise level varies and it is very haunting. At times it feels like there is a giant beast breathing and at other times feels like a huge tornado. It is more than likely white noise but it is used so effectively it runs a chill down the listener's spine at times and even though some people will ask what is the purpose of this track, I can say that the purpose is to finish the album in a powerful sort of way, and how the music has been portrayed- eerie, haunting and powerful at times.

This is not just music. This is deep and intelligent music. This is a piece of musical genius.


St. Anger
St. Anger
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some kind of monster, 8 May 2006
This review is from: St. Anger (Audio CD)
This album has unfortunately been given negative reviews, although I know the reason for this.

Metallica didn't set out to create a nice, solo-filled, somewhat melodic record at all. With St. Anger, Metallica's intention was to create the most bone-crunching, skull-numbing record they had ever created. And that is what they have produced. Who cares if Ulrich's drumming sounds tinny? It adds to the raw, aggressive feel of the whole album. Hetfield still sings as he did, however the lyrics have a more purposeful, aggressive resonance now than they ever did.

'Frantic' opens brilliantly. The drumming, although admittedly tinny, is absolutely spot on. The bass is unbelievable and Hammett and Hetfield's guitars are absolutely crazy. 'Frantic' is, exactly as it says on the tin.

'St. Anger', the title track opens up with Hammett's guitar, and then explodes like a massive fireball into the opening verse after some prcise drumming by Ulrich. The drumming is even better before the verse. The verse itself is quite melodic to begin, however, explodes before and during the chorus. After the verse and chorus have been played again, the song completely loses all sense of melody and explodes inexplicably into a monster. This is raw, untouched, pure metal.

'Some Kind Of Monster' is just one of the gems found on this album. The music here is unbelievable. Nine minutes of pure thrash metal, furious and vitriolic. This music isn't your usual metal. It's there to scare all the wannabes away and kick them right where it hurts.

'Dirty Window' has a more up-tempo feel to it, and is somewhat catchy in the context of the overview of the album as a whole.

The best bit is where Hetfield sings 'Projector, Protector, Detector, Infector' etc to the backing of bone-crunching riffs.

'Invisible Kid' is another nine-minute epic, and although sometimes has the feeling that it's dragging along slightly, doesn't mean the music lacks quality one bit.

'My World' is brilliant. End of story. 'It's my world, you can't have it,' Hetfield taunts. It is absolutely furious as are all of the songs on this album. There is not ONE ballad on this record, and rightly so. It would be odd to put one on it.

'Shoot Me Again' is another brilliant interpretation of Metallica's musical talents. All of eight minutes in length, Hetfield again resonates a cockiness. 'Shoot me again, I ain't dead yet.' Good stuff.

'Sweet Amber' is probably as close to a ballad as you will get on St. Anger. Not the best song, because it's a bit repetitive, however, it doesn't mean the song lacks quality.

'The Unnamed Feeling', a previous release off the album, is another top song. Probably something close to what would be considered as a ballad, especially judging what the music on the album is like as a whole.

'Purify', for me, is the rawest, most aggressive, most furious track on this album. Hetfield immediately starts the song with 'Tear it down, strip the layers off...'

'All Within My Hands' is the song to finish the album. Nine minutes long, and meaning that the album as a whole totals over 75 minutes, this is the song that signals Hetfield's inner anger. He furiously screams 'Kill, Kill, Kill, Kill, Kill!', numerous times. An ok song to finish a brilliant album.

If you're looking for a Metallica album and looking for the trademark solos and guitars, look somewhere else. But if you're looking for something different, this is it. This is the album where Hetfield releases an amazing amount of inner fury and anger, and that is what this album is all about.

This album should be appreciated on its own musical merits, and not compared with other albums. It is a brave move for Metallica, and for me it is a new sound, and a fresh one. This is one of the most raw, aggressive, furious, and downright angry (as the title suggests) records that Metallica have ever released. And man, they have done it well.


This New Day
This New Day
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They can't come down, 8 May 2006
This review is from: This New Day (Audio CD)
'This New Day' is the album that has propelled Embrace from one hit wonders with 'Out Of Nothing' into solid contenders for the band who have completed the biggest turn-around in the space of 18 months for a long time.

I'm not saying the album 'Out Of Nothing' was a one-hit wonder. 'The impressive 'The Good Will Out' was an impressive hit, but that was years ago, and after that Embrace had dissolved into a pool of confusion, and nothingness. Now they are one of the best known bands in the UK and have the consistency to produce two number one albums back to back.

The opening track, 'No Use Crying' has a soaring guitar riff, and a U2-ish feel to it. Unfair to compare it to 'Ashes', because 'Ashes' was a completely different song altogether. This album resonates confidence and power.

'Nature's Law' has an irresistible piano hook to it, reminiscent of Coldplay and is a sign that Embrace really are producing the best music of their careers. Epic.

'Target' shows a new direction for Embrace. It has a soaring guitar to it, which gives it an anthemic feel. For me, 'Target' is one of my favourites on this album. Embrace have adopted a rockier, edgier sound to their music for this album, and it shows. This is damn good music.

'Sainted' is another guitar-laden track; although not my favourite track, it is easy to see why this song could be a future hit. It is catchy and sharp. The music is fresh and confident. The rest of the album is just as good.

'I Can't Come Down' is the ballad of 'This New Day'. On 'Out Of Nothing', I wouldn't have said that because the whole album is laden with ballads. This is a rockier album, which is why I prefer it really. And also it shows a diversity and purpose not seen on 'Out Of Nothing'.

'Celebrate' has a really catchy hook to it, and is an up-tempo number, a bit like 'No Use Crying', although lacking the purpose that the latter has in abundance.

'Exploding Machines' is one of my favourites because it is an all-out rocker which is something Embrace haven't produced for a long time. All of six minutes in length it has an anthemic, purposeful, confident feel to it and for me is the highlight of this album.

'Even Smaller Stones' is another guitar-based track, and although nothing like the previous track, still shows the new creativity and new-found confidence Embrace have developed.

'The End Is Near' is another piano song that has an up-tempo feel to it and Coldplay-esque guitaring in it. The chorus is anthemic as one would have expected by now. A song that shows this album is one to finish strongly.

'This New Day', the title track and the final track of the album, does have a U2 resonance to it and that is nothing to be ashamed of. A solid end to a solid album.

With 'This New Day', Embrace don't just establish themselves as one of the best indie/rock bands of the moment. They go one step better and raise the bar for other bands to follow suit.


Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Jam hit back in style, 7 May 2006
This review is from: Pearl Jam (Audio CD)
I must admit, I was never an avid listener of Pearl Jam before their greatest hits collection- the only songs I knew were 'Jeremy', 'Alive' and 'Even Flow'. So I consider myself to be a bit of a Pearl Jam newbie. However, after what has been said about this record, I simply had to hear it. Once was enough to convince me to buy their latest offering.

It has been touted as one of their heavier, more aggressive albums to date. I can see what is meant by this in the brilliant opener 'Life Wasted'. It explodes immediately into life, and with the brilliant guitars, sharp drumming and Eddie Vedder's deep lyrics, the ingredients are all there for a brilliant rock song. And that's precisely what it is.

Track two, 'World Wide Suicide' has a similar feel to it, if only lacking the aggression. This doesn't mean it loses its touch. The drumming is still as sharp as ever and the guitars are still as impressive. And even though Vedder sounds slightly like Scott Stapp(previously of Creed) and Chris Cornell (Soundgarden and Audioslave), it is nothing bad at all to be compared to those two guys. Another raucous track, which makes for a furious opening to a brilliant album.

Track three is even more aggressive and vitriolic than the previous two put together. 'Comatose' is a two and a half minute thrash- period. But what song lacks in length it doesn't lack in quality at all. In fact, it is as good as the previous two, if not better. Deep grungy guitars and sharp drumming add to rich vocals and you have a perfect recipe for a rock band.

Track four, 'Severed Hand', is obviously going to be slower than 'Comatose'- not many tracks are going to manage to be much faster. The almost U2-ish beginning is followed by a stomp-your-foot swaggering rock and roll verse. The bridge is sligtly anthemic but the whole song has a U2 feel to it somehow. Just that it is heavier and the guitars are obviously deeper.

Track five, 'Marker In The Sand' is my best track since 'World Wide Suicide' and it won't take long for you to work out why. The chemistry in the music is unbelievable. The lyrics have a meaning to them and the music is among the best I've heard this year.

Track six, 'Parachutes' is a slightly dreamy number. There isn't much I can say about this track, except that it is an acoustic track. It does have the feeling that you could fall asleep listening to it. Not of boredom though. It is the ballad of the album and is a perfect place to put it, around half-way. I can see this song being under-appreciated, but listen to it meticulously and you'll see it is a wonderful 'drift-away' song.

Track seven, 'Unemployable' brings proceedings back to the electric guitars. This is the sound of a band full of renewed confidence and bang in form. It doesn't take long for appreciative rock fans to like songs like this. It was an instant hit with me, and if you listen to it, it will more than likely be an instant hit with you as well.

Track eight, 'Big Wave', is another mad rocker, and is absolutely brilliant. Vedder's vocals add to the punk-ish feel of this song in style, and has a swaggering feel to it. The music just flows and flows endlessly and it's a sign of the band's success that they are able to create music like that. Top form.

Track nine, 'Gone' is an anthem. Full stop. You can say what you like about it, but it is a song that can be played in stadiums and have crowds singing along to it. This is a song that needs to be heard live more than any other song on the album. It starts slowly, acoustically, and the chorus is anthemic. End of story.

Track ten, 'Wasted Reprise' is nothing more than a filler, and a down-tempo version of the opening track, 'Life Wasted'. Under a minute in length, this song is nothing more than a filler. However, it is a good filler at that.

Track eleven, 'Army Reserve', has another U2-ish feel to it, to begin with. That's not a bad thing. The drumming is absolutely excellent. Admittedly not the strongest track on the album, I did not say it was bad. In fact it is very good. That is why this album is worthy of 5 stars. There is not one bad song on this album, and this song is no exception.

The penultimate track, 'Come Back', is an anthem. It has quite a peaceful and easy feeling to it (no reference to 'The Eagles' intended!) No, seriously, this is a great track on this album, and deserves a mention as one of the most impressive tracks on the album overall. Especially towards the end when it has a slightly rockier sound to it. The guitars and the keys are wonderful here. We know Eddie Vedder has a great voice anyhow- that was never in doubt. Especially when he sings that last bit towards the end- it will be played in stadiums as a typical crowd-anthem.

'Inside Job', the final track has the kind of feel you would expect the final track of an album to have. It's eight minutes long. The guitars are slightly droning, but not miserably so. Combined with acoustic as well, the opening part takes almost two minutes for Vedder to start singing. The end of the song however, bursts into life and the proper rock heard at the beginning of the album.

This is an extremely accomplished album, and I'm sure PJ will accumulate many new fans with this great record. Go on and buy it, you will not regret it one bit.


Eyes Open
Eyes Open
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic and strong, 2 May 2006
This review is from: Eyes Open (Audio CD)
Snow Patrol have come back with a second album that resonates confidence, power and brilliance. Soaring, epic riffs reminiscent of Thirteen Senses and Coldplay on piano are heard here added with their unique rockier, heavier sound, especially so on this album due to two additional musicians (Paul Wilson and Tom Simpson).

The rip-roaring 'You're All I Have' opens up proceedings spectacularly, with five minutes of rock. Distinct bass and stand-out guitars add to Gary Lightbody's impressive vocals. "You're cinematic, razor sharp; a welcome arrow through the heart."

Second in line is another heavy opening riff on track two. "Hands Open" is a sign that Snow Patrol really want to create a heavier sound on this album, and it works very well.

"Put Sufjan Stevens on; and we'll play your favorite song;

'Chicago' bursts to life" Lightbody sings here.

The third track is an absolute epic, and a future Snow Patrol classic. "Chasing Cars" is somewhat atmospheric to begin with, before exploding into a brilliant rock number which can be imagined being played in sold-out stadiums. "If I lay here, If I just lay here, would you lie with me and just forget the world?" Lightbody sings.

Track four, titled "Shut Your Eyes", is another excellent track on this impressive album. It is somewhat softer, but has a catchy beat to it. Backing vocals add to Lightbody's singing: "Shut your eyes and sing to me."

Track five is another epic, soaring riff on "It's Beginning To Get To Me." This is a sign of Snow Patrol's new, ambitious direction with their music, and it has worked so far.

Track six, "You Could Be Happy", starts with a dreamy, lullaby-ish backing. Maybe considered the "Grazed Knees" of this album, but that would be doing a disservice because this song is excellent in its own right.

Track seven, for me is the core anthem of this album. "Make This Go On Forever" is a slow-burner. It takes about two minutes to build up into an epic "Run" type chorus, which will have crowds singing along to it, that's for certain, and is a six-minute epic.

Track eight, "Set The Fire To The Third Bar", featuring Martha Wainwright is the only duet on this album, however, it does not mean it is the worst song. Far from it. It has an instantly rememberable tune to it, and is a tune you will struggle to get out of your head.

Track nine, "Headlights On Dark Roads" is a rocking number, with, again, a slightly anthemic feel to it, however, nothing like the previous track. It is an excellent song and well worth a listen.

Track ten, another six-minute epic, "Open Your Eyes" is repetitive (if you're a pessimist) but it still makes for excellent music. This is an album you need to hear.

Track eleven, "The Finish Line" is very atmospheric, no drums, just keys and Lightbody's excellent vocals.

Track twelve (the first of the bonus tracks), "In My Arms" is a quite up-tempo number and has a good beat to it. Consisting of drums, electronica, and bass guitar to begin with, then with guitars added at the end, it makes for a nice balance of music.

The final track, track thirteen, "Warmer Climate" does have a laid-back kind of feel to it. Quite soft drums, easy music and keyboards make it a real pleasure on the eardrums and a very appropriate ending track to this mesmerising album.

Overall, this album is filled with epic, soaring riffs, and is a totally different album to "Final Straw". Snow Patrol have come to the challenge of a difficult album and jumped the hurdle with complete ease. I would say that nine of the thirteen tracks are releaseable, especially "Chasing Cars", "Hands Open", "It's Beginning To Get To Me" and "Make This Go On Forever."

This is a strong album that shows the band's confidence and they are in total control of what they are doing. The future is looking very bright for Snow Patrol.


Hot Piece Of Grass
Hot Piece Of Grass
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bluegrass at its best, 28 April 2006
This review is from: Hot Piece Of Grass (Audio CD)
I absolutely love this album by the brilliant Hayseed Dixie. I think that it is one of the best albums and one of the most different albums I have purchased.

'Black Dog' is an excellent opener, of course played originally by Led Zeppelin. 'War Pigs' by Black Sabbath is another brilliant song, and they are both played at a very high tempo, especially the latter, which makes for incredible musical talent.

Third on this album is Green Day's 'Holiday', which is brilliant, and has a traditional Celtic folk feel about it more than country, really, with the heavy use of violin. However, this does not affect the music one iota and it makes for a brilliant cover.

'Rockin' In The Free World' is another cover, by Neil Young. Not one of my favourites, I admit, but still an impressive cover.

Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love' is track five and I was very impressed when I heard this version. The detail is excellent and the music is very precise.

Van Halen's 'Running With The Devil' is probably my second least enjoyed song on the album- it doesn't have the originality of the other covers in my opinion.

Franz Ferdinand's 'This Fire' is a good cover, and I really enjoy listening to this song. The musical talent is again very impressive.

My highlight though has to be Outkast's 'Roses', not just because it has the most humorous lyrics, but because Hayseed Dixie have the talent to even cover Rap and Hip-Hop songs. That shows absolute briliance.

'Blind Beggar Breakdown' is absolutely fantastic. The most up-tempo track on this album, and the banjo and guitar are both played at breackneck speeds here. Absolutely amazing musical talent.

'Kirby Hill' has interesting lyrics, and has a catchy tune to it. One of my favourites.

'Uncle Virgil' has great lyrics but the tune doesn't quite match. But it still makes for a great song.

'Marijuana' is another brilliant track. Has a slightly laid-back feel to it (pun intended) and the music is fantastic.

'Moonshiner's Daughter' has excellent lyrics and a catchy chorus, and is another highlight on this album.

'Wish I Was You' is the most useless song on this album. The music isn't too bad but the lyrics are dire.

'Dueling Banjos' though, makes up for that in style, with an excellent rendition of the old classic. Brilliant.

Overall this album deserves five stars because of originality, the depth, the songwriting (on the originals), and the sheer boldness of the whole thing. Hayseed Dixie rock!


Veneer
Veneer
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This remains after everything's been washed away..., 14 Mar 2006
This review is from: Veneer (Audio CD)
This album by Jose Gonzalez is perfect. It might be argued that it is too short at a mere 31 minutes. You might feel you are not quite getting your money's worth when buying this album. But trust me, you are. Don't let it put you off. The music is overwhelming.
The opening track, 'Slow Moves' starts with a simple guitar, and Gonzalez's soft voice singing 'A compromise between honesty and lies.'He plays the guitar beautifully and the effect it has on the ears is so much that you drift into relaxation almost immediately. Wonderful stuff.
On track two, 'Remain', there is a slightly Spanish influence on the guitar-playing, maybe because of Gonzalez's Argentinean roots. It is a strong, driving hook here, although quite soft, it still has a more aggressive feel than the previous track, and it is a good sign of his variation in guitar-playing.
Track three, is a more bluesy number. 'Lovestain' is again, wonderfully simple guitaring to startling effect. This is another beautiful track.
On track four, 'Heartbeats', it is the kind of music that might make you want to drift off to sleep, so don't listen while driving (at night, especially)! A beautiful work of art and Gonzalez's voice along with the harmonic guitar playing is so relaxing. Brilliant.
Track five, 'Crosses', is another brilliant song on the album. As with 'Remain', it has more of a presence, and the guitaring is more aggressive. But not so aggressive as to change the mood of the music. Another wonderful piece of music.
Track six, 'Deadweight On Velveteen' is another simple, yet effective tune, and shows Gonzalez's talent once again. Really is a wonderful song, as are all of the others as well.
Track seven, 'All You Deliver', again is slightly more aggressive, but not overly so. Gonzalez's calming voice certainly has an effect on the mood of the song, because he's like the leash on a dog, the guitar being the dog, at times threatening to run free, but his voice calms the music down.
Track eight, 'Stay In The Shade' is another calm tune, and the guitaring is exceptional and precise. Brilliant.
Track nine, 'Hints' like 'Lovestain', is a more bluesy number, and displays Gonzalez's variation and ability.
Track ten, 'Save Your Day', is a simple, yet effective guitaring piece, and I think what it is with these songs is that they are short and to the point. There are no fillers and it makes for a short, yet very impressive album.
Track eleven, and the final track, 'Broken Arrows', is a surprisingly simple end to a startlingly simple album. But a brilliantly effective one at that. And the trumpet at the end is a nice finishing touch.
Overall, the album deserves five stars. It is the best album I have heard in a long time, and the most consistent as well. It could be argued that it is too one-dimensional, but just one man and one guitar (and a trumpet at the end of the album) sometimes makes a refreshing change. Buy it if you haven't already. You will not be disappointed.


Bullet in a Bible [CD + DVD]
Bullet in a Bible [CD + DVD]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different class, 15 Dec 2005
I bought this live CD/ DVD straight after it was released, and I was not disappointed. The CD is a real highlight....it kicks of with American Idiot, and it sounds absolutely fantastic in front of 65,000 delirious fans in Milton Keynes. Billie Joe Armstrong manages (easily) to get the crowd going and the banging that goes off at the end of the song drives the crowd mad. On 'Jesus of Suburbia', it is another excellent performance and the crowd love it. Track three, 'Holiday', is brilliant. 'Are We The Waiting' opens up into 'St. Jimmy', which is mesmerising. Superb.
'Longview' sounds brilliant, with Tre's sharp drumming and Mike Dirnt's strong bass. The crowd love this one, too, and it really is a fantastic song. 'Hitchin' A Ride' is a power-riff laden extravaganza, and captures Green Day at their best. 'Brain Stew' is good, but for me, the weakest track on the album. If 'Jaded' followed afterwards, it would be excellent, because they are supposed to come together. 'Basket Case' sends 65,000 fans instantly singing to the infectious verses and chorus and for me, it is one of the best songs on the disc. 'King For A Day/ Shout' is an entertainment stunt really, but it does show the band's versatility, and is it excellent to watch on the DVD. 'Wake Me Up When September Ends' is an excellent song as always, but is slightly let down by Billie Joe- something happens to his voice in this song- whether it's personal and it affects him or not I don't know, but take nothing away, most of the song is brilliant. 'Minority' is fantastic, as I would imagine it to be, and Billie Joe drives the crowd delirious by stating that 'The UK is now the official home of Green Day.'
'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams' is brilliant and 'Time Of Your Life' is a fitting song to put at the end of the disc. Two excellent songs, but 'Time Of Your Life' stands out and has 65,000 fans singing along all the way.
Yes, Green Day have produced an unbelievable exhibition of their talents in this concert, and yes, in my opinion, they are now the world's biggest Punk Rock Band of the moment.
As far as the DVD goes, it includes all of the footage played on the disc and a few edited scenes, plus interviews with band members between each song. It is very well set out and an excellent idea. It also has interviews with various fans and what they think of Green Day. Well worth a look.
If you are looking for a CD and don't know which one to get, and if you haven't already got it, buy 'Bullet In A Bible.' You will NOT be disappointed if you like Green Day, I promise.


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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kaiser Chiefs, 1 Dec 2005
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I bought this album a while after it actually came out. I actually bought it in the USA, though it was no different to the UK version. Let me assess the album individually, track by track:
01. Everyday I Love You Less And Less- A great start to this album. Catchy keys and guitars, and infectious lyrics. Five stars.
02. I Predict A Riot- Another wonderful hit, and it was the Chiefs' first off this album. I loved it instantly, with its Clash-esque boldness and chorus. Brilliant. Five stars.
03. The Modern Way- The fourth single to be taken off the album, and it sees the band at their slowest for the only time really on the album, but take nothing away from them, this song is excellent. Five stars.
04. Na Na Na Na Naa- To begin with, I found this song a bit dull and lacking inspiration, but it grew on me and the tune is excellent. Typical Kaiser Chiefs guitars and keys, and a great demonstration of their abilities. Five stars.
05. You Can Have It All- Probably one of the weaker tracks of the twelve on the album. It's nice and slow, but lacks depth in the verses and it's a bit of a filler in my opinion. Three stars.
06. Oh My God- The second single to come off the album, and probably captures the Kaisers at their best. Even though the chorus lacks depth, it more than makes up for it in music. Excellent. Five stars.
07. Born To Be A Dancer- Another excellent song. It does grow on me, I must admit, but eventually, what swung it for me was Ricky Wilson's vocals singing the "Oh. Oh, Oh. Oh, Oh" bit. I thought that was excellent, but the rest of the song is only above average. Four stars.
08. Saturday Night- This is a catchy, infectious song, and lyrically very good. Giving themselves the ultimate "biker-boys" impression, this song is meant to be cool. Five stars.
09. What Did I Ever Give You?- Slowing things down again, I think the Kaisers are at their best when they play quick, up-tempo songs. They are so much better when they do that, with the exception of "The Modern Way", of course. This song, though, is a tad disappointing. Three stars.
10. That Is The End Of That- I like this song. I think the lyrics are clever and the tune in itself is catchy. I would give it five stars.
11. Caroline, Yes- This is another song that I like. The keys are used to good effect here, and the chorus is good as well. Five stars.
12. Team Mate- A good way to end the album, nevertheless it is a bit depressing and to think that the Chiefs are such an energetic band, it's a bit of a bad one to finish on this kind of song. The song itself is good. It's just that it's not made for a band like the Kaiser Chiefs. Four stars.
Overall: Four stars. There are some excellent songs on here, like 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9,10 and 11. However, 5 and 12 let it down dramatically and that is why I deduct the extra star from it. Excellent album. Most of the stuff is as good as you'll hear from an Indie band. But where they fail to reach the standard, they fail by a considerable amount.


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