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4 Pics 1 Word
4 Pics 1 Word
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars recommended game., 1 Sep 2013
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Great fun, would be nice to have an option to find out solution, in case you still can't guess solution. Would recommend.

Shawn Colvin: Music In High Places - Live In Bora Bora [DVD]
Shawn Colvin: Music In High Places - Live In Bora Bora [DVD]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music in a beautiful setting, 10 Jan 2003
The 'Music In High Places' series provides an opportunity for artists to absorb local culture and history in some of the most exotic and interesting locations around the globe. With this in mind, the beautiful shores of Bora Bora and Tahiti provide a glamorous and frequently appropriate backdrop for the music of Shawn Colvin.
The sound is wonderfully crisp and clear, and although the songs are interspersed with commentaries, these can be easily removed in the menus.

If there is anything to criticise, it's that 45 minutes of music is a little lean, although this covers most periods of Colvin's career from early numbers like 'Diamond In The Rough' to recent songs 'Anywhere You Go' and 'Whole New You'. It also contains a couple of cover versions including a fine take on the Crowded House number 'Private Universe' which seems extremely apt in the setting.
Overall, very much recommended!

Jools Holland: 10 Years Later [DVD] [2002]
Jools Holland: 10 Years Later [DVD] [2002]
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23 of 63 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Time Up, 6 Dec 2002
'Later' has been one of the finest British music programmes of the last decade. Its eclectic mixture of artists and performances is unrivaled and it has attracted some of the most revered names in music. What a shame therefore to find that this DVD is such a poor representation.
A scan down the list of performers reveals the timing of its release is no coincidence. The DVD is almost completely devoid of the many cutting-edge artists who have embraced the show throughout the years. Instead the guest list here could best be described as bland and, at worst, talent-free. The only common denominator is their marketability.
This DVD should have served a testament to the show's variety and durability in the vein of the Old Grey Whistle Test DVD. Instead, it's a merciless and shameful piece of marketing which devalues the show, emphasises its recent decline in quality and will disappoint many fans awaiting its release.
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I Shot The Albatross
I Shot The Albatross
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fine achievement, 23 July 2002
This review is from: I Shot The Albatross (Audio CD)
Grant's superior musicianship and ear for tasteful melody have resulted in a triumphant combination of his own unique musical style with poetry from many different sources and eras.
The collection's opening piece 'Tale Best Forgotten' (with ex-Thrum vocalist Monica Queen taking the lead) sets the maudlin tone retained on much of the album. This is only occasionally broken, as with a lively take on EE Cummings' 'Anyone Lived In A Pretty How Town'. A largely acoustic take on WH Auden's 'Lady Weeping At The Crossroads' and a string-laden 'Summer Farm' (Norman McCaig) are among the highlights. In truth, there's very little to criticise. Grant has stayed true to his artistry by creating sparse, unobtrusive arrangements and his own love of the material is evident in the respectful treatment of the various pieces.
This won't sell to many outwith his hardcore support, but that is others' loss as maturity and ambition on this scale don't meet very often.

In Violet Light
In Violet Light
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Thing, 3 July 2002
This review is from: In Violet Light (Audio CD)
How could you summarise The Tragically Hip? Hard-edged but melodic, raw and energetic, abstract but compelling, clever and intricate, one of the most revered and popular bands in the history of Canadian music yet comparitively lost to the UK. Why? Aside from the obvious swipe at the music-buying public and the band's seeming reluctance to tour these shores, the BBC must shoulder the lion's share of the blame. Despite even the middle-of-the-road comfort zone that is Radio 2, our broadcasting institution have not aired a single record by this band in years, and with regular BBC airplay being the filter to all other outlets, the band stands little chance of increasing its popularity here.
Anyway, enough ranting. 'In Violet Light', with its uninhibited production captures the band's live sound better than their previous few outings. However, in common with much of their previous output IVL is a grower, many of the tracks only revealing themselves on repeated listening. Of the more immediate tracks, the searing 'Silver Jet' stands out as a highlight, as does the first single 'It's A Good Life...' with it's shimmering guitars and crescendo chorus. 'The Darkest One' and 'All Tore Up' are more traditional Hip moments, the latter could have been lifted from their 'Day For Night' sessions. However, IVL's strength lies in its diversity. The subtle, understated 'Throwing Off Glass' and the epic, if a little curious 6-minute closer 'Dark Canuck' are evidence that the Hip's left of centre approach to songwriting has not debased. And that's no bad thing.

1000 Kisses
1000 Kisses
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 6 Jun 2002
This review is from: 1000 Kisses (Audio CD)
After her last proposed release 'Silver Bell' was shelved by A&M Records (the second time this fate has befell her), it's all the more remarkable that Patty Griffin has returned with fresh enthusiasm and a fantastic album which ought to more than satisfy critics and fans.
Blessed with a stunningly powerful and accurate voice and revered as one of the finest female singer songwriters around by such lumaries as Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and Mary Chapin Carpenter, Griffin has produced a largely acoustic-based album, reminiscent of but far more refined than her debut 'Living With Ghosts'.
The artistic freedom of signing for a smaller label has resulted in this record having a looser, more instinctive feel than her two previous outings (not short on quality themselves), and the songs here have room to breathe in the uncluttered arrangements.
This new approach has also resulted in the inclusion of three cover versions, Springsteen's 'Stolen Car' the most notable, but it's on Griffin's own compositions 'Rain', 'Be Careful' and 'Making Pies' that '1000 Kisses' truly shines.....


7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Buffalo Returns, 28 Mar 2002
This review is from: Mobilize (Audio CD)
Grant Lee Phillips is without question one of America's finest songwriting talents. Having released four critically acclaimed records with the late Grant Lee Buffalo, this, his first full length solo release finds him in blistering form.
Less guitar-oriented than his previous output, 'Mobilize' blends highly danceable rhythms with well-crafted songs and wonderfully structured melodies. As with all the most durable albums, this one takes a few listens but it's well worth the wait. From the mid-tempo opener 'See America' and 'Like A Lover' to potential singles 'Humankind', 'Sadness Soot' and 'Spring Released', the album grips you and doesn't let go, there simply isn't a weak track to be found.
Largely upbeat and radio-friendly, 'Mobilize' should deliver Philips a new audience whilst retaining the core Buffalo support. Simply outstanding, and one of the most uplifting, surprising and wonderful records of the year.

Dogs in the Traffic
Dogs in the Traffic
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Transcendence, 26 Mar 2002
This review is from: Dogs in the Traffic (Audio CD)
'Dogs In The Traffic' provided a dramatic shift from the stylised, polished funk of its more commercially successful predecessor 'Strange Kind of Love' to heralding the melancholic, acoustic-driven arrangements which would deliver chief songsmith James Grant considerable acclaim in subsequent years.
The nigh perfect record for a whisky-induced evening, 'Dogs In The Traffic' features Grant's songwriting at it's very finest. From the sublime pedal-steel balladary of 'You're Not The Only One' to the punchy 'My Love Lives In A Dead House', the album is an exercise in subtlety utilising strings and horns to uplifting effect over Grant's near-baritone vocal.
Love and Money's music had that rare combination of discerning melody and musical refinement which makes latter-day peers such as Travis appear sadly diluted and predictable by comparison.
The definitive release from one of the most talented bands Scotland has ever produced. No worthwhile collection should be starved of this album.

Become You
Become You
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IGs play to their strengths, 12 Mar 2002
This review is from: Become You (Audio CD)
'Become You' is a must for any discerning listener who has an appreciation of melody, well crafted tunes and wonderful harmonies. The IGs have reverted to a largely acoustic style and produced a fabulous body of work, largely superior to their last two records 'Come On Now Social' and the patchy 'Shaming The Sun'. Highlights here include the catchy title track, the wonderful 'Deconstruction' which is more upbeat but similar in structure to the band's 'Power of Two' song and the Springsteen-esque opener 'Moment of Forgiveness'. Amy Ray's trademark gruff vocal once again brilliantly contrasts with Emily Salier's more gentle delivery. Genuinely worthy of 5 stars, at a time where releases of this quality are at a premium, this album should reaffirm the IGs status as bona fide musical role models.

My Thrawn Glory
My Thrawn Glory

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Grant on top form, 22 May 2001
This review is from: My Thrawn Glory (Audio CD)
After the demise of Love and Money and the critical acclaim that greeted his first solo record 'Sawdust...', 'My Thrawn Glory' finds James Grant at his songwriting peak.
One of Scotland's premier songsmiths of recent times, Grant's superior musicanship and ear for tasteful melody have resulted in a devoted fan base, especially North of the border and almost unanimously good reviews.
This album is unlikely to be a commercial success, despite being Radio 2s 'Album of the Week' on its release but, make no mistake, this is most definitely music for the discerning listener. Highly recommended !

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