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Ral 9005
Ral 9005
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.72

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply stunning, 27 Mar 2003
This review is from: Ral 9005 (Audio CD)
i bought this album after only hearing the wonderful 'on up' (and some of their remixes) as well as reading some positive reviews.
sometimes that backfires but thankfully this time what i got was an album of pure quality from germany's schwarz brothers.
the album contains a variety of styles but rather than a jarring mish-mash, they all sit nicely next to one another on the one album. favourites include the upbeat 'on up', the dirty funk of 'acid soul', the wonderfully housey 'you' and the downtempo almost torch song 'bye bye baby' - but almost every single song here is a killer, be it nu-jazz, breakbeat, garage, deep house, latin house or even just plain old house. after all, who needs pigeon-holing when music sounds like this.
spine-tinglingly good...

Price: £10.81

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful thing, 5 Mar 2003
This review is from: Dubnobasswithmyheadman (Audio CD)
it is almost 10 years now since this album was first released and underworld have never bettered it - they've come close, yes, but none of their subsequent albums have quite had the consistency of their debut release - every single track here is superb.
furthermore the album hasn't dated at all - it still sounds fresh today, something borne out by the fact that so many of today’s leading djs are still playing cuts from this album in 2003: ‘cowgirl’ and ‘dark and long’ in particular.
the album starts with the wonderfully brooding ‘dark & long’ - nine minutes of hypnotic grooves with karl hydes now familiar surreal vocals over the top. after that we’re into the twelve minute epic that is ‘mmm skyscraper i love you’ - a downtempo masterpiece with the haunting refrain “30,000 feet above the earth, it’s a beautiful thing’, and it is indeed.
other highlights include the mellow, guitar based ‘tongue’, the wonderful ‘dirty epic’ with it’s tale of “phone sex” and “christ on crutches” which segues into the dancefloor killer ‘cowgirl’, the song that first brought underworld to everyone’s attention.
the closing tracks plough a more chilled vein – ‘river of bass’ is another hypnotic gem whilst ‘m.e.’ is a beautiful end to what is a seminal album.
if you’ve only heard last year’s somewhat disappointing ‘a hundred days off’ album then do yourself a favour and get this album to discover how underworld sound when they’re on top of their game.
electronica never sounded so good.

Offered by marvelio-uk
Price: £21.84

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars more of the same but that's more than enough, 4 Mar 2003
This review is from: Delhi9 (Audio CD)
tosca - uber-cool austrian duo richard dorfmiester and rupert huber - return with their third album and 10 new tracks.
whilst some will argue that their sound hasn't really progessed since last album 'suzuki', this album has definitely more of a live instrumentation feel to it - without abandoning their dub rhythm sensibilities that is very much a part of the tosca 'sound'.
this is not an exceptional album by any means but there's more than enough here to keep both fans and newcomers alike entertained. 'wonderful' featuring earl zinger on vocals is, well, wonderful and the oddball 'me & yoko ono' has entrancing, understated vocals from anna clementi.
in fact the whole atmosphere is one of laid back grooves as snippets of vocal samples drift in and out of the songs along side real guitars, drums and bass.
and as if that wasn't enough, for under a tenner you also got a second 30 minute cd that features some of huber's piano compositions given the magic dorfmeister touch. the results are breathtakingly beautiful and have a decidely more ambient feel than the album 'proper'.
and as with most g-stone releases the packaging of the cd itself has been given a bit more thought than your average release and looks very stylish.
definitely recommended...

100th Window
100th Window
Price: £4.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars major disappointment, 11 Feb 2003
This review is from: 100th Window (Audio CD)
oh dear.
massive attack's fourth album is an extremely dull affair that just passes you by without engaging you in any way.
after the brilliance of the collaboration with mos def on 'i against i' my hopes were high for this album and i can't remember the last time i was so disappointed.
there's some nice-ish stuff with sinead o'connor but there's no real standout tracks here: where are the songs like 'daydreaming', 'karmacoma', 'rising son' or 'safe from harm'?
the whole things feels like a kind of massive-attack-by-numbers, a pale pastiche of mezzanine and after four years is it really so wrong to have expected something more?
i suppose we should have suspected something was amiss really when the first single from the album was 'cases' which sounds like a really poor clone of earlier massive attack songs.
so, not a terrible album, even though this is poor by massive attack standards it's still much better than a lot of stuff out there but there is also a lot more interesting music being made these days that is probably more deserving of your hard earned cash...

Colin McRae Rally 3 (PS2)
Colin McRae Rally 3 (PS2)
Offered by funfair games
Price: £9.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb debut on the PS2, 6 Nov 2002
immediately playable, this game also looks amazing - some of the weather effects and background scenery are fantastic. easy to pick up but more difficult to master this is a big improvement on earlier versions of the series.
it may not have official drivers and racetracks but codemasters know a thing or two about gameplay and it's this that really comes to the fore.
in championship mode you get to race a three year contract as colin mcrae, fine tuning your car after each race and unlocking extra stages and secret vehicles as you progress.
in stages mode meanwhile, it's a pure race against the clock as you compete on the tracks unlocked from the championship mode.
there's even a 2 player spilt screen mode to keep you entertained and after playing this game you get some idea just how it feels to make "150 decisions every minute".
a great game with what looks like being a long lifespan...

Blue Lines
Blue Lines
Offered by Dirty Deals UK
Price: £5.00

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars timeless masterpiece, 28 Aug 2002
This review is from: Blue Lines (Audio CD)
i've been listening to this album a lot lately and it still sounds as fresh now as it did all those years ago. i don't think there's one weak track on the album and some of them are simply stellar. this is the album that spawned a complete new genre in 'trip-hop' but don't let thoughts of the sneaker pimps put you off as most of the scene was just a pale imitation of this album.
everyone knows the massive single 'unfinshed sympathy' with shara nelson vocals and famous video and lots of people also know the mighty 'safe from harm' (again ms nelson on the vocals making it another obvious single choice) but it's on tracks like 'blue lines', 'lately' and the sublime 'daydreaming' that this album comes into its own.
absolutely essential and every home should own a copy.

Acoustic Chill
Acoustic Chill
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Price: £4.99

26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars chill-out - the next generation, 29 Oct 2001
This review is from: Acoustic Chill (Audio CD)
In the last couple of years, chill-out, it seems has become big business. Every week another chill-out compilation appears in the shops promising us 'blissed-out grooves' or something similar and containing at least 15 songs that can be found on all the other standard chill-out fodder. How refreshing it is then that Chris Coco has taken the time to put together a compilation that dares to be different and is, quite simply, light years ahead of the competition.
As Chris himself explains on his website: "Acoustic Chill is more of a feeling than a sound. It reflects the attitude of a whole bunch of bands and producers who are augmenting their computer and electronically generated sounds with real live acoustic instruments; from old fashioned wooden guitars to pianos to little shaking things with beads inside. We're mixing those sounds with some beautiful, sonically and emotionally raw songs from the new acoustic movement to create a stunning, charged collection of rare beauty that will be perfect for all strains of late night entertainment as well as that special Sunday morning moment."
And who am I to argue with 29 tracks of breathtaking quality spread over two cd's, both almost seventy minutes long. Stand out tracks are too numerous to mention: from the simple, yet stunning beautiful crazy to the latin-tinged bebel gilberto to the gorgeous, ambient soundscapes of blueprint's freedub, this album caters for the discerning chiller's every need.
Why waste your money on 'Ibiza Chill Out 8' when you could be spending it on this instead?
Completely, and absolutely, essential.

Asleep in the Back
Asleep in the Back
Price: £13.38

5.0 out of 5 stars a breathtaking work of staggering genius... >;-), 13 Jun 2001
This review is from: Asleep in the Back (Audio CD)
in a year that has already given us amazing albums from daft punk, air, zero 7, radiohead and the avalanches along comes another contender for album of the year.
quite simply, this is one of the most beautiful and evocative albums i've heard in years. every single track here is outstanding.
forget the likes of travis and coldplay and listen to just how good 'indie' music can really be.
absolutely and completely essential.

Get a Life
Get a Life
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Price: £0.50

5.0 out of 5 stars rae &christian do it again..., 19 Feb 2001
This review is from: Get a Life (Audio CD)
gorgeuos slice of 21st century soul featuring the legendary bobby womack signing about an obsessive fan.
as a taster for the forthcoming album this can only heighten anticipation...

Mellow Mellow
Mellow Mellow

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars compilations don't get any better than this..., 19 Feb 2001
This review is from: Mellow Mellow (Audio CD)
absolutley fantastic.
almost every single track here is a winner.
from the sublime 'summer in the city' by quincy jones (the inspiration for nightmares on wax's 'les nuits' & 'nights interlude' and the pharcyde's 'passing me by) to the wonderfully mellow version of 'everybody loves the sunshine' by RAMP this album is simply a must buy.
and if you thought kool & the gang were some sad 80's group, think again as you listen to the 8 and a half spaced out minutes of 'summer madness'
as those folks at harmless have released a number of series of compilations, i can only hope that they follow suit with mellow mellow and i look forward to number 2 in the series with eager anticipation.

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