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Food in the Belly
Food in the Belly
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £11.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Didges, Guitars, Smart lyrics woo, 10 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Food in the Belly (Audio CD)
This third studio album from Xavier carries on in much the same vein as his previous ones; mixing acoustic guitar with didgeridoos, sitars, sharp sometimes politicised lyrics and a fantastic raw style ranging from slow beautiful songs to rhythmic romps.
If you like Donovan Frankenreitter, Jack Johnson, John Butler or Ben Harper this is definately for you.
If you like the general milieau of guitar bands out there try this for a breath of frsh air.


Birds
Birds
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.24

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars sublime, 10 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Birds (Audio CD)
Well this album is definately mellow, sublime and relaxing, with the beautiful clarity of voice you'd expect from Bic, but it certainly has something missing.
The songs here are all chilled out and feel very much like the style from her Live With The Christchurch Orchestra album, but none of them really stand out like so many great songs on her previous albums Drive (Sway) and Beautiful Collision (Get Some Sleep)- no catchy hooks that get stuck in your head.
Yeah this album's good and very beautiful (produced to perfection, is that such a good thing?), but it has more of a 'back-ground music' feel and doesn't seem to have developed any new ground since her last work, which is a shame when she's written so many lovely songs in the past that carry more weight, even with the rawness of her debut.


Old Skool Ibiza
Old Skool Ibiza
Offered by cd-dvd-shop
Price: £7.64

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great selection, 26 Dec. 2005
This review is from: Old Skool Ibiza (Audio CD)
I love this album, ok alot aren't what you'd call classic old skool, but it's great to get an old skool comp that actually has different tracks on it from every other one like those MOS ones.
Has a good summery feel full of amazing tracks that we all know, even if you don't recognise their names.
Three unmixed cds of 12' length treats make this cd a fantastic bargain.


Shakespears Sister #3
Shakespears Sister #3
Offered by inandout-distribution
Price: £22.76

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth The Wait, 21 April 2005
This review is from: Shakespears Sister #3 (Audio CD)
Well this album took, hmmmm nigh on a decade to get on general release, but it's definately worth it. The production is almost as good as Hormonally Yours, but the general feel is alot darker, more serious and the lyrics and singing style of Siobhan is very raw and emotive.
The album has a punky-pop feel with catchy moments like Go and Excuse Me John, and although the lyrics are quite dark (what else would you expect from Ms Fahey) there's a nice touch of humor there too.
A brilliant album that doesn't sound dated at all.


Discotheque
Discotheque
Offered by ula bear
Price: £7.90

5.0 out of 5 stars 47 funky tracks from the 70s!!, 1 Feb. 2005
This review is from: Discotheque (Audio CD)
This is a great 3cd set of funky, discoy and tamla sounds. It's got a lot of the big classics that end up on every disco compilation, but only the very best ones such as Boogie Wonderland, and stuff from the Jacksons, O'Jays and Dan Hartman. It also has some great songs that are often forgotten like George Duke, Rodney Franklin and Willie Bobo.
For the price this is a great buy, loads of great songs that will have you dancing and singing along for hours!!


Halcyon Daze
Halcyon Daze
by Palmer Owyoung
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm......., 18 Jan. 2005
This review is from: Halcyon Daze (Paperback)
I was a little apprehensive that this could be a rip-off of Tales of The City or else be some genius book similar to that collection. Well it turned out to be niether; this book could have been so much more than it is- the basic plot and characters have so much potential, but it never quite grabs hold of it.
The books really short and I finished it before I really felt like I'd got into it or got to know any of the characters properly.
Also the chapters jump around alot with the lead character's stories, she's a writer.
Is an easy enjoyable read, but could have been better.
thank goodness for Armistead Maupin!!


Sound of White [Australian Import]
Sound of White [Australian Import]
Offered by Todays Great Deal
Price: £3.97

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 17 Dec. 2004
This is another one of those amazing singers who puts people like Katie Melua and Dido completely to shame.
A brilliant mix of piano, guitars, strings and wonderful vocals. Missy Higgin's voice sometimes reminds me of Scarlet, Lisa Loeb, Fiona Apple and even The Sundays.
The album mixes upbeat songs with ballads perfectly and doesn't once stray into that cringable female singer-songwriter territory that so many other singers do.


San Francisco Observed: A Photographic Portfolio from 1850 to the Present
San Francisco Observed: A Photographic Portfolio from 1850 to the Present
by Ruth Silverman
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars not quite what you might expect, 17 Dec. 2004
Well when this book arrived I wasn't reallly expecting to see some of the stuff in there and I had expected to see alot of things that just aren't included. Definately have been left with very mixed feeling about this book.
The book has almost 120 pages of photographs (about 105 black and white and the rest colour) from the 1850s (very intereseing to see how the city has changed) with afew more modern (but not really present day) pics.
The thing I found most disapointing was the inordinate number of pictures of people (especially portraits that show no reference to the city itself) of people who I mostly have never heard of. On top of this the majority of the photos of the city are obscure buildings that don't reflect the vibrant architecture and landscape there. Also there's no commentary to the pictures so alot of the time you're left wondering what they are.
There's a couple of good post earthquale shots and some interesting ones where the Golden Gate Bridge and Transamerica Pyramid are being built. Artistically there's some thought provoking stuff, but the majority of the pictures here are not even a patch on my holiday pictures.


3000 Feet High [Australian Import]
3000 Feet High [Australian Import]
Offered by Music-Finder
Price: £14.50

5.0 out of 5 stars popdancefunk, 2 Sept. 2004
In the same kind of vibe as dance act Aurora, Paulmac utilises a mixture of some fine vocalists (Abby Dobson, Peta Morris, Jaqui Hunt) over the trance-pop music on the album.
This is a great fun album with some funky grooves, pop happiness and more cutting edge dance-ideas.
The whole album is woth buying (if you can find it at the right price) for the track Gonna Miss You.
Brilliant stuff ;-)


Unity
Unity
Offered by YouWantIt-WeGotIt
Price: £26.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars mish-mash ;-), 2 Sept. 2004
This review is from: Unity (Audio CD)
This is the second stdio offerring from this Ozzie band. It's a bit more experimental than their first (Polyserina) and takes a bit of getting into, but once you overcome the initial listen it's a great album of various styled songs.
It is a mixed bag of different sounds and ideas, but they work well together. We have indie-guitar sounds with violins, brass, jazzy grooves, flutes...yeah a mad combination at times, but with Katie Noonan's etherial vocals and Tyrone Noonan's sturdy voice it seems to work perfectly.
Intreguing.


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