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Harriman's Money Miscellany
Harriman's Money Miscellany
by Stephen Eckett
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 8.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A fine read., 8 Jan 2009
This is a very fine book indeed. Short lists of facts from a wide variety of sources. Amusing and interesting it's a perfect bathroom read or coffee table book - second only to a coffee table book about coffee tables! One must also congratulate the compilers and editors on some great puns that are to be found in this work. I chuckled and learned some things too.

We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
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Price: 7.09

27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They've got everything!, 26 Mar 2007
I must admit that throwing this album on for the first time was a bit of a nerve-wrecking experience as I have absolutely fallen in love with their back catalog and didn't want to be dissapointed.

Thankfully the first track is brilliant and catchy enough that all my fears were immediately eased. I did find myself listening out for which parts of the album were Marr's or Mercer's being a Smiths and Shins fan as well. However with the second listen it all came together perfectly.

The stand out tracks for me are Dashboard (single material), We've Got Everything (lyrically brilliant) and the insanely catchy Shins-esque Missed the Boat. Yet, like all Modest Mouse albums it can only be truly appreciated when listened to from start to finish. No other band around hold your attention quite like Isaac Brock and the boys.

The rapid changes of pace from crazed pop perfection to sleepy meandering riffage all held together with bizarrely enthralling lyrics can only be truly appreciated after multiple listens. I have only had this album two days and listened to it 4 times and I can quite confidently assert that if you were a fan before you'll have 14 more resons to love them afterwards.

If you've never listened to them, this is a great introduction to one of the best, most inventive bands around at the moment. A word of warning though if you fall in love with Modest Mouse then you better have some money in the old bank account because you won't be able to resist their other, equally brilliant albums.

Young For Eternity
Young For Eternity
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Price: 4.87

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Pop Rock, 30 July 2005
This review is from: Young For Eternity (Audio CD)
I saw this band live in early 2005 and was impressed by how catchy their songs were at first listen and as this record proves I was not fooled.
The strength of this record lies in its catchy pop sensibilities, clearly aided by Ian Broudie's production. Right from the fantastic duet of I Want To Hear What You Have Got To Say to the insanely catchy At 1AM this album is full of Pop Rock gems.
The singles, Rock & Roll Queen and Oh Yeah are fantastic slices of upbeat rock and roll but don't think they are alone in their brilliance on this record as can so often be the case with singles from debut albums.
Equally brilliant are the two later tracks With You and No Goodbyes but the album fails to get 5stars because there are a few dud tracks that aren't awful but are not that great either.
In conclusion I can't help but compare the album to Feeder's Echo Park, not necessarilly in sound but in its overall quality and pop appeal.

The Essential Bob Dylan
The Essential Bob Dylan
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Price: 8.61

7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SPECIAL!!!!!!, 16 July 2002
This review is from: The Essential Bob Dylan (Audio CD)
To be honest I never listen to the second CD. This isn't because it is bad, it is because once i've listened to the first CD I cannot help but pressing play once more. Why, quite simply because here are some of the best songs ever written. The music may well be distinctly ordinary but Bob Dylan's voice and the words he writes are just perfect. There can be no imitations, no copies, this is as good as singer/songwriting gets. Forget the fact that most of the songs on CD 1 are 30 years old! And yes he may well be the most infuential artist of all time BUT I don't care..... These songs are special, not to played down as too old or just experimental. Dylan got it right first time and in my opinion no one has written better songs since.

Kid A
Kid A
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Price: 5.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to disappear completely?, 11 Feb 2002
This review is from: Kid A (Audio CD)
Disappearing is of course impossible, but this album is as close as you will get! The great beats and electronic tunes (sometimes only a few moments long) get more addictive the more you listen to this album. It is also so increadibly complex, at times you just have to shut down to appreciate the underlying beats and tunes (especially effective in morning bell).
However don't let the complexity of it scare you. After 5 or 6 listens it all starts to make perfect sense.
Why produce an album like this after OK Computer? Because it is hard to emulate something so great as many groups have found to their disappointment (the accursed second album). So just like the change of direction they took after 'Pablo Honey' they have gone into uncharted territory in musical terms with KID A. However this isn't a bad thing as many critics would say, in fact some of the songs on here like optimistic are quite old school rock but the really great songs are 'The National Anthem', 'Motion Picture Soundtrack' and the best song on the album and possibly the best that Radiohead have ever done, 'Idioteque'. The pure energy in this song alone is a good enough reason to buy this album and once you've heard it, you will have the incentive to listen to this album over and over.
Trust me, if you have just bought this album or are going to, BUY IT NOW. There are no better songs than 'Idioteque' but there are plenty of very, very good ones.

Pablo Honey
Pablo Honey
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Price: 3.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ROCK, but best is yet to come., 7 Feb 2002
This review is from: Pablo Honey (Audio CD)
This is Radiohead's first album and after recently buying Amnesiac it's amazing to think that it's the same band. However the genious that was soon to become apparent in The Bends and OK Computer is also in this debut.
The album is just rock music through and through with hardly a hint of what was to come. However with songs like CREEP, RIPCORD and THINKING ABOUT YOU it isn't such a bad thing. Few grunge rock albums come close to being this good with the exception of NEVERMIND and MELLON COLLIE OF INFINITE SADNESS.
Fantastic individual rock album, forget who wrote it as it bears very little resemblance to their later work (e.g KID A and AMNESIAC). However if you liked The Bends and OK Computer I guarantee that you will like this.

Kid A
Kid A
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Price: 5.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is BRIALLIANT, no Really it is!, 7 Feb 2002
This review is from: Kid A (Audio CD)
This is without a shadow of a doubt a brilliant album and i'm your will be looked back on in the future as an album that redifined musical boundaries. However we are here now and revolutionary as it is it is still a masterpiece of modern music. This album not only has a great sound created by a variety of electronic instruments but also there are some distinctive classical instruments making an appearance and also some horns!!!!(however these are on the worst track by far on the album, The National Anthem, track 3).
Apart from The National Anthem which I didn't like from the start, every track sounded strangely good on my first listen which is a great achievement for such an innovative album.
Personally I am in 2 minds about what direction the band should take from now on because IDIOTEQUE from Kid A and THE PYRAMID SONG are probably the best single songs Radiohead have done but The Bends and OK Computer are by far their best albums so something a little more guitar based than KID A but better than Amnesiac would be just great in my opinion.
Anyway if you're a Radiohead fan who doeasn't own this, buy it. However if you're new to this great band than this will prove a shrewd buy as it will please time and time again.
However to perfect this album Radiohead could have scrapped 'The National Anthem' and subbed it for Pyramid Song and created possibly their best work.

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Price: 4.33

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm it's a tricky one, 7 Feb 2002
This review is from: Amnesiac (Audio CD)
I now own all 5 Radiohead Albums and therefore I cannot give Amnesiac 5 stars simply because it is not as good as The Bends or OK Computer. Yes, like Kid A it is very atmospheric and contains one absolutely amazing song in the form of PYRAMIDS. Even though this album doesn't quite feel like Kid A it has the same electronic effects throughout and is therefore tough listening for the first couple of times.
This is because it is indead completely unusual as I had never heard anything quite like it before. My shock however soon turned to quiet admiration of the musical effect Amnesiac brings. It is greater than the sum of its parts as individual songs are sacrificed for the general sound of the album. It is less in your face than Kid A but is a definite grower.
Gets better every time you listen!

OK Computer
OK Computer
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Price: 4.37

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT, 29 Jan 2002
This review is from: OK Computer (Audio CD)
The fact that I can't recall the actual names of all the songs on this album is a great compliment to it. It is in a way one long epic song in the mould of Pink Floyd.
The two parts of this album are split up by the weird commentary of Fitter, Happier. This gives you time for a break from what can only be descibed as genious from start to finish. I realised recently that the real strength of this album was its ability to seem fresh every time you listen to it.
If I had to name some standout tracks they would be paranoid android, exit music and let down. These together make the album reach new levels of brilliance as they build using York's original vocals to the more chilled Karma Police. Aslo they have sneaked a great traditional rock track on there through Electioneering(the intro is amazingly simple and effective).
If my house was on fire I would run in for The Bends and then send in my dear old mum for OK Computer.

The Bends
The Bends
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Price: 4.07

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bettered only by OK COMPUTER, 29 Jan 2002
This review is from: The Bends (Audio CD)
An album and band so good that the only other album better than it is OK COMPUTER!
The Bends is a perfect Rock album with standout rock tracks like The Bends, Sulk and the magnificent Bones. These are accompanied brilliantly by chilled out tracks like Fake Plastic Trees and High and Dry giving a great mix of styles that you never tire of hearing.
To put it simply, the rock is better than Nirvana while the slower tracks rival Pink Floyd for inventiveness.

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