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Hey Venus!
Hey Venus!
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Price: £9.92

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mixed bag, mostly good, 12 Oct 2007
This review is from: Hey Venus! (Audio CD)
This is another decent album from SFA, and overall it has a much more robust, 'Fuzzy Logic' type sound to it than the predominantly acoustic nature of their previous few albums. Having said that, the best song here - "The Gift That Keeps Giving" - is right up there with the most serene moments on 'Rings Around The World'. A beautiful slow song with great harmonies, it would go straight onto a C60 of best SFA tracks. And although there aren't any other tracks quite as good, "Baby Ate My Eightball" is a catchy disco/indie stomper, and "Let The Wolves Howl At The Moon" is a vaguely Nashville-esque lament which closes the album nicely... Not everything about this album is up to that standard though. The two singles, "Run-Away" and "Show Me Your Hand" are SFA on cruise control, i.e. good, but nothing we haven't heard a thousand times before and done better on albums like 'Radiator'. "Carbon Dating" is just latter period Gorky's Zygotic Mynci on autopilot, boring. "Neo Consumer" displays a slightly alarming Kaiser Chiefs influence (hopefully it's not intentional) with some pointless yob chanting at the start, and at it's worst ("Into The Night", "Battersea Odyssey") they start to sound like a 70's glam band on bad drugs soundchecking to a bunch of deaf roadies. SFA are one of those bands though that remain appealing to some extent, even when they're doing something you don't like. So I'm giving Hey Venus' 3 stars by SFA standards, which is closer to 4 stars by everyone elses.

Flip the Scrip
Flip the Scrip
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £10.89

4.0 out of 5 stars solid early 90's, 1 Oct 2007
This review is from: Flip the Scrip (Audio CD)
I think it would be fair to say that every single drum loop and sample used on this album had either been used before or around the same time this album came out, but it still stands out as an original album just because it's consistently good from start to finish. Tears, which uses the same sample as Killah Priest/GZA's B.I.B.L.E, is one of many highlights. Definitely not a hip hop album to sleep on if you like 90's stuff, but on the other hand it's no 'Illmatic'. (then again, what is)
4 stars

Renegotiations: the Remixes
Renegotiations: the Remixes
Price: £9.56

3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars, 28 Sep 2007
Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Erick Sermon, and Large Professor each remix a Black Eyed Peas track from their album Monkey Business. Needless to say they turn out significantly better than the originals. Also included are the only two album tracks from Monkey Business which didn't completely suck, one of which has a decent cameo from Q-Tip. Aside from this EP and possibly BEP's debut album from 98, which has it's moments, you really don't need to own any Black Eyed Peas material. They sold out so much they make P.Diddy look like Freddie Foxxx. What they are achieving by making songs like 'My Hump' with that Fergie character, apart from international success, only they know... My advice would be to search for the unreleased 1992 album by Will.I.Am and that other one's previous group Atban Klann, which sounds like a more psychadelic version of Pharcyde's first album, and is definitely worth hearing.

Boy You Knock Mew Out
Boy You Knock Mew Out
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Price: £4.82

5.0 out of 5 stars classic r'n'b one-hit-wonder, 30 Aug 2007
This review is from: Boy You Knock Mew Out (Audio CD)
This track is up there with any r'n'b from the 90s. The beat is nothing short of lush. It's a shame Tatyana Ali (or more accurately her producers) couldn't sustain this kind of vibe over a whole album because her album "Kiss The Sky" sucks. But this track is the bomb...and I'm talking about the original version, not the one with Will Smith rapping on it. "Here it is, a groove / Slightly transformed" is the worst opening line to a rap verse ever. Last I heard of Tatyana Ali she was doing modelling shoots for 'Gentlemans' magazines, I think it was for KING, and she was looking hella nice. do a Google search, thank me later. 5 Star(s)

Venomous Villain
Venomous Villain

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars venomous villain, 20 Aug 2007
This review is from: Venomous Villain (Audio CD)
This album seems to be regarded as the most throwaway MF Doom album, I'm not sure why though because despite it's short length it's just as good as the first Victor Vaughn album if not better. Back End and Fall back start the album off with some seriously warped beats that make some of the stuff on VV1 sound tame by comparison, Dope Skill is also amazing with a manic beat based around a very short repeated sample of some old soul loop and Doom spitting some intense lyrics. Ode To Road Rage and Bloody Chain are slower, more brooding tracks that sound eerie as hell... The production on this album is futuristic but also oldskool sounding, and totally original, not to mention MF Doom doesn't sound like any other rapper out there. Also the skits, with familiar snatches of old sci-fi/horror dialogue, hold everything together. If pushed I would even say this is my favourite MF Doom release since Operation Doomsday, I'm looking forward to VV3 if there ever is one. 5 stars

The Office - The Complete Second Series [2001] [DVD]
The Office - The Complete Second Series [2001] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ricky Gervais
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £2.75

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars office: series 2, 12 Aug 2007
I loved the Office when it came out but hadn't seen any episodes for a couple of years, so I decided to buy the 2nd series DVD (partly because I remembered thinking at the time it was definitely superior to the 1st series), and I have to say I sat down watched the entire thing back to back in one go. The way this show manages to switch from moments of awesomely banal, cringeworthy humour to some of the most absurdly profound and affecting drama you've ever seen (sometimes within the space of just a few seconds) is something that will probably never be replicated in another tv show. This show hasn't lost any of it's original impact, and I was blown away watching it again just as much as I was the first time round. The Office deserves 6 stars.

Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
Price: £15.08

4.0 out of 5 stars wascals - greatest hits, 8 Aug 2007
This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
Previously unreleased 1994 album produced by J-Sw!ft who also did Pharcyde's first album. The beats on this are a lot harsher and weirder than I was expecting, having only heard "The Dips" and "Class Clown" before. Those are the two obvious singles, and the two tracks which sound most like the Pharcyde tracks that J-Sw!ft produced. The rest is a lot more grimey and abstract sounding and reminds me more of the beats on Saafir's "Boxcar Sessions" album...definite purchase though, this is probably better than any new hip hop album that will come out this year because the 94 era sound has now been replaced by computer beats and crunk.

Amen Andrews Vs Spac Hand Luke
Amen Andrews Vs Spac Hand Luke
Price: £12.40

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amen andrews, 2 Aug 2007
Amen Andrews is an alter-ego of Luke Vibert, and if I had realised that earlier I would have bought this when it came out but I don't think this had any publicity, I only found out by chance after reading something about something else and it briefly mentioned this CD. After having been really impressed by the most recent Wagon Christ album and the Kerrier District album, I hoped this would be just as good, and it is. Each Luke Vibert name seems to indicate a different approach to electronic music and that is the case with Amen Andrews. some of the tracks on this CD are slower dubstep style tracks with very heavy slabs of bass, and some are early 90s jungle influenced tracks with lots of Amen-brother loops as the name suggests. overall it's like a cross between the Lover's Acid compilation and the Plug - "Drum and Bass for Papa" album, only heavier, and by 'heavier' I mean break-your-speakers type heavy. definitely recommended for anyone who has liked any of luke vibert's material before, especially the more drum'n'bassy stuff. 5 stars

Port Authority
Port Authority
Offered by iPodMeister
Price: £41.22

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars port authority, 9 July 2007
This review is from: Port Authority (Audio CD)
I bought this after only hearing the Masta Ace track "Nostalgia" which is one of the best tracks of this year, with a really good golden-age feel to it. The rest of the album doesn't even begin to live up to that standard. The beats are boring, which is the main problem. They're not terrible in the way that Young Jeezy or 50 Cent's beats are terrible, but there's a lot better stuff coming out than this. On the inlay each track has a paragraph of writing underneath explaining why it's so good. On one of them (can't remember which one because I've sold my CD of this already) he says something like "I put this track on the album because it sounded like the kind of beat Buckwild would have made back in the mid-90s."...but the track he's on about doesn't sound anywhere near what Buckwild was doing in the mid-90s.

2 Stars.

Ms. Kelly
Ms. Kelly
Offered by hifi-media-store
Price: £2.74

2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing., 5 July 2007
This review is from: Ms. Kelly (Audio CD)
The thing about Kelly Rowland and Beyonce's debut solo albums is that they were both (for the most part) very musically adventurous. There was a lot of deep soul tracks and different styles on both those albums. The problem - I see it as a problem - with B'Day and this album is that they concentrate exclusively on club/crunk style tracks. Even the ballads on this sound really computerized and digital, no real instruments seem to be used anywhere. If that's your thing then you'll probably enjoy this. If not, and you were expecting more tracks like Stole, Haven't Told You, Heaven, Simply Deep etc. off the first album... then you probably won't enjoy this as much.

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