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Gentle Spirit [Audio CD]
Gentle Spirit [Audio CD]

5.0 out of 5 stars A totally spellbinding Debut, 24 Dec 2012
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This is a true five star piece of timelessness. The production and sogwriting are brilliant. Johnathan wilson has a really good ear for music and i cant remember ever hearing a voice that is so beautifully in tune with the music for a long time. This guy really feels his music.

I can probably liken the music to Harvest-ear Neil Young and Meddle Era Pink Floyd that have been partying it up with Jimi Hendrix. Radiohead have also entered the atmosphere, to tweak the production and emotional imput.

The art work deserves 5 stars by itself, and is admittedly what attracted me to the album in the first place (so, maybe you can sometimes judge a book by the proverbial cover).

The album is of such high quality, that I doubt that JW can top it. Or maybe he can - This guy is definitely an artist you might want to keep your ears on.

flippin tremendous.

Spirit Of Eden
Spirit Of Eden
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5.0 out of 5 stars surely music doesn't comes as perfect as this?, 24 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Spirit Of Eden (Audio CD)
The whole album merges into one brilliantly affecting piece of art. There are dynamics aplenty; the music seems to base itself on silence, and almost structures itself organically atop this silence in a way that i have only ever heard before in the works of Brian Eno. When the melodies do come together to form a 'hook', or chorus, they are absultely bursting with emotion and energy - and above all so catchy that you would have to have amnaesia not to have them lodged in your head forever after one listen.

I am terrible at reviews, as you have no doubt gathered, but i really feel i ought to express my gratitute to Talk Talk for creating this masterpeice. All that i can really say is that this album is a must have for anybody who genuinely loves music that takes you on a journey.

Many customers rave about 'similar' Talk Talk albums, but to me, they do not even come close.

This is sure to be one of your desert island disks

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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Blissed-Out Downtempo, 23 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Coracle (Audio CD)
I will keep this nice and concise as I am a bit lazy.

This is some really nice, blissed-out down-tempo. Musically very similar to some of the Chemical Brothers stuff with the psychedelic overtones. Also hads a slightly post-rock feel to some of the tracks, a-la Hammock (e.g 'Ecstatic Truth').

The highlight of the album is by far 'Raw Umber/Twilight', with it's blissedful, uplifting sound; staqrting off like a Pantha Du Prince track, before letting go into an ocean of bliss a-la M83, perhaps.

So, to summarize: buy this record if you like experimental, blissed out electronica music from the likes of Hammock, Chemical Brothers, Pantha Du Prince, Tycho, Ulrich Schnauss and M83

I can't see myself going professional anytime soon with reviews like these.

Happy Listening.
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Total Freedom: The Essential Krishnamurti
Total Freedom: The Essential Krishnamurti
by J. Krishnamurti
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cuts straight through imitation and worship and gets right to the heart of pure meditation. Wonderful book., 14 Dec 2012
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really inspires you to put aside everything you thought about spirituality, reality or whatever you seek, and urges you instead to simply observe your own mind in the moment, without any plan or agenda. Krishnamurti cuts through much of the insense found in some religions, and gets right to the serious business of the direct apprehansion of experience. He says that you don't need to travel to India, or sit cross legged on a mat; you simply need to observe yourself, moment to moment, in all of your thoughts and actions in the world, in solitude and in relationship with others. This approach cuts down on all the energy wasted on trying to be something you're not, and instead invites you to to simply observe who you are.

I started practicing Buddhism a year ago, and have genuinely found that this book has totally made me question Buddhism as an organised religion - something the Buddha himself would have insisted of his disciples. Of course, at the time of the Buddha, there was no such thing as 'Buddhism', only the Buddha himself.

Anyway, nn the end, I was left alone with my own mind and the wonderful potential to observe and Inquire. By doing this, a lot of insecurites are revealed to myself, and the patterns of thinking and acting that help to keep them in place are slowly deprived of their power. Since reading this book, I have found that I have become happier and more authentic in my presonal life. I think that this book has the potential to touch many people on any 'spiritual path' - providing it is read with an open mind.

I still draw a lot of inspiration from Buddhism - indeed, there is a lot of overlap between the Dharma and the teachings of Krishnamurti - but I no longer look to Buddhism as an authority to imitate.

I would also recommend Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoches 'The Sacred Path of the Warrior' - also available on Amazon.

Peace and Happiness.

Danza IV: The Alpha - The Omega
Danza IV: The Alpha - The Omega
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5.0 out of 5 stars They just get better and better., 14 Dec 2012
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Extrememly brutal progressive death metal. Will appeal to fans of Meshuggah. I am a fan of Meshuggah, but by comparison they look a bit monotonous and predictable next to Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza.

I'd say that Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza can best be described as a kind of cross between Meshuggah and Dillinger Escape Plan. The supremely heavy eight string grooves are there, with the vicious unpredictability of Dillinger Escape plan thrown in for good measure. The vocals are like Corey Taylor from Slipknot at his angriest - times by about 10.

I can't believe I am the first person on Amazon UK to review this album. It is sheer genius.

Music surely cant get any angrier, crazier and heavier than this. surely we will have to wait for DANZA 5 for anything close.

Buy this album. It is a milestone in extreme, balls out heavy metal quite unlike anything else.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Biggest Scandal in Rock History, 2 Dec 2012
This review is from: Nevermind (Audio CD)
I would avoid this band in general, and this album in particular. They are just Metallica Rip offs. And the cover is highly suspect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chemical Brothers go FAR OUT, 19 Nov 2012
This review is from: Further (Audio CD)
i was pleasantly surprised by this album. The songs are longer than usual; they remind me a lot of the kind of song structures used by prog rock bands of the 70's.

The whole album is a euphoric rush, that builds and climaxes over and over again.

Very eclectic, with some shoe-gaze, acid house, break beat, ambient drone - It's a real aural treat.

I listened to this for the first time in the gym, and i totally killed the treadmill.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves much kudos, 16 Nov 2012
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There are not many reviews for this album, and I feel the overall rating does not do much justice to the quality of this recording.

The music is very similar to Boards of canada, but has a more euphoric / uplifting feel.

I would strongly recommend to fans of Boards of Canada and Ulrich Schnauss.

Periphery II
Periphery II

5.0 out of 5 stars they have finally won me over, 26 July 2012
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much better than the first album. the singing is better, the song dynamics are better. the hooks are more relevent and uplifting than in previous albums. The singer has a great voice but sounds a lot like Corey Taylor in places, for some reason. that's not a bad thing, though...

essential metal release for 2012

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5.0 out of 5 stars Never afraid to take the risks, 21 July 2012
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This review is from: Noctourniquet (Audio CD)
Mars volta are consistent in that they are never frightened of taking risks. Nocturnequet is indicative of yet another leap over the career abyss. this time, Omar et al have created an album that is straight forward, and gone are the lengthy jams and guitar soloing that they were known for. I have to admit, that as an avid appreciator of prog and psych rock, i was a bit alienated on the first few listens. now, more recently as i listen, i see this album as a quick fix of Mars Volta-ism - perhaps the musical equivalent of a shot of espresso before work :). some great hooks here and there, great percussion, nothing too wild; nothing too meandering.

Mars Volts have shown that they can cut down on all the wildness, write an accessible song, and still retain their identity as a band. However, I do hope the insane musicality is back with the next album...

All hail one of the best bands around at the minute.

P.S If you like the Mars Volta, try Zech's Marquise. Brilliant


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