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Charlie Parker "thecheesemonkey" (London, England)

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Is a Woman
Is a Woman
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, elegant & tender....a masterpeice, 13 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Is a Woman (Audio CD)
This album is quite simply one of the best things that you will ever hear, except maybe for Lambchop's earlier album Nixon.

Is A Woman is a tender, shimmering and beautiful masterpeice that encompasses all that is wonderful about music. It has a stripped down style that never overawes Kurt Wagner's stunning lyrics and his cracked and haunting voice has never sounded so moving as it does here when mostly accompanied by just a piano.

However, what many reviewers miss when discussing Lambchop is their incredibly sly and funny humour. It is immediately apparent when you see them live but I am sure some people don't realise, at times, that they are joking when you liten to their music. My Blue Wave, which starts with Kurt Wagner singing about his dog and then discusses his failure to comfort someone in a time of great stress is both hilarious and deeply moving.

Which is much the same as the whole album. Caterpillar is one of the most incandescent songs that you will hear and the reggae ting to the closing track is both a welcome and pleasant surprise that just highlights Wagner's versatility.

This is an album for anyone interested in intelligence in their music...and a lot of beauty...in fact enough to make you cry!!


Outer Dark
Outer Dark
by Cormac McCarthy
Edition: Paperback

46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bleak, disturbing...and brilliant!, 19 Jan. 2001
This review is from: Outer Dark (Paperback)
Outer Dark, Cormac McCarthy's second novel, is an apocalyptic and disturbing story revolving around the separate journey's made by its two protagonists. The book opens with Rinthy Holme baring her brother, Culla's, child. Not wanting the baby Culla leaves it in the woods to die where it is rescued by a tinker. On discovery of this Rinthy sets out to find her child, while Culla embarks on his own ambiguous quest. McCarthy's brilliant novel blurs the line between reality and fantasy, creating some characters who are painfully real and other who seem to have descended straight from hell, itself. The book is full of superb dialogue that is both full of wit and menace, bringing it's characters vividly to life. However despite the humour the novel is shot through with foreboding, and the closer you get to the end the more distant a happy ending becomes. The climax is both shocking and disturbing, and will anger as many as it fascinates. But throughout McCarthy proves, once again, that nobody writes better about difficult rural life and its people. Outer Dark is challenging and bleak. But like all of McCarthy's novels it rewards your time and patience.


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