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Minimal [2 Track CD]
Minimal [2 Track CD]
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £29.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Minimal - Fundamental At It's Best, 5 July 2006
This review is from: Minimal [2 Track CD] (Audio CD)
When i first heard Fundamental when it came out, there were a few tracks that stuck in my head. None more so than Minimal. A classic, well produced dance track. Infectious lyrics, superb keyboard playing from Chris Lowe, and Neil Tennant's now familiar voice. It's clear that Trevor Horn has worked some serious magic in producing the album, as everything sounds so polished.

It's a shame the single version is edited down to make it radio friendly, as the full length version is so much better. That said, it's still brilliant. If there is any justice, the boys will be looking another top 10 hit here, and rightly so.


You Could Have It So Much Better
You Could Have It So Much Better
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Price: £3.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Franz Ferdinand.......just got better!, 7 Nov. 2005
On hearing this album, the format reminded me so much of Oasis latest album.
Not the sound, but the one red herring track (the first released single) in each case.
For Oasis, it was Lyla. A good song yes, but nothing like the rest of the album. Here, we have Do You Want To, which again is a great powerful song, but nothing like the rest of the album.
That aside, the art-rockers go from strength to strength. A really cohesive album from the boys here, some outstanding songwriting, and an album so creativly diverse it's untrue. There's no filler, and every track is a gem.
Next single Walk Away is perhaps their finest ever moment. It's a track they've had kicking about since early 2004, but has been so expertly produced and harmonised it'll be a crime if it isn't a number one.
If i had to pick the albums highlights, i'd personally go for:
Do You Want To
The Fallen
*Walk Away* - Album Star Track
Eleanor Put Your Boots On
Evil And A Heathen
This Boy
do yourself a favour and get this album. Absolute genius!


Fossil Fuel: The XTC Singles Collection 1977 - 1992
Fossil Fuel: The XTC Singles Collection 1977 - 1992
Offered by dutchtoni
Price: £35.74

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars XTC - Under rated genius!, 7 Oct. 2005
When you mention XTC to the casual member of the public, they'll probably tell you they were one hit wonders, or that they remember 2 songs at best.
These are probably 'Making Plans For Nigel' or 'Senses Working Overtime'. They only hit no 10 and 17 respectively, yet were XTCs biggest hits in the UK. A real shame.
Anyway, most people looking to buy anything by XTC are greater informed of their skills and great music. This CD covers everything from their beginnings, right up until 'Nonsuch'. All singles released from 1977-1992 are included, though only 7 made the top 40.
There's no duff material here, but personally the jewel in this crown is 'The Disappointed', a song for the disenfranchised, which very nearly won a Ivor Novello award. It's easily their best ever song in my eyes.....and yet again it was a chart flop at number 33.
The mere fact that the crash test dummies (remember them?) can have a hit with a straight clone of 'The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead' says it all really. XTC were never fashionable, nor did they ever have great success, yet they still kept making great music for 15 years. Buy this album, some of the best money you could ever spend. There's no band more deserving of record sales than XTC.


Don't Believe the Truth
Don't Believe the Truth
Offered by Leisurezone
Price: £5.00

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oasis - Business as usual..., 13 May 2005
This review is from: Don't Believe the Truth (Audio CD)
Managed to get myself a copy of the album, and it's been worth the wait.
'The Importance Of Being Idle' is a fantastic Noel sung track, and definitely one of the albums highlights for me.
The simple truth is, there isn't a weak filler track on the album, unlike Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants for example, which was Oasis' worst album by far.
If ever people thought that there was a Beatles influence, it's certainly evident here. Take 'Let There Be Love' as a good example of this. Definitely Lennon-esque, and another cracker.
Everyone is familiar with 'Lyla' these days, and although most radio friendly, it's probably not one of the best tracks on the album. 'Turn Up The Sun' features some heavy guitar work, but is superbly constructed, along with the rest of the album.
Well done boys, a fantastic album from one of the best bands ever!


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