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Evil Urges
Evil Urges
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars joyful urges, 31 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Evil Urges (Audio CD)
The album is patchy in terms of coherent content, but if you're a fan of the genres covered then you'll probably love the end product. This is fun music, comprising a boggling blend of stuff that's likely to upset some long term fans but will also win them some new ones. Does it stand up well against their most recent other stuff? Yes, definitely ... and it ends with a guilty-pleasure bang rather than fading out with some obscure track. The vocal mix is an excellent idea too (hint hint The Dears: let your lady sing more!).


Dear Science
Dear Science
Offered by Bee-Entertained
Price: £5.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A touch bland, perhaps?, 21 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Dear Science (Audio CD)
I found Return to Cookie Mountain challenging to being with, but repeated listens soon paid off. By contrast - and this is rarely a good sign - Dear Science sounded surpisingly accessible on the first listen .... and in due course the album's charms have regressed. Too much of it sounds bland in comparison to earlier recordings, and the slower tracks in particular slide into a genre that already boasts a wealth of more effective proponents. Of course, dexterity is a good thing, but I worry that TVOTR, as with so many before them, have lost something in the pursuit of wider acclaim. Otherwise, I doubt that those new to the band will be disappointed since this is certainly a cut above most of the rest.


Merriweather Post Pavilion
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Price: £4.99

13 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware, 19 Jan. 2009
I'm pleased to be the first to burst the Merriweather (etc) bubble on Amazon (it has been burst in many places elsewhere, of course). This album is a mess. Anyone buying it expecting a life changing experience akin to those experienced by the other reviewers and critics alike is in for a shock. Yes, the album does allow for moments of great elation, but those moments only arrive in the seconds after turning the thing off. I'm all in to a bit of experimentation, and I have listened to this CD on several occasions looking desperately for an 'in'. But to no avail. So please, buy with caution. And if you want some idea of how difficult this is to tune into, try playing some of Mercury Rev's worst 'songs', backwards.
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Cease To Begin
Cease To Begin
Price: £5.99

10 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT amazing, 27 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Cease To Begin (Audio CD)
First of all, this is poor and not a patch on the Band of Horses debut. To hear on release that this was the band's shot at the big time was of course a worry, and several months after purchase I remain ambivalent to the charms of this overblown and over-produced offering. There are some great tracks, worthy siblings of album no.1, but sadly too much of Cease to Begin is overly self aware and, thus, the very opposite of Everything all the Time. Raw edges are what we love, surely? BUT WHAT REALLY GETS MY GOAT, are those five star reviews where the reviewers fail to justify the 'excellence' rating. Nowadays there is no light and shade: everything is AMAZING - or crap. And how I hate that word 'amazing'. It used to mean something that did truly amaze, like an Osprey plucking trout from a lake or a gypsy juggling bicycles. But now, no, amazing can mean anything: even the Band of Horses. Please Amazon, crack open another five stars and let's do a ten star rating system: for those who are easily amazed, the temptation for five out of five seems all too strong and, thus, groups the true classics with the five minute blunders.
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All Hour Cymbals
All Hour Cymbals
Price: £9.07

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Patchy, 27 Jun. 2008
This review is from: All Hour Cymbals (Audio CD)
Like all experimentation there must be a hefty slice of indulgence, and this album has indulgence by the test-tube shaped bucket load. But sadly, what begins as a joyful blast of tuneful exuberance soon descends into a wobbly, uninspiring and self-indulgent middle. The contrast really is that marked. It reminds me of a disappointing meal: fab starter, dull and flabby main course, pleasant dessert. I will go back and try the place again, not least because everyone else thinks it's great; but I won't, I don't, think any more of it second, third, fourth time round. But hope springs: I look forward to their next on the strength of the highlights. By then let's hope they've listened to Fleet Foxes. Now, that I could eat every day.


Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
Price: £5.99

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm prancing through fields of daisies - and I don't care who knows it!, 4 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Fleet Foxes (Audio CD)
My first reaction having listened to the first few tracks on this CD was to pretend I'd never bought it in the first place. Why? Well, a) I hate wasting money on music (particularly nowadays) and b) the CD is, well, how do you put it, a little sort of 'soft' (as in girly prancing through a field of daisies soft). But I stuck with it, listened through (having securely wound up the car window to avoid embarrassing aural seepage), then listened again. And guess what? I loft soft! But soft in this case means tunes, craft and melodies to humm, all day, every day. To hell with gritty miserableness and hello to the new summer of love!


From Emma Forever Ago
From Emma Forever Ago

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hope One Day I Like it More - NOW I DO!!!!!!, 29 May 2008
This review is from: From Emma Forever Ago (Audio CD)
MY REVIEW AS ORIGINALLY WRITTEN FOLLOWS. BUT I WAS WRONG. TERRIBLY WRONG. 5 STARS (how do I change the star rating??) A BONA FIDE CLASSIC.
I don't know whether I'm getting old, twisted, or perhaps just down right addled by hype, but I fail to see how so many glowing reviews have been bestowed on this quiet little CD. The tunes are pleasant, the sentiment clear and the arrangments are 'different'. But five stars? Surely not. Imagine TV on the Radio strumming round the camp fire, a little bit drunk and probably in need of bed. Interesting yes. Worthy of a listen definitely. A grower, maybe. But to receive such warm praise from the press (Uncut etc.) leaves wondering how impartial our music media truly is. Take the latest by Drive By Truckers, for instance, another 5 star classic in Uncut! I am addled, obviously.

YES DOUGAL, YOU ARE.
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Young Galaxy
Young Galaxy
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £10.42

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Engineers 'light', 8 May 2008
This review is from: Young Galaxy (Audio CD)
Moody and tuneful with a handful good tunes, maybe two scorchers, and some less scorching more tepid. Could have mistaken it for Engineers: come to think of it, what happeed to them. Now, they were good.


Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £4.72

9 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Chirpy Cheep Cheep, 7 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Vampire Weekend (Audio CD)
Heard the hype, bought the CD, played it, hated it, read more hype, played it again, still hated it. Saw them live on TV - now hate it more than ever. Yes the tunes are catchy and yes, if you've had limited exposure to previous ventures in lightweight chirpy pop, it may well sound thoroughly innovative. But if, like me, such sounds make you seethe - not least because you know you'll be tortured by them on radio and TV for the next few months (please no!) - and if, despite all the attempts of pseudo-intellectual DJs and music critics, you remain staunchly un-coverted when it comes to the Afro-pop genre, trust me you'll hate Vampire Weekend too. Try MGMT instead: plenty of tunes, some innovation, no 'World Music' - hurray!.
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