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Ghostory
Ghostory
Price: 11.86

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough of this, 8 July 2012
This review is from: Ghostory (Audio CD)
School of Seven Bells have really upped their game with this album. It is a satisfyingly cohesive album, well produced, with instant yet lasting appeal. The sound is a mix of shoegaze and My Bloody Valentine influences put into modern pop for a sound that they have made their own. Highlights are the opening pace setter "The Night", the dancier "Low Times" with its great build up, and the slow burner "Show Me Love" with the warped guitars and lovely vocals. One of the albums of the year!


Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Offered by Dirty Deals UK
Price: 5.40

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best thing to come out of the Oasis camp for a long time, 9 Nov 2011
This album is a pleasant surprise to me after becoming increasingly disillusioned with Oasis' later output. OK, so it isn't a massive departure, and I think I've had a stronger preference for Noel sung Oasis tracks anyway in recent years as Liam's voiced had declined somewhat with the ravages of the rock and roll lifestyle (especially live) and begun to grate. There are still a couple of the more dirgy plodding pedestrian numbers that plagued Oasis' later years, such as "Dream On", but overall there is a greater sparkle to this set.

Opener "Everybody's On The Run" has a fantastic vocal performance for example and is brought to life by the big strings and choir, creating a big anthem. Noel claims not to enjoy being a solo artist and would rather be in a band, but on this effort it is clear that he can more than hold his own, and has produced an album that is the best thing to come out of the Oasis camp for many years. Don't Believe the Truth is probably closest in feel - with the inevitable comparisons of such tracks as "The Death of You and Me" to "The Importance of Being Idle" for example.

One of the highlights, the single "AKA... What a Life" is similar in feel to the last Oasis single "Falling Down", but is pleasingly dancey - Noel needs to come out of his comfort zone more often!


Mylo Xyloto
Mylo Xyloto
Price: 5.00

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A poorly produced mixed bag, 3 Nov 2011
This review is from: Mylo Xyloto (Audio CD)
A disappointing album. 'Paradise' is inane and their weakest single to date, 'Up In Flames' is dire, the Rihanna collaboration seems a bit unnecessary, and on other tracks they seem to be morphing into a U2 tribute act (see the guitar work in the weak track Major Minus for example). It isn't all bad; the middle of the album contains some good stuff. 'Charlie Brown' is cracking and I do like 'Every Teardrop...' Don't Let It Break Your Heart is also in the U2 mould, but also uplifting.

Worst of all however, as others have mentioned is that they have rendered it almost unlistenable by the terrible production/mastering. Listen to the dull thudding with nasty distortion on 'Hurts Like Heaven' for example, and the flat tinny sound of many tracks. It is fine for low volume listening or background music, but if you actually want to 'listen' then it does not reward at all and induces headaches. I wish bands would learn from this and get their music mastered properly, not just for loudness!


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