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Strange Friend
Strange Friend
Price: £7.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Still Phantastic, 2 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Strange Friend (Audio CD)
The Phantom Band produce another gripping set of songs. Rhythmic. Thought provoking. All wrapped in Ricks smoked honey voice. Try to catch them live if you can.


THERE IS A WAY
THERE IS A WAY
Price: £18.42

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album - even greater live, 17 Jun 2011
This review is from: THERE IS A WAY (Audio CD)
Love this album.

The Dananana boys have got over the difficult second album with their customary energy and humour. Stightly toned down from album one, masively catchy, put a smile on your face.

Muscle Memory and Time Capsule are stand outs for me.

However, as well as recommending the album, I double recommend catching Dananananaykroyd live. Amazing combination of heavy sounds, energy and charm.


Many Of Horror [When We Collide]
Many Of Horror [When We Collide]

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Biffy's best, 13 Dec 2010
Far from my favourite Biffy Clyro track.

However, that numpty Matt Cardle makes one appreciate anew what real music sounds like.

Even not at their very best, Biffy are genius.


When We Collide
When We Collide
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14 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do yourself a favour, buy the original, 13 Dec 2010
This review is from: When We Collide (MP3 Download)
This is a pale imitation of the original, Biffy Clyro track "Many of Horrors."

Do yourself a favour, buy that instead.


R2D2 Lives in Preston: The Best of BBC 6 Music's Toast the Nation
R2D2 Lives in Preston: The Best of BBC 6 Music's Toast the Nation
by Shaun Keaveny
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tour de force of random humour, 22 Nov 2010
This book was born from the "toast the nation" feature on Shaun W Keveney's breakfast show. The point of the feature is that any home town can be celebrated, often for the most obscure and random reason. This yields a treasure of random and funny facts for towns across the UK, with the addition of Shaun's own gentle humour.

The whole is a creation of a sort of crowd wisdom. Nothing pretends to be comprehensive or 100% authoritative. Rather it is a celebration of the variety and oddness of our nation.

A great gift for any uncle/ brother/ son/ daughter/ auntie etc, etc.


Home And The Wild
Home And The Wild

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's in the box?, 26 Aug 2010
This review is from: Home And The Wild (Audio CD)
Discovered Woodenbox through smaller festival stages - first at Rockness, and then at Belladrum, where they did a fantastic set headlining the Grassroots stage. Fantastic, tent filling sound in every resepect. I also recently saw them in a tiny Edinburgh venue, supporting the Phantom band. Anyhow, they are the new sound of my summer, and deserve much wider recognition.

The first thing to know is that the brass sound on the record is not a recording affectation, or a key board, but the sax and trumpets that are a regular part of their line up. This adds a great depth and at times melancholy to their sound. It also contributes to as sound very much their own.

They are in some ways they are part of the new folk/rock genre that is around, most sucessfully with Mumford and Sons. They too have strong songs and accoustic guitar in the mix, with singing from the heart. But no banjo (yippee), and add some brass, and your some of the way to Woodenbox's sound.

Some really catchy songs here, try to see them live or listen to some of this, and you should be impressed.


The Climb
The Climb
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Price: £3.15

12 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Karaoke kid, 14 Dec 2009
This review is from: The Climb (Audio CD)
Whatever style of music you like, out there somewhere there are going to be some talented, hard-working musicians to find. You know, musicians, people who write songs, play instruments, perform together, and feel what they are playing and singing because it comes from inside.

This kid can sing, but he is just singing songs passed to him, over cheesy backing tapes. There'a a word for that, and the word is karaoke.
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The Climb
The Climb
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20 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Karaoke kid, 14 Dec 2009
This review is from: The Climb (MP3 Download)
Whatever style of music you like, somewhere there are going to be some talented, hard-working musicians to find. You know, musicians - people who write songs, play instruments, perform together, and feel what they are playing and singing because it comes from inside.

This kid can sing, but he is just singing songs passed to him, over cheesy backing tapes. There'a a word for that, and the word is karaoke.
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The Climb
The Climb
Price: £0.99

25 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Anodyne, 14 Dec 2009
This review is from: The Climb (MP3 Download)
Okay, the boy can sing. But this is a totally uninspiring piece of packaged product, with a horrible, over-produced backing. Cheesy song choice, too.

Has no point, will be forgotton in months. Insipid.

Come on people, there is a world of tallent and variety out there. People who write songs beacuse they have strong feelings. People who form bands to play their songs, and hone their tallent through long months of gigging.
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Killing In The Name (Album Version) [Explicit]
Killing In The Name (Album Version) [Explicit]

66 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I won't do what you tell me, 12 Dec 2009
Absolute energy from the bass intro to the defiant chant of the end. A cathartic track to listen to when frustrated or angry. Gets it all out of the system.


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