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Wayfaring Stranger
Wayfaring Stranger

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Performer, 25 Feb 2009
This review is from: Wayfaring Stranger (Audio CD)
Saw this guy play on a windy Bexhill seafront and he was totally brilliant. Real star.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece, 13 July 2008
This review is from: Karamelién (Audio CD)
Sometimes an album comes along that is changes the way you listen. Think the Smiths or the Stone Roses debuts. Or from an earlier time, Carol King's Tapestry, Neil Young's Harvest. Albums that are perfect and complete in themselves - that you know are going to be classic in twenty or thirty years' time. Karamelien is one such album.
It's deceptive at the first casual listen. Cool sophisticated überpop - sweet voice, clever melodies, consummately pro musicianship. But then a line stops you: `before I fade away like a smile on a train' (Freak) or `I'm the screwed up tissue in your pocket' (Karamelien). And then the sly, witty references and unexpected textures. That's when you realise that this ain't no pop album. It's a masterpiece.

Crisis, What Crisis?: Britain in the 1970s
Crisis, What Crisis?: Britain in the 1970s
by Alwyn W. Turner
Edition: Hardcover

15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 12 Jun 2008
Context is all, and in this much needed reappraisal of the 70s, Alwyn W Turner has managed not only to put it firmly within its context sandwiched between the tectonic social shifts of the 60s and the ghastly me-me greed of Thatcher's 80s but also within itself. It's not another glossy of recycled pictures of Abba, whacky fashions and weird convenience foods - the things drawn out for those inevitable 50 Best shows on Saturday nights - but as Turner says,'an attempt to depict both the high politics and low culture of those times'. And it is a very successful attempt, written in an elegantly transparent style with occasional flashes of sly wit.
Any student of modern social history, anybody writing about the music or politics of the time, and anybody who lived through that oddly uneasy decade should read this book. Context is all.

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