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Run for Cover
Run for Cover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stupidly Good, 1 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Run for Cover (MP3 Download)
The pigs have done it again! 'Run For Cover' is a subtle masterpiece, growing on you with each listen. This track really is a winner, and will probably make C3U records a lot of dosh. Good for them.

Inside In/Inside Out
Inside In/Inside Out
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: £4.49

6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Kooks - Inside In/Inside Out, 19 Jun. 2006
This review is from: Inside In/Inside Out (Audio CD)
The Kooks are one of those bands who have been hyped up far too much for they're own good, and plastered everywhere in magazines and on the radio. This automaticaly made me stay away as usually I hate all that indie rubbish. But my sister bought the album the other day and I have since listened to it a few times... I was a bit suprised really, its a lot better than I thought. The first thing that came to mind is that it reminded me of Supergrass' I Should Coco. It's youthful and fun with similar happy, upbeat songs, the only thing that's missing is great sounding organs on every track, but you can't have everything I guess.

The Kooks themselves are good musicians, especially the drummer. They clearly listen to quite a few genres of music, i'm picking up Reggae/Ska/Dub and Blues influences. I find I enjoy the songs that have unusual structures and harmony etc more than the simpler radio-friendly songs like Naive etc. Those songs do nothing for me. A few of the others are pretty good, well-written tracks though - matchbox, time awaits, got no love, she moves in her own way & See The World. Sofa Song and Eddies Gun and a few others are alright, but I think they rely too much on the basic pop formula to be interesting songs.

To sum up I think the Kooks have nice ideas and some good songs. I think they're better when they play softer, especially with the reggae influence added. Overall though its a fairly good album, worth a shot if you like Supergrass or anything like that.

Soul Rebel
Soul Rebel
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.72

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good compilation.., 9 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Soul Rebel (Audio CD)
I must admit, for the price I wasn't expecting much, however this album is very good. It flows nicely from each track to the next and the quality is fairly good. Of course, Bob Marley's songs are amazing. this is EXCELLENT value!

Into The Rainbow
Into The Rainbow

4.0 out of 5 stars Dream of owning this album.., 9 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Into The Rainbow (Audio CD)
This album is an excellent piece of music - if you like latin or jazz then pick this up. The recording and instrumentation is perfect, the sound is crystal clear - very well mixed and the musicians are fantastic.
It contains some of the best melodies i've heard in a long time. There are a few vocal songs with guest singer Maria Ewing and the rest is instrumentals, so theres a nice contrast between the pieces. This album is definatly worth checking out if you like latin jazz music or anything like that.
1. Rosina
2. Dream of Fair Women
3. How Insensitive
4. Into The Rainbow
5. Little Bercheres
6. Desert Rose
7. Starjive
8. Last Summer's Song
9. Hearts in Chains
10. For The Moment
11. Folly's End
12. Weren't You The One
13. So If
14. Vicki
15. Crossfire
this album is a bargain!

Sunshine Hit Me
Sunshine Hit Me
Offered by westworld-
Price: £9.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing!, 6 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Sunshine Hit Me (Audio CD)
I can't even begin to describe how amazing this album is in words, but i'll try my best :)
The emotion and dedication put into this record is what makes it so great, the music sounds real, honest. The songwriting is top quality too, can never predict where the songs heading. Another thing I like about this album is how varied the instrumentation is; on practically every song there is organs and keys galore, filling up the sound, lovely use of percussion (cowbells, shakers, even pots and pans make an appearance). Considering this is two blokes in a shed, its an outstanding achievement.
The album contains fantastic melodies that follow you around for days and features interesting jazzy harmonies and varied rhythms. The actual music is quite complex for something that sounds so simple. Theres a lot more going on in the background than you might think. As for the actual songs, theres an interesting blend of styles -Reggae, funk, jazz, Dub, folk, pop, rock etc. Anything that's influenced them in anyway fuses together on this record. None of the tracks are bad at all, or even 'filler'. They're all gems, although some are better than others.
I'd recommend Punchbag, Angryman, No trophy, Sunshine, This Town and Sky Holds The Sun. But really, purchase this album, you wont be dissapointed. Its a great experience listening to the whole thing through, and you wont get the same vibe downloading a few tracks.
Another reason I love this album is because i'm pretty sure it's all recorded on analog equipment, which would explain its mellow, warm sound. I own it on vinyl too, which sounds great.
In the overly-commercialised music scene nowerdays, this really does shine above the rest of the pack. The bees may not be as popular as Franz Ferdinand or kaiser chiefs, but take my word and the other people's reviews on here and buy this album!

You Got to Leave [7" VINYL]
You Got to Leave [7" VINYL]
Offered by oldiesmuseum
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars You Got To Buy This EP!, 18 July 2005
I'd like to start by saying that if you like reggae or funk, or both, then you'll definatly enjoy this cd. The first track - You Got To Leave is a lively number to kick the EP off. Next is the slower and softer Elain. The last 2 tracks are the standout tracks for me; Whistle Chop for reminding me of dub reggae, with its low constant bassline and nice reverb effects and Jackel Head for its lively funky beat.
The instrumentation is brilliant, the production is spot on and the songs are very good and seems to be from the same kind of style as the Sunshine Hit Me album. Definatly worth the money.
I reccomend this for any dub reggae fans. I heard that the bees themselves take their inspiration from the likes of King Tubby, Scratch Perry etc, whos dubs are also worth checking out.

One Hot Minute [U.S. Version]
One Hot Minute [U.S. Version]
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £3.99

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Hot Record, 18 July 2005
As you all know, this is the album with the loss of John and with Dave Navarro taking his place.
Upon first listening you can tell its a lot heavier, obviously Navarro has influenced the band in some way. One thing I love about the chili peppers is that every album is different to the last. They never repeat themselves. This album is very different and is probably the album where they branch out the most.
For most this is a downpoint in their career, however I wish they would have written a few more albums with Navarro. The whole record flows well, with a great opening track - Warped - this song starts off slow and quiet, then suddendly BAM! the whole thing kicks off into a high-energy funk rock song. Becomes very furious near the end until the song suddenly changes completely (style, instrumentation, I think it even changes key) - an excellent, unexpected end. Sets the scene for the rest of the album really in the fact that its quite experimental (for the chilis) and is quite unpredictable. But brilliant nonetheless.
The following tracks are a blend of funk, rock, heavy rock and some nice acoustic work. Stand out tracks for me are Coffee Shop (great guitar work, chorus and bass solo), One Big Mob (Very funky in the opening passage, changes completely into a spacious breakdown which slowly builds up to kick off to the first part again), Walkabout (Extremely light, funky track. Starts out with some great drumming from Chad and a great riff, nice guitars also) and Transcending (Very slow throughout most of the song, you think it'll be a wind down track being the last but kicks off near the end and absolutely rocks out, a strange but decent close the album). It also includes Pea, just Flea and his bass guitar, singing and playing. Although it seems a bit "filler" at first (since its pretty short), its a nice break from all the heavier stuff.
Also included are the two singles Aeroplane and My Friends which are both excellent songs. The rest of the album is also worth the money, the flow of quality never dips from start to finish and can I just say that the production is spot on. Also I love the cover art, how twisted and strange.. but compelling.
If your after simple Intro-Verse-Chorus-Repeat songs then this isn't the album for you. However if you want to try something a bit different from the ordinary rock then give it a listen, let it grow on you and I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

Grooving and Showmanship John Blackwell - Technique [2002] (NTSC) [DVD]
Grooving and Showmanship John Blackwell - Technique [2002] (NTSC) [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Blackwell
Price: £34.39

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some excellent drumming : ), 3 Jan. 2005
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Sections include: Heroes and Influences, Practicing, Teachers, Building a Solo, Single-Hand Rolls, Single-Pedal Technique, Building a Groove, Shuffles, Stick Twirling and his whole performance at Modern Drummer Festival 2002.
First of all, John is an outstanding funk and R&B drummer. His performance at MD shows this. Even the music his band play is brilliant. Sometimes I just put it on to listen to the music, and of course wathcing it live is always a bonus ;~).
The actual DVD sections are pretty good, he teaches you a few excersises and licks that are really nice. Its definatly given me something to work on for a while. He also tells you about his heroes and influences (one of the main ones being his Dad) and John also plays some great grooves covering a selection of genres with bassist Baron Browne - as well as all the stuff mentioned at the top..
With 3 hours of footage plus an extra hour for the bonus disk and special features, that comes to 4 great hours of DVD! I recommend this to any drummer looking for inspiration or just some new stuff to work on. Buy Buy Buy!

Supergrass is 10 - The Best of 1994-2004
Supergrass is 10 - The Best of 1994-2004
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £4.24

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It should be Pumping On Your Stereo, 3 Jan. 2005
This album is brilliant from start to finish. If this is your first Supergrass album, like it was mine, then you won't be dissapointed. The album clearly shows how Supergrass's sound have matured over time, starting with Caught by the Fuzz and the almost infamous Alright (you'll have definatly heard this) then moving on to songs like Late in the day and Sun hits the sky which are well written rock ballards. As the album progresses they experiment more with the keyboards & new sounds and even use a Theramin in Richard III.
Songs to look out for: All of them!!
The more you listen to it the more you realise how amazing these guys are, so stop wasting your time reading this and go buy it!!

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