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Indie Cindy [VINYL]
Indie Cindy [VINYL]
Price: 11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Truly great return to form, 10 Aug 2014
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This review is from: Indie Cindy [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Truly great return to form. Brilliant songs dark twisted and clever ranging from the discordant post punk to beautifully written dark pop from a great band.


Belkin MixIt Colour Range Rockstar Multi 5 Way Splitter for Headphone - Green
Belkin MixIt Colour Range Rockstar Multi 5 Way Splitter for Headphone - Green
Price: 13.92

4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal passive mixer when out and about, 10 Aug 2014
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Simple idea well executed. I use it with my Monotribe and Volcas. A passive mixer where you have to adjust the volumes through the various connected devices. Small loss in volume for each connected unit, but portable and no batteries required.


Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game
Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game
Price: 26.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Game, 18 Aug 2013
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Well thought out gameplay that can provide a quick skirmish, but with the depth for really interesting strategic games. One set is ok but 2 sets really do open up opportunities. The extra ships, although not cheap, are really good and add great depth. A really good purchase.


Fishman Passive Ukulele Pickup
Fishman Passive Ukulele Pickup
Price: 73.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great pickup, 18 Aug 2013
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Very good, easy to fit for professional fitter, could be done DIY but I chose a pro to fit it to my ukulele. Sound requires Pre amp to get best from it, quite toppy without. Perfect for direct recording and replicates the natural tone well.


Punt - Made In Ethiopia
Punt - Made In Ethiopia
Price: 11.44

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Journey, 4 Aug 2010
This review is from: Punt - Made In Ethiopia (Audio CD)
I bought this CD last October, as a 'chance' purchase. I already owned The Dub Collosus CD and Punt was 'recommended' by Amazon. I have to admit that I am new to African music, I know I like some but couldn't name many artists. Punt is an album where this is not important. Invisible System have taken the traditional and made it more accessible to more people by mixing it with other varied styles, it doesn't sound contrived because the music is still traditional but with added 'herb'. From the opening heavy heavy dub bass of 'I'm Worried He's Leaving' to the early dance hall reggae keyboards and each new listen reveals more. It is this variety that keeps the attention and Dan Harper shows imagination in his arrangements, as shown in 'If That Is What You Want', which starts all psy trance keyboards broken up with a heavy John Bonham style drum beat backing the dark, almost gothic vocal of Mamhoud Ahmed and ending in a trippy Nik Turner Hawkwind/Ozrics style Sax out. Other high points are 'What Have I Done Wrong', the dancey electronica of 'Because of You I Faced So Many Challenges' and 'Give Me An Answer' and then drum and bass to end this CD with the brilliant 'Dance City Boy'. My personal musical tastes are varied and Punt always manages to sound fresh and I think that is because Dan Harpers influences look both back in time while keeping the music relevant today, his list of guest musicians proves this. Lights down, headphones on...off we go

Just a small final point. The BBC review was not on the site when I purchased this CD, and I may have been put off by some of the comments. These things are 'subjective' and I guess that it was just not his thing. I was in total agreement with the other reviewers comments, thanks. There are more reviews from the music press on the Invisible System website.


Today Is A Good Day
Today Is A Good Day
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Price: 12.53

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatness in 12 Songs, 20 Oct 2009
This review is from: Today Is A Good Day (Audio CD)
Today IS A Good Day is a great album by one of the UKs best bands. I am always nervous when a fan of a band says that the 'new' album is the best, because by their nature a fan has a bias. I have followed NMA since the start and listened as they have gone through the changes that the years have brought. Many bands release 1 or 2 great albums, and then struggle to deliver consistantly and NMA are no exception. The release of a new album from the boys, raises my hopes that there will be another Ghost of Cain, Thunder and Constellation or Vengence and they have produced some fine moments and great album, but to find an album that deivers with every track is rare. I believe that part of my love for this particular disk is that they successfully look backwards without attempting to produce No Rest.... or Cain. The album opens with the title track which has the bass line that marked their sound on the early recordings with Stuart Morrow, but the song is as modern a sound as NMA produce in 2009. The sound and feel of the album is about 'now', it is a rock album from a band who had the attitude of punk in its lyrics and can make them work in the slower more atmospheric tracks as well as the full on 'turn it up to 11' rockers. 'Autumn' is a beautifully written song that could be a great single, if that was the ambition of the band, but NMA just appear to love writing and playing great music. Justin Sullivan is one of this countrys great song writers and his solo album Navigating By Stars is worth checking out, especially as he has included a full band version of Ocean Rising which although an unusual addition works well. Mambo Queen is one of my personal favorites as I like the images it creates and has that 'quiet bit, quiet bit, LOUD bit' that Nirvana did so well. Other outstanding songs include the wonderful 'Disappeared' which combines dark lyrics matched perfectly with the music which is stirring and anthemic...yes another reminder of NMAs past. So to summarise 12 great tracks that demand to be listened to LOUD with the windows down and singing at the top of your voice...buy it...you know you want to ;-)


The Powers That Beep
The Powers That Beep
Price: 10.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ozrics and onwards, 9 July 2009
This review is from: The Powers That Beep (Audio CD)
I will keep this short and sweet. Great album with a different direction and feel to Ozrics and more in the direction of Eat Static. This is dance music in the broadest form encompassing techno, drum and bass, house and dub (this what prompted me to listen). A great album that does not bore because it has enough variety to keep this listener interested.


Third
Third
Price: 5.84

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give this the space it needs, 2 April 2009
This review is from: Third (Audio CD)
Having read a number of reviews of this album, I nearly didn't buy it. The reviews were mixed at best with some very harsh comments about the style. Fans can be fickle and a new offering often raises expectations and can easily disappoint those that loved what came before. OK, Dummy it is not, but imagine the comments if Portishead had produced more of the same. I buy albums by bands like Portishead because I need something more challenging within my collection. Third sits alongside albums like Thom Yorkes The Eraser, which was equally 'unconfortable/beautiful/haunting' to listen to, and I think this is what has upset a some listeners. Third is a beautiful album that works best when 'viewed' as a whole, yes there are tracks which have 'instant' appeal such as the beautiful and haunting The Rip, but the album needs time to be enjoyed and should be listened to as a whole piece to allow it to draw you in to its world. It is a cross over album that blends a lot of styles, without sounding like any of them making it difficult to put in a 'box'. This is Portisheads sound, Beth Gibbons voice is stunning and fits the context of the album perfectly. The sound is cinematic and beautifully produced, sounding uncluttered but with enough depth to draw you right in, and deserves to be given enough time to be enjoyed. This could not have been achieved with a collection of 'obvious' singles, padded out with sub standard filler or by re visiting Dummy.

Third is the perfect soundtrack to these uncertain times. Give it space, turn out the lights, close your eyes and let Portishead take you on a journey, allow Third to take you to where it needs you to go, rather than the route you expected it to take and you will not be disappointed. I am greatful to bands like Portishead who I hope will continue until they have said what they need and then, like the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland will vanish.....leaving nothing remaining but........a smile.


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