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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hmnmhm, 13 Mar 2005
This review is from: Corrosion (Audio CD)
Hello friends, I gave this the full five stars for very personal reasons. This was essentially my first taste of rock music, I was indoctrinated by it. Listening to it now, every track opens the flood gates and a surge of wonderful memories swim around the cerebelia. Yeah, some of the songs aren't very good at all (Creed....forget it, just forget it), it's just the fantastic memories that this compilation gives me that makes me love it so much.
That said, there is some truly fantastic music here. (Hed) Planet Earth's Bartender is insane, as is the Suicide Machine's excellent cover of Rose Garden. I have never seen this music anywhere else. Then there's the absolute classics. Rage Against The Machine! Slash N' Burn! Buck Rodgers! Even the Korn track defies all expectations.
Yeah, there's no way you'll like this as much as me. Hoewever, if you're twelve or thirteen and want to get into rock music, there's no better place to start. Who knows, you may even develop your own tear jerking memories....through the medium of metal....I really should get out more.
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Heroes to Zeros [VINYL]
Heroes to Zeros [VINYL]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trompe Le Monde, 7 Feb 2005
This review is from: Heroes to Zeros [VINYL] (Vinyl)
I am absolutely convinced that The Beta Band are the new Pixies. If that's the case, this is their Trompe le Monde. A different style, last one they've ever done, and whilst it's an extremely good album, for them it's quite a poor achievement considering their past recordings.
Yet what you get is well worth your money, and pushes "conventional" music to its limits. This is the Beta Band after all. I don't know what their aim was in the making of this album, but they have managed to produce their most accessible collection of songs. Perhaps they were trying to win over a new audience, or go mainstream? Unfortanately, it failed, and we'll never get to see The Beta Band on TOTP.
But we will always have the songs. Several standout here, such as the U2 esque Assessment, the absolute classic Out-side, the inspired Space and the gentle interlude of Rhododendron.
Recommended as an album but not as a Beta Band album. Simply not as good as their others. But then, what is?

The Beta Band
The Beta Band
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If only all albums were made like this, 7 Feb 2005
This review is from: The Beta Band (Audio CD)
I have no idea why The Beta Band are so ashamed with their eponymous debut. For a band to be given the creative freedom they were given at such an early stage in their career is a definate sign of incredible talent, and giving creative control to these guys was a very good idea. Definately song based, but every song manages to achieve so much by exploring four hundred different ideas at a time. Even the hyper minimalist Simple Boy is greater than the entire back catalogues of some bands. Extremely simple drums and almost gregorian chanting, but the lyrics and overall mood create a work of inspired genius.
The album's strongest point is It's Not Too Beautiful, an ominous broody psychadelic plod through a dark forest that erupts into a breakdown of sampled orchestration and Dark Side of the Moon style sound effects.
Other tracks to note are Smiling, which could be classed as funk were it not for the speeded up vocals, and The Hard One, ten minutes of ticking clocks, ominous bass chords and "borrowed" lyrics.
Weirdly, it is during the more conventional moments when the album falters. The acoustic folk epic of Broken Up A Dingdong would sound fantastic on 3 EPs, but simply sounds out of place on this collection which defies description. The same can be said for the cheeky assertions of Number 15. ("Fifteen reasons not to spend my life with you".) Excellent song, but definately out of place.
The band described this album as an awful collection of "half songs with jams in the middle". I can sort of see where they're coming from, but is that really a bad thing? I have not heard anything like this before, it's a real step forward. The band should count this as their finest moment.
I only wish they'd been allowed to go along with the original plan to include a second disk that featured a single hour long descent into madness. Hopefully this will one day surface in a box set or something, but until then we can only dream.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Indisposable, 4 Feb 2005
This review is from: Tourist (Audio CD)
Albums are not meant to be treated like disposable razors. You're not meant to listen once and judge it by that experience alone. You have to give them a chance, work with them, nurture them, soak them up. Only then can you make a valid judgement.
Yes, on first listen it swings in Keane and Coldplay territory, and yes, it's massivey different to the quirkiness of Vehichles and Animals. But as inevitable as comparisions are, you really need to judge Tourist on its own merits. That's why repeat listenings are advised.
Bear with it and you will realise that it's a work of beauty. Personal, expansive, lush, rich. Classic British song writing with a tint of electronica and a definite epic angle. Would it be safe to call them the British Grandaddy?
Standout tracks include Half Light, the smile inducer, Wires, the difficult and powerful single, and I Love, which could well be a classic.

The Three EPs
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Track by track, 17 Jan 2005
This review is from: The Three EPs (Audio CD)
A modern classic. Nowadays every album is a modern classic, so the description's lost all merit. However, I am convinced that this one genuinely is.
1) Dry The Rain - Very catchy with a wonderful refrain and inspired horns. In many ways the best track on the album.
2) I Know - Quite crunchy, with lo-fi bass, clean, crisp chords and kitchen sink drumming. In many ways the best track on the album.
3) B+A - A simple riff, repeated over and over, on top of backwards sounding drums. Explodes into a psychadelic breakdown. In many ways the best track on the album.
4) Dog's Got A Bone - Reminds me of a barbeque - warm and sunny. In many ways the best track on the album.
5) Inner Meet Me - Sprawling acoustic epic with space age sound effects. In many ways the best track on the album.
6) The House Song - Sampled and looped lyrics, a japanese rap and a downright funky feel. In many ways the best track on the album.
7) Monolith - Fifteen minutes of The Beta Band messing around with weird samples. In many ways the best track on the album.
8) She's The One - A simple two chord love song with a psychadelic outro that you don't want to end. In many ways the best track on the album.
9) Push it Out - Sounds quite improvised and is extremely melancholic. In many ways the best track on the album.
10) It's Over - Tragic blues, with a circular bass riff. In many ways the best track on the album.
11) Dr. Baker - Tragic piano driven ballad in which Steve Mason sings like a monk. In many ways the best track on the album.
12) Needles In My Eyes - Optimistic end with quite an ethereal sound. In many ways the best track on the album.

Ross Noble - Unrealtime [2004] [DVD]
Ross Noble - Unrealtime [2004] [DVD]
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ???, 1 Jan 2005
Find the biggest container you can, fill it to the brim with water and then chisel a small hole into the side. The water will constantly seep out. It will never stop. And yet, the container will never get any emptier.
Ross Noble's mind is like an ocean in which he paddles, spotting islands or peninsulas in the distance up to which he swims to have a look, only to get distracted by an interesting buoy on the way over. For this reason, he points out, he's rubbish in bed. He even gets distracted by a pidgeon at one point.
And the result is baffling, the stand up equivalent of Kazuo Ishiguro's "The Unconsoled". Noble will bring up a topic, such as religion, and then within seconds he will go off on a complete tangent and end up talking about Bicycles. This can be frustrating. Let your attention wander for a split second and you will have no idea what he's talking about. I actually tried to make a map of all his topics of discussion. I gave up after about four minutes. At this point already it looked like the London Underground had stayed out all night and took a brisk walk through a hedge.
It is obvious that this improvised rambling comedy is a skill that has taken years to perfect. Noble keeps topics in mind, such as latecomers and his scenery (intentionally bad for good conversation?) to which he can revert back to in times of crisis. This ensures that he never dries up, and even if he did his mind would probably make carpet hilarious. His skill is wonderful yet confusing. This is not easy viewing. You must be constantly alert while watching to differentiate between dementia and genius, facetiousness and hilarity. His screams and gyrations would not be funny to the casual observer.
In fact, unless one truly appreciates his style, this DVD would actually be quite average. Not quite style over substance, more like style and substance relying on each other to make it work. But believe me, it does.

Bill Bailey Live - Part Troll [DVD] [1997]
Bill Bailey Live - Part Troll [DVD] [1997]
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Affirming, 1 Jan 2005
The best stand up routines do not just make you laugh, they also make you shake your head, suspended in a state of acute awe at the pure beauty and genius that has just been witnessed. Needless to say, when Bill was washing the dishes and staring in wonder as the suds were disperesed by a baking tray, my mouth was hanging open and my head was slowly shaking. In awe. I just kept saying "wow, genius" over and over.
There are no jokes. Bill points out that there are three in total, but I only counted two post modern ironic half-jokes. I would describe the humour as medieval observational surrealism, or the observations made by a medieval surrealist. Describing the catalogues in Argos as scriptures as dreams for instance which are laminated to catch the tears of joy. And the effects of LSD, which apparently are very dull. Bill recounts on how he was transfixed on how a woman's legs resembled a letter N.
And then there's the music, which is what seperates this routine from every other stand up ever. (Correct me if I'm wrong, I'm relatively new to this medium of comedy and I outwardly refuse to watch any comedians with right wing views)
Bill is a genius. Marvell at his scale of evil, his new British National Anthem (Portishead performing "Zippedy Doo-Dah") and best of all, his Kraftwerk "Okey-Koke" which features the greatest living actor of our time, Kevin Eldon.
Bill expertley combines images, sounds, movement, music and voice to create the perfect comedic performance. Puts everyone else in the world, comedian or otherwise, to shame.

Paranoid Android [CD 1] [CD 1]
Paranoid Android [CD 1] [CD 1]

5.0 out of 5 stars Faultless, 4 Dec 2004
Paranoid Android is a song that manages to surpass in quality the entire back catalogue of some certain bands. It is a song of four parts. The intro brings to mind a sci-fi nightmare, with a frantic acoustic guitar, pained and wailed vocals and almost alien interludes. There is also the subliminal "I am paranoid but I am not an android". The first part alone would qualify as a classic.
Then Thom comments on how "ambition makes you look pretty ugly", followed by an almost jazzy bass line. "You don't remember my name!" he screams, and the song kicks into overdrive. Johhny Greenwood demonstrates why he should be called a guitar god, with a solo that kicks down the door to your brain and bites a large chunk out of the cortex.
Feeling quite shagged out by this explosion of energy, the song slips into the mellow section, and it's beautiful. Thom urges for it to "Rain down" accompanied by some gentle acoustic strumming and drums that do indeed sound like rain. "God loves his children, yeah" he comments before the song explodes into hyper drive once again. Everyone gives it their best, with three guitars whittling out insane riffs from the tree of rock, and then it ends. And all this in under seven minutes.
Add to this the B-sides, which are different depending on which cd you buy but all are equally inspired. My personal favourite would have to be Polyethelene, which uses the same quiet/loud dynamics as Paranoid Android but at the same time has a tune. It is a cliche to say this, but any of these songs could have made a brilliant A-side. Buying this single will give you as much pleasure as buying a full album, and at a fraction of the price!

The Rivals (New Mermaids)
The Rivals (New Mermaids)
by William-Alan Landes
Edition: Paperback

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An acquired taste, 4 Dec 2004
This is a comedy, but at first it is quite hard to grasp this point. However, get used to the language and the fact that things will sound differently to how they read and you'll be laughing out loud. Add to this the ultra-comprehensive notes that come with this addition and you have quite a valuable package. Not to everyone's taste however.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bliss, 4 Dec 2004
This review is from: Svefn-G (Audio CD)
Sonar echoes, rumbling ambience and a keyboard that sounds so distant that it fills the room. Then there's the incredible wall of noise created by playing guitar with a cello bow. The moment when that kicks in must be one of the greatest moments in music history. Ten minutes long, some would say that this is too long, but I don't think it's long enough. A truly life-affirming song. It will either lull you into blissful sleep or brighten up your day in such a way that nothing will bring you down. Perfect in every way.

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