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Natural History
Natural History
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4.0 out of 5 stars folk soft like a blanket, 7 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Natural History (Audio CD)
i caught this fantastic group recently playing live at exeter, knowing only 1 song and the fact they are friends with national treasures, Elbow.

this debut album is produced by guy garvey before even elbow were famous...it is a soft hush, a collection of gently strummed confessionals, some rough around the edges.

i don't have the cd box as i write this, but the singer posesses a fine, keening yet lived in voice. cherry ghost come to mind, with the volleys of minor distortion on display in some of the more produced numbers.

world weary yet optimistic, the emphasis is on the nu-folk tradition, with songs revolving lyrically around the elements (sun, moon , stars, wind , rain, the sea), so the full gamut of lovelorn emotion is on display with layer upon layer of soothing guitar lines. pure poetry.

well worth a visit.


Beneath This Burning Shoreline
Beneath This Burning Shoreline
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4.0 out of 5 stars This quiet majesty, 4 Oct. 2010
this follow up to 'thirst for romance' is immaculate and gently addictive. simon aldred and his band of friends have again created an atmospheric collection of late night laments and torch songs for the lonely and disposessed, which is coloured by the addtion of mournful trumpets, mariachi rhythms and delicious tempo changes.

like elbow, their geographical neighbours, they perfectly convey a sense of longing, blistering melancholy, sparkling with imaginative arrangements and pure poetry instead of simple lyrics.

this is the sound of darkness receding, dawn approaching, renewed hope. this album will stay with you, fire your memories, keep you warm. embrace this.


TDK 10 pk Recordable Cd (80 Mins)
TDK 10 pk Recordable Cd (80 Mins)
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Price: £10.94

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars sound quality, 5 Feb. 2009
these cdr's are great for dinosaurs like me who haven't bothered with the mp3 revolution. easy to use, but a bit more writing space wouldn't go amiss. it's great that amazon and its suppliers stock these as you only find the ones on spindles or the computer only recordable ones in the shops. shame.


Hidden (cache) [DVD]
Hidden (cache) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Daniel Auteuil
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Price: £3.97

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the truth is obscure, 24 Nov. 2008
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This review is from: Hidden (cache) [DVD] (DVD)
A thought-provoking, subtly directed thriller which leaves you with more questions than answers. Daniel auteuil and Juliette binoche are excellent as the couple caught up in a deeply unsettling scenario of surveillance and deep-buried guilt. Trust is abused by autueil's character, binoche becomes an innocent victim of her husband's past behaviour, never explicitly revealed, except in a repeated nightmare. Her own descent into paranoia is expertly observed, the confrontations with her husband depressingly real.

This film is multi-layered in its approach to revealing the different characters and their relationships to one another.The lack of any soundtrack serves to heighten the tension. The violence - one short, searing moment, is completely unexpected and all the more shocking.

By the end, the viewer is left stunned and still questioning, still confused as to everyone's motives - mother, son, father,who is to blame, who is telling the truth?

This is artful cinema, requiring concentration from the viewer beyond normal levels. Haunting, haunted and gripping, it will stay with you for a long while after the final reel.


Blackout
Blackout
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars cold as fire, hot as ice, 10 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Blackout (Audio CD)
i've never bought a britney album until now, always wary of the possible filer in amongst the great singles. i hadn't even heard any of the tracks before ordering this, i'd just read like many others about her supposed lacklustre performance on the mtv awards recently.

i'm amazed she found the time to go into the studio in amongst all her personal problems with k-fed and the custody of her children.

this was a very pleasant surprise. from the off this record is teeming with attitude. the beats are hard and furious at times, but always original. the album concept, loosely concerning the pressures of fame and the public eye with large helpings of sexual suggestions, works well. you might be reminded of christina's 'dirrttyy', but you always come back to britney's damaged innocence and vulnerability which clearly stand out on several of the tracks here.

producer danja provides platinum beats on ' gimme more' which is instantly addictive. some of the tunes have a europop sheen, redolent of her earlier efforts, but this does not damage her credibilty. the nearest the album comes to balladeering is the closing neptunes penned 'why should i feel so sad?', a poignant end to an album where britney is not afraid to vent her spleen a litle, but with that sweet smile still in place - tho you'd never believe it from recent shots in the papers.

huge keyboards are all over the grooves of this record and generate a real sense of occasion on all the tracks.

is this a departure or a step sideways? all i know is this is one growling monster of a pop album and the most sonically innovative modern music to emerge from the us since timberlake's last opus.

this ought to convert many of the doubters and will keep her existing fanbase hungry for more.


Release the Stars
Release the Stars
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the pinnacle is reached, 30 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Release the Stars (Audio CD)
rufus has exceeded his own expectations on this 5th long player. after his more outre sister's intimate torch songs and the blissed concoctions from joan wasser, it was difficult to know what to expect, given his recent judy garland tribute.

more show tunes? even bigger choruses? more introspection? the overall feel is a lttle more mainstream in places ( the arrangements by neil tennant, particularly on 'rules and regulations' - his most direct 'pop' song since 'one i love' from want two), but loses none of his grandiloquent gestures, as typified on most of want one and parts of two.

he has seized the nettle and drawn himself further up the ladder marked 'drama' and fired off star-shaped rockets into the stratosphere. 'do i disappoint you' and ' between my legs' are the 2 standout tracks. the former is lushly orchestrated and resplendent, billowing into excess with crescendo after crescendo - lovelorn still.. the latter is cheeky from the off, cheerful, then the coda kicks in and the spine starts to shiver, quiver, not wanting the joy to end.

there is contemplation, as on all his work, but it is placed more in the foreground than before. 'going to a town' is a personal, political stab at the bush administration with touching, sometimes bittersweet lyrics - it feels like a genuine protest song...

'leaving for paris' and ' not ready for love' are the weakest offerings, although the segue into ' slideshow' is immaculate. these two work better live.

by the end, you feel that rufus is more content with his lot. the rumour is he is off for a sabbatical to complete a nascent opera. now that will be something to behold.

this is a work of ART and will leave you wanting more. not perfect but near enough. he is still one of the most fascinating and original composers of the last 10 years. long may he reign,the crown prince of palatial pop !!


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