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Chinese Democracy
Chinese Democracy
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blimey - its actually very good., 24 Nov 2008
This review is from: Chinese Democracy (Audio CD)
Has there ever been an album so many wanted to hate without ever listening to it ? Has there ever been an album so delayed ? Has there ever been so many guitarists credited on one record ? Lets get this straight, if Axl Rose ahd released this in 1995 like he perhaps should have done it would easily have sat up there with some of rock's greatest albums. However the interminable delays and band changes just pushed both expectation and antipathy to ridicuous levels. Ok so Slash isn't there, but we all know Slash is a live guitar playing icon. He was never the driving force behind what Guns N Roses did in the studio and arguably if he didn'thave frizzy hair and a hat he may never have quite had the persona he as now. Anyway give this album a listen or two. Its a more consistent album than Use Your Illusions without perhaps not quite hitting the highs of November Rain & Estranged. And the dirty punk of Appetite disappeared as soon as they sold their first million records - so don't expecta Welcome to the Jungle. But in There Was a Time, Street of Dreams, Sorry, Madagascar and the title track there are so truly memorable moments. A couple of tracks like Scraped don't really stand up but then neither did the likes of Right next door to hell off Illusion or dare i say it Think About You on Appetite. The world has moved on and none of us are ever going to recapture 1988 I'm afraid but isn't it good to hear that voice again.
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Destination Moscow: An Alternative Look at Manchester United's Season
Destination Moscow: An Alternative Look at Manchester United's Season
by Justin Blundell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.65

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars daft title - great read, 2 Oct 2008
He's only gone and done it again. After the unimitigated success of 'Back from the Brink' Blundell has turned his biro to a more contemporary account with effortless ease. There will no doubt be a plethora of books about the second most successful season in United's history. Most of them will inevitably be self-obsessed accounts of United fans who measure their credibility by who hates Glazer the most. Blundell refuses to get bogged down in this and instead delivers a more straightforwardly entertaining take on the season with a wicked sense of humour. This is just perfectly pitched to all kinds of United fans.My only criticism is the title. Sounds like a lame U2 song or something. 'Viva John Terry' perhaps ? Too late now I suppose. Publishers hey !!


Back from the Brink: Manchester United Crisis, 1919-1932
Back from the Brink: Manchester United Crisis, 1919-1932
by Justin Blundell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.56

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A highly entertaining debut, 29 Nov 2006
Apparently this is Justin Blundell's first book but you'd never know it. Don't be put off by the subject matter, this is a much more important tome than the proliferation of depressingly empty football books on offer these days. If you want to know what Wayne Rooney's favourite member of Atomic Kitten is this isn't for you. If however you want a surprisingly entertaining account of how the mighty Manchester United rose from the rubble of the depression era setting the foundations for the Busby era, get hold of this book. The characters may not be overly familiar even to the most fanatical of United followers but Blundell effortlessly manages to draw contemporary parallels with passion, wit and a heartfelt love of his subject matter. With the current incarnation of Manchester United in very real danger of asphyxiation under the weight of the post-Glazer debt this is a story worth reading.


Yeah
Yeah
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leppard re-gain their spots, 23 May 2006
This review is from: Yeah (Audio CD)
It is so easy to criticise Def Leppard. OK..there are few cheesier rock singers than Joe Elliott and Rick Savage really should find a haircut that sits well in the 21st century. But scratch beneath the surface and they are one extremelely talented and credible outfit. There are few better lead rock guitarists than Phil Collen and Viv Campbell and put them together and you have a very sophisticated but melodic guitar sound. When i heared however that they were recording an album of cover versions, I feared the worst. But this is no lazy 'can't be bothered to write our own music' job. It becomes very obvious that these boys really do truly love the songs they are covering. That should be applauded if anything. There is a real arrogant attitude towards cover versions in this country but what's wrong with Joe Elliot wanting to champion his boyhood heroes Mott the Hoople ? Take or leave covers of well known songs like Waterloo Sunset and Hanging on the Telephone, the real delight of this album is hearing songs that have fallen by rock's wasteland. David Essex's Rock On sounds fantastic here, as does No Matter What. Own up, how many of us have heared Badfinger's original ? Well here it is and it sounds bloody good. It's time Britain embraced Def Leppard a bit more.


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