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T. G. Cox "dancin_terry" (London, UK)
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The Beatific Visions
The Beatific Visions
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Price: £8.92

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brakes continue to deliver, 18 April 2007
This review is from: The Beatific Visions (Audio CD)
This album is almost impossible to review. It moves at a pace that sees only 2 or it's 11 songs clock in at more than 2 minutes - and it twists and turns from rock-a-billy punk to quiet singer-songwriter staples and Sebadoh style pop moments. Whatever happens in Eamon Hamilton's head - it's definitely a busy place and when he's screaming over "Hold me in the River" or "Do the Funky Chicken" you don't beleiove it's the same vocal chords that produce the melodies of "Beatific Visions". You like this if you are a fan of bands like Guided by Voices or They Might be Giants - ie appreciate good song writing without any boundaries of genre - and I can see the Brakes creating a similar back catalog for future generations to spend eternity exploring.


Be He Me
Be He Me
Price: £17.47

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Variations on a Theme, 18 April 2007
This review is from: Be He Me (Audio CD)
Dont know where I first heard of this band.. but i am listening to it now and i like it a lot. The comparisons to the Arcade Fire are inevitable as on openers, "Brother" and others including "Ida, My", they produce similar epic soundscapes that are orchestral in feel. At other times they verge on world music, referencing perhaps Graceland era Paul Simon. But they never stray too fair to be consumed in their own pomposity - which is the often the risk when exploring such themes. By mid album, classic song structures are adopted, which while piano driven are mixed up by the drums - almost samba like on "Carry Around" - which carry the unusuality and intrigue of the record. The album finishes with the double of "Father & "Sway" - where that Arcade Fire comparison can be heard again, but also Radiohead or Thom Yorke's solo stuff. All in all an interesting and satisfying album which is imediate enough to like right away but also challenges enough to reward multiple listen.


The Chronicles Of A Bohemian Teenager
The Chronicles Of A Bohemian Teenager
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Price: £5.06

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poet for the IPOD generation, 28 Sept. 2006
So he turns up with just a lap top and a guitar. And strums and sings over his electronic beats and computer generated grooves. Sounds like a poor rip off version of a proper rock n roll band eh? But you dont care. He gives you a lesson in life with folk sensibilities that lead to Billy Bragg comparisons. It's his lyrics and the variation of tunes that the lap top allow him that take him ahead of the other troubadors. He's the UK's answer to at least one of Beck's guises. Get this record and enjoy.


Ballad of the Broken Seas
Ballad of the Broken Seas
Price: £10.00

18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And a Mercury Nomination to go with that please., 2 Aug. 2006
Isobel Campbell has presented a selection of songs that echo of open plains and small town mentality and has teamed up Mark Lanegan to deliver them like this years Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons. The songs range from catchy sing-a-long of true alt-country in Ramblin Man and (Do you Wanna) Come Walk with me to the delicate wordplay and melody of Honey Child. Lanegan's vocals are every bit as vital as Rain Dogs era Tom Waits whose influences are also heard in the production of some of the songs. This wide landscape provides the perfect spoil to the urban life obsessesives of 2006 a'la Lilly Allen and the Arctic Monkeys but stands tall on the quality of musicianship and apparent bond between the two protaginists. This is a record that you'll be playing to your grand children.


Silver And Fire
Silver And Fire
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Price: £10.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and Delightful, 2 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Silver And Fire (Audio CD)
OK. First I have to forgive the Magic Number association and definitely distance the good man Martin from their tarnished and sickening ways. This album delivers from the first note to the final chorus. You know the occasion when shivers are forced down you spine? Well it happens here when you listen to the title track and then he takes you all around his head on a varied and beautiful journey. The songwriting on display here is the stuff that more mainstream singer/songwriters (Blunt eat your heart out) dream of. Home alone. Glass of red. This on the stereo. Bliss.


Under The Crooked Moon
Under The Crooked Moon
Price: £11.24

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hot Puppies - Best Girl Band in Britain, 28 July 2006
This review is from: Under The Crooked Moon (Audio CD)
Hey if you weren't at the album launch in Camden last night then you missed the team doing this live. There's the girls up front who not only rock your world but are easy enough on the eye and the boys at the back who back up with some competent accompanying. The song Terry is quite simply the best song ever written and I cant listen to it without busting a move and grinning quite freakishly. And the rest of their album is tip top too. The tunes are there. The look is there. And there's that instrument that makes a noise even though it isn't touched - ie the hand is just sort of move near it. Freakish and great. The Girl who was too beautiful and Green Eyeliner are other highlights. If you like music at all you'll get this band and have a great time if you listen.


The Article Cycle
The Article Cycle
Offered by MMT-UK
Price: £7.95

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OK So I haven't heard the whole thing yet, 21 Jan. 2005
This review is from: The Article Cycle (Audio CD)
But if their live show is anything to go by, it will be a cracker album and it includes NME single of the month Saffron and one of my fave tunes of 2004 - I saw pig on Friday - hey I bought the 7 inch. I'll be ordering this right away and I promise it wont dissapoint...


Bullets
Bullets
Offered by themusicmerchant
Price: £150.00

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Live these guys rock, 9 Jan. 2005
This review is from: Bullets (Audio CD)
I saw these guys live supporting the Bravery in December and they blew me away. Get into this if you like Joy Division, Interpol or the Killers. But they aint clones of any of the above. Check them out on their UK tour too.


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