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Kill Your Friends
Kill Your Friends
by John Niven
Edition: Paperback

8 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish., 6 July 2009
This review is from: Kill Your Friends (Paperback)
I HATED this book. Although the music industry subject matter was at times fascinating it was just so badly written and so absolutely full of unpleasantness that it detracted from what otherwise would have been a golden opportunity. Unloading the filthiest, most cynical bile on the reader does not a good book make. Yes, I get it: the music industry is full of narcissistic, sociopathic self-interested idiots, but please - have some subtlety in the delivery.

This book is stupid, vile, unnecessary, detestable, nasty, foul-mouthed, cynical and borderline dangerous pulp fiction of the worst type and I hope John Niven is never allowed to write another book. Ever.
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Meanwhile
Meanwhile
Price: £19.39

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not nearly as clever as it thinks it is, 4 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Meanwhile (Audio CD)
Competent - but some of the tracks here go beyond 'freeform jazz' into over-complex and messy arrangements that don't quite gel, this is an album which isn't nearly as clever as it thinks it is....it's the soul equivalent of watching someone diddly-doop-woo-woo with jazz hands. Which is disappointing as I really wanted to like this album, if only for the effort that's gone into it. To be less derivative of similar, but better bands, more attention to detail and much better vocal arrangements on number 2 please.


Broken Social Scene Presents Kevin Drew: Spirit If...
Broken Social Scene Presents Kevin Drew: Spirit If...
Price: £17.31

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Canada keeps it rockin', 18 Feb. 2008
A lot more accessible and commercial than sprawling Toronto collective, Broken Social Scene, but just as creative and adventurous, this is surprising gem of an album which yields a few surprises and a lot of pleasure. Some great melodies, serious wiggin'out and a few shivery spine moments, I'd actually put it right up there with Arcade Fire and I think others will too! I don't think you'd regret giving it a whirl!


Gargantuan
Gargantuan
Price: £16.00

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back Spooky!, 21 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Gargantuan (Audio CD)
Spooky were just one of a catalogue of artists who emerged from the William Orbit's Guerila label in the early nineties, alongside React to Rythm, D.O.P, and Supereal, all producing progressive dance music which redefined the boundaries of electronica. Of all thes artists, Duncan Forbes and Charlie May were the ones who, as Spooky, were the ones who's ouput was of a consistently amazing standard.

Gargantuan was suitably named, The classics 'Land of Oz' and 'Schmoo' to the funky, breathy 'Something's got to Give' may have rocked the clubs but Spooky were also working with material which was from an altogether ethereal world. 'Aqualung' and the trippy 'Let Go' will take you to a trance-like state you'll be sorry to come out of while elsewhere on the album you can experience the manic monkey funk of 'Don't Panic'. But the highpoint is the sublime 'Little Bullet Part 1', a slice of sonic serenity which will change the way you listen to electronic music forever. With its sweeping layers of pure pleasure and spine-tingling melody, the only tracks that have ever come close to the ecstasy-rush of 'Little Bullet' are Spooky's own remix of William Orbit's 'Water from a Vine Leaf' and their version of 'Persuasion' with Billie Ray Martin.

In summary, eclectic, intelligent, ground-breaking, genre-busting and beautiful, this is the essential album of the nineties, and without doubt the best album in my huge CD collection. When Spooky re-released Gargantuan in the latter nineties on their own Generic label I bought 3 CD copies to replace my worn out vinyl (I still include at least one Spooky track in my DJ set) just in case I ever lost, broke or wore it out. And you know what? I still don't think I bought enough copies.

Let's hope Spooky finally achieve the recognition and status as electronic artists that they well deserve and is long overdue.


Apollo
Apollo
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £11.16

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To the moon and on to heaven, 15 Dec. 2005
This review is from: Apollo (Audio CD)
Beautiful, wonderful ambient music that will repair your soul and replenish your spirit for human creativity. Brian Eno changes the face of music every time he releases music, no matter the genre, and this is no exception. Zero 7, Air and all you other pretenders listen up....here is the conception of their vision. It still sounds great and like no other 'ambient' concept album available today. Lie back and let this warm and comforting wave of simplistic beauty take over your life. Irresistible, essential and overwhelmingly emotional - you simply will not believe how Brian Eno can take you somewhere so beautiful with the most simplistic arrangements. Less is so much more.


We Travel Fast
We Travel Fast
Offered by groove_temple
Price: £11.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A step ahead of the rest, 15 July 2003
This review is from: We Travel Fast (Audio CD)
Forget the endless stream of faceless chillout and summer compilation albums this year and buy this instead. A wonderfully upbeat/downbeat selection of eclectic sun-drenched pop grooves that'll leave you thirsting for more. There are distant echoes of Zero 7 (sorry to bring up the Z word) but certain stand-out tracks such as the jazz-punk cool of Suite and the big-band beauty of Angel Eyes are from an altogether more brilliant world.
A superb debut and essential addition to any self-respecting music collection. In the words of Chungking themselves "Let the Love In"!
(A great accompaniment to this album if the Dust album, "Dust".)


Gargantuan
Gargantuan

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sonic Sgt. Peppers for the nineties, 4 Dec. 2002
This review is from: Gargantuan (Audio CD)
Spooky were just one of a catalogue of artists who emerged from William Orbit's Guerila label in the early nineties, alongside React to Rythm, D,O,P, and Supereal, all producing progressive dance music which redefined the boundaries of electronica. And of all thes artists, Duncan Forbes and Charlie May were the ones who, as Spooky, were the ones who had taken the largest genius pill.
Gargantuan was suitably named, The classics 'Land of Oz' and 'Schmoo' to the funky, breathy 'Something's got to Give' may have rocked the clubs but Spooky were also working with material which was from an altogether ethereal world. 'Aqualung' and the trippy 'Let Go' will take you to a trance-like state you'll be sorry to come out of while elsewhere on the album you can experience the manic monkey funk of 'Don't Panic'. But the highpoint is the sublime 'Little Bullet Part 1', a slice of sonic serenity which will change the way you listen to electronic music forever. With its sweeping layers of pure pleasure and spine-tingling melody, the only tracks that have ever come close to the ecstasy-rush of 'Little Bullet' are Spooky's own remix of William Orbit's 'Water from a Vine Leaf' and their version of 'Persuasion' with Billie Ray Martin, both also sadly difficult to obtain.
In summary, eclectic, intelligent, ground-breaking, genre-busting and beautiful, this is the essential album of the nineties, and without doubt the best album in my huge CD collection. When Spooky re-released Gargantuan in the latter nineties on their own Generic label I bought 3 CD copies to replace my worn out vinyl (I still include at least one Spooky track in my DJ set) just in case I ever lost, broke or wore it out. And you know what? I still don't think I bought enough copies.
Since Gargantuan, Spooky produced 'Found Sound', an equally mindblowing, though not as accessible album. And after what appears to be various solo projects, they're back releasing stuff again. Their latest track, 'Belong' came out in the last few months so we may yet see Spooky achieve the recognition and status as electronic artists that they well deserve and is long overdue. Spooky come back - we need you!


Melody A.M.
Melody A.M.
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sunny stuff from dark lands, 15 Oct. 2001
This review is from: Melody A.M. (Audio CD)
Quite splendid. Recalls the later days of Spooky with a most melodious twist. Destined for very large things indeed. Lovely twiddly noises and squelches to warm the heart. New, fun and gorgeous. Don't be a fool - buy it before someone else recommends it - they're gonna be everywhere soon. Check out the 'Kings of Convenience' links too. mmmm....


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