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Why Are You OK
Why Are You OK
Price: £9.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm more than OK having listened to this., 10 Jun. 2016
This review is from: Why Are You OK (Audio CD)
It's a Genius move having Jason Lytle produce this album.

After the slightly underwhelming Mirage Rock, Band Of Horses needed something different. The Grandaddy front man produced just that. That's not to give all the credit to him. Bridwell and co have written a fantastic collection of songs over the years and most of these new tracks rate highly among them. To name a few, the Mercury Rev tinged 'Hag', one of their most upbeat numbers 'Casual Party' & the country inspired 'Throw My Mess' are all classics and will sound fantastic live.

I love the tone of the album and the production suites Bridwell's voice extremely well. I don't think he's ever sounded better.

Best album of 2016 so far and I for one cant wait for their upcoming tour. It's always a bonus having great new material to look forward to played live.


Gore
Gore
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, 12 April 2016
This review is from: Gore (Audio CD)
Another excellent release. It's different from the equally brilliant 'Koi No Yokan' but just a instant. Rubicon is probably the only track with could have come from 'KNY' so if your expecting part two, It doesn't happen. Still, it's fantastic.

Simply one of the most consistently brilliant bands around. There's not many of them.


JUNK
JUNK
Price: £9.99

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars JUNK, 9 April 2016
This review is from: JUNK (Audio CD)
Utter garbage. What a shame, I was really excited about this release. M83 have always been consistently brilliant, until now that is.

Gone is the cinematic sweeping digital landscapes and replaced with something quite frankly laughable. seriously, Is this a joke? Anthony Gonzalez is an incredibly talented individual capable of far better than this. I skipped just about all tracks, something I very rarely do and will probably not return to it. None of the collaborations work at all. It sounds like a Holiday park keyboard act from 1985. For anyone who likes Holiday park keyboard acts from 1985, you probably won't even like this. The only plus I can find is the album closer 'Sunday Night 1987' however I'm not sure if it is good or if its because its the last track which puts an end to all the silliness.

... now, where's my 'Saturday's=Youth' CD.


Music Complete
Music Complete
Price: £5.99

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back., 25 Sept. 2015
This review is from: Music Complete (Audio CD)
It's been a while since New Order have written some truly great material. Music Complete is maybe 3 tracks too long but I'm happy to say it's well on par with Republic, and maybe when the history books are written, 2 tracks in particular (Singularity & Plastic) will be regarded as New Order classics. I can totally see what they have tried to do here, their 1989 album 'Technique' to many fans was their last great album. 'Technique' is a near perfect masterpiece, synth driven with some great acoustic breaks. Music Complete isn't a near perfect masterpiece by any stretch, but tries to capture the moment and sound of better days past while injecting a fresh feel to things. Yes, Peter Hook is missed, it would be crazy to imply otherwise but the new members do well to fill the void. All in all it's a sound return for Manchester's finest. I don't really don't think it's music complete for New Order, it's probably the start of something new and with Gillian back in the band, the future looks great. I hate to say it, with or without Hooky.


Great Divide
Great Divide
Price: £6.74

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars and ... it will divide, 21 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Great Divide (Audio CD)
This has nothing on Vivarium. It's good. But, just good. It's all gone a bit too Snow Patrol for me. I've seen the guys play live a few times now, they are brilliant so I do recommend you go see them if you haven't already, nice lads too.

My biggest criticism with this is that it's all just a bit too radio pleasing. Some of the lyrics are a bit dodgy also. The extra tracks are really good. Not sure why they are just added tracks, should have been a part of the album. If you like this album, you will love Vivarium. 'Caribbean War Syndrome' is an amazing song. Better than anything on this album. Check it out now.

In summary, Great Divide is fine, it should propel them, they deserve it. I said to Sam about 5 years ago in my home town of Hull that it took Biffy many albums to get their, Twin Atlantic no doubt will do it the same way. One recommendation please for the next one, make it a bit more rough around the edges, crank up the guitars and leave out the pop.

Good luck though boys, I will be seeing you on tour.
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A Strange Encounter
A Strange Encounter
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Finally doing it their own way, 13 Jun. 2014
This review is from: A Strange Encounter (MP3 Download)
It's nice when a band finally dismiss what the music critics think of them. Thirteen Senses are a band that have done just that. It took them a while.

I've always liked Thirteen Senses, there's just something about them that makes them different and a little special. Like many other followers, frankly I'm a little bored of the Coldplay comparison, after all and as far as I'm aware, Coldplay never invented piano driven melodies. I'm old enough to remember life before Coldplay and I'm sure I've heard the Coldplay style well before their debut, Parachutes. Lazy journalism I guess.

Thirteen Senses strength has always being in the song writing department. They have gift of crafting great tunes & melodies and will probably write for others if they ever decide to call it a day. I hope not, I've yet to see them live which is a great shame. I will though.

Their new album, 'A Strange Encounter' is a complete change of pace. Conceptual post rock is exactly the direction I think they should explore more. It's something they are very comfortable with and very good at. For me Thirteen Senses are comparable with the brilliant Hope of The States, who are sadly missed but Thirteen Senses don't just fill the void, they are much more than that. Sure, they have tinkled with post rock in the past and now they have delivered an almost brilliant concept album of very good quality.

Yes, they are still comparable's here, unashamedly nods and winks I think they would agree. Grandaddy/Jason Lytle (In Lunar Light), Pink Floyd (Here and Now & Waves), Sigur Ros (Gathered Here A Stranger), the brilliant This Will Destroy You & M83(Lost). Coldplay no.

4 albums in and completely gone is the trying too hard to please the NME, 90's sounding indie pop tracks and replaced with an epic journey (be it a short journey - which is why the 4 stars) with melodic nuggets of magic and produced with such beautiful ease. This is an album more mature than their years and sounding more grounded than anything prior, akin to being around for 30 years or more and soaking up their favourite influences, paying homage to dads record collections everywhere.

Their past 3 releases have been very good but I always knew they had a brilliant album in them. They have made it with 'A Strange Encounter'. More importantly, it's an epiphany moment for them, sounding like a bunch of very talented lads who have finally figured out what they are all about. Good for them I say. Now please tour it.


Embrace
Embrace
Price: £8.99

6 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why the change?, 28 April 2014
This review is from: Embrace (Audio CD)
I'll be the first to defend Embrace, always have, always will. However even I will struggle with this album.

There was nothing wrong with the old Embrace. Their style made them what they are. I don't understand why they have completely reinvented themselves. But they have, with some with some terrible results. Some of the tracks are just silly. Quarters? what the heck is all that about? It's hysterical for all the wrong reasons.

I don't understand why they left all the tracks from the 'Refugees' ep off this album. It's bizarre to say the least.

I'm extremely disappointed by this, quite sad by it if I'm being honest as I was looking forward to some more massive tunes, great melodies and dare I say it heart felt ballads, it's what they do best. Stop listening to critics boys, don't try to please them because you never will. Please what you do best for goodness sake. You don't need to be a New Order copy cat karaoke band, and even U2 should stop being U2 so why chose to emulate their 00's guitar rifts and Bono's mundane vocal style?

The one silver lining is that all the boys seem content, pumped and happy with the new direction so good luck to them all. It's just good to see them excited about music again.

Despite this, I still think Embrace are one of the most underrated bands out there, just don't leave it 7 more years please before releasing something else! Just make the next one more .... well, more Embrace. It's not a bad thing.


Later... When The Tv Turns To
Later... When The Tv Turns To
Price: £9.99

0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why no tunes?, 7 Sept. 2013
I'm sorry but this album is nothing like their brilliant debut. With the exception of two very good tacks (IF, and track 10) the rest are very unforgettable indeed. The band should have gone back to Rich Costy as the nob twiddler because Glasvegas clearly have no expertise in production. The exciting promise of what was to come sadly fizzled out halfway trough album 2. Gone with the intense wall of sound, amazing anthems and slick production and replaced with an under produced mess. If album 2 was too bombastic for some, you may (just) like their underwhelming direction. Talk about slamming on the breaks.

Again, such a shame.


Only God Forgives [Blu-ray]
Only God Forgives [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Ryan Gosling
Price: £8.00

8 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Art house cinema without the art., 30 July 2013
Drive is brilliant, Only God Forgives isn't.

Slow, pretentious, tedious, annoying and very, very boring. It's only redeeming factors is that at times it looks quite nice and the music score is again very good.

Mr Gosling looks confused and again says very little, the brooding is getting a bit dull now. The script it wafer thin, the action is confusing and the violence is (be it sometimes original) executed (excuse the pun) badly.

If you like the movies of David Lynch then you may find something here worthy of your attention, but if not I would stay well alone.

Only God Forgives isn't a movie, merely a series of flashing images that make no sense. This is most certainly art house cinema without the art.

Very disappointing.
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BE
BE
Price: £5.82

8 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BE ..... Oasis., 22 Jun. 2013
This review is from: BE (Audio CD)
Sorry, it just doesn't work. It would help if they wrote a chorus or two. Liam needs his brother more than ever.

Good production, poor album. More than ever Liam is annoyingly singing through his nostrils.

You are now hearing the end of Beady Eye. I'm not even bothered about a Oasis reunion to be honest.

Anyway, if you want a good album out this week, get the new album by Sigur Ros (Kveikur), it's astonishing.

BE by Beady Eye isn't.
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