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Dude, Where's My Country?
Dude, Where's My Country?
by Michael Moore
Edition: Hardcover

25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I knew this would happen..., 28 Oct. 2003
After 'Stupid White Men' blew up just about everywhere, I knew that everything he did after it would be slated. This backlash is quite unfair, as Mr. Moore seems to be the only one trying to make a difference at the moment- his books are really easy to read, and this is his unique appeal. Sure, he could've made a 'No Logo' text book- esque rant about globalisation, etc. but then only a minority would understand and appreciate it- Moore wants to reach EVERYONE, kids, adults, teens, anyone who can read basically. It works really well, because instead of pretentious dimwits who think they're really clever by picking up political books, Moore has crafted a genuinely universal book, which is open to all. Moore is in a superb position in America- well known enough to actually make a difference, yet still cool enough to get a massive audience. Stop the backlash, help the guy out! Is it passé to dislike him now? shut up and read this! Watch out for his new film too, called Farenheit 9/11.

Music From Vanilla Sky
Music From Vanilla Sky
Price: £4.34

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars is this CD real?, 27 Jan. 2002
This review is from: Music From Vanilla Sky (Audio CD)
Is what i was thinking when i clapped eyes on the tracklisting to Vanilla Sky. I havent seen the film, but it looks pretty cool, and if its anything like its soundtrack, it'll be the best film ever! Sigur Ros, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, REM, Chemical Brothers and Bob Dylan, all on the same soundtrack! it's amazing to think that such huglely talented yet sorely under-rated bands like Sigur Ros and Red House Painters are all on the same CD which quite literally millions of people will listen to if they see the film. Props go to writer/ director Cameron Crowe for his brilliant choices for this film. If you haven't gotten around to buying 'Kid A' or 'Agaetis Byrjun' or 'Dig Your Own Hole', this is a cracking way to get the standout tracks on one CD. Top marks!

Since I Left You
Since I Left You
Price: £7.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars top rate, 26 Dec. 2001
This review is from: Since I Left You (Audio CD)
Only once in a while does an album so magical and bewitching come to your attention. 'Since I Left You' is 18 tracks of pure brilliance. Moving from upbeat disco ('Radio') to psychadelic pop ('Since I Left You') to scratchadelic hip hop ('Frontier Psychatrist'). Utilising samples to their full potential, an album of this scale and enjoyment hasn't been seen since DJ Shadow's seminal album 'Endtroducing...'. Apparantly a concept album about travel, this album twists, turns and always keeps your attention fully locked to the stereo, without being the least bit self-indulgent or pretentious. 'Since I Left You' is an album to be enjoyed on the whole, as most of the tracks are mixed together, to bring back that old style prog rock-esque feel to the record, but without incorporating a sort of Yes-style theatrics. Standout tracks have to be the title track, 'Etoh', 'Close To You' and the brilliant 'Frontier Psychatrist'. If there is only one album you need to hear this year, this is definatley it. Quality!

The Optimist LP
The Optimist LP
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.98

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars patchy at best, 18 Nov. 2001
This review is from: The Optimist LP (Audio CD)
After all the hype, after all the praising reviews and after a fair number of recommendations from my friends, I finally got my hands on the Turin Brakes debut LP. And I was severely disappointed. It's only good in parts, these being all the singles plus 'Feeling Oblivion' and 'State of Things'. The rest are all pretty similar, and I hate to say it, dull. I wish I could've liked this album, as I was a fan of theirs when they released 'The Door' way back at the start of the year, but as let downs go, this album is up there with 'Be Here Now' and 'Trailer Park' by Beth Orton. If only they'd spark into life a bit more often on this record, then I'd love it, but it's all too samey in places, it's ultimately skippable and the most likely record in your collection that'll be in the bag marked 'CD and Tape Exchange'.
Having said that though, when it wants to be, this album is quite good. The singles are very listenable, accessable and enjoyable. 'The Door' is silky smooth, 'Feeling Oblivion' will brake hearts the country over and 'Underdog (Save Me)' is the year's unofficial anthem for indie kids up and down the country.
Ultimately though, this LP could have been a lot better. Nuff said.

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