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Sciuoglie E Cane
Sciuoglie E Cane

4.0 out of 5 stars Senza Raiz, but still amazing, 24 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Sciuoglie E Cane (Audio CD)
Thank God, they've brought another album out! My Alma addiction is getting way out of control so another fix is welcome. OK, so no Raiz this time but this is probably one of the most creatively strong albums they've released in ages. Aside from a baffling insistence on singing some silly English lyrics (always dodgy) there is nothing duff about this album. It's raw, not so polished but it is full of energy and sincerity. Echoes of trip hop, modern but respectful to it's Neapolitan roots. But I still can't help wondering how it would have been with Raiz singing.


Quattro Quarti
Quattro Quarti
Offered by Music-Finder
Price: £21.94

5.0 out of 5 stars Almamegretta's 4th album still hits the mark, 9 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Quattro Quarti (Audio CD)
This for me, is quite a sophisticated outing for Almamegretta. Somehow the sound is smoother, more polished. That doesn't mean it's any better than the other albums though, it's just different and still gorgeous. Raiz sings in English and Italian as well as Neapolitan, so finally I can understand how beautiful their lyrics are.
Again the dub and reggae feel is there, but they also have a quick flirt with ska on the track 'Sempre'. Add to that some great sampling, a light feel to the accompaniment contrasted with some kicking beats - all the way though it's a great ride.


Venite! Venite!
Venite! Venite!
Offered by La Pianola
Price: £41.67

4.0 out of 5 stars Live and Kicking, 9 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Venite! Venite! (Audio CD)
I'm glad to see there is at least ONE person out there who has heard of this fantastic band.
This live album is a great way to access the band for the first time and experience the range of styles they use. They go from stuff from their very first album, right up to Quattro Quarti which is think was their penultimate release.
The vocals are entirely sung by Raiz, who never fails to sound amazing. I challenge you not to fall in love with that voice, even if you're a bloke. Spread the word, so next we hear them live it'll be when they tour the UK!


Lingo
Lingo
Price: £5.83

4.0 out of 5 stars Almamegretta continue to evolve, 9 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Lingo (Audio CD)
One of the most recent albums by Almamegretta, perhaps it isn't as strong as Sanacore, but still a great album. As usual, the group have reached far and wide for their influences and have used them to a subtle and intelligent effect. The lyrics are a mixture of Italian, Neapolitan and English making it perhaps more accessible for those who find listening to music in a foreign language daunting. The album's overall feel is more electronically based than previous releases, the dub flavours are more muted, but still there, this may reflect the decline in trip hop and dub after the early nineties. You can always trust them to give you something new and Raiz's vocals as ever, are stunning, soaring above it all to perfection.


Sanacore 1995
Sanacore 1995
Price: £6.19

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hidden Cool of Italian Dub, 9 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Sanacore 1995 (Audio CD)
Sanacore is a little - know gem. Using a fusion of dub, trip hop, electronic, traditional Neapolitan styles and some African flavours, it works unbelievably well. If handled by any less talented or more shallow musicians, this could've been in danger of becoming a hotch potch. Instead it is an incredibly fresh and exciting album even after ten-odd years. There is not one bad track. Admittedly it is in Neapolitan dialect, but this is not a downside as it open's up a whole new world of sound and Raiz's heartbreakingly beautiful voice is at its best. They have collaborated with loads of people including Massive Attack and Asian Dub Foundation, yet they appear to be virtually unknown here in Britain. This album would be on my top ten of classic albums.
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Snow Crash
Snow Crash
by Neal Stephenson
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cyber space has been done better, 2 Dec. 2000
This review is from: Snow Crash (Paperback)
Despite a funny opening that was suggesting parody, this soon grew a little dull. Long, long desciptions and recaps left me wanting to fall asleep. And parody though it may have been, I didn't feel he could sustain it well enough for it not to seem like he was basically copying Gibson. Some of his ideas are interesting however, and it is definitely a good book to read if you want to get to grips with postmodernism and technology. Otherwise, get Virtual Light and see how cyberpunk can really be done.


Underworld
Underworld
by Don DeLillo
Edition: Paperback

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you read one book in your life let it be this, 2 Dec. 2000
This review is from: Underworld (Paperback)
DeLillo is a great writer and Underworld is a magnificent book. His writng style is brave and fresh, and his subject an eye opener. I saw this as a love letter to America, and like all lovers he adores the country despite it driving him crazy. Yes, the opening is excellent, but I read it with more and more admiration. Each line is perfectly formed but that is not say the novel is perfect, what book is? This is a big novel in more than one sense, if you feel overfaced, don't look at it as a whole work, but read it in a microscopic way, living for each word, each sentence. Read it in the now, not in the what it was or what might be.


Veronika Decides to Die
Veronika Decides to Die
by Paulo Coelho
Edition: Paperback

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy inspiration, 2 Dec. 2000
I enjoyed this book, immensely as it took me to a place I had never read about before, Eastern Europe. Although, his writing is a little simplistic, I enjoyed the fact he pushed back so many boundaries. Just to read it gives one courage and faith in the world. Read this if: You are having trouble making a big decision, Feel alone in your feelings about life, Or you want to be reminded that there are good people in the world and you can be one of them. Life would be less of an exciting place if Mr. Coelho were not here to remind us.


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