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Spirit In The Room
Spirit In The Room
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Moody!, 26 May 2012
This review is from: Spirit In The Room (Audio CD)
This is another classy release from Tom Jones and a step up from his last album, the excellent 'Praise & Blame'. The material has been picked with care and is an entertaining mixture of folk, spiritual and blues. Tom's vocal register has lowered over the years and his voice now suits the blues exceptionally well. This album takes a few listens but it really grows on you. Superb late night music - atmospheric and deliciously moody. This man can still sing and let's hope he continues to deliver music of this quality. Recommended.

Thick As A Brick 2
Thick As A Brick 2
Offered by Bee-Entertained
Price: £8.98

25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Minstrel Returns To The Gallery!, 24 May 2012
This review is from: Thick As A Brick 2 (Audio CD)
The central supporting pillar of the great rock edifice that is Jethro Tull has always been Ian Anderson. His is a signature sound and he's one of the best lyricists in the business. Following up 'Thick As A Brick' after so many years must have been quite a challenge, but the muse has clearly gripped Mr Anderson and inspired him to deliver this wonderful album. My God, this is a good listen! It's poetic, it's rock, it's prog, it's just superb. The musicianship is, of course, first class. Having seen Tull live in recent years, I have been a bit worried about Ian's voice. But there is no hint of weakness, age, or infirmity here. His rich dulcet tones, harmonies and mischievous vocal delivery are all there. Hammond organ, piano, flute, brass, guitars both electric and acoustic, drums, bass are all here too. This is a quality suite of songs that would do justice to the original album. There are snippets of music leaping out of the speakers that pay homage to the original 'Thick As A Brick', but these are welcome passages that greet listeners of a certain age like old friends. There is never any hint of "Here we go again, the same old stuff" because these bits and bobs don't quite go over old ground, but stride out with confidence into pastures new. And the old dog is still bothering God and has added bankers to his hit list. Tull fans should celebrate this release. New fans should give it a fair hearing, and rummage through Dad's music collection to get out the original 'Thick As A Brick' album and play it with the volume turned up. Highly recommended.

Dr Dee
Dr Dee
Price: £7.27

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric, beautiful and absorbing!, 13 May 2012
This review is from: Dr Dee (Audio CD)
This is a completely different approach to music from Damon Albarn. This is not pop or rock, but more like Elizabethan madrigal. It's a rather mystical record harking back to the spirit of old England and the days of magick, mystery, and spirits in the water. The production is excellent and the songs feature an interesting selection of musical instruments and voice. The one issue I do have with this is Damon's voice. At times it's plaintive and beautiful, but I would say this music requires a clearer, purer voice than he has. It's a fairly solid performance, but at times it just does not fit the mood or atmosphere being created. Having said that, this is a wonderful set of well-crafted and delicate songs. I wonder what younger listeners will make of it, particularly if they are expecting pop! This is a special and unusual record and Damon is to be congratulated for having the spirit and adventurousness in putting this together. I gather this music will support a stage production and, if that is the case, then I'd love to see it. This music would be a wonderful experience live. Interesting, different, not too challenging, atmospheric, beautiful and absorbing. How many albums released these day can deliver that in one sitting? Buyers will be taking a chance buying this album, but it's a chance well worth taking. Highly recommended.

Flying Colors (Ltd) (Dig)
Flying Colors (Ltd) (Dig)
Price: £21.72

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Patchwork Quilt!, 12 May 2012
This is not a bad first effort from the newest prog supergroup Flying Colors. There are some excellent songs ('Blue Ocean', 'Shoulda Coulda Woulda', 'Kayla' and 'Everything Changes'), some fairly good songs ('The Storm', 'Love Is What I'm Waiting For', 'Better Than Walking Away', 'Infinite Fire') and a couple of clunkers ('All Falls Down', 'Fool In My Heart'). I like Casey McPherson's voice - it works really well on this album and I'd like to check out his work with his group Alpha Rev on the strength of this. Both Morses - Neal (ex-Spock's Beard / Transatlantic) and Steve (Deep Purple / The Steve Morse Band) - are just sublime. Dixie Dregs / Steve Morse Band stalwart Dave LaRue gives a solid performance on bass and he works well with the percussive tornado that is Mike Portnoy. I hear that the group was together for nine days to compose and record this album - it shows in places. Rather than weave a colour-rich tapestry, they have turned out a patchwork quilt. But it's a decent piece of work, well-crafted and practical. This album's a grower and well worth a listen.
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Standing At the Sky's Edge
Standing At the Sky's Edge
Price: £6.38

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hawley - The Mountain King!, 12 May 2012
This album is excellent, ranging from loud, brash, mountainous rock to sublime well-crafted ballad. Great soaring guitars, beautiful vocals, a strong set of songs - this album begs to be played repeatedly with the volume cranked up. This could well be Richard Hawley's masterpiece. Highly recommended.

Price: £11.11

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Firing On All Cylinders!, 24 April 2012
This review is from: Blunderbuss (Audio CD)
This is a remarkably good album from Jack White. Every song is an adventure in rock, blues, grunge, rhythm, balladry, and performance. The breadth and versatility of the material is impressive. This album will surely convince a lot of people that there is productive life to be had after the White Stripes and that it's worth living. Exquisite, infectious, inventive, and surely one of the best albums of the year. Highly recommended.
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Price: £11.53

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Blues Grooves!, 21 April 2012
This review is from: Steamroller (Audio CD)
This is a great collection of (mainly) heavy blues tracks that reminds me in places of Lenny Kravitz. But this is excellent guitar playing and an album of quality songs. There is much to enjoy here, although the album only lasts around 36 minutes. If you like blues rock along the lines of Joe Bonamassa then you'll love his. Well worth a listen.

Weather Systems
Weather Systems

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising!, 20 April 2012
This review is from: Weather Systems (Audio CD)
This band just gets better and better and this album will not only please existing fans, but will surely expose a lot of new fans to their music. I detect influences of Steven Wilson and Porcupine Tree in places (e.g. 'Internal Landscapes'), but the songs are all their own work. The two-part opener 'Untouchable' is superb and drifts from clever acoustic guitar, through pounding rock, and into exquisite balladry. I loved 'The Gathering Of The Clouds', as well as the fantastic 'The Beginning And The End'. This is first class music, beautifully played - highly recommended.

Price: £13.30

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Breath Of Fresh Air!, 14 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Breathing (Audio CD)
I first discovered Paatos when listening to their excellent 'Kallocain' album (2004). This was followed 2 years later by 'Silence Of Another Kind'. So here we are 5 years later with their 4th studio album 'Breathing'. This is great prog rock, beautifully played and arranged. The sound quality on their albums is excellent and their music has just enough complication to keep it all interesting. Vocalist Petronella Nettermalm delivers a quality performance throughout. There are some great songs here: 'Shells' is a fabulous song that begins quietly and acoustically and builds into a gorgeous soaring climax before tapering off into nothingness. 'In That Room' begins all atmospheric and moody and then bursts into a nice rock riff that just wants to be played over again. If you like Bjork, Porcupine Tree, or The Gathering, then you are likely to like this. Paatos are well worth exploring and 'Breathing' is a welcome addition to their already impressive catalogue. Recommended.

Wrecking Ball
Wrecking Ball
Price: £5.01

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The healing has begun..., 13 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Wrecking Ball (Audio CD)
Bruce Springsteen is getting older. He has matured as a singer, songwriter and performer. He has now lived a bit. He has seen rough times and good times. He has lost friends and has seen his country have its ups and downs. The good news is that he still has something to say. His music is inclusive in that he loves to have lots of musicians around him and there is a sense of community in this album. This album has passion and Bruce gives his usual 100%. But if listeners are expecting another 'Darkness On The Edge of Town' or 'The River' then they are not going to get it here. What they will get is a good collection of songs in a number of styles that are well worth a listen. The vocals are great, as is the musicianship. I can't honestly say there is a great song here, although I love 'Shackled and Drawn'. I was very keen to hear a rocker like 'Radio Nowhere' on this album, but perhaps the time is not right for that kind of song here. Bruce Springsteen is down, but he's not out. The healing has begun and he'll be back. He still has something to say and he'll get around to saying it in time. In the meantime we have 'Wrecking Ball'. It's a nice album - I recommend you give it a chance.

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