Shop now Shop now Shop now  Up to 50% Off Fashion  Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Shop now Shop now Shop now
Profile for strangerbytheminute > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by strangerbythem...
Top Reviewer Ranking: 14,313
Helpful Votes: 108

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
strangerbytheminute

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
pixel
Acana Moth Monitoring Trap from Caraselle
Acana Moth Monitoring Trap from Caraselle
Offered by A1SONIC
Price: £3.68

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DON'T BOTHER WITH THIS ITEM., 15 Jun. 2015
This is a complete waste of money. I still have moths, albeit a reduced amount because of other control methods, but this device has not caught one in nearly two weeks.


The Dark Net
The Dark Net
by Jamie Bartlett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT SO DARK, 13 Jun. 2015
This review is from: The Dark Net (Paperback)
I think too much of the book was taken up by the parts of the internet that are not necessarily dark and inaccessible.
I found the chapter on the use of the net by underground political groups who appear to have abdicated all connection to a nation-state and economic system, especially, with regard to the 'Bitcoin' as very interesting. The chapter on Zoltan versus Zerzan and the 'Transhumanist' agenda is a view to the coming debate on how far new technology can go. Istvan Zoltan's view on cryogenics and apparent ambition to be able to upload his brain patterns onto a future artificial life form is fascinating. It is alarming and even 'Zoltan' does appear to acknowledge the question as to what happens when the new artificial life forms have developed to the point when humans will have no use to them?

A book worth reading for coming debate.


The Rough Guide to Kent, Sussex and Surrey
The Rough Guide to Kent, Sussex and Surrey
by Samantha Cook
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.43

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A THREE COUNTY SURVEY, 13 Jun. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
In trying to pack in three counties, this guide falls down on the depth of the insight.

The 'Time Out' guide seems to cover Kent itself with a better layout and the information is organized much more clearly.

If you are skating over the three counties, you may find what you want here but beware of a lack of detail, especially with regard to the museums and more notable attractions.


Kiel Auditorium, St Louis, MI, Feb 14TH 1980
Kiel Auditorium, St Louis, MI, Feb 14TH 1980
Price: £11.48

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AT TIMES BETTER THAN 'EXIT STAGE LEFT'., 28 April 2015
This is a recording from the 'Permanent Waves Tour'. A radio broadcast, there are moments where the sound drifts. The tracks also seem to have been abbreviated at times and it does not just seem to be down to 'medleys'. '2112' is present in entirety except for 'Discovery' and 'The Oracle.' The band seem to be still in soundcheck mode when the opening synthesizer starts, flurries of drums and an out of context bass pedal, maybe. But, they soon get into it and at times I began to think this is better than 'Exit Stage Left' which sounded a little stilted and hesitant. 'The Spirit of Radio' and 'Natural Science' are played with some gusto. Only the chops and changes, the segue of 'Working Man' and 'Anthem' are not so smooth at times which can spoil the flow.

Overall, the sound quality is more than adequate and seems to give a better idea of Rush at this stage of their career than the later 'Exit' record did.


Pärt - Da Pacem
Pärt - Da Pacem
Price: £10.90

5.0 out of 5 stars MASTERFUL, 20 April 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Pärt - Da Pacem (Audio CD)
This is restorative, calming, meditative, contemplative. It shows you how beautiful the simplicity of harmonious human voices can be. I'm not religious at all but this is superb. The production is crystal clear. The tonality of the voices peerless. I never used to listen to classical music but I picked up on 'Spiegel am Spiegel' on Classic FM and the pursuit of Arvo Part's music began.


Cheating The Polygraph
Cheating The Polygraph
Price: £13.41

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BIG BAND PORCUPINE, 14 April 2015
This review is from: Cheating The Polygraph (Audio CD)
This is a very listenable album and if you're a long-term Porcupine Tree fan you'll love it just for the exercise of picking out your favourite hooks and motifs. Steve Reich comes to mind from the very start but I'm also reminded of the big band theme tune of 'The Streets of San Francisco' among others. Neil Peart's latter day drum solos for Rush, aping Buddy Rich also come to mind.

Gavin Harrison is a sublime musician. I could listen to him play the drums all day. You always know that it is him playing but he also has that knack of offering up a unique and surprising fill. He's a very musical drummer, always playing for the song and not just showing off technique for the sake of it.

It probably would not happen but I'd love to see a burst of this opening up for Steven Wilson at the Royal Albert Hall in September.


Power, Passion And Beauty: The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra : The Greatest Band that ever was
Power, Passion And Beauty: The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra : The Greatest Band that ever was
by Walter Kolosky
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars BIRDS OF FIRE, 12 April 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This is a lovingly crafted book, albeit a little chaotic at times, interspersed as it is with tributes from musicians past and present. If you want the band members to dish the dirt on each other, don't look here. One of the pleasant features of this book is the level of respect that exists between the band members even if they're not on each others Christmas card lists anymore.

But, the over arching emotion is one of envy. For all the people here who saw this band when they were 'birds of fire'. 'The Inner Mounting Flame' must be one of the greatest albums of all time in any genre and it's creation and the band's short lived fuse is here described with great care and love.


STEVEN WILSON - Hand Cannot Erase Tour 2015 Matted Mini Poster - 13.5x10cm
STEVEN WILSON - Hand Cannot Erase Tour 2015 Matted Mini Poster - 13.5x10cm
Offered by stickitonyourwall
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD MEMORIES!, 6 April 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This is a nice item. I did think that the actual poster would be larger but the poster itself it very clear, the writing well defined. It is not just a cheap photocopy and the black surround is a quality material.


Hand.Cannot.Erase
Hand.Cannot.Erase
Price: £12.99

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S NOT COMPLICATED, ITS' JUST A KALEIDOSCOPE OF MUSIC, 2 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Hand.Cannot.Erase (Audio CD)
After 'The Raven refused to Sing' and it's self-confessed references to the progressive music of the '70's, this album has a more diverse array of musical influences on display.

From 'First Regret' with its serene electronic introduction, the album segues into '3 years older' with some 'Townsend-y' guitar rhythm that sets up a 10 minute plus track that weaves and wanders through riffs and arpeggios, classic guitar solos with the keyboards much more to the fore than on 'The Raven'.

Adam Holzman, who is fast becoming my favourite keyboard player, on 'Home Invasion' puts down a Hammond rhythm like Jon Lord in his Purple pomp and when the track segues into the instrumental 'Regret #9', plays a Moog solo like Rick Wakeman or Rick Wright. At other times on this superb album, he plays delicate melodies like a Ludovico Einaudi. I don't think I've heard another album where someone can play such different styles in such a convincing way. This is one of the most interesting tracks on this album as while tracks such as 'Transience' has references to 'Lips of Ashes' and 'I Drive the Hearse' I don't think I've heard anything else by SW that has so much, for want of a better word, 'funk'.

My favourite track, however, is 'Ancestral', which was previewed on the last tour as a new track with a different name every night. Theo Travis adds some elegant work on the blowy things here. The seminal moment of this album, for me, is when the 'When the world doesn't want you, it will never tell you why.....' and the 'Come child' chorus begins. I almost wish that this was repeated towards the end with Ninet Tayeb singing the vocal herself with another guitar solo in the way that two guitar solos frame the chorus in 'Comfortably Numb' by Pink Floyd. David Gilmour plays two excellent, but different solos, there and Guthrie Govan is right up there with the best of them all. However, that would be predictable and SW is anything but. The track enters an extensive work out for the whole band and 'Happy Returns' could almost have originated from SW's 'Cover Version' album. The electronic conclusion echoes 'First Regret' and 'Perfect Life' before fading out as quietly as it began.

This must surely be SW's most complete album to date. The world surely wants Steven Wilson and musical experiences like this are the reason why.


Physical Graffiti
Physical Graffiti
Offered by Acfun Store
Price: £92.99

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FLYING CLOUD SKIES OF FORTUNE, 27 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Physical Graffiti (Audio CD)
On Page 50 of the hardback book with this set there is a spread of Robert Plant's notebooks made at the time of the writing of this album. They seem hard wrung and the scribbles may tell of much revision as you pick out the lyrics of 'Ten Years Gone', 'Trampled Underfoot' and 'Kashmir'. Elsewhere, the photographs of the band seem to portray tiredness and exhaustion on aeroplanes and one, in particular, of Jimmy Page after yet another American show installed in a large woolly kimono type garment lookiing totally exhausted. This may tell of the excesses as this can be said to be their halcyon days.
Indeed, this is a great album, 'The Rover', 'In my time of dying', 'Kashmir', 'Bron-yr-aur' and 'Ten Years Gone' are to name a few some of the best of Led Zeppelin. But, it is the contrasts and diversity of the music here that may make this their most complete musical statement. It may be said that anyone coming to this band for the first time should listen to this album first.

The artwork is still some of the best of any of the '70's period and the whole set has an atmosphere of importance, gravitas and sheer class.

The only downside of the set is the Companion Discs that would appear to give nothing new. It is a pity that some of the Earls Court recordings from '75 could not have been included here.

This is definitely one to buy in whatever format suits you best!
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Mar 1, 2015 3:18 PM GMT


Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5