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Toby Staunton "dancing mole" (Derbyshire, England)

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El Presidente
El Presidente
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £1.49

4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Essentially Good, 1 Nov. 2005
This review is from: El Presidente (Audio CD)
I just dont get this album. Essentially the music is good but it doesnt go newhere. I felt like the last song hadnt developed very far from the first and that the intervening songs had very limited variation. I actually thought that "Turn This Thing Around" and "Count On Me" were the same song and was suprised to find that when the second ended i was going into track 7.
I said that essentially the music is good, and it is. The technical ability is there, though theres nothing notable about it. It sounds like an Art Pop version of Status Quo at times and i felt was very predicatble. I found mysekf singing the next lines even before they were and this was on my first few listens. I also had a feeling at times around the end of the album that the band had taken inspiration from Scissor Sisters. This in itself is not a bad thing but they do it with a lot less enrgy and soul than Sisters do and as a result it fell flat on its face.
If you want something that doesnt take any effort at all to get into and creates a pleasent atmosphere then get this. If you want something that is interesting, varied and energetic look at people like We Are Scientists, Franz Ferdinand and Maximo Park.
Overall i was dissapointed by this as my friends and others had been hyping the album so much. My highlight is "Keep On Walking" but it took so long to get to that i had lost interest when it arrived.

Keep Music Miserable
Keep Music Miserable
Offered by westworld-
Price: £9.98

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More Good Music, 18 Oct. 2005
This review is from: Keep Music Miserable (Audio CD)
Yet again Lowgold manage to produce an album which is undoubtebly them, At first this sounds like a strange statement because surely every album should sound like a specific artist but i feel that Lowgold have always just made music their way. They've never tried to fit into the sound of the day. They never try to be something there not. Never once have i heard a Lowgold album thats tried to be edgey or a conceptual masterpiece. They just make music the way they know and have done it again here.
This album includes their usual catchy hooks and generally chilled out sound, even in the heavier moments. They have many moments of their simple yet somehow increidbly indering harmonies which arent hidden behind walls of electronic sound (though there is nothing wrong with this), and throughout the two discs you feel that this is a band who are comfortable in what they're doing and in that respect they create a very relaxed feeling to their music. The resukt is that ive been singing a lot of thier songs even while just wandering around this week
There are a few problems with this album though as far as im concerned. Firstly the vocal mix on the first album seems to be a bit low and the first couple of times i struggled to hear what was happening. Also they've incorporated some swearing into a few of their tracks which dectracts a bit from what are generally quite good lyrics.
Overall this is a good album with some really good moments (Silver Ocean is my favorite track) but probably suffered from being on their own label as there is a 4 star single disc album in there somewhere.
For present fans this is a good addition to their collection but a new fan should focus they're attentions on the first two albums before venturing into this as they would appreciate it more once they know what the bands about.
But overall this is more good music from a quality band

Tilting at Windmills
Tilting at Windmills
Offered by digitalmediadistribution
Price: £11.97

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oxford produces more than academics, 14 July 2005
This review is from: Tilting at Windmills (Audio CD)
WOW! Dive Dive pull it off with an amazing debut album that is effortless in its winning of fans. They meet they're own demand in the first track "Put on a good show" through beautiful tight production that leaves no time for you to switch off. The first time you put on the cd and see a running time of under 40 minutes you think where's my tener gone. The answer is simple to the pockets of four geniuses, who deserve every penny.

This album incorporates elegant and effortless pacce changes that make you sit up and pay attention. A prime example of this comes as the calm last note of "Sire" (an awesome song in itself) fades to give a seconds pause before "Throw Me Off the Plane" jolts into life with a soaring moment of Mars Volta esque guitars. This is just one of many moments that exemplify the bands diverse talent, and all of it is just lifted and pushed to another level by Jamie Stuart's awesome energetic and talented singing voice.

Fans of Nine Black Alps, Mars Volta, Greenday, and others similar should dig deep in their pockets and run to to a record store to buy this as they won't be dissapointed. Basically if you want a great driving dynamic album that'll not leave your cd player then get this. You won't be dissapointed by the genius and energy of it.

Digital Ash In A Digital Urn
Digital Ash In A Digital Urn
Offered by FREETIME
Price: £6.44

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius, 1 Feb. 2005
WOW! I listened to this album and was lost for words. The melodies created by Conor Oberst in this album are original but created effortlessly. His lyrics add a human, real aspect to the album that isn't lost behind the electronic effects. Particualr highlights would be "Arc of Time", "Gold Mine Gutted" and "Down in a Rabbit Hole" with its slightly clostrophbic atmosphere.
Though these tracks stand out to me as being of particular note they still blend into the album as a whole and create a cohessive sound through which the album flows.
Overall it may be a less accessible album than I'm Wide Awake... but it is an album that i believe everyone can find something in, it has that many different aspects. You might just have to listen to it a few times.
But you wont know unless you BUY IT.

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