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Electric High
Electric High
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: £17.31

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Setting a silver high, 8 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Electric High (Audio CD)
Electric High is a truly brilliant song. The vivid lyrics are an obvious progression and are more mature than on Elliot Minor's debut. The standard of musicianship is, as always, very high and it's one hell of a catchy song. It'll be stuck in your head all day.

Only one complaint: there seems to be a lack of Ed/ Alex harmonies, but hopefully there'll be more on the new album.

Worth every penny and takes the edge off the wait for Solaris (19th October!).

Folie A Deux
Folie A Deux
Price: £4.70

4.0 out of 5 stars The shared madness of Fall Out Boy, 2 April 2009
This review is from: Folie A Deux (Audio CD)
It would have been a serious mistake to try and reproduce the sounds of TTTYG and From Under the Cork Tree. No doubt, fans would have yelled "Sell outs!" if Fall Out Boy had decided to try and recreate their old glory. In Folie A Deux, they move forwards and progress. Infinity On High became cringe-worthy after the first few listens but there's something about Folie A Deux that sticks in the mind.

I don't like the opener, Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes, very much but I certainly like the other tracks. Fall Out Boy experiment with different musical elements throughout Folie A Deux; from the strings in (Coffee's for Closers) to the numerous guest appearances and harmonies with Debbie Harry. The songs are catchy and fun. This is definitely not a "take me serously" album. There are flashes of the old Fall Out Boy via Pete's lyrics, but they all have an amusing spin on them. The music, as always, is impeccable and suits the lyrics very well.

My favourites are: Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown On a Bad Bet and Tiffany Blews.

It's worth a listen to decide whether you like it or not. It's not From Under the Cork Tree #2, nor is it trying to chase mainstream audiences like Panic At The Disco's Pretty. Odd. did. Folie A Deux shows the polished, more mature Fall Out Boy. Although, admittedly, they clashed too many elements together, it works in a haphazard way. Good music, and not as ghastly as everyone makes it out to be.

Hold On Tight
Hold On Tight
Offered by Entertainment Direct
Price: £6.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Setting Off for the big time, 7 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Hold On Tight (Audio CD)
Hey Monday will never, perhaps, shake off the Paramore comparisons. However, if you like Paramore, it's worth giving the songs a listen. The Hey Monday style isn't ground-breaking or anything remotely new, but it's tuneful pop/rock with the tiniest dashing of punk.

Highlights of the album, for me, are: Homecoming (this is their single), How You Love Me Now, Obvious and Should've Tried Harder. Their upbeat songs work much better; the songs like Candles and 6 Months have a saccharine, cliched feel to them. Cassadee's voice is perfectly fine at some times but at others it's sickly sweet - therefore I steer well clear of the ballards.

In fairness to Hey Monday, they have a lot of potential. I saw their live set supporting Fall Out Boy in London and they were pretty good there - they lost the manufactured edge to their music.

All in all, it's not a must-have of 09 but it makes comfortable, easy listening.

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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 20 Dec. 2008
I am very pleased with my new camera. The 8 megapixels produce nice pictures and it is very compact. The delivery was also quite speedy for Amazon's normal Super Saver, which was a nice bonus.

I have just a few negative comments about this product:
1. There are a lack of features - a lot of shooting modes but not much except from that (like being able to shoot in black and white, vivid etc)
2. It is a bit inconvenient accessing the scene modes, but I'm sure I will get used to it
3. When you delete photos, the image you want to delete gets replaced with a blue screen which pixelates out the picture. It takes a long time for the actual photo to be deleted
4. The product picture is very sneaky - there is a raised panel where the screen is, further bulking the camera out. The display photo does not show this, so be warned! It's not quite as thin as it seems.

Those points aside, I have to say the camera is very impressive with the brushed front and despite the raised back, is still rather light and compact. It is outstanding value for money and truly a good camera. The lack of picture modes like the black and white can be compensated with some good photo-editing technology, if you want those extra finishes on your photos.

Overall, a good point and shoot camera, perhaps suited better for people who just want to take photos, want a good price and don't care for those extra bells and whistles.

(I would suggest that you buy the fujifilm 2GB SD card - it gives about 800 photos even with 8MP turned on and I have had absolutely no problems with it. Great value for the price.)

Breaking Dawn: Twilight, Book 4 (Twilight Saga)
Breaking Dawn: Twilight, Book 4 (Twilight Saga)
by Stephenie Meyer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.94

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money!, 18 Oct. 2008
Breaking Dawn - the highly-anticipated last book of the Twilight Saga. Lots of hype, lots of speculation, lots of disappointment.

Bella loses any depth, the characters are terribly written, there's a huge anti-climax and the whole thing is most certainly badly-written. If you had any doubts about the preceding three books, you know for sure with this one. The whole storyline is completely messed up and is stupid. I'm sure there are fans out there who could write a much better ending to the series.

I myself don't like Jacob, but I still found that his little 'book' was the best bit of the story, despite the rubbishy storyline he was made to tell. He was the only one with some kind of reality, and even that was quite poor.

Since seductive Twilight, things seemed to go down the pan from there, and I urge you not to waste your money. It's most likely that you'll join the ranks of dissatisfied readers who think that Breaking Dawn is a heap of trash.

Elliot Minor
Elliot Minor
Price: £7.88

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elliot Minor - An amazing album, 28 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Elliot Minor (Audio CD)
I first heard 'The White One Is Evil' on a friend's iPod, and was immediately caught by the intense layers of music and the really catchy lyrics; also the sheer energy of the song that made me want to dance to this song that I didn't know the words to.

When I got the CD, I immediately listened to it, and loved every single track. Initially, I had my doubts about 'Lucky Star', but I warmed to the song, after I realised that the lyrics were actually quite decent, and the shift in tempo moved the track forwards.

The orchestra-woven 'Time After Time' is a fabulous introduction, and 'Parallel Worlds' explodes on the listener with all its supernatually good force. You actually feel like you're in the attic room with Ed and Alex, and all the weird happenings. The instrumental can be skipped, but it leads perfectly into the absolute stunner, 'The White One Is Evil'. The album takes a more acoustic turn with 'Liar Is You', a beautiful, riveting track with some amazing harmonies. 'Lucky Star' is like the Marmite track - love it or hate it. 'Jessica' is a delicious guitar-driven, upbeat track, with some nice bass and drums coming through. 'The Broken Minor' is right up there with the singles and deserves a round of applause. It's one of the songs on the album that aren't about relationships gone wrong. 'Still Figuring Out' is an uplifting track that makes you want to sing along and dance, almost as catchy as TWOIE. From that, you are lead into an impossibly rich, deep 'Silently', which echoes memories of rainy days. You're then taken into 'Running Away', which is another dancy song that will have you singing along in infectious E Minor style. After that, there's the beautiful and highly thoughtful 'Last Call To New York City', where Ed and Alex's harmonies are delivered to utter perfection.

This is a massive achievement for a first album, and considering that these guys are so young, phenomenal. Listen carefully for the harmonies of Ed and Alex's voices, which compliment each other flawlessly. You'll fall in love with the blend of classical and rock music and for a long time, Elliot Minor will be the band that you've played the most on your mp3 or computer.

CD highlights are: TWOIE, Parallel Worlds, Jessica, The Broken Minor, Still Figuring Out, Silently, Running Away, Last Call To NYC, practically the whole album! (I also whole-heartedly suggest listening to all the demos you can find, because they're just as loveable as the songs on the album.) The band have started work on their second album.

This is a great purchase for fans of most genres, and appeals to a wide audience. Spread the word of Elliot Minor, and support the boys from York!

22nd November

I would like to add to my review that I saw Elliot Minor live last night, and they were absolutely incredible! Their album is altogether too clean, too sterile and doesn't deliver the full energy that the band have to offer. The keyboard and drums are also much more prominent and it's a fabulous listening experience, if you will brave the crush of people! If you're having any doubts about Elliot Minor, just see them live - the ticket prices are really reasonable and the support acts were good as well. Their "Discover" tour has just ended in the UK, but hopefully they'll be back on tour soon. The title of their latest single is Discover (Why The Love Hurts) and a 50 second acoustic clip is available to be heard on their myspace. It's coming out in January.

Don't give up on Elliot Minor, they've still got a lot to offer.

Hotel Paper (Int'l Version)
Hotel Paper (Int'l Version)
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £6.65

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album., 5 Jan. 2008
The intro left me slightly confused: what was happening? What would the next song be like? Then it came into Are You Happy Now, and I realised. It is much, much darker compared to Everywhere, the first Track on the Spirit Room and shows a different side to Michelle.

The songs feature more great guitar and amazing lyrics. Michelle includes slightly more piano, which features throughout the song One Of These Days.

Overall, a fantastic album that is every bit mind-blowing as its predecessor. Must-buy for Michelle Branch fans and for everyone who hasn't heard her songs.

The Spirit Room [Int'L-Not Enh.]
The Spirit Room [Int'L-Not Enh.]
Price: £6.51

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing., 5 Jan. 2008
Track 1: Everywhere. It gets the album off to a great start with fantastic guitar and intro. The lyrics are good and sound. It sticks in your head and makes you want to sing along.

Track 2: You Get Me. My personal favourite on the album. I laughed out loud at: "Some Say I'm Paranormal, So I Just Bend Their Spoon", and it's become my favourite line. Branch sings about this amazing guy, who understands her completely. A catchy number with nice lyrics.

Track 3: All You Wanted. A good song, with good rhymes and a nice, sympathetic feel to some of the words.

Track 4: You Set Me Free. A light, upbeat song, that fits together nicely.

Track 5: Something To Sleep To: A more serious ballad, switching from 3rd to 1st person. A nice song, one of my other favourites.

Track 6: Here With Me. You can feel Michelle's emotions strongly in this song. Fabulous.

Track 7: Sweet Misery. It might seem soppy and annoying on the first listen: "I was weak, You Were Strong", but give it time and it will grow on you. Some good guitar parts compensate for over-exaggerated lyrics.

Track 8: If Only She Knew. A punchy song, with great lyrics. It conveys confusion and longing well and is well sung.

Track 9: I'd Rather Be In Love: With some haunting first notes, the song suddenly transforms into a warm song about Michelle rather being in love with this guy rather than being alone.

Track 10: Goodbye To You. A touching, heartfelt song. It hits you hard and makes you think.

Track 11: Drop In The Ocean. What was Michelle thinking? It is awful. The only blemish on the album, and it had to be bad. Just from hearing the opening, I really didn't like it, and I have deleted it from my iPod.

Overall, a fantastic album, great listening. Most songs are classed as Pop/Rock.

Under My Skin
Under My Skin
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.40

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice second album., 5 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Under My Skin (Audio CD)
Moving on from her more daydreamish, light-hearted music, as previously seen in "Let Go", Avril Lavigne makes an album that is far more hard-hitting and mature.

The guitar is, as always, fabulously put together and is really effective. You can also hear some piano parts put in, more than in Let Go. The lyrics have good rhymes, if not a bit obviosu sometimes, and convey the overall feel and message of the music well. The harmonies are not painful and set the songs off nicely.

Some nice songs, with a catchy tone and good lyrics. Another stunner from Lavigne. Definitely one to get if you were a fan of Let Go.

From Under The Cork Tree
From Under The Cork Tree
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.42

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fobtastic, 26 Dec. 2007
I was slightly apprehensive about the CD that had just been bought. Having read some of the song titles I thought this might be just a mish-mash of, well, "rubbish" rock.

However, after hearing the first track, I found that I was enjoying it. The drums provided a nice beat and the guitar parts were great. The lyrics were sometims challenging to hear, but with a lyrics book it was fine. The hard-hitting opening guitar was refreshing and they had some great material.

Lines like: "I've got an arrogance down to a science", "The best part of believe is the 'lie'" and lots of others, really stuck in my mind and the songs delivered lots of stimulation and greatt listening for me.

The real knock-out songs for me were: "Dance, Dance", "Sugar We're Going Down", "Sophmore Slump or Comeback of the Year" and "Xo". You might thiink that their lyrics don't make any sense, but they have a metaphorical meaning and often require slightly deeper thought.

Overall, this album was a great change to the annoying Pop music that floated into my head and was stuck there. There were fantastic lyrics and great guitar and bass and drumming. This was a great change from manufactured music and I definitely recommend this album to you.

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