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Battle Born
Battle Born
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3.0 out of 5 stars Shame About the Lull in the Middle, 19 Nov 2012
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Battleborn is an album that I certainly wouldn't discourage anyone from buying; it is well worth a listen, however, as with any three star award winners, duff tracks and album fillers are abound.

There are numerous tracks in which Flowers sounds strained and bordering on hysterical, and whilst his talent for displaying emotion is apparent, in tracks such as A Matter of Time, it becomes grating. That coupled with some plain silly lyrics (note, Here With Me) makes for a multitude of tracks in the middle section of the album to be distinctly average.

However, it is the occasional funky melody or interesting key change within these tracks that keeps them just about afloat. But it is the final three tracks of the album (particularly Be Still) plus Miss Atomic Bomb, that really give Battleborn a rousing pick-me-up and worthy of fifty minutes of your time.

The Flinch
The Flinch
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A brutish, but useful book., 28 Oct 2012
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The Flinch is a self-improvement book that has a very focussed attitude; such is the necessity of a free, succinct Kindle edition. It focuses on "The Flinch", what I interpret the author to believe is the natural human instinct of fear and lack of confidence, in order to protect ourselves from harm. The author asserts that this prevents us from reaching our full potential.

I shall initially say that the author comes across as very brutish, almost intimidating with his writing style. The manner in which the book is written seems to suggest that you are worthless and weak because of this natural (note, we can't help instinctive biological instincts) human reaction. As a result, I came out of this book feeling somewhat uncomfortable with what it had to say; it's not written in a very warming tone.

I'd also suggest that the book is too prescriptive in its treatment of "The Flinch". Whilst avoiding such "flinch-like reactions" may have its uses, I found myself wondering throughout the book, "Well, if everyone behaved with this bull in a china shop type manner, it wouldn't be a very good place to be". He cites an example of someone drinking a morning coffee, what I see to be as a metaphor for comfort. He states you should be challenging this comfort zone. But why should you? If you're happy and content with life, why go on to tell yourself that you want out?

On a positive note, I can certainly take positives from the book. I'd certainly recommend reading it at least. His experiments are good (although even now, breaking a mug still seems pointless to me) and you can gain a lot from them. Using "The Flinch" as a tool for dealing with minor issues, such as confidence with strangers, or starting a new hobby is very good. However such a brutal and almost thoughtless attitude towards more sensitive issues such as relationships and jobs may result in more pain and regret than it's worth. And that's not just pain to yourself, but the people you are directly affecting.
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Sam's Town
Sam's Town
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 19 Oct 2006
This review is from: Sam's Town (Audio CD)
People who do not seem to like this album are quoting "Hot Fuss"

To enjoy this album you must let go of Hot Fuss. I don't mean stop listening to it but when listening to Sam's Town dont try and compare the two. Just concentrate on this album. Then after a few listens you will love this as much as Hot Fuss maybe even more.

I find this album stunning and every track is fantastic. Just buy it. Now.

One for Sorrow
One for Sorrow
by Clive Woodall
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning, 19 April 2006
This review is from: One for Sorrow (Paperback)
ignore the reviewers who call this book poor and unrealistic. do not be put off that it is written by an ex-supermarket worker, it is exciting and stunning. all you have to do is have that extra bit of imagination. although if you are very squimish do not read it,it can be quite sickening.

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