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Proserpine's Gold
Proserpine's Gold
Price: £10.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulously talented and very different. . ., 11 April 2016
This review is from: Proserpine's Gold (Audio CD)
I saw Ms Morrison supporting Lene Lovich last year and bought this cd at the gig. At first we weren't taking much notice of her but we were very quickly drawn into her dramatic mini-worlds. There isn't really much to compare her to (a female Klaus Nomi comes close) as she's out there beyond and between genres, dragging you along with often mad skirmishes on the violin and her amazing neo-operatic voice. She's spell-binding, like finding a gypsy queen sharpening her music skills and enchanting intrepid travellers with them in a deep Balkan forest. Magic.

'She Walks in Beauty' opens the set here with its hypnotic percussion and Morrison enticing you in with that voice. 'Kubla Khan' has her high-soprano-ing over more watchmaker's percussion and the gypsy violin. 'Dream Within a Dream' is a haunting piece in which her glockenspiel is never far from front of the mix. 'Salaviei' wouldn't have been out of place in an Edwardian drawing room though perhaps with Pan peeping from behind a curtain to remind her/us of the debt owed to the sylvan people. 'The Tyger', as you may have guessed, is a romp with Blake's striped feline.

I won't go on but suffice it to say that Kirsten Morrison was one of the best finds of last year.

4 Piece Fireside Companion Tool Set in a Modern Design
4 Piece Fireside Companion Tool Set in a Modern Design

2.0 out of 5 stars Brush not fit for purpose, 10 Dec. 2015
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The brush has arrived with warped/twisted bristles which makes it largely unfit for purpose. The set looks good but the uselessness of the brush really spoils it.
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Pale Green Ghosts
Pale Green Ghosts
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Price: £13.43

12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Shape Shifter, 14 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Pale Green Ghosts (Audio CD)
I adored 'Queen of Denmark' and waited (and waited) longingly for this one. I have to admit that more of the same would have been fine: I'd have consumed delightedly. I'm a big fan of Kraftwerk, Goldfrapp and all things electronica so when info-leaks began dripping tales of Hercules and Love Affair type sounds I began to froth at the ears. This arrived on the same day as Bowie's 'The Next Day' and, sorry Bobo, this has been by far the biggest attraction! I can't get enough! There isn't a track that I want to skip, though I do keep wanting 'You Don't Have To' wherever I can have it: Kraftwerk with blood pulsing through it! The last time I was so excited by an album was 'frapp's 'Seventh Tree' (still a big favourite...and their least electronic!)...So, I'm not easily pleased and this is nothing short of fabulous... actually, no it's not fabulous, it's BRILLIANT. If you're going to buy an album for the summer, this is it...and it won't matter if it rains.
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Caravan Girl [CD 1]
Caravan Girl [CD 1]
Offered by Eds Attic Music Store
Price: £5.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!, 17 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Caravan Girl [CD 1] (Audio CD)
This is worth it for the Live Choral Version alone! It's much better than the studio/album version and a great reminder of the early Seventh Tree gigs with strings and choir. Is there any video footage of any of those concerts out there anywhere? The Royal Festival Hall gig was one of the best I've ever been to, they were simply stunning. That album is a great grower and I love it more every time I hear it - pity about the pretty dire follow-up though.

Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor
Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor

5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and very, very classy., 20 April 2012
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I've been waiting for something like this for many years. Beth Gibbons hinted at it with 'Tom the Model' but then left the baby out in the cold on its own. This is sassy, sexy and very classy. And, better still, very few of my friends knew where it had come from and I love that element of surprise and difference. It was one of my very best buys of last year. You can't be disappointed!

The Fall
The Fall
Price: £5.99

3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A self-indulgent promotion for the iPad ..., 27 April 2011
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This review is from: The Fall (Audio CD)
This is so disappointing. The iPad clearly has a lot to answer for and this should have been given away with it. What happened? Was America so dull that Damon had to resort to his 'pad for recreation? Haven't heard anything so tedious and uninspired since...OK Mariah Carey... and this is just as horrible. A waste of the planet's resources.The Fall

Wake Up The Nation (2 Disc Deluxe Edition)
Wake Up The Nation (2 Disc Deluxe Edition)
Offered by Great Price Media EU
Price: £35.48

5.0 out of 5 stars The Summer Album of 2010, 5 May 2010
Now, Ive never been much of a Paul Weller fan, preferring his least fashionable period with The Style Council to anything he did with The Jam or solo, til a work colleague reckoned I'd like the new one... A lazy sunday afternoon internet shopping with a glass of wine to hand found me ordering the deluxe version of 'Wake Up The Nation'. It arrived yesterday and hasn't been off the Bose dock since.
What a fabulous surprise this album is! The diversity of styles keeps your attention and makes any trip out of the room a short one as you just want to get back to it quickly in case anything is missed. The first two tracks, 'Moonshine' and 'Wake Up The Nation', are largely what I'd expect from a Weller album but then came 'No Tears To Cry', a very successful take on The Walker Brothers! 'Fast Car/Slow Traffic' reminds me a little of that Fat Boy Slim track 'Slash Dot Dash' only with someone very much like Mike Garson (Bowie's 'Aladin Sane') on Piano, fab! 'Andromeda' is the track that really does it for me but it's way too short...but, hey, there's a longer version on the second disc, the unmissable 'Change Up The Nation', and this one is a remix by none other than Richard Hawley.
I'd love to go through the albums track by track but I just don't have the time. There isn't one track on either album that I don't like (so very rare for me!). After the disappointment of the much-looked-forward-to but ultimately frivolous and nothing new Goldfrapp album, this set is very welcome and will be the album I remember summer 2010 for. It is essential that you spend a little extra and get the deluxe album as the remixes, many of which are deliciously psychedelic, will keep any party going while you retrieve any whirling dervishes who've drunkenly got themselves stuck in your lavender bushes/roses...

Tarmac & Flames
Tarmac & Flames
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars 21st Century Homage to Bolan and Bowie....and possibly what prodded Hot Chip..., 28 Sept. 2007
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This review is from: Tarmac & Flames (Audio CD)
I read about these guys being recommended to Irvine Welsh as a modern alternative (why?!) to his predilection for Bolan, Bowie and Iggy, and thought they must be something...

On this album they really are something. Not only do they rekindle the embers of those fabulous Glam years but they laid the egg that hatched into the Hot Chip sound (check them out too, well worth it. Fantastic live experience to boot)with 'Can't Stand It', and I can't wait to try this one out at a party.

'Mir' is Ladytron and Gina X and just where it should be on the map of Modern Glamour. 'Accident' sways from Aladin Bowie to Suede (was there ever much difference there?) and almost wraps the album up until a silence is stopped by '1000 Screaming Girls'...c'mon guys, who ya kiddin'!!

Definitely the BEST of the three albums I've heard to date ('The Tracksuit Trilogy' and 'Tinsel Stars' as well as this one - where are the other two?), buy it now! Not an alternative to, but definitely an addition to, thirty-six years of Glam...

Tanx (+Bonus)
Tanx (+Bonus)

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bolan's Best, 18 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Tanx (+Bonus) (Audio CD)
This is Marc Bolan, T.Rex and Tony Visconti at their tightest. The band's and producer's zenith as a partnership before it diversified into the 'popera' of Zinc Alloy. Everything about this album - the guitars, sweeping orchestrations, Bolan's voice, production and not forgetting Bill Legend's massively underrated drums - reeks of the uniqueness of the era, the people and the music.

Ironically, it wasn't one of the most successful T.Rex albums at the time - Bolan's press-bating and cheeky 'arrogance' got in the way of this album being taken as seriously as it deserved to be. The critics clearly meant less to him than he did to them!

'Tanx' has always been my favourite T.Rex album from the minute it was bought for my 11th birthday to the present. Every listening feels as fresh, if not fresher, than the first as the clarity of the musicianship and production have come to the fore and become timeless. Why did Bolan listen to EMI when they recommended he come up with something other than 'Electric Slim and the Factory Hen' as the follow up to 'Solid Gold, Easy Action'? It was a whole new direction, away from the pounding pop that preceded it and that replaced it in the form of the classic, but I think misguided, '20th Century Boy'.

The album, amazingly (Bolan's confidence knocked by EMI? Where were the Sex Pistols when they were really needed?!) produced no singles although the sax-led 'Street and Babe Shadow' would have been a good contender as would 'Mad Donna' ('I'm gonna change Madonna...', no need chuck she does it often enough herself!). And who could fail to be moved by the minor chords and whistful lyrics of 'Highway Knees'?

This album is an absolute must. If you're going to buy a T.Rex album, get this one! Thirty-four years have done it no harm at all as many of the production values and soundscapes have become sought after by many bands since then (check Suede, Goldfrapp, The Divine Comedy, the godawful Oasis, more recent Bowie amongst others).

This is Visconti's masterpiece as producer, as well as Bolan and the band's as musicians. I don't think he reached the same perfection anywhere else either before or since (and I do keep checking him out).

This could turn into quite an essay of adoration/adulation but I think these 'Tanx' need to be turned on you... Enjoy!

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