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The Life Acoustic
The Life Acoustic
Price: 16.45

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 1 Oct 2013
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This review is from: The Life Acoustic (Audio CD)
A true artist with a knack for having heartfelt sentimentality sit comfortably next to social/politcal observation through the eyes of the common man.
This CD is a lovely collection of re-works stripped down to the way they more often than not start out. Its great to hear them this way especially if like me, you've played the originals to death!
New fans may find it a great way of familiarizing themselves with the music before exploring his seasoned back catalog.
The weak points for me are the cover versions, I would have liked to have just heard more Everlast.
However - JUMP AROUND qualifies as a cover version and that sounds GREAT I have to add!
Another brilliant album from Everlast. Buy it.

Wacom Bamboo Pen Graphics Tablet
Wacom Bamboo Pen Graphics Tablet

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product, 12 July 2013
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Works wonderfully. Feels smooth and accurate. It looks great too. At the price its at - unbelievably good. An affordable tool, for anyone
who dabbles with design, or makes a living in it.

Limited edition in Retail Package Vans iPhone 4 4S Sole Grip Case Cover in White
Limited edition in Retail Package Vans iPhone 4 4S Sole Grip Case Cover in White

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 18 Sep 2012
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This case fits snug and doesn't slip off the sides when you're using the phone.
Its wonderfully designed with the Vans signature sole and with the red tab on the side it subtly separates itself from the mass of other products available.
Super slick!

Songs of the Ungrateful Living
Songs of the Ungrateful Living
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Price: 15.71

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic from Everlast., 18 Oct 2011
My first impression is that it blends the classic 'Whitey Ford Sings the Blues' album with my personal favourite but not nearly as celebrated 'White Trash Beautiful'.
Songs Of The Ungrateful Living mixes the styles he's been blending over his career - PERFECTLY this time.

Both aforementioned albums left me wondering how far into his influences he was going to go, almost wishing he'd hit it somewhere in the middle across a whole record....and on this one..I feel like he's done it.

One of the best things about any lyricist is the ability to tell a story, whether that be drawing from personal experience or by trying to look at something from another person's perspective, which Everlast has demonstrated across all his albums.
Sometimes unclear as to whether he's talking openly about himself, it is however obvious that he's talking with a genuine affinity to the narrative at hand....none more effectively than on the first single from the new album 'I Get By'.
Telling of tough times in the U.S. - fractured economy & questionable foreign policy, the song sounds like a 'sigh for help' from the perspective of the working man. A similar track in terms of its vibe is 'The Rain', while slightly more up-beat, it covers darker and possibly more introspective subject matter.....If its the hip-hop that you still love about Everlast, these two tick the boxes.
If its the blues-bordering-on-country sound that you like, then its here in no short supply.
Theres a slice of Americana on most tracks - somewhere in the mix theres a lap-steel, and his Telecaster or Gretsch.
Its this 'beats meets blues' that Everlast has made his own, and the presence is significant on 'Gone For Good', 'Long Time', 'Friday The 13th' & 'Some of Us Pray'.

Theres a sunnier disposition on 'My House', which walks in a poppier direction with bouncy beats and catchy/choppy guitars and the sun continues to shine on 'The Crown', an upbeat track that if you're in a happy mood, could well keep that smile on your face for some time.

This album is very much a head-nodder, at the same time hitting you with equal amounts of sentiment & emotion.

Like all great albums, Songs Of The Ungrateful Living is making me want MORE already!

Buy it.

Same As It Ever Was
Same As It Ever Was
Price: 8.18

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Geniune Classic, 26 July 2011
This review is from: Same As It Ever Was (Audio CD)
The follow up to House Of Pain's self titled debut, 'Same As It Ever Was' delivers a darker, more serious sound.

It in no way attempts to re-create the sound that brought success in the form of Jump Around or Shamrocks & Shenanigans and for that - means it succeeds on all levels.

Don't get me wrong, the debut is one of my favourite albums of all time, but I was SO excited about this album coming out - after my appetite was whet with the single 'On Point' - deep bass, a brooding keys sample, jazz sax, reverby drum break - it has everything you'd expect from the Soul Assassins but somehow sounding like a fresh move on.
With that said, the album pretty much comes off like a masterclass in production, most of it incorporating double-bass and jazzy brass/woodwind sounds throughout.

It not only maintains the band's identity, but somehow solidifies it.

It feels like a more coherent album than the debut, with a little more thought behind most of the lyrics (apparently Everlast freestyled the majority of songs on 'House Of Pain') and you can tell.

So, while the world was still Jumping Around - House of Pain were counting their money and making the music that they wanted to make. The debut is a classic and this one should be held in the same regard.

Hip Hop probably hasn't been the same (as it ever was) since.

Days That Shape Our Lives
Days That Shape Our Lives

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your new heroes, 14 Dec 2010
This album is top notch Pop Punk with big breakdowns, a sound which has been monopolised by bands from America previously.
Not anymore!
MvH are from the UK and aren't just rubbing shoulders with the big boys in the genre but they're throwing elbows!
Its not about competition, I know ;) but for me its just refreshing to hear a UK pop punk band who could EASILY be from the US.
Each song on this album has been clearly crafted by guys who LOVE what they're doing. The evidence is in abundance here.
Overall this album sounds FUN, which is something you can expect to have at their shows.

Its one of those albums that you can listen to from start to finish, everything fits. You wont skip a track, and you'll go right back to the start when its done and listen again!

From the opener to the end, there's the bounciest riffs, massive singalong choruses, tempo changes & chunky chuggy breakdowns!
I love it.

This band also show that they aren't just about the party vibe with a track right in the middle of the album that will not fail to give you goosebumps.
Its an example of beautiful writing, but a song that the band would rather have not had to write. 'A Loss In the Ranks' pretty much explains it, so I will say no more other than 'big love to Me Vs Hero'.

Buy this album, it should be in any pop punk fan's collection.

Something For Nothing
Something For Nothing

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 'pop-punk with breakdowns'.....aaaand a little bit more!, 14 Dec 2010
This review is from: Something For Nothing (Audio CD)
This band tick all the boxes if you like:
Catchy riffs, big choruses into growly vocal & chuggy double-pedal'd breakdowns.
Chunk! No Captian Chunk bring a lot more to the table.

C!NCC being from Europe & not the U.S gives it something extra - or maybe - just different to what you might expect in a predominantly American originated sound.

What I particularly love about this album is that they put a lot of emphasis in melody, while not compromising their 'heavy'.
They demonstrate obvious guitar playing talent and songwriting - together with some cool production twists here & there.
One minute you're having your arse ripped out with an amazing riff, the next theres a piano refrain, or a technoey sounding middle 8!

This album contains some of the bounciest riffs / breakdowns I've ever heard.

I LOVE this album.
Fans of the 'pop punk with breakdowns' sound will love it too.
Buy it.

What Separates Me From You
What Separates Me From You
Price: 11.18

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great., 22 Nov 2010
This album is a couple of tracks short for me....but each one is a keeper.
There are a few moments such as '2nd Sucks' and the intros to 'Sticks & Bricks' and 'You Be Tails, I'll be Sonic' that are as angry & angular musically and as visceral lyrically; as tracks on previous ADTR albums.

Once a band starts to get paid for making music they have a 'job' to do and I can feel that they were kind of going through the motions a little bit on this one.
The packaging is lovely, its a shame that the artwork isn't QUITE as nice.

Grand Unification
Grand Unification
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Price: 12.79

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Near perfect, 8 Feb 2006
This review is from: Grand Unification (Audio CD)
The debut album from Fightstar, and a wonderful mix of melody and power.
There's an obvious reason why some people don't like this band, but those people are pondlife.

A few songs from the e.p made it onto this CD and were given the re-recording treatment and some little changes were made, which I'm not sure I like (compared to the original) but thats just because I listened to that E.P to DEATH!

This album full of epic choruses and in some places - heavy breakdowns which altogether make for a future CLASSIC british rock record, not a million miles away from FFAF's Casually Dressed.

Love it.

To Buy A Gun Ep
To Buy A Gun Ep
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Price: 12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 15 Nov 2005
This review is from: To Buy A Gun Ep (Audio CD)
In a world that is far too comfortable predicting 'the next big thing', Idiot Pilot have come along to blow you away. Only this time you wont be able to quite put your finger on what it actually is they're doing ! .
Could it be the massive choruses, distorted guitars, electronic beats and accents, beautiful melodies or the ferocious screams? I DONT KNOW !!!!
To Buy a Gun is one of the finest tracks I've heard in a long time.
Dont sleep, dont just buy this single, dont wait for the album, get it imported NOW!.

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