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Infiniment: 40 Chansons (remastered - high definition)
Infiniment: 40 Chansons (remastered - high definition)
Price: £12.36

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jacques Brel est BELGE!!!!, 17 Nov. 2010
JACQUES BREL WAS BELGIAN, NOT FRENCH!!! He just sang (mostly) in French. Get it right, Amazon...Those Belgians have got enough to worry about without you getting their cultural icons wrong!

Get this CD, it's great. Faves are Bruxelles (hint?), La Biere and Amsterdam. There's even one song where he has a go at singing in Flemish!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Woeful, 30 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Mountains (Audio CD)
I was a massive Biffy Clyro fan when they were first around, and I would like to think I have some taste for what is good music, and what isn't. This is really, really bad, and nothing like the standard I would expect from the band, although I didn't like "Puzzles" that much either, to be honest. Bad lyrics, monotonous, dull music. Some people might like it though, even if I don't. If you want to hear this band at their best, get "The Vertigo of Bliss", which is a cracker.

Language in Danger: How Language Loss Threatens Our Future
Language in Danger: How Language Loss Threatens Our Future
by Andrew Dalby
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine account, 21 Jun. 2005
I read this book last summer, and, although it took the best part of two months to read, it is a highly interesting and enlightened account of a very real and almost insurmountable problem - the death of languages spoken by the human race across the globe. Dalby deals with the subject matter admirably, and he has evidently done a huge amount of research. I found it particularly interesting to find out more about the definite origins of languages, particularly English (to find out more, read "The English Language" by David Crystal), as it is such a mish-mash of influences, and he gives wonderful accounts of the Native Indian languages of America and various minority languages spattered across Europe, which one perhaps never knew existed. Anyone minutely concerned about the death of languages (due mainly to the influence of the English language abroad) or interested in any way in linguistics or foregin languages should give this a try. It's an extremely worthwhile read.

Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
by Louis De Bernières
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

6 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Captain Corelli's Mandolin or suitable for the bin?, 17 Mar. 2004
I am in the process of writing my English Coursework (A2) on this novel by Louis de Bernieres. At first, this novel is an enchanting read, particularly for those long summer days when Tim Henman has just lost in Wimbledon and you need a literary fix. However, on second or third reading it becomes increasingly apparent how pretentious de Bernieres is in writing his prose. There are many sections towards the end which you wish he had never written because they ultimately have no real value in reference to the actual enjoyable parts of the book (the scene involving the Nazis and the Greeks is incredibly moving, as are the comical moments involing Corelli, Iannis and Pelagia). He comes across as one of those people you are unfortunate to meet in the pub or on the train who will just talk to you for hours, using the longest words he can dig out from the corners of his South-East England, upper-middle class, publicly educated brain, without caring whether you are actually listening or not. This is the impression you get about his writing towards the end of the story, with his over-elaborate descriptions which are at first dramatic and magical in creating the society of Kefalonia, but end up leaving you swimming in a sea of literary diahorrea. If you have not read this book before, but you are interested, I would definitely recommend it, so you can judge it for yourself. But, if you have only seen the film, steer clear. Then you will soon realise what a shame it is that his greatest work is tarnished by over-enthusiasm and an awful film adaptation.

The Vertigo Of Bliss
The Vertigo Of Bliss
Price: £5.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Biffy Clyro - The Vertigo of Bliss, 24 Jun. 2003
This review is from: The Vertigo Of Bliss (Audio CD)
Although receiving mixed reviews I believe this album to be an excellent step forward for Biffy Clyro from "Blackened Sky".
The songs are far more developed and the ideas and tunes seem to be even more thought out and planned. Most notably, Sean Neil's guitar work and song-writing skills have blossomed into creating even more epic rock than Biffy had before. "Liberate the Illiterate" is a great rock tune, with lovely harmonies; "With Aplomb" and "All the way Down" are musically breathtaking alongside the two singles they have released. The drummer does an amazing job of singing the harmonies - if you see this band live as I have three times, the hairs on the back of your neck will stand on end as you witness him pounding the drums with all his might AND singing (choruses as well).
The main thing with Biffy for me is the atmosphere that their music creates, in a similar way to Tool's, and with this album they continue to do so. If you're a fan buy it. If you want something new and exciting to listen to - BUY THIS ALBUM. You'll love it.

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