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Winter Fields
Winter Fields

5.0 out of 5 stars Winter Fields, 25 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Winter Fields (MP3 Download)
Marié's best album yet! Every song is great but my personal favourite is Lovesick Sunday. Her voice as always is beautiful and the production is fantastic.


The Lady is Risen (Barbarossa Remix)
The Lady is Risen (Barbarossa Remix)
Price: £0.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Really good song, 25 Sept. 2013
Of course it's not as good as the original (you can't improve on perfection), but it's still a really good version of an excellent song. If the other reviewer had bothered to listen for more than 10 seconds they might have discovered that for themselves.


PINES
PINES
Price: £7.34

4.0 out of 5 stars Strange and lovely..., 9 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: PINES (Audio CD)
Well, there are concept albums... and then there is Pines, which is like a concept album on steroids. Based on the story of a pine tree who takes control of her own destiny, it's certainly going to divide people, and from the reviews I've seen so far, opinion is pretty much split down the middle. Sometimes this album works, and when it does it is breath-taking, and other times it becomes twee and pretentious. There aren't really any bad songs on this album per se, it's just the production that can make them rather annoying - five of the songs are over six minutes long when none of them need to be, and it makes the album at times rather meandering and, dare I say it, a bit dull to listen to. And while I love Alison's voice and how evocative it is, sometimes I wish she would just *sing* rather than whisper. She has said that this album was very personal for her, but honestly I don't really get a sense of that from listening to it - the lyrics, while utterly gorgeous, are so abstract and remote that it's hard to get through all the metaphors. And at times it all just gets a little too kooky and twee. Having said all that, there is still much to love about this album. The instrumentation is wonderful, just listen to Pinesong with the eerie metallic noises mimicking the sounds of industry, before being replaced with the soothing sound of an acoustic guitar. Avalanches sounds like something from Bomb in a Birdcage and is easily my favourite song on the album, and Sailingsong, Now Is The Start and It's Alive are fantastic upbeat songs. I wasn't sure whether to give this album three or four stars, but ultimately I think Alison was brave to make the album she wanted to make, regardless of marketability. I'm glad that albums like this are still being made in a time of extreme caution within the music industry. This is the sort of album you really have to give some time to; you won't necessarily love it the first time you listen to it. It's a curl-up-in-an-armchair-on-a-rainy-afternoon-with-a-cup-of-tea album, and it's worth the time, because while this is probably the most flawed A Fine Frenzy album, it may also be the most brilliant.


Pray To Be Free
Pray To Be Free
Price: £8.56

5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect album?, 9 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Pray To Be Free (Audio CD)
After having been a fan of The Pierces since buying their 2011 album You & I, I've recently been acquiring their (fantastic) back catalogue, and came across Allison Pierce's collaboration with James Levy. I really wish I'd known about this album sooner, it's absolutely brilliant. James has the sort of deep, velvety, smooth-toned voice of a Lee Hazelwood or Leonard Cohen and he sounds even better when paired with Allison. Some of the songs have rather dark, unusual lyrics but they don't take themselves too seriously - there is no pretentiousness on this album, just some really beautiful, well-written, well-produced songs. And special mention has to go to Guy Berryman who really has done a great job producing this album, the instrumentation is just perfect. I've been listening to this album a lot since I got it a few days ago, and every time I listen to it, I like it more and more. Now, does Catherine have any side projects I should know about?


The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
by Maggie O'Farrell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful novel, 2 Jan. 2013
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This book had been sitting on my shelf for years before I recently decided it was high time I actually read it. Now I'm feeling slightly idiotic for leaving such a beautiful book to gather dust for so long - it is truly stunning. This is the first Maggie O'Farrell novel I've read, and if you've read her books before you'll know: she's seriously talented. The way she writes is just exquisite, so beautifully descriptive whilst managing to be perfectly succinct. She doesn't waste a single word, and is able to capture scenes or emotions in a just a few sentences, at times the prose almost reminded me of Sylvia Plath, it has that poetic quality without distracting from the story. Her characters are all brilliantly drawn, life-like, full-bodied creations. Iris and Alex's story was touching, I truly wanted a happy ending for both of them. Kitty was a wonderfully complicated character, so full of jealousy and bitterness and guilt, which she kept hidden under a mask of respectability. Her transition from loving, protective older sister to a woman who would betray her own sibling and leave her incarcerated for a lifetime is fascinating and shockingly believable. But the real star of the book is Esme, sometimes you come across a fictional character that just stays with you and she is one of them. I love the way Maggie O'Farrell wrote Esme's perspective of the world, how she noticed little details that no one else did, her passion for learning, playing the piano and for life in general. She is a truly sympathetic character, and the account of her time at Cauldstone, and what was taken away from her there, is truly heartbreaking. Having said that, this is not a depressing book. It is beautiful, heartfelt and incredibly moving and I would definitely recommend it.


Sophie's Revenge [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Sophie's Revenge [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by uniqueplace-uk
Price: £12.01

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absurd but brilliant., 18 July 2012
To say that this film is a bit silly would be a bit of an understatement. It's ridiculous, absurd and at times a little surreal. But it's also (I think) genuinely funny and sweet. The main reason the film works is Zhang Ziyi. I'd been more used to seeing her in films like House of Flying Daggers, Hero and Memoirs of a Geisha, where her characters usually end up dead or heart-broken (or both). In Sophie's Revenge she puts in a brilliant comic performance with perfect timing and just the right amount of slapstick silliness. Peter Ho, Fan Bing Bing and So Ji Sub are perfect in their roles too. It's a testament to Zhang's portrayal of Sophie that the audience roots for her throughout - especially since at time she borders on seeming a little unhinged. The film is also surprisingly 'western' with Amelie-esque music and set designs and rather unsubtle advertising for a particular car brand (if you've seen the film, you'll know what I mean). To conclude, if you're looking for a film that is fun, amusing, doesn't take itself too seriously and will make you smile, then you could do a lot worse than watching Sophie's Revenge.


Breathing Underwater
Breathing Underwater
Price: £14.30

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathing Underwater, 25 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Breathing Underwater (Audio CD)
Marié Digby's new album is truly stunning. Every song is brilliant, although my favourites are Come Find Me, Feel, Breathing Underwater and Overboard. The new direction she has taken with her music is brave especially since some of her fans seem to dislike the new sound, and although this a very different record to Unfold, Marié's honesty and sincerity shine through the lyrics in every song. The production is very slick and these songs are great for dancing and singing along to, and just because there is less acoustic guitar and more drum beats, it doesn't make the songs any less relatable. Marié's songs chart the highs and lows of a relationship, from first falling in love to it crumbling and going wrong and everything in between. You can tell that the songs are very personal and this is a great quality of Marié Digby's song writing. This album shouldn't be judged by how different it is to Unfold, I love both albums as each has something different to say and new way of saying it. I only have one complaint and that is that two amazing songs (Sanctuary and Fool On Parade) were not included on this album when they definitely both deserved a place there.


Lilies : Complete BBC Series 1 [2007] [DVD]
Lilies : Complete BBC Series 1 [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kerrie Hayes
Price: £13.80

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lilies deserves 10 stars, 25 Aug. 2009
I'm a huge fan of period dramas and this is probably my favourite one. I honestly cannot believe firstly that the BBC would fail to see how brilliant this series is, and secondly that they would choose to ignore the thousands of people who complained, emailed and signed petitions to stop this show getting cancelled. Then they choose continue with a series like Robin Hood which is absolute rubbish (and probably costs much, much more to make). Lilies is unique in that it is an original script, not adapted from a book or play, and not based on real figures. BBC period dramas in recent years such as Bleak House, Little Dorrit and Jane Eyre have all been adaptations of existing works. Lilies is also different in it's setting, both in time and place. I cannot recall any other period drama set in Liverpool or many others that deal with the years directly after WW1, even though it is a fascinating setting for a drama. Also, the fact that at this time modern values were starting to take hold makes the characters and situations more relatable to a modern audience. The series takes us through the ups and downs of a close-knit family made up of three sisters, Ruby, Iris and May, their brother Billy and their father. The Moss sisters are feisty and intelligent, and they don't sit around sewing and waiting for a rich man to turn up, as is the case in many other bonnet dramas. Lilies shows just how courageous and spirited the people of Liverpool were at this time, they had hard lives but they got on with life and were part of communities that looked out for each other. The characters are so real and the writing is brilliant and the acting is completely faultless. The series appeals to people of all age groups, I'm 19 and know several other people my age who watched Lilies and my grandmother also loved it. A brilliant series, highly recommended.


Neptune City
Neptune City
Price: £10.65

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 3 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Neptune City (Audio CD)
I received my CD today and have only just finished listening to it the whole way through and already I'm captivated by Nicole Atkins' wonderful sound. Her voice is incredible, very strong and full of emotion yet subtle and beautiful at the same time. Stand-out tracks so far would be Maybe Tonight, Together We're Both Alone and The Way It is, but they're all brilliant and there isn't a single song I would skip. It's a shame she isn't more well-known in the UK, but hopefully that will change in time. This CD is worth every penny.


Casualty 1900s [DVD]
Casualty 1900s [DVD]
Dvd ~ Cherie Lunghi
Price: £12.50

56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely addictive, 20 July 2009
This review is from: Casualty 1900s [DVD] (DVD)
Casualty 1900s is a brilliant series that takes place in the London hospital in the early 20th century, when medical science was still developing. The storylines are based on real events recorded in diaries, notebooks and police reports. This is a period drama with a difference, as it focuses on the lives of the poor, immigrants, doctors, nurses and police. There is plenty of action, drama, suspense, humour and brilliant acting that make it addictive viewing. You can't help but care about the characters involved, the nurses and doctors who literally dedicate their lives to helping others. Although I love programmes like Cranford and Lark Rise, Casualty 1900s is unique because it focuses on city life, and is an original drama, and you learn a lot about this fascinating time in history just by watching each episode. This DVD is brilliant because it combines the latest series, Casualty 1909 with the earlier series, Casualty 1907 and the one-off special Casualty 1906. Definately recommended.


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