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Little Criminals
Little Criminals
Price: £7.56

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite vinyl albums, 30 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Little Criminals (Audio CD)
I've had this album on vinyl for donkey's years now and it is a big favourite. It's a bit scratched and all that, but that just adds to the warmth and the era from whence it came. I think it is one of Randy's best and "Baltimore" is perhaps my favourite song of his, lilting and beautiful and one of those songs you just listen to over and over. A lovely album, great on CD, I'm sure, but if you can get this on vinyl then do!

No One Can Ever Know
No One Can Ever Know
Price: £10.00

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkness on the edge of town..., 6 Feb. 2012
This review is from: No One Can Ever Know (Audio CD)
I'll admit, I love The Twilight Sad. I own pretty much everything they have done and have seen them live on more than one occasion. The Wrong Car is one of my all time favourite videos. So I'm biased; but don't let that put you off what I have to say. This is an immense, bold soundscape of an album that gets better at every listen. There is a sonic shift in comparison to their previous offerings; electro is more to the fore, the guitar is understated. But the sound is unmistakably, classic, Twilight Sad - songs driven by keen drums and the beautiful Celtic voice of James Graham. I'd pick out individual songs (Nil is the standout track), but as with previous albums, each blends together to form a magnificent whole. Cracking stuff; a band on the up.

RUN, RUN, RUN (crime thriller)
RUN, RUN, RUN (crime thriller)
Price: £2.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff!, 6 Feb. 2012
This is entertaining stuff. A really good read from start to finish with enough twists and turns to entice and thrill. Mark Capell is a new name on the block for me, but I'm pretty sure he could be around for some time to come. Five stars and no question.

A Concise History of Sweden (Cambridge Concise Histories)
A Concise History of Sweden (Cambridge Concise Histories)
by Neil Kent
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and concise summary, 23 Jun. 2008
Having become fascinated by Scandanavian, and more especially, Swedish culture and history, during the past decade, I have been searching for a concise history for some time. It was with anticipation that I approached this book and my expectations have been met. Neil Kent writes in a masterly but accessible manner and carries the reader with a strength of argument and well researched fact.

This is a tremendous introduction to Swedish history and the forces that shaped one of the most humane societies on earth. Full marks to the author; a highly recommended and enjoyable text and a welcome addition to the Concise Cambridge Series.

Heima (Special Edition 116 Page Booklet) [DVD]
Heima (Special Edition 116 Page Booklet) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sigur Ros

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thing of rare beauty, 11 Nov. 2007
Heima is the second great musical film of 2007, Anton Corbjin's "Control" being the other. Rarely will a film have captured the spirt of a band and it's native environment, Iceland, so lovingly. Much of the film evokes a wonderful sense of community as Sigur Ros tour different locations and play to audiences from, what appears to be, tens to thousands. The cinematography is stunning, creative in the extreme, and many sequences are shot through the eye of a stills photographer, such is the attention to detail.

Having seen Sigur Ros play Birmingham in the same year the film was made and witnessed the extremes in their music; from achingly touching string arrangements to thrash guitar rock outs, watching this film clearly identified one of the sources for the almost bi-polar extremes of their work: the Icelandic landscape.

Heima is a rare thing of beauty made by a wonderful, self effacing group of musicians, their friends and families. Truly magnificent and worth every penny.

I Am The Man
I Am The Man
Price: £12.25

34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quiet, but nice, 17 Oct. 2007
This review is from: I Am The Man (Audio CD)
There I was watching the TV at the end of England vs Russia and I heard this song, the Beep Beep Song in fact. Lovely. Then the penny dropped. I had seen Simone White the previous night supporting Stephen Fretwell at The Rescue Rooms in Nottingham. Regretably the noisey, chatty oiks at the concert were a little disrespectful to Simone. Shame on them. She was great and this LP is good too. A little bit Joni maybe, but definitely the start of a promising career in song.

Wish I could afford the Audi. I can't. But Simone's LP is better by a country mile and the Beep Beep song will soon be loitering in your hearts.

Offered by positivenoise
Price: £4.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart on sleeve time, 21 May 2006
This review is from: Folker (Audio CD)
I had meant to buy this CD when it came out but somehow managed not to. The Amazon sale price clinched the deal, and to be honest, it's cheap at 10 times the price. It's a cracker. All the great Westerberg elements are there from Replacements and earlier solo days but Folker seems to get closer to the quick than anything he has done before. Great harmonies, bitter sweet lyrics, searing rythyms (largely driven by Westerberg's accoustic guitar), all propelled by Westerberg's hard bitten world view. I can't recommend this highly enough. The man is a genius.

Achtung Bono
Achtung Bono
Price: £14.51

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant LP!, 31 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Achtung Bono (Audio CD)
HMHB have been playing some of these songs live for a while now. Everyone is a gem, as you'd expect from the boys from the Wirral. With such underwhelming titles as "Joy Diviison Oven Gloves" you know you're onto a winner. To say that HMHB take the pith out of the rounded orange that it is pop is a truism, but one well worth repeating. Listen, learn and laugh. Sheer indie craft at it's best.

Set Yourself On Fire
Set Yourself On Fire
Offered by Books-and-Sounds
Price: £18.54

4.0 out of 5 stars New Favourite Band, 31 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Set Yourself On Fire (Audio CD)
I somehow stumbled across this band whilst browsing around Amazon. Since purchasing "Set Yourself on Fire" it hasn't left my CD player. With a mixture of styles, the band are difficult to categorise. The Scissor Sisters and Broken Social Scene spring to mind. Well worth a listen, great stuff!

Do You Want To [CD 1]
Do You Want To [CD 1]
Offered by Giant Entertainment
Price: £3.00

3 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lumpen, 31 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Do You Want To [CD 1] (Audio CD)
One album in and FF sound practically comatose. This is utterly dreadful and should never have been released. If it's a trailer for the new album (and most singles are THE best track), the rest could be quite simply unlistenable. I've suspected for sometime that FF are all media hype with no substance whatsoever. My suspicions are confirmed with this dire offering.

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