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What Will the Neighbours Say?
What Will the Neighbours Say?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catchy Catchy Fun, 3 Feb. 2007
Suprising members of the press and the British public with their debut album not being the piece of rubbish it was expected to be, Girls Aloud had a lot to live up to with "What Will the Neighbours Say" and after listening to the album you know they've succeeded. Building on the success of "Sound of the Underground" which although was extremely well produced for a debut album, it was also undoubtably flawed, Xenomania have taken what worked well in the first album, and moved it forward. Theres no particular growth in the album; the girls stick to cheesy feel good pop, and it wont be until "Chemistry" that the Girls actually move forward with their sound, but it works and it was the right choice for the sophomore album.

"What Will The Neighbours Say?" benefits from a set of extremely strong set of singles. "The Show" and "Love Machine" are both highly original, delving into pop sounds that havent been explored in the charts for a long while, yet retaining Girls Aloud's defining sound. Its this blend of styles that sets Girls Aloud apart from the rest of the pop scene, allieviating them to critical acclaim, and both of the first two singles show originality from the band that wont be seen until "Biology" is released a year later.

"I'll Stand By You" doesnt add much to the album apart from to reinforce the fact that when these Girls really want to sing, boy can they sing. Although a pointless addition, its worth including just to hear how they make the song actually soar in the chorus with amazing vocals that show there not just pretty faces. "Jump" is infectious and easy to dance too, as is "Wake Me Up".

To be a good album though, the rest of the unreleased songs have to be up to the standard. And they are. The two stand-out songs are "Graffiti My Soul" and "Deadlines and Diets", the first being unrelentless and refreshing in its guitar riffs and "skin-tight jeans". Better even than "Love Machine" and "The Show", "Graffiti My Soul" is the stand-out track on the album, showcasing the underused Kimberly, who it seems had the song written for her. Having proved they could do ballads well with "Life Got Cold" on the first album, they raise the notch with "Deadlines and Diets" which is cool and easy to listen to with a catchy chorus that lingers in the mind.

Of the rest of the tracks, "Big Brother" works well, unless you look at it from an incestous perspective, and then it seems the girls really are trying to push the boundaries of music as does "Thank Me Daddy". "Here We Go" starts off very slow and boring, however builds to a very satisfying song, however it seems more like it would fit better on the first album than the second. The ballads are less succesful with "Hear Me Out" being the best of a mediocre bunch. Its nice to hear Nicola taking a stronger role on "I Say A Prayer For You", she's got the voice, she just needs to be used more.

Overall "What Will The Neighbours Say?" is a succesful piece of pop music that is clever enough to blend in different elements, such as rock, dance and electronica without sounding overdone or pieced together. It raises the boundaries for the rest of the scene, and proves that Girls Aloud are a talent beyond the generic Girl band. There are some incredible pop songs on here, slightly weighed down with some lower key ballads, which although not up to the standard of "Deadlines and Diets" are nowhere near to being described as simply "filler". All in all, its a must have album, that can be listened to over and over again, the true test of whether an album is to be truly counted as succesful. They've raised the bar yet again.


Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Radio Sunnydale: Music From The TV Series
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Radio Sunnydale: Music From The TV Series
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack to the Slayer, 4 Jan. 2004
The third release from Mutant Enemy, this is a fantastic soundtrack album, that I would have bought anyway, regardless of it having the Slayer's name on it. Some of the tracks on here are really fantastic, but here are the best in order
1. The Final Fight - Robert Duncan
2. Pavlov's Bells - Aimee Mann
3. Blue - Angie Hart
4. Ballad for Dead Friends - Dashboard Prophets
5. I Can't Take my Eyes off you - Melanie Doane
6. Black Cat Bone - Laika
7. Sugar Water - Cibo Matto
8. Bohemian Like You - Dandy Warhols
9. Summerbreeze - Emmilana Torrini
10.Key - devics
Man of the Year and Halo Friendlies are also good as is Patty Medina's Still Life, but I can't get into the offerings from Alison Krauss, Fonda and Lunatic Calm, but otherwise this is an above average and brilliant soundtrack. So buy!


Charles II: The Power and the Passion [DVD] [2003]
Charles II: The Power and the Passion [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Rufus Sewell
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: £16.99

12 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the Jewel in the Crown, 4 Jan. 2004
I have watched every single episode of this BBC drama, and I was not impressed. It was boring and lifeless. The only time that this drama became more than dull was looking at Charles' home life chiefly with Barbara de Villiers (brilliant acting and deliciously evil!), The Queen and Nell Gwynn. In fact every single member of the main female cast was brilliant and lifted the drama up with their acting, but the rest of the cast, although good actors failed to entertain. Particuarly dull were the political scenes in the courtroom. I found myself thinking "I couldn't care less!" But if you are a fan of political and historical dramas, then buy all means buy it, but this one just wasn't for me


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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seventh Heaven, 13 Dec. 2003
The final season. The Final Battle. Sounds both scary and amazing. Buffy had a lot to live up to in it's final season after Season Six. Basically, they fight the 'Biggest Evil' the world has ever seen. In fact it is evil. It embodies every vampire - except Angel and Spike - every evil demon and even the hate and anger in humans. You can almost hear the Scooby Gang soiling their hand crafted thongs - yes Xander too. Anyway here is a rundown of Season Seven
LESSONS - This a solid season opener as we find out what happens to the characters. It provides many of the major plotlines that dominate the season, and introduces new and vital characters to the series. The ending provides both joy and wanting more as we say hello to some of our favourite villains from the past seasons
BENEATH YOU - This is alright. It continues some of the plotlines of 'Lessons' but a slightly tacky monster of the week doesn't help. The character of Nancy was interesting and it was a shame that we didn't see more of her
SAME TIME, SAME PLACE - Willow returns to Sunnydale after a long absence. I really like this episode. It's original and something the show - or any show really - has done before. It provides possibly the grossest scenes in Buffy history. STAR EPISODE
HELP - This episode has the ability to make you cry. I won't go into the storyline, but this is a really incredible and heart - wrenching episode STAR EPISODE
SELFLESS - This is a joy! We delve into the character of Anya and come out with a good episode. Emma Caulfield and Nick Brendon shine out and we say goodbye forever to a recurring character who was popular with fans
HIM - The funniest episode of both the season and the entire series. Absoloutly Hilarious! This is a must see for all comedy fans! STAR EPISODE
CONVERSATIONS WITH DEAD PEOPLE - The second best episode of the season. This is brilliant in every sense of the word and has won numerous awards. Totally deserving of all the praise it gets. Watch it for one of the best Buffy episodes ever. And can I just say: Jonathon STAR EPISODE
SLEEPER - Following straight on from 'Conversations' this is fairly weak in comparison. Not very good at all
NEVER LEAVE ME - Go Andrew! It's your birthday! Its pretty well written and directed but this episode just doesn't do it for me. Tom Lenk however is brilliant!
BRING ON THE NIGHT - Great title! I like this episode a lot. There is a kick - ass fight at the end which deserves credit and the Ubervamp is one of the scariest monsters on Buffy. Also, both Juliet Landau (DRUSILLA) and Kristine Sutherland (JOYCE) return
SHOWTIME - An okay episode with a good fight scene. Good Special Effect - Belojixa's Eye - and more further plans of the fast
POTENTIAL - A good episode that exceeds to excellent in the last five minutes. Michelle Tratchenberg and newcomer Sarah Hagan as Amanda are great, but it is Nick Brendon as Xander who steals the whole show with one speech. You will never look at Xander in the same way again
THE KILLER IN ME - An interesting and original episode which brings back Amy. It serves mainly as a viechle for Willow and her relationship with potential Slayer Kennedy
FIRST DATE - Although there are some comedic moments in this episode, the whole feel of it doesn't seem right. Ashanti special guest stars
GET IT DONE - I like this episode a lot. From Choloe's suicide to the box of shadows this is really interesting. It is the last 20 seconds that take this episode to new heights though STAR EPISODE
STORYTELLER - Brilliant. I don't want to spoil it for you but look forward to it STAR EPISODE
LIES MY PARENTS TOLD ME - This epsiode doesn't really work for me. It is very dark without much comedy and I think it suffers because of that. D.B Woodside kicks ass as Principal Wood though
THE FINAL FIVE:
DIRTY GIRLS, EMPTY PLACES, TOUCHED, END OF DAYS and CHOSEN - The last five episodes of Buffy ever. And they do kick ass royally. Faith is back, Buffy's world is falling apart, Xander is terribly injured and a new villain is on the scene. I love therse episodes. The break - up of the Scoobies is facinating to watch and Faith breathes life into the series. The whole set feels like one continuous episode and could have taken place over three to four days. The wounding of Xander takes the Crown from 'Same time, Same place," as the goriest scene in Buffy, 'Chosen is simply brilliant and the final scene brings the whole story full circle. A fitting end to one of the best loved series on television
This boxset really is great. Although there are some fairly weak epidodes the majority of this season is great. All you can do now is go buy it and add one of Buffy's greatest seasons to your collection!


Angel, Series 4 Part 2 [VHS] [2000]
Angel, Series 4 Part 2 [VHS] [2000]
VHS

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular, 23 Nov. 2003
Wow! This is some season. As you know this is part two of Season Four which is the best Angel Season so far! The Return of Angelus really helps this season, David Boreanaz is amazingly evil, and the death of one of the best and most complex characters leads to the viewer having absoloutly no idea what to expect. However we are priveliged - that really is the only word - to have Eliza Dushku a.k.a Faith back in the fray, if only for three episodes. She injects some much needed ass-kicking into the series and her showdown with Angelus is spectacular. We get even luckier when Alyson Hannigan a.k.a Willow, makes her 3rd appearence in the world of Angel, in order to repeat what she did before, restore Angels soul....
The best episodes include CALVARY, ORPHEUS, INSIDE OUT - the standout episode of the season - and the season finale, HOME which takes the whole series into a new direction and leaves us only anticipating for season five and Angel's 100th episode
The acting is superb - why no Emmys? - especially David Boreanaz as Angelus, Alexis Denisof as Wesley, Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia, Amy Acker as Fred and Eliza Dushku as Faith.
Over all a spectacular season, greatly improving on the last with truly awe inspiring storylines and special effects. However if you do plan to buy this I suggest buying Season Four Part One as you are just planted right in the middle of an epic storyline.
All I can say is roll on Season Five....


American Beauty [DVD] [2000]
American Beauty [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Kevin Spacey
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.41

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Beautiful, 22 Nov. 2003
This review is from: American Beauty [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
THE MOVIE
I dont know what to say to Mr Hemel Hampstead but this is my favourite film of all time. You probably don't like it because its not a story about ninja warriors or raising the dead. After seeing this film, I rushed out to buy it, because I simply couldn't do without this work of true beauty. The Film itself demands anyone, whatever race, sex, age, anything you can think of, to go out and buy this DVD, It is not boring, its certainly not trash, its just amazing.
THE DVD
The commentry from Sam Mendes and the brilliant Alan Ball (he does Six Feet Under)is worth the asking price alone! It is really insightful and intresting. The Other features are also really good and contains interviews with the actors, producers etc.
OVERALL
Brilliant Movie, Brilliant Discs. Now all you've got to do is buy it!


Freddy Vs Jason [DVD] [2003]
Freddy Vs Jason [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Robert Englund
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £4.59

10 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood, Gore, Guts and The Art of Killing Kelly Rowland, 22 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Freddy Vs Jason [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Wicked Film. Having watched horror films all my life, from classics (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Friday the 13th etc.) to new teen slashers (Scream, Wrong Turn, Teletubbies: The Movie)I was really anticipating this movie. I read the synopsis: Two horror giants face each other in a fight - to - the - death, and I practically cried with happiness, (and also the fact that I had just seen La-La squashed to death with Tinky-Winky's handbag)and couldn't wait to see it at the movies. On entering my local Odeon, I skipped with joy, (yes, skipped...really) and after watching this movie I skipped some more!(not a good idea when its dark and an old granny in a zimmerframe is standing right in your path). This movie was brilliant. It was everything I expected, and it kept you guessing right up until the last minute who the winner was. I can't wait for the DVD to come out in Janurary, it hits the shops right before my birthday....I think I might just set my mums home page to this address!
In short, Freddy VS Jason is a great movie, Buy It, or you could end up in the next sequel......Mwahahahaha. Yeah. Just Buy It!


Wrong Turn [DVD] [2003]
Wrong Turn [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Eliza Dushku
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £2.73

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Turn, Right Idea, 22 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Wrong Turn [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
The first thing about this film is the brilliance of Eliza Dushku and Jeremy Sisto. Both are excellent and shine over many of the other actors. The film is scary and suspensful, while piling in the gore. It is really well directed and the special effects are nod-worthy. Overall, if you want a fast, scary horror film, that has no problem with the gore, choose Wrong Turn, if not just for the performences of the two aformentioned leads!


Cruel Intentions [DVD] [1999]
Cruel Intentions [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Sarah Michelle Gellar
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £2.96

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Film, Great Music, 10 Sept. 2003
I recently bought this film on DVD and I love it. It has some of the best young cast that have recently graced our television and movie screens and the soundtrack must be amazing! Although I love all the music within the film my favourite has to be The Verve's BitterSweet Symphony. A lot of reviews have been saying a lot about the ending of the film. I agree partially. The Death of one of the characters, seems sort of hollow and uncared for like it was just one of the ordainary scenes which was a shame. However the scene after is brilliant. The story of the two other leads is bought to a close at the memorium and one actor/actress in particular is amazing. The film would have got five stars save the death scene.
The Acting: Reese Witherspon is good, showing a range of emotion but I found Ryan Phillipe's performance quite hollow, maybe because of the character he played. His voice did not rise above a monotonous flat tone in most of the film. However a certain Miss Sarah Michelle Gellar provides the best performance. At one point in her portrayal of the deliciously evil Kathryn I just had one word running through my head; Oscar!Oscar!Oscar! She was amazing and truly deserved recognition for her work.


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