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Hips And Lips
Hips And Lips

4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere between Pulp and Depeche Mode, 5 Jun 2012
This review is from: Hips And Lips (MP3 Download)
I am not normally in the habit of writing reviews of individual tracks. However, I will make an exception for this one.

'Hips and Lips' does not so much mark a return to form for Maximo Park as it does lift them above their finest previous efforts.

This single lies somewhere between Mid-90's Pulp and 'Break the Silence' era Depeche Mode. Maximo Park have somehow defied logic in finding a way to keep with their roots of an up-tempo indie sound you can bounce around to while still finding room for some slightly darker lyrics ('I punched the fence last night...another act which you thought pathetic'). It's got a fantastically modern yet eclectically 80's synth pop sound to it.

A gem of a track. Get it downloaded.

The Bluetones Collection
The Bluetones Collection
Price: 4.99

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly pointless release, 2 May 2008
Another 'Collection' album put out by a record label. Seems to happen a lot with 'britpop' bands. Usually pointless, and often released despite the fact that there is already a greatest hits album available. This release is even more pointless as even the B-sides have already been put together in a collection.

This recovers 3 stars because some of the songs here are brilliant. Its actually quite a nice collection songs like 'Bluetonic' 'Carnt be Trusted' and 'Vostok of Love' etc are all worthy of a listen as are many of the others here, but it is still a pointless release. 'A Rough Outline' has all the songs here, and there are some tracks missing here which are essential listening 'If...' being the most obvious, and it does feel like it is missing that with 'Zero Tolerance' being such a poor way to end. This also does not feature anything from the most recent Bluetones albums, another downside.

Not worth buying, splash out the extra money and buy 'rough outline'.

Memory Muscle
Memory Muscle
Price: 24.49

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great solo effort, 28 April 2008
This review is from: Memory Muscle (Audio CD)
I got hold of a copy of this at one of Mark's gigs with The Mummys and have to say its been played a lot in a short time since then. Im a big fan of The Bluetones and there is enough on here that is along those lines to make this album very easy to get into. But equally there are times that Mark manages to venture away from that sound and you can see why he did not feel these songs could fit on a Tones album.

Trying to listen to this as a real solo debut album without thinking of The Bluetones is near impossible. Thats not a bad thing and songs like the brilliant single 'I'm Sick' as well as 'Bienvenido' and opener 'How Maggie Got her Bounce Back' sound like some of the best pop-like tunes the Bluetones have produced. However its the songs that venture away from this which hold the most interest, 'So It Goes' and 'Unwanted Friend' are some of the best pieces he has produced in years and are far darker than I had expected to hear from him.

His covers of 'Alcoholiday' and 'My Autumns Done Come' work very well in with the rest of the material here and do more than just fill the album on top of the tracks from the FiLo Beddow EP.

Well worth adding to your collection if your a fan of The Bluetones, if not it might still be worth having a listen to 'So It Goes' 'I'm Sick' and 'Unwanted Friend' as probably the best (and least Bluetones like) songs on the album.

Love It When I Feel Like This
Love It When I Feel Like This
Price: 10.01

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but a good effort, 9 Nov 2007
The Twang seem to have got a few listeners riled. Something I am sure they were aiming to achieve. It comes as no suprise that this album is being slated by people who only saw them beacuse they were supporting Milburn, one of the most bland and uncreative bands in music today.

This album is not a complete revelation and it does not signal a change for indie music. It is however filled with great and catchy songs that you will want to return to.

Album opener 'Ice Cream Sundae' is a quality track and shows exactly why they have been compared to The Happy Mondays while Single 'Either Way' shows that they are capable of writing a real quality song which is lyriccally sound without just swearing and repeating tunes.

Other highlights include 'Push the Ghosts' (another song that escapes the repeated tune and swearing that some reviewers have commented on) and 'Dont wait Up' which they manage to be just about subtle enough with for them to get away with it thanks to the brilliant soul vocals of 'that other guy who does nothing'.

A good album worth exploring if you can manage to be open mided about bands who can create indie music which stretches beyond Oasis.

A Maximum High
A Maximum High
Price: 11.82

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Sheds Album, 9 Nov 2007
This review is from: A Maximum High (Audio CD)
This is the more commercially succesful of Shed Sevens albums but most fans will tell you they prefer 'Change Giver' but I think this album just about beats it.

Infinately listenable from start to finish. 'Getting better' is a quality uptempo opener and the album has few low points from then on. 'Where Have You Been Tonight?' is a classic track dripping with style while 'Going for Gold' is one of Shed Seven's best known and most loved tracks.

Album closer Parrallel Lines wraps things up brilliantly, slow building and song writing at a level most people assume Shed Seven never managed.

A brilliant album and essential listening in the build up to their reunion tour.

The Bluetones
The Bluetones
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Price: 6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant return, 9 Nov 2007
This review is from: The Bluetones (Audio CD)
The Bluetones have not had a hugely succesful album for a long time. And sadly this is not likely to change anything as they continue to avoid media coverage.

The album is however fantastic.

I would be hard pushed to choose between this and debut 'Expecting to Fly' both are great albums with one being a classic debut album and this being a band showing their maturity in song writing. That isn't to overlook the albums inbetween, just to say that this is the first time I think they have achieved that same level.

Album opener 'Surrender' is a fantastic track and from then on the album has very few low points. The first album in a long time I have been able to listen to from start to end without wanting to skip a single track. Right up to the closing 'Wasnt I Right About You' which is arguably the finest track on the album.

Excellent, buy this now and you won't be dissapointed.

The Early Garage Years
The Early Garage Years
Price: 9.03

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For Completists Only, 9 Nov 2007
This review is from: The Early Garage Years (Audio CD)
The Bluetones have been my favourite band for a long time. This for me was a must have album. But for most its one to be avoided. Better quality versions of the songs can be found on other albums.

The album itself is made up of early demos and as such doesnt exactly flow like an album. The sound quality is at times not fantastic. And two versions of the same song is just not called for on an album with only ten tracks.

So strictly speaking the review of this would be 4stars if you love The Bluetones and have an interest in hearing them in their early recordings but more like 2stars if not. Buy 'A Rough Outline' if you are looking for a better view of what the Bluetones are about.

The Books of Albion: The Collected Writings of Peter Doherty
The Books of Albion: The Collected Writings of Peter Doherty
by Pete Doherty
Edition: Hardcover

38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why do you all bother?, 8 Nov 2007
It seems odd that a work of literature (and it is just about that) could create such incredibly dramatic responses in todays reader.

Everyone seems to have a strong opinion on Doherty it seems that the vast majority of these reviews are based entirely on that. Yes he does have substance problems, and yes he has created some good music. But surely the review should be on the text?

Right, that said, this book is not one which can easily be picked up and enjoyed by just anyone. A lot of people seem to have said that they read the book in an attempt to 'get' Doherty. That is not what the book is intended for. This really is a work to be read solely by people who love the music he has made. It has nothing to do with 'getting' him. If you do not already like what Pete has done musically then dont buy this book. If you do then you may find it a worthwhile read, just.

I personally like much of his music, though not to the point of worship as some people seem to. Try listening to 'The Blinding Ep' or 'Shotters Nation' if you actually want to give him a chance. This book however is a step too far. He may have won national poetry competitions in his youth and studied English Literature but sadly this does not automattically mean that he is capable of such an ambitious project. I gave this book a chance though, and sadly what I found was a talented song writer trying too hard to be intellectual. However it is safe to say that this is a far better read than much of the 'celebrity' written texts intodays market. Kerry Katona's autobiography anyone?

Give this a miss if you are not already a huge fan of Doherty. If you are not then PLEASE dont read this book, and leave the reviews alone if you haven't read anything further than the 'Daily Star's' opinion on Pete before making your judgement.
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