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Love Abide
Love Abide
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Intelligent Choral Music, 25 May 2013
This review is from: Love Abide (Audio CD)
This is a lovely CD containing some very interesting works by Roxanna Panufnik.
Daughter of the famous composer Andrezj Panufnik, she is forging a style of her own and becoming more well known in her own right.
This CD is beautifully performed with a great sound and perfect acoustics.

Despite the modern sounding dissonances alluded to by the previous reviewer, this is highly accessible choral music for the 21st Century. It evokes an atmosphere of years ago, whilst retaining it's modern edge. There are tunes and tonality galore.

There are no caveats - this is highly recommended for lovers of beautiful and intelligently crafted choral music.

You can listen to a couple of complete tracks on youtube to get a better idea. Zen Love Song and Love is the Master have both been made available for your perusal on the official Warner channel.

Somewhere Else
Somewhere Else

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They're Back...., 2 April 2007
This review is from: Somewhere Else (Audio CD)
The Music Industry's best kept secret are back with their best album in over 10 years. An album which threatens to catapult them back into the public consciousness. It's an album with many highlights - the rousing opener - The Other Half is a real feelgood uptempo number "but I'm rushing downwards into blue sky"... You'll be singing along after a couple of listens. The langourous groove of See it like a baby will draw you in slowly but keep you hooked for a long time.

Third track.. Thank you, Whoever You Are is one of the strongest choruses to come out of Aylesbury for a long time. A future single? A future Top 10 hit.

Phew... three singalong anthems. Time for a little breather with the jump up and down madness of Most Toys. A forgettable little rocker but perfect in it's context on the album.

Somewhere Else is destined to be the fan's favourite - the most prog-like track with it's other worldly voices - sophisticated structure and dynamic shifts.

Slow builder "A Voice from the Past" is followed by the chill-out No Such thing (a close relation to Talk Show Host - Radiohead).

So far so good. But in case you are getting too comfortable. Marillion pull out a couple of absolute belters. The forlorn "The Wound" and the biting "Last Century for Man". Just as you are gasping for breath - the Beatlesque "Faith" leads you to the end of a magical journey

The production is magical. Whereas previous albums have felt claustrophobic. This album really breathes. It has a feeling of summer, of air, of wide open spaces. Hogarth's voice sounds back to it's best after the slightly nasally whispering approach of Marbles.

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Price: £14.95

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Animals - Three Different Thoughts, 30 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Animals (Audio CD)
1. This is my favourite Floyd album - I love the more stripped back sound and acoustic vibe.

2. In Dogs - we have the prototype long form pop song. It never gets boring or repetitive. It doesn't rely on a piecing together of unused snips like Abbey Road (bside) or a patchwork quilt like Shine On and Supper's ready. A perfect extended song.

3. The playing is astounding. Gilmour is at his peak. Wright is brilliant in Sheep. Roger's voice is at it's fragile best just before it started disintegrating.

Buy it now

The Wall
The Wall
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Price: £19.64

8 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the hype - too long, a bit dull, 8 Oct. 2006
This review is from: The Wall (Audio CD)
This could have been a superb single album. It certainly has some awesome highlights.. the soaring solo on Comfortably Numb. The energy in Run Like Hell - the drama in the Trial. But there is too much that is filler - Vera Lynn - Waiting for the Worms. I know I'll be shot down in flames and get a poor rating for this review but I think a very good single album could have been achieved and I've always felt there was an aspect of The Emperor's New Clothes about The Wall. Give me any other Floyd album above this any day.

Black Holes And Revelations
Black Holes And Revelations
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Price: £4.95

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Epic Melodious Blast, 5 July 2006
Having never heard any Muse prior to listening to this album. I didn't really have any expectations. Q had made it their album of the month giving it a full complement of stars.

I was in my local record shops when I heard these pulsating synths, then bass synth - sote voce vocals - which gradually built up - layered with screaming vocals and blazing guitar - to a glorious crescendo. - "You'll Burn In Hell For Your Sins"

Think of those wonderful opening tracks to albums - Think Bowie's Five Years - Queen's Innuendo.

If I had to compare this album with any other - It's a sort of upbeat, more optimistic OK Computer - with added flamenco guitars and synths.

Stand Out Tracks - Take a Bow - starlight - Map of the Problematique and Knights of Cydonia.

I'm sure with more listens I will find further favourites. I really do think this is one of those epic classic albums where you don't need the skip button --- just the replay button. This album will have you captivated (captured??) for weeks, months... just maybe for life. Destined to be in the top 40 albums of all time sometime in the future. IT Really is THAT Good.

Twelve Stops and Home
Twelve Stops and Home
Price: £2.25

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer Blockbuster, 24 Jun. 2006
This review is from: Twelve Stops and Home (Audio CD)
Its that time of year.. Barbecues, Beach Parties, Post-football match celebrations (inebriations, comisserations) And here we have an album for the occasion. Powerful, melodic. You'll be singing these songs for months. OK the first listen doesn't really catch hold of you. It all sounds rather nice and you recognise and sing along to the singles.

Second listen is like putting on an old but comfortable T shirt - it feels comfortable, like an old friend.

By the third listen you are beginning to notice things about this friend that you had missed before - could this be love.

Fourth and onwards - Yes Yes Yes!!! Can't get enough - In bed, in the living room, in the kitchen. This is Love and Lust. Some of my other albums tempt me still from time to time.. But at the moment all I want is The Feeling.

Buy it. Love it.

This is summer 2006 - I can already taste the memories

Afraid of Sunlight
Afraid of Sunlight
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Price: £16.33

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated. Hidden Gem, 13 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Afraid of Sunlight (Audio CD)
How highly can I praise this album. Admittedly, I am a Marillion Fan. Funnily enough though, after Brave came out, which I thought was a bit boring, I thought several times before buying this. It took me five years to get round to it........ and oh those lost years.....
Witty, engaging, powerful, beautiful... are just four adjectives which describe this album.
The highlight has to be Out of this World, a profoundly beautiful and haunting song which leads into the powerful stadium rocker and title track.. Afraid of Sunlight.
Final track "King" is probably the most powerful end to any Marillion album. (IF you liked This Space... and 100 nights, two previous album closers, you'll love this.)
I am writing this review knowing that only an existing Marillion fan is likely to be reading it.. I can't recommend this album highly enough. Buy IT!!!

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