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The Oliver Twist Manifesto
The Oliver Twist Manifesto
Offered by Japan-Select
Price: £11.65

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I'm back and I'm Solo!" -A wonderfully caustic, great album, 12 Sep 2001
I've long been a fan of Haines' music, in all its guises, and rarely indeed, for such a prolific musician, I've never been disappointed in any of his albums. "After Murder Park" is maybe my very favourite of his, but this one is damn close. Haines surpasses himself lyrically with "The Oliver Twist Manifesto". Musically, I feel he's refined his arrangements and instrumentations perfectly to meet the material. "Never Work", "Discomania", the title track... every song is great. By turns affecting, scathing, amusing, it is an album that fits together finely. It seems that Mr Haines is indeed the "brightest thing on the roster!" A truly splendid, very listenable album.

Auteurs Vs. Mu-Ziq
Auteurs Vs. Mu-Ziq

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty effective, 12 Sep 2001
This review is from: Auteurs Vs. Mu-Ziq (Audio CD)
An interesting take here, by u-Ziq, on tracks from Luke Haines' excellent 2nd Auteurs album of 1994, "Now I'm a Cowboy". Familiar motifs from that tuneful, acerbic album are looped, relayed and twisted into an Aphex Twin-like style. Very good mood music, quite hypnotic. I wouldn't say this was the greatest example of its genre, but it's well worth tracking down.

That What Is Not
That What Is Not
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Price: £9.99

9 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Appalling clatrap!, 13 Dec 2000
This review is from: That What Is Not (Audio CD)
This record is as limp and uninteresting an affair as possible. From the experimental heights of the all-time-classic Metal Box/Second Edition in 1979, this is a low in John Lydon's career-in-decline. The other musicians are completely anonymous, creating a bland, light-weight cheese-Metal type sound. Lydon's once menacing, entrancing vocals, are here, down to a pointless, shrieking contrivance. There are few attempts at lyrics as stark or heartfelt as "Careering" and the sublime "Poptones" from Metal Box. What we have are cliched nihilistic rants, directed vaguely; no targets are struck, no insight, no interest... The music as I have said, is dire and uninvolving. All in all, you get the feeling no effort has really went into making this record; it was made on auto-pilot by all concerned. If not, then I have to declare that all concerned are some of the most inept musicians of all time. Not recommended in the slightest.

Price: £15.88

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intruigingly unconventional. Dank., 12 Dec 2000
This review is from: Eskimo (Audio CD)
Now this is undeniably one of the strangest albums, not merely in music's august history but also in the canon of Residents albums. The glacial, desolate tones of this album are pretty unique, and well ahead of their time. There are few conventional tunes or understandable words, so some may baulk at "Eskimo". It's a fascinatingly desolate record with what I presume is an invented language and oddball invented instruments. The story of this concept album about perceived Eskimo life, is adept, and translated in the liner notes. This is worth a purchase if you're willing to open your mind to some completely new sounds.

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