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Amnesiac
Amnesiac
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Part 2 of the great musical revolution: Amnesiac by Radiohead (2001)., 17 Jun. 2006
This review is from: Amnesiac (Audio CD)
If any Radiohead album epitimises the great music transition made at the turn of the millenium, 'Amnesiac' is it. Pre-2000 Radiohead was a totally different beast to the 21st century version, and this change in style, attitude and imagination is evident through their fifth studio album. The experimental nature of the disc was revolutionary at the time and proved Radiohead were no ordinary alternative rock band; they had the musical inovation required to create an album as unique and influential as Sgt. Peppers.

'Amnesiac' remains a lynchpin of their live act, not in the numerical sense, but in the way that the most moving memorable songs in the set were from the record. I recently saw them live at the Hammersmith Apollo and tracks from the album played a big part. The concert began with the sensationally moving 'You and Whose Army'. We were immersed in darkness and the beautiful piano and thickened vocals cut through me like a smooth feather. My spine tingled with excitement and I almost began to well up with emotion. Later in the set the jaunty bounce of 'Dollars and Cents' elated the crowd as Thom Yorke's dramatic (and often disturbing) lyrics sent waves of tension and angst throughout the audience. Although the album featured no more from Amnesiac, it could have done.

For example, the fantastic 'Pyramid Song', a similarly dramatic track to 'You and Whose Army', could well have played a huge part in the act, mainly due to its captivating emotion. 'I Might Be Wrong' and the truly superb guitar fuelled 'Knives Out' are also memorable songs adding great depth to the album.

'Amnesiac' however is an experimental, electronic album, so songs such as 'Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Can' and the jazz-fusion 'Life In A Glasshouse' require a particularly acquired taste. The backward sense insued by 'Like Spinning Plates' is often regarded as a high point of Amnesiac due its totally unique nature. The pain and anguish expressed in Thom Yorke's vocals are an amazingly physical feeling, and as Yorke wails 'It feels just like spinning plates' listeners everywhere feel (apart from slight confusion) a tragic sympathy towards Thom, whatever his problem may be. Elsewhere, the industrial dance track 'Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors' is a particularly strange point of Amnesiac, but still a fascinating one; the instrumental interlude 'Hunting Bears' gives off an ominous sense of well being; as does the slightly merrier version of 'Kid A's' 'Morning Bell'.

The imagination required to make such an amazingly unusual album as 'Amnesiac' is beyond belief. Radiohead surpassed so many expectations, defied so many critics, and often worried many fans due to their total betrayel of commercial success and guitar bassed indie music; and all to provide an extra depth to the music scene and widen the musical poriphoral. Not many can argue that Radiohead are consequently a vital aspect of music history and a fantastic band, and should be remembered for a very long time.


Sunday Morning Songs
Sunday Morning Songs
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy peasy like a Sunday morning!, 29 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Sunday Morning Songs (Audio CD)
Yeah okay there are some nice chillout songs on this compilation, but to tel the truth this must have been the easiest album to make. Basically Virgin TV (the producers) gathered together the hits of the last year or so (with some exceptions including the best track on here: Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here, Beach Boys and the legend Jeff Buckley) and the ones that were vaguely chill-out were chosen. Don't get me wrong, it's a very nice selection of songs but are you really going to wake up on a Sunday and say to yourself "I'll listen to my Sunday Morning Songs compilation CD now". NO! Your gonna say "I should never have had that kabab on the way home last night". And for £13.99, you could probably buy the original records that have the best songs on here.
And so you are able to do that, here are the albums that have those songs on: José Gonzalez - Veneer (Heartbeats, brilliant song); The Zutons - Who Killed the Zutons (Confusion); Air - Moon Safari (All I Need); Coldplay - X&Y (Fix You); Sigur Ros - Takk (Hoppípolla); Jeff Buckley - Grace (Lover, You Should've Come Over, one of the greatest albums ever made, truly incredible); Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (Wish You Were Here, you know what, just buy all their albums!).
If you want to buy some great chillout records here are a few more: Parachutes (Coldplay), Dummy (Portishead), most of Radiohead's stuff, Forever Changes (Love), Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, Want (Rufus Wainwright) and Simon and Garfunkel.
Happy Chilling!


Dark Side of the Moon
Dark Side of the Moon
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the Dark Side!, 29 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Dark Side of the Moon (Audio CD)
A monumental conceptial creation. In my mind the greatest visionaries the musical world has ever seen. That solo in Time, that base riff at the start of Money, the vocals on Great Gig in the Sky! Oh!


Wish You Were Here
Wish You Were Here
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absloute Genius!!!, 16 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Wish You Were Here (Audio CD)
At the release of Pink Floyd's ninth album, success for the band was in abundance. The legendary 'Dark Side of the Moon' was the preceding album and a follow up was a difficult task. Such quality, such magnificance, such pretentious but lovable music had to be produced once again.
Pink Floyd are the masters of conceptial design. Their albums include themes such as paranoia and isolation (Dark Side of the Moon), more isolation and agraphobia (The Wall) and government and politics (Animals). The concept remains throughout this record.
Firstly is the fairly obvious fact that 'Wish You Were Here' is devoted to former lead singer Syd Barrett, who unfortunately departed the band due to drug addiction and later, mental illness. The title track is a beautifully solemn ode to Syd featuring the delightful acoustic guitar of David Gilmour (Barrett's replacement). The song is a marvolous 'celebration of departed friends', as bassist Roger Waters proclaimed at the first live playing at London's psychadelic venue, the Marquee Club. The audience stood in silence as the song ended, stunned by the beauty of the music they were witnessing. Rightfully so.
The second theme introduced throughout the record is the pure hatred the band seems to have for the music business. The two tracks 'Welcome to the Machine' and 'Have a Cigar' show this. The first of the two tracks brands the music business as a contolling, dominating 'machine' using bands for its own needs - which may be a slight exhageration. The noise of the men clocking in at the start of the track introduces you into a factory style atmosphere, creating a deadly, threatening auror. Gilmour's soaring vocals as he yells 'Welcome my son, welcome to the machine' suggest a painful urgency, a will to escape. The bombastic 'Have a Cigar' is an entirely different musical experience. Roger Waters adopts vocal duties and his swaggaring personality is felt massively. Features one of the greatest guitar solos and one of the most legendary lines in musical history, 'and by the way, which ones pink'.
The track that sandwiches the three before-mentiones songs is the two parts of perhaps Pink Floyd's most magnificant impressive creations, 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond'. The epic, monumental piece of music begins and ends this album. The dramatic keyboards of Rick Wright and the skillful drumming of Nick Mason make this one of the most renowned musical experiences made by man.
This album might just be one of the most amazing pieces of musical genius ever heard. Legendary!


Olympus m:robe MR100 5GB Digital Audio Player
Olympus m:robe MR100 5GB Digital Audio Player

4 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An appaling rival for the Creative Zen and even the iPod, 16 May 2005
This may be the largest dissappointment in the history of audio players. The hype of the iPod was just about justified, the anticipation for the Creative Zen was also, but this?! No. "Touch controls" they said, "ultra speedy transfer" they boasted. But Olympus decieved us. Perhaps somebody should tell them to stick to photography! It is ugly (although it doesn't appear so in photos), heavy, unreliable, large, slow when transfering songs, i:trak is a terrible software AND it's bad value for money! Take my advice and invest your money in a Creative Zen Micro, a fantastic little MP3 with all your needs in a smaller, lighter, more beautiful, easier-to-use unit. It's also £20 cheaper! Do not waste £160 on the Olympus m:robe MR100 5GB Digital Audio Player. It is a total waste! (Thankfully this review has not been written regarding a product I purchased. It's my mates! I have the Creative Zen Micro, Dark Blue, best MP3 in the world!)


The Simpsons: Christmas 2 [DVD] [1990]
The Simpsons: Christmas 2 [DVD] [1990]
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD from the best comedy family on TV, 21 Jan. 2005
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As a huge, huge fan of the Simpsons this isn't THE best DVD from them but you still can't say it's bad! It feature the new episodes which are not as good as the older classic episodes (series 4-9) and this does effect the quality. Not as many laughs as some of the other DVD's but still, it's THE SIMPSONS!!!


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