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Gloria
Gloria
Price: £2.37

5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Gem, 19 July 2013
This review is from: Gloria (MP3 Download)
Felt I must review this song as nobody else has. Such a beautiful song. Passionate without being bombastic. A really clever mix of power pop and post punk. I expect great things of this band if this is their template.


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5.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE, 6 Feb 2013
For the love of God don't buy this from here!!!!!! It's £700 everywhere else, and for that price it's a fantastic player.


Adobe Photoshop Elements 9: Maximum Performance: Unleash the hidden performance of Elements
Adobe Photoshop Elements 9: Maximum Performance: Unleash the hidden performance of Elements
by Mark Galer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.24

4.0 out of 5 stars A step in the dark., 22 Jun 2012
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This guy obviously knows what he's talking about. In fact he knows so much you may think he's talking about another piece of software if you're used to the usual Elements 'How to' books. My only grumble, and the reason for the missing 5th star, is that like a lot of really clever people he is no teacher.

Why the 4 stars then? (this is after all supposed to be a help manual of sorts). I give this book nearly top marks because if you can excavate the tips buried in the exercises this book contains you will find that not only do they really work, but that they make the way most manuals show you how to work seem at best clumsy.

My advise, and the method I used to find a way into this somewhat baffling book, is to find a picture of your own with a similar problem/tonal spread/subject to the ones used in the book, and plough your way through the exercises with it. You will initially feel like you're being wholly patronized, but pretty soon the results speak for themselves.

If you don't really care why things work, just that they do, this won't be a problem. This book will take you to the next level of Elements performance, and even make you realise that in all but the most extreme cases you really don't need full Photoshop, but the journey could have been much more pleasant.


Doolittle
Doolittle
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Price: £31.13

5.0 out of 5 stars Save this format!!, 10 Jun 2012
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This review is from: Doolittle (Audio CD)
Long story but due to complicated circumstances have been listening to music mainly from MP3 for 2 years, and have just upgraded my system so I can once more listen to my albums direct from CD. Coupled with this the player I've bought (Marantz Pearl Lite) plays SACD and this is the first disc in that format I've ever bought or heard. This leads me to a number of conclusions:

1. MP3 is atrocious quality and really fit only for headphones on the move.
2. Whining record companies need to stop bemoaning falling sales and promote CD as the superior format. If your hi-fi is even half decent the difference isn't just a matter of taste, it's glaringly obvious. MP3 is flat, over compressed, and in terms of reproducing what the artist intended, a huge step backwards.
3. Having been blown away by this SACD of an album I've loved for years I'm really sad to see that a quick search on Amazon seems to point to the fact that the format seems to be dying on it's skinny digital a**e.

Don't think there's much point telling you how good this album is. One of those times when a genius/lunatic manages to use sound and words to take you somewhere nobody even dreamt existed before. Been nothing like it before or since.

So in summary:
-if you've never heard The Pixies try this, Bossanova, or even Trompe le Monde. There's no accounting for taste but I can promise you won't feel bored, cheated or patronized.
-MP3 is fine for a portable format but if you love music do yourself a favour and buy the CD (they've never been cheaper!).
-Record companies get off your self pitying a****s and promote the valuable product you have.
-Shame I've discovered SACD just as it goes to join Betamax!


Original Album Series: Closing Time / The Heart of Saturday Night / Nighthawks at the Diner / Small Change / Foreign Affairs
Original Album Series: Closing Time / The Heart of Saturday Night / Nighthawks at the Diner / Small Change / Foreign Affairs

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No guilty pleasure, 31 Dec 2011
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Firstly may I say how much I value what Tom Waits does now. I'm glad he goes where he pleases, glad that someone with such a peculiar, obtuse and fascinating sound in his head follows it without regard for the gloss and shimmer of what passes for taste, glad above all else that in todays music industry some other genius lets him share this with us. But I love these albums so much. I have no idea if the place and time he evokes with such sad eyed beauty on each of these songs ever really existed anywhere else but in his head. All I can say is that these albums will take you around some home town, and introduce you to people and places that feel alive, and what's more, alive with sensations that whisper heartbreaking truths about your own home town.
It's sadly and ironically true that in trying to write about this body of work I'm failing to do Mr Waits justice. Much of it's power lies in the economy of the words used so it may be time to sign off. There is a little hero inside all the big bruised hearts this world rolls over, and within this incredible body of work lay a million little pictures of just that.


Essentials Madrid A4 Picture Frame, Black Wood
Essentials Madrid A4 Picture Frame, Black Wood
Price: £19.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality product!, 8 Oct 2009
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Always difficult to tell from the photo, but this is a really good quality frame. Nice and deep, well finished, and well worth the money.


Checkmate Savage
Checkmate Savage
Price: £8.72

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A whole good album!!!, 4 Oct 2009
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This review is from: Checkmate Savage (Audio CD)
Agree wholeheartedly with all the positive reviews so far. An album that fascinates initially, unveils itself slowly and surprisingly, then while you're still busy smiling helplessly at the invention of it all, reveals that it's become the tune in your head for all occasions.

As a random aside for anyone who's interested, i have found this to be an excellent album for running to. This and Interpol's 'Our Love To Admire' back to back, 10k of leafy Autumn roads, job's a good 'un.


Fever
Fever

5.0 out of 5 stars Straight in at number one...probably not., 31 July 2009
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A beautiful song by two massively under appreciated artists. Just hope they're both making enough to carry on the good work. Proof that there are still new melodies out there without just dressing the old ones up in the latest sounds.


Gentlemen Take Polaroids
Gentlemen Take Polaroids
Price: £6.01

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gentlemen...your attention please., 4 Feb 2009
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Very difficult to listen impartially to this album again. Things experienced repeatedly in the teenage bedroom tend to be far greater than the sum of their parts - but what fascinating parts.

Don't believe the clumsy pigeon-holing of the list obsessed B-listers; Japan were never a New Romantic band. Yes they had the make-up and the sharp clothes (although always more Bowie than their contemporary's pantomime), but the music was icy, austere, and too complex for the pop manifesto and good time aspirations of that gang. Representing a sometimes awkward step between the smoother Young Americans sound of Quiet Life's disco torch and the disquieting detailed atmosphere of Tin Drum's taught skittering rhythms and entirely alien palette, Gentlemen... will polarize all who hear it. Those who hate it however will never do so for a lack of imagination, on Japan's part at least.

Give it a try (its also very cheap!).

P.S. For the drummers and bass players amongst you, you will never hear another rhythm section quite like Mick Karn and Steve Jansen.
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Friendly Fires
Friendly Fires
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Price: £5.70

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WHITE BOYS SHAKE BOOTY SHOCKER!!!, 4 Feb 2009
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This review is from: Friendly Fires (Audio CD)
What a pleasing revelation. It is evidently possible to take the introverted melancholy of some 80's dance music, and make a very good party indeed. Talking Heads, New Order, early Simple Minds, all with a big grin and a backfield most definitely in motion.


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