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Everything Must Go
Everything Must Go
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £3.71

5.0 out of 5 stars no surface all feeling, 11 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Everything Must Go (Audio CD)
Following in the wake of lyricist/guitarist Richey Edwards disappearance in January 1995 Everything Must Go marked a major shift in the direction of the band. Abandoning the brutal post-punk style displayed on the harrowing The Holy Bible the Manic's moved towards a more mainstream, radio friendly rock sound with this release.

However, don't let that make you think this was a sellout. The band have stated that this is their favourite album and it's easy to see why. 'A Design For Life' is their greatest single, an anthemic tribute to the working classes penned by Nicky Wire. The album also feature lyrics left behind by Richey which makes it even more special, 'Small Black Flowers That Grow In The Sky' in particular is hauntingly beautiful. The whole album has an anthemic quality not felt on earlier albums and there are no weak tracks. This album finds the Manic's at their most hopeful and optimistic, standing tall in the face of tragedy. As the Manic's themselves put it 'Survival's as natural as sorrow.'

Up the Bracket
Up the Bracket
Price: £5.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars before the crack took hold there was this..., 10 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Up the Bracket (Audio CD)
This is simply one of the best debut albums of the last decade. Following The Strokes in America The Libertines helped to make guitars cool again this side of the Atlantic for the first time since the demise of Britpop.

Since this amazing album much of Pete Doherty's actual music has been obscured by tabloid tales of crack abuse and his relationship with supermodel Kate Moss. So it is important to remember this is the reason that anybody cared in the first place, establishing Doherty as one of the most talented songwriters of his generation. It is the chemistry between the two frontmen however that really made The Libertines so special to their fans. The relationship between Doherty and singer/guitarist Carl Barat which teeters between love and hate, respect and jealousy is what gives the album its energy. As has been well documented this competitiveness coupled with Doherty's excesses would later tear the band apart but here it works perfectly.

'Time for Heroes' is a brilliant tune with poetic lyrics by Doherty while 'Up The Bracket' is another belter. Carl tends to rock a little harder opening the album with 'Vertigo' and finishing it with the fantastic 'I Get Along'. Their sound recalls British punk bands like The Jam and The Buzzcocks while at the same time combining the lyricism of The Smiths.

While the second Libertines album has its charms this is the album i would recommend to anyone thinking of giving the band a listen. While Pete and Carl may not have matched the magic of this debut with their individual projects they succeeded in giving British rock its confidence back and in the process inspiring a new wave of British bands. To any modern music fan i would urge them not to judge Doherty by what they read in the paper but to go and check out this great album first, then make up your minds.

A Rush Of Blood To The Head
A Rush Of Blood To The Head
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Price: £2.97

5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars bland, bland, bland..., 10 Mar. 2009
Coldplay must be one of the most overrated bands of the last decade. Their music is so dull and bland but i suppose thats why they have had so much mainstream success, they don't offend anyone. I thought i would give them a chance by listening to this album but it only confirmed my previously held opinions. Also Chris Martin has got to be one of the most annoying front men since Bono. It irritates me when Coldplay are compared to Radiohead as the latter are so much better than this rubbish, in fact there are tons of British bands around at the moment better than this crap. Unless you enjoy dull, boring music such as Keane and James Blunt then do yourself a favour and leave alone.

The Bends
The Bends
Price: £5.43

5.0 out of 5 stars Radiohead's best album, 10 Mar. 2009
This review is from: The Bends (Audio CD)
This is simply an amazing album and in my opinion Radiohead's greatest work, even better than 'OK Computer'. There is an emotional and personal feel to this album which on Radiohead's later efforts (as good as they may be) is lacking. They also perfect their three guitar attack with Johnny Greenwood's playing in particular standing out. 'High and Dry' and 'Fake Plastic Trees' are simply beautiful while 'The Bends' and 'My Iron Lung' rock like nothing else. The album shines from start to finish ending with the creepily brilliant 'Street Spirit', the only weak track is probably 'Sulk'. That Radiohead frequently get lumped in with the likes of Coldplay, Travis and even Keane is insulting to the band, they are simply in a league of their own. I urge any fan of alternative rock to get this album if you don't own it already, you won't regret it.

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