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North Hills
North Hills
Price: £16.12

2.0 out of 5 stars What a let-down, 22 Nov 2014
This review is from: North Hills (Audio CD)
Well, I fell for the five star reviews again - I really must start listening to the samples before purchasing.

As a huge fan (from the first time round) of the whole 'Laurel Canyon Mafia', I was quite excited by the comparisons with CSNY, Jackson Browne, Eagles, etc. But the reality fells well short of that standard. This is like so many of the 'new generation' - from Wilco to Fleet Foxes - who go for 'laid back groove', but achieve only 'lacklustre dirge'. The leader singer's voice I find rather irritating, the guitars never catch fire, and the songwriting is, frankly, dull. Very disappointing.

If you like this genre, stick with Deja Vu, For Everyman, Desperado, etc.


THE LATIN LOVER AND OTHER STORIES
THE LATIN LOVER AND OTHER STORIES
by Frederic Raphael
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Middlebrow short stories, 18 Nov 2014
In a nutshell: better than Jeffrey Archer; not as good as Roald Dahl. The sort of thing you read on holiday and leave in the cottage for the next occupant.


The Quiz Addict Quiz Book
The Quiz Addict Quiz Book
Price: £0.77

3.0 out of 5 stars Beware or typos!, 14 Nov 2014
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Pretty good of hard/easy questions (rather a lot about the Olympics, for some reason). But absolutely RIDDLED with typos and spelling errors. I was particularly amused by the American football team "The Green Pay Backers". But for the price, I suppose we shouldn't complain.


Storytone (Deluxe Version)
Storytone (Deluxe Version)
Price: £13.99

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An album of two halves - choose your corner, 6 Nov 2014
Many of the reviews posted so far seem to be taking the line of "great songs, don't like the orchestra, the acoustic disc is better".

I have to say, I feel the exact opposite: I love both the string orchestra and the swing band arrangement, which recall the likes of A Man Needs s Maid and This Note's For You. And they serve to distract from the fact that these are (in my opinion) some of the worst songs Neil has written in years - and I speak as a huge NY fan. Most of the melodies are basic and repetitive, and the lyrics are downright excruciating - glaringly exposed in the solo recordings.

I'll play the big band disc, for the sheer power and novelty of it, but otherwise, the sooner he reconnects with Crazy Horse, the better.


Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad
Price: £14.69

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars But what's missing?, 2 Oct 2014
This review is from: Breaking Bad (Audio CD)
Well yes, excellent stuff. But where is 'Crystal Blue Persuasion'? And even worse, where is the most memorable piece of music in the entire series - Badfinger's 'Baby Blue'? BITCH!


Shadow Country
Shadow Country
Price: £5.69

4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed masterpiece?, 5 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Shadow Country (Kindle Edition)
This book must be the ultimate in the use of the 'unreliable narrator'. Except that in this case there are dozens of narrators, all of them unreliable. Therein lie both the strengths and weaknesses of what Matthiessen clearly intended as his magnum opus.

The massive build-up of detail makes for a rich and immersive experience; by the end - if you get there - you'll feel you've spent a lifetime among these rough-hewn and violent Florida frontiersmen and women. And therein lies the problem - reading the same story three times in one enormous volume ultimately becomes too much of a good thing.

With hindsight, I wish I'd read the three original volumes when they were published, with 'natural breaks' between them.

Surprisingly, for an author who became famous for his nature writing, there are few extended descriptions of the Everglades landscape, climate and flora and fauna. That is to say, they are are frequently referred to, but always in the context of how they are of use or hindrance to the unsentimentally tough-minded locals. It's all about terse dialogue, rather than poetic flights of fancy.

And those locals - there are so MANY of them. I suspect that Matthiessens research was extensive and thorough (and effectively recycled in the guise of Lucius Watson's research in the second part of the book). It's as if he felt he HAD to bring in the back story of every single real-life person in involved in the Watson saga, to let them all speak, as it were. This may be laudable in its way, but leads to 'casting overkill'. After a while I found it difficult to form mental pictures of all the characters as they came and went with bewildering regularity.

All of which sounds like I didn't enjoy the book - which would not be true. For all its faults, it's quite an achievement, and well worth reading - particularly if you've ever enjoyed the writing of the likes of William Faulkner, Stephen Crane, Ernest Hemingway or Cormac McCarthy. As a western/southern gothic crossover there's nothing else quite like it. But be prepared for a long haul.

Incidentally, it surprises me that no-one has yet filmed it. A screenplay would - of necessity - have to take a more more concise approach to the story, but given the cinematic possibilities of the Everglades and Keys, and the classic anti-hero at its centre, this could (in the hands of the right director) make a great movie along the lines of 'There Will Be Blood'.


iZKA® - 360' Rotate In-Car Windscreen Or Dash-mount Suction Holder Mount For Motorola Moto G - Also Works With Motorola Moto X
iZKA® - 360' Rotate In-Car Windscreen Or Dash-mount Suction Holder Mount For Motorola Moto G - Also Works With Motorola Moto X
Offered by iBox Ltd
Price: £5.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, 29 Jan 2014
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I thought at first my phone wasn't going to fit - the spring loaded expandable section of the holder was fairly stiff. But it's fine. Have yet to use it in the car, so don't know yet how the suction attachment will perform.


Home From Home - The Missing Album
Home From Home - The Missing Album
Offered by davehopetrading
Price: £5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Your HH & F collection is not QUITE complete!, 12 Dec 2013
This is a good album, should have been released at the time.

But there's an even better one lurking out there - the self-titled 1969 album by Poet and the One Man Band - who were HH & F before they changed their name. And it's even better than this!

Seek it out.
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Behringer Monitor Speakers Ms16 - 2-Way Active Personal Monitor System (Price...
Behringer Monitor Speakers Ms16 - 2-Way Active Personal Monitor System (Price...
Offered by Capital Stores
Price: £83.79

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A question on cables, 7 Jun 2013
Haven't bought these yet, so I gave them three stars as a guess!

Can somebody who has them tell me whether any cables are included, and if not, what I need to buy. I will be connecting them to a Zoom R24 recorder, which takes the larger, guitar-style (quarter-inch?) jackplugs.

Thanks.

Mike


Equipment You Need for Recording Music (The Concise Collections)
Equipment You Need for Recording Music (The Concise Collections)
Price: £0.77

1.0 out of 5 stars Ripoff, 5 Jun 2013
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Even at 77p, this is a ripoff. The illustration above shows a fat manual. What you get does not qualify as a 'book' by any definition of the term. It's a (short) list, and a pretty useless one at that.

Avoid.


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