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Live from Camp X-Ray
Live from Camp X-Ray
Price: £18.26

4.0 out of 5 stars Short & Sweet..., 6 Feb. 2015
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Just in case the title is misunderstood, this is actually a studio album with the title being a reference to the temporary holding camp at Guantanamo Bay.

Full of energy & raw, this is a fabulous offering & sadly to be their last studio album (not including the compilation All Systems Go 3). 'I'm Not Invisible' starts as we mean to go on as a catchy, thrashy number.

If you do want live, check out 'RIP' which is a recording of their final gig and also comes with a DVD which includes extra tracks.

Don't be put off by the length, it's all top quality.


One Day I'm Going to Soar
One Day I'm Going to Soar
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5.0 out of 5 stars It Soars, 6 Feb. 2015
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This crept up on me from behind when I wasn't looking! I expected a good solid set of songs but what I found was an amusing, melancholy and at times uplifting collection. As someone who usually favours guitar based music, I wasn't expecting this to sit in my top 20 of all time but now it probably does (depending on how I feel on the day).

I was lucky enough to see this performed live and was blown away by the theatrical production put on by the band. The interaction between them all was outstanding and puts the songs into even more context. I came out singing 'Free' for the next day & a half.

This is a journey of soul searching (not for the young rebels), love, inability to love & realisation that sometimes you should be careful what you wish for. Highly recommended, particularly if you enjoyed Don't Stand Me Down.


Revelation
Revelation
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do-do, do-do..., 12 Jun. 2014
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It usually takes a few listens to get into a new album. This is now starting to sink in and float around in my brain after not too many tries. Pretty accessible across the board really and brings thoughts of sleepy hot summer afternoons doing nothing.

Some great sounds and production - particularly like the flute and 'Sympathy For the Devil'-esque sounds of 'Goodbye (Butterfly)',

Well worth while for existing fans and would even be a good starting point for the unsure. Looking forward to seeing them in the intimate setting of Norwich Waterfront next month (as long as I don't get stuck behind one of the pillars!).


Secondhand Daylight
Secondhand Daylight
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thirty (or more) Years Ago..., 14 May 2014
This review is from: Secondhand Daylight (Audio CD)
In the typical record/CD collection, there is music in your life which passes gently by and is only listened to infrequently, there is music which is played to death for a short period and then you tire of and then there is music which you return to again and again over many years. For me, Magazine's second album Secondhand Daylight falls into the latter category.

This album has been on my (virtual) turntable regularly for more than thirty years. I still remember rushing back from college and running to my bedroom as I couldn't last any longer without listening to Back to Nature on full volume (I was even in a band named after a line from that song). But every track on this album is pretty special, from the opening notes of Feed the Enemy to the end of the much misunderstood Permafrost, this is a perfect blend of talented musicianship and brilliant lyrics.

The 2007 remaster comes complete with four additional tracks which are also essential but those who own the Scree compilation may already have these. Not sure whether to take the plunge? Then start with the Rays & Hail compilation & you'll be hooked and will probably end up buying this along with (at least) the debut Real Life and third album The Correct Use of Soap.

Enjoy!


Night People
Night People
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia's Not What It Used To Be..., 4 Sept. 2012
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I loved this when I was a teenager and hadn't heard it for ages. Some albums you remember fondly from more simple days but when listening again it just doesn't feel the same. However this seems to retain the feel of the era without sounding quite as dated as some 80s production.

Classix Nouveaux were formed from ex-members of X-Ray Spex and the very distinctive looking and sounding Sal Solo. They produced some great singles and maybe surprisingly, some great albums too. Night People is the debut and this version also wraps up the earlier singles Robot's Dance and Nasty Little Green Men as bonus tracks alongside the b-sides.

Guilty is still a great track and Or A Movie is a poignant song of coping with loneliness. The other singles released from the album besides Guilty, Tokyo and Inside Outside are also good value.

As the track says Every Home Should Have One. Buy, remember, enjoy!


Four
Four
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Real, 24 Aug. 2012
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Bloc Party's new album combines the intensity of Silent Alarm, the melody of A Weekend in the City and the unpredictability of Intimacy without copying or lifting from any of them. This is a set of guitar driven songs which show a maturity following the 4 year hiatus since Intimacy and sometimes by taking a step back from your work before returning, you can benefit from the space and clarity that provides.

Four shows that this has been a good break for them and we can welcome them back from their various extracurricular activities (great bonus to see Russell on guitar with Ash!!). Some of the songs have a heavier feel than previously but there is still the blend of more laid back and thoughtful songs. There's even a bit of spoken dialogue from Kele.

If you go for the deluxe, the two extra songs aren't throwaways, in fact, at the moment 'Mean' is probably one of my favourites.

Great album proving that Bloc Party are definitely still relevant and one of the best bands around.


Generation Freakshow
Generation Freakshow
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worry Not, 2 May 2012
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This is another excellent offereing from Feeder. Not as heavy as its predecessor, 'Renegades' but the tunes are strong and, in my opinion, more immediate. Lead single 'Borders' is a good statement of intent so if you have heard it and liked it, I'd certainly recommend you invest in 'Generation Freakshow'.

It starts strongly with 'Oh My' and maintains the standard right through to the excellent 'Children of the Sun' (complete with the hidden track tagged on the end - is it just me who gets bugged by hidden tracks? Why not just put it seperately?).

This should appeal to fans of Feeder old and new (or old and young!). Highly recommended.


Press The Eject
Press The Eject
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bauhaus Live, 9 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Press The Eject (Audio CD)
Excellent document of Bauhaus in their prime, consisting of live tracks taken mostly from the first two albums. Great version of Bela Lugosi's dead in there too. Only let down in my opinion is a version of Waiting for the Man which doesn't quite work. However, in the expanded form (72 plus mins) it's still well worth it if you liked Bauhaus during that period.


The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
by J. D. Salinger
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Culture, Alienation, Boredom & Despair, 22 Dec. 2011
This review is from: The Catcher in the Rye (Paperback)
The problem with a book such as The Catcher in the Rye is that it will always polarise opinion. Those who love it will be evangelical about it, those who hate it won't be able to understand the fuss. Personally I really enjoyed reading it but I have put my own interpretation on it which may or may not be correct (however, if I enjoyed it, I guess that's the important part).

Holden Caulfield shares my despair at the state of the 'phony' people & world around him. At the time of the novel's setting, he expresses his opinion at what really grates on him. He is at a crossroads in his life and struggles to find inspiration & motivation in his school, the people he knows and New York but he does take comfort in his love of literature and the innocence of his young sister.

In answering the criticism that nothing really happens, in my opinion, that is pretty secondary. The objective is to portray the feelings of someone who can't find comfort in an environment he considers to be ultimately shallow and unreal.

I can certainly relate to those feelings today and although the situations described are certainly of their time, the isolation Caulfield feels translates to anyone who feels that the world today is 'phony'.

Just my opinion, try it you may enjoy it. If you don't then it's only just over 200 pages & won't take you long.


Love's Sweet Exile (Acoustic Blue)
Love's Sweet Exile (Acoustic Blue)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bonus!, 17 Nov. 2011
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This an interesting new take on an older Manics song (check out the original video if you haven't seen it!!). A lot more downbeat & performed in a slide guitar country/blues style. I don't think I'll be listening to it more than the original but hey, it's the Manics and it's free (well it was when I got it - 79p's still good value)!!

A good idea to issue this and generate interest in the National Treasures compilation.


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