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Petay "Sireofnothing" (Lincoln, UK)

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best film tie-in yet, 5 Jun. 2014
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As a huge fan of Ghostbusters and Lego, back in the eighties as a child, I used to reconstruct the events of the movie out of plastic bricks all the time. Mostly the results were pretty dire, and I dreamt of an official Lego Ecto 1. 25 years later, and here it is - an incredibly detailed, authentic vehicle that has been so well designed you barely even believe it's made of Lego when looked at from a distance. The clever use of elements is seen in the red fins, the iconic front of the car and the assorted apparatus on the roof.

The minifigures are an absolute joy - you can easily tell who is who - and their proton packs are minutely detailed. If only Slimer was included.

Trap Door Series 1 & 2 [DVD] [1984]
Trap Door Series 1 & 2 [DVD] [1984]
Dvd ~ William Rushton
Price: £3.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just look at the detail!, 30 Dec. 2009
Trap Door hooked me as a child, as it did with many folk in their 20s and 30s, and getting it on DVD was one of the greatest Red Letter Days of my life.

On watching it anew, I realised that I had never really appreciated it properly before. For example, it is often filled with terrific dark double entendre, usually uttered by poor old Burk; I cannot be the only one to snigger at the line 'I loves a bit o' bonking' as he whacks the orange tentacles with a plank. All of this went over my head as an innocent toddler. It is extremely funny, with Burk's grumbling and panicking brought to life by Willie Rushton's voice work. It is also stunningly beautiful and inventive: the scenery never stops moving. There is always a peculiar little beastie scampering or slithering about, giving every scene a rich and varied impact, ensuring you can watch it over and over. As for the show's main attraction: the monsters are unfailingly superb. From the glorious 'onion with a beak' Thort (named just for the weak pun 'Food for Thort - genius) to the mischievous yellow 'bubo' with the 'little hole in the top of his head', it is a real rogues gallery of imagination.

Watch and enjoy it without irony, for it requires none. It is entertaining for adults in its own right.

Price: £6.18

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Debut? Probably., 1 Feb. 2007
This review is from: MURMUR (Audio CD)
These days the statement 'Best Debut Album Ever!' gets bandied about a great deal by such hyperbole-ridden wagon jumpers as the NME and their ilk. However, it is this album that is probably the best debut album ever, and it's almost 25 years old.

A lot has been made of Stipe's 'mumbling' vocals. Personally, I don't see it - they are as comprehensible as any other indie-American band, and some of the lyrics are truly charming. However, yes, it is the music that makes this album what it is. From the child-like glee of 'Catapult' to the sorrowful yearnings of 'Perfect Circle' (far better than the band of the same name), this album is a triumph of simple melody and open chords.

The album contains all of the hallmarks of a 'typical' R.E.M. album. It has the silly stomper ('We Walk'), which laid the groundwork for 'Stand' and 'Shiny Happy People'. It has the epic ballad ('Talk About the Passion', a la the later 'Everybody Hurts' and the rock staple ('Radio Free Europe) which is the predecessor to 'What's the Frequency, Kenneth?'. It is a precursor of things to come, and in retrospect we see a band that was laying down its blueprints at a very early juncture. For this singularity of purpose, R.E.M should be congratulated, as it has certainly paid off.

They Shook Through just fine.

Trompe Le Monde
Trompe Le Monde
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £5.96

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's take the motorway..., 9 Jan. 2007
This review is from: Trompe Le Monde (Audio CD)
The Pixies were an unusual band. They have been named as one of the most influential bands of all time yet, like the Beatles, no one actually honestly sounds like they did. A unique prospect, many would argue. And this album came at the end of their natural life, in 1991 - the same year as Kurt Cobain's Nevermind - and again showed the world what a few misfits and geeks from MIT in Boston, Mass. could do with some guitars, a penchant for Spanish and aliens, and the most frantic frontman of the era.

Songs as strong as 'Alec Eiffel' (a song about the designer of the Eiffel tower - 'He thought big and they called it a phallic little eiffel'), 'Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons' ( a song about the highest mountain/volcano in the Solar System, found on Mars) and 'Motorway to Roswell' ( a song about an alien) cannot help but make this album one of the most amazing slices of punk-fuzz-pop ever heard, and I would recommend it heartily.
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The Sophtware Slump
The Sophtware Slump
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £4.41

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poor old Jed, 7 Dec. 2006
This review is from: The Sophtware Slump (Audio CD)
The Sophtware Slump succeeds on many levels. One, it has one of the most wonderful examples of cover art in Rock History; two, it is a viable and beautiful concept album, and with what a concept; three, It contains some of the most beautiful pop-rock songs ever created by the hand of man.

The concept is a simple one - the conflict of computers and nature, and Grandaddy exploit this to its full. There are paeans to a strange Tulgey Wood-esque landscape littered with "vacuum bags" and "Oily Rags" and populated with deer ('Broken Household Appliance National Forest'), odes to the futility and sadness of science ('Chartsengrafs') and, at the album's core, the story of Jed the Humanoid, a robot created to do good who becomes depressed and dies of alcoholism. The twin songs of 'Jed the Humanoid' and 'Jed's Other Poem' are complex studies of the issue of artificial intelligence, and are far more beautiful and deep than Spielberg's A.I could ever have been.

The cover art reflects these concerns, with broken keyboard keys forming the title and band name over a stunning cold backdrop of mountains and meadows. Wonderful.

In all, a perfect piece of art, one that should adorn any self-respecting music fan's shelf. Unmissable.

Price: £5.28

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Song Sequels Are GOOD THINGS, 18 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Us (Audio CD)
Colin McIntyre is a happy fellow. You can just tell from his face, voice and lyrics that even the saddest, most poignant moments of life fill him with a simple wonder and joy. This is audible in his music so much that it often overtakes from the melodies and actual songsmanship.

Having said that, there is no lack of either - Us is a great follow up to the virtually perfect Loss. The joyful, brash opener of Am I wrong vies with Annimal Cannabus in its sheer punch-the-air urgency; Asylum is a lyrical love song with a peculiar take on insanity; 5 More Minutes, on the other hand is matched only by the Manic's Ocean Spray as desperately sad parent-loss songs. The high point, however, is the sequel to Loss's Barcode Bypass, The Supermarket Strikes Back. It is knowingly a sequel (hence the Star Wars-esque title) with its sampled vocals at the start and its same lyrical bent, and yet where Barcode... was sad and lazy, Supermarket... is fast, bouncy and poignant, as the Supermarket owner realises that he, too, must "pick up your gloves and walk your dogs", now that the unfortunate shopkeeper is dead and gone.

A poignant minor classic.

Up (U.S. Version)
Up (U.S. Version)
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.24

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Same but Different, 14 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Up (U.S. Version) (Audio CD)
Up has recieved a fair amount of bad press since its release in 1998. Creating a viable follow up to the stripped, harsh tones of 1996's New Adventures in Hi-Fi without recently estranged drummer Bill Berry was a delicate task, and R.E.M. responded by creating a album of something very akin to electronica, albeit with the adition of strings, quiet jangle guitars and Stipes slow, impassioned vocals. As a turn around it was very similar to that taken by Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins in the same year, with his Adore album. And it works (in both cases). The eerie opening track Aiportman, with its muffled vocals and bare harmonies smacks us in tha face, crying - "we've moved on - don't expect more Wake-Up Bombs!". Suspicion, At Your Most Beautiful and Sad Professor are finely crafted paeans to disturbed love and lust, whereas Hope is a lo-fi chunk of quickly delivered abstract poetry. Single Daysleeper is unique on this album as a slice of Classic R.E.M, with the overall feeling of the album injected into the tried and tested formula. Ending on an emotional high with Falls to Climb (possibly the strongest performance present on this disc), Up is one of the bands most peculiar, uplifting and simply brilliant albums since the heady days of Life's Rich Pageant and Document. Highly, highly recommended.

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