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The Downward Spiral
The Downward Spiral
Price: £5.99

0 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Most awful and overrated album of all time. Except for The Wall by Pink Floyd, perhaps., 7 Oct. 2014
This review is from: The Downward Spiral (Audio CD)
I am actually angry that I have spent money on this album that I won't ever get back. I even expended some of my life listening to it.
It is one of the worst albums I have ever sat through, and certainly one of the most overrated.
Whatever he was trying to do, it didn't work - unless, that is, Trent Reznor aimed to write an hour of pointlessly pompous prose with vile lyrics that neither moved nor affected the listener. It was just noise. S***t noise.
And as for Hurt? Well, it's always impressive when somebody covers a song that may be considered better than the original. But on this occasion it was actually insulting how poor and unsatisfying the original was in comparison to the cover by a frail 70 year old man (Johnny Cash).
Do yourself a favour, whatever money you were going to spend on this album, don't put it into Mr Reznor's pocket. Burn it. That way, you're still £5 down but you've at least refused to financially support another album by this dire composer. He shouldn't be allowed within 3 miles of an instrument. Ever again.
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Why Genes are Not Selfish and People are Nice: A Challenge to the Dangerous Ideas That Dominate Our Lives
Why Genes are Not Selfish and People are Nice: A Challenge to the Dangerous Ideas That Dominate Our Lives
by Colin Tudge
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stick with it, 25 Sept. 2014
It took me a while to figure out what the point of this book was, probably because I kept putting it down for months at a time due to work commitments. But stick with it, the final chapter gives a strong conclusion that is powerful.
Tudge seems to guide us through many philosophical entities, asking many questions for which he goes onto suggest an answer before stitching it altogether in the form of a newly proposed foundation for future generations.


Untrue [Vinyl]
Untrue [Vinyl]
Price: £13.77

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good. But not genius., 23 Sept. 2014
This review is from: Untrue [Vinyl] (Vinyl)
I heard somebody say this has the atmosphere of a lonesome walk home on a dark night - and they're correct. Burial sets a good mood for you to get lost in for the following 50 minutes.
However, it isn't notably different to anything amateur musicians are producing on Soundcloud for free streaming. (At times, it's actually a little worse, I'd say).
It's literally just a string of samples stitched together on software.
Great, but not as ingenious as everybody makes out.

Unless you're a DJ who needs to use a turntable, I wouldn't bother buying this in vinyl format. Not only will it cost more and not only are there fewer tracks on the vinyl than the CD version, but the album was made using digital software which means the sound quality on vinyl is no better than digital/mp3 anyway.
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Mushroom
Mushroom
Price: £14.24

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The first book I enjoyed in a long time, 5 Sept. 2014
This review is from: Mushroom (Kindle Edition)
This author was brave. He knowingly set out to write a book that he knew many people would roll their eyes at and not take seriously. Furthermore, when most authors would have consequentially acted defensively and tried to counteract this by making the book a grey drizzle of scientific lethargy; Money refrains. Not only does he put across the (degree-level) science in a very approachable manner, but he also shows no shame in displaying his insatiable enthusiasm for all things fungal.
He stays true to their history in folklore and covers everything from their cultivation, medicinal benefits, recreational drug usage, science....and so on


A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon
A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon
Price: £5.49

4.0 out of 5 stars The closest we'll get into Shannon's mind, 30 Dec. 2013
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Although I found the "interview" style of this book a little less preferable to normal prose, it was a thorough book to say the least. The story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon is followed right from the beginning and most probably gives the closest insight we will ever get into the mind of one of rock's greatest voices.


Into the Wild
Into the Wild
by Jon Krakauer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Took a life and lived it, 30 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Into the Wild (Paperback)
Ignore the negative comments claiming that Krakauer goes off-topic in order to raise his word limit. His deviations from McCandless' story are truly fitting and add breadth to the topic.
The story is a fascinating one, not simply because of the series of events at face value, but more the philosophy behind them; about life, freedom, society. Many people have a life, but they're not all 'living'...McCandless was certainly 'alive'.


The Wall [Discovery Edition]
The Wall [Discovery Edition]
Price: £9.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overrated, saved by Gilmour's guitaring, 30 Dec. 2013
This has to be one of the most overrated albums of all time. While not terrible, the hype surrounding it is excessive. Whenever Roger Waters gains control over something (much like The Final Cut) it resembles little more than a theatre show. Again, much like The Final Cut, his voice elicits one emotion very well - however ONLY that one emotion. The only thing that pulled me from my daydream and lured me into the music was when David Gilmour continued to save the album with his unique guitar playing. Yet again, Gilmour proves to be a vital vertebrae in the backbone of Pink Floyd. This band should have stuck with the notions behind Meddle and Dark Side.


An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
by Chris Hadfield
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.90

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Should be compulsory reading for all teenagers, 30 Dec. 2013
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I was disappointed when this book ended. Aside from giving a real insight into the space program from the left seat of the Soyuz, it serves to pass on real wisdom and philosophy.
It carries good pace throughout. While the first part seems to verge upon Hadfield merely boasting of how wise and well-informed he has been through life, parts two and three make you feel guilty for even starting to suspect him of this.
We could learn much from this, I wanted to read more.


Ágætis Byrjun
Ágætis Byrjun
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very original., 14 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Ágætis Byrjun (MP3 Download)
It takes a lot to put me in a good mood, but this does chill me out.
After feeling Tak... fell marginally short of the hype surrounding it, I was pleasantly surprised by this album. They somehow seem to mix classical, instrumental, rock, generic pop and ambient trance all into one sound.
Let it take you somewhere only Sigur Ros can.


Pigs Might Fly: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd
Pigs Might Fly: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome., 12 Aug. 2013
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I had to give it five stars, because I don't see how it could have been any better.
I anticipated a mammoth read, a long slog through 430-ish pages trying to sift through rigid quotes and dates, more like a historical thesis than an enjoyable read. I was pleasantly surprised.
Blake's thoroughly extensive research makes for an interesting, pleasantly-paced book with no notably boring parts (which is quite a feat for its length). It covers everything and was the first Floyd book I've read, and was satisfying enough to probably qualify as the last.
In parts it's as if Blake was an extra member, there at the scene, a fly-on-the-wall. He wasn't, he's evidently just a brilliant writer. This covers everything, leaves no holes, no cobwebs. All bandmates, all albums, all tours and everything. Just excellence.


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