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Emerald Fantasy Tracks
Emerald Fantasy Tracks

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album to date, 31 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Emerald Fantasy Tracks (Audio CD)
This album seems to divide opinion, with critics saying it's too much of a departure from his previous electronic glitchy hip-hop sound.

Lone is clearly a man who wears his influences on his sleeve, you can hear early Detroit techno in here, early 808 state and Boards of Canada and a touch of Bibio all jostling alongside his keyboard and drum machine.

It's happy, fresh and upbeat sounding music. Definitely worth checking out.

Sniper Ghost Warrior (Xbox 360)
Sniper Ghost Warrior (Xbox 360)
Offered by Gameseek
Price: £17.56

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed fun, 26 Jan. 2011
I've been waiting a while for the price to come down so have been more than aware of the bad reviews this has been getting.

Is it justified? In some cases, definitely. Is it a one-star game? Not really. 2-3.5 maybe.

This could have been a seriously good or even a great one. It reminded me of the old Silent Scope arcade game in bits, where you're trying to get headshots all the time. Don't get me wrong, there are some serious, serious flaws with this game - From the annoying to the downright ridiculous. I don't think the realism word belongs in computer games, because let's face it, how many people playing this game or COD have actually killed people with a sniper rifle? Not many, I'm guessing.

The CODesque sections of this game where you're running round with an assualt rifle while your buddies run on the spot or run into walls are pretty lame, the fact that the enemy seem to fall into just 2 categories (the incredibly stupid ones that don't even notice the brains from their friend splattered on them or don't hear you paddling around in the water or the ones with the super senses who spot you from half a mile away and seem to have the most accurate gun ever invented), the fact that the dying all sound like pirates, that fact that when walking whilst crouching makes the same noise (clogs on marble floors) no matter what surface you're walking on, the fact some sections of this game are just ridiculously poorly coded and it's glitchy as hell all pales into insignificance when you get headshot after headshot and kill cam shows you in slow motion and they fall over like rag dolls just more than makes up for it.

It never got old, not once in the whole game. I forgave this incredibly frustrating game each and every time I got a kill cam headshot and they fell over like...well...they'd been shot.

Maybe I'm easily pleased? Maybe.

I don't thiink this is bad as some are making out. I've played a lot of games on a lot of home consoles (and the arcade) since the late 70s and there are far worse games than this. I even felt compelled to finish it, which was more than can be said for the WWII sniper game on the old Xbox.

Solid rental, maybe not worth £17.

She Was Coloured In
She Was Coloured In
Price: £10.74

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better releases from 2010, 10 Jan. 2011
This review is from: She Was Coloured In (Audio CD)
I've been listening to this quite a bit. I will get the inevitable mention of Boards of Canada out of the way because listening to this it's impossible not to think of BoC. That said, I don't think it's an out and out homage like Tycho, it works on its own as a piece of music and has a very warm sound to it.

It's hard to categorise it. Sort of warm electronic downtempo stuff with bits of guitars and weird samples thrown in. You can hear their inlufences (films, film scores, prog rock, 80s synth) being chucked in the pot along with old tape machines and analogue instruments.

Check it out, and also pick up their EP from earlier in 2010, well worth a listen.

Norman Saunders
Norman Saunders
by David Saunders
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Norm Saunders, 10 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Norman Saunders (Hardcover)
along with Norm Eastman, is probably one of the most well known artists of this genre. This genre being pulp magazines, books, men's adventure magazines & pre-code comic books. Saunders was the most prolific of them all, doing an incredible amount of covers.

The book is written by his son and gives you some insight into how he ended up in the business and what he produced. It has 100s of great examples of his work - From early pencil sketches, the pulp covers, right the way through to his paintings and observations of his travels around the world later on in life. It's fascinating and more importantly, has some great artwork. Most people might know his best work as being the Mars Attacks cards by Topps but probably have no idea who painted them. He also painted 100s of other Topps cards over the years.

Great book.

Fred Deakin - Nu Balearica
Fred Deakin - Nu Balearica
Price: £12.38

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, 27 April 2010
Confession - I've never been to Ibiza. I've never heard Alfredo playing a 7 hour set or watched the sun come up at Cafe Del Mar.

I've seen Lemon Jelly live, and heard Fred Deakin DJ and listened to his mix CDs. Random is probably the right word to describe his DJing style and choice of records, veering off into indulgent cheese at times (which is no bad thing, under the right circumstances).

So I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this, made worse by the fact I'd never heard of 95% of the records on the track listing.

I was happily surprised, the mixing is spot on and only towards the end of CD2 does he start to dabble in a bit of cheese but quickly drags it back into line (yeah, I do realise what Balearic means).

Definitely worth a splash.

Hit Man
Hit Man
by Brian Hughes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just that bit short of genuine greatness., 2 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Hit Man (Paperback)
Books about Hearns are sorely thin on the ground so I was pleased to see this.

It's a good read, entertaining and covers the main facts without being dry or geeky.

My main two gripes with it are minor, but fairly fundamental.

The first is that it's a biography but there's only a sprinkling of quotes from Hearns himself, and they're gathered from old press articles or interviews. Which is odd, given that Hughes states himself at the beginning of the book that he's friends with Hearns and Steward.

The second is that the chronology is all over the place. It talks about Hearns wanting to fight Roy Jones Jnr in 1989/1990 when he was at super middle, but Jones was barely a 10 fight novice then. It seems to flip backwards and forwards in time for no real reason at various points.

Don't let that put you off, it's still a very good read and despite flagging towards the last chapter it's a quick read.

Inglorious Bastards [DVD]
Inglorious Bastards [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bo Svenson
Price: £2.68

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid, 12 Sept. 2009
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This review is from: Inglorious Bastards [DVD] (DVD)
Enzo Castellari and Fred Williamson, with that pairing you know exactly what you're going to get. Action aplenty and cheeky one liners to camera. I expected this to be really bad, but it was really entertaining, the action rarely lets up and when stuff's not being blown up there's some pretty amusing one liners. It's also got a ridiculous body count.

As with a lot of Italian films, the sound was dubbed later in the studio by the actors, so it looks like it's dubbed really badly and some of the lines sound like they're recorded in a gymnasium.

All this for 3 quid - What's not to like?

Post Apocalyptic Survival Kit 3 Pack [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Post Apocalyptic Survival Kit 3 Pack [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

5.0 out of 5 stars Euro cheese, 12 Sept. 2009
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This is great, 3 films for a knock down price.

80s Italian, low budget rip-offs of The Warriors, Mad Max and Escape from New York. Some genuine lol moments watching these films. Bronx Warriors is the pick of the bunch, with some utterly ridiculous scenes.

Essential for fans of cheese and those who remember watching ridiculous films on VHS in the 80s.

Offered by thebookcommunity
Price: £30.21

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, 25 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Radio (Audio CD)
Hip-hop producer and DJ Exile serves up the follow-up to 2006's Dirty Science LP.

On first listen the glitchy stuff grates a little but after a few listens you get what he's doing.

Amazing to consider that it's made purely with samples from LA Radio and an MPC sampler.

Fans of Madlib, RJD2 and DJ Shadow should definitely check it out.

Blaxploitation - The Big Payback : TNT Jackson / The Black Six / The Black Godfather / The Black Gestapo / Black Fist / Get Christie Love (6 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
Blaxploitation - The Big Payback : TNT Jackson / The Black Six / The Black Godfather / The Black Gestapo / Black Fist / Get Christie Love (6 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jeanne Ball

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok., 4 Aug. 2009
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This is alright, six films for just over a tenner...but the quality of the films is shocking. They're VHS transfers so the sound and picture drop out constantly.

Some of the films are worse than others, in both senses of the word.

If you like Blaxplotation films, you can't really go wrong.
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