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Boxer, Beetle
Boxer, Beetle
by Ned Beauman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.19

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Chabon-lite, 24 April 2011
This review is from: Boxer, Beetle (Paperback)
Readable but eventually comes across more like the outline plot to a graphic novel and has a truly stupid and truly dreadful ending which loses it a star.

You get the feeling the author wrote the novel because he wants to be a novelist rather than any pressing need to tell a story. But there is potential here the author just needs to find a story actually worth telling.

Nice cover though - fooled me into buying it.

Because Of The Times
Because Of The Times
Offered by Leisurezone
Price: 3.90

5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not that good, 24 April 2007
This review is from: Because Of The Times (Audio CD)
Well sorry to throw a slight dampener on the five star love fest but...I do have a few reservations

Loved the first two albums particularly the fractured open ended songs of the second album and their Brixton gigs a couple of years ago were sensational.

But there is undoubtedly a certain malaise evident here. Most notably gone awol are lyrics at least half the 'songs' could be better described as chants - choruses/phrases repeated over and over. What has imnproved are the arrangements but that doesn't entirely mask the dearth of lyrics.

Musically what is most noticeble is the prominent bass - many songs are driven by Pixies (almost U2 - god forbid) style bass riffs rather than the guitar riffs and chord structures of previous albums. There is also a pronounced move towards effects on both bass and guitar. It sounds nice and the production is much improved over their previous efforts.

One final bone of contention: where's the groove boys? The drumming is very reminiscent of modern Brit bands like Bloc Party not the Muscle Shoals wallop the boys were packing a couple of years ago.

Despite the reservations this is a good and musically interesting album. Fortunately, the Kings have a singer who could sing the phonebook and it would still sound good and the musicianship is excellent. This ain't a 5 star classic but it does sound like it could be the album before a 5 star classic if they can combine the country soul groove and southern gothic lyricsm of the first two with the sonics of this one.

Soothing Music For Stray Cats
Soothing Music For Stray Cats
Price: 15.62

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely superb album., 22 Mar 2006
A wildly eclectic meander through funk, soul, doo wop, r ‘n’ b, blues, – all with a unique individual twist. Marvel at the playing and Jones’ marvellous versatile soulful vox.
First listen you wonder quite what it is you’re hearing.
Second listen you wonder how he did it.
Third listen you’re just left in wonder.
Word of warning though to more consevative listeners. This is very definitely not a Britpop album, which given Jones background you might be lead to believe. File somewhere between Sly Stone and Charlie Mingus and nowhere near Paul Weller
A complete joy from start to finish.

Ultra Glide In Black
Ultra Glide In Black
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 15.51

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rockoleum Sulphate, 3 Sep 2002
This review is from: Ultra Glide In Black (Audio CD)
OK it helps that the songs are all stone cold soul classics (plus an awesome cover of Thin Lizzys 'Ode To A Black Man') but this is quite simply the best rock and roll party album made in years.
Relax with your poison of choice, stick this on, and wonder what the fuss about the Hives and the White Stripes
is all about.

Songs for the Deaf [CD & DVD Set]
Songs for the Deaf [CD & DVD Set]
Offered by Dirty Deals UK
Price: 8.05

3 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Critics Wrong Again?, 3 Sep 2002
Now I could be wrong and this album could be a grower.But I've seldom been more disappointed than on the first few listens to the previously infallible Qeens new album.
Rated R was a metal/punk/pop classic - and had bags of the one thing this record sorely lacks - tunes.Unfortunately, Queens seem to have opted for a nu metal hotch potch of noise rather than songs.It also has irritating and pointless radio interludes between songs (you know static,crass announcers and the like) which always smacks of a band low on ideas.
The critics love this but critics never want to be honest about a band of the moment - remember the excellent reviews Oasis 3rd album garnered?
There are some good tunes on the album but far far too few for my liking.

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