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Jack Crankson "Jacko" (London, England)

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The Still Single Papers: The Fearless Musings of a Romantic Adventurer Aged Thirty-Two-and-a-Half
The Still Single Papers: The Fearless Musings of a Romantic Adventurer Aged Thirty-Two-and-a-Half
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5.0 out of 5 stars a thoroughly good read, 8 Aug. 2012
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entertaining and well written this book will mean something to anyone who has dated looking for love whether or not they were ultimately successful - the refreshingly and sometimes painfully honest narrative creates empathy so that you feel like you know the author. im already looking forward to her next one. surely someone will turn this into a tv series of a film? has thinking person's bridget jones written all over it

Lord Skywave
Lord Skywave
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING, 30 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Lord Skywave (Audio CD)
this is a great record! i'd recommend it to anyone who likes original production and great songwriting.

Separated By The Sea
Separated By The Sea
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 27 Jan. 2007
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This review is from: Separated By The Sea (Audio CD)
This is a record rich in theme, melody and intent. There are no bad tracks. no filler and moreover it feels wonderfully familiar on the first listen.

Findlay Brown is an extraordinary songwriter who according to interviews he's given recently in the press was saved from a jobbing career in the army by a teenage experience with Jimi Hendrix and LSD. There are three strands which appear inform Findlay's songwriting craft: the folk music produced during, and influencing the music of, the sixties, twisted psychedlia (at its best on 7 minute trip out track Don't You Know I Love You), and straight forward singer songwritery such as the title track Separated By The Sea.

This is a beautiful modern record which manages to evoke the spirit of some of the sixties most celebrated acts - the likes of Simon and Garfunkel, Crosby Stills and Nash, and the Beatles - whilst remaining contemporary and fresh. Next to the dull plasticity of a James Blunt this is an exciting addition to the world of the singer songwriter - file somewhere between Norah Jones and Ryan Adams.

Run Come Save Me
Run Come Save Me
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roots Shoots and Scores, 2 May 2002
This review is from: Run Come Save Me (Audio CD)
UK hip hop has always lived in the shadow of its older and more street savvy american cousin but now with the likes of Roots Manuva, Rodney P, Skitz, Black Twang et al theres a real chance that the more innovative and interesting beats and rhymes will emanate from this side of the atlantic. Strange but true. Not to say that there isnt a glut of wicked tunes from the states but nothing ive heard even from the more experimental labels like Def Juxx is as phat, funky and pure damn good as this roots manuva album. Take brand new second hand(his first album), run come save me and his tracks on Skitz countryman (especially where my mind is at) and you might just be looking at someone monumentally important in UK hip hop.
Run come save me is lyrically awesome - the rhymes often defy ordinary rules of verse, but its what theyre about that is so impressive. there's Mr Manuva's urban roots, his take on religion and the influence of his deacon father, his life laid bear on a platter. His vocal style is slight Jamaican twang and patois combined with an deep south london burr.
Roots is assisted by welcome contributions from the likes of Rodney P and Jurrasic 5s charlie Tuna. But the thing about roots is the beatz. the science. he produces some of the darkest, wierdest but most melodic trippy hip hop instrumentals ive heard. its not up its own arse its just right.
question is: where does he go from here? A further US collaborations and an invasion stateside? who knows. If I were picking the England team - roots would be my centre forward. America - listen and learn.

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