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MAG (PS3)
MAG (PS3)
Offered by Gameseek
Price: £9.48

19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A big step forward in next-gen gaming, 29 Jan 2010
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: MAG (PS3) (Video Game)
This game hinges on the people playing it. People 'Spawn camping', not following orders, not usings mics etc take away from pretty much any FPS game multiplayer I've ever played. So, for the review of this game I am ignoring these issues.

The game iteself has far more longevity than I thought it would with skill points and Experience points allowing you to advance your fighter and try new maps as well as being able to advance your position in your chosen Private Army.

The game has good (not excellent) graphics but the gameplay is well balanced and lends itself to those different types of players - snipers, commando-types, tacticians etc... and everyone can enjoy it.

But the main point is this game signals a whole new type of online play; on a scale never seen and you do truly feel like part of a 'bigger' objective while playing. I would advise you to buy it and give it a go. You'll be pleasently suprised. I was.


The Peter Serafinowicz Show [DVD]
The Peter Serafinowicz Show [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Serafinowicz
Price: £5.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Best thing on TV since Reeves & Mortimer, 10 Aug 2009
There are no shows on television with more originality and truly fantastic humour. I've had this on pre-order since it came on amazon and desperately want it!

Nothing has ever been so quotable!

thankyou peter, theter.


A Hand Full Of Hurricanes
A Hand Full Of Hurricanes
Price: £5.29

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She really is astonishing, 10 Jan 2007
I am president of a students' union and last year stumbled across Rose on Myspace (godbless it!) and was immediately drawn to her. Her voice is deep and rich - it has beauty and power yet can convey such delicateness. On this, her first album proper after moving to bristol and fitting nicely into a burgeoning DIY/Underground scene (whatever that may be), she has found a stunningly rich vein of form. The reason i mentioned i am the president of a students' union is that i book the bands for our bar and we booked Rose and have repeatedly since. Why? Because she is phenomonal live but, unlike so many other artists - CAN portray this same level of intesnity and power when committed to record. Her live performances are glowing through every track and the power is there for all to hear. (if you get a chance, go see her live - and compare that to this record which, im sorry, you simply HAVE to buy - and you'll see what i mean.)

Her voice is a haunting one and her songs well-penned. On this album she manages to push the songs hard into your ears and into your subconcious. But even when it's just her and a looping effects pedal (as in 'Tiny Flower') the sound still knocks you back and drops that jaw of yours right to the floor. I am trying to choose a favourite track but i think it's one of those albums without filler that is best enjoyed all at once. Like a big fat chocolate eclair - staring at you from the plate. Except this time, i promise you, it's all good for you.


Voices Of Animals And Men
Voices Of Animals And Men
Offered by FREETIME
Price: £2.72

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Leicester to Oxford to the world!, 23 Aug 2006
This album by the 3 piece band who are now based in Oxford and signed to Transgressive Records (the same stable as ladyfuzz and regina spektor and such musical luminaries) have put together an album full of English whit and good music.

I used to work with Oli and House of Lords (so named because "he's big and all all important decisions have to go through him") in HMV in Oxford and know that their musical interests are as varied as this album is impressive.

It's a well crafted record with some amazing songs:

Part Timer -

The album starts with a riff driven, high tempo affair. And sets the tone for much of the album. very much the bread and butter of the band. the lead vocals being taken by Henry (guitar) and with the usual inserts from House, its a good, raucus opening.

The Decision -

the song that made me love the band. with some of the greatest lyrics. "i'm the prince of Wales, i'm the prince of Wales and if all the else fails i am the prince of Wales" is a case in point.

Weekends and Bleak Days (hot summer) -

the latest album released just before this album. It's a great song looking at working through the summer, being fed up of having to and then bunking off. The video for this is excellent - as are all their videos. The song itself is classic indie pop. I really great song with a chorus that will be sung at all the festivals!

In the pink -

It's a slower-paced affair. with a nice plodding beat and a nice tune. for some reason it harks back to 1970's rock to me. it comes across as a little more sinister than the rest.

Mystic Energy -

a great song that would fit into many an indie bands reportoire. With Henry taking the lead again on vocals and a nice swift pace it's a good one. The chorus is one to jump swiftly up and down to!

Here comes the Ruour Mill -

This is possibly my favourite on the album. it features some of the best lyrics. Great building of the song and some nice inserts from House. Again the Chorus is one to seriously rock out to!

Tailors -

Tailors starts off with a beat built out of the sound of scissors and slowly progresses to a super-grass esque friendly tune. As twee as possible the song is sweet with the lyrics "button button button button. needle needle needle needle. cotton cotton cotton cotton." being a favourite of mine!

Half Timer -

This short moment that includes some hilarious lines 'spoken' by house. its more of an interlude in a jazz style. but its another great track.

She's Attracted to -

A great song about meeting the parents. not the film. the ordeal. This song is amazing to see live and translates well to record. "you were screaming at your mum and i was punching your dad" is an awesome lyric! a stand out track!

Dialing Darling -

is my favourite track. the middle section where house starts to speak. using lyrics from a song i cant remember but recognise. its absolutely perfect. i love it.

Another Hollow Line -

A mid paced song that is again packed full of good lyrics.

Coastgard -

is a faster paced song with a very strong classical indie feel. less poppy than many other songs.

Loughborough Suicide -

is a song about someone who always tlaks about attempting suicide but will never do it. very wry and whitty lyrics. a great song on the album.

Tremblings of Trails -

The end of the album is anothger great song. a slower paced but equally indie.

Its diffcicult toexpress how well this album works. it hangs together perfectly and is very well produced and well mixed as well. It's an amazing album by a group that will be big in the next few years.

i urge you to buy this. now please!

x


Alright, Still
Alright, Still
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.89

31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The UK's brightest star., 16 May 2006
This review is from: Alright, Still (Audio CD)
Lily Allen has done a 'mike skinner' and created an album full of songs that catch something ephemeral in Britain and in London in particular. she has, as the streets man has done, been able to find a way to articulate a feeling that has yet to be articulated. the album is packed full of songs that tell stories of people she knows, peoples she's watched and the city she lives in. like a mini snap-shot of a summer day in LDN she has caught it all in a brief moment in time. everything perfectly balanced. and as she sees it.

Her songs are very summery and the release date is no coinsidence, she will be the feelgood artist of the summer. this years Jack Johnson to the masses. She already has a huge following on the internet and it continues to grow, with airplay on radio 1 and the beginnings of a set of live shows in London she is going to be HUGE.

check out LDN. getting alot of airplay and deservedly so. amazing talent!


Victory for the Comic Muse
Victory for the Comic Muse
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £6.58

15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the run of good form continues, 2 May 2006
Neil's talent is unfathomable. absolutely unboundless and awesome in the proper sense of the word.

this album is the next in a long string of successes and builds on his success af absent friends with a blend of melancholy and whimsicle in a fantastic juxtaposition. he blends great songsmanship with amazing lyrical prowess adn this album does not dissapoint. a string of critically aclaimed albums have honed neil into the song writer he is now and this album is a showcase of his amazing talents.


Linksys USBBT100 Bluetooth USB Adapter
Linksys USBBT100 Bluetooth USB Adapter

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just what i needed., 27 Mar 2006
i bought this for our student suniona nd it works fantastically. set up was instantaneous and its worked fantastically well. i have yet to have a problem with it. it's range seems to be VERY good. and certainly a good 40m within a very densely constructed building. well worth the minimal investment.


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4.0 out of 5 stars a long awaited return, 27 Mar 2006
to me it seems like only yesterday that the last streets album came out. and with both the last two albums it has taken me a while to fully appreciate how good they actually were. This next offering from mr skinner is a truly triumphant continuation in what has been a factastic series of songs penned by the most influencial British artist so far this centuary (?!?!).
He hits the nail right on the head, again, with a selection of songs that connect to all things British. From the celebrity/media whore culture. to the every day getting out of bed and making a cup of tea. it's mike skinner. it's what he does. he manages to catch on to that ephemeral something that no one else has managed to yet. he has opened the door to a deluge of amazing Britsh talent who are beginning to become more 'mainstream'. but it's still the streets who manage to pull of modern classics at every attempt. this is yet another of those. another weapon to the arsenal of skinner's army.
he's done it again. and the British public will stand up and agree.


Songs For Silverman
Songs For Silverman
Offered by Dirty Deals UK
Price: £7.28

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Ben..., 20 Jan 2006
This review is from: Songs For Silverman (Audio CD)
What cna we say about Ben?
off the back of working with William Shatner on his latest album, Ben set about buying a studio and working on his new album 'songs for silverman'. It's an excellent album. it really is. he's got the usual, ben folds, whimsical side in songs. but he has grown in his time in the music industry and as a husband and a father.
This is a mature, intelligent and incredibly talented artist who is coming to his peak. Die hard, old school fans of Folds will love it. but also, those looking for a mature song-writing will be enthused with love for the man that is, Ben Folds.
Songs for silverman is the best album of Folds to date. anyone who likes him should buy it and those unsure should certainly buy it! A masterpiece.


Spoonface
Spoonface
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £6.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, 20 Jan 2006
This review is from: Spoonface (Audio CD)
I decided to write a review for this album after i re-found it in my collection. it has recently been used in the Channel 4 (more 4) advert for the IraqiWar season. the advert is soldiers with clown make up on... you know the one... and the track 'falls into view' is used. What a great choice by channel4!!
This album is one of those albums that carries, by word of mouth from one set of friends, to another. The number of people who i've told about the album and have gone out and bought it themselves is astounding.
it's a rgeat album, his voice is beautiful. it's not great, it's not perfect, in the traditional sense of the word, but it couldn't be better for the music he writes. it has dry hush to it and a delicate projection. it's like he whispering a story.... in song form.
The music he creates is haunting and beautiful. he works the melodies and harmonies into swooping soundscapes and shuffling, guitar driven, tunes. the album is mixed perfectly and the songs sit next to eachother with a comfortable ease. comparisons to perhaps Elliott Smith, Damien Rice and the like are well founded but dont do Ben justice. he's so much more. he's unique.
as time out magazine put it:
"so beautiful you have to catch your breath"


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