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World Peace Is None Of Your Business
World Peace Is None Of Your Business
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr controversial reigns supreme!, 16 Aug 2014
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Back on top form! Lyrically corrosive and musically varied! This could be the best Morrissey solo album! Istanbul is superb as is staircase at the university! I am not a man is brilliant and the title track swooningky glorious!!


Wise Up Ghost
Wise Up Ghost
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hip hop elvis does the business again!, 22 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Wise Up Ghost (Audio CD)
Not as radical as you'd imagine bearing in Mind when I was cruel and watching the detectives Elvis has always had a penchant for experimentation! Quest love sets up some funky grooves for the acerbic lyrics to bite on and the maestro does a great job! Highlights are the reworked pills and soap and the single walk us uptown! Tripwire is delicate and unhinged! In spite of a latin flavoured duet The album plateaus abut over the second half before he closes proceedings with a piano ballad! Not so much of a return to form as a new direction and groove for the second Most famous elvis!


Very Best Of
Very Best Of
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5.0 out of 5 stars Badass soul funk jazz blues fusion!, 5 Mar 2013
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This is a superb collection featuring GSH's finest work from the early 70's to the late 80's! Revolution, bottle, lady day and h20gate blues. The collection is 80 minutes a pure class from the jazzy pieces of a man to the soulful croon of Blue collar. Underrated and misunderstood this guy could work four genres and be cool,and at home on each one! Legend!


Beck-Ola
Beck-Ola
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jamming with Rod!, 28 Jan 2013
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A rushed follow up to the seminal truth album this batch of songs is far more loose and improvisational than previously and includes a couple of Elvis covers and a rod original Spanish Boots whcih is worth the price alone! Jeff's guitar and Rod's vocals were made for each other and this collection is worth having for fans of early Rod and Jeff!!


Silent Noon
Silent Noon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure and Simple The Opera Babes are Back!, 30 April 2012
This review is from: Silent Noon (Audio CD)
This is a lovely collection and a welcome return from the classiest "popera" act who were whisked from busking in Covent Garden to singing at the Cup final before making the award winning Beyond Imagination album for Sony. Ten years later they've chosen to go back to olde folk songs of the British Isles. Janet Haney's understated but beautiful piano accompaniment is the perfect setting for Karen England and Rebecca Knight's voices to soar and interweave with subtlety. We are treated to Vaughan Williams' lovely title piece and two beguiling Quliter songs such as "Now sleeps the crimson petal." Britten's "Waly waly" known in folk circles as The Water is Wide is wonderful as is The Sally Gardens. One is reminded of Britten and Pears own work here and yet there is a freshness and originality which exudes on every track no more so than on Novello's "We'll gather lilacs" and Dibdin's "Tom Bowling." This is a truly sublime and relaxing collection that will appeal to music lovers across different genres due to its sheer class and quintessential Englishness. The Babes are back with a landmark collection that you'll be playing in thirty years time!!


The Death of Bunny Munro
The Death of Bunny Munro
by Nick Cave
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Excessive Appetites!, 28 Aug 2010
I am a big fan of Nick Cave's Music and and am not aversed to a lurid tale or two. I enjoyed "and the ass saw the angel" his last biblical stream of consciousness alienation. However this book is so misogynistic and misanthropic I found it hard to complete. The narrator is more than unreliable - possibly the most unlikeable protagonist in modern fiction!? He fantasises about celebrity vaginas, Leaves his wife's funeral to masturbate in a public toilet and neglects his son beyond paternal belief! However he does get his comeuppance but the relish and squalor whereby Cave depicts his misery and the pivotal chapter with his father are shockingly detailed. A real nightmere about a bad son /seed that heaps on the human misery is at times funny, disturbing and always memorable. To enjoy the narrative journey you need a strong stomach and an open mind!


Alas I Cannot Swim
Alas I Cannot Swim
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bright, breezy and folky!, 21 Jun 2010
This review is from: Alas I Cannot Swim (Audio CD)
The debut album from hte wonderful Laura Marling is a real joy reminiscent of Suzanne Vega, Joni Mithcell and Noah and The Whale. Produced by Charlie Fink of Noah and the Whale the album has a real pop sensibility and catchy quality! Enjoy!


Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits
Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits
by Barney Hoskyns
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Barney does the business without Tom's blessing!, 1 Jun 2009
A Brilliant account of waits work in music and film over the years in spite not having the subject's blessing due to his protective wife who allegedly got Waits; circle of friends to stonewall the author! Brilliant on the Asylum bachelor boho years and informative but less ocmplimentary on the island experimental albums especially Real Gone which is a bit second hand and overrated! Sad that this enthusiast and WAits lover wasn't given access to the man himslef but fortunately there is such a wealth of interview material from TW that the book is full of Waits' wit and wisdom.


Odessey & Oracle
Odessey & Oracle
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buried British Pop Treasure!, 15 April 2009
This review is from: Odessey & Oracle (Audio CD)
I can't enthuse about this enough since buying it last month! Odyssey and Oracle is a quite literally a revelation and worthy of all the british Pet Sounds hype! I can see why Paul Weller rates it so highly - sort of psychedelic folk rock but so catchy and poppy and not a bad track in twelve! Blunstone's plangent vocals and Argent's swirling organ and White's bounding bass the whole thing's a summer joy tinged with autumnal melancholy. A rose for Emily is as good as Eleanor Rigby and as moving, Beechwood park and Brief candles are incredible hymns to memory and loss and Time of the Season as a vintage slice of sixties psychedelia. These guys are up there with The Beatles and The Beach Boys let alone The Kinks and Small Faces who never made an album as good as this! I've run out of hyperbole for this wonderful life enhancing record and they came from the Ancient Roman hub of Britain St Albans! Buy this expanded edition ( unbelievably the 16 extra tracks are good too! ) and go and see 'em at Hammersmith at the end of the month play it live for the last time. Then you'll be playing it for the rest of your life - I know I will.
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The Book of Plants: The Complete Plates (Taschen 25th Anniversary Series)
The Book of Plants: The Complete Plates (Taschen 25th Anniversary Series)
by Basilius Besler
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Besler's Beautiful Botany, 2 April 2008
This is a wonderful book for those who love art and or those who love plants and gardening. Based on a 17th c german bishop's garden catalogued by the artist Besler many of the plants are still growing today. Divided into seasonal flower plates with a commentary section it makes for a pleasurable coffee table book or a work of reference. The hard back version is a bargain and the colours superb and antique looking and the size big but not too big to be unmanageable. I can't recommend this book high enough -it's a must for all who have artistic eyes or green fingers!


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