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Fix You
Fix You
Offered by Liberty-Star
Price: £16.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could be Coldplay's biggest single to date, 6 Sept. 2005
This review is from: Fix You (Audio CD)
Ever since the release of X&Y, "Fix You" has been showered with praise from critics, fans and non-fans alike. Now that it's been released as a single, will critical praise turn into commercial success? It certainly stands a good chance of making a heavy dent in the charts; would it be too optimistic to predict that it could be Coldplay's first number one?
Even if you've already got the X&Y album, there's enough on the CD single to warrant a purchase. "The World Has Turned Upside Down" is an excellent song -- maybe not as good as "Things I Don't Understand" from the "Speed of Sound" single, but it has an infectious chorus that demands attention. Also, the video does appear as an enhanced section, even though it's not in the tracklisting on Amazon.
Definately worth a few quid.


Countless Hours Making Waves
Countless Hours Making Waves
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £12.92

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb collection, 26 July 2004
After over 8 months of delays, Days In December have finally released their much-anticipated second EP "Countless Hours Making Waves". And it's certainly a solid package - for your money you get 5 tracks and the enhanced video for lead-off single (and stand-out track) "Glass Vice".
All of the songs on the EP are very good, with "Glass Vice" and "Bright Lights Through Red Eyes" being the pick of the litter. Each of 5 tracks have their merits; the anthemic "One Year Late" takes Thursday on at their own game and wins, and "Last Chance Before The Storm" (featuring Ryan "Rocky" Richards of scene favourites Funeral For A Friend), with its loud guitars, killer drumming and pop-hooks, is the whole Days In December sound in microcosm. The instrumental interlude - cryptically titled "Interlude" - serves as a gentle breather midway through the EP, and is far from throwaway.
Fans of Funeral For A Friend, Coheed & Cambria or anybody else of similar genre will take Countless Hours straight to their hearts. Of course, it won't be to everybody's taste, but with their hooks and a killer ear for melody they have plenty of mainstream appeal. And they definately have big things ahead of them.


Blueprints for the Blackmarket
Blueprints for the Blackmarket

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth considering, 26 Jun. 2004
Without wanting to over-sell it, this is an absolutely magnificent album. On the surface it seems like Anberlin are doing little that hasn't already been done by the likes of Lostprophets and Mad At Gravity (in fact, the singer sounds a lot like J.Lynn Johnston of Mad at Gravity), but they bring in such a vast number of influences that they stand out amongst the crowd.
Over the 11 songs, Anberlin fluently combine immense atmospheric guitar sounds with killer rhythms ("Glass to the Arson", "Change the World"), classic metal riffs ("Readyfuels") and with a constant vein of lush melodies.
Melody is certainly the ace up Anberlin's sleeve - each song has a hook so perfect that it engrains itself in your mind after only a few listens.
The album's stand-out track is closer "NaÔve Orleans", which is one of the most brilliantly crafted pop-rock songs that you're ever likely to hear. The only slight dip in quality is with the rather unwise foray into pop-punk territory with "Foreign Language", which is unremarkable but by no means awful.
Also note the rather excellent cover of The Cure's "Love Song", which fits in perfectly with the sound of the album whilst remaining faithful to the original.
It's a shame that many people will overlook this album, or judge it by genre or association, because it really is quite wonderful. It may not be treading new ground, but it's treading the old ground damn well.


Catalyst
Catalyst

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice package, 23 May 2004
This review is from: Catalyst (Audio CD)
Despite not having any new material on it, this EP is still a worthy purchase for Oceansize fans, simply for the sheer quality of the material.
Firstly, you get the radio edit of "Catalyst" which is still an aural roller-coaster despite having just over two whole minutes cut off its running time - perfect for mix-tapes, and for playing to impatient friends who can't sit still for 6 minutes. Secondly, there's a stunning live rendition of one of the standout epics on the album, "Women Who Love Men Who Love Drugs", which highlights Oceansize's calibre as a live act.
Alongside these two audio tracks are two CD-extra tracks - which, in truth, make this CD a more interesting purchase than the audio does: There's the previously unseen live video for 2003 single "One Day All This Could By Yours" and the brilliant special effects-laden video for "Catalyst", which is an amazing piece of art and accompanies the song perfectly.
Any intrigued newcomers should take a jump and buy the album "Effloresce", or pick up the "One Day All This Could Be Yours" single (which has the amazing B-side "Breed Siamese") first - this one is more or less exclusively for the fans.


Don't Tell Me
Don't Tell Me
Offered by marxwax
Price: £1.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful return, 10 May 2004
This review is from: Don't Tell Me (Audio CD)
Although this song will probably do little to convert the sneering cynics, there will be no doubt amongst Avril's fans that she's come back as good as - if not better than - ever, with an impressive new single. Falling somewhere in-between "Complicated" and "Sk8er Boi" - but with a more insistent chorus than either of those two hits - "Don't Tell Me" is a near-perfect rock-pop song, with bombast and sentiment in all the right places.
The only downside is the lyrics, which although they're far from terrible - are peppered with occasional cringe-worthy couplets, i.e. "You held my hand and walked me home, I know/
Why you gave me the kiss/ It was something like this/ It made me go oh oh".
Also on the single is a live acoustic version (also, confusingly, on CD1), on which Avril's live vocals are far more impressive than ever before. It could certainly silence any critics who swipe at her ability to pull off live performances. Then there's "Take Me Away", which I have to admit surprised the me; it's far heavier than any previous song of hers. Only heavy in an innocent, Linkin Park/Rasmus mould, but still a notable new sound.
This CD bodes well for an eclectic, fantastic new album, and will keep the fans appetite's sated whilst waiting for it's imminent release.


Sonic Heroes (PS2)
Sonic Heroes (PS2)
Offered by APE-GAMES
Price: £11.14

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, but flawed, 17 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Sonic Heroes (PS2) (Video Game)
Let's face it, comparing the new generation of Sonic games to those that over-heated our Master Systems and Mega Drives when we were kids is a little pointless. With the transition to 3D, the whole onus of the Sonic games has changed, though the concept remains the same; get from A to B as quickly and stylishly as you can.
The most important thing is that the 3D Sonic games are fun, though there's no denying that the camera and controls are flawed. Numerous times you will be spun and propelled off springs, and when doing so you will continually have to rotate the analogue stick to prevent Sonic running directly into the sea upon landing. Also you may sometimes find the camera zoomed in on your characters too closely to see the enemies around, so you'll end up running straight into them. It's a little frustrating that such remedial issues such as the camera haven't been dealt with since Sonic Adventure. At least the voice acting - which sounded so forced in Sonic Adventure that you have to wonder if the actors were embarrassed at their roles - has been greatly improved in this game. Apart from Big the Cat, who's "I'm so stooopid voice" is a real drain.
The Team system is a superb twist and really makes for some exciting game-play, particularly when fighting. Changing between characters is easily done with the Triangle and Circle buttons, though sometimes it will skip past the character you want to use. Chalk that on up to the sensitivity of the PS2 pad.
Despite it's flaws, Sonic Heroes is a fantastic game. It's just solid good fun, with plenty of replay value (four teams, time trials, even a two player mode!) and in all honesty that's all that really matters in the end. It's enjoyable, and surprisingly quite challenging. The levels are gorgeous to look at (though the Casino is an epileptic fit waiting to happen) and pretty lengthy. Goodness knows that I have trouble getting the Keys to the end of the level, which is essential to get to the Special Stages. This challenge just adds to the replay value, as you learn all the levels by heart and improve your skills.
So whilst it has it's niggling problems, but it's an incredibly well thought-through and fleshed-out game with that's incredibly entertaining throughout. Well worth buying.


One Day All This Could Be Yours EP
One Day All This Could Be Yours EP
Offered by johnny8640
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality, 16 Feb. 2004
Taken from their stunning debut album Effloresce, "One Day All This Could Be Yours" is about as close to a four-minute pop song as Oceansize are likely to make. In my honest opinion there are better songs on the album, though through it's moody bass groove, electronic vocal effects, sparkling guitar noises and gigantic build-up, it works better as a single than I imagined it would. It sums up what Oceansize are all about; big riffs, brilliant vocals, and what surely must be be the best drummer and bassist around.
The real treat on this EP is the fantastic "Breed Siamese". Were this three minutes long instead of seven, it would surely be a staple on rock radio. The guitars and vocals are surprisingly upbeat and - despite the trademark Oceansize rhythm changes - quite commercial sounding. Quite probably one of Oceansize's best songs to date, and well worth splashing out a few quid to get.
The third track on the single is a live version of Effloresce's centrepiece, the 10 minute epic "Massive Bereavement". The band are such a solid unit that you can hardly tell that it's live, the only give-away being some spontaneous laughter when the song really kicks off (a mere six minutes into the song), and some enthusiastic cheering at the end of the song. A brilliant performance of a wonderful song.
In summary, this is a must have for Oceansize fans, and certainly a good starting-point for newcomers to the band.


Airbag/How Am I Driving?
Airbag/How Am I Driving?
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £4.65

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fills the gap between OK Computer and Kid A, 29 Jan. 2004
This mini-album is really quite brilliant, moreso when you consider that it's made up of songs that were seen as not good enough to be on "OK Computer" (except Airbag, natch). The most surprising thing is that "How Am I Driving?" perfectly fills the gap between "OK Computer" and "Kid A"; tracks like Melatonin and instrumental Meeting in the Aisle would fit seamlessly onto either album.
There are some real gems to be found on this EP. Polyethylene was reportedly one of the band's favourites from the "OK Computer" sessions, but was left out of the final tracklisting. It's easy to see why they were fond of it - the guitars and melody are just perfect. It's almost "Bends"-like, except for the division into Parts 1 and 2 which gives it a unique twist.
A Reminder is a wonderful song with a tragic sentiment; Thom sings of his fear of losing his mind when he grows old, with this song being - just as it's name implies - a reminder of who he was when he was young.
Palo Alto was one of the first songs written for "OK Computer", and was originally known as OK Computer itself. According to Jonny, they hated the song and quickly dumped it, but kept the name. However, they then decided to overhaul it for a B-side release and came up with a delightful crunchy guitar-pop song, not dissimilar to Electioneering.
It may only be eight songs long and be a tad over-expensive, but it really is worth having.


Love
Love
Offered by makandmabel
Price: £6.89

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprising change of direction, 18 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Love (Audio CD)
As soon as the stunning riff of "Bring It Low" opens the Juliana Theory's major label debut, it's plain to see that this is going to be somewhat different to "Emotion is Dead". The guitars are heavier, and - most notabley - singer Brett Detar's voice has changed. With the exception of the amazing "White Days", there are no tunes with the same gentle emotion that made "Emotion is Dead" so special. Even "Into The Dark" (which itself was on EID) sounds different. The band pack a much stronger musical punch than before, and it sounds immense!
It would be easy to view this change of sound as suicidal, except for one thing: it sounds damn good! There are many killer tunes on this CD, the pick of the bunch being "Repeating, Repeating", "DTM" and "Congratulations". Not all of the songs are as brilliant as these, but on a 14 song CD you can afford one or two weaker songs. And still, even the worst tracks are hardly stinkers. I would imagine the songs that I think are the worst would be somebody else's favourites. There is plenty of diversity, so everybody will find different thing's to love about "Love". Styles range from the traditional emo of "Shell of a Man" to the slow-burning epic "Everything". And of course their are plenty of riffed-out rock anthems as well!
They've done the sit-quietly-and-emote sound, now they're doing the punch-the-air-and-play-air-guitar-throughout-the-album sound. They sound almost like Foo Fighters-meets-Audioslave on "Love", but with far better songs than either of those two bands. It seems that no matter what the Juliana Theory do, they do it well.


Westside [CD 1]
Westside [CD 1]
Offered by LEWKS1973
Price: £0.91

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An obvious re-issue, and a brilliant single, 10 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Westside [CD 1] (Audio CD)
When they went into the studio to work on their fabulous debut album "Vehicles & Animals", Athlete made the smart decision to re-records their debut single "Westside". Thankfully they haven't altered it very much from the original, and it remains a wonderful alt pop singalong. It was an obvious choice to reissue this track now that the band has a bigger profile (even though it once again more or less fell on deaf ears). The only downside with Westside is that it is relatively simply structured and the chorus is repeated several times, which some may find a tad repetetive.
Also on the CD is a remix (yawn) and a superb non-album track, "Count Me In". With laid back groovy bass, tinny guitars and slightly-altered vocals, it's a wonder this wasn't included on the album. The chorus has a certain punch to it, despite it's simplicity.
Also, listen out for the beep taken from the start of "One Million" at the intro.


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