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Pocket Symphony
Pocket Symphony
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Patchy, 15 Sep 2008
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This review is from: Pocket Symphony (Audio CD)
It seems that every alternate AIR album is a good one. Talkie Walkie was a lovely album but Pocket Symphony leaves me cold. There are perhaps around three tracks on this that are good - Once Upon a Time, Photograph and Night Sight are standouts, but the collaborations are pretty dire with Jarvis Cocker's Party getting my vote for weakest effort on this album.

My advice would be to save your money on this one and go out and buy Charlotte Gainsbourg's 5:55 album, which was written and produced by AIR, and is more of a melodical AIR effort than this patchy piece of work.


Dynamite
Dynamite
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Price: £13.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult and that's just what you wanted!, 3 Feb 2008
This review is from: Dynamite (Audio CD)
We're not into Stina Nordenstam for easy listening. But Dynamic, although being her less immediate album to get into, grows on you. I think she's a special artist who does her own thing and in this case, gone are the close harmonies, the slick production, and instead, it's like listening to Nirvana's In-Utero. The production has been stripped, but underneath what sounds sparse and stark, are beautiful melodies.

If you want to get into Stina, then buy 'And she closed her eyes', If you are already a fan and don't have this - then get it because it's more raw than anything else she's done. It's an album you'll keep coming back to.


Scott 4
Scott 4
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A late developers Classic, 25 Jun 2007
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I've been plundering all of Scott Walkers albums of late, and I have to say that this one Scott 4, is by far the best album. My favourite track is without doubt 'Angels of Ashes'. There is something timeless about this album where most of the tracks have aged really well. But that voice - how it booms out of the speakers and seems to dominate the music, is simply great.

From what I've read, this album was quickly deleted upon release, and I guess this is a symptom of it being too forward for it's time.


Aerial
Aerial
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Price: £14.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Depth and Substance to last more than a decade, 25 Jun 2007
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This review is from: Aerial (Audio CD)
Until the next Kate Bush release, I'm convinced that Ariel will happily fill the void that the wait for the next album will bring (a decade or so).

Like all albums that you keep wanting to come back to over time, Ariel is not an immediately likeable affair, but I knew once I'd heard the second disc that it was going to be a slowly growing love affair, similar to the one I experienced with the Ninth Wave on Hounds of Love. Except, the only difference is that I think A Sky of Honey (Second disc) is a much more mature effort than the Ninth wave was (and I rate the Ninth Wave highly).

The first disc is perhaps a bit patchy. My favourite track is Pie, and there are some nice tracks, but it's always the second disc I head for now.

A year or more since the release, and it's only now that I feel I can give an objective review of Kate's latest work. It takes time to get to know her music, to let it grow on you and for it to become part of your life.


5:55
5:55
Price: £12.32

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Pocket Symphony by AIR, 20 Jun 2007
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This review is from: 5:55 (Audio CD)
This is a lovely record, very french, very melodic and showing all the beauty of a typical AIR release. In someways, it harks back to some of the prettier melodies that AIR were capable off at the start of their career.

Ironically, this album is more an AIR record, than Pocket Symphony is. There are a few standout tracks and if you have been dissapointed by Pocket Symphony as I have, then this album is more than a substitute. Romantic, melodic, fun and hypnotic. 5:55 is a lovely record.


Netgear SPH101 VOIP And Skype Compatible Internet Telephone With Wi-fi
Netgear SPH101 VOIP And Skype Compatible Internet Telephone With Wi-fi

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs a bit more work, 30 Nov 2006
Quite a few things wrong with this phone, but overall, when it works, it works great. Audio quality is excellent. Just wish it wasn't so quirky.

Battery life is poor - less than a day. It should have a cradle to plug back into to keep it topped up, but there isn't one. Just a firewire socket for power. I have to keep logging in, because the 'automatically log in' feature doesn't work. Ringing tones are awful and anything above zero (you can hear it at zero), distorts. Changing volume produces the loudest beep in your ear that you and the other person at the end of the line can hear.

But on the good side, the audio quality is superb.


Unrest
Unrest
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool electronica, basement style, 13 Nov 2006
This review is from: Unrest (Audio CD)
I have this picture in my mind of Erlend standing at each city's airport he visited to make this album. Under his arm he has a little electribe drum machine and a cheap synth, and perhaps a small manual mixer. There is a definite air of 'keep it simple' with each song. Many of them sound the same, even though he travelled around and worked with different mixing guys. I'm sure it was to do with an intent to keep a 'budget' feel to the sound. Not that it's not polished. It is, but in a very 'done in your basement' sort of way.

His vocal is still fabulous and it's great to see that he can do electronica as well as some KOC folk. My favourite tracks are 'Sheltered Life' and 'Like gold'.

Doesn't take much to knock me.... I've been living a sheltered life.

I hope this is not the last of Erlene's electronica/song writing direction.


FLOR DE AMOR
FLOR DE AMOR
Price: £14.46

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She's a star, 17 Sep 2004
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If you like real musicians playing music that sounds alive, then this is worth buying. Omara is a talent indeed, and this album shows of her style greatly with an excellent collection of songs.


High
High
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars From College Exploration to Easy Listening, 17 Sep 2004
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This review is from: High (Audio CD)
As a Blue Nile fan, I find it hard to accept the accolades given to this album. True, there are a few gems on here - in particular Soul Boy wich smack of Curtis Mayfield funk and Soul rather than the atmospheric 'late night glasgow street in the rain' picture that the Blue Nile defined as their sound 20 years ago.
In a way, the Blue Nile have moved from College sound exploration artists to easy listening with this disc, at the most optimistic, it is a pale imitation of Hats, which is probably their masterpiece.
In terms of sound production, the overly in your face mechanics of the drum machines are too much to bear for songs that are supposed to portray so much preciousness. Eight years to produce an album leaves me questioning the Blue Nile's work methods - the results seem to convey an atmosphere of diminishing returns for Nile fans.
If you fell in love with the Blue nile with 'rooftops' then you have probably found their direction into folky singer songwriting a bit of a mystery, but if you joined around the time of Peace at Last, then you will probably think this is better than the last Garth Brooks album.
Having said all this, I'm just glad they're back, and the few songs on this album that are worthy of merit are very welcome additions.


Mark Hollis
Mark Hollis
Price: £9.64

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enigmatic Happieness is Easy, 6 Sep 2003
This review is from: Mark Hollis (Audio CD)
I must warn potential purchasers that this album is not for everyone. If you love Talk Talk, and in particular the later works - Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock, then you will most certainly like this album. If you are new to Talk Talk, or to Mark Hollis, then I would imagine that you have arrived here because you like Jazz, Miles Davis, Fusion, Keith Jarret et al. In otherwords you like something different, and this is certainly something different.
It's a beautiful album which is very sparse sounding, lots of silence, apparent melancholy (although I think there is something happy and uplifting about the pieces), and above all else, it appears to be a late evening album. Contemplative by nature.
If you like buying music that you have to work at, learn to love, find that it grows on you until you can't ever part with it, then this is worth a go.


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