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Station Eleven
Station Eleven
Price: £3.59

5.0 out of 5 stars After the fall., 28 Jun. 2015
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This review is from: Station Eleven (Kindle Edition)
Station Eleven tells the story of the The Travelling Symphony, a band of musicians and actor who travel through parts of America 20 years after the apocalypse performing Shakespeare. However, this isn't a story of the apocalypse. Its a story of loss, memory and survival. The falling of civilization is told in short at first and then through flashbacks. The premise is believable and saddening in its utter possibility. What is left afterwards are the remnants of humanity making sense of the loss and telling stories of their existences before the fall.

The characters are well drawn and the story winds it way towards a conclusion which asks questions and sits with you some days afterwards.

A more literary approach than many novels in this genre its a worthy read and as enjoyable, melancholic and enthralling a read as I have enjoyed in a while.


FFS - Digipack
FFS - Digipack
Price: £11.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kitsch Pop, 8 Jun. 2015
This review is from: FFS - Digipack (Audio CD)
Franz Ferdinand cited Sparks as one of their influences, they met and talked about a collaboration. It didn't happen. They met again and it did. Both bands were riding on a high in the last decade and both seem to be waning from those heights. It seems like perfect timing. And listening to it everything about this project makes absolute sense. Police Encounters sounds like the most fun you could imagine, totally off the wall but its guitar pop delivered with aplomb. So Desu Nu is an 8 bit disco romp that would have fit nicely onto an 80's computer game. Things I Won't Get is funny and smart at the same time as they list the things they won't get (Sartre, French Films,College Degree etc). Little Guy From The Suburbs is a ballad, of sorts and is just a catchy memorable one at that. They also pour all their angst and fears over this project into Collaborations Don't Work. That's a song that goes through so many phases you lose count. On first listen I was underwhelmed but it has got me loving it now.

I was going to give this four stars. But its so much fun to listen to that you find yourself loving a bit more with every listen. A well worthwhile investment for your summer listening.


Sprinter
Sprinter
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable, 5 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Sprinter (Audio CD)
The second album for Torres is a tumultuous, roller coaster of a ride. teaming up with PJ Harvey's producer she follows her by delivering the punch and counter punch of loud and quiet emotional numbers that live long in the mind. Her deep and husky voice works wonders on the slow building New Skin and the title track which is a much more traditional number. Opening number Strange Hello's is a torrid numbers which she put her heart and soul into and with the guitar acting as an almost second voice this is a memorable experience. The Exchange is a low key acoustic number that just kills.
This really is a great album full of emotion, clever lyrics and melody. Well worth checking out


The Water Knife
The Water Knife
Price: £8.07

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A vision of the future?, 28 May 2015
This review is from: The Water Knife (Kindle Edition)
The Water Knife is set in the near future where America is in drought. The southern states fight for water rights, California and Nevada thrive whilst Texas is abandoned and Arizona is in turmoil.
Paolo Bacigalupi has released some young adult books after his debut The Windup Girl, but this is his real follow up. It delves deep into a possible future for a water impoverished country and tells the story from the point of view of a Water Knife named Angel (someone who does the dirty work of the water rich states), a journalist and a Texan refugee. Their stories make for uncomfortable reading at times and there are no punches pulled. The violence and brutality of the book is indicative of the desperation of those involved. The impressive aspect of the book is the depth that the imagination of the author and the world he foresees. Its a rich and worrisome world he tells about and there is much here to enjoy. If you don't like violence then this most definitely isn't for you. However, its rich tale is one that is intriguing, worrying and most importantly very readable.


House of Cards - Season 3 [DVD]
House of Cards - Season 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kevin Spacey
Price: £23.00

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Underwoods Rule, 17 May 2015
Season 3 of House of Cards starts off a few months after season 2. Frank is president and things are not as smooth as he hoped. The season takes in Clare's role as ambassador at the UN, declining relationships with Russia and the house and many other things. The acting is up to its usual class and whilst the twists are not as good as in previous seasons the journey through the thirteen episodes is a very good one.
The issue that House of Cards will have, which this season suffers from, is that it feels at times as though it is stepping on ground that The West Wing already ploughed. However, the acting from both leads and the supporting cast delivers a great series and one which keeps you wanting more.


Lakeland Potato Preserving Drawstring Storage Bag
Lakeland Potato Preserving Drawstring Storage Bag

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly useful, 8 May 2015
Incredibly useful we usually get 2-3 days more out of potato's when we store them in this bag. Its a very thick bag with a drawstring which is inside and is big enough for a large bag of potato's, but definitely not a sack! But if you buy potato's at the start of the week and want them to last until the end then this really is for you


The Girl on the Train
The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great, 8 May 2015
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This review is from: The Girl on the Train (Hardcover)
Gone Girl this isn't. However, that doesn't make it a bad book. Girl on the Train has a very simple premise. A Girl on a Train fantasizes about a couple she sees from the train every day. Then she sees that the couple aren't quite as happy as she thought. That simple set up then follows a path down several plot twists to an ultimate conclusion that almost feels too neat and almost trying too hard to catch you out.

There is a good story here and its one of those that just makes you keep reading, even if you don't want to. Perhaps that's the problem though. The main characters are not particularly likable, the main character of Rachel is someone you want to really connect with and appreciate all her flaws. However, her repeated ability to do silly things makes you want to put the book down at times. That's probably a strength of the writing, but is also a sign that you just don't find yourself pulling for our supposed heroine as you should.

For a quick read its engaging, frustrating and has enough twists and turns to keep you entertained. But it isn't as good as all the reviews it is getting.


More Adventurous
More Adventurous
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Price: £9.71

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 8 May 2015
This review is from: More Adventurous (Audio CD)
Some albums just stay with you and share a special place in your life. This is one of those albums. Rilo Kiley (named after a made up Aussie Rules footballer don't you know) should have been huge. Portions For Foxes should be an anthem we all know. Does He Love You should be the ultimate song of a bitter left behind partner. This album is so full of those should have moments. But its still an absolute classic. The arrangements are fantastic, Jenny Lewis sounds at her absolute heart stealing best and the whole album works.
If you like your quirky pop then this is for you...get it and wonder why Rilo Kiley weren't the huge band they should have been


Fast Food
Fast Food
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beguiling, 8 May 2015
This review is from: Fast Food (Audio CD)
Like a modern Day Siouxsie Sioux Nadine Shah purrs and trills her way through the ten tracks of her second album, laying waste to past partners and failed relationships with no thought of the collateral damage. Its intoxicating. Nowhere does she sound more in her element than when ripping herself open like she does on Matador or when she sounds malevolent and beguiling as she does when she sings 'Check your pulse when I speak' on the slow building Stealing Cars. She also shows off her almost theatrically operatic voice on Nothing Else To Do which consists of her just singing that line.

This is the kind of album that slow burns and draws you further in. Its almost certain to be on best of lists at the end of the year and may even manage a sneaky Mercury nod. Soon Nadine Shah will be far bigger than she is now.


Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut Album, 8 May 2015
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Australian Courtney Barnett has delivered a corker of a debut album. Mixing mundane and surreal lyrics at equal turns this is guitar pop with aplomb.
Barnett almost sounds like Sheryl Crow on Tuesday Night Music Club at times, especially the excellent Pedestrian At Best, with a slightly more stilted vocal delivery. Her ear for a tune and an ability to lodge the chorus firmly in your head is also a key ingredient here. Even when its getting raucous like Small Poppies the tune is always there. However, on tunes like Aqua Profunda, Nobody Cares If You Don't Want To Go To The Party and Debbie Downer the mix of storytelling that you can relate to and memorable choruses bring the album to its best moments. Only Boxing Day Blues doesn't really work.

For fans of guitar pop/rock this really is going to be one of the best debuts this year will probably have.


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