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R. E. Bentley "the boy bentley" (Suffolk, UK)

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The Family Tree: The Branches
The Family Tree: The Branches
Price: £11.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly brilliant, 27 Mar. 2014
I read somewhere that this guy had almost completed two novels when his laptop blew up and he lost two years work. So, he decided to put it all to music instead. These are tales of love, life and loss put to haunting music. Its downbeat but beautiful.

Like his previous albums - its a grower and gets better after repeated plays. Some editions have the commentary for each song which helps the understanding of the song and where this chap is coming from. Another reviewer said he thinks Radical Face might be a genius - I'm getting that inkling as well.

Mirage Rock
Mirage Rock
Price: £4.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars For me - their best album yet., 24 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Mirage Rock (Audio CD)
For me - this is Band of Horse' best album yet. Less dirgy, and more accessible. Some reviewers have bemoaned the more commercial sound but I'm digging it.
While none of the tunes reach the majesty of 'Funeral' - I first heard it on a Danny Macaskill video and have been a fan of the band since - almost all of the songs have something to reel you in.
Great hooks, sweeping guitars and at times sounding like the Eagles. I particularly like Feud, How to Live and Cruel Hands of Time.

Signing Off
Signing Off
Price: £6.12

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely top drawer, 25 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Signing Off (Audio CD)
I have just been listening to this again after a long time away and feel compelled to add my five star review alongside the other connoisseurs of fine reggae assembled on this page.

This is UB40 at their edgy best - before the cover versions - combining knock -out tunes with spot-on lyrics. Many songs are political and reflect the tensions of the late 1970s' but the boys are playing like they mean it and many of the subjects they talk about are still relevant today. If i was to pick the best songs I'd go for Burden of Shame, I Think It's Going to Rain and the all-time classic Food for Thought. The album is also interspersed with a number of catchy dub numbers - some upbeat, some more dark but all first class.

I have to agree with another reviewer here who rates this among the finest reggae albums ever - up there with Bob's best.

The Harder They Come
The Harder They Come
Price: £7.45

5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best, 15 Dec. 2011
This review is from: The Harder They Come (Audio CD)
If you were asked to pull together a top ten of reggae classics you probably wouldn't be far off this playlist, which brings together some of the finest moments in late sixties/early seventies reggae and ska. Together with four or five tunes from the sugar sweet tonsils ofJimmy Cliff there's Dekker's 007, Johnny Too Bad and the sublime Pressure Drop by Toots and the Maytals. My young sons can already skank around the living room thanks to this timeless gem. As another reviewer has already stated, this has to be up there with the greatest soundtrack albums of all time.

Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Price: £8.40

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5.0 out of 5 stars Melancholically uplifting, 26 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Bon Iver, Bon Iver (Audio CD)
This get's better the more you listen to it , and I don't think I'm going to tire listening to it any time now. Lots' of lo-fi experimentation held together by some great hooks. The vibe is downbeat but interwoven with hope. In short - a beautiful album.

The Very Best Of Sergio Mendes And Brasil '66
The Very Best Of Sergio Mendes And Brasil '66
Price: £11.72

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5.0 out of 5 stars Let a ray of sunshine into your life, 20 May 2010
I've had this compilation for years and it is established as a firm favourite in my house. Sergio mixes bossa nova with easy listening and sprinkles a delicate layer of cheese on top to produce some of the coolest, mellow but, at the same time, uplifting tunes around.

Put it on the player on a Sunday morning as the sun comes through your window and you will be transported to Sergio land - a very fine place to be.

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