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The 2nd Law
The 2nd Law
Offered by MediaMine
Price: £8.79

5 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing bordering on disasterous, 1 Oct 2012
This review is from: The 2nd Law (Audio CD)
I like the way Muse are not afraid to try new styles, new genres and generally mix things up a bit. However, having listened to the album in full a number of times (mostly out of bewilderment), this album comes across as a disjointed mess.
It is just too much a mix of all ideas from everywhere, with no focus. The album lurches from progressive to electronic, blues to funk, and any other genre that they can get their hands on. It is poorly executed in places with simplistic lyrics/bass lines/beats, so much so that nothing sounds like it truly belongs to Muse (which is a bizarre statement in itself) and this hammered home by the washy flakiness of Explorers and Big Freeze. For the most part there is some good music on offer but a lot of these songs are let down by their hideous lyrics. Chris's two tunes are okay, but nothing more than that, not indicating that you are listening to a band that has sold out stadia across the world.
I'm gutted that I can't give this a five star review, I was hoping for so much more from one of the greatest bands on earth. Still think that, regardless of this recorded offering, there is still enough material here for a fantastic live prospect.

De'Longhi Icona ECO310.BK Pump Espresso Machine, Onyx Black
De'Longhi Icona ECO310.BK Pump Espresso Machine, Onyx Black
Offered by GoodBuy Global Trade
Price: £127.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of kit for the price, 24 April 2012
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This really is a great espresso machine given its price. The design means that accessing the water reservoir at the back is straight forward and easy to fill. The machine takes a little time to warm up and pulling through a few empty 'cups' is worthwhile. Once you're ready to go, spoon out the desired amount of coffee (measuring spoon is included), tamp the coffee - the tamper is in a reasonable position and seems sturdy enough - twist the handle, press the button and good quality espresso comes out.
For those who like lattes, the milk frother is a little more difficult to get to grips with requiring time to build up pressure but the steam generated is consistent. I haven't experienced any problems with dripping.
The only downside to this machine is the cup height, requiring low, wide cups to fit under the espresso housing. It also rattles a bit due to the plastic lid on the water reservoir but these are very minor issues.
Anyone looking to make good quality espresso on a budget should buy this machine, it is a bargain and I'd highly recommend.

Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro with Sim Free
Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro with Sim Free

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Loathsome phone, a lame duck, 26 Mar 2012
This is THE worst phone I have ever had the misfortune of owning. I'd read great reviews about it and signed myself up to a two year O2 contract upon its release; more fool me.
The positive aspects are few and far between, in fact as I write this I struggle to think of any. If you turn off background data you can squeeze two days out of the battery, Google maps has been handy and the navigation function is very good.
However, the phone is unbearably slow and dim witted. The in-built messaging function became problematic after 3 months worth of text messages (approx 1000 texts), choosing to stall, hang and save previously sent messages as a draft. Handcent proved a reasonable replacement but still suffered at the hands of the poor phone performance. The QWERTY keyboard has started double typing some letters, something that started off as a mild annoyance and has now spiralled into a considerable problem. The browser is horrendous, often uploading a request signal and not downloading the content requested. Left in the pocket this can drain the battery very quickly.
It seems with each software release, absolutely nothing changes except I have to reconfigure everything back to the way I previously had it. The backup and restore function is badly programmed, storing contacts multiple times and generally making a hash of things when invoked with the task of restoring my phone to how I've customised it.
I get the feeling Sony Ericsson realised pretty quickly that this was a lame duck and gave up on it. I think my 8 year love affair with Sony Ericsson has now firmly come to an end, this truly is a terrible phone!
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Salomon Men's Quest 4D Gtx Walking Boot
Salomon Men's Quest 4D Gtx Walking Boot

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great boot but beware of sizing, 6 Feb 2011
I bought these boots for a ski trip and trekking in South America this year. They are a fantastic, stable piece of kit. I haven't utilised them to their full potential yet but the rigours of air flight, snow conditions and Manchester's world famous weather have proven their comfort, water proof and lightweight construction.
These boots offer more flexibility in the sole than others on the market but the materials used in the Quest, as oppose to the Cosmic, offer greater support and rigidity around the ankle. The lace grip at the lower ankle is also highly useful.
Word of warning when ordering online, I'm usually a size 10 and I bought size 10.5 originally but these felt a little tight around the ball of my foot; I swapped for a size 11 and they are spot on.

Having now been to South America, I wore these everyday on the Inca Trail and most of the time on the 4 week holiday and they were an absolute pleasure. My feet never once rubbed or irritated and at the end of a hard days trek they still smelt relatively fresh. I can highly recommend 1000 mile socks with Merino wool outer, the lightweight version were more than capable of withstanding two solid days without any fuss.

Sony NWZX1050B X Series 16GB MP4 Walkman with WIFI
Sony NWZX1050B X Series 16GB MP4 Walkman with WIFI

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crystal Clear Sound, Crystal Clear Screen, 22 Mar 2010
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It's about time I reviewed this product having had it for a good 5 months now. I previously owned the NWS706 noise cancelling Walkman, that product really impressed so this was a natural progression.
Immediately upon using the player, the unrivaled sound quality becomes apparent. The noise cancelling function does make a distinct difference, I have yet to push my player above 16 on the volume scale (goes up to 30) because there is no need to; even on the bus. The battery life isn't brilliant but no worse than any other player I have used. The screen is unbelievable, crystal clear, super sharp and, with the large viewing angle it makes it easy to view irrespective of where you may be positioned in relation to the player.
Thankfully Sony have done away with the clunky software, opting to sync directly with Windows Media Player making it extremely easy to transfer music.
One thing Sony failed to consider is gap-less playback, something quite bewildering considering their experience in the industry. It isn't a great problem but sort of spoils the seamless transfers that some artists endeavor to include in their music.
I can easily recommend the Tuff-Luv cover to go with this item also, superb cover that doesn't affect the operation of the unit in any respect.
This product is a joy to use and really personalises the music, no words can really do it justice.

The Hard Sell [NTSC] [DVD] [Region 1]
The Hard Sell [NTSC] [DVD] [Region 1]
Dvd ~ DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist
Offered by reflexcd2 SHIPPING FROM THE UK
Price: £7.41

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How does he do it?, 28 April 2008
DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist have an uncanny ability to get this stuff just right. This CD is absolutely fantastic, I'm very happy with the purchase. I was a little disappointed by the Outsider's departure from his trip hop stylings, but this is right back on track. Worth every penny!!!

The Bedlam in Goliath
The Bedlam in Goliath
Price: £17.35

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yet more from Mars, 3 April 2008
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This review is from: The Bedlam in Goliath (Audio CD)
I can't believe it's only £8.98! I paid more but I don't care because it is worth it. This album is a departure from the first two albums but there is no doubting that it is a follow up to Amputechture. Gone are the days when they were a band formed from At The Drive In, they have forged their own music genre and it is justified by this album. Why isn't it 5 stars? There are a few weaker tracks, which obviously didn't make it to their live show, that let the album down. But absolute storming tunes Ouroborous, Agadez and Metatron are alone worth the value of the album (if you wish to test the water download the former). The live shows are fantastic and unfortunately with The Mars Volta it doesn't always translate!

Halo 3 (Xbox 360)
Halo 3 (Xbox 360)
Offered by funfair games
Price: £9.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More of the same is a good thing!, 3 Oct 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Halo 3 (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Halo 3 doesn't break from its predecessors as the tried and tested formula clearly works. There is however a whole new level of detail and breathtaking visuals on offer. Escaping the ops room early in the game, take to the open air exit of the hangar and you can see an air assault in progress, this has nothing to do with the plot at this stage yet it is still going on. It is touches like this that make the Halo titles so absorbing. The enemies have been revised and the brutes are fiendishly difficult on heroic setting, on legendary the A.I. is unbelievable. The weapons available are similar to the past but there are some truly devastating new ones in the hands of the brutes. The controls are as intuitive as ever with the addition of a new function that is dependant on what you pick up along the journey. This is a bit of an annoyance at first as it was formerly the reload button and you end up deploying a shield after killing all your enemies. However, it doesn't take much getting used to, allowing the quick reload of some weapons with a finger tap of the bumpers. I have not had an affinity to a games title in a long time, playing Halo got me hooked and this has been nowhere near a let down. The online function is intuitive and the multiplayer maps are superb featuring all the details that the actual game encompasses. The different modes of play are entertaining, choose from big team battles, go it alone or work in small teams on tactical missions, it is all there and deeply immersive. Work your way through the ranks!

Colin McRae: DiRT (Xbox 360)
Colin McRae: DiRT (Xbox 360)
Offered by rockaway-records
Price: £17.38

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very, very disapponiting, 29 Aug 2007
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This game is one of the biggest let downs to arrive on the Xbox 360. I've bought the Colin McRae series ever since it first appeared on the PS1 as a ground breaking rally sim. It is now at the stage where it doesn't fit into any specific category and has regressed to being just a racing sim. Worse than that though, is the fact that it has been americanised and has completely lost its authenticity. I used to enjoy rallying all over the world at famous venues but now it is centred on a career mode where you must win races to earn money and buy cars that you need for the championship. The co-driver is no longer an actual rally co-driver such as Nicky Grist or Derek Ringer but instead a cheesy yank who tells you "Smooth and steady; I'm Mr Smooth and you're Mr Steady" before races. The online play is abysmal, choose one track from seven and race is the only option you have; I was hoping to compete in championships against my friends. I am absolutely gutted by the lack of thought that has gone into this game, the graphics may be breath taking but the game play is frustrating. For someone that has never played the series before then you may be excused for thinking this is a good game, but for those who have played other McRae titles will I'm sure agree that this release is a poor imitation of other racing games.

NHL 2K7 (Xbox 360)
NHL 2K7 (Xbox 360)
Offered by Startup Media
Price: £10.44

4.0 out of 5 stars Great game with great online structure, 17 Aug 2007
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: NHL 2K7 (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
This game is pretty dam good; you can safely ignore the previous reviewers comments. The only problem is that it is too in depth, I have no idea what all the rules are in hockey but I'm learning, slowly. The game play is fast paced, accurate and the controls are intuitive but a little over awing at first. With training and practice there is all sorts of techniques and skills that can be learned; everything from pressuring a defenseman, controlling the goalkeeper in defensive play and coaching styles. Definitely buy this game if you have time on your hands and are willing to put the effort in. If you aren't into such demanding games then maybe there are other alternatives on the market but this is a very good game!

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