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Statues
Statues
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Price: £3.52

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Killa Bunnies have been well and truly buried!, 7 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Statues (Audio CD)
Moloko have always turned out unique and individual music. 'Do you like my tight sweater?' had some great stuff mixed in with the genuinely unbearable ('Killa Bunnies' anyone?). 'Things to make and do' seemed to confirm the pressure to churn out new releases was quickly strangling their genius. But 'Statues' is a total revelation.
Instrumentally it is varied and original without pushing the boundaries just to impress. There are fat funky analog sounds, beats are perfectly judged, and the string samples never sound grafted on. Much of the album is in a minor key but this is not fake sincerity. Instead it is the perfect canvas for Roisin's heartbreaking lyrics, which mostly concentrate on the fear of lonliness and the subjectivity of emotion ('Though you dare to deny it, I'm always reminded of you' from 'I want you'). Roisin's delivery should humble any wanabe pop princesses - Step aside for the queen of heartfelt dance music!
Someone commented this album is a bit 'samey'. When there's this much concentrated brilliance on offer I personally wouldn't have it any other way!


Piazzini Plays Piazzolla
Piazzini Plays Piazzolla

5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected bargain, 24 Mar. 2002
This is an unexpected gem of a cd. Carmen Piazzini plays not only 8 tracks by Piazzolla but 13 more tracks by 7 other Argentinian composers. There's some wonderful stuff here, you'll hear shades of Debussy and Stravinsky in some tracks - European music filtered through the declarative melancholy that drives Tango. Piazzini may be better known for her classical repertoire but her sureness of touch carries throughout the cd. A must have for anyone with a fiver to spare for an hour of superb piano music (and no I don't work for Amazon). In fact the only thing about this cd which suggests bargain basement is the cover illustration!


Teach Me Piano
Teach Me Piano

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A piano teacher who doesn't charge by the hour!, 5 Jan. 2002
This review is from: Teach Me Piano (CD-ROM)
Teach me Piano
Probably the best software available for teaching yourself piano. This program has been well thought out with high quality graphics, video clips, two "tutors" voices, and most importantly a detailed and structured course which will take you a long way indeed. For each exercise and test it provides a percentage score for melody and rhythm, and an analysis of any weak points. It's also very flexible - for each exercise you can do left or right parts or both, just rhythm, just melody or both and you can vary the tempo, have note names or suggested fingerings until good playing habits are established.
You'll probably give the "Performance" section a wide berth as the backing tracks are fairly tacky, and in general the selection of pieces seems to be aimed at people living in small towns in Iowa ("The Marines Hymn" anyone?). However the "Songbook" has the potential to grow with you, as you can import any general midi file, and Teach Me Piano will generate a printable score. You can then use those "Tutor" tools to work on rhythm, melody, work on a section of the piece or be assessed on playing the whole thing.
I encountered only one problem with the setting up, the fix for which is in the "readme" file.
All in all well worth the money, highly reccommended.


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