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4.0 out of 5 stars Remix albums are often hit and miss, but this is more hit than miss!, 24 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Recharged (Audio CD)
An album which contains other peoples interpretations of Linkin Park songs may sound to some as a must miss, but this delivers an interesting take on the most recent albums. While a couple of the tracks are poorer than their album cousins, most are delivered in a new way allowing the listener to find new emotions, new visions of old songs. My favourites are the remixes of Burn it Down and Roads Untravelled (the originals of which i adore anyway) as both bring a new sound and energy to the song.

by Throwing Muses
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!, 24 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Purgatory/Paradise (Hardcover)
as a long term fan of both Throwing Muses and Kristin Hersh's solo work i had a real sense of anticipation when i received this, and it did not disappoint. It's not often you are allowed access to works in progress, but some of the tracks here are exactly that, you can watch the development as the tune/lyrical fragment is honed into the final version of a coherent song.

At 32 tracks, this may seem long but some of the tracks are only a minute long. Add to that that the developmental aspect, backed up by the book, with lyrics and stories behind the songs. This feels like a remarkable achievement in the world of instant music gratification, an album which invites the listener in and envelops them and gives more to the listener with each listen. Reading the book whilst listening almost feels as though Kristin and the band are with you talking you through the album which is an wonderful addition to the traditional sleeve notes.

Overall if you like the Muses past albums then you will enjoy this!

Post Electric Blues
Post Electric Blues
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's Idlewild, but not necessarily as we know them..., 20 Jan 2014
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Idlewild remain one of my favourite 'under achieving' bands of the last 20 years, there has always been so much promise, and yet they have remained largely ignored save for the die hards who are in the know. They came closest to breaking this cycle with The Remote Part, but never quite managed to build on the success in the way say Snow Patrol managed post 'Run'.

This album is a very good album, but it is slightly confused as at times it sounds more like Roddy Woomble's solo work (think slighly embittered folk singer/songwriter) than Idlewild. But that is not always a bad thing. Opener Younger Than America could have come from any of the post ' Remort Part' albums and is a strong start, Readers & Writers rips along and i could imagine this being a festival classic singalong. But the album then seems to become more mellow, more introspective, Take Me Back to The Island could easily have sat on Woomble's solo album 'The Impossible Song' while the remaining songs are crying out for a song like 'Finished it Remains' or 'Century After Century' to really let the band get going, it almost feels as though the band lacked a steering hand to clear out some of the filler. However closing pair 'Take Away the Night Time' and 'Again (Let The Buildings Burn Bright)' are a solid closer to the album.

Overall this is a good album, but it's not a whole album in the way that The Remote Part or Warnings/Promises was. It almost feels that at 14 tracks it's about 3 songs too long, and in trying to accommodate Roddy's solo ambitions the band have taken their foot of the distortion/effect pedal and slowed down slightly. This (imo) is an album that fans will love, and hopefully may just entice some new fans from the folk scene to try something a little harder!

Between Dog And Wolf
Between Dog And Wolf
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5.0 out of 5 stars A surprising yet delightful return!, 20 Jan 2014
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After years out of the public glare New Model Army return with a stunning album. I was always a fair weather fan, loving moments from their back catalogue than a die hard fan, but Between Dog and Wolf is a intriguing album, in some ways it sits out of time with the current technological advances of the world, yet the lyrics are warm and have the emotional gravity which Justin Sullivan always conveyed.

From the opening gallop of Horsemen through the mellower refrains of Seven Times and I Need More Time, through to the title track and closer Ghosts this album entices you in and invites further listening. In fact having listened to this numerous times in the car, this album feels at totally at home as the British scenery flashes past the windows. I never expected NMA to return with an album of such depth and brilliance, but I am heartily glad they did!

Last Night
Last Night
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic return to form!!!, 21 May 2008
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It's a shame that Moby has become almost the ubiquitous sound of advertising to the point that even though the music on Play and 18 were great, they will forever be remembered for the products they advertised.

By way of comparison Last Night is a return to the dance music that characterised Moby's early releases. The tunes themselves have the feel of early Moby like 'Go', 'Feeling So Real' and 'Anthem' which is fantastic. The album itself feels as if it winds its way through a night out, from the euphoria of preparing and getting to a club, and eventually coming back down to the late night reflection on what was and might have been. While the tunes hint at the past the production and quality of music and vocals (from the myriad of different guest vocalists) are bang up to date.

If you only buy one dance music album this year make it this one!

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