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Amok [Deluxe Package]
Amok [Deluxe Package]
Price: £10.41

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars running Amok., 21 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Amok [Deluxe Package] (Audio CD)
What an album! Okay so there's family resemblance to King of Limbs, but the complexity of this work is absolutely first rate. I've got this on vinyl and a digital download and the tracks are never less than absorbing, creating an aural landscape that draws you in.


180
180
Price: £6.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much pomp, and a fair measure of splendour, 21 Mar. 2013
This review is from: 180 (Audio CD)
I admit it, I got carried away by the hype and snapped up a vinyl copy of this album two weeks ago. I have to say its got that sassy, sneary quality that is the hallmark of youthful exuberance and self-belief by the bucketload. There's plenty to be listening to, but for me its possibly not got enough depth and variety to be something I'll listen to in six months time. Don't get me wrong, you might love it, perhaps I'm just past it.


Who Moved My Cheese: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
Who Moved My Cheese: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
by Spencer Johnson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.79

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Like stilton, this stinks., 15 Dec. 2008
I guess the book's okay if you consider yourself to be a mouse, that its legitimate for unseen others to experiment upon you and that you should just go with it when they do. The book leaves little room for the kind of critical insight that might lead 'mice' to escape the maze or simply to give up cheese.

It's not a book I'd recommend to anyone, but I'm sure 'Doctor' Johnson won't miss my sales recommendation.


Year Zero
Year Zero
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Price: £4.47

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine form from the man called Reznor, 17 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Year Zero (Audio CD)
This is the third NIN album I have in my collection and I must say that I hesitated before buying it. Although the fragile and downward spiral are fine pieces of work, both have their weaknesses and there's a fair amount of both which are, to me, unlistenable. Year zero on the other hand manages to steer away from excessive 'musical' indulgence or overly offensive lyrics. This isn't to say that Zero isn't hard edged, it retains the edgyness of previous work, but the range of musical influences that surface in the album are unmatched in previous NIN albums. Okay, so the post-apocalyptic imagery of this 'concept album' is more than mildly ridiculous, but this album rewards at a number of levels and is well worth a listen or six... or indeed Nine.


Becoming A Cliche [Limited Edition]
Becoming A Cliche [Limited Edition]
Price: £18.08

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cliche by name..., 16 Feb. 2007
Sherwood's previous album, NTAH, was a fine piece of work that showed a fresh and inventive seam to the music of ace producer Adrian Sherwood. Likewise in the first of the two CD's included in 'Cliche' Sherwood claims to break new ground by collaborating with musicians and vocalists. Unfortunately the sharp, clever dub-mixing that was the hallmark of his previous solo album too often gets subordinated to the music of the singer. The result is closer to the on-U sampler records 'Pay-it-all-back' than the work of one man. So while there are some highlights ('Two versions of the future' for example) other aspects of the album such as repeating the music in tracks 6 & 7 disappoint. In comparison to the first CD, the second CD sounds more like an on-form Mr Sherwood, with multi-layered overdubs lifting some of the quite run-of-the-mill tunes featured on CD1 to new heights.
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Frank Black
Frank Black
Price: £7.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frankie boy is back!, 20 April 2004
This review is from: Frank Black (Audio CD)
What a blast of an album! Many of the tracks jump out and grab you to theextent you find yourself unexpectedly singing a long whilst jumping aboutlike a loon. 'I heard Ramona Sing' and the slinky beat of 'ten percenter'do it for me, but this by no means exhausts the fun to be had on thisalbum. The tunes come as thick and fast as the chord & time signiturechanges do. There is a real feeling of getting a whole bunch of new ideasdown and this just might be the weakness in the album as by Frank's nextalbum 'Teenager of the Year' there is more simplicity in the songs addingto the fun and energy. Overall though if you've got 'teenager' you mostcertainly should have this one and if you like to rock, then Frank (andthis album) is for you.


Collideoscope
Collideoscope
Price: £25.39

3.0 out of 5 stars Mega-musicians, micro-musical interest, 20 April 2004
This review is from: Collideoscope (Audio CD)
I like Living Colour, I really do. There's some great musicians in it producing interesting output. However, this most recent contribution just doesn't ring my bell. Don't get me wrong there's some great tracks here. The soaring sound of 'Tomorrow Never Knows' is well worth three minutes of anyone's time. But it is the banality of some of the lyrics that really disappoints. For example,'flying', with its highly emotive 9-11 subtheme, opens with the lines 'I jumped out the window to get to the parking lot, I'm writing this little song on my way down.' I mean, come On! Overall this has neither the originality of a 'time's up' nor the power and creativity of 'Stain'. It resorts to cover versions & even has a rehash of a song from Wimbish's On-U sound days (and it still doesn't work). The album is OK, but this would not be my suggested entry point to the music of LivingColour.


Power: A Radical View (StudIies in Sociology)
Power: A Radical View (StudIies in Sociology)
by Steven Lukes
Edition: Paperback

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A critial foundation for understanding modern ideas on power, 5 Mar. 2004
This short book, developed from a speech Lukes originally gave at the Sorbonne, isn't exactly groundbreaking (now) and many of the ideas of what Lukes gives as his 'critical' view of power have subsequently been developed and expanded by others. However, what the essay does most convincingly is to build a critique of the behaviouralist, functionalist notions of what constitutes power and how it manifests itself. For this reason alone it is worth having in your library as an entry point to a more fine grained analysis of power as a constitutive force involved in every aspect of the modern world.
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The Value Reporting Revolution: Moving Beyond the Earnings Game
The Value Reporting Revolution: Moving Beyond the Earnings Game
by E. Mary Keegan
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More holes than Swiss Cheese, 25 Jan. 2002
This book is an immense disappointment written as it is by some very notable people in the accounting profession. Taking one-sided research from managers and sell-side analysts the authors conclude simultaneously that organisations are undervalued and that managers do not know how to run their organisations. The authors portray a partial position sighting numerous examples of situational increases in share price achieved (allegedly) by additional corporate disclosures. They fail to consider whether these successes will persist over a longer timescale. Neither do they consider the effect that such a reporting model would have if all companies were forced to adopt these practices. Finally, the book makes a confused case for access to real time company information through XBRL. It does so without considering whether a management team could cope with such a high level of exposure nor whether there are sufficient linkages between enterprise reporting systems and published results. This is another airport management book that should definitely be left on the plane.


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