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Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
Price: 7.76

6 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ghastly orgy of over-indulgence, 5 Jun 2008
This would have made an excellent EP. When Bob knocks out a good song it's really worth listening to. But truly great tracks such as 'How Beautiful You Are' and 'Just Like Heaven' drown in a horrible porridge of musical indulgence. There are simply too many bad tracks here.

The good ones stand out gleaming like carrots in Saturday night pavement sick. But tricky to pick out without getting slime on your fingers.

But now you can buy individual tracks as mp3 files so all you have do is find out is which are the good ones and which are the bad. Clue: There are 12 horrible tracks and five good ones.
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The Cure
The Cure
Offered by Dirty Deals UK
Price: 6.87

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful and Embarrassing, 4 Jun 2008
This review is from: The Cure (Audio CD)
From the word go we hear Robert stumble over a rubbish bin repeating "I can't find myself" like a drunk looking for somewhere to either puke or die.

This is the sound of the Cure pretending to be the Cure. It's like they didn't really want to go through it all again but some eager record company chimp convinced them to do it anyway. So out comes the battered Cure suitcase full of second-hand howling and crying. Where once the sheer genius of Smith's songwriting ability propelled the band through moments of uplifting joy and gleaming dark introspection this album recycles yesterday's tears with the sincerity of a dying politician.

The Cure were innovators. But that's all in the past now. Don't be sad. There's plenty of great Cure music to enjoy. But it all happened years ago.
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Wild Mood Swings
Wild Mood Swings
Price: 7.99

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rotten and Boring, 4 Jun 2008
This review is from: Wild Mood Swings (Audio CD)
It had to happen. With this album Robert Smith's seemingly eternal muse just quivered, coughed out it's lungs and died.

Oh, it's dull. Tired and boring and lacking one shred of interest. It doesn't even really sound like the Cure. I don't even care why it's so bad. Don't waste your money here. God, it's just so awful.
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Freak Out!
Freak Out!

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These Mothers is crazy, 17 May 2008
This review is from: Freak Out! (Audio CD)
Let's be plain about this, if you don't know the music of Frank Zappa but are somehow intrigued and want to know more, you should start with 'Apostrophe' or maybe 'Hot Rats'.

If however, you know a little Zappa and want to find out about his roots then here's a good place to start. This album is quite different from all the stuff that came after. The reason for this is that there's some pretty personal stuff on here. On subsequent releases he developed a sort of highly articulate barrier based on a number of techniques. In matters of a personal nature he later directed his attentions to other groups of people and manufactured the kind of 'Frank' he wanted people to see. In short, after this album he was totally in control. He was the 'Central Scrutiniser'.

The darkly cynical and angry track 'I Ain't Got No Heart' is a real song about real feelings. And there are more. 'How Could I be Such a Fool' and 'I'm Not Satisfied' also reveal the bitterness and betrayal he had experienced as a result of relationships with a woman or women unnamed.

This CD also contains plenty of the stuff we all know about Frank but in embryo form. Groovy paranoia (Who Are The Brain Police), Teen parody (Wowie Zowie) and statements of intent (Hungry Freaks, Daddy).

Then, surfacing like a monstrously embarrasing reality check point, we are treated to 'Trouble Every Day' - a wake up call to bigots and racists of every colour. This is the most serious political piece that Frank Zappa ever wrote. His rage at the ramifications of a repressed people driven to fighting in the streets goes way beyond the silly pseudo-revolutionary rants of his contemporaries. Just listen to the way he sings: "He wants to go and do you in, because the colour of your skin, well it just don't appeal to him, no matter if it's black or white because he's out for blood tonight".

The album finishes with 'The Return of the Son of Monster Magnet' (originally subtitled 'The Ritual Dance of The Child Killers'). This album was originally released on MGM records' 'Verve' label which was the home of fine jazz at the time. There really is no wonder that there were questions asked as to why on earth MGM were paying for studio time for a freak to record a cacophony like this. Indeed, 'Monster Magnet' took up almost the whole last side of what was an astonishing double vinyl album.

So, why did this reviewer give it five stars? Well, because it's a great album. The songs are hooky, brilliant, intelligent and probably more a sign of the times than any of the other corporate nonsense that was released in 1965.

You don't have to be a student of Frank Zappa to like this stuff but it helps to be prepared. It's not always easy but this is a truly great debut by a truly great artist.

Dyson DC07 Origin Silver Yellow Upright Vacuum Cleaner (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Dyson DC07 Origin Silver Yellow Upright Vacuum Cleaner (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware! This vacuum cleaner Sucks!, 7 May 2008
This model, the Dyson DC07, has a common fault and one that is not freely admitted by Dyson. After a while it starts cutting out. That is to say it runs for 3 - 5 minutes then cuts out, then you have to wait for 25 minutes to use it again - for another 3 minutes. This is because of a safety thermocouple that trips the current if the motor gets too hot.

This is actually a real problem. A quick search on the internet will reveal plenty of owners in the UK and the US who have had this annoying fault and will never buy a Dyson again. There are several causes. The hose and tubes can get blocked, the cyclone itself gets blocked and the filters can get blocked. Now all these are true. If the DC07 can't suck properly the motor will overheat. So I fully cleaned my cyclone, cleared all blockages, bought another lifetime filter(?) and cleaned the filter under the dust collector and it sucked beautifully Then it cut out again! So the problem lies elswhere.

The thing is this is a common fault. It's not just my DC07. So there's a real chance that you'll only get a couple of years good work out of it before you have to spend some real cash!

When I called Dyson the polite chap I spoke to acted surprised even though it was a common fault and suggested a replacement thermocouple. Cost of repair? 65 plus VAT. Now that really does suck. My Dyson is not old. It's been treated with great care and is as clean as a whistle. My 25 year old cylinder Hoover with bags did better than this.

Don't take my word for it - Google 'Dyson DC07 cuts out' and see for yourself.
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The Atomic World of Tomorrow
The Atomic World of Tomorrow
Price: 8.09

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful., 18 Mar 2008
This album was a chance find in Cob Records in Portmadoc, North Wales. I had no idea who he was or whether the CD was any good and had to wait until I got back to London to hear it.

What a shock. It's the best album I've heard in a long, long time. Intelligent, powerful and so melodic that each song is permanently fixed in my brain. This is a class album that somehow missed public attention. Wrench is a stunning talent and I'd just like to say that if he ever reads this review he has got to make another CD.

The BBC website has all the information you need to know about the man and his music. Go and find out and then buy this CD. It's wonderful.

Price: 8.07

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sound of Addiction, 8 Nov 2007
This review is from: Treasure (Audio CD)
This album of extraordinary songs is the closest aural equivalent of a drug I've ever found. All the band members are so in tune with what they're trying to achieve that the whole thing comes rushing forth with amazing cohesion and unity. For those that can take it, it represents a completely immersive inner journey and one you're unlikely to forget.

There's really no compromise here. They're not trying to be anything else but themselves and the purity of their vision is devastating.

It's astonishing to think that they fully believed their singles to be top 10 material. So immersed were they in their music that they just couldn't see how far away from the mainstream they really were. And thank God for that.

This stuff was utterly new and seminal. Other bands have attempted to adopt their style but no-one has ever come close. They were alternative in the sense that they could take you somewhere no other artists could.

Treasure is the most potent of their albums. Challenging, harsh and pure this is the benchmark the albums that followed were measured by. The mesmeric draw of 'Otterley' is almost impossible to resist. It's undertow drags you in and there you stay. It is also very hooky. These songs get beneath the skin and in quiet moments you realise they have been playing in your head all day. Sublime.

Should new listeners to the Twins start here? Their later album, Blue Bell Knoll, is an easier way to start with it's thoroughly polished beauty. Make your choice. It's down the rabbit hole, behind the looking glass and through the wardrobe. Do you feel lucky? Can you handle Treasure?

Samsung DVD-SH853M - 160Gb Hard Drive DVD Recorder - With Freeview & HDMI
Samsung DVD-SH853M - 160Gb Hard Drive DVD Recorder - With Freeview & HDMI

48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Real Dog, 22 Sep 2007
I got one of these yesterday and returned it within 24 hours. Everything in Mr Lambert's review is correct. This is a terrible machine.

The overriding feel of this product is that no-one involved really cared. The casing feels cheap and the manual is full of typograhical errors - it's like it was written quickly and the author just did a spell-check. Sometimes it makes no sense at all.

The one I bought had a couple of disatrous faults. The picture from it's digital tuner frequently froze or showed 'blocking' (rectangles of colour appearing in the picture). This is despite the unit receving a good strong signal. But even worse, the unit itself became frequently 'locked'. That is to say the TV screen went black and the machine no longer responded to the remote control.

Even when it was working the time lag between pressing a button on the remote and an action taking place was simply maddening. This kind of product will take away precious hours of your life you'll simply never get back.

Take a quick look on the net and you'l see I'm not the only one who has had bother with this hateful machine.

Another crazy thing about this device is that it will only record on DVD-R or DVD-RW discs. When most recorders in this price range will write on discs of all formats this seems like outright selfishness. It's as if Samsung is saying you have to buy an expensive model to be granted the luxury of multi-format recording. What nonsense. Plenty of entry level machines can give you so much more than this bit of tat will allow.

For those who are thinking of jumping into the arena of DVD recording I advise you to avoid this product like the bloody plague. There are several manufacturers out there (Panasonic for instance) who actually think about the machines they make and try to include features that help and even inspire the user.

Don't get stuck with this awful device, it will take you to hell and back.

Mad Not Mad [Remastered Edition]
Mad Not Mad [Remastered Edition]
Offered by UKMusicFiendz
Price: 21.73

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mad Not Insane, 11 Sep 2007
This album represents the end of the 'Madness' that we all know and love.

Nevertheless, it features some excellent moments such as 'Yesterday's Men' and 'I'll Compete'.

In a radio interview at the time the band joked that the working title of the album was 'Lost In The Museum'. This was actually the comment of the record label boss upon hearing what they had to offer this time around.

It's a confused and unhappy album reflecting the mood of the members of a band who had experienced wonderful success, world tours and a hectic schedule that had left them totally drained.

They always produced good stuff and even under terrible pressure this album reveals moments of utter loveliness.

This lopsided and sometimes desperate CD is propped up by the folded beermat of life.

Some old coals refuse to turn to ashes.

For melancholy Madness lovers everywhere.
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Sennheiser HD215 Closed Back Headphone
Sennheiser HD215 Closed Back Headphone

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Cans for a Bargain Price, 3 Sep 2007
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These headphones are astonishing for the money. They produce a full, clean and lovely sound that even make mp3 coded music sound great. Full of great detail and precision they are the best I've heard in this price range.

Big but comfortable to wear, they are made to a high quality and should last for years.

If you want a very decent pair of headphones to listen to any source you'd be a fool not to pick these.

An absolute bargain.

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