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Animal Joy
Animal Joy
Price: 11.19

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immaculate Conception, 27 Mar 2012
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This review is from: Animal Joy (Audio CD)
Deceptive in it's simplicity this is a real collection of songs to be savoured and listened to in at least one listening. Yes a real attempt to construct an album where none of the songs out-stay their welcome and most leave you, initially perhaps, wanting more. Not unreasonably you may expect more development which you would generally get with Shearwater's more baroque approach in their past work. But this time there appears to be a real effort to create an album where the songs sit more snugly together. But this album isn't by any means a cosy cup of tea by the fireside.It's a freewheeling dance of swallow songs high on the wing and pulling the listener over gorgeous snowy peaks of bright passion and self-belief rarely sinking into a sea of despondency or excessive navel gazing. It's strident. It's courageous. It's graceful. It's even melodic. And it occasionally really rocks. Like strange neon lit deep sea creatures many a beautiful moment starts to rise to the surface within each song making you want to listen again and again. Surely Shearwater's time has come!


Have One On Me
Have One On Me
Price: 15.73

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roll over Joni Mitchell..., 2 Mar 2010
This review is from: Have One On Me (Audio CD)
Her first album was all glittering promise if not fulfillment. Her voice could grate and her whimsy irritate. But we obviously had a true original on our hands and a (clever) few of us felt justified in getting just a little bit excited by what she may achieve. Fast forward to the second album. Wow. Excitement justified. I adore Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell, Bjork, Tori Amos. But gawd is there ever a new gal on the block! It's like she's digested the works by the major female singer songwriters and said "Yeah that's great but now see what I can do!". rarely have I heard a female singer songwriter create music more thrilling and moving. She is truly raising the bar with her cosmic folk mini song symphonies. More restrained than the last album. She eased back on the accelerator but the melodic brakes certainly haven't been applied. "Ys" was thrilling and beautiful in it's frenetic and inspired melodic energy but this album overwhelms you with it's more restrained warmth and wonder. It's overwhelming but in a very good way. So now everyone thinks THIS is her masterpiece....until her next one of course.But at over two hours running time this should keep you going until then! Oh bliss....


The Beekeeper
The Beekeeper
Price: 6.54

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whispering sweet nothings...singing sweet somethings..., 25 Jun 2005
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This review is from: The Beekeeper (Audio CD)
I though Scarlet's Walk was breathtaking for it's constant melodic invention, which now seems to come effortlessly to Tori now, and I thought it was her finest album to date. But the more ambitious dynamic and pulse of this collection though perhaps makes it an even more satisfying listen as a complete work. It is absolutely gorgeous and each time you listen another track will become your favourite until you can't possible choose which is best and then it ceases to matter. Let Tori's songs seduce and you know you'll always want her to be singing her sweet somethings in your ear..America's first singer songwriter par excellence.


Fall Back Open
Fall Back Open
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stipes speaks the truth!!!, 7 Feb 2005
This review is from: Fall Back Open (Audio CD)
If you read Michael Stipes recommendations in Word magazine last month you would have see him gush about this band. OK Stipes does backing vocals on it and ok it's a bit REM-ey on occasions...BUT it is a mighty fine, original, satisfying album too...more to the point there's a NEW WALL OF SOUND in the making and like all fine albums it takes a few listens to get it...Depeche Mode, Cocteau Twins, Radiohead, Talking Heads..the bands that spring to mind are many but it still has it's own DISTINCTIVE THING...the 'real thing' most certainly. Greatness in the making...


Static And Silence
Static And Silence
Price: 7.12

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time has told.., 13 Feb 2004
This review is from: Static And Silence (Audio CD)
Mystifyingly lacklustre reviews when it was originally released. It's one of the most richly melodic and satisfying albums you'll ever here by one of our most distinctive songwriters (David Gavurin)coupled with one of our finest female voices (Harriet Wheeler). The disappointing element of the album is how low in the mix Harriet's voice often is.Once you're 'into' the Sundays they become a lifelong joy. Their next album is highly anticipated even after all these years. This year perhaps David and Harriet?...Please!!


The Singing Detective [DVD] [1986]
The Singing Detective [DVD] [1986]
Dvd ~ Michael Gambon
Price: 11.12

26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest TV series of the last 50 years, 12 Feb 2004
One of our finest actors in a play by one of Britain's most innovative TV dramatists at the very peak of his powers. Original, gloriously unpredictable and completely addictive viewing. Both absurdly funny and painfully poignant. This must be watched by anyone who wants to see what TV is capable of when a writer refuses to patronise its viewers by giving them a production of uncompromising personal vision. Through the finely balanced juxtaposition of escapist fantasy and bleak reality Potter peels back the skin of the human condition to expose the fears and frailties we all share; and thus, in doing so, gives life's small pleasures greater lustre and intensity. What all good modern drama should strive to do after all and it does it almost perfectly.


Real New Fall Lp, The (Formerly Country On The Click)
Real New Fall Lp, The (Formerly Country On The Click)
Price: 9.51

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonic glory for the 21st century, 10 Nov 2003
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Every latest album by the Fall is their best as far as I'm concerned. There is just more LIFE in one Fall song than most bands could ever wish to express in their whole career. Even when the ideas are simplistic they are turned into the greatest of virutes because of Mark E's intensity or sometimes paradoxically because of his willful lack of it.But this album is truely SUPERB and one of their finest. Not punk, pop, rock, dance or rap because, as all his fans know, Mark E is his OWN genre. If you don't know the Fall then start here and hear what all of your so-called 'grunge' bands can only wish to be...


Jam Sabatical
Jam Sabatical
Price: 9.67

5.0 out of 5 stars My new favourite band, 18 Sep 2003
This review is from: Jam Sabatical (Audio CD)
This album is a sleeker, slimmer offering than the last but my oh my is it so very, very sweet. Mike Wyzgowski is the next songwriting genius waiting in the wings for his moment to come and I know he won't be waiting long. If you rightly thought the Pixies were, and are, the best guitar band of the last fifteen years then, for you, purchase of this album is compulsory. Garlic are snapping at their heels. Utter brilliance all the way! including 'Weird Wood Soul' which, when released, will be one of the best indie single so far this year. Garlic - you either love it or you hate it but you will only love this band. Feast your ears on this album once and you'll want Garlic with everything.


Keep Going
Keep Going
Price: 8.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps getting better, 31 July 2003
This review is from: Keep Going (Audio CD)
With every album he seems to get better culminating in his most consistantly wonderful work to date. What seems like a three star album on the first listen is in fact a five star GREAT work of art and one of the most beautiful musical experiences you'll have in a long while. It's a raw, subtle, poetic, warm, gentle, melancholy and, most of all, emotionally TRUE album. Stephen's burgeoning confidence in his abilities and understanding of his distinctive voice results in the most consistant collection of some of his finest songs. Ladies and gentlemen once you like him you'll grow to adore him and you'll never tire of his music. If you appreciated David Gray's 'New Day at Midnight' then listen to 'Keep Going' and hope Gray one day becomes as consistantly good as this!


Mobilize
Mobilize

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bliss for the 21st Century, 25 Mar 2003
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This review is from: Mobilize (Audio CD)
I bought this album only recently and seriously regretted it. Not buying it, but leaving it so long because I don't think I'll open my lugs to a finer family of songs for quite a few years. Not that I'm cynical about the state of music these days. Well I am, but Grant Lee is one of those rare great songwriter who writes brilliant songs and just doesn't sound like anyone else. A close friend of Michael Stipes (who provides the album photos) he's produced an album that wipes the floor with REMs last two outings. Like REM he's jetisoned the passe big rock sound for 21st century pop shades and colourings creating his own distinct musical muse. He crafts sonic textures that are subtle, rich and biguiling and blends them into his rich melodies to make a real smoothie of a record. The techno-programming only adds further warmth and depth. Every song a classic single and this man is hardly known in this country. The best thing he's done bar none and better than all the rest..including new albums by U2, REM, Radiohead and on a par with Tori Amos's Scarlet's Walk (being a big fan I even find that disfficult to say). It could be David Gray syndrome all over again. One day the world will wake up...


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