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Hold Your Tongue
Hold Your Tongue
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Promising Debut, 27 May 2013
This review is from: Hold Your Tongue (MP3 Download)
A good little EP from London-based rockers Titans & Kings. Starts of with some heavy, fast-paced rock with "Dominique" and "Guns, Knives..." before going through a bit of melody with "Aeroplane" and even some reggae influences in "Breakout"! The last track, "Freedom", returns to the toughness of the first two songs with a great chugging riff. All in all, a strong debut with plenty of variety and some very nice production too.


Hearts of Oak and Souls of Fire: Warfare in the Age of Sail 1755-1815
Hearts of Oak and Souls of Fire: Warfare in the Age of Sail 1755-1815
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning, concise debut., 23 April 2013
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This is a key text for those interested in this turbulent period. Ed Kernahan's first work is a fantastic glimpse into the world of naval history, both easy to read and yet showing a sophisticated knowledge of this subject area. Put simply, there is something to find in Hearts of Oak and Souls of Fire for both scholars and amateur enthusiasts alike.


Santa Is Coming
Santa Is Coming
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 15 Dec 2012
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Great Christmas song, with all the profits going to Teenage Cancer Trust. What's not to like? Definitely worth a download this Christmas.


Y34RZ3r0r3mix3d + DVD
Y34RZ3r0r3mix3d + DVD
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Y34RY3R0R3M1X3D, 6 Dec 2007
This review is from: Y34RZ3r0r3mix3d + DVD (Audio CD)
Each time a Nine Inch Nails album is released, you can be pretty sure that a remix CD will be released within the same year. Often these albums tend to disappoint, given the excellent nature of the original songs. However, Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D, despite the ridiculous name, is probably the best and most innovative of the bunch.

Containing remixes by such artists as The Knife, ex-members of New Order, and Ladytron, there are some pretty high profile people mixing the songs. However, the best of the bunch may well be the remix of `My Violent Heart', which was in fact remixed by a random fan. Sleazy, aggressive and electronic, the remix is probably as good as the original song. If you fancy giving a remix a go yourself, the album also contains a bonus DVD with all of the original multitrack recordings of the album - worth the price of the album alone.

You'll be hard placed to find any tracks on this album that are particularly bad. Although the remix of `Me, I'm Not' drags on, that's easily undone by the tribal drumming of `The Warning', the beautiful acoustic guitar work of `The Great Destroyer', or the power of `The Beginning of the End'. So ignore the stupid title of the record, and give it a listen.


Dog Man Star
Dog Man Star
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dog Man Star, 28 Oct 2007
This review is from: Dog Man Star (Audio CD)
Since this album was released, indie music has only got worse. This album is better than anything Radiohead, Blur, Oasis, or The Arctic Monkey have ever, and will ever, make. There, I said it. And it feels good. This record is almost perfect, every song having an insightful message, a catchy chorus, and, perhaps most incredibly, a quotable line.

The highlight of the show is `We Are The Pigs', however. With an explosive riff reminiscent of The Smiths, Bowie and the Stones all rolled into one, the song struts through four minutes of vitriolic indie rock. With almost apocalyptic lyrics, the end of our society has never sounded cooler, with the chant-able chorus of `we are the stars of the firing line' almost a revolutionary soundbite.

Not that the other songs aren't close behind, however. `The Asphalt World' could be a Pink Floyd classic, particularly the outstanding guitar solo by Bernard Butler, and `New Generation' finds vocalist Brett Anderson carving through youthful ideals with social commentary the likes of which Alex Turner can only dream of writing.

This is a dominant, experimental, and above all sexually charged record, with fantastic choruses, powerful lyrics, outstanding instrumentation, and perhaps best of all, real danger. This is a band on the edge, and because of that, this album is one of the best of the era.
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The Alternative
The Alternative
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the alternative to real world..., 16 Oct 2007
This review is from: The Alternative (Audio CD)
Now, I have had this CD for pretty much a year now. I have been to see this band in tiny little clubs in London. But finally, and deservedly, IAMX have found a UK release for their second album, `The Alternative'. For those of you who remember the mid-90s trip-hop scene with particular vividness, IAMX is fronted by Chris Corner, the man who made Sneaker Pimps such an original and exciting band.

Now, IAMX is a quite different beast from Sneaker Pimps. Gone are the chilled out tones and subtleties that made them so interesting. But IAMX is altogether a better prospect. Sexy, confused music which sounds like a wonderful mixture of rock, electro and dance, the opener `President' sounds like an odd mix of politics and burlesque, whilst `The Negative Sex' is what would happen if Muse's `Plug In Baby' was given a wonderful electro touch.

IAMX are going to be chucked in with the current indie electro scene, and although there are similarities, this band are so much better - bigger sounding, with a real attempt to break the mould, IAMX deserve to be huge. It's been said of them that their songs would sound equally at home in a tiny club or a massive arena, and that pretty much sums them up: all encompassing. And quite honestly, they deserve it. This is a fantastic record.


Dog Man Star
Dog Man Star

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dog Man Star, 3 Oct 2007
This review is from: Dog Man Star (Audio CD)
Since this album was released, indie music has only got worse. This album is better than anything Radiohead, Blur, Oasis, or The Arctic Monkeys have ever, and will ever, make. There, I said it. And it feels good. This record is almost perfect, every song having an insightful message, a catchy chorus, and, perhaps most incredibly, a quotable line.

The highlight of the show is `We Are The Pigs', however. With an explosive riff reminiscent of The Smiths, Bowie and the Stones all rolled into one, the song struts through four minutes of vitriolic indie rock. With almost apocalyptic lyrics, the end of our society has never sounded cooler, with the chant-able chorus of `we are the stars of the firing line' almost a revolutionary soundbite.

Not that the other songs aren't close behind, however. `The Asphalt World' could be a Pink Floyd classic, particularly the outstanding guitar solo by Bernard Butler, and `New Generation' finds vocalist Brett Anderson carving through youthful ideals with social commentary the likes of which Alex Turner can only dream of writing.

This is a dominant, experimental, and above all sexually charged record, with fantastic choruses, powerful lyrics, outstanding instrumentation, and perhaps best of all, real danger. This is a band on the edge, and because of that, this album is one of the best of the era.


Bassboosa
Bassboosa

5.0 out of 5 stars Bassboosa, 3 Oct 2007
This review is from: Bassboosa (Audio CD)
Watch out: these guys are going to be massive. Already getting radioplay in the USA with their outstanding cover version of `Wicked Game', Bassboosa come from Champion Records, the guys that kicked off the careers of Faithless and Paul Oakenfold.

There are so many admirable virtues on this album that I almost don't know where to begin. Perhaps that, despite being entirely recorded and mixed in an attic, the production quality of the CD is outstanding. Perhaps that the band is trying to kick-start the music industry in the struggle against downloads. Or perhaps that this album is reminiscent of all the greatest mid-90s trip-hop acts - Bassboosa come across as a wonderful mixture of the summer sound of Morcheeba, the hazy wonder of Massive Attack, and the sing-along choruses of the All Saints.

From the chilled-out opener of `Cry', the infectious pop hooks of `Wish I Didn't', to the beauty of `Lost', this record is packed full of fantastic tracks. Like all good chill-out acts, such as Lamb, Zero 7, and Portishead, there is an excellent mix of traditional `organic' instrumentation and electronica. This leads to a complex, layered and ultimately breathtaking sound. I promise you, if you get this album, you will not be disappointed; and you won't be able to stop listening.


Year Zero
Year Zero
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Year Zero, 16 Jun 2007
This review is from: Year Zero (Audio CD)
You know you're onto a good thing when an album begins with such chaotic vigour as Hyperpower!, the introductory track on this new record from Nine Inch Nails. This, their fifth full-length release, is a concept album set fifteen years into the future, in an America with state-controlled drug addictions, a powerful secret police, and super-aggressive foreign policy.

The vastness and vividness of this conception is mirrored in the album itself, which encompasses various genres through the varying characters portrayed - from snarling rock, to intense and noisy electronica, to hauntingly beautiful ballads. Capital G sums up the message of the whole of Green Day's American Idiot album in three minutes of attitude-laden synth rock, whilst God Given sounds like Sexyback's angrier, politically astute older brother.

However, the album's highlight is The Great Destroyer. The track keeps growing in stature before first a soaring of vocal harmonies, and then a great cascade of pounding electronic beats that Aphex Twin would be proud of.

The motif of the album is `Art is Resistance', and listening to this album, it truly is resistance - an attack on the complacency of the record industry, and of our society and where we are heading. An album that cannot be ignored.


Violence And Birdsong
Violence And Birdsong
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Violence and Birdsong, 16 Jun 2007
This review is from: Violence And Birdsong (Audio CD)
Union of Knives have been tipped by various critics to be the next Radiohead, and have even been called `Massive Attack at their darkest'. On the basis of this album, they are going to live up to the hype. This is a mature, subtle, deep and above all powerful album.

What makes it all the more incredible is that `Violence & Birdsong' is their debut - that a band making their first full-length record is able to create something equal to Thom Yorke's solo effort, and that is what is so astounding. It also manages to combine working as an album, but also as individual songs. Tracks such as `Evil Has Never' and `Taste For Harmony' are particularly industry-savvy, but still hold the strength of the grimier, more menacing songs such as `Operated On'. An even the darkest of tracks can still hold it's own solely on the beats. And that is perhaps the most astonishing thing about `Violence & Birdsong' - it has the songs to bother the charts, but still keep artistic integrity.

In short - get this CD. This is quite honestly the best album of the year. Forget the Arctic Monkeys, this is real, living breathing British music at it's finest.


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