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Looking for the Promised Land
Looking for the Promised Land
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking for substance; season 2 thankfully achieves, 26 April 2015
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This review is from: Looking: Season 2 (Amazon Video)
Finally just watched the whole of the second series and already looking forwards to re-visiting this again. Massive shame there won't be a third now but maybe that will keep the magic of the show and not grind it into the ground like most others. Expected more Doris than we got, and I also expected to enjoy the passion between Kevin and Patrick...and I did! Now await the planned finale patiently...


Looking at Your Browser History
Looking at Your Browser History
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant series! Fantastic characters, 9 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: Looking: Season 1 (Amazon Video)
Brilliant series! Fantastic characters, strong and incisive plots, stylishly filmed without the pretension and just thoroughly enjoyable throughout. Series 2 can't come quick enough. Hats off to Andrew Haigh...once again!


Best Of (+ Bonus Disc)
Best Of (+ Bonus Disc)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For what it's worth, this is one of the finest 'Best Of's' you could possibly buy!, 4 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Best Of (+ Bonus Disc) (Audio CD)
It's 2008, 12 years on from when I first saw this band at the Shepard's Bush Empire in London, at a (young) time where I listened to 'Life' and 'First Band...' almost daily. I loved them then, I love them now, and this Best Of truly demonstrates the sublime artistic scope of Sweden's arguably best ever exports.

For a start, unlike most supposed Best Of's these days, this album captures the band's FULL history without conveniently missing out vast chunks of their back catalogue; the trick of many bands traditionally as a way of distancing themselves from their younger creations. The Cardigans are clearly confident in their musical heritage where few other bands have been so consistent in terms of creating grand and beautifully crafted pop songs from the start of their career thereafter.

For starters, 'Sick and Tired' and 'Carnival' still sound as glorious as they ever did then and although steeped headily in nostalgic 60's production, draw the listener in with their fresh, insanely catchy melodies and timeless choruses. Surprisingly, featured here is the particularly dark and fascinating soundtrack-only tune `Deuce', which few but the hardest core of fans will have heard, but like I, the band have obviously realised the true greatness of this gem and actually given it over, at last, to the ears of the mainstream listener.

Additionally, the band have all chosen one extra album track alongside the predictable singles inclusions, which not only highlights the quality of them outside of their genius pop moments (`Lovefool', `Erase & Rewind', `My Favourite Game', `I need some fine wine' to name a few) but also reminds us of how strong they were/are as an albums band. And if you want value for money...well here you have it. 22 tracks on disc one alone! And the fans are actually considered here also, with the inclusion of a bonus disc filled with excellent rarities such as 'Plain Parade' (early 'Sick & Tired' B-side), 'Nasty Sunny Beam' (Original B-side to Lovefool), early versions of `Loser', `After all', plus the latter day 'clearly-should-have-been-on-the-album' track 'The Road'.

All in all, if you only ever heard a couple of Cardigans singles over the years (really, where have you been??) and never truly got to grips with them as a great albums band, this is most certainly for you. Simultaneously, as a fan, you can't go wrong here...not only do you get a 2-disc retrospective of your fave songs over the past decade or so, you also get the 'lost tracks' that only ever appeared on either the singles themselves, or on the long deleted and vastly expensive Japanese import of 'Other side of the moon'. All I can say now is...roll on to the Best Of tour!


Viva Hate
Viva Hate
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Viva-Hate...Morrissey at his most experimental, 20 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Viva Hate (Audio CD)
A Morrissey fan for the best part of a decade now, I still rate this piece of work as one of his finest. From the slightly dated intro of 'Alsatian Cousin', through to the undeniably 'serious-Moz-fan-only' epic 'Late night, Maudlin street'; the unmistakably unique Morrissey sound prevails with impressive consistency. Neither commercial nor particularly difficult in sound, Viva Hate is in my view the greatest introduction to his solo era.
I can see why fans at the time were somewhat disappointed with Mozza's departure from the classic Smith formula, but in many way's, this is why I have great love for Viva Hate…it was certainly a brave move at the time in question.
Political, yet not overtly so, comedic, and yet typically engagingly dark...it ticks all the right boxes for me. 'Break up the family' is worth the price of this album alone in my opinion, and the purity of Morrissey's voice within this long player is often why I head back to this one time and time again.
In short, an absolute must for the obligatory Morrissey record collection!


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