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J. N. B. Lobo "LusoViking" (Nakskov, Denmark)

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John Grant and The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
John Grant and The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Price: £7.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars -) Or better live voice-performances, 1 Dec. 2014
John, I loooooove you man, with outmost absolut devotion...! But this a mistake!
Your voice is one of your strongest assets and it pains me seeing it shying often away to the weight of the big orchestra...
Why not wait with this until some other time...? Next Xmas, perhaps? ;-) Or better live voice-performances? Or recordings?
And release instead new original material that we are all craving for...?
Luuuv!... but just 3 stars for your talent, not for this release...

A Victim of Stars, 1982-2012
A Victim of Stars, 1982-2012
Price: £8.15

16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding wrapping of a remarkable 30 years solo-musical journey, 27 Feb. 2012
A compilation will always be a compilation.
But on this one, the delightful thing is that David Sylvian chose himself which of his most well known pieces could represented him best to fit this 2CD format.
The songs are in chronological order, and the whole pack feels like as if it could be a cd of originals -in its own right, there's a quite cohesive, constant flow in this journey through 3 decades of material. All songs feel suddenly new when set together in this way.
With "Victim of Stars", David Sylvian proves that he still remains as one of the most visionary, innovative, talented British/European artists working today.
Un-baroque, cleansed musical style, stainless, compelling poetry (also in all of his best known pieces) throughout a quite admirable, uncompromising, consequent career.
Definitely, an absolutely outstanding wrapping of a remarkable 30 year long musical journey.
And the only original "Where's your Gravity?, simply soberb...
Thank you sooo much for all these years of inspiration, for all your words, for all your music, Sylvian.
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Director's Cut
Director's Cut
Price: £18.35

6 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING STYLE, GRACE & EXCELLENCE: -the golden-muse is back!, 17 May 2011
This review is from: Director's Cut (Audio CD)
Not that many artists are just like Kate: consequent, demanding, with an unshakable sharp sense for poetry, an uncompromising talent with an undoubtedly enormous emotional intelligence and sensitivity quite above the average.
There's, unfortunately, not that many people just like Kate Bush...

I must say, that I was viciously suspicious when I first heard that Kate was releasing material from two of her less successful albums...
After "Aerial", I wanted and needed to be taken to an even higher place, I wished I could be taken stormingly by surprise...
I was sceptic, gosh(!!) how my scepticism hurt so much... My fear for being disappointed was simply unbearable...

But all 11 songs in this record have, to my joy, erased every single shadow of a doubt, I'm sooo glad to say, that I'm absolutely in awe for Kate's "Director's Cut"...
This piece of work stands out for itself, as if it was a record of newly composed material.
Forget everything about the originals, specially those on the very big mess that "The Red Shoes" was: -for the first time ever, all these songs unfold to their absolute potential and are given their deserved credit, they blossom with an in-depth, sensitivity and originality that only absolutely outstanding artists can accomplish...

My first thoughts to a first listen of "Director's Cut" were that ''every 'Best Of' record should be exactly like this', with the composer/singer renewing, rethinking his/her material in depth, detached of commercial preassures of the industry...
Despite the less satisfactory, and slightly "Rolling-Stones'ish", re-invention of "Rubberband Girl" that closes the set, "Director's Cut", as a whole, is a very gracious, balanced, accomplished piece and makes perfect sense -specially the songs from "The Red Shoes":
- all these songs make much more sense now, all these songs have finally become Kate Bush's OWN songs...

Well done, Kate!... But now, don't make us wait another decade for some new material!
We all need to keep on dreaming with your new songs... ;-)

Cinema 16 - World Short Films [2008] [DVD]
Cinema 16 - World Short Films [2008] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Guillermo del Toro

10 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars terrible disappointment, 9 Jun. 2009
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I have all the other Cinema 16 dvd's and this one has definitely the worst selection...
Almost all films are terribly disappointing with some few exceptions...
This dvd will be interesting for those who follow carefully the careers of many of the directors in this collection which today do, in fact, make very good cinema.
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Catch The Fall
Catch The Fall
Price: £4.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderfully delicate, 9 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Catch The Fall (MP3 Download)
I'm probably one of the few that apparently didn't miss The Dolphin Brothers' Catch The Fall in the 80's -I have the vinyl record right here next to me. As a teenager, I was as a hardcore Japan-fan and immediatelly went on searching for every single information available on Japan's ex-members' new musical adventures right after the band's end.
These songs have haunted me for years, as they are wonderfully delicate, amazing elegant good-taste effective pop, wonderful lyrics... Touching, dancy songs are absolutely hand-in-hand here!... It's so sad that Jansen & Barbieri didn't continue with this partnership, developing the concept further.
I can only strongly recommend this material as some of the best good-taste effective commercial-atmospheric pop from the 80's.
None of these songs are exactly love songs, they are moody, dark, softly ressentful...
But Catch The Fall makes one want to fall in love again & again & again, more & more & more...
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