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Hard Candy
Hard Candy
Offered by Great Price Media EU
Price: £3.99

11 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of 85 pence, 28 April 2008
This review is from: Hard Candy (Audio CD)
We spent 85 pence buying the Daily Star so that we could download this for "free" from Wippit.

What a waste of 85p!

The album is extremely amateurish and sounds as if it is someone's first album, mastered in the back bedroom. The music is formulaic and sounds like 20-year-old sequenced music and the lyrics are quite dire.

This album proves once and for all that Madonna is no longer the queen of pop (if she ever was at all!) and is an embarrassment to her.

Shame we can't give it 0 out of 5!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, 13 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Daft (Audio CD)
This is one of the best albums by (The) Art of Noise and this SACD release gives the album full justice. Now, we can feel Anne Dudley's footsteps walking through "Memento". And "Moments In Love" has never sounded better (except for Anne Dudley's version on "A Different Light").

If you have an SACD player, this is a far superior recording than the standard CD version.

And What Have You Done With My Body, God?
And What Have You Done With My Body, God?
Price: £48.08

46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hey! Can I Say Something?, 5 Aug. 2006
This is the long-awaited box set of rare, unheard of demos, mixes and remixes from one of the most influential groups of the 1980s - Art of Noise.

The first two CDs - "The Very Start of Noise" and "Found Sounds & Field Trips" - are mainly snatches of what was to be rather than what is. There are, though, several tracks that have had the spit and polish treatment and one feels that all that is missing is one of the fantastic singles covers and then you would have an early Close (to the Edit) (a version 0.9, perhaps?).

The third CD - "Who's Afraid of... Goodbye" - is billed as an alternative version of "Who's Afraid of the Art of Noise" and delivers exactly as promised. Again, this feels as if it could have been a proper release. The CD is finished off with a few tracks created round about the time of The Split.

The fourth CD - "Extended Play" - is a compilation of the various albumettes released during the ZTT years and allows the collector to complete his collection.

There is also a 32-page book that has an introduction to each CD in the collection and then what appears to be verbatim dialogue from a round table session with all five members. Anne Dudley, Trevor Horn, JJ Jeczalik, Gary Langan and Paul Morley all seem to get along rather nicely now and seem to enjoy remembering how all of the tracks came about.

The box set itself is a hard back book with digipack CD holders attached to the inside covers (two at the front and two at the back) which seems extremely well made. The book is very glossy and looks expensive. My only criticism is that it is too big for the CD shelf.

But that is Art of Noise to a tee - they start off with normality and twist it into something that little bit different, that little bit skewed, especially the title "And What Have you Done With My Body, God?" After all, what's wrong with "The Complete Art of Noise" or "Art of Noise: the ZTT Years"? I'll tell you. Art of Noise are different, special and completely un-boring, unconventional, un-normal, un-anything.

Is it worth it? For a hardcore fan, yes, the box set is worth it - it contains many hours of tracks that only existed as rumours. For somebody who likes Art of Noise, yes, it probably is. For somebody who doesn't know who they are, try "Daft" first and then buy this.

Now, when's "The Art of Noise: the China Years" due out?
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