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The Next Day (Deluxe Edition)
The Next Day (Deluxe Edition)
Price: 11.66

30 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic. Yeah, I said it., 3 Mar 2013
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Having not delved into Bowie's material after Let's Dance, I bought Heathen last week (the supposed comeback album from 2002) and was surprised by the drop in quality between it and Scary Monsters. Not to say that Heathen is a bad album because it isn't by any means but it really isn't the kick in the face that I expected from a Bowie album. The Next Day, however IS. And although this is a cliche, this is the best one since Scary Monsters.
This is Bowie at his most uncompromising, daring, enjoyable and downright tuneful and it deserves all the plaudits that it gets.
The title track kicks things off in spectacular manner and is his best album opener since "It's No Game (Part 1)". It really rocks with defiance and lyrically is also a stunner: "Here I am, not quite dying/My body left to rot in a hollow tree".
Other highlights at the moment are "Dirty Boys" (a sleazy burlesque style winner), the current single "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" (if you haven't already heard this, I advise you to buy it now), the comeback single "Where Are We Now" (likewise), the beautifully melodic "Valentine's Day" and the brilliant album closer "Heat". Come to think of it, there is no filler on here.
Macca, Adam Ant, Gallagher brothers: this is how a comeback is done, by the master himself.
Lyrically absorbant, melodically schizophrenic, deliciously expermiental. This is Bowie at his very best again. Long may it last.
P.S. Please don't rush the follow-up, we don't need another "Reality"!
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Parklive [Deluxe Casebound Book 4CD+DVD]
Parklive [Deluxe Casebound Book 4CD+DVD]
Price: 73.50

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific evening and a fantastic souvenir., 7 Dec 2012
Having been present at the BT London Live Closing Ceremony in Hyde Park, I was curious to see if Blur really were as good as I remembered on that August evening. I am happy to report that this CD and DVD surpassed my expectations. Having seen four bands that day including both the Specials and New Order, Blur still managed to put on the best performance (and that is saying something!).
Playing a set that included something for everybody including all the hits as well as some deeper cuts from albums 13 and Modern Life Is Rubbish, this is a truly stunning comeback from a band that has been away for far too long.
Tracks such as "Trimm Trabb" and "Caramel" sift seamlessly into the big hits "Parklife", "Country House" and "Song 2". And this is where the real treasure of this collection lies in that Blur are able to be unanimous crowd pleasers as well as artistic geniuses.
Anyone worried about the state of Damon Albarn's vocal cords after the Brit Awards performance need not be as he is able with ease to work his way through songs such as "This Is A Low" and "The Universal" with ease and show delicacy in such songs as "No Distance Left To Run" without any strain. Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree are also all on top form and seem to have real fun bouncing off of each other with even Coxon enjoying the joyful knees-up of "Country House". And for those interested, "Under The Westway" fits perfectly into the set and is one of the major highlights.
The songs from the "100 Club" performance are of equal quality and I must say how great it is to see "Young And Lovely", "Bugman" and "Oily Water" being performed again. Whether listening to this in the car and shouting along to the lyrics or trying to spot yourself in the audience on the DVD, this is a great purchase even if the price label for the deluxe edition is a little too steep for most fans.
The book features high quality photographs of the performances but little else for the die-hard fan. It is great though for fans who ordered off of the Blur website to have your name printed in the book which is a brilliant idea and just adds to the value for someone like myself. Still if you are only interested in the Hyde Park performance, it is probably best to go for the album and DVD seperately which currently is much cheaper.
So in conclusion, a great little memory piece for one of the finest gigs I have had the pleasure of seeing. However, as stated previously, I would imagine the deluxe ediion to have less value for someone who wasn't actually there and for those people I recommend the far cheaper standard editions. Long live Blur and let's hope that a new studio album is one the way soon! 9/10

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