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Indigo
Indigo
Price: 12.68

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Baleric Eurodance, 25 Feb 2010
This review is from: Indigo (Audio CD)
Musically this is not at all bad.

I just can't enjoy the sung portions of the album which is unfortunate as this is most of the tracks and fairly large parts of it too.

It turns what could have been a fairly unoffensive and at times reasonably intriguing album into baleric eurodance. Which if you do like, then I'm sure you'll love it.

However, it's not the psy-<grenre> I was looking for.


Kittyhawk
Kittyhawk
Price: 7.56

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Infectious, driving pop tunes., 14 Jan 2008
This review is from: Kittyhawk (Audio CD)
Kittyhawk is an engaging and well crafted collection of songs that proudly wear their influences yet manage to forge this into a cohesively unique sound.

Rowena Dugdale's glacial yet melt in your mouth vocals are married to streetwise lyrics and set to the incandescent pace of a very tight and equally gifted band.

The quality of songs throughout are very high and are infectiously catchy even after a number of listens.

If sun-kissed, upbeat pop tunes with a knowing, darker edge are your thing, I can unreservedly recommend Santa Dog.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy-going story with a twist, 11 Feb 2003
The book, like the hero of the story, aspires to little more than to pass the time in an agreeable way as possible.
In the epic, tragic, action-packed arena of fantasy writing, this is sometimes no bad thing.
The main character is a humble warrior to whom extraordinary things happen. This doesn't change him - instead it makes him realise that rather than constantly being in the thick of things, he'd rather experience adventures a little more....vicariously.
However a nasty little side-effect of his mis-enchanted sword prevents him from a life of complete contentment.
The simplicity of the plot and its subsequent conclusion is a gentle introduction to Mr Watt-Evans writings. I look forward to exploring the rest of the series.


Rhapsody: Child of Blood (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Rhapsody: Child of Blood (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Elizabeth Haydon
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.52

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad effort, 23 Jan 2003
I bought the whole trilogy on rabid recommendations from the Amazon US site. I have to admit it didn't meet up to my expectations. It's not in the league of Raymond E. Feist's Magician as a first effort, nor even Robin Hobb's Liveship series. This is not a book to revise your standard of what is possible in this genre.
I do agree with most comments, concerning such points as a lack of editorial control, under-developed characters and the 'seamless' shifting of plot-lines (which I always find irritating - so few authors are able to do this well). However I do think the story to be an essentially good one and different enough to hold the attention. The very elemental nature of the created world and the resulting magical and religious systems are intriguing. Most importantly, the plot drawns you along and you want to know what is going to happen next.
The first part of the book is excellent and really builds up the anticipation for what is to follow. Unfortunately what follows is an interminable journey through the Root. The story does pick up again - but it's more a coasting along upon the established themes, with little or no variation on them. Drama turns into melodrama.
Rhapsody is built up into this incredible, gargantuan figure far too soon. You just know that there aren't going to be any problems that will give her too much trouble. And to be honest, I don't really find her character to be wholly sincere. Like the sword she wields, Daystar Clarion, she's extremely pretty to look at and extremely powerful. However, whereas a sword has a singular purpose, Rhapsody is unable to fathom her own goals and as such is portrayed as a sort of passive cypher for others to impose their will upon. Worse, she lacks an essential self-knowledge of exactly how incredibly potent a character she is and the myriad possibilities that are now open to her.
Achmed's reunification of the Firbolg is far too easy, quick and requires too much suspension of belief. Rhapsody could have played a far more pivotal part in this but is reduced from being a Joan of Arc character to Florence Nightingale.
The main 'threat' of the evil F'dor, Tsoltan and his nefarious plan of waking the World Serpent, the only part of the story that provided any real dramatic tension, is in the end, dealth with without any climatic struggle.
Like the reel of film at the end of the story, the story burns out and flaps around rather uselessly.
I can only hope things start to improve in the next book of the trilogy.


Voices
Voices
Price: 4.12

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspired, soothing and perfect chill-out, 6 Feb 2000
This review is from: Voices (Audio CD)
Think Enya crossed with Cocteau Twins and you're almost there. Vangelis of course adds his own dash of accessibility and musical sensibilities to the mix. The melodies seem simple but are enduring. This is not a "dark" CD like the other Vangelis I've listened to (Blade Runner of course) nor is as emotive. It is more neutral - good for background music or work. Intrudes just enough to be involving. I like it a lot and makes me want to check out the two other CD's of his that I've been recommended - City and Direct. Good thing they are so cheap :)


My Beautiful Demon
My Beautiful Demon
Offered by westworld-
Price: 11.49

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deep, Moody and Magnificent, 20 Dec 1999
This review is from: My Beautiful Demon (Audio CD)
A definate grower. Fantastic voice, not bad lyrics and just enough variation in the music to keep the listener interested. I bought it on the strength of listening to an Real Audio clip of 'Give me Everything' and the rest of the album doesn't disappoint.
Thoughtful music and that voice is so engaging that you keep on listening despite yourself.
Highly recommended.


Play
Play
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 5.04

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, well worth checking out, 20 Dec 1999
This review is from: Play (Audio CD)
It's the bluesy roots that anchor this magnificient CD and give it depth. Forget 'I like to Score'. This is a much MUCH better Moby CD.


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