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The Fame
The Fame
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lady Madonna, 15 May 2010
This review is from: The Fame (Audio CD)
I think Lady Gaga is a fair replacement for Madonna,who has now become rather

This album surprised me with its catchy tracks.I love Poker Face and A Love Game
and also Lady G's rough and ready style.Fair to say she has borrowed from other performers,but maybe there's a gap in the market at the moment and she's filled it quite satisfactorily.

This album's fresh and bouncy,raw and urgent,and thoroughly danceable.

Beware, Princess Elizabeth
Beware, Princess Elizabeth
by Carolyn Meyer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen Of Hearts, 10 May 2010
I am currently reading this book and finding it unputdownable.
The characters are well described and the book moves at a fast pace.
Elizabeth 1(a heroine of mine) comes over as being strong,sometimes bewildered by Fate,but triumphant in her extremely difficult position.

I am not a teenager,but can recommend this book to all age groups.

The cover is beautiful as well.Read it soon!!

The Beatles - Help! - Plus Unseen Footage [1965] [VHS]
The Beatles - Help! - Plus Unseen Footage [1965] [VHS]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Help Is On The Way, 27 Oct. 2009
I watched this film on VHS two nights ago and it was the perfect escape.Lovely singable Beatles songs(including perhaps my favourite - You've Got To Hide Your Love Away),a silly and hilarious plot,John,Paul,George and Ringo,Eleanor Bron ("I am not what I seem") as Ahme,stylishly dressed high priestess of a nutty Indian religious
cult,and some super photography,make up a jolly romp of a movie,without pc,without violence,without swearing,indeed without any of the vulgarity of the late 20th/21st century.

What more could one ask for in a film?

Watch it ASAP.

Draw The Line
Draw The Line
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4.0 out of 5 stars Full Steam Ahead, 7 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Draw The Line (Audio CD)
I was eagerly awaiting the new CD by David Gray,having bought the last one
Life In Slow Motion,in 2005.

This album did not disappoint,and with eleven tracks it more than makes up for
the waiting time. I loved David Gray's collaboration with Jolie Holland on Kathleen
and Annie Lennox on Full Steam Ahead.Dolly Parton was approached to duet on the latter track,but due to work commitments she had to decline.

Clune,David Gray's old drummer,left the band in 2007 and the new backing musicians
are excellent.

The title says it all...David Gray has been an emotional fugitive for too long(his parents divorced when David was in his early twenties and who knows what pain he went through...),but his continued success has contributed to his confidence and
prestige and earned him awards.

So listen to this album and you won't be disappointed.Its quality and its class.

The Essential Alison Krauss
The Essential Alison Krauss
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Listening, 19 Aug. 2009
This is a must have in anyone's record collection.Anyone who appreciates
music on a higher level,that is.Alison Krauss has an effortlessly
stunning voice,she has brought bluegrass music to the masses,so to speak.

I loved this album.My particular favourites are A Simple Love,
Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us and the best track of all,A Living Prayer,
which made me cry.

This album will convert the listener to bluegrass,which is a special genre of music and not to be missed.

A heavenly listen.

Island of the Blue Dolphins
Island of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O'Dell
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars An Inspirational Story, 12 July 2009
This book was made into a film which I later saw.

A very sad story which holds memories for me.

Karana is alone on St Nicolas's island,left to survive after her
father is killed and her brother dies at the hands of a pack of wild dogs. Beautifully shot and with Karana,the heroine,triumphing over
all odds,it has a strong storyline.

However the book is easier to digest than the film.

I think kids today will enjoy the story in book form.I must
say though,that the film has quite a few deaths in it,although
the scenery is breathtaking and the direction exciting.

I can recommend this book.

After The Gold Rush
After The Gold Rush
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful And Iconic, 9 July 2009
This review is from: After The Gold Rush (Audio CD)
This album sprang to my mind when I watched Neil Young's
superb performance at Glastonbury this year.
I had to purchase the CD having already got the vinyl version
and the songs sound as intriguing and fresh as they did in the Seventies.
"Look at Mother Nature on the run,in the Nineteen Seventies" makes perfect
sense,a forewarning of global warming and the environmental crisis the world is now facing.

Neil Young is a visionary and a legendary songwriter.
The current generation is enjoying a rebirth of his work and
its most welcome.

I especially like Don't Let It Bring You Down and Birds,the latter song
is poignant and heartbreaking.

Most of the songs on this album drip with emotion,deeply felt
opinions and immortal words.

Highly recommended.

Old Moore's Almanack 2009: Published Under the Original Copyright Dating Back to 1697 (Old Moore)
Old Moore's Almanack 2009: Published Under the Original Copyright Dating Back to 1697 (Old Moore)
by Francis Moore
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars World Predictions For You, 18 Jun. 2009
I have been buying this almanac for a few years now and find it pretty accurate,especially for world affairs.

The monthly weather forecasts are good,also.There are a few predictions
for celebrities(Lewis Hamilton,Cate Blanchett are a couple of examples.)
The almanac makes a good reference book for those interested in fate
and what's happening in the state of the world.

Worth a read.

Quicken The Heart (CD+DVD)
Quicken The Heart (CD+DVD)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Raison D'Etre For The Entire Family, 13 May 2009
What can I say about this album?

Well for starters,it heralds Maximo Park's very welcome return to the music scene in 2009,after a two-year gap between their last album Our Earthly Pleasures and this new one,Quicken The Heart.

There are twelve tracks on this album,cohesively produced by Nick Launay,the man behind Nick Cave's hugely successful Dig!Lazarus Dig!
and they're all little gems of songs,in their own way.

There are some similarities to album No 1-A Certain Trigger,in that QTH begins with a bouncy number-Wraithlike-(ACT's first track was Signal And Sign,a thumpy,drummy angry song,now a Maximo classic)in which Paul Smith,most passionate frontman and excellent innovative leader of Maximo Park,sardonically begins "Here's a song that finally you can understand..a minor statement meant to counteract the bland..a list of wraithlike quicken the heart." Sadly,some of the fans who listen to MP's songs don't know the meaning of the word "wraithlike".
Which is a shame.

Fresh new guitar sounds and different synths and organs are a powerful feature of Quicken The Heart. Every song on this album is drenched in one or the other,or both,and to amazing sonic effect.Highly talented guitarist Duncan Lloyd and keyboards man Lukas Wooller are both stellar on this album,providing ample backing to Smith's vocals(as passionate and heartfelt as ever),while drummer Tom English lends his skills just as ably to the burgeoning sound of every track.

The theme of this album is lost love,love remembered and celebrated,
with a couple of sexy songs- Let's Get Clinical and Tanned,thrown into the mix.

LGC is surprisingly sensuous - "reawaken my delight,your fingerprints upon my skin",with lots of carefully timed ooh oohs and twiddly,tickly guitar patches here and there.
"Its criminal
when you whisper in my ear
Let's get clinical" croons Paul,while a swirly synth and bumpy guitars/drums interrupt his passion.
Yum! Lip-smacking stuff.

Roller Disco Dreams is deliciously shivery in tune and lyrics
"when I'm resuscitate me" and "this bed's too tight..I stepped upon your records in the night".

When I first heard new tracks off QTH this song hit me as a choice for the first single.Its a very beautiful song.Almost a lament.

There are many influences on this album,which was put together in nine months in 2008 at MP's studio in Newcastle and recorded in LA in October
2008.Influences such as Arctic Monkeys(Wraithlike),Long Blondes on the intro to Penultimate Clinch,and The Sweet's Seventies siren on Wraithlike again.

Other tracks as faves are Overland,West Of Suez,with its almost Chuck Berry-like 1950s rock anthem at the end of the song,and I Haven't Seen Her In Ages,the last track on the album.

To sum up,QTH will be much criticised and much praised.

A definite grower and very high album chart contender.

The accompanying DVD,Monument,comprises footage from Newcastle Arena December 2007 and Head Of Steam and Cluny shows in Newcastle.
The DVD was made by Warp's Film Bee crew and in the footage from The Arena,classic Maximo tunes such as By The Monument,Parisian Skies("oh Rebecca....")and A Fortnight's Time are performed at high speed and not a little panache by the rather wonderful Paul Smith,who uses the now legendary Red Book during Acrobat. He appears like a mirage in the centre of green and white laser lights which splay out from the back of the stage into the stratosphere of the vast Newcastle Metro.

Highlights of the Arena performance include Mr Smith diving across the stage and landing gently flat on his back,arms outstretched,then bouncing up again with supple grace,exclaiming "Havoc! Havoc!"and prancing all across Newcastle Metro's ample stage like Charlie Chaplin on speed,clad in smart scarlet shirt,black bowler,black suit,red tie and red shiny patent shoes. He brings a tear to your eye and much joy to your heart.
Who could resist this spectacle?

Behind the scenes shots are interesting also,showing the boys carrying equipment into Park HQ(their new recording studios in Newcastle),and Paul's nifty football skills,lightly kicking the ball for the camera's benefit,wearing silver trainers and blue jeans,on the threshold of the said studio.

The footage of the Park performing in the Head Of Steam is filmed in grainy black and white,the same media in the Cluny.Very arty stuff.

Offstage,the Park boys are casual and laugh alot.They take life as it comes and are disarming and refreshingly normal,as well as being extremely hard workers and take their music very seriously indeed.

A highly(and highbrow)entertaining package from one of pop's more intriguing and endearing bands.

Buy it now.

20 Great Songs
20 Great Songs
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Price: £1.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 Immortal Songs, 30 April 2009
This review is from: 20 Great Songs (Audio CD)
This compilation of splendid songs by the legendary Paul Robeson has been on my player every evening since I purchased it two weeks ago and it will continue to be played for some time to come.

What can be said about this man's timeless voice?he is enjoying a revival in popularity at the present time and if you like spirituals and gospel tinged songs,this album is a must.

My favourites include My Curly Headed Baby,a soothing,haunting lullaby,
Love Song(From Sanders Of The River),a truly romantic ballad,and the lively,cute Shortnin' Bread,very singable indeed.

Have a listen to this album,it is on another plane altogether and will
elevate your consciousness to a better place.

Highly recommended.

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