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The World We Made: Alex McKay's Story from 2050
The World We Made: Alex McKay's Story from 2050
by Jonathon Porritt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last - a 'can do', optimistic vision of a sustainable future!, 21 Dec 2013
A fascinating look into a possibly future, and how we could get there. This is a book for people interested in finding solutions rather than complaining about problems - really inspiring, and set out in accessible, bite-sized chunks

If you want to be inspired, want to inspire your less-environmentally minded friends, or you've had enough of worthy '5 million ways to be green' eco-guides or depressing books about how bad climate change is, then this is the book for you!


Floodplain
Floodplain
Price: £13.92

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 22 May 2011
This review is from: Floodplain (Audio CD)
A beautiful album. The Raga, and the Serbian track that ends the album, are absolutely gorgeous pieces of music - in just a fortnight of owning the album they've hit my 'top 25 most listened' list on my itunes due to constant listening!


Last of the Country Gentlemen
Last of the Country Gentlemen
Price: £9.25

27 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars self indulgent twaddle, 22 May 2011
This album took me on an emotional journey. Starting with excitement and anticipation based on the rave reviews, followed by disappointment, then irritation, and finally I actually got angry that someone saw fit to inflict this lump of self indulgent twaddle on the world.

I'm a big music fan, with very diverse taste, and I do like a bit of melancholia... and I really did try with this album, giving it several listens... but in the end I found it so 'moving' that I was compelled to move to my CD player to turn it off.

Seven excruciatingly long, droning whinges, based on a single musical idea which he then repeats throughout the album, so the songs merge into a single, endless swamp. All sung in a voice so dripping with theatrically over-emphasised angst that you'd want to slap the guy - if your mind hadn't already gone numb with the sheer tedium of it all. And boy, does he go on! And on, and on, and on - half the songs are over 10 minutes of aimless musical porridge. And just when you think a song is over, it drags itself back like a sick old dog clinging to the last, painful, vestiges of life.

While there are some good moments - lovely strings on 'woman when I've raised hell' and 'honeymoon'- sadly those moments of beauty soon disappear back into the endless swamp of self pity.

I felt pain when i listened to this - the kind of pain you feel when you're cornered in the pub by an old alcoholic with a head full of excruciatingly dull, self pitying stories.

Do not buy this album. Unless you're buying my copy in a selfless act of mercy
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You Shield Me from Darkness
You Shield Me from Darkness

5.0 out of 5 stars stuck to my CD player!, 8 May 2011
I saw Michael Wookey about 9 months ago playing a small support gig in London with Thomas Truax. Bought Shield Me from Darkness at the gig, and it's taken up residency on my CD player...

Lovely, simple melancholy melodies played on a variety of toy pianos, salvation army organs and other random stuff, with great vocals and superb lyrics... Definitely an album to listen to all the way through rather than on Shuffle - but be warned, you'll feel like you've just gone through a major breakup once you get to the end!


My Sister Is My Clock
My Sister Is My Clock
Price: £8.64

5.0 out of 5 stars challenging but well worth it!, 16 Feb 2008
This review is from: My Sister Is My Clock (Audio CD)
This isn't and easy 'dip in, dip out' album, but if you like music that challenges and digs at you, check out this album!!! At times jarring, at times (arguably self indulgent), but filled with moments of beauty. Listen to it all the way through, go on the trip a few times, and it grows and grows. WELL worth the effort.


American Fascists: the Christian Right and the War on America
American Fascists: the Christian Right and the War on America
by Chris Hedges
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb. Sounds a much needed warning without attacking religion itself, 11 Mar 2007
This book is incredible. Hedges eloquently constructs his arguments using the words of the preachers themselves, to draw a chilling comparison between the Christian Right and the fledgling fascist movements of 1920s and 1930s Europe.

Unlike many books about fundamentalist Christians, American Fascists is not an attack on religion itself, and doesn't seek to mock or condescend - indeed, the author lays out his own faith from the start. It is, however, a stark warning about the ongoing misuse of religion by powerful fundamentalists, and how we can ALL be taken in.

If you believe in God or if you are an atheist, read this book.


Up From The Catacombs: The Best Of Jane's Addiction
Up From The Catacombs: The Best Of Jane's Addiction
Price: £7.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great but no surprises, 21 Feb 2007
The importance of janes addiction as an alt-rock trailblazer should not be underestimated, the '87 live album on XXX and the '88 Nothings Shocking being, in the context of the time, truely groundbreaking. Of course now that's getting on for 20 years ago, but still the music stands on its merits, rather than just the initial novelty - if you're looking for an introduction to Janes Addiction, look no further. Having said that, you can get ALL their 6 albums (the XXX release, Nothings Shocking, Ritual, Kettle Whistle, the live & rare compilation and Strays) for a total of about 20 quid these days - this compilation contains nothing new, the difference in sound quality is minor, and if you get the set, you can discover all the wonderful gems that didn't make it onto Catacombs


Live At The Matrix - La 1967
Live At The Matrix - La 1967
Price: £12.63

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars hmmm..., 7 Feb 2007
As a big fan of the doors, i was intrigued to hear of an early live recording. It's an interesting CD - with early and very different versions of The End and Light my Fire... and good to hear Jim Morrison's voice before he felt he had to yell his way through gigs.

But why were they playing so darn slow???? Back Door Man and When the Music's Over song sounds like a 45 played at 33, and with a couple of exceptions, the whole gig is bored and painfully drudgy. The excitement of the doors is in the intense delivery, and this performance was about as intense as a lethargic snail on lithium.

An interesting disc, but confirms that Doors performances could be patchy - particularly as this seems to be a compilation of more than one gig - surely they could fill a CD with good ones?
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One
One
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Price: £3.78

3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, 23 Nov 2006
This review is from: One (Audio CD)
While Panic Channel have avoided sounding too much like Janes Addiction, Deconstruction, Porno for Pyros or any other permutation of the Janes Addiction legacy, they do however manage to sound like just about every other 'not bad' alt rock band of the early '90s, or more recently, like a great many 'new metal' bands. Maybe it's a grower - and there are a couple of great tracks which ease my disappointment - but with each quick 'vrrrrm' down the fretboard opening followed by 'chugga chugga' metal riff, I begin to wonder if the magic really was all down to perry farrel???


Burlesque and the Art of the Teese/ Fetish and the Art of the Teese
Burlesque and the Art of the Teese/ Fetish and the Art of the Teese
by Dan Anderson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.00

6 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars more 'look at me' than let me entertain you..., 10 Nov 2006
this book seems more of a promotion vehicle for Miss Teese than anything else. Using a few different models would have made it a little less self-celebratory, but if you want to look at Dita in her many favourite outfits (not unpleasant by any means!) then this ain't a bad buy


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