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Cretacolor Graphite Stick Large 6B
Cretacolor Graphite Stick Large 6B
Offered by The Art Palette
Price: £1.85

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tool for drawing., 18 Aug 2011
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I ordered this the evening before it arrived, making this the fastest delivery ever [I bought it from The Art Palette, via Amazon]. The graphite stick arrived bubble-wrapped and in a box, so it was all in one piece. It's a good tool to have when sketching and drawing, and the service I received was top-notch.


Di Naye Kapelye
Di Naye Kapelye
Price: £13.79

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best records I own., 9 Mar 2011
This review is from: Di Naye Kapelye (Audio CD)
I can't believe no-one has reviewed this before!
I know very little about Jewish Eastern European music, but one thing I do know is that - at least going by Di Naye Kapelye - it is highly accomplished and highly passionate. The slow airs are heartfelt, the singing (which reminded me of Irish Sean Nós) is moving (considering the fate of the culture that created this style), but the more up-tempo numbers fizz with joy. This kind of music is for everyone, not just folk aficionados. I frequently play this album from start to finish.
It's terrific stuff, and I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone!


Soisín
Soisín
Price: £13.75

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The mellow side to Kíla, 14 July 2010
This review is from: Soisín (Audio CD)
Inspired by an Irish woman who became a Buddhist monk in Japan (her given name 'Soshin' has been written in Irish as 'Soisín'), this latest album finds Kíla in a much more introspective mood than the fast-paced 'Gambler's Ballet'. There are no lyrics to any of the songs beyond wordless calls and sighs, and there are found-sounds scattered throughout (a dog barks in the distance on one track). They also add to their increasingly wide range of instruments with objects, such as a squeaking gate (an idea more akin to Einsturzende Neubauten than an Irish folk group).

Kíla have made a well-deserved name for themselves as a group that revels in their Irish/Gaelic identity whilst reaching out to other cultures around the world. In 'Soisín', the music has hints of its Japanese inspiration, but it is an album that brings to mind those moments when you retreat from the world altogether.

A chill-out album? Perhaps. It's not as boisterous as some of their others, but it's a special thing. Half-way through listening to it for the first time I thought: I'm glad I'm alive to hear this.

Spléachadh isteach i bhflaithis Dé an ceol.


Table Songs of Georgia
Table Songs of Georgia

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eerie Music, 7 Oct 2008
This review is from: Table Songs of Georgia (Audio CD)
This is a good introduction to the eerie singing style of Georgia. It sounds so ancient and yet timeless that one does not have to be familiar with the country or its traditions to become absorbed in this mesmeric polyphony. If you like choral, vocal or interesting/strange music, this is for you.


Quotable Atheist: Ammunition for Nonbelievers, Political Junkies, Gadflies and Those Generally Hell-bound
Quotable Atheist: Ammunition for Nonbelievers, Political Junkies, Gadflies and Those Generally Hell-bound
by Jack Huberman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.64

27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rational sound-bites, 7 Sep 2008
A nice enough little book, that lists famous figures from A-Z, and from all walks of life, and prints what each had to say on religion/god(s)/humanity. It's surprising just how many household names were/are Atheists..


Wild Blue Yonder [DVD]
Wild Blue Yonder [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brad Dourif
Price: £8.00

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Open your eyes, 7 July 2008
This review is from: Wild Blue Yonder [DVD] (DVD)
How often do we see beneath the ice cap, floating in a world of shimmering, glittering ice? How often do we see the earth from space? If you answer 'too often', you will (a) be bored by this film, and (b) need to shake off the anaesthetic of familiarity.
Herzog's tale is of people leaving earth only to retun to it and see it as though for the first time. It is also the story of people who treat the new and wonderful as commonplace and dull. The lesson to be taken away from this is : open you eyes. Look around you as though you were an alien newly arrived on Earth.
This is a rewarding film, but NOT for those who want to be spoon-fed images.


Alles Wieder Offen
Alles Wieder Offen
Price: £14.36

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Open Again, 5 Nov 2007
This review is from: Alles Wieder Offen (Audio CD)
As a long-time EN fan, I was more than pleased when I first heard this album. Since their break with exploitative record labels and what seemed like a retreat into a subscription-only world of studio experimentation, this record proves that - not only are they still on a mission - but that their sound has benefitted from their seclusion in the studio. It would seem that the trial and error of the past few years, experienced by those who 'joined the club' and supported them by subscribing to their website, have helped to propel the band beyond expected (or accepted) limits. Fans of the band have seen them move away from the violence of Kollaps to the serenity of Perpetuum Mobile. And as thrilling a voyage as that has been, this album offers no conclusion to it. It is not a culmination, but an exciting next step for a band that shows no signs of fatigue.
True, this album has little of their early abrasion. But the cool, remote soundscapes of Perpetuum Mobile are not the defining characteristic here either. There are shades of their Haus Der Luege masterpiece, Fiat Lux, throughout the album, but there is a calm grandeur to all the tracks here. The impression one gets is of a band overflowing with confidence, and happy to describe their vision unencumbered with audience expectations. It's certainly one of their best, and will be seen as one of their most important albums in coming years.
For existing fans, then, it is a vital purchase; as important a landmark as Ende Neu or Silence Is Sexy. For neophytes, it serves as a good introduction, if only to dispell the fear that EN are all Sturm und Drang.
Just as Ende Neu and Tabula Rasa, did what their titles promised, Alles Wieder Offen, opens our eyes and ears to new things and leaves us eager for EN's next move.


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