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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Potentially ignored masterpiece., 20 May 2008
This review is from: ANTHEMS FOR THE DAMNED (Audio CD)
Unfortunately Filter are largely ignored in the UK, "Hey Man, Nice Shot" was truly awesome and everyone stood up and listened to the former Nail.

However, that aside Filter have always been ignored. I put myself in this category admittedly largely down to irritating material like "Trip Like I Do" etc.

That said, after hearing Soldiers of Misfortune on MySpace I ordered it immediately from ebay, having recieved it just under a week ago - I can't stop listening to it and have booked tickets for myself and a couple of mates to go to Carling Islington 3 weeks time.

I could bang on about how good each song is, but you're not interested, all you need to know is that this album will be overlooked by most...Be the one who doesn't, you won't regret it.
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Lightbulb Sun
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally this album is re-released for everyone who missed it before., 21 April 2008
This review is from: Lightbulb Sun (Audio CD)
Okay, I must confess like most of the reviewers I already have this album from the original release. But I will not be buying it, I would though, if I had a 5.1 system.

For those new, or new-ish to the band this album comes from the "peak" of late 90s-early 00s (Stupid Dream/Lightbulb Sun/In Absentia).

Personally, i'm surprised nobody has praised the album opener "Lightbulb Sun" with a great guitar riff. To be honest the only fault I can pick with this album is "How is your life" which bores me's too stripped back and basic.

Anyway, it doesnt matter, the rest is excellent, just buy it and follow it immediately with Stupid Dream (which is even better), and then In Absentia and finally Signify.

Blackfield II
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Second release of Blackfield brand., 31 Jan 2007
This review is from: Blackfield II (Audio CD)
For those new to Blackfield, Blackfield is Steve Wilson (Porcupine Tree, No-Man) with Aviv Geffen (I'd never heard of him either). Either way, a couple of years ago they released a watered down-softer Porcupine Tree type album featuring some great songs such as "Summer", "Pain" and the self-titled "Blackfield".

The band therefore return again.....Firstly the album opens with the Radiohead-esque "Once", followed by "1000 People". Solid enough then. Before moving onto "Miss You" (cheesy as it sounds, its not bad, better than "Hello" from BF1).

Unfortunately "Christenings..." destroys the flow, sounding like dodgy Bowie singing about a girl in the record shop...a poor moment.

"This Killer" picks us up, before the "Stupid Dream-Lightbulb Sun" era "Epidemic" opens up, without doubt the best song on the album I can't stop listening to it in the car.

"My Gift of Silence" is another good track before "Someday" which would be fine although the swear word interrupts the flow and making it feel disjointed.

The album closes a little dissapointingly. Although Blackfield II will undoubtly appeal to hardcore Wilson fans, and PT newcomers looking for the softer, melodic edge.

Only The Names Have Been Changed (Special Deluxe Packaging)
Only The Names Have Been Changed (Special Deluxe Packaging)

8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reminiscent on early Stereophonics small town tales., 31 Jan 2007
Having heard the entire album on My Space I have to say this is an interesting side project by Kelly.

The format of the album is a simple...writing a stand alone story about girls of differing names. Naturally, these Girls are either sexually loose, depressed, suicide or ideally all in one! However, the charm for me in this stripped back layout of an album is the small Welsh town tales which hardcore Stereophonics fans will know and love from Word Gets Around and Performance and Cocktails eras, not only on the albums but also the B-sides.

I don't normally go for singer-songwriters (the plain acoustic arrangements and lack of melody send me to sleep). But for the occasional listen this fits the bill.

I have to say the highlights are definitely "Katie", "Jayne" (a softer, more exposed version of the hard rocking version on Live From Dakota) and "Jean".

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Floyd on top form., 25 Aug 2006
This review is from: Pulse (Audio CD)
This review is based upon the old release CD which has the same tracks.

Personally I believe the songs on PULSE are a better starting base for the Floyd beginner than the Echoes: Best Of from the early 2000's. This is due to the trippy 60s tracks being excluded in favour of David Gilmour's guitar driven anthems from the 80s and mid-90s along with WHOLE of Floyd's most experimental album, "The Dark Side of the Moon".

Starting with the eternal classic "Shine On..." the first CD is a collection of Gilmour's greatest hits including the anthemic "Learning to Fly" and "Sorrow" mixed with classics from the Wall, "Hey You" and "Brick in the Wall Pt.II".

However, Disc 2 is where the album elevates to another level. Beginning with an entire performance of DSOTM, the experimental album which really concreted the foundations which Floyd would develop on in the 70s. The CD closes with greatest hits from WYWH and the Wall, check out the extended solo on "Comfortably Numb" and "Money".

Pink Floyd were on fine form throughout these live performances which make the album. The full-time return of Richard Wright boosted confidence compared with the previous live offering, "Delicate Sound of Thunder".

Pink Floyd were a fantastic studio and album band, however these songs evolve in a Live environment. Stick PULSE in your car and feel the energy these talented experienced musicians deliver.
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Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but a little samey..., 14 Aug 2006
Now I must confess despite my passion for Prog Metal, I have not heard any previous albums from Coheed & Cambria, and feel this album is a little samey, which is a shame as there is some decent material here.

In particular the eerie "Keeping the Blade", the gentle "Always and Never", the shattering "Welcome Home" before the fantastic single "Ten Speed (Of God's Blood and Burial)" and finally "Apollo I - The Writer Writing".

These songs capture either atmosphere, or clever light metal with melody to provide crafted songs. However once past track 6 the album blurs together somewhat. I have listened to this album several times since its arrival but just cant get further into it, I conclude therefore the variety is the first half of the album and for those concerned with the story concept, it doesnt appear to go anywhere, however this maybe due to having not heard previous albums.

This album is to me at least an indication of what the band can achieve, but have yet to fully deliver. Perhaps planning a single album, rather than a series could help bring out this potential.

Coheed and Cambria clearly have great vocal arrangements, a smooth voice to suit the lightly tinged metal guitars and in the aforementioned tracks some good melodies. ...Burning Star IV will ultimately be best recieved by the hardcore Co&Ca fans.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the bands best album., 25 Jun 2006
This review is based upon the original release of this classic Prog Rock album, Stupid Dream.

Opening with the anthemic hard hitting yet simply constructed "Even Less" (rumoured to be presented in full fourteen minute version on this disc), the album moves on to softer terrain such as the melody-lush "Piano Lessons" and "Pure-Narcotic". These light-indie tinged classics present the true radio-friendly side of Porcupine Tree possibly in its peak and purest form.

The album's centre-piece "Don't Hate Me" stands as a true Pink Floyd tribute with the ending outro section sounding similar to several Floyd classics.

"This is No Reheasal" and "Stranger by the Minute" follow more of the Radio designed mould before the instrumental "Tinto Brass" kicks in, very interestingly formed, Tinto Brass could well be the best track on the album but for Even Less (Pt.I, seven minutes edit on the original releases).

Finally, "Stop Swimming" serves as a gentle closer to a well crafted finely mixed album of melody, hints of prog and hard rock riffs. For Prog and Porcupine Tree fans this is a must and truly demonstrates the bands evolution.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Photographic glory!, 27 May 2006
This review is from: Photoplay (Audio CD)
Photoplay is certainly the first major contender for the honoured title of Prog album of the year, last year, quite deservedly picked up by Porcupine Tree for the fantastic Deadwing.

Photoplay starts solidly enough with There's A Light which isnt a million miles from the christian, Neal Morse, this is followed by What Goes Around with its almost whispered melody.

Asleep in my Hands is where the first major Keyboard / hammond presence is felt.

In fact so little keyboard is present in this album that it is essential a fine blend of very light prog, and good AOR for the radio.

Netherless, a fantastic guitar / keys trade off solo is very effective, and leads us beautifully into what is possibly my favourite track on the album, Standing Still.

Washing in with a gentle keys backing and soft guitar solo, the vocals kick in to produce what will surely become a live anthem.

Immediately after we recieve I Hear Your Voice, Make Me Move and Who I Am, all of which offer truly anthemic qualities.

These middle 3 tracks are then stamped all over by the heaviest track on the album Need to Breathe opening with a brutal (for Jadis, at least) guitar riff to reveal again more beautifully constructed melodies.

This same quality continues through the closing, Please Open Your Eyes and All You've Ever Known.

It's clear that this album has developed on the sound pioneered over sections of the Understand, and Fanatic albums. However so relativity is maintained, Photoplay closes with a guitar solo backed by soft key washing.

This is a gentle but effective close to a solid "Prog" (and I use that word loosely) album.

However, as a Prog fan, I realise Prog is short for Progressive, meaning the band evolve and change, well on that account, Jadis have developed.

Definitely a solid contender however for the Prog album of the year, important that its possibly also the first, perhaps gives itself plenty of time to shine.

I believed Porcupine Tree was the best album last year, clearly the Prog community agreed, I genuinely believe this is a contender this year.

Although, Prog nowadays isnt about awards, its about recognition and respect among a small community, well Jadis have earned that.

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