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Here We Go Round Again Ep [VINYL]
Here We Go Round Again Ep [VINYL]
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars PUGWASH - MAKING THE MUSIC OF THEIR LIVES.., 6 Dec 2012
Fans of Thomas Walsh and his band Pugwash will already know what to expect - beautifully produced, written and sung slices of prime pop/rock - intelligent yet accessible. This 10 inch vinyl EP includes the Olympus Sound cut 'HERE WE GO ROUND AGAIN' (co-written and co-sung by Andy Partridge of XTC fame)and 3 brand new tracks.
'Ying Yang' is a deceptively simple yet naggingly addictive rocker with more than a nod to Walsh's hero Jeff Lynne, 'Better That We Dance' features sumptuous layers of harmony, beautiful guitar by Tosh Flood and some of the finest lyrics you'll hear this year. Tales Of The Unexpected is a Beachboy's inspired take on the old TV theme tune. It works a treat.
Pugwash really are on a roll at the moment and if you're passions include the likes of ELO, KINKS, SMALL FACES, BLUR, XTC and Squeeze then you are in for a treat. And yes they do 'Beatles' better that anyone in the current music scene.

Downright Ugly Blues
Downright Ugly Blues
Price: £7.49

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4.0 out of 5 stars THE SMURF HAS LANDED - UK BLUES WITH BRAINS, 18 Oct 2012
Howlin Smurf's debut is a breath of fresh air. It's quirky, intelligent, isn't afraid to flirt with more mainstream pop, folk and rock and, most importantly, is fun.
The Smurf plays and sings everything on the album and the arrangements are inventive and perfectly realised.
Highlights include Negativity, Hit & Run and the rollicking Face The Lord. EPBFAPC, My Rider & Hybrids mix skiffle/folk with new wave sensibility, whilst A Man Needs A Woman? is a beautiful and poignant ballad - think Wild Horses era Stones. It's that good.
Throw in nods to The Faces, Cream and more modern Blues hero's like Seasick Steve, Bellowhead & Frank Turner and you've got an unusual and exciting kick up the proverbial backside for the UK Blues scene in 2012.
Long may the Smurf Howl.

Rayman Origins (Wii)
Rayman Origins (Wii)

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5.0 out of 5 stars RAYMAN STEALS BACK HIS 2D CROWN, 16 Dec 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Rayman Origins (Wii) (Video Game)
No Wii Mario this year....never fear for Rayman Origins is here to give you your platforming fix this yuletide.....and it's jaw droppingly brilliant.
Stunning hand drawn graphics, off the wall music and sound effects and challenging without being stupidly hard (stand up last years Donkey Kong). The platforming is the meat of the game but you also get sideways scrolling R-Type shoot-em-up levels and massive end of level boss battles. Throw in a multi player option which turns the already frantic gameplay into a relationship destroying delight, and you've got the best Wii game of the year.
If you were brought up on early 90's platformers such as Earthworm Jim and Coolspot then Rayman Origins will rock your world.
Think Mario on acid and you won't go far wrong. c

Answers On A Postcard
Answers On A Postcard

5.0 out of 5 stars The Return Of The Magnificent Four, 26 Jun 2011
Pugwash return with the fine single 'Answers On A Postcard' - a jaunty hook laden slice of Beatley goodness and non album B-side (if you can call it that these days) 'Heal Me'. The latter is every inch the equal of AOAPC with it's swooning harmonies, erudite lyrics and classic chord structure. That this track was bumped off the forthcoming album 'The Olympus Sound' only bodes extremely well for the new long player. Buy it and then buy it again. c

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