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The God Notion: A Non-Religious Guide To Believing In God
The God Notion: A Non-Religious Guide To Believing In God
by Stuart E. Elwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars 'The God Notion' gave me hope., 20 Feb. 2016
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'The God Notion' gave me hope, a kind of hope that can only come from believing in something greater than yourself.

To dismiss all religion because there are no proven facts is missing the point. For those of you who are spiritual, but do not wish to follow any formal, ritualistic organisation, Elwell has taken observations from physics and science and molds them into an understanding of what, perhaps, we should all be believing in...

The Battle Rages On
The Battle Rages On
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4.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Blackmore..., 17 Nov. 2013
This review is from: The Battle Rages On (Audio CD)
Ritchie Blackmore wasn't a happy man. The Blackmore/Gillan feud has become rock & roll folk law. I admit that I have a little bias toward the Blackmore camp with this one, having got into Deep Purple through Rainbow. While I'm very aware of the classic Deep Purple Mk.II line-up and their contribution to British rock music (their influence is immense,) I will say that I've never been the biggest fan of Ian Gillan. His vocal line in certain songs just doesn't seem to be creative and melodic enough for the 80's sound. All of which is a shame, because Blackmore comes up with some truly brilliant riffs and guitar work on this album. The riff on One Man's Meat, for example, is truly exceptional, but Gillan's vocals and song reworking, coupled with the silly title to the song, makes it feel like a missed opportunity.

Some songs, however, do come across brilliantly and seemed to be teasing a bold new direction for Deep Purple. Solitaire and Nasty Piece Of Work have exceptional guitar parts and Gillan captures the mood perfectly with a great accompaniment in his vocals. But the let down for me is the excellent Anya, Blackmore is outstanding, but when Gillan kicks in, he totally misses the brief and doesn't accompany the song's eastern vibe at all.

Talk About Love and Ramshackle Man are quite forgettable. Both, musically at least, work very well. The former opening with a great riff and the latter featuring a great bluesy melody but without the explosive energy as featured in the classic albums and Perfect Strangers, they just don't seem to go anywhere.

It's only been until the recent release of Now What!? that Deep Purple have proved themselves worthy without Blackmore in the mix, that album being one of the finest things the band has ever produced. But this album has amazing highs and disappointing lows. Ritchie is incredible throughout, John Lord goes through the motions, some great stuff but not the definitive sound that he should be.

For years I had this album, unable to get through it in one sitting. Unable to get past Lick It Up, which again starts well, but is ruined by the disjointed vocal line.

For now, this incarnation of Purple is defined by it's guitarist, but they're much happier without each other now and have subsequently both proved that they're better off without each other.

A Day At The Races (2011 Remaster Deluxe 2CD Edition)
A Day At The Races (2011 Remaster Deluxe 2CD Edition)
Offered by Great Price Media EU
Price: £7.63

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Day After The Night Before..., 7 April 2011
What makes this a simply great album, is that it manages to deviate through so many musical styles while maintaining that 'album' feel.

Anyone who labels Queen as a hits band should give this a listen. Boredom simply is not an option. While the opening track 'Tie Your Mother Down' thunders in with a hard-edged simplicity, suddenly it all melts down into the most delicate and intricate song imaginable, You Take My Breath Away, a song created with such care and expertise and yet still delivers the emotion.

While this album will always go hand in hand with the previous album 'A Night At The Opera', not only for it's similar cover, but also it's fine craft mix of hard rock and feel-good pop, it is far beyond being a second fiddle. While it never shook the world with it's signature track 'Somebody To Love' quite like the it's predecessors' 'Bohemian Rhapsody', it still packs the necessary punch of satisfaction at the end.

If you're new to Queen, or maybe you're looking into extending your catalogue beyond the 3 greatest hits album's, I'd recommend this album as a great place to start. It isn't as progressive and their 4 previous efforts and the sound is perhaps better tailored to a wider audience and is more accessible. As such, it makes it the perfect blend of Queen's early and highly respected album-era of music while giving us a taste of the easy listening popular hits of the 80's. Combining depth and access is no easy feat, that's what makes this album, and the band that made it, utterly fantastic.
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Autumn Sky
Autumn Sky
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic release. Notably softer this time..., 8 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Autumn Sky (Audio CD)
It's fair to say that Blackmore's Night are quite lucky. They have the option and ability to create the quietest of ballads, yet totally rock out when the mood takes them, a far cry from most other renaissance/folk inspired bands out there.

The Village Lantern & The Secret Voyage (their 2 previous albums), had notably harder rock sounds, but this seems more in vein with Ghost Of A Rose era where the music seemed more mainstream and lighthearted. Whether this is a good or bad thing I suppose depends on your view of this direction Ritchie Blackmore has taken.

Heavy or soft, makes no difference to me however. I have greatly enjoyed all their albums so far and this is no exception. It may be a little 'samey' in some instances (I feel I've heard songs like Vagabond many times before) but they are still enjoyable and pave the way for some interesting and satisfying songs such as Journyman and Highland.

Don't miss!

(I still prefer the American version of the album cover to the UK one thought.)
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Red Light Fever
Red Light Fever

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've Caught the Red Light Fever!, 9 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Red Light Fever (Audio CD)
What a brilliant and exciting return for Justin Hawkins. After a year or two away from the Rock music scene, he's back with new Super-Group HOT LEG. This is their debut album, Red Light Fever.

To start things off let's get things into perspective; not only are Hot Leg better than The Darkness, they seem to be gelling together more as friends and appear to be getting on swimmingly, so hopefully they'll be around for many years to come.
Tighter than an Italian Tennor's top trouser button, Hot Leg storm their way through 10 tracks of blistering fun-filled, rock-fuelled, wrecking ball romps, barely stopping to reload and filling your ears with delicious (it's GOT to be fattening) ear candy. Swooping block harmonies, thrashing guitar, brilliant drums and bass (dubbed the 'Power Zone' by the band),expert musicianship and they're most definatly not afraid to use keyboards to their campest abilities!

Of course, if you didn't much care for Hawkins' falsetto - Queen on Helium - power ballady - AC/DC riffing style then obviously you're not going to like this. The first track 'Chickens' pretty much confirms that Justin hasn't changed his song writing style (not that we'd ever ask him to).

Permisson To Land was an album that launched The Darkness in Super-Stardom. It was something different, a little off the hook but ultimatly, a damn fine piece of music. After a long wait the heat had died off a little allowing The Darkness to become figures of fun and ridicule rather than recieving praise for their obvious talent. One Way Ticket To Hell...And Back, I feel was more where Justin wanted to go with his music in the first place, and while it contains some of his best work to date the general feel of the album is a little too calculated for some, too studio experty. Bigger but not nessesarily better. Coupled with the fact The Darkness were becoming a rock cliche (drugs and arguments and a little too Spinal Tap) they were never going to last. The novelty for some had worn off well and truely and like all the brightest stars, they burnt out far too quickly.

But this is where Hot Leg differ, they are not a novelty and they won't wear off. They're not mega-stars anymore. The catsuits are gone. The glitter and gold, black panther pantomime is gone too, replaced with hot off the heals musian-ship which the band so obviously has and had in the first place.

Being out of the public eye is allowing Hot Leg to build up a strong following, hopefully they will have a few albums under their belt before the fickle world of main stream music. Bands that make it too big too quickly rarely last because they lack the substance that only comes after years a graft. Gimmicks grab attention, but become old quickly.

Hot Leg sound brilliant. They look well too. And as the fan-base swells, we're reminded just why we fell in love with The Darkness in the first place. This is something to get people up and moving, down and talking, driving and head banging. They will build up their sound and confidence. They will gradually filter into the soundtrack of our lives, and for Hawkins' fan base that never left his side, we are grateful he's still around. Not just around, but more of a musical force that he ever was when he was winning brit awards several years ago.

When I slipped this album into the CD player and pressed 'Play' I had a constant smile on my face for the next 35 minutes. Have they ever heard of doing things by halves? No? Brilliant!!! Roll on Hot Leg 2.
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