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Them Vs You Vs Us
Them Vs You Vs Us
Offered by marvelio-uk
Price: 7.91

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun but flawed, 31 May 2007
This review is from: Them Vs You Vs Us (Audio CD)
It took me a lot of listens to finally decide what I thought of this album. When I first started it up, having heard the first track 'Paralyzer' and being quite excited about the more funk based, bouncy style, I was initially disappointed. It seems that with this album the lyrics have taken a step backwards, they aren't as clever or as thoughtful as previously. There is far more repetition than I feel comfortable with, especially in an album that's only 41 minutes long, which makes it seem like there is a final heavier and faster song missing from the tail end of the album. This could be because the quieter songs just don't have the same impact as those from the last album, or that the heavier songs just sound so much better.

However to write this off due to this would be a mistake because it belittles the true qualities of this album, namely the music itself. It takes a few listens (this album is a bit of a grower), but almost every song is absolutely infectious with searing guitars and thumping drums and tunes that flow seamlessly through songs, rising and falling but always moving organically between the two. The style they're done in gives the songs energy and a sense of fun and the timing on each song is also perfect, the guitars coming in at precisely the right point in the chorus of 'Sense of a Spark' and at the end of 'Easy Life'. The short(ish) length of the album also encourages you to listen to it again and again because it prevents you from getting bored of it. Standout tracks include 'Paralyzer', 'Falling On', 'Sense of a Spark' and 'Easy Life' amongst others.

Maybe smarter lyrics didn't fit with the style of the album. Maybe the band decided to become more mainstream. Either way that is the only thing missing from this album, except possibly more songs. It's not as good as their previous efforts but it is still awesome. Recommended.


Thirteenth Step
Thirteenth Step
Price: 11.14

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly the perfect album, 27 Aug 2006
This review is from: Thirteenth Step (Audio CD)
This album is fantastic, period. There is a huge variation in between all the tracks on the album, right from the first engaging drum beats of 'The Package' to the the floaty drumming through "Gravity", achieved as much through the tempo and stylings of each song as the range of instruments and the sounds these instruments are used to create. Yet despite this there is a wonderful cohesive feel between each song, even as the gentle flowing 'The Nurse Who Loved Me' driftings into the heavy and harsh 'Pet' you never feel like there is a break in the albums message. They flow beautifully from one to the other and the themes following on perfectly, probably the work of the meticulous planning that no doubt went into the albums production. Then layered on top of the beautifully crafted melodies is possibly the best singing voice I've ever heard, telling you a story about the stages of a persons drug addictions. Well, it is in APC, I'm not so fond of Tool.

However, because of the story-like nature of the album a few problems arrise. The tracks 'Crimes' and 'Lullaby' are little more than interlude tracks, which is fine when you listen through the entire album, but as tracks they are disappointing and I tend to skip them most of the time. The track 'The Nurse Who Loved Me' is a full song but suffers from the same problem, I find that there's not enough there to keep me entertained. However, if you like clever, melodious and mature rock/metal music then definitely check this album out, it is (almost) perfect.


Singles, The [+DVD]
Singles, The [+DVD]

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cherry-picking still excludes some of the best songs..., 16 May 2006
This review is from: Singles, The [+DVD] (Audio CD)
I have all five major Feeder albums and I love all of them... and on this basis I can heartily recommend to anyone that you should get this album. Almost every song on here is fantastic (personally I'm not too keen on Suffocate, they should have put Cement on here instead, and Save Us isn't as good as the other new songs), and it shows the continued evolution of a great band. The only disappointing thing in my eyes is that more of the songs from Polythene and Yesterday Went Too Soon aren't included, but those that are really have been cherry-picked to give you (some of) the best ones from the albums (bar Suffocate). Pay special attention to the songs High and Yesterday Went Too Soon... they are pre-Echo Park classics. In fact just buy the whole lot, you won't be disappointed.


X&Y
X&Y
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: 4.19

6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Distinctly average, 24 Jun 2005
This review is from: X&Y (Audio CD)
Now not being a huge Coldplay fan, but liking them nonetheless, I have managed to aquire all three albums. Don't ask how. And having listened to all three, I can say that the most recent one, X&Y, is a disappointment. Comparing it with the other two, it doesnt have the overall quality right through it that Parachutes had (despite the lack of lyrical quality present), and it doesnt have the standout songs present in A Rush of Blood to the Head. So what does it have going for it? Well there aren't really any bad songs on the album. Unfortunately most of the songs tend to creep into the forgotten catagory, you remember the really good songs and really bad songs on any album but forget the average ones, and this (like with half of AROBTTH) happens to most of the songs here, but without the triple A quality songs to make the album an essential purchase. There are good songs on here, White Shadows and Low are my favourites but most of the others are just average. Both the previous albums are better, your preference tells you which.


finger eleven
finger eleven
Offered by OnlineMusicFilmsGames
Price: 13.55

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure magic, almost, 17 April 2005
This review is from: finger eleven (Audio CD)
Wow. This album is amazing. From the moment the guitar riffs of "Other Light" hit you to the moment "Obvious Heart" fades into obscurity I was hooked almost 100% of the time. With both brilliant vocals and excellent lyrics this album stands out as the best one in my collection. There are however 2 songs that for me are slightly below the generally high quality of the others, "The Last Scene of Struggling" has great verses but the chorus lacks the same quality due to the irrating samples in the background, and "Panic Attack", which just doesnt work as well as the other songs. They arent bad songs, dont get me wrong, but they just dont cut it with the others in my opinion. Look out for "Thousand Mile Wish", "Other Light", "Obvious Heart" and especially "Good Times" the best song on the album and one of my favourite of all time. Buy, buy, buy, you wont regret it.


The Solar Hi Fi System
The Solar Hi Fi System

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, brilliant and just a little off the wall...., 8 April 2005
This review is from: The Solar Hi Fi System (Audio CD)
This is one strange album, in a very good way. The mix of ridiculous lyrics, strange samples and a singing voice that I would describe as 'a father singing lullabies to his child' makes for interesting listening, and I think is a mix that works extremely well. The songs also have a deeper meaning to them if you listen hard enough which once you discover makes this more than a novelty album, for example 'Circles, Squares And I Blame The Parents" is a song about conforming to the rules of society. And "Remind Me A Song", which is not only the best song on the album, is one of my favourite songs of all time, it's just brilliant. However before you fork out your hard earned cash, consider that the album is only 35 minutes long and the comedy of some of the songs can wear a bit thin after a while (the reason it only gets 4 stars), but the others will stay in your head forever. For me an essential purchase, and other people will thank you for bringing a bit of Adventure into their lives, trust me.


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