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Make Another World
Make Another World
Price: 7.99

3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the comeback i'd hoped for...., 15 Mar 2007
This review is from: Make Another World (Audio CD)
The majority of Idlewild fans probably hold '100 Broken Windows' as the pinnacle of their career....the band had really cleaned up their sound but had lost none of the edge of their earlier material. 'The Remote Part' was the album that followed, which was a more commercial-sounding album, but once again the quality of the songwriting never faltered. 'Warnings/Promises' was the very first album which for me was something of a dissapointment in its new folkier direction and a few filler tracks...though still with a good number of quality tracks such as 'Welcome Home', 'El Capitan', 'Too Long Awake' and a number of others.

Most fans disliked the new folk direction they were taking, and by all accounts most of the band weren't keen the plan of action was for Roddy Woomble to 'do his folk thing' on his solo album 'My Secret is my Silence', and for Idlewild the band to return to the angrier, louder band of the past.

So we come to 'Make ANother World'. There's certainly no doubt they've beefed up their sound, with 'If It Takes You Home' possibly being the heaviest thing they've ever recorded. But for me, there's the same problem as with 'Warnings/Promises' - too much filler. And this time there's even more of it.

The album gets off promisingly enough with 'In Competition For...'. And lead single 'No Emotion' is also a stand out track. But of the 10 tracks we get, nothing else really shines in my opinion. Not the way their past albums seemed to. A lot of it sounds to me like 'Idlewild-by-numbers', and worse, a couple of tracks such as 'You And I are both away' sound more like Runrig than Idlewild.

Hugely dissapointing then for me at least, though seemingly i'm in the minority. But I think Idlewild's days could be numbered unfortunately.

Stop The Clocks [2CD + DVD]
Stop The Clocks [2CD + DVD]
Offered by musik-markt
Price: 11.98

12 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A poor representation of a great band, 11 Nov 2006
I don't understand the reasoning behind the tracklisting or track ordering of this collection at all.

Firstly, its a 2cd set. We could have fitted far more than 18 tracks on that amount of space, and Oasis have the songs to fill it. There are some absolute classics missing. Granted 'Def Maybe' and 'WTSMG' are well-represented. However we have nothing from 'Be Here Now', and only one song from each of 'SOTSOG' and 'Heathen Chemistry'. Amongst others, we are missing:

D'You Know What I Mean

Stand By Me

All Around the World

Who Feels Love

Sunday Morning Call

Hindu Times

Stop Crying Your Heart Out

In addition to these singles, there are a lot of album tracks which should have been included from this period.

We could also have included a lot more b-sides, there are easily six or seven which deserve a place.

All this could have been included. There is space for it. But it's not there...why?

Sadly, this is a poor representation of Oasis' career and any newcomers would do much better to pick up 'Definately Maybe' and 'WTSMG', along with the b-sides collection 'The Masterplan'.

ANd one final new songs? What possible incentive is there for long time fans to buy this? They will undoubtedly already own everything on it.

Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
Price: 4.11

13 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A selection of the Ramones best songs, 21 Sep 2006
This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
The 'Ramones ANthology' is really the essential Ramones purchase. Two full to the brim discs, and there's barely one filler track on there. It is cheaper than this compilation.

A previous reviewer talks about this compilation being good for people who don't have time to 'trawl' through the Anthology. The Anthology is a collection which contains only excellent songs, there simply aren't songs you could lose from it.

THis compilation has all great songs. but it misses out dozens more, and is really only for the most casual of casual listeners.

Personality: One Was A Spider. One Was A Bird
Personality: One Was A Spider. One Was A Bird
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: 6.04

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Personality? - you're kidding right?, 27 July 2006
I've been a huge Sleepy Jackson fan for a few years now. I bought their self titled debut EP, the 'Caffeine in the Morning Sun' EP and the 'Let Your Love Be Love' EP. These were all lo-fi, sometimes experimental, but always brilliant pieces of work, effortlessly jumping across genres.

Then their debut album 'Lovers' came out and it exceeded all expectations. It was so strong: almost any song from that album could have been picked as a single. Some of the many highlights were: This Day, Come To This, Miniskirt, Vampire Racecourse, Acid in My Heart, Don't You Know....there really wasn't one second of filler on there. So many instantly catchy and memorable melodies, it sounded like a greatest hits album. And to be fair, it did feature tracks from earlier eps, so to a certain extent it was.

And now this. On first listens, its instantly recognisable as the Sleepy Jackson. It's a much lusher, more polished sound, the harmonies are perfect, and there's some nice strings on some tracks. Which is all very nice, but after my first listen, there wasn't one melody I could pick out.

I've given it several listens, and there are a few nice tracks: 'You Needed More', 'Devil in My Yard', 'I Understand What You Want'. But none of these even approach the brilliance of the Lovers tracks. Worse still, a lot of the album seems very wishy washy, the kind of music you'd have on as background noise. And all in all, lacking in 'Personality'.

So all in all I'm very disappointed by it. I hope the next one will be a return to form, as its clear to me that Luke Steele is an incredibly talented chap who can produce far far better music than this.

Songs for Polarbears
Songs for Polarbears
Price: 10.01

17 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Jeepster cash in on their old band, 15 May 2006
This review is from: Songs for Polarbears (Audio CD)
Please, just don't buy this. It really is 'reissue repackage repackage' of the very worst kind. Snow Patrol have gone big and everyone loves them. Jeepster must be a tad peeved now that the Patrol have a different label, but why not make a bit of dosh by repackaging their first album with some duff filler and b-sides?

The additional tracks are frankly not worth having. THe album itself is no masterpiece, but if you don't have it pick it up for a few quid rather than buying this expensive absurdity. A disgrace with the sole intention of ripping off fans.
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Legacy: the Absolute Best
Legacy: the Absolute Best
Offered by marvelio-uk
Price: 16.52

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PRETTY MUCH PERFECT, 11 May 2006
A Doors best Of.

A single disc is going to miss out a lot of important stuff.

A Boxset - well, there's only six albums, so a boxset is just silly. You'd be better off buying the six albums.

Two disc set - good choice. Chronological as well is another plus for me. And lastly, a good choice of tracks. no less than 8 of the 11 tracks from the debut, proportionately less for 'Soft Parade', and a live version of the Lizard Celebration at the end.

And nice cover, booklet, liner notes too. Couldn't be any better.

Either buy this if you like the Doors, or buy all six albums if you love them. Don't buy anything else.

Eyes Open
Eyes Open
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.00

8 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Snow Patrol take their place in the premier league, 7 May 2006
This review is from: Eyes Open (Audio CD)
To all intents and purpose, this is a fine album. It achieves what it sets out to achieve, namely to put Snow Patrol in the ''premier league'' of current British music alongside the likes of Keane, Coldplay and Athlete. This it achieves admirably.

However, this is not the kind of music I like. I find it bland, uninspiring and tedious. Whilst one can hardly blame Gary Lightbody for catering for the masses, I personally think there was much more to admire about the kind of stuff he was knocking out when Snow Patrol were touring the pubs and clubs to audiences of 20 or less. That music was raw, emotional, and I found it a lot more melodic too.

There are a couple of nice tunes here, first single 'You're All I Have', 'Hands Open', 'Set the Fire to the Third Bar' are decent enough. But in my opinion, it's one big sell out.

I would recommend the excellent 'When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up' for a taste of the true Patrol before they made it big.

Edit: after several more listens it's actually worse than i though

Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 11.44

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AT LAST - NEW ORDER PRODUCE THE GOODS, 14 April 2006
This review is from: Singles (Audio CD)
For the New Order fan, there have been numerous 'best ofs' so far. First came the excellent 'Substance', but now several albums down the line it was obviously out of date and needed either a 'Substance 2' or better still, a proper chronological collection of all their singles in one package.

Not much to ask? You'd be surprised. First came a poor single disc 'Best of' which criminally missed off some of NO's best tracks. Then came a 'Rest of' remixes collection.....And then came a four cd boxed set which was possibly the worst 'best of' I have ever seen in my life.

Basically what I am saying is that they were all appalling, but this one is brilliant. I hardly need comment on the actual songs, needless to say a collection of all the New Order singles is not going to be anything other than fantastic.

Superb songs, superbly compiled and collected. If only more bands would follow this example.

You See Colours
You See Colours
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: 3.00

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They are capable of better, 4 April 2006
This review is from: You See Colours (Audio CD)
First things first, it's a great album. Standout tracks for me are 'Hideaway', 'Lillian', 'Waste of Space' and 'Valentine'.
So why 4 stars and not 5? The Delays' debut was in my opinion a masterpiece of pop perfection, and ranks amongst the best albums I have ever heard. To my ears, it sits alongside the likes of Revolver and Rubber Soul, Forever Changes, Mr Tambourine terms of blissful summery jingly jangly pop. From start to finish, it was a masterpiece.
Here, the Delays have tampered to an extent with the original formula, adding electronic synthesisers to the equation, and moving towards a dance sound. Some may appreciate this shift, but for me, they were perfect already, and any change from their initial sound is going to be a change for the worse.
There are a couple of tracks which if not exactly filler, are bettered by 'Faded Seaside Glamour' leftovers such as Overlover and 'Quiet'. Namely 'This Town's Religion' and 'Sink like a Stone'.
But it is still a great album, and better than 99% of albums you will hear this year.

First Impressions Of Earth
First Impressions Of Earth

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It could so easily have been an all time classic, 16 Mar 2006
The Strokes' debut album was pretty much universally (and correctly) hailed as a masterpiece. It's follow-up I thought was probably just about as good, I was certainly very pleased by it. There was criticism that the band hadn't moved on, me, I thought it was an excellent album.
Both of them were short, and very sweet.
And so onto FIOE. On picking up the cd and looking at the tracklisting, the first thing that strikes you is the number of tracks. 3 more than either of the two previous albums. And that, in my opinion, is the album's main problem.
The first four or five tracks are impeccable, they simply couldn't be any better. And the next three are also very strong.
So eight tracks through, things are looking good. But this is where the album comes into a bit of difficulty. The following six tracks are a very mixed bunch - none of them shine like the songs in the first half, and a couple in particular are just obvious b-side material.
If only they'd left off 3 tracks, and made it another 11 track album. By losing 3 of the album's latter half 'mixed bag', the album as a whole would be so much stronger.
So really, my only criticism is the few duffers left on, which should so obviously (to me at least) have been destined for b-sides or the scrap pile.
My advice to anyone with this album would be to make your own version of it excluding your 3 least favourite tracks. Once this is done, I think it compares favourably with its two predecessors.

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