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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect techno, 21 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Innovator (Audio CD)
Classic techno from one of the Belville three. At the end of the 80s and the beginning of the 90s May produced electronic soul on such a level that he must have felt that it was impossible to top it. Too bad he never attempted to prove himself wrong as he stopped producing music after these classic tracks and worse still, he was completely right. 15 to 18 years on and still noone has produced a rival for Strings of Life, It is what it is or the Beginning. If you only one techno record this compilation should be it. The only fault is that his own remix of wiggan from the classic transmat relics compilation is missing, as that is another example of May's genius.

Human Amusements at Hourly Rates - The Best of Guided By Voices
Human Amusements at Hourly Rates - The Best of Guided By Voices
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect indie-rock album, 17 Aug. 2005
Guided by Voices' albums are great in there own right, although listening to the likes of Alien Lanes leaves you with the feeling that Pollard is a bit of a show-off, chucking away brilliant melodies on 30 second bits of songs. None of that on this compilation, but GBV still manage to pack 32(!) fantastic songs in to just over an hour, making it a strong contender for a desert-island disc.

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The music was OK, but those lyrics..., 20 July 2005
This review is from: X&Y (Audio CD)
Both the first two Coldplay records where the kind that you could listen to whenever, wherever. Quality songs and the kind of mass crossover appeal that means you can play it in the company of your mates, your parents or people you hardly know, without ever having someone ask you to put on something else.
But this new record... well the initial leaked track Talk was allright, all though the Balanescu Quartet did a far better cover of Computer Love over 13 years ago. And the single is not half bad either. But the rest? to get anywhere close to being the new U2, as a lot of people are apparently saying, Coldplay badly need someone who can pen a half decent lyric instead of the kind of rhymebook stuff that fills X and Y.
The fact that this made the record an annoying experience on the first spin, and a thoroughly disappointing third effort makes Coldplay more likely to become the next Oasis then the next U2.

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