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Girl in a Suitcase: Upgraded
Girl in a Suitcase: Upgraded

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars waiting for the next programme, 21 July 2009
With today's 24 hour TV and a million rubbish channels, you have to be a certain age to remember actually waiting patiently for the next programme. In between school's programmes during the day, with a disappearing clock to keep your eyes occupied or before telly started at all (it used to 'close down', you know)and accompanying the test card (note the CD cover illustration of the girl feeding chalk to her scary clown), music played - and what music! Real composers writing real tunes in swing, pop and various other idioms for musicians who could really play. Even if you don't remember the pre-channel hopping world, you can't help but love it. As well as the intermission classics on this fabulous 2 disc collection there's themes and incidental music from Vision On, World of Sport and Farmhouse Kitchen as well as plenty of stuff that nobody in their right mind can remember but everyone with ears to listen without prejudice will love.


Breakaway
Breakaway
Price: £8.64

5.0 out of 5 stars warm and wonderful, 21 July 2009
This review is from: Breakaway (Audio CD)
I owned this on vinyl when it first came out and lost it. I bought it again maybe 20 years later on cassette and lost that too. Oh how I've missed Gallagher and Lyle and their warm and wonderful songs of love and life. It would be impossible to make a record like this today, I guess - just good musicians (the saxophone playing is particularly brilliant) making pop music for adults, no irony, just charm and quality. You may know the songs from cover versions - Bryan Ferry's take on 'Heart on My Sleeve', Art Garfunkel's version of 'Breakaway' - but this album and the sometimes slightly strained vocals get it just right. The original album had a slowish side and a fastish side but the mood throughout is happy and nice. Love this.


Exit Strategy Of The Soul
Exit Strategy Of The Soul
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Price: £8.00

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated but overwhelming, 16 Dec. 2008
Having loved Ron Sexsmith's work from the beginning I was going to buy this record whatever but I approached with some trepidation. Ron continues to be rather underappreciated and even the critical approval has started to wane of late. It's also hard to just keep being great and have something new to say on album number 9. But I needn't have worried. In fact, I think this is the best stuff Ron has done in quite a while. I love the subtle use of horns, the vocals are really strong and the lyrics are so honest and direct you can sometimes miss how well crafted they are. After an instrumental interlude, 'This is How I Know' combines spiritual lyrics with a warm uplifting sound that conveys Ron's conviction even to an agnostic like me. This is a great record which no doubt will not do as well as it should. But pass it on to whoever you can as it's music that deserves to be heard.


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