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Love It To Life
Love It To Life
Price: £7.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unsung Rock God, 12 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Love It To Life (Audio CD)
Confusingly Jesse Malin has 2 CDs called 'Love It To Life'. One is a live album, but the item you really want to head for is the studio album under the moniker of Jesse Malin & the St. Marks Social. If your rock tastes involve Springsteen, Westerberg, Petty or Thunders then you'll love the passion and fire on show in these 10 songs. 'All The Way From Moscow' fizzes with punk energy, while 'The Archer' is one of Malin's most affecting ballads to date. To my mind his best album remains 2007's 'Glitter In The Gutter', but this stuffed full of essential stuff too and runs it a close second in the Malin discography. Buy now to enjoy heart-on-sleeve rock anthems and quality songwriting!


Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
Price: £5.26

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't start a fire without a spark!, 12 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
Firstly, the music here is unquestionably awesome. On these 18 tracks Springsteen shows off his versatility, integrity, humour, passion and sheer songsmithery (I know, it's not really a word). As an update to the 'Greatest Hits' CD released in 1995 this works well, however as an intoduction to the best moments from the Boss it's flawed. There are no songs from his excellent 'Nebraska' album, nothing from 'Tunnel of Love' and not even a sniff of his mid-90's work. This compilation would be significantly improved by ditching the live songs and including 'Atlantic City' and 'Brilliant Disguise'. Another advantage that the '95 'Greatest Hits' had is that you got high quality tunes that aren't on any other studio albums e.g. 'Secret Garden', 'Streets of Philadelphia' and 'Murder Incorporated'. Overall this doesn't provide the same in-depth look at Bruce's career as the 2 CD 'The Essential Bruce Springsteen' and the track listing isn't as good as the original 'Greatest Hits', but you really can't fault the music. It represents a brief snapshot of Springsteen's history and also shows you where he is right now. I can't think of any other bands/artists who have written such consistently excellent records over a 30 year period and hopefully this will help introduce newcomers to his phenomenal body of work.
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Dilettantes [Australian Import]
Dilettantes [Australian Import]

5.0 out of 5 stars You Ain't Seen The Best Of Us Yet!, 31 Oct. 2008
You Am I are one of the greatest rock bands working today and 'Dilettantes' is possibly their most complete album. The Australian group's previous outing (the superb 'Convicts') was a wild beast of a record. It contained 12 short, sharp songs and lasted about 30 minutes. The vibe was of anger, frustration and defiance. In contrast 'Dilettantes' is a more stately, even mellow, affair. Nevertheless, You Am I still manage to deliver on the rock front and songs like 'Erasmus' and 'Givin' Up And Gettin' Fat' hit hard. This is a band that sometimes seem like they're trying to break a world record for the number of blow-your-socks-off anthems you can squeeze into a career. The production job is excellent and lends a sweeping, cinematic quality to the music, especially the haunting 'Disappearing' and 'Jolly's First Time Around The Sun'. Also singer/guitarist Tim Rogers is on top form with his lyrics. He can break your heart on 'The Boy's Angry At The Water' and then has the ability to be hilariously funny with 'Davey's Gone Green Again' (an ode to guitarist David Lane's love of a night out). Not many songwriters can be so sincere and smart-mouthed, silly and scathingly honest, often in the space of one track. This album doesn't have the same brutal attack as it's predecessor and isn't as immediate, however it is a much more thoughtful ride. The tunes continue to grow on you long after the disc has stopped spinning. 'Dilettantes' successfully explores the entire spectrum of You Am I's sound and shows that even after 8 albums they've got plenty of gas in the tank and fire in the guitars. Quite simply a classic.


Besterberg: The Best Of Paul Westerberg
Besterberg: The Best Of Paul Westerberg
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £4.75

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Man Is A Genius!, 12 Mar. 2008
This 20 song set works best as an introduction to the solo works of Paul Westerberg rather than an actual best of. As the man's had no actual hit records you've got a selection of album tracks, soundtrack efforts and unreleased material here that may well be phenomenal but isn't comprehensive. You see Paul Westerberg is arguably the world's greatest, living songwriter and while Dylan can paint pictures in a verse and Springsteen can cast a cinematic spell in a line or two, Westerberg can shatter your heart with a word or phrase. A true "Besterberg would be a double cd with his essential moments on the first disc and the second filled with the rare gems and outtakes. But hey, you probably have to be an artist with mass appeal to get that kind of treatment. For most mortals being the singer/songwriter with The Replacements would be enough for one lifetime, but not for Paul. Although his solo stuff is more restrained than the his previous bands output, it is often just as rich and rewarding. He crams his tunes with feelings of frustration, loss, hope, humour and love. After all these years Westerberg remains wild & lethal, so start here and then go and buy the albums.


Scared Straight
Scared Straight
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £10.30

4.0 out of 5 stars Rock 'N' Roll Is Here To Stay, 7 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Scared Straight (Audio CD)
Oh Yeah! This record explodes out of the speakers at incredible velocity and it becomes immediately apparent that this band takes no prisioners. In terms of production this has to be the Turks slickest effort, but singer Eric Davidson sounds like a hyper-angry Jerry Lee Lewis and the guitars will still take you down (take you down to chinatown, baby!). The first 6 tracks are simply fabulous and easily deserve to sit amongst the bands best material. A couple of fillers are present in the middle, however the quality dial revs up and eventually breaks on the final 2 songs. Closer 'Wrest Your Hands' could've been written by the Stones in their strutting, preening prime and contains the sentiment that you should 'be your own god tonight'. Delightful.


Convicts
Convicts
Offered by iAlpha Technologies
Price: £4.30

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy if you love rock 'n' roll!, 27 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Convicts (Audio CD)
A career best album from the Australian rockers. The Stones/Replacements/Who influences are rightly worn with pride and although the band aren't exactly re-inventing the musical wheel here, it doesn't really matter with songs this good. The tunes kick in the door, announce themselves with snarling, swaggering, rock bravado and then leave, whilst refusing to pay for the drinks or damage. Pick of the bunch are 'Ain't It Funny How We Don't Talk Anymore', 'Friends Like You', 'By My Own Hand' and 'I'm A Mess', but aside from these there isn't a filler track in sight. An album to love. An album to cherish. And more importantly an album to revive your faith in gritty rock 'n' roll.


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