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Reel To Real Cacophony
Reel To Real Cacophony
Price: £7.69

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cacophony? Oh yes!, 8 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Reel To Real Cacophony (Audio CD)
If you get into bands when they have made it big, its often a fascinating thing to dig into their back catalogue to see where they had come from. In this case I wish I hadn't. Its painfully awful and I did listen to it twice just to make sure. I had to go to A&E afterwards because my ears were bleeding......its that bad!!
If you like mid and late phase Simple Minds, avoid this like the plague.
If you can, hand on heart, listen to Trout Mask Replica in one sitting, then you may be amused by the aural torture on this offering.


Nature
Nature
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honey by name, Honey by Nature., 29 May 2015
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This review is from: Nature (Audio CD)
Hip kids will know that Valet is the performance name for Honey Owens, a guitar based musician from Portland Oregon.
Un-hip kids will be pleased to know that this return to recording after nearly a decade break is definitely worth checking out. Honey is a great name because it also describes her music...sweet, slowly flowing, translucent and glistening songscapes which are spread along by soft breathy vocals and an all encompassing echo laden production value. It would be unfair to cite parallels because she has created something special all of her own. This is gentle, uplifting and beautiful music which is genuinely worth checking if those qualities appeal to you.


The Buddha Of Suburbia
The Buddha Of Suburbia
Price: £7.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential listening!, 8 April 2015
This review is from: The Buddha Of Suburbia (Audio CD)
Most of Bowies output between Scary Monsters and Heathen leaves me cold….and some is downright awful! So I ignored this album when it barely crept out into the market place, damned by the contemporaneous sludge of Black Tie White Noise. What an error!
Not only is this his greatest piece from that era, it vies with the best of Bowie from any era. It really pulls the best Bowie hooks and blends them into a coherent and welcoming soundscape. Superb, and highly recommended. His 'lost years' were not so lost after all.


The Endless River
The Endless River
Price: £9.77

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slipping slowly away…., 11 Nov. 2014
This review is from: The Endless River (Audio CD)
What a journey. A lifelong Floyd fan and the music that has underpinned the last 45 years. How do you finish something as epic as the Floyd Voyage with its stupendous highs, vicious lows and interminable gaps? I guess the sleeve art says it all. A bit of a hackneyed amble into the sunset….because, sadly, this is the best you can say about something that is clearly cobbled together from the cutting room floor of the Division Bell sessions. Yes, there's some perfect musicianship and its wonderful to hear Rick having his last hurrah. But its all a bit, well, predictable. There's nothing here to rival the better bits of the infamous Barn Jams.
As a valedictory for one of rocks most underrated keyboard players, this is fitting. But as a sign off for one of the greatest bands of the last century it is sadly lacking for this reviewer.


Aquostic (Stripped Bare)
Aquostic (Stripped Bare)
Price: £4.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Daft proposition....Brilliant delivery!, 10 Nov. 2014
For someone who has grown up with Quo a fairly constant feature of the musical background (both good and bad), it is really difficult to write an objective review of this album. Trying to write about these songs as if I'd never heard them before is all but impossible. But, in all honesty, if this was the first album by a bunch of folk/rock hopefuls I suspect it would take off a la Seasick Steve, bother the judges at The Mercury Awards and tee them up for a residencies at Glastonbury, the Green Man and Copredy. I've rarely heard such a smile inducing, toe tapping, slickly played collection of genuine good time tunes. The proposition is daft....the delivery is just brilliant. Should be prescribed on the NHS as the perfect antidote to SAD.


Olympia  [Standard Edition]
Olympia [Standard Edition]
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Art, 7 Dec. 2010
I wonder if Mr Ferry ever gets fed up that people witter on about the 'Spector' sound but never, ever mention the 'Ferry' sound? Because, make no mistake, Ferry makes albums that are immediately distinctive as only his and no less sonically crafted than the famous output of the crazy american. Olympia is the latest installment in a collection of work that has the creative consistency of say, Turner or Van Gogh. Like those visual examples, you know exactly what you are going to get when you settle down to appreciate this album. So, its unlikely to win over new admirers but it will certainly delight afficianados. And there is much to enjoy here. Lush, polished arrangements, finely crafted tunes and two 1967 covers which stand up with the best work he has ever done. The ever-haunting Song To The Siren gets the full treatment with very nearly the complete original Roxy line-up (including Eno!) along with the signature artists from musical behemoths Pink Floyd (Gilmour) and Radiohead (Johnny Greenwood). For me, the surprise stand-out track is Traffics' No Face, No Name, No Number. This is a jewel of a track, delicately handed over for maximum enjoyment featuring the familiar clucking guitar of Chris Spedding and underpinned by the warm bass of no less than Red Hot Chilli Peppers' Flea. Elsewhere some of the primary colours of early Roxy shine through, such as the queasy 'Bogus Man' vocals on the slinky You Can Dance or the nagging synth stabs on Shameless. But the overall impression is of an artist who knows his game using a fully matured creativity and trusted tools to create a work of quality and depth. The key 'tools' here are producer Rhett Davies and mixer Bob Clearmountain who have been involved singly or together in every key release since Roxy really hit their stride around the Flesh and Blood/Avalon era. They are probably just as important to the creation of the great 'Ferry Sound' as the man himself.

Four stars? Well, if you are not a Ferry fan, there's probably nothing here to convince you that you should become one.


Wish You Were Here
Wish You Were Here
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Price: £17.80

26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gone For Good, 6 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Wish You Were Here (Audio CD)
When we ever see the like of this music again? Probably never for, like Beethoven, Mozart and all the other greats of majestic, moving music, the creators of this sound have moved on. And in the case of the quiet master, Rick Wright, it is for ever. This album is probably the best tribute to him. The musical mood is very much scored by him and it brought out the best of his bandmates.
When it came out, it had the biggest of all acts to follow. It did so not with bombast or the brutalism of their later work but with the quiet confidence of genius musicians who had found their mark. Buy it for those contemplative moments. This is not background music but something to be immersed in and savoured.
A classic of its time and for all time.
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Carousel
Carousel
Price: £10.60

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Songs for a Siren, 12 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Carousel (Audio CD)
This is an almost impossible album for a Cocteaus fan to review. The reason is, quite simply, that every track cries out for the addition of the unmistakeable vocal contribution of Liz. Poor Robin, for he labours under the heaviest of albatrosses. Lennon and McCartney somehow made valid solo careers but Jagger and Richards struggled in vain and so, I think, does Guthrie. As beautiful as these tracks are, one cannot escapoe the feeling that, as each one unfolds, it is yet another song awaiting for that long-lost luminous siren.
What this review section dearly needs is the feedback from someone who has never heard the Cocteaus. Only then will this work have a truly objective review. Alas, I fear this may be too tall an order.
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Mirrorball
Mirrorball
Price: £11.90

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Second Best?, 1 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Mirrorball (Audio CD)
Are you one of the legion of sad Cocteau Twins fans awaiting in vain for a new release? Do you obsessively check Liz Frasers website only to be disappointed at the lack of activity? Well, this release is just for you.
John Foxx has morphed over the decades from a clangy electronica merchant into a subtle and nuanced performer who is a perfect match for the gentle flowing nature of Guthries guitar figures. These songs are not so much crafted as gently plucked from an ambrosia-hued ether and woven with care into an entrancing otherworld which is utterly beguiling. Its a work of filigree delicacy. Some might call it noodling but you have to switch on and let it bathe you to capture its essence....just like the Cocteaus of old.

So thanks to John for finally getting together with Robin and giving us something to fill the void. Second best? No way!


Choochtown
Choochtown
Offered by musiclovers_uk
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Octane Folk-Punk, 30 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Choochtown (Audio CD)
Did you like Joe Pesci in GoodFella's? Can you imagine if he was given a guitar (try a '37 Gibson Acoustic), put on acid and given a home recording studio. This would be the result...or something very like it!

Ed Hamell is a one-man whirlwind of spit, venom, fury, punk attitude, humour, dry wit and the sharpest eye of character since the late, great (and personal hero) Bill Hicks. The album plays like a pulp-fiction collection of short stories of back street Noo Yoik life and is a complete and absolute riot. Choochtown is probably the best place to jump into Ed's personal world of scaggy characters and lacerating lyrics. If you're still not sure, try you-tubing his track Blood of The Wolf. I guarantee you'll be amazed if not hooked. If you get the chance to catch him live...Do It!!


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