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Sound Awake
Sound Awake
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4.0 out of 5 stars A hybrid of two great bands yields another, 4 Nov. 2013
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If ever there was an album to bridge the ferocious & climatic style of Tool and the melodious & brooding parts of Incubus, this is it. Highly recommended.


Altered State
Altered State

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5.0 out of 5 stars Game changer, 31 May 2013
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Maybe I don't get out enough but Altered State strikes me as major turning point in the rock/metal scene. It's grandiose but taut; complex yet melodic; ground-breaking and yet familiar. It is, quite simply, a sensation and should be heard to be believed because it's a real treat. I'll refrain from analogising, and just hope you listen to Altered State without any preconceptions; it's one of the most rewarding listens from one of the freshest bands to emerge in decades.


One (Standard Version)
One (Standard Version)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spell-binding metal, 23 Jan. 2013
This review is from: One (Standard Version) (Audio CD)
If 'One' (and their subsequent EP) is anything to go by, TesseracT might - just, might - be the band a league of judicious music lovers have been waiting years for. Traces of all the great progressive rock- and metal-bands are here including (but not limited to) elements of King Crimson, Rush, Dream Theater, TOOL and Meshuggah. For sheer musical clout, Meshuggah is their closest kinsman but there's so much more melody and breathing space on offer here. Like all great progressive rock acts, TesseracT has a seemingly innate ability to take you on a journey. It's almost an out-of-body thing; you can sit back and over the course of 5-10 minutes you'll be party to musical twists and turns that end up in completely different places from where they started out, leaving you wondering, "How did they do that?" I suppose for a start, it's because these boys can really play - and not just technical, lurching, angular stuff. At times they display touch, feel, subtlety and nuance that could probably get them a place in Peter Gabriel's band. What's more, beneath the heavy blitzkrieg of skull-numbing riffery there's actual, genuinely- skilful songsmithery - just check out their acoustic reworkings on their follow-up EP (worth purchasing as a pair, if I'm honest) that prove some solid underpinnings. A genuine masterpiece that's well deserving of five stars!


The Great Escape Artist
The Great Escape Artist
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just where they should be after 20-odd years, 29 Oct. 2011
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Listening back to their early stuff, The Great Escape Artist sounds exactly like where Jane's Addiction should be after twenty years. Although their pulled-back version of Just Because on Jools Holland back in 2003 (or whenever) gave a hint at where they might one day go, I doubt if most people would have predicted it. But thank god they did. Yes they used to ROCK but they always had that artsy edge in their reserves. And now they've embraced the technological-audio wizardry available these days, we hear it in full. The first eight tracks are brilliant -- Twisted Tales a particular highlight.


Brother
Brother

5.0 out of 5 stars The paragon of blues-rock? Probably., 19 July 2011
This review is from: Brother (Audio CD)
If you thought it couldn't get better than Free, try Cry of Love. It's a lesson in blues rock and should be taught as part of the National Curriculum. Audley Freed HAS. GOT. IT. GOING. ON. BIG TIME.


Black Country Communion 2
Black Country Communion 2
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long live BCC!, 23 Jun. 2011
`2' continues to prove Hughes' legendary hard rock and soulful flair is a surprisingly good foil for Bonamassa's more bluesy approach. This time though the chemistry extends to the whole band, with Bonham in particular playing an absolute blinder, really driving and shaping the songs (Kevin Shirley's production does him good justice). On the last outing, Bonamassa's playing had more than a few nods to Clapton but this time around the influence is more Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Peter Green - but still unequivocally JB. A bonus is that we hear a bit more input from Derek Sherinian while Hughes is, quite simply, on fire; untouchable even: a bit less shouty and a bit more soul this time. Just listen to `Little Secret' and `Cold' - the feeling and skill involved in singing this stuff is mind-blowing. Of course, with nigh on sixty years of living his resource to emote should outstrip younger singers, but whereas most people his age (or younger - I'm thinking Chris Cornell) lose it somewhat, Hughes still has the pipes to back it up. I don't think there's a duff song on here and I've listened to it at least a dozen times already. Lyrically, `Smokestack Woman' is a bit of a let-down (think cheese of David Coverdale proportions) but thankfully the music is good enough to pull it through. Again, Bonamassa is principle songwriter on a few tunes and these are not filler - they stand out in fact, particularly `Ordinary Son' for its uplifting dynamics and chorus. Some people will argue this album revels in clichés and has no place today; I completely disagree - it's entirely relevant today! No frills, big thrills, balls-out rock played with grit and conviction is largely missing these days. Granted, it's not ground-breaking but who says only ground-breaking music is good and traditional forms aren't? A lot of ground-breaking music today is utter gash. This though, is not. Long live BCC!


Presents Author Unknown
Presents Author Unknown
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5.0 out of 5 stars All hail a great popster!, 21 Jan. 2011
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Holy cow, this is some blindingly well-crafted pop! And pretty much does it all by himself. Great voice too. Almost gives the Beatles and Elvis Costello a run for their money in terms of song craft.


Klipsch Image S4i Headphones -with built-in mic (iPhone Compatible)
Klipsch Image S4i Headphones -with built-in mic (iPhone Compatible)

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars decent sound let down by lame remote/mic, 21 Jan. 2011
Pros: pretty good sound quality -- marginally better than Apple's top grade in-ear phones.

Cons: remote control. Firstly its functionality is too intermittent (at least it is when paired with my iPhone 3GS). Secondly, the position of the remote/mic at the yoke is stupid; it's either too far from your mouth (if you wear the wire outside your clothes) or just plain hidden (if you wear the wire beneath your clothes. Thirdly, the wire around the jack is sensitive to movement resulting in MASSIVE jumps in volume, which is shocking to say the least.

If these earphones break I won't be replacing them like-for-like. End of.


Despite Yourself
Despite Yourself
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic re-discovery, 21 Jan. 2011
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What a beautiful, haunting, melodic, ethereal album this is. Comparisons with Radiohead are obvious but, in my opinion, misplaced. For one, Dan Glendining's voice is easier on the ear. Headswim are also less ostentatious and, dare I say, less pompous, albeit it at the expense of drastic experimentation. "Tourniquet" was the lead single and I remember buying it back in 1997 (or 1998). Quite why I didn't buy the full album is anybody's guess. Back then I was in my first year of uni and can only assume a few pints of lager were more appealing. Well, more fool me. Listening to "Despite Yourself" in 2011 I'm pleased to say that this album stands the test of time; and there's much more to this album than just "Tourniquet". "Hype" is defiantly 90's but still great; "Clinging to the wreckage", "Better made" and "Wishing I was Naïve" form a pleasant song cycle; while "Holy Ghost" offers a twist on waltz-y, 60's folk. Album rides out on a high ("Moving on") and then even higher ("Brother") emotional wave, which presents a cathartic outpouring based on the Glendining brothers' then-recently deceased brother. All-in-all, a fantastic re-discovery.


Nothing
Nothing
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal and beautiful, 10 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Nothing (Audio CD)
Meshuggah's fourth full length offering pulls no punches. With guitars that could be chainsaws, "Stengah" opens things up with a characteristically odd-metered riff, but this time it's all a bit more jerky and groove-laden than previous albums. They also manage to weave some genuinely quite beautiful musical moments into their songs. Yes, you read that right: `beautiful'. Other than Meshuggah, who else in metal offers up the kind of textures more commonly heard by the likes of John Coltrane or Miles Davis? A case in point centres on lead guitarist, Fredrik Thordendal, whose solos, in my opinion, are the best they've ever been. "Closed Eye Visuals" and "Straws Pulled At Random" are lessons in touch feel and phrasing and border on sensational. I used to favour his quirky noises and speedy tapping, but now realise his most idiosyncratic soloing consists of that long, almost bowed notes, linked by fluid legato, all wrapped up in thick Holdsworth-esque tone. It's really more saxophone than guitar. I'm more likely to reserve 5 stars for things like Led Zeppelin's IV and Soundgarden's Superunknown but I really feel Nothing by Meshuggah deserves to be held in the same esteem, despite its initial inaccessibility.


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