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Bioshock (PS3)
Bioshock (PS3)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bioshock on PS3 gets a 3 star review from me ..., 27 Nov 2014
This review is from: Bioshock (PS3) (Video Game)
Bioshock on PS3 gets a 3 star review from me only for the purpose of making it clear that this is an inferior looking version to the Xbox 360 one. The PS3 version is far too clinical looking compared to the 360 version. Early ports on PS3 were always hampered by trying to get to terms with the Cell. This is not something that Bioshock Infinite on PS3 suffers from at all.

Psychoville - Season 1
Psychoville - Season 1
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lot better than series 2, 17 Oct 2014
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I'll be very brief like I was with my review of series 2. The first series of Psychoville was really good. I'm surprised to see series 2 currently has a higher star rating. For me, series 1 is a lot better. Bearing in mind that it's the same characters, it's obvious that the novelty of working out the quirks of each of the characters wears off in series 2. The first series has a mysterious atmosphere that series 2 can't hope to match. I'd skip series 2 for a very rainy day and watch Inside No.9 by the same writer/s instead if you haven't yet.

Psychoville - Series 2 [DVD]
Psychoville - Series 2 [DVD]
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Price: £8.72

3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as series 1, 17 Oct 2014
This review is from: Psychoville - Series 2 [DVD] (DVD)
I'll be very brief. The first series of Psychoville was really good. I'm surprised to see series 2 currently has a higher star rating. For me, series 1 is a lot better. Bearing in mind that it's the same characters, it's obvious that the novelty of working out the quirks of each of the characters has now worn off. So then the plot slowly and inevitably goes along, lacking some of the mysterious atmosphere of the first series. I'd skip series 2 for a very rainy day and watch Inside No.9 by the same writer/s instead if you haven't yet.

Real Love
Real Love
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Lennon- and now classic Beatles, 8 Oct 2014
This review is from: Real Love (Audio CD)
I find it peculiar that any work by The Beatles should only have 2 reviews.

Just like Free as a bird, Real Love contains lyrics that are very apt for a musician who has not only left his band but left arguably the world's greatest band. 'All my little plans and schemes Lost like some forgotten dreams'
'Just like little girls and boys
Playing with their little toys
Seems like all they really were doing
Was waiting for love'
A whole generation enamoured by The Beatles.
'Don't need to be alone
No need to be alone
It's real love'
John Lennon need never have been alone for any part of his life and yet it is inevitably so, to stay away from the craziness of people who knew Beatlemania but never knew being a Beatle.

Although the Lennon / McCartney partnership is well known, many of their later songs were written almost, if not entirely, individually. It'd be fair to say that if Lennon and McCartney complemented each other, Lennon and Harrison were still the closest in personality to each other with simultaneously devastatingly cutting and beautiful ethereal songs, with their ominous diminished notes whilst McCartney's were often more music hall or upbeat pop in style. Real Love has an ethereal sense about it and it is classic Lennon- and now classic Beatles.

Dracula: Dead And Loving It - Uncut! [DVD]
Dracula: Dead And Loving It - Uncut! [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mel Brooks
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2.0 out of 5 stars I didn't love it, 9 Jun 2014
I give it 2 stars only because it has Leslie Neilson in it which, in theory, should be a plus in any comedy and I don't want to be the only person to give it the 1 star it might deserve. In practice, this is not his finest hour. It's certainly not Mel Brooks'. The vampire theme should be ripe for comedy and yet the puns are extremely ill-fitting for the genre. It simply doesn't have funny jokes and it doesn't use its setting to its full ability. Watch Dark Shadows instead if you want a funny vampire film.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad song on it, 1 April 2014
This review is from: Bad (Audio CD)
The reason that you have to give Bad 5 stars is that there isn't actually a 'bad' song on it.
Some people don't especially like Just Good Friends for some reason. They must have no positivity, no soul- it's one of the catchiest songs ever made. The exoticism of Liberian Girl helps it against its slushiness. But what was the point of 80s music if not often to be slushy. We drank slush puppies and loved slushy pop music. It was a bit like the late 1950s all over again. There was no need for retro shops - with films like Back to the future, the past was never far behind. Only get the version with Leave me alone on it though- one of his finest songs. The genius of Michael Jackson was unfairly hounded, misunderstood. His sensitivity meant that he could only come across as 'feminine' to the majority. They don't really understand. His voice and personality was a blessing and his songs could sometimes be pretty quirky. Thriller is the one that the 70s dance generation love but Bad is the real POP in capitals and arguably his finest album.

Timberland Mens Earthkeepers Stormbuck Plain Toe Oxford C5549R Black Smooth 12.5 UK, 47.5 EU, 13 US, Wide
Timberland Mens Earthkeepers Stormbuck Plain Toe Oxford C5549R Black Smooth 12.5 UK, 47.5 EU, 13 US, Wide
Price: £85.60

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy, relatively comfortable shoes, 3 Sep 2013
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At £75, you get your money's worth with Earthkeepers. It has a well engineered boot-like sole (little chance of slipping in normal use in this shoe) with a little yellow circle 'block' in the sole to show the brand logo and a smaller green block to show that it's 'Green rubber'. The medium soft leather has a good leather smell and has the Timberland logo, in recess, on the outer sides displaying that the shoes are Waterproof.

The shoes are simply well made, elegant enough for formal occasions if you don't like wearing pointy (these shoes are not pointy) formal shoes but casual and easy wearing enough for everyday use. It's difficult to get a great brand shoe like this (especially at this price) that has the solidity of a larger boot yet with the lightness of a shoe. I highly recommend them.

Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it, 20 Oct 2012
This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
On the basis of this Greatest Hits alone (and I am convinced that it really is practically all their greatest hits), Tom Petty, and perhaps the Heartbreakers, are genius. But that much is evident of Tom Petty- you don't get invited to join a band with George Harrison and Roy Orbison, to name 2, otherwise. At least I guess you don't- it's not like they set up new bands every day.

The album signposts most of my favourite kinds of music in the last few decades. Some of my favourites:
'Listen To Your heart'- The Byrds-like guitar over perfectly accentuated vocals.
'I Need To Know' - this is like a forerunner of The Hives.
'Refugee' - sounding more 80s now with power chords and Sting-like backing vocals.
'Don't do me like that' - perky piano pop.
'Even the losers' - kind of summery drive rock, like Boys of Summer.

Here where's it starts to become really special and darker and mysterious with the verses of 'Here Comes My Girl'. Tom Petty is not just singing a song- it's REAL- it's like he's singing his real life as a movie (listen to the way that he says 'tarms' (for 'times'). To these English ears he's in full on nostalgic cowboys and stetsons mode. There've been real battles but the mood really changes in the chorus. He's still battle scarred but he's wearing young love on his arm as well. It's a beautiful, beautiful song, with such brilliant attention to vocal and musical detail as is evident throughout the album.

'The Waiting' - the choruses could be Byrds (they are superb students and practicioners of The Byrds style) but the verses are, of course, different - more punk-like although that's probably oversimplifying based on my not comprehensive knowledge of 70s and 80s music.
'You Got Lucky'- different again, a bit exotic in an early 80s synth way.

'Don't come around here now more' - a brilliant art rock type pop song, you have to see the Alice in Wonderland inspired video, with Tom Petty as the Mad Hatter, co-written by The Eurthymics Dave Stewart who seems to appear in the video as the Caterpillar. The mid 80s, oddly maligned by some, was a VERY fantastical time. Labyrinth was at the cinema and artists who had started off in the 1970s like Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush were blossoming in the power pop era as they used the sound to enhance their own experimental sensibilities, to give it 'pizzazz' and powerful atmosphere. This song is of that ilk and , as the start of it suggests, it roots were in the 60s, those concise pop/rock records created by people like Mr Harrison in The Beatles.

'I Won't Back Down' is one of the most instantly memorable songs with nice backing from George Harrison and ELO's Jeff Lynne.
'Running down a dream'- classic skiffle type drive rock. If that was never a genre before, it's practiced by Tom Petty here.
'Free Fallin'- one of their most famous songs and very memorable.

'Learning to Fly'. I REALLY love this song. It's as if they were writing a Travelling Wilburys song. It's got that George Harrison-style vibe to it and I bet he'd have been very pleased if he'd written it. I just want to say here that it epitomises that charming way that Tom Petty has. Like the lyrics 'and rocks might melt'. His voice drips like honey with a sense of matter of fact innocence. This is a truly hippy spirit originally operating at what could have been a very awkward time in the late 70s as punk started. Yet through his own self belief, there he was 15-20 years later performing with greats from the 1960s and making his own music that was just as good. He's one of rock's greatest stories and looks good with it.

Urban Hymns
Urban Hymns
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest albums ever made, 24 Dec 2011
This review is from: Urban Hymns (Audio CD)
1997 saw big releases from Radiohead, Oasis, The Prodigy and The Verve. For my tastes, as a so called `old school' indie lover of earnest people making `jingly jangly' music of quality , it was the last reliably good year with only sporadic examples after that, many by the same artists who had been on the go since the 80s and early 90s (and even 60s in the case of The Beatles who released Free as a Bird).

I'd love to be able to write a review about how Urban Hymns is overrated. Bittersweet Symphony uses a riff from The Rolling Stones? Yes, but The Verve's song is very different. Anyway, repeated listens reveal that Urban Hymns does not come across as a football terrace anthem kind of album despite what the image of Richard Ashcroft nonchalantly brushing past passerbys in the Bittersweet Symphony video might suggest to some. Instead, Urban Hymns , with its experimental numbers such as Catching the Butterfly and Neon Wilderness, more closely comes to a combination of Brian Wilson's painterly way of using music in Smile. These songs, unlike any others that I have ever heard, capture the strange Brutalist atmosphere of a town or city. But the album is not just mining the 'isn't modern life grim and awful' angle. They find a magic in that kind of feeling. They are extraordinary pieces of music and the whole album should be regarded as like a modern piece of classical music. True, some songs do seem to be essentially the same kind of tune rewritten (The Rolling People and Catching the Butterfly) but it is a luxury that is welcome on this album.
One great thing about this album is the way that there is a stretch between The Drugs Don't Work and Lucky Man where there are 4 songs of a spacey experimental feel. Lucky Man then acts as a kind of coming down to earth. The final 2 songs, `Velvet Morning' and `Come On' are two of the finest closing songs on any album. They epitomise the kind of quiet desperation that must have enveloped the band as, knowing their own talent, they struggled to get it noticed and find this voice as a band, a voice that resulted in one of the finest British albums. `And now I'm trying to tell you about my life and my tongue is more twisted and more dead than alive and my feelings they've always been betrayed and I was born a little damaged man and look what they made. I said don't you find that it's lonely, the corridor you walk there alone. And life is a game you've tried. And life is a game you're tired'. I must be feeling low I talked to god in a phonebox on my way home'.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't seem as Revealing as some other R.E.M. albums, 15 April 2011
This review is from: Reveal (Audio CD)
Reveal is sometimes regarded as a bit like R.E.M.'s 'All that you can't leave behind', an attempt to gain back mass popularity using tried and tested sunny hooks. This is never the full story with R.E.M. Their previous album Up contained one of their most direct love songs 'At my most beautiful'. You can never rule out a dark subtext with R.E.M but, still, it proved to be more popular with the masses than anything since What's the frequency kenneth?. In between was New Adventures in Hi-Fi, which is rightly a big fan favourite but ludicrously ignored by radio.
It seems that radio prefers R.E.M. when it fits the preconceived box that it's created for them of pensive verses followed by soaring choruses, all accompanied by obligatory melancholy and sentimentalism. That is a caricature of R.E.M. that radio has decided to pursue (using only a small handful of their dozens of songs) which only sums up one of many parts of the band. Knowing that one R.E.M. album ends up practically part of a larger trilogy or quad of albums in terms of its themes - or harks back to much earlier albums - an R.E.M. album is always interesting. In R.E.M. abums you'll notice references to the sea, to astronomy, to the 'lotus', to leaving situations, to relationship obsessions.

The first thing that you will notice is that Reveal has a large, enveloping, amount of production from the start (making the following album Around the sun seem initially under-produced by comparison).
The production even serves to separate the sound of 2 otherwise similar sounding songs, The Lifting and All the way to reno. The first song is like a shimmery treasure trove exploration. Reno, whilst liked by many, doesn't really fully soar nor is it possibly meant to- it's meant to be about seeking some dubious glamour in a place like Reno (which is said to be a poor man's Las Vegas- maybe a like a British Blackpool). So it uses a downbeat cowboy riff instead. The album's highpoint (which happens to be its commercial high point too) is Imitation of life in my opinion. It's a fantastic song up there with poppy greats like Stand , Shiny Happy People and perhaps closest to The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite. She just wants to be also enjoys a fantastic ending. But its more experimental tracks aren't anywhere near as compelling as those on Up. Instead Reveal's are a bit leaden. Whereas the initial drowsiness of Up revealed great shafts of beauty through a few listens, Reveal's songs like I've been High and Disappear seem to deliberately stall themselves. Then it becomes apparent that Beat a drum, which I initially liked, is just like a reworked Why Not Smile (from 'Up'). It's a song that many others would be proud of of course but it just comes across as a song about depressed desperation. Chorus and the ring is a good song though (reminiscent of Sweetness Follows in the verses). I'll take the rain is a typical R.E.M. soaring song but nothing unusual. In the end, it's like the more upbeat, less dark, brother of Up.

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