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4.0 out of 5 stars Bloody gorgeous., 9 Mar 2012
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This album isn't my usual sort of thing, but I love it. Swirling, noodling, widescreen and altogether epic psychedelia, with high energy, country, prog and punk inflections and a funky backbone. Every instrument is played to perfection, the lyrics are mad, and creativity abounds. The mad carnival-psych of "River to Consider" and the wild energy and Eastern drones of "Back at the Farm" attest to this - and are fantastic. It's just a joy to listen to.


Rohnert Park
Rohnert Park
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ferocious!, 4 Mar 2012
This review is from: Rohnert Park (Audio CD)
Ceremony are one of the best hardcore bands around today, and this may someday be regarded as their classic. An absolute blast of an album, showcasing both their furious brand of hardcore (which is ever-changing - here, it's like Adolescents meets Infest meets Wire) and their capacity for experimentation, with the band delving into drone, surf, psychedelia, industrial and more.

From the slow-burning fury of "Sick", to the creepy psych-metal of "Into the Wayside Part II", to the confusion and utter brutality of "The Pathos" - all are fantastic. The simple and effective lyrics, dealing brilliantly with alienation, confusion, helplessness and anger in true hardcore style, are delivered with maximum force by Ross Farrar's terrifying roars and disembodied drones. On top of that, the musicianship is such that the eerie instrumentals hold up well, adding to the feel of the album.

If you're a hardcore punk fan, a hardcore purist looking for some modern hardcore you might like, a music lover looking for something angry and different, or just a pissed off person who likes loud music, then this is probably going to be for you.


Pretzel Logic
Pretzel Logic
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very good indeed., 9 Feb 2012
This review is from: Pretzel Logic (Audio CD)
Well strike me dead, there I was thinking this was accepted as their best and biggest. Regardless, it's a great album and I love it dearly. During the days when I found it hard to listen to anything but Eminem and Gorillaz, my parents started putting this on in the car, and after hating it I gradually came to accept it, finding myself singing along, and coming to love the characters, the grooves, the rhythms, the melodies, the solos. I even read into it too deeply, thinking of it as a concept album.

"East St. Louis Toodle-Oo", which I never liked (I think it's the guitar tone) aside, the album is fantastic: the deathless "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" with its beautiful piano and lyric that I insist is about love of some sort; the energetic, catchy "Parker's Band" with its incredible soloing; and the cool, oh so smooth title track.

Years on, now a punk lover, I rediscovered it and just couldn't stop listening, and just writing about it now makes me want to hear it again. I'd rate it above Can't Buy A Thrill, but can't say if it's their best - all I can say is that it's brilliant. Highly recommended.


This Is The Computers
This Is The Computers
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brill, 26 Dec 2011
This review is from: This Is The Computers (Audio CD)
The album kicks down the door, rocks the place with its raw mix of punk, rock and roll, garage, hardcore, James Brown and post-hardcore, and then quickly leaves, refusing to pay for the door. Not afraid to slow it down (like on the heavy blues of "The Queen in 3D"), but at its best when racing along, (like in boogie-charged hardcore number "Yeah Yeah Yeah"), it's a simple, fun album, but with a darker edge lyrically. Recommended for punk lovers old and new.


Worms World Party (PC)
Worms World Party (PC)
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5.0 out of 5 stars best worms!, 17 July 2011
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This review is from: Worms World Party (PC) (CD-ROM)
Best iteration of worms I've played by a long shot! A ton of modes, loads of team customisation and worm voices, the best and most weapons (Concrete Donkey's first appearence, I believe) and hours of laffs. I was looking through the disc and found a mission builder too, which surprisingly isn't too difficult to use. It's hard to write a beautifully flowing review about the understated beauty of this game (because there is none) but if you want to blow up things whilst speaking like James Brown this is the place to be.


Real ghosts caught on tape'
Real ghosts caught on tape'
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pop, indie, funk and punk, and fantastic!, 14 Jun 2011
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After getting thoroughly addicted to the song "Soulless" from the BBC Radio 1 Punk Show, I finally picked this up in 2011. Taking a step towards indie rock, but in a fresh and wonderful way, the band have made a perfect summer album, with shimmering guitars, handclaps, danceable basslines and lovely oohs and ahs. It has all the life, energy and fun that much modern indie seems to be without, and is never as mindless, with the lyrics, often full of spite, disappointment and sadness, adding an acid touch to what is otherwise an upbeat indie-pop record. Catchy, uplifting and relatable, I'd recommend this to almost anyone, especially now the sun's out.


Original Rude Boy: From Borstal to the "Specials"- A Life in Crime and Music
Original Rude Boy: From Borstal to the "Specials"- A Life in Crime and Music
by Neville Staple
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars A good read for the 2-tone fan, 14 Jun 2011
I've read Neville and Horace's accounts of being in the Specials, and they're both good. Neville's talks about a lot of interesting things outside his time in the original Specials, talking about his years as a rude boy, pre-punk and 2-tone (including anecdotes of sound systems, Borstal and mid-70s race war, which were very interesting), a little bit about Fun Boy Three, much more on the trials and tribulations of Special Beat, an account of The Specials' 2009 reformation, and some information about the seldom written about 3rd Wave of ska. The account of The Specials 1977-1981 is a lot shorter than Horace's.

It's accessible and fun, and it only took me a day or two to read so you could never be wasting time on it, but the book has a couple of flaws. Some of the information is questionable (I wouldn't quite say Rancid were a ska-punk band, for example), there's a lot of him talking about how much sex he has, there's a little bit of bitching (the index actually lists "Horace Panter, criticisms of") and it's ironically not as well written as Horace's book.

Nonetheless for the Specials fan it's great, and for the ska fan it's well worth reading (after all, who else has published more than a sentence on The Toasters?)


Primary Colours/Eddy Current Suppression Ring
Primary Colours/Eddy Current Suppression Ring
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4.0 out of 5 stars YES, 4 May 2011
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This won the Australian Music prise, and got 5 star reviews from newspapers, and I'm the first to review it here? Okay then...

Australia has produced it's wealth of great punk bands already, like The Saints, and here we have another. Eddy Current Suppression Ring play an ingeniously simple brand of rock rooted between the Stooges and Wire - they have a love of both raucous, wild rock'n'roll ("Sunday's Coming") and minimalist, repetitive, thrilling post punk ("Colour Television") which often comes together as one (such as in opener "Memory Lane"). "Which Way to Go"'s droning riff and simple bass line is fantastic, and the cheeky "We'll be Turned On" exchanges guitars for parping, organ-like synthesisers.

It's not going to change your way of thinking or reduce you to tears, but it's a lot of fun, very accessible, and refreshes old sounds that need a place in music. Highly recommended - and it also comes with the sloppy but joyful debut album that preceded Primary Colours. Not as good, but twice as wild, and it features a song about ice cream!


Suburbanteenagewastelandblues
Suburbanteenagewastelandblues
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece, 4 May 2011
What can I say? The lyrics are amazing, delivered with great passion to great melodies. The music is fast, driving and technical, with metallic crunch and virtuosity, but still rooted in punk rock. There are no bad tracks, only better ones, such as the lightning speed "Monster", the anthemic "Firecracker", the dark, angry "Bring Out Your Dead" and the incredibly catchy lovesong "Solitaire", one of my all time favourite songs at this moment.

This hugely influential record is a classic of pop punk, skatepunk and melodic hardcore all at once. Essential for any pop punk fan.


Hollywood
Hollywood
by Charles Bukowski
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My start, 7 Mar 2011
This review is from: Hollywood (Paperback)
This is the first Bukowski book I've read, and it more than merits me buying another one. It's not his typical style I am told, dealing more with Hollywood highlife than lowlives, but it's still great. It's a funny, enjoyable read, and every character is brilliant - even better as they are all real. I'd highly recommend it. Even my mum liked it! Wow!


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