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Price: 8.99

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A wasted opportunity., 17 Jun 2013
This review is from: BE (Audio CD)
This could have been an absolutely outstanding album and the promotion led you to believe that it was going to be some kind of psychedelic masterpiece, or something like that anyway.

The initial signs were extremely promising. 'Flick of the Finger' and 'Second Bite of the Apple' are fantastic songs, unfortunately the rest of the album pales somewhat in comparison.

That's not to say that this is a bad album, in fact after repeated plays it turns out that BE is pretty good. It just feels like a wasted opportunity considering some of the talent involved. 'Face the Crowd' has to be one of the worst songs that Liam has ever got himself involved in but of course there will be others that think it's the best thing since sliced bread.

There's been a lot of negative comments about Liam's voice and at times on this album he sounds like a Liam Gallagher impersonator, albeit not a very good one. The Lydon/Lennon impersonation needs to stop!

Definitely worth investigating but in a year where there's been some cracking albums released BE has the feel of an album that was certainly big on ideas but with a poor final execution.

Where on earth Beady Eye goes from here is anyone's guess.

Pale Green Ghosts
Pale Green Ghosts
Price: 10.71

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Minty tie., 24 Mar 2013
This review is from: Pale Green Ghosts (Audio CD)
I bought this album after hearing the title track on the radio.
I'd heard of John Grant and the album title 'Queen of Denmark' sounded familiar enough but I'd never actually listened to anything by him up until of late.

Anyway, after repeated listens I have to say that this is one of the finest albums I've heard in a while. Mr Grant has a fantastic and quite distinctive voice and it's complimented throughout the duration of the album by a number of electronic backing tracks but mostly it's standard affair (drums, guitars and stuff).

As for the lyrics, well, I have to say that at times (not all the time) they're quite hilarious and I'm not sure if this is a concious or a subconscious act on his part. But, the lyrics are sung with much sincerity so he gets away with it whereas others would have perhaps been scorned.

It's a great album, if you can get hold of the three disc version which includes the Strongroom EP then you'll be treated to a selection of stripped back versions from the album.

Sorry this review is probably saying nothing that hasn't already been said but I'm tired and my brain is fried.

Ted: Extended Edition [DVD]
Ted: Extended Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Seth MacFarlane
Offered by Venture Online
Price: 4.45

3.0 out of 5 stars Farce Gordon, 10 Feb 2013
This review is from: Ted: Extended Edition [DVD] (DVD)
There were a number of times particularly during the first half of the film when I thought that 'Ted' was nothing more than a poor excuse for Mark Whalberg to star alongside an obnoxiously mouthy soft toy. Of course the film does exactly as it says on the tin so it's not like I was in a position to moan about either the lack of depth or scenes that will perhaps stay with you forever (except perhaps for the Checkout/hand wash scene).

Ted delivers what it promises to do, a silly and fairly one dimensional 'buddy movie' saved perhaps by the inclusion of Sam G.Jones (Flash Gordon to the unfamiliar).

Take Shelter [DVD]
Take Shelter [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jessica Chastain
Price: 5.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Slow (e)motion........., 10 Feb 2013
This review is from: Take Shelter [DVD] (DVD)
I can only describe this film as being somewhat akin to what an avalanche in slow motion must feel like, a rolling beast with heavy acting, uncomfortable silences and thousand yard stares. It's a film that has a number of different threads which have been heavily documented by some of our other reviewers. Mental Illness appears to be the underlying theme that holds this haunting film together. It's a story about doubt, belief, and relationships. How far would you be willing to go to protect those you love from something that appears to be grounded in nothing more than your psyche?

This film is NOT a party film, if you've a few mates around for Doritos and a few beers then I'd give this film a swerve. And, if your frame of mind is a tad tender from a bad day in the office, a break up etc then save this film for a time when you want a thought provoking and insightful drama that will perhaps make you question your own moral values and outlooks on others.

You'll find a wide spectrum of reviews for this film on amazon, I personally think that when a film has the 'Marmite Factor' then it's worth exploring further, better to be a swing of the pendulum than to be forever middle of the road.

Trans-Love Energies
Trans-Love Energies
Price: 13.62

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Repeated listens reveal something rather wonderful....., 17 Dec 2012
This review is from: Trans-Love Energies (Audio CD)
I received this as a Christmas present last year. Quite liked it at the time, gave it a few listens, moved on......

So, nearly 12 months on and I've returned to Trans-Love Energies to give it another chance.
And, I feel like I've discovered a small pot of gold. This is a stunning album, quite dark, at times claustrophobic but in what appears to be equilibrium of sorts it's quite a beautiful piece of work.

'Your Loft My Acid' is perhaps the highlight but the guitars that erupt from nowhere during 'Savage Love' are euphoric, exhilarating, desperate and for some reason or other bring a lump to my throat. It's perhaps an experience that won't be shared by everyone, but, when a piece of music makes you feel like you're flying then you're surely onto a good thing.

The Gathering Sound
The Gathering Sound
Price: 77.84

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Capsule........, 16 Dec 2012
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This review is from: The Gathering Sound (Audio CD)
Good things apparently come to those who wait...
and wait.....
and wait........
and wait............

Finally, after what feels like absolute aeons, James' fans are rewarded with what can only be described as a treasure trove of goodies. There's plenty here to make you feel all gooey, hidden tracks a plenty, unheard material from the days when the Sony Walkman was king, 12" vinyl with some nice songs on it, original material all spruced up in hi-spec format, stuff you can read or look at if that's your thing. Badges the kids can enjoy, (or if you're like me you'll keep them out of their reach, the badges monetary value is one thing but badges also have sharp pointy bits which might hurt them).

Beautiful packaging, all in all it's a great piece of memorabilia, a time capsule for one of the best British bands of all time.

Breathing [DVD]
Breathing [DVD]
Dvd ~ Thomas Schubert
Price: 8.02

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And breathe...., 3 Dec 2012
This review is from: Breathing [DVD] (DVD)
This arrived through the post the other day via Love Film. Can't remember putting it on the list to be honest. However watch it I did. A very good film, a steady enough pace with the thread of the story unfolding in a timely manner. Excellent performances from all involved. Would I recommend it to others, yes, mind you if Commando or Predator is as high brow as you like to venture then it might not be your cup of tea.

Jeff Wayne's Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds - The New Generation
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds - The New Generation
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 13.33

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised!, 26 Nov 2012
It feels like Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of War of the Worlds has been part of my life ever since I can remember. The first time I heard it was on a damp Sunday morning in 1979, my mates dad had a copy on cassette that we'd end up playing to death (not literally of course). I met Jeff Wayne in person back in 2005 at an early listening preview of the 2005 edition of the album at Leeds University and thanked him for the "wonderful nightmares" he provided me as a child through his interpretation of the classic H.G. Wells novel. He chuckled and said "you're very welcome". My wife and I used an early band take of `Brave New World' as our Wedding march. The live experience brought the album to a whole new level. And then I heard he was revisiting the album, a new generation, I shuddered at the thought...

So, it's arrived today (two days early in fact, 24/11/12)via our trusty postie. My expectations I have to say weren't high. I'd heard snippets via my tinny laptop speakers and had visions of the album being nothing more than a step beyond the hit and miss Ulladubulla remix albums. War of the Worlds with a dance beat, a dated sounding computer game soundtrack. Gary Barlow from Take That? I almost fainted........

However, having listened to the album straight through my fear and anxiety has washed away. This is a GREAT reinterpretation of the classic album, tastefully done, beautifully produced and the tinkering only enhances key tracks from the album. Ricky Wilson (I'll admit, I'm not a fan and haven't forgiven him for an incident that happened in Iceland in 2006, the country I mean, not the shop!) clearly has his tongue very much in his cheek particularly during when the artilleryman initially meets the journalist. The rest of the cast perform well although Liam Neeson could have done with having a bit more urgency in his voice at times (he does sound rather matter of factly about a Martian invasion) and the additional narration is certainly welcome.

Even if you're a music snob, a bit stuck in your ways or find the thought of a 2012 version of War of the Worlds to be nothing more than blasphemous then I'm hoping you'll be pleasantly surprised by this more than wonderful album! I'm taking my five year old son to the Manchester show two weeks from today, passing the baton onto the true new generation. Nice one Jeff and co. I'm looking forward to the 50th anniversary edition of the album!
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The Wicker Tree [DVD] [2010]
The Wicker Tree [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Christopher Lee
Price: 6.35

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The kind of straight to DVD film you'd find for a quid at a car boot sale., 4 Oct 2012
This review is from: The Wicker Tree [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
I won't ramble on too much. Yes, I'm big fan of the original film. I thought the Nicholas Cage film was pretty poor but THIS, this supposed sequel is easily one of the worst films I have ever had the misfortune to see. It was like a really bad episode of Monarch of the Glen with a bit of soft porn chucked in for good measure, but not very good soft porn at that. As for the soundtrack, hilarious, terrible but hilarious. In fact, perhaps the whole mess was meant to be a spoof? Awful acting. Poor editing, a complete and utter shambles. It made Timothy Hines version of The War of the Worlds look like a masterpiece. Watch for curiosity sake only but brace yourself for some ultra naffness to the nth degree.
That is all.

Carpet Burns: My Life with Inspiral Carpets
Carpet Burns: My Life with Inspiral Carpets
by Tom Hingley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.09

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the Good Things........., 17 Sep 2012
The Inspiral Carpets, what else can I say about them that hasn't already been said? I'll try and avoid the clichés about haircuts, 'Madchester' and THAT organ. I came across them circa 1990 via a theme tune from a kids television show that had been included on a now legendary (in my smallish world) compilation tape mysteriously known as 'Mickey B's'. I never managed to see the band in their early years, I saw Tom live in 1999 at The Cockpit on a Sunday afternoon where he was bashing out the hits and some of his own material to a bunch of diners enjoying a carvery. Then there was the reunion, the band appearing and disappearing from the radar over the following years, I managed to see them live several times and a good night was had by all. And then of course storm clouds of a different kind have turned the egg timer completely on its head.....

So, on to Carpet Burns by Tom Hingley. Well, I found this book to be extremely engaging, thought provoking, humorous and rather touching. Tom once again points out that the music industry is more about lawyers, accountants, cash flow, back stabbers and trends rather than the actual output of the artists themselves. Tom's clearly a sensitive soul and I feel it's something that should be applauded, his willingness to disclose to the reader his thoughts, feelings and emotions relating to some of the most intriguing years of his life. I've only heard praise for this book and Tom should be extremely proud of his written work, it's clearly something he's very good at, perhaps destiny is calling him to tread down a different path.

One final thing, if you've never heard 'All the Good Things' by Tom Hingley from his Thames Valley Delta Blues album then you've not lived. It's one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. Very, very moving.

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