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The Age Of Plastic
The Age Of Plastic
Price: £5.91

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten Classic, 13 Nov 2006
This review is from: The Age Of Plastic (Audio CD)
You've all heard 'Video Killed the Radio Star', well that is just a starting point. Most of the other tracks are a lot more interesting, completely ahead of their time and laden lyrics about declining industries and advances in technology. 'Living in the Plasic Age' ponders over plastic surgery whilst slagging off Thatcherism and sounding fantastic in the process. If anything was ever going to be as big as 'Video Killed the Radio Star' then this is it. 'Kid Dynamo' is an energetic reflection on the media industry whilst 'I Love You (Miss Robot)' is about a man having a relationship with a robot. It contains some pretty good vocoder bits. 'Elstree' is an obvious cousin of 'Video Killed The Radio Star' whilst 'Johnny on the Monorail' ponders the technological future. Anyone who tells you that The Buggles' follow-up singles to their number 1 hit were nowhere near as good is incorrect. 'Elstree' and 'Clean Clean' are every bit as good whilst 'Living in the Plastic' age is probably better.

Although this record was overlooked at the time, it doesn't mean that there is a lack of quality. Not at all.

Phantom Power
Phantom Power
Offered by Side Two
Price: £5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Majestic, 9 Jun 2006
This review is from: Phantom Power (Audio CD)
This is my favourite Super Furry Animals album, right from the optimistic opener, 'Hello Sunshine' to the techno finale of 'Slow Life'. Even the seemingly harmless pop songs such as 'Liberty Belle' and 'Golden Retreiver' are songs that most other bands would make the centrepieces of albums but the best here has got to be 'The Piccolo Snare' which is about half way between a country ballad and techno and 'Love, Sex and Robots'; a song about love and politics which somehow doesn't manage to sound boring, quite the opposite in fact. 'Out of Control' is a fine rocker, slightly remeniscent of Pulp in the 1980s and 'The Undefeated' will stick in your head for years to come. There really is no higher praise.

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