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Case Mate Tough Xtreme Cases for Apple iPhone 5 - Black
Case Mate Tough Xtreme Cases for Apple iPhone 5 - Black

5.0 out of 5 stars Tough as old boots, 8 Dec. 2013
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This is one tough SOB!
Harder than a porn stars c@@k on Viagra!! Well worth the money and its cheaper than a Otterbox case too.

And Down Goes the Sky
And Down Goes the Sky
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, ambient melodies, 13 Aug. 2013
As with previous reviews I first heard of this band through the TV programme 'Continuum'.

The Canadian group Au4 either, interrupted as Gold4 or OH4 dependant upon your choice, not only write beautifully structured soundscapes, but also tell a story with each of their songs.

These songs range from bleak poems of loose through to haunting articulations of dreams involving characters digging to impossible depths in search crystalized love or regarding the smallest known unit of measurement with awe!!

Not your usual subject matter, nor are they like anything I have heard before, except maybe from some obscure 'Prog Rock' band from the 70s' or the euro group Enigma from the 80s'(In a really good way though!!.

I liken the layers of these musical constructs to pealing back an onion. You think you are through to the core of the story only to find another layer that you must unravel.

I cannot recommend this album enough, please take time to discover and enjoy.


Price: £15.27

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5.0 out of 5 stars Something dark this way comes. They're back!!!!, 10 Jun. 2013
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I must admit I am astounded that this album ever saw the light of day. Between Tony's illness (keep well mate) & Ozzy going back to his junkie bum ways (thank the Lord you sobered up beforevyou killed yourself), its a bloody miracle that anything ever materialised. (Let's not mention Bill Ward and the Great Rock & Roll payment swindle!!!!)

This album harkens back to the Sabotage and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath halcyon days. It does my old black soul good to hear that doom laden sound from Mr Iommi's Gibson SG guitar. That drop tuning sounds just right.

To echo my fellow reviewers comments, this is welcome return by a truly legendary Band.

The songs seem to benefit from the production duties delivered by Mr Rick Rubin. His abilities with such artists as Metallica, ZZ Top, Slayer etc is plainly evident in these tracks. Ozzy has never sounded more mournful and full of malice. I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks!

Please invest in a copy.

A must for all followers of the originators of Doom Metal. Now where is my big iron cross necklace and kaftan.

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Remain in Hope
Remain in Hope

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5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, rock out guitar & harmonies mixed in a cocktail blender of wicked sardonic irony! Oh yeah!, 5 May 2013
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This the third album from the Leeds band and it follows in the vein of the previous two.

I never cease to wonder at how a talented bunch of musicians like these are so overlooked. They are a smart group of dudes who can put together some very tasty riffs and compliment them with clever use of harmonies.

There is an undercurrent of frustration in their songs coupled with a sense of the ridiculous. An articulation of the current vacuous music scene mixed with a healthy acceptance that they are not playing to the masses, just to those who get their sound.

Chris Catalyst, the lead singer, juggles(excuse the obvious pun as he does actually juggle) political savvy with a rye poke at today's disposable pop music. Multilayered vocals mixed in with over dubbed guitars echo the Beatles, not as a rip off more a sincere tip of the hat

I strongly recommend you track down the two previous efforts from these supremely talented English men as well. They a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stale industry.

I usually seek my fix of classic rock by buying the ever diminishing releases from the ever decreasing bands from the 70's and 80's. it is so good to discover a younger group holding true to a band mentality, but still mining their own gold in the shape of smart, funny and truly catchy songs.

Boys you deserve every success and I hope it finds you soon.

Keep playing and punching above your weight!

Queen Of Denmark
Queen Of Denmark

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5.0 out of 5 stars Take nothing for Granted! The queen is king, 21 Mar. 2013
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I have come to this album after first buying "Pale Green Ghosts" and though the sounds are different, thematically they are similar. I mean this in a positive way. The witty title hints at John's sexuality and the songs within mention lost love And the bigotry he has faced.

The album is predominately an acoustically created work with caustic, witty and alienated undertones. As previously intimated the songs are of melancholy love, loss, regret and anger wrapped in harmoniously layered instruments.

I have a great deal of respect from John's obvious musically talent. He knows how to produce a tune, but I am staggered by the poetry and depth of his lyrics.

Individual tune breakdown is not my thing, I leave it to the reader/listener to make up their own mind about what they each mean and what similar style of music they remind you of. However I will stick my neck out and describe musical undercurrents as left field as Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bell mixed in with early 70's Cohen and Dylan. ( Call me crazy if you wish, bet you hear it too). Along with this there is rye wink towards stylistic folk music of the Fleet Foxes mixed in a tumble dryer with world weary Tom Waits cera 1975.

Enough of me trying to write like a music critic. This is an autobiographical confession of the soul that leaves you picking your jaw of the floor. JG like all great artists is a bit of a tortured soul, but that is where is strength lies.

I highly recommend "Queen of Denmark" and its follow up. This is what a true musician sounds like, it's not easy but will reward with repeated listening.

Pale Green Ghosts
Pale Green Ghosts
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5.0 out of 5 stars Someone's dark night of the soul or is it a latte, 14 Mar. 2013
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"Who is this dude?",I asked myself. How come I have never heard of him? Hell! I can hear a lot of pain here. Oh, he's got some dry wit too.......

It must have been hard to deal with middle American homophobia and his own, wrong footed ,self accusatory doubt about his sexuality being the source of his ills, but, by grief, this man is an epiphany.

Being diagnosed HIV pos is a terrible burden and my heart goes out to him for the difficulties He traverses, but JG sure as heck has created a superb means of getting his thoughts on it out there.

Individual track synopsis is not my style however I do want to state that this whole album is a treasure.

I hate small mindedness and having seen it first hand in that open air asylum between NY and LA. I am so glad there are musicians such as John beating around to expose it to the glare of reason. Judge a person on their merits, not some narrow minded, medieval, hill billy, white bread bigotry.

Gay, straight, up, down, left , right, vegetable, mineral or whatever. Who cares!! What matters is respecting people and their choices, great music, articulate prose and a dark fun, sense of the ridiculous.

Mr Grant you made me a believer. I couldn't care less about your orientation, just that you get your music out to as large an audience as possible.

Buy this and listen over either an effeminate European style coffee or strong malt scotch. Make your own mind up about the meanings within, but do not dismiss. This is important stuff, better than 99.9 % of the fabricated fluff being f£&ted out by Simon Cowell and his ilk.

Pure talent.
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The Beast In Its Tracks
The Beast In Its Tracks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barbs of bitterness & hurt given voice by a poet, 4 Mar. 2013
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It takes some guts to pour out your heart in such a public way, but this is exactly what Mrs Ritter's young man does. The fallout from his 18 month marriage to Dawn Landes is painfully articulated in this album and you can feel the catharsis Josh receives from doing just that.

"A new lover" was first heard along with a couple of other tracks last year in the Ulster museum, Belfast when Josh did Q&A for his first novel. He made no bones about the meaning of that particular song and seemed pleased his audience were able to 'join the dots'.

I have followed this unassuming and thoughtful man's music from the start and have met him on three separate occasions. He has always been happy to chat and explain the song writing process. That night was no different. However there was new spring in his step and judging from my first full listen to this album, I now believe I understand why.

Without giving a track by track synopsis I will state that the quality of musicianship delivered throughout, sounds like a man who has finally dumped his bad baggage and with the realisation of hindsight, is in a better place now. His new daughter's, Beatrix's, birth and the finding of new love, with author Haley Tanner, are plain to hear.

Update** I had to comment on these individual songs though.

'Nightmare'- I will say that listening to a jaunty little tune like 'Nightmares' shows how much hurt he had inside him, but has it cleverly disguised as a upbeat and humourous turn of words. Quite shocking when you realise he refers to infidedlity and its discovery!! WOW, sharp stuff.

'Evil Eye'- A song that shows his frustration at feeling so miserable. Almost like a curse had been laid upon him and the hope that it is recipricated on his ex lover.

'New Lover'- Intro sounds similiar to 'Curtains' of " So Runs the world Away". Speaks volumes for itself and has a witty little dig at the end towards the ex missus!! Ouch!!

The support of his backing band along with a surprise acoustic turn from of long term side kick, Zachary Hickman make this long player a definite step up from " So Runs the world Away". (A difficult album that Josh himself articulated to me as being hard to record and deliver.) The overall sound scape is pared back and not as layered as the previous album. Some sound like they are recorded in his kitchen with his girlfriend chatting in the background.

If you already know his music then this will be looked upon as being a good as anything he has produced thus far and will be remembered as the album that possibly consolidates & defines Josh Ritter's position as a modern day Cohen/Dylan. If you are new to him, it will be just reason for you to purchase everything else he has recorded.

Josh you got your mojo back!!! Fair play to you. Visit Belfast again soon please.

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Batmobile Tumbler from Dark Knight Movie Elite Edition 1/18
Batmobile Tumbler from Dark Knight Movie Elite Edition 1/18

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got to get me one of these, 12 Feb. 2013
You know why I drive this car. Chicks dig the car and I am BATMAN!!

Love this car and have it in pride of place in my office.

Oh Mighty Engine
Oh Mighty Engine
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilled and upbeat, 11 Feb. 2013
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This a lovely, mellow album ideal for listening to after a hard day.

The overall sound is a cross of Bell and Sebastian with early Cohen mixed with Josh Ritter at his most chilled.

I would highly recommend Neil just because he is talented chap who makes the music he wants to sing.

First rate.
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Expendables 2 [Blu-ray]
Expendables 2 [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Sylvester Stallone
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't push me Adrienne!!!!!!!!!!!' Sly and the boys blow s## up!!, 2 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Expendables 2 [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This is a nostalgia trip for anyone who grew up in the 1980's and just loves knuckled head, Big Bang action movies.
Ole Sly Stallone is roided up to his eye balls and sounds like he gargles wasps, but still looks like he could go ten rounds with Apollo Creed.

I enjoy him and the rest of these hard men kicking ass and chewing gum and I highly recommend this as a Saturday night beer and pizza film.

So grease up your .45, shoot up on the roids and settle down for some big explosions and pensioners growing even older disgracefully.

First class nonsense, I like it!!!!

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