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Young For Eternity
Young For Eternity
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost the "live" edge, 23 Sep 2005
This review is from: Young For Eternity (Audio CD)
Judging by the reviews here, I'm in the minority regarding my opinion of this album. It's far from being terrible, but somewhere along the line The Subways went from being a fantastic live act to delivering a rather average album.
My first encounter with the band was around 18 months ago at a gig in Cardiff, which I attended purely on a whim. They were astonishing, with Lunn thrashing about the stage like an electrified whirling-dervish (quite literally bouncing off the walls at some points), and Cooper oozing the sort of rock-chick cool that prompted several enthusiastic propositions from the crowd.
Meanwhile, Morgan, stripped to the waist, went at the drums like Animal from the Muppets made flesh.
I left there convinced I'd witnessed the Next Big Thing(TM), and enthusiastically extolled their virtues to anyone who'd listen. Finally, at long last, the album came out. And it's become rather (gasp) poppy.
There's still a bit of the original swagger in the likes of "Rock & Roll Queen", "1 AM", and "Oh Yeah", all of which have been knocking around for quite a while, but even these older tracks sound like they've been smoothed down when compared with the "taster" CDs that used to be on sale at the gigs.
This isn't necessarily that surprising, but with the sharp edges taken away, it all sounds rather sterile.
Maybe it's a problem of expectation, but I'd assumed The Subways would get the sort of stick-hitting-a-tin-can production of The White Stripes, and instead they got... Ian Broudie? The Lightning Seeds' Ian Broudie?! No wonder it sounds like it's been hit with the pop-tastic stick.
All-in-all then, a bit of a let-down, but still a few glimmers of hope in there. And I just can't help singing along to "Mary"...

Certified Macromedia Flash MX Developer: Study Guide
Certified Macromedia Flash MX Developer: Study Guide
by Neeld Tanksley
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never intended to be "the only book you'll ever need", 13 April 2004
I can't help feeling that the previous reviewer missed the point of this book somewhat.
The authors are at pains to point out that this book is intended to be a "refresher", rather than something that will teach you everything you need to know in order to pass the MM exam; something to point you in the right direction, and give you an idea of what areas of study you need to concentrate on.
The content is broken down logically enough, and most readers will probably find that they know some of the bits inside out already, while others are worryingly unfamiliar (which, again, is the whole point of the book).
I studied for the exam with this study guide, a copy of Colin Moock's excellent "ActionScript for Flash MX", and of course the program open in front of me, and it helped me to cover everything I needed to know.
The authors of the book state clearly that is no guarantee which subjects will be covered by the exam, and my personal experience was that there were a few curve balls in there, just to keep you on your toes.
All in all, the book does exactly what it says (as opposed to what the previous reviewer says); it acts as a guide to your study.

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