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Lunch Drunk Love
Lunch Drunk Love
Price: £7.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fan funded BFS album of the year, 2 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Lunch Drunk Love (Audio CD)
Another great Bowling for Soup album that does exactly what it says on the tin. If you love BFS you should definitely add this to your collection, though it definitely feels a little more introspective (well for BFS) and autobiographic, with tracks such as 'Since We Broke Up' and 'Couple of Days', than their previous offerings.
'Critically Disdained' is a great opener and sets the pace for the other up-tempo numbers such as 'Real' and 'From the Rooftops' while the inclusion of slower tracks such as 'Circle' provide contrast and a chance to savour the funny, witty and often cleverly written lyrics that can be overlooked in the band's often self-deprecating and/or comic videos.
All in all, another great bunch of songs from my favourite band from Texas.


Now Is Not The Time
Now Is Not The Time

4.0 out of 5 stars Great modern synth-pop, 2 Oct 2013
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CHVRCHES seem to have tapped into the Zeitgeist for female fronted synth-pop that is all the rage at the moment. Less melancholic and awash with 80's style reverb than much of the competition CHVRCHES manage to be both modern and retro at the same time. 'Now is not the time' is possibly not as strong as some of the tracks on their current album, but is certainly not out of place.


..Ish (20th Anniversary Edition)
..Ish (20th Anniversary Edition)
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £17.61

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 20 years on..., 2 Nov 2009
"...ish" is still a great album. I bought this on vinyl along with "The Other Side" back in '89 an '90. It's clearly a product of it's time being, released just before Brit Pop kicked in, but it seems to have fared better than much of the similar material of the time and only a couple of the tracks feel really dated, and that's largely because of the production used rather than the songs themselves. Best described as melodic, anthemic, soft rock 1927's output is largely more interesting than that of their American contemporaries.

Largely unknown outside Austrailia (only one single crept into the UK top 50), "...ish" was a multi-platinum album and spawned four top 20 singles in Austrailia. Those four tracks, "That's When I Think of You", "If I Could", "You'll Never Know" and "Compulsory Hero" are the standout songs, but the opener "To Love you" and "Propaganda Machine" are also strong tracks. Frankly though all the tracks have their merits and there isn't really a bad track on here as this was released when vinyl was king and weaker songs were relegated to b-sides or the bin rather than used as padding to fill a CD. There are is no great amount of over indulgent guitar shredding, but the solos are well crafted and fit well with the songs. Some of the tracks suffer from '80s keyboard-itis, particularly the Huey Lewis-like "The Mess" with its period typical "brass" stabs, but most of the tracks have lush keyboard layers or piano parts which feel more timeless than dated.

If you like melodic soft rock then it might be worth checking these Aussies out. Sadly the band folded in 1993 after the release of their eponymous third album (which I've never heard), but have reformed for a 20th Anniversary tour in Austrailia. Whether this will become anything more than a self-tribute tour we wait to see.


Werewolf: the Apocalypse
Werewolf: the Apocalypse
by Sam Chupp
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars To clarify:, 1 Oct 2009
ISBN: 1565041216/ ISBN-13: 9781565041219
The Apocalypse: A Complete Guide to Werewolve in Mind's Eye Theatre (Softcover)
by Geoffrey Fortier, William Spencer-Hale, Sam Chupp, Mike Tinney, Ian Lemke
White Wolf Games Studio, , 1994, English

This book details the live action roleplayiong rules and background to play White Wolf's Werewolf: The Apocalypse in a live roleplaying setting.


Adam and Eve
Adam and Eve
Offered by playanywhere
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars If you only buy one album "on spec" buy this one, 18 Jun 2008
This review is from: Adam and Eve (Audio CD)
Suffolk may have had The Darkness, but Norfolk had "Catherine Wheel"; possibly the greatest British band of the 90's never to make it to the big time they undoubtably deserved. This wonderfully crafted album blends 90's grunge with 80's indie pop - aided and abetted by Talk Talk's Tim Friese-Green. From the sublime intro the album takes us on an aural roller-coaster of emotion from the tender ("Ma Solituda") through a selection of exquisite and perfectly produced tracks (including my favorites "Future Boy", "Broken Nose" and "Phantom of the American Mother") to the anthemic ("Satellite" & "Here Comes the Fat Controller").

Great Vocals, superbe playing and knock-out arrangements, not to mention Friese-Green's keyboard talents - do yourself a favour and treat yourself to this brilliant piece of Brit pop.


CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions
CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions
by Simon Collison
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Left me wanting more - but in a good way., 18 May 2008
Great book and does pretty much what it says in the title. I bought this book hoping for some real world examples of how to use CSS to develop sites that work across browsers and to improve my techniques. I wasn't disappointed - I read this cover to cover in only a few sittings and it's been an invaluable reference since.

I would have loved more examples and ideas to develop, but not to the extent that I felt the book was poor value. I can see me referring to this book repeatedly in the future.


Joomla! Template Design: Create your own professional-quality templates with this fast, friendly guide
Joomla! Template Design: Create your own professional-quality templates with this fast, friendly guide
by Tessa Blakeley Silver
Edition: Paperback
Price: £25.19

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A little lightweight, 18 May 2008
Like other reviewers I was slightly disappointed with this book, though not necessarily just for editorial reasons. At the price point I was expecting at least another 200 pages. Granted this is seems to be a small press book, but even so the content did not seem to justify the price.

Content-wise the book is firmly tethered to Joomla! 1.0. What it does do it does reasonably competently, and it will guide you through the process of creating a version 1.0 template. I felt the book could have used more details on using CSS and how to produce semantic pages to apply the template to. Alan Budd's CSS Mastery title from Friends of Ed does all this in a couple of chapters and a similar effort with this book would have lent weight and value to it.

Perhaps a second edition is on the cards fleshing out the existing content where it is sparse and adding Joomla! 1.5 template creation. Such a book would be closer in value to the current asking price.


Professional Joomla! (Programmer to Programmer)
Professional Joomla! (Programmer to Programmer)
by Dan Rahmel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.20

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on Joomla! I've read yet, 18 May 2008
This really is a definitive guide to the nitty gritty of Joomla! It isn't a beginners guide (unless you're a beginner to Joomla! with good PHP and MySQL skills), but is does cover pretty much everything you'll ever need to know from installation through to template creation and module, plugin and component creation. Definitely the book to graduate too if you've grown beyond the Beginning Joomla! titles.

My only criticisms are that the book is too short - many chapters leave you wanting more examples or ideas to develop - and that it really only covers Joomla! 1.5, somewhat understandably, and only tips a hat to those still managing 1.0 deployments.

If you want a primer for the programming side of Joomla! or are just looking for more in depth information can't recommend this book highly enough. If you want a beginners guide to Joomla! this probably shouldn't be the first Joomla! book you buy. It should, however, be the second.


Supernature [Limited Edition CD + DVD]
Supernature [Limited Edition CD + DVD]
Offered by westworld-
Price: £19.98

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goldfrapp are back, but a little more glam!, 5 Sep 2005
Goldfrapp's latest blends the lush soundscapes of Felt Mountain with the disco of Black Cherry and re-invents Glam Rock. Yes they've even got guitars (or at least something that sounds like a guitar run though the filters of all the worlds grungiest analogue synths). Alison croons through the tracks like a diva on spacedust while the synth textures and bleeps are driven by an assortment of 80's sounding beats all swirled up in magic sonic blender. "Ride a White Horse" is the best example of this, and you'll have heard "Oh La La" on a TV ad. If you're looking for the chill out of Felt Mountain that's here too on tracks like "Let It Take You". Superbe.


Tocsin [VINYL]
Tocsin [VINYL]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Viva X Mal Deutschland, 21 July 2005
This review is from: Tocsin [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Overall a more musical album than either Fetisch or Tocsin - there are some stunning tunes under the mid-80s synth pads and heavily reverbed drums. Personal favorite is probably their adaptation of Emily Dickenson's poem "Morning". Superbely dark and haunting.


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