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And I'll Scratch Yours
And I'll Scratch Yours
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Really disappointing, 2 Mar 2014
This review is from: And I'll Scratch Yours (Audio CD)
What an earthbound, disappointing album this is. Perhaps (as others have pointed out) it's partly because Gabriel has recycled his own material once too often, but there's more to it than that. The album feels disjointed, a real dog's breakfast and it doesn't really improve with repeated listening. There are some odd good songs - Mother of Violence reworked in an extraordinary way by Brian Eno is an example, but otherwise it feels really thin and as if most of the artists were going through the motions.


Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.2, Sonata for Violin & Piano, Concerto for Piano, Trumpet & String Orchestra
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.2, Sonata for Violin & Piano, Concerto for Piano, Trumpet & String Orchestra
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for Op.134, 4 Dec 2013
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This is a superb CD - no ifs or buts. The underrated second piano concerto is brilliantly played and the beauty, poise and poignancy of the second movement comes through fully. Melnikov makes it sound so much more profound than other recordings. The much earlier concerto for piano, trumpet and strings (an odd piece which I have never really warmed to) is also played very well. However, the star of this show is Shostakovich's 'difficult' late sonata for violin and piano, Opus 134. The first movement in particular has a searing intensity which is utterly breathtaking and I have never heard anyone - not even Oistrakh - play it as well as this. Shostakovich was clearly a soul in torment by the time that he wrote this piece, but nonetheless the brilliance, pathos and sheer indomitable humanity shines through incredibly strongly in this recording. Melnikov's own liner notes are both thoughtful and communicate very clearly the importance of this extraordinary piece of music.


Voting Guide to the General Election 2015: Cleveland
Voting Guide to the General Election 2015: Cleveland
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very little to this guide, 15 Sep 2013
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I bought this guide, hoping for an interesting analysis of the political scene in Cleveland backed up by a description of each constituency.

Sadly, this pamphlet provides embarrassingly little and is vastly over priced for what it is. A couple of sentences on each constituency, a prediction for 2015 and the 2010 result is literally all this disappointing "guide" provides. Really poor.


Never Enough: The Story of The Cure: The Story of the "Cure"
Never Enough: The Story of The Cure: The Story of the "Cure"
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good - but a bit rough round the edges, 29 Dec 2012
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This is an absorbing history of The Cure, although (as others have said) it's much lighter on the years after 1989. Well researched and reasonably well written, it's certainly worth a read. There are a number of annoying inaccuracies and inconsistencies which smack of careless proof reading, but if you take a deep breath and ignore them, Apter's interest in and love of his subject eventually wins through. There are some great insider stories in here, although it is still quite difficult to picture introverted Rob diving into the crowd to mete out physical retribution to those who were heckling the band - even in 1981/2.

Nonetheless, I do think the words 'Goth' and 'The Cure' should never be used together. Apter uses the term a lot. When did they start to attract this label? Surely only in retrospect. I really don't think anyone would have labelled The Cure as 'Goth' in 1982 after 'Pornography'. I'm not sure the concept even existed at that time.


Another Journey By Train
Another Journey By Train
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cure in transition, 29 Dec 2012
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Just at the moment when the pure pop of 'Three Imaginary Boys' starts to morph into the introspective and characteristic style epitomised by 'Seventeen Seconds and 'Faith'.


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