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The Shocking Miss Emerald
The Shocking Miss Emerald
Price: 6.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is what a sophomore slump sounds like., 8 Sep 2013
You can't really knock this album. Are there good tunes? Good harmonies? Good dance beats? Good rhythms? Clever turns of a phrase? Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes. But from the logo on the sleeve through into the grooves, every track carries with it a sense of deja vu. Whereas the first album was a stellar breakthrough that inspired imitators and emulators galore, this disc treads the same ground as the first, only with a bit less inspiration and a noticeable lack to production values and vocal oomph. Most of these tracks would be at home on a soundtrack for a revamped 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' instead of breaking new ground, as the first disc did.

A solid enough attempt, but sans maturation and development from the original.


Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale
Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale
by Russell T. Davies
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 24.00

13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars With warts and all... bold, yes, but then there's those warts., 6 Nov 2008
First, the good stuff: this is a bold, honest, naked and funny tome about the writing process for one of television's most acclaimed comebacks. The reader follows Russell T. Davies through the agony and the ectasy of the entire writing process and, goaded along by Benjamin Cook, who acts as much as a muse as an enabler, the cigarette-fuelled revelations are so personal that one can get a contact high from being so ensconced in this man's head.

The pictures (including many beautiful stills during production as well as Davies' insanely brilliant cartoons) are to be cherished as much as the raw scripts that litter the hysterically titled email exchanges between Davies and Cook.

The ugly bits, for me, come from Davies' approach to writing Season 4 of 'Doctor Who.' Davies admits that his writing style is to wait until the last minute to commence drafting - and then waits some more. This sounds very maverick and daring, and for most series it is. Unfortunately, the ambitious arc of the season called for meticulous attention and, like many viewers for Season 4, the reader can gradually feel Season 4 slip away from its creator. While genius is evident in many places (his accounting of the development of 'Midnight' as the anti-'Voyage of the Damned' is stunning), the fact is that the plan to bring back so many characters for the big finale was terribly under-managed. Davies actively struggles with the second coming and going of the Rose Taylor character, but still gives her a sendoff that diminishes Season 2's exit - and taking Donna Noble's potentially heartbreaking departure with it. The reason is, the reader learns, is Davies' wait-til-it's-too-late approach.

The other niggle I have is that there is a tendency for icons (the Beatles, Monty Python) to avoid constructing an actual book by simply having extended monologues that can be read like a script. While this may be considered edgy or original in some circles, this book, moreso than the Beatle or Python books constructed the same, needs some sort of centering mechanism, like an impartial summary or prologue to each chapter written by Benjamin Cook.

Like all honesty from an artist of this magnitude, there will be things that will make the reader wonder to him/herself what's he's on about, or simply what he's on.

Having ranted all that, however, this book is still honest and bold and I'm pleased to have it in my collection.
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Ugly Bungalow
Ugly Bungalow
by Vincent Truman
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant acid humor., 6 Jan 2008
This review is from: Ugly Bungalow (Paperback)
I found this book through the author's website and find it to be one of the sharpest, cleverest and biting independent voices on the humor circuit.


Fine Line [2 Track CD]
Fine Line [2 Track CD]
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: 19.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When I'm 63, 26 Feb 2006
This review is from: Fine Line [2 Track CD] (Audio CD)
A good enough demonstration of piano rock by Mr. McCartney, although its lack of typical hooks make it pale against other up tempo singles, like "The World Tonight" or "Hope of Deliverance." Very clever marketing and advance publicity ensured this single gave Paulie a Top 20 hit for a week, which is still quite the accomplishment for someone who's been doing music longer than most Amazon customers have been alive.
Like most McCartney singles, though, I must confess to overplaying this one quite a bit upon first hearing it!


Night Thoughts (Doctor Who)
Night Thoughts (Doctor Who)
by Edward Young
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 14.99

2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Irrelevant (say that with a rolling R for best effect)., 26 Feb 2006
The latest Sylvester McCoy-led 'Doctor Who' audio's best traits can be found in its sound engineering. The atmosphere of every room and location are expertly put together, so that one always knows where one is by the slightest shift in sound. The sheer performances themselves are very good as well, especially by McCoy, who employs his Darker Doctor character's intonations with appropriate bile.
However, for every action, there seems to be an equal and opposite reaction. The story - about a time experiment gone awry - is interesting enough, but the problem lies in what the Doctor and his two companions are doing on this island in the first place - and how easily they are let into the single active dwelling, full of secretive scientists and military. Indeed, at the end of the audio, I reckoned that, if the Doctor had not shown up, things would have wound up pretty much the same as if he hadn't. One gets the impression that this was a solid, interesting story, but that the Doctor was written INTO the piece.
For that reason alone, this is a subpar outing, made notably sad by the recent Doctor Who renaissance on television.


The Capitol Albums Vol. 1
The Capitol Albums Vol. 1
Price: 38.90

5 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Happiness is a Warm Repackaging, 22 Nov 2004
This is the most embarrassing post scriptum since the days of "Love Songs" and "Reel Music." Capitol knows it, too; why else make it seem a bargain by lumping together FOUR releases? If the project had merit, each disc would have been released on its own (I know I will eat my words later as I'm sure that, after a year or so, they WILL be issued separately). This project has no merit. Even that warmed-up-corpse of a disc, "Let It Be... Naked", added a new sheen to pre-existing material. This does not.
I suspect this is all leading up to the (final) release of the famed 'Butcher' cover in Volume 3 of the series.
This is redunancy at its worst. Worse than that, this is redunancy at its worst. Worse than that, this is redunancy at its worst. Worse than that, this is redunancy at its worst. Worse than that, this is redunancy at its worst. Worse than that, this is redunancy at its worst. Worse than that, this is redunancy at its worst. Worse than that, this is redunancy at its worst. Worse than that, this is redunancy at its worst. Worse than that, this is redunancy at its worst. Worse than that, this is redunancy at its worst. Worse than that, this is redunancy at its worst.......
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