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Christopher Hunter "cjhunter2001uk" (Farnham UK)

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Solvent City
Solvent City
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4.0 out of 5 stars Technopop Treat, 18 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Solvent City (Audio CD)
Entirely instrumental (apart from a few treated vocals), this is another example of some of the innovative and engaging electronica coming out of Canada at the present time.

It's all undertaken on non-digital synths and equipment and is very well done at that as it gently provides a melodic trip through analogue electro heaven. If you like your electro in an 80's style but also plugged into an awareness of what makes an interesting 21st century excursion than this is for you.

Stainless Style
Stainless Style
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fave Album of 2008 So Far, 17 Jun. 2008
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This review is from: Stainless Style (Audio CD)
I bought this on a recommendation from a mate. What a top record. Hey, if you are going to write a concept album about John DeLorean you had better make sure your ideas and songs are sound. This is just spot on! It gets the early 80's synths sounds absolutely right (and that is difficult in it's own right), the couple of R&B raps are brilliantly executed have a story to tell and engage with the hard electronic sounds, the other songs such as 'Dream Cars', 'I told her on Alderaan', 'Raquel', 'Steel Your Girl', 'Belfast' and 'Michael Douglas' are just glorious pop classics! 'I lust you' should be released for the summer club scene.

I know it's all done with tongue firmly in cheek but if you are going to release electro-pop of this standard, even as a laugh, please can we have some more of the joke!! Truly excellent.

In Ghost Colours
In Ghost Colours
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Annoyingly Good, 17 Jun. 2008
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This review is from: In Ghost Colours (Audio CD)
When I first played this album I thought I was going to hate it. It struck me initially as sounding like a cheesey selection of 80's Icehouse out- takes. Within a few listens the actual pop hooks and melodica structures started getting their barbs into me and now I'm hooked.

The only way I can describe the record is as if 'The Cars', 'Icehouse' (circa 85!) and 'Faithless' had got together and created a pop/house/disco record. It is oh so 80's but also very now...I get the Jeff Lynne thing as well...oh just go and buy for the summer!!!!

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty with Structure, 17 Jun. 2008
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This review is from: Inlandish (Audio CD)
Trying to find the middle ground in electronica and ambience is always a tricky one. Either you risk heading off into 'muzak' and 'MOR' territory or you can end up on the 'experimental' side of the genre and find yourself somewhat isolated. Roedelius has been around long enough to know what to put in and what to leave out.

'Inlandish'manages to find an excellent half-way point. It is an interesting record as the melody structures are not straight forward and there is some interesting use of synths and strings but it is also a very beautiful record and extremely relaxing as Roedelius's trade mark piano compositions shine through. It's almost the ultimate work album in that it helps you think but does not intrude too much.

I'm not going to try and describe each track, as I've always thought trying to use words to express the complexity of non-vocal music in detail, is somewhat like trying to nail jelly to the wall.

This is a very good record. Enough.

Once in a Lifetime
Once in a Lifetime
Price: £100.12

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Post Punk Compilation, 6 May 2008
This review is from: Once in a Lifetime (Audio CD)
Just check out the track listing for this little beauty. It's a well considered, structurally excellent put together and intelligent compilation of key post punk artists, which puts other far weaker compilations to shame. Very good indeed.
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Greatest Ever New Wave Hits
Greatest Ever New Wave Hits

15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars New Wave? I don't think so...., 6 May 2008
There are some decent tracks on here buried amongst the oft-repeated tat selection also included. My main complaint is that this selection has absolutely nothing to do with 'New Wave' post punk. If you want to find an excellent compilation of 'new wave' bands see if you can dig out the now deleted 'Once in a lifetime' double disc set.

Why record companies want to put out such a selection of this, which just throws in all types of odds and sods from the 80's with no real focus, is beyond me really......

Crossing Dragon Bridge
Crossing Dragon Bridge
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive New Outing, 1 May 2008
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This review is from: Crossing Dragon Bridge (Audio CD)
I was expecting a stripped back and sparse piece of work from the background reading before the release of this album. Steve was doing a three week stint in Ljubljana with just Chris Eckman for company. In fact this is a big record in terms of sound and production. As well as introducing some lush backgrounds from the likes of the local choir, chamber orchestra and other local musicians, Steve has also brought in regular band members Linda Pitmon and contributor Chris Cacavas to flesh out some excellent new songs.

Yes there are some thoughtful ballads such as 'She Came' and 'When we talk about forever' and 'Punching holes in the sky' but these are offset with some upbeat rockers such as 'Annie & Me'and 'Manhattan Fault Line'.

What I find especially rewarding on this record is the dark seam of Americana Steve is mining on many of the remaining tracks, where you get an echo of a band like 'The Triffids' and even Nick Cave in some of the material. There is some introspective thought going on here but if you want to get it out of your system there is little better way than to turn it into this rather involving and powerful record. A great follow up to the desert trilogy!

Seventh Tree
Seventh Tree
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deep Self Analysis, 7 Mar. 2008
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This review is from: Seventh Tree (Audio CD)
I wasn't too sure about this album on first hearing or two. My first reaction was that it was lacking real substance and hooks. In fact, it has both of those in spadefuls, it just takes a few listenings to get them to appear and stick.

What is deeply apparent is that this whole record is an act of huge self analysis by Alison Goldfrapp, into her emotional state post relationship breakdown. She has gone back and looked at what went on 'Cologne Cerrone Houdini' and 'Eat Yourself' and has also dealt with all the alternative resolutions that most of us run through when a relationship goes bad, 'A&E' and 'Road to Somewhere' for example.

The fact that all of this soul searching is undertaken in a wash of strings, mild psychedelia and lovely vocal arrangements does not detract from the full force of the pain which shines through.

A brave change from the last two albums and a deeply rewarding listening experience. I only hope the composer gets what she wants from it all!

Light & Magic
Light & Magic
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just great electropop!, 6 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Light & Magic (Audio CD)
I've just come back to this album after a couple of years or so and wow, does it sound good! Lack of tunes?!! This is an excellent piece of electro-pop. This is also a pretty influential album in retrospect given the sounds you got from the likes of Kylie and Madonna and other mainstream artists a year or so after release. Check out 'Flicking your switch', 'Turn it on', 'Cease2xist' and 'Blue Jeans'. It also has the sublime 'Evil' which is just a fabulous piece of melodic pop as you will hear anywhere.

Great stuff. Not quite sure why they changed the cover though!

Works Project
Works Project
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Weird, Still Brilliant, 26 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Works Project (Audio CD)
I can't add a lot more to the earlier review other that to reitterate what a great record this is. Again, Beck meets Neil Young and mix in some Kraftwerk and Kruatrock influences. It should be up there with the most famous ground-breaking albums because not much else sounds like this. Extremely good.

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