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Some Day Soon
Some Day Soon
Offered by NetsavesUK
Price: £2.29

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good, 29 Sept. 2004
This review is from: Some Day Soon (Audio CD)
Initially i was pretty unimpressed. There was a fair amount of hype surrounding Kristian Leontiou and it seemed unjustified. However, I think i was wrong...
This is a surprisingly good album. The first two singles which initially seemed simply solid transform into classics after many listens. But the quality does not end there.
Fall And I Will Catch You, arguably the best track on the album, Love Is All I Need, and Caught In The Moment are all very good in their own way.
What he does well is to add something a little different into his songs that at first may appear samey and even boring. The problem with having a unique voice is that once heard, you almost feel that the album is too similar. But in this instance, that is not the case.
There isn't really an obvious artist to compare with Kristian - even though they are both singer song writers, the only similarity between him and Damien Rice is their heart-felt and honest lyrics.
Recommended to anyone looking for something a bit different within the pop/rock scene

Price: £5.63

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the far, 24 Aug. 2004
This review is from: O (Audio CD)
I know it was actually released in 2003 but it's still my favourite album of 2004. I remember when Cannonball was first played on Radio 1 back in the summer of 2003 and i thought it was a very good track, so much so that i downloaded the rest of the album. For one reason or another I forgot about it and it wasn't until earlier this year that i remembered.
Ok, I admit it. The thing that triggered my memory was the Johnathan Ross show - what i was doing watching it i will never know (i don't even like the guy) But Damien Rice's performance of Cold Water was so superb, and Lisa Hannigan'a voice so mesmerising, that i HAD to listen to the rest of the album. Thank God i did...
Every track is so good - initially i favoured Amie. Then I Remember, with its hypnotic (and scary) change half-way through, was my favourite. Right now i love the Blower's Daughter, but to be fair every single track on the album is great in its own individual way.
Delicate is just what the title suggests, Cheers Darlin' is rough and clever and Eskimo is such a varied and fitting end to a superb album.
I'm just really pleased that Damien Rice is starting to get the credit he deserves. I used to be a fan of guys like David Gray, but Damien Rice has raised the bar and completely outdone them.
Highly highly recommended!

Eleven Minutes
Eleven Minutes
by Paulo Coelho
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but a disappointment, 24 Aug. 2004
This review is from: Eleven Minutes (Paperback)
I've read the Alchemist and Veronika Decides to Die and they are both awesome books. Although i don't necessarily subscribe to the idea that they are 'life-changing', Coelho's books make you think and have some kind of impact.
This book, however, is different. Some of the concepts are intelligent and Paulo makes some interesting points on the idea that something that lasts only '11 mintues' can have such an impact on modern society.
But when reading the book, sometimes you feel as if Coelho couldn't really be bothered, like he thought he could slip in an average effort which would still get favourable reviews just because of his previous reputation.
Perhaps he was right...the book has done well - but it's not nearly as deserving as his previous efforts

Ocean Avenue
Ocean Avenue
Price: £7.34

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 24 Aug. 2004
This review is from: Ocean Avenue (Audio CD)
This is an awesome album...pretty much every track on it is fantastic and you wouldn't bother skipping any of them. Also, so much variation is in evidence...
Believe, Only One, Back Home and Empty Apartment are all extremely cool songs for very different reasons. Some albums tend to trail off towards the end where the band tries to squeeze in the 'fillers' but Yellowcard certainly don't do that, and in this sense Ocean Avenue ends even better than it begins...
So many bands that play this kind of music can be criticised for sounding a little similar. With Yellowcard it's a little different, at least partly down to the 'innovative' use of the violin. The composition of the tracks is so good that some of the instrumental parts are as good as the vocals.
Basically, Ocean Avenue is one of the best albums ive heard this year, certainly up there or better than Deja Entendu by Brand New and Page Avenue by Story of the Year. Recommended for someone looking for something new and a bit different

MTV Unplugged v2.0
MTV Unplugged v2.0
Offered by westworld-
Price: £6.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really like this..., 30 Mar. 2004
This review is from: MTV Unplugged v2.0 (Audio CD)
I can understand why some don't like this, especially when sometimes the quality vocals are slightly unheard above the sound of the crowd.
But the fact is that any fan of Dashboard will know the songs really well already, and so hearing the crowd in my view only really adds to the atmosphere and provides different versions of familiar tracks: such as on Hands Down and Again I go unnoticed where there is a more rocky aspect.
The standout track is Swiss Army Romance, which is awesome however you hear it. But there isn't a bad track on this album.
The fact that the CD also features the performances on DVD is also very appealing...

In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3
In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: £14.98

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than i first thought, 26 Mar. 2004
I reviewed this album before and i thought it was good. Now it think it's awesome - I'm listening to it as i type
The title track is a classic from the moment you first hear it
Cuts Marked In The March Of Men - took some time to get into this one, but after a few listens i now really like it
Three Evils (Embodied In Love And Shadow) - as soon as i heard this i knew it was quality: strong vocals, especially the chorus
The Crowing - THE BEST: this is beyond awesome - thumping drums, great guitars and especially from 'Dear Ambellina' the volume needs to be turned up to as loud as it gets
Blood Red Summer - in some respects actually my favourite as its easiest to keep up with Claudio Sanchez's vocals
The Velorium Camper's perhaps make up a slightly weaker part of the album although they still have their own individual merits
A Favour House Atlantic - like BRS, much easier to sing along to
The Light and the Glass - solid ending
All in all i really love this album and it certainly is an improvement on The Second Stage Turbine Blade, although i'm not suggesting that that wasnt a good album, especially when it contains such quality tracks as Devil in Jersey City, Hearshot Kid Disaster, Delirium Trigger and Neverender.
Didn't really know much about the band until recently, and on the strength of this album, i want to know more...

Dead Famous
Dead Famous
by Ben Elton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer brilliance, 21 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Dead Famous (Paperback)
I love this book and couldn't put it down...
For anyone fed up with Big Brother, which surely the majority must be by now, this is the book for you.
Darkly comic, deeply clever and a great take on the Big Brother series. One of his best...
If only something similar would happen in real life...think of the TV ratings..!

AFL Live 2004: Aussie Rules Football
AFL Live 2004: Aussie Rules Football
Offered by Click4entertainment Limited
Price: £22.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent simulation of the quality sport, 21 Feb. 2004
I love AFL - it is awesome. So exciting, really hardcore and the players must be insane
This game is good and a step up from other attempts in the past. The game play is fairly straight forward, and generally smooth and it can be a lot of fun
However, its probably best to play it in cycles - it can get a little boring and sometimes frustrating if you play it too much
Anyway, for any fan of AFL, especially an English fan that misses the game so much when he's not in Australia, this is a should (maybe must) have

Deep Blue Sea [1999] [DVD]
Deep Blue Sea [1999] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Thomas Jane
Price: £4.88

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty bad but highly amusing..., 21 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Deep Blue Sea [1999] [DVD] (DVD)
Not really a great film...the acting is pretty wooden and the accent of the female lead is ridiculous. Even Samuel L Jackson isn't that good...LL Cool J provides a bit of comedy but even his character is a bit bizarre under the circumstances
The plot is interesting but flawed in places, some of the scenes have an awkward effect to them, and the special effects aren't really that special
Having said all that, I do really like this film, perhaps because some bad films are so bad that they are actually good. It's not nearly as formulaic or predicatable as you might imagine and it never fails to make me laugh. It's like another pretty bad film, Lake Placid, although this is better.
Anyway I'd recommend it if it was cheap, for a film to cheer you up

In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3
In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: £14.98

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strangely brilliant, 21 Feb. 2004
To be fair I haven't heard the whole album so I can't yet give it 5 stars but I'll probably rereview it once ive got it.
From what ive heard of it, it really is an awesome album, and probably an improvement on its predecessor.
The title track, 'In keeping Secrets...' is amazing, intoxicating vocals and quality back up from the band. Three Evils, Blood Red Summer and TVG I Faints of hearts are all really good tracks but to me, the show-stealer is the Crowing - I tend to play this 9and the title track) over and over again. The intro, and the last about minute and a half are pretty much unforgettable...
I'd liken them to a more heavy (and less mature) version of Dream Theater, with arguably better vocals but a less sophisticated and evolved sound - they probably sound nothing like eachother in reality, but C+C remind me of them sometimes...
Anyway, I'm not an expert on the band and don't know their music, or how you define their style too well, but regardless I'd recommend this purely on the strength of the tracks that ive heard.
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