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Stephen Otoole "reepicheep" (London, London United Kingdom)

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Rhythm And Sound
Rhythm And Sound

6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT Techno fool, its DUBBBB!!, 15 May 2009
This review is from: Rhythm And Sound (Audio CD)
To you who called this album 'techno' presumably because it comes from Berlin. Its NOT techno or anything closely resembling it.If anything it is the total opposite! Dub is about the slow, not the fast; This album is beautiful and almost meditational, a moody abstraction of the Dub template; its throbbing hypnotic booms
have been treated and morphed into wonderful velvety textures.if you want the buzz of techno this is NOT the place to go.
So please desist in the lazy applying of labels (fool).
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The Haunting [DVD] [1963]
The Haunting [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ Julie Harris
Offered by Rare DVD and Blu Ray
Price: £21.50

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliantly chilling masterpeice, 17 April 2009
This review is from: The Haunting [DVD] [1963] (DVD)
I defy anyone to watch this film alone at night and not be at the very least unsettled but most likely scared witless. It is the subtle but mounting tension conveyed through the skewed camera angles and sounds and half glimpsed terrors in the sublimely american gothic mansion of Hill House, that create such an oppressive atmosphere. The sense of something truly malevolent manifests in two terrifying scenes, one where a satanic faceforms in shadow on a wall, whilst the muffled cries of a child come form the

The Innocents [1961] [DVD]
The Innocents [1961] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Deborah Kerr
Price: £9.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the greatest, 17 April 2009
This review is from: The Innocents [1961] [DVD] (DVD)
In my opinion this is one of the greatest films ever made. Beautiful, sublime,terifying; it is a work of art from start to finish, and literally transports you into a world of flickering shadow and mystery,but does it with such subtlety it is far more haunting and powerful than scores of other'haunted house' films.The cinematography is mesmerising,almost avnte garde, and the film never seems to date. Deborah kerr's face becomes a harrowed mask of nuanced fear and suspicion and she really should have been oscar nominated for this film, so riveting is her performance. peter wyngarde who plays the spectral presence of peter quint had his own stellar career which included playing the playboy sleuth jason King, and recording a cult surreal album called 'when sex leers it s inquisitive head'!! along with robert wise's 'The Haunting'this is one of the most unsettlingly atmospheric films ever made.

Aluminum Tunes
Aluminum Tunes

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic, 15 April 2009
This review is from: Aluminum Tunes (Audio CD)
This anthology is simply amazing. so much rich variety and musical inventiveness. Beautiful, exhilirating and hypnotic. A must have.

More Moondog / The Story of Moondog
More Moondog / The Story of Moondog
Price: £11.75

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars expressions of a genius, 15 April 2009
A stunning album of amazing musical expression both composed jazz and piano rolls and avante garde pieces that presages so much contemporary music. Really beautiful and amazing material that dates from the 195os when he was homeless. He was also blind. This man had everyhting against him but he rose above it all with his supremely creative mind. The word genius is oft thrown around but this man is the real thing.

The Noise Made By People
The Noise Made By People

5.0 out of 5 stars haunting gem, 22 Aug. 2008
Broadcast make consistently beautiful music that seems to drift from our collective memory of a monochrome past. This is my personal favourite of theirs. One of the best albums of that year.

Chemical Chords
Chemical Chords
Price: £6.79

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars warm jets!, 22 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Chemical Chords (Audio CD)
This album has many of the usual stereolab hallmarks, but as usual the sound has been morphed to reflect the current obsessions of Tim Gane and lateitia sadier.I am a massive long term fan of The Lab and this album does not disappoint though it has taken a few listens to really get my head round it.It is decidely less baroque than many of their previous excursions. The sound is tighter and more direct. This feels like both a good and a bad thing.It is less langourous and abstracted. Melancholia is almost absent from this record though there is still that restless yearning that they do so well.Despite this,it is a rich and beguiling album that definitely reveals more with each listen.before long the melodies and crypto-poetic lyrics imbed themselves in your mind.There is only ONE stereolab. Long may they reign!

The Modern Tribe
The Modern Tribe
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £6.81

5.0 out of 5 stars carnival of sound, 27 May 2008
This review is from: The Modern Tribe (Audio CD)
wildly engaging: a bit like tripping at a carnival with colours and drums and a mad burlesque artiste singing at you.The album is wonderfully intense and multi-layered and sounds more like some huge collective than a mere man/woman duo.pulsates with an off-kilter energy.

Seventh Tree (Deluxe CD/DVD)
Seventh Tree (Deluxe CD/DVD)
Offered by westworld-
Price: £6.49

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars frappacino on my coffee table, 12 Mar. 2008
The latest Goldfrapp is a puzzling affair. I can see what the idea was; to sum up, bucolic melancholic,via kate bush,Liz Fraser,etc: but i just don't think they accomplished their mission.I wasn't a huge fan of the last two albums but they had pizzaz and a certain off kilter energy.This album starts well but then just seems to drift into inoffensive lite-balladry. They seem intent on ironing out all the quirkiness that made them stand out so much on earlier albums.To be honest Felt Mountain hasn't really been bettered, as it was, and still is, the most interesting record they've made in terms of originality.Are they just crowd pleasing?The first three songs are 'lovely' but please Alison,leave the ethereal arias to Liz Fraser.Kate Bush can also sleep easy.

Cluster & Eno
Cluster & Eno

8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sublime, 19 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Cluster & Eno (Audio CD)
If you know Eno and you know cluster then you will know what to expect: for you mortals who have not yet discovered the genius of these artists then dip your toe in and feel the warm water of intelligence mingling with spirit. This is as far from rock and roll as you can get, yet it is tinged with the faint hues of acid comedowns and ecstasy highs.All you need to know is one thing. IT IS QUALITY.

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