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Pearl Jam Twenty
Pearl Jam Twenty
by Mark Ian Wilkerson
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a gorgeous compendium for any true fan, 17 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Pearl Jam Twenty (Hardcover)
This is a fantastic history piece and a perfect accompaniment to the film. With gorgeous photos, in depth interviews with all the band, all those surrounding and involved in the band and some key influences and friends, its a treasure trove.
With chapters divided up into years, it is great to either read it like a cover to cover book and see the changes and progression of the band or to dip into a particular year where you want to find out more.
If you've seen the film and loved it and own more than just the 'Ten' album, you are very likely to love this a lot- go on- stick it on your xmas list!
Keep on rockin in the free world!


Nerd Do Well
Nerd Do Well
by Simon Pegg
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ultimately disappointing, 16 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Nerd Do Well (Hardcover)
Whilst a big fan of Simon's work in TV and films and his bromance with Nick Frost, I found this book to be ultimately disappointing.
Firstly, a word of warning- if you are not that in to star wars or like me, see it as a well made film for its time but nevertheless, a tad over-rated, then much of this book will annoy you. He harps on and on about star wars and goes into thesis type review of the meanings behind the film etc. I am a self-confessed film buff but this just went on a bit.
Also, intercutting the chapters with a spoof Bond-style story of Pegg's own creation seemed both distracting and a tad self-indulgent.
I was hoping to learn more about behind the scenes and the making of spaced, sean, hot fuzz etc but very little of the book is about that.
Be careful what you are after here if looking to purchase- if you want a book telling you about Simon's childhood and uni years and if you love star wars, you'll like the book. If, like me, you wanted to know more about his professional life and background to the shows and have average opinions about star wars, probably not for you.


Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam
Price: £9.99

5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lets be real, 3 May 2006
This review is from: Pearl Jam (Audio CD)
This album will not disappoint but I feel it needs to be put in to perspective. We must be real here- as much as I would love for it to be a five star album and attract new fans, it may not. Nevertheless, it certainly shows growth and maturity in a band that has a lot to say and says it with pride and verve.

This album is certainly worth a go and is a stronger overall package than Riot Act or Binaural - The opening three tracks are barnstorming rockers with the feel of past classics such as Spin The Black Circle or Go and it really kickstarts the album.

Lyrically, Army Reserve and World Wide Suicide are heartfelt reflections on the mess that is the Iraq War and its effect on us all. Unemployable is a reflection on corporate greed and the disposal nature of an average employee with a catchy sing-a-long chrous.

The stand out track for me is the gorgeous, anthemic 'Gone.' This is certainly single material and may win over new fans with good radio play if released, although for those that know the Pearl Jam ethos, that kind of thing is not always what they want. Despite this, I guarantee you will be humming the chourus after only a couple of listens.

Conversely, Big Wave is a rather lazy, Pearl Jam by numbers affair and the weakest on the album. It has a nice riff but doesn't really manage to hold the attention.

But the strengths of the album must not be overlooked- the closing four tracks are emotionally and musically, the strongest end to an album since the unsurpassable debut Ten. Come Back has the feel of a late night lounge act in a smoky bar somewhere, with Vedder's vocal strengths shining.

The closer Inside Job is an unusual beast that may need some time to grow on you but its a beautiful one. Employing piano with the softer side of Vedder and then launching into a chorus from the soul and pen of Mike McCready makes for a spine tingling listen.

Its great to see Pearl Jam back again and this is their best studio album since Yield. Overall, you may need to give some of the tracks some time to grow on you, but they certainly do get under your skin - It will be interesting to hear some of these new tracks live this year and having experienced some of them at the intimate London Astoria gig, I can assure others they sound as fantastic live as they always did.


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