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Teach Yourself Linguistics (Teach Yourself (McGraw-Hill))
Teach Yourself Linguistics (Teach Yourself (McGraw-Hill))
by Jean Aitchison
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Not An Introduction To An Introduction, 15 Oct 2001
Some universities recommend potential linguistic students to read 'Teach Yourself Linguistics' in order to see if studying this interesting subject is really what they want...
That's pretty astonishing! For the book is not 'an introduction to an introduction' as its foreword states. It is more of an outline, with more deep-cut analysis of whatever the author happens to feel like going deeper into. The book can also serve as a reference on terminology.
But that's all, really...


Bang...The Greatest Hits Of Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Bang...The Greatest Hits Of Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £6.31

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Frankie Still Say A Lot..., 15 Oct 2001
Frankie Goes To Hollywood was one of the very best bands of the 1980s. The band only released a couple of albums, then it split... but its music still lives on, or rather has been revived with a BANG! release, and this is well-deserved. So even though Frankie Say... No More, Frankie still say a lot!
This compilation contains the best track of the outstanding concept album 'Welcome To The Pleasuredome', such as the debut hit single 'Relax' (regarded controversial back then!), the absolutely great 'Two Tribes', the breathtakingly beautiful ballad 'The Power Of Love', and an interesting and varied version of 'Ferry Cross The Mersey'. Plus stuff from the less impressive 'Liverpool' album, like 'Rage Hard', but sadly not including the wonderful 'Is Anybody Out There?'.
The listener also has to live with more mediocre songs like 'Warriors Of The Wasteland' or 'For Heaven's Sake'; both unmistakably Frankie but not really top quality. Still, as a whole, this compilation album makes you rock and think about the rocking 1980s. It's a great memory.
The CD booklet which accompanies the compilation is also very interesting: Frankie's history and nice pictures.


10 000 Hz Legend
10 000 Hz Legend
Price: £5.01

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How Does It Make You Feel?, 4 Oct 2001
This review is from: 10 000 Hz Legend (Audio CD)
Me, it makes me feel light, it makes me feel flying. But it also makes me feel sad in some way.
This Air album is really something special. Even though this musical genre is usually NOT among what I appreciate and like listening to, I was impressed by Air from the first time I listened to it.
The song used for the title line of this review has its own atmosphere, its own soul. An avantgardistic composition and one of the highlights of '10 000 Hz Legend'. Along with the next track 'Radio #1', it has some 1970s electronic feel to it, and yet it's avantgarde.
But where you REALLY get to breathe Air is on 'The Vagabond'. Though the electronic base is kept, the harmonica and the acoustic guitar stand in the foreground! And the chorus is absolutely beautiful, making 'The Vagabond' this album's best song.
'Radian' is another wonderful example, and very symbolic for Air's music, of how synths and acoustic instruments like guitar or piano can create a symbiotic beauty. At the other end of the scale we find the purely synthed and nearly epic 'Sex Born Poison' - a mystical voyage into the orbit AND to the heart of what Air's music is all about.
The hit 'People In The City' gives connotations to the brilliant Air album 'The Virgin Suicides', as well as to 1970s/1980s synth bands, and is again a nice example of how vocals, synths and acoustic instruments can work together. I somehow see this song as a 2001 interpretation of Pet Shop Boys' 'West End Girls'...
And if you want to DANCE to Air, another single hit, 'Don't Be Light', is it!
OK, to be fAir, an entire album is not for someone who's in the mood for joyful music or easy listening. This music requires calm surroundings, and a little concentration. Once these are present, you will enjoy '10 000 Hz Legend'. A few songs less would have done the trick, since 11 of them makes it all a bit too cold and almost melancholic.
But do try some Air! Even if you tend to avoid too electronic music!


10,000hz Legend [VINYL]
10,000hz Legend [VINYL]

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How Does It Make You Feel?, 4 Oct 2001
This review is from: 10,000hz Legend [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Me, it makes me feel light, it makes me feel flying. But it also makes me feel sad in some way.
This Air album is really something special. Even though this musical genre is usually NOT among what I appreciate and like listening to, I was impressed by Air from the first time I listened to it.
The song used for the title line of this review has its own atmosphere, its own soul. An avantgardistic composition and one of the highlights of '10 000 Hz Legend'. Along with the next track 'Radio #1', it has some 1970s electronic feel to it, and yet it's avantgarde.
But where you REALLY get to breathe Air is on 'The Vagabond'. Though the electronic base is kept, the harmonica and the acoustic guitar stand in the foreground! And the chorus is absolutely beautiful, making 'The Vagabond' this album's best song.
'Radian' is another wonderful example, and very symbolic for Air's music, of how synths and acoustic instruments like guitar or piano can create a symbiotic beauty. At the other end of the scale we find the purely synthed and nearly epic 'Sex Born Poison' - a mystical voyage into the orbit AND to the heart of what Air's music is all about.
The hit 'People In The City' gives connotations to the brilliant Air album 'The Virgin Suicides', as well as to 1970s/1980s synth bands, and is again a nice example of how vocals, synths and acoustic instruments can work together. I somehow see this song as a 2001 interpretation of Pet Shop Boys' 'West End Girls'...
And if you want to DANCE to Air, another single hit, 'Don't Be Light', is it!
OK, to be fAir, an entire album is not for someone who's in the mood for joyful music or easy listening. This music requires calm surroundings, and a little concentration. Once these are present, you will enjoy '10 000 Hz Legend'. A few songs less would have done the trick, since 11 of them makes it all a bit too cold and almost melancholic.
But do try some Air! Even if you tend to avoid too electronic music!


Best of Kansas
Best of Kansas
Price: £17.35

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A 'Best Of', With Ups And Downs, 3 Oct 2001
This review is from: Best of Kansas (Audio CD)
The harmonious and beautifully arranged 'The Wall' is one of the highlights, a composition you can't help falling for, quite immediately. And there's the classic 'Song For America' which barely needs further presentation - a must-hear.
Another highlight, of course, is the beautiful ballad 'Dust In The Wind' which, however, could have been from any band. Still, its presence on 'Best Of' is highly justified, since it is one of the best of its genre from Kansas.
A song like the opening 'Carry On Wayward Son' is more straight forward, on the edge between prog rock and rock'n'roll - and yet, its arrangement, the guitars, the drums, the piano, are very typical for the Kansas sound.
'Play The Game Tonight' is a typical 1980s song on which the band sounds very much like Foreigner or Asia. That one is not bad. But on 'Perfect Lover', and especially on 'Fight Fire With Fire', this 1980s sound becomes far too pop'ish, and it seems disappointing that these songs have been chosen for a so-called 'Best Of' album.
So all in all, 'The Best Of Kansas' is a compilation album with ups and with downs. Seen from a chronological and musically developmental point of view, the album does provide a good way of getting to know Kansas. But seen from a pure quality point of view, the ten songs are not the ten best ones, and my guess is that any admirer of Kansas will confirm this.
Taste differs, but what Kansas is all about, what Kansas is known and respected for, is their style from the 1970s rather than the 1980s development.


Deepshadows & Brilliant..
Deepshadows & Brilliant..
Price: £6.58

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HIM's Third - Business As Usual, 28 Sep 2001
HIM is the best rock band around these last years. And this third album 'Deep Shadows And Brilliant Highlights', with the politically incorrect cover of lead singer Ville Valo holding a cigarette (and wearing makeup of course), keeps going in the exact same style as the two former albums.
In other words: no surprises but no disappointments either. Good rock music, well-arranged melodies, love'n'hate lyrics... business as usual!
The album starts greatly with a potential hit, 'Salt In Our Wounds' (typical HIM lyrics). Then proceeds with another catchy rock song, 'Heartache Every Moment'. It's unmistakably the HIM sound!
From track 3 on, it becomes more routine. Like 'we've heard this before', including the single 'Pretending' which is a good song but very ordinary. On track 6, the more silently rocking 'Close To The Flame', this routine becomes nearly a bit boring - but then the album goes uphill again.
'Beautiful' is another rather calm song, still in the usual HIM style but more thought through and polishedly arranged, and yet pretty straight forward.
'Don't Close Your Heart' is a very catchy song, also a potential hit since it sounds a lot like 'Pretending'...
...but the brilliant highlight on 'Deep Shadows And Brilliant Highlights' is the closing and pretty long 'Love You Like I Do', with its cool guitar sound, its amazing keyboards, its heavily slowish feel, its quiet rough sound!! Great!
So, all in all, another worthwhile HIM album, though continuing in the exact same style as before.


Magnification
Magnification
Price: £8.20

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Room For Improvement, 24 Sep 2001
This review is from: Magnification (Audio CD)
Yes has flirted with orchestras on several occasions but 'Magnification' is the first real release of this kind of cooperation. And it's promising... and yet it leaves a lot of room for improvement.
The title track opening the album is kind of obligatory mediocre until its rocking orchestral noise turns to Jon Anderson's life-giving voice on 'Spirit Of Survival', a song which develops into a potential James Bond score (sorry).
'Give Love Each Day' too, is a good mixture of Jon Anderson's voice, virtous guitar play, filling drums, and classical instruments, especially violins. It's a good piece, followed by 'Can You Imagine' which is a decent attempt that however sadly becomes a lot like the mediocre tracks on 'Open Your Eyes' and 'The Ladder'.
One of the best songs on 'Magnification' is the balladic kliché 'We Agree', with the acoustic guitar and Jon Anderson in the foreground. It is followed by the superfluous 'Soft As A Dove' - practically a remake of 'From The Balcony'...!
And then, finally, comes the true climax of the album: track #8, the 10.45 mins long 'Dreamtime'. It's a rhapsody, an epic, and yet it is the easiest song to catch. 'Dreamtime' is like a fairytale. A journey into what yes, and especially this classical cooperation should be all about!
The other long song is placed directly after this feast, and maybe that is the reason why it is somewhat disappointing. 'In The Presence Of' remains very OK though.
After this promising but not quite satisfying kick-off, I do look forward to a more worked-through follow-up to 'Magnification'... Gimme more like 'Dreamtime', gimme epic journeys, gimme Yes!


MAGNIFICATION
MAGNIFICATION
Offered by musik-markt
Price: £6.59

4 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Room For Improvement, 24 Sep 2001
This review is from: MAGNIFICATION (Audio CD)
Yes has flirted with orchestras on several occasions but 'Magnification' is the first real release of this kind of cooperation. And it's promising... and yet it leaves a lot of room for improvement.
The title track opening the album is kind of obligatory mediocre until its rocking orchestral noise turns to Jon Anderson's life-giving voice on 'Spirit Of Survival', a song which develops into a potential James Bond score (sorry).
'Give Love Each Day' too, is a good mixture of Jon Anderson's voice, virtous guitar play, filling drums, and classical instruments, especially violins. It's a good piece, followed by 'Can You Imagine' which is a decent attempt that however sadly becomes a lot like the mediocre tracks on 'Open Your Eyes' and 'The Ladder'.
One of the best songs on 'Magnification' is the balladic kliché 'We Agree', with the acoustic guitar and Jon Anderson in the foreground. It is followed by the superfluous 'Soft As A Dove' - practically a remake of 'From The Balcony'...!
And then, finally, comes the true climax of the album: track #8, the 10.45 mins long 'Dreamtime'. It's a rhapsody, an epic, and yet it is the easiest song to catch. 'Dreamtime' is like a fairytale. A journey into what yes, and especially this classical cooperation should be all about!
The other long song is placed directly after this feast, and maybe that is the reason why it is somewhat disappointing. 'In The Presence Of' remains very OK though.
After this promising but not quite satisfying kick-off, I do look forward to a more worked-through follow-up to 'Magnification'... Gimme more like 'Dreamtime', gimme epic journeys, gimme Yes!


God's Own Medicine
God's Own Medicine
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £12.46

4 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not The Best Of The Mission, 24 Sep 2001
This review is from: God's Own Medicine (Audio CD)
»Gods Own Medicine« is not among the best The Mission albums.
The opener »Wasteland« seems to promise a good start - it's a straight-forward rock song as known from The Mission... but unfortunately, it turns out to be the best song on the album.
There are artistic attempts, and some of them are pretty successful, like the violins on »Garden Of Delight (Hereafter)«, the nearly heavy metal'ish guitars on »Sacriledge«, and the catchy, constant rhtythm on »Dance On Glass«. The latter is one of the highlights on »Gods Own Medicine«, along with »Island In A Stream«, a typical The Mission song with its easy-to-recognize guitar stroke.
This typical The Mission sound is also heard on »Let Sleeping Dogs Die«, though on this one, it becomes rather boring. Same goes for the all but original »And The Dance Goes On«.
On »Stay With Me«, everything goes totally wrong. What is this yucky grandmother waltz doing on an album by a more than decent rock band!?!
All in all, »Gods Own Medicine« leaves a dissatisfied impression, not least compared to the album »Carved In Sand« which remains the clearly best release by The Mission.


Welcome To The Pleasuredome
Welcome To The Pleasuredome
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £7.07

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A 1980s Classic And Must-Own, 24 Sep 2001
A graffiti written on the main entrance road to my school (the European School of Luxembourg) back in 1984 read »Welcome To The Pleasuredome«. Back then, I did not quite understand it. Later I learned to, though. For this debut album of Frankie Goes To Hollywood certainly is a Pleasuredome, in an everything but sarcastically meant way. It's a classic, one of the greatest albums (not just of the 1980s but) ever!
What a courage it must have demanded to issue a concept album, a long story split into songs, as a debut. Why don't these bands ever last longer? »Welcome To The Pleasuredome« has it all: One of the most beautiful ballads ever performed, »The Power Of Love«; great covers: »Born To Run«, »San José«, »Fury«, »War«; the sexy experimental »The Ballad Of 32«... plus, of course, the outstanding hit classics »Two Tribes« and »Relax«.
So... »Welcome To The Pleasuredome«!! Frankie say... no more.


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