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The Greatest
The Greatest
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ms Moon River, 27 April 2007
This review is from: The Greatest (Audio CD)
I have long been in two minds about this song. On the one hand it seem a tad lacking in impact, and occasionally viers a little too far into Dawson's Creek soundtrack territory. On the other, I find myself returning to it far more than I ever thought I would. And there is a reason.

The simple yet emotionally charged narrative of artistic disempowerment is mirrored beautifully by the ponderous piano track, and the repeating 'Moon River' refrain serves to engage Chad Marshall's lyrics in a rather brilliant dialogue with Johnny Mercer's. Her 'rush of the flood' is immediately and recognisably his 'moon river.'

That Ms Marshall is capable of playing such literary games speaks volumes for her ability to speak subtly in song and, in the end, it is the subtleties that make her music worth returning to.

by Jacqueline Wilson
Edition: Paperback

7 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Annoying Drivel, 29 Mar. 2003
This review is from: Secrets (Paperback)
As children's writers go, Jaqueline Wilson must be the most over-rated there is. Her characters are annoying, selfish and whiney, her writing is massively self conciously 'issues' laden, and the illustrations are nothing short of cheesy. Since I've never liked Miss/Mrs Wilson, I suppose it was inevitable I wouldn't like this book. However, as it stands, this is probably her worst to date. There are many writers who can handle the old 'converted fairytale' formula with enough penash to make it feel new again. Jaqueline isn't one off them. This book, while admittedly very polished, reaks of surface values and the characters of so unlikable I couldn't image any child taking to them (though obviously they do). Like J.K Rowling, Jacqueline Wilson is a fad writer, and one who'll be quickly forgotten. I hated these books when I was a kid, and I hate them now. If you want really childrens writing, check of The Little Prince or The Iron Man, both of which stand as examples of how childrens writing should be.
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The Moldy Peaches
The Moldy Peaches
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful lo-fi, 25 Mar. 2003
This review is from: The Moldy Peaches (Audio CD)
I had friends before I bought this album, now I have none. They all left after a few months of me running around place screaming 'I'm just your average Thundercats Ho' and 'We hate dance and we hate rap/but we like to contradict ourselves/that's a rap'. Actually, that's not true at all, but it wouldn't be a bad trade-off.
The fact is, despite, or more likely because of, its terrible production values, this album is listenable, fun, funny and at times moving. From the heady beginnings of 'Lucky No.9' through the tragicomic 'Nothing Comes Out' and the wonderful bad-taste of 'Who's Got the Crack', Kimya and Dawson demonstrate that rarest of all things -- a willingness to try something new.
The style of this album is characterised as anti-folk, but in fact the duo show a suprising willingness to dabble in any and all possible styles. There seems to have been some really enjoyment had in the recording of this record, and that really shows through. Though it's not musically flawless, or even musically accomplished, there isn't one point in this album where that matters. The fact is, this band have created a new sound that's as important and unique as and band before them. For that reason alone, this albums is worth buying.
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A World Where News Travelled Slowly (Faber Poetry)
A World Where News Travelled Slowly (Faber Poetry)
by Lavinia Greenlaw
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult but worth it, 25 Feb. 2003
As a seasoned poetry reader, it's rare -- even granting the correct disposition of poets towards opacity -- to encounter a volume of poetry with barely a single poem I fully comprehend. This is one such volume. Yet, this stands as one of my favourite books of poetry, alongside such greats as Ariel, Birthday Letters and The Wasteland. Passages like 'You are not here to hold my head/I have it in my hands' and 'Things change, become home and we must leave them./What do you want? An untouchable sleep/in which I cannot touch you' don't need any sort of context to function; they live on the page in and of themselves, and manage that rare leap, to live on in the psyche long after the book itself has been consigned to a box in the attic.
Technical and semantic control in AWWNTS is phenomenol and its themes of loss and mis-communication are dealt with in a subtle but powerful manner. The diction is clear and sophisticated, and not once does Greenlaw loose control of the poetic line. Added to all this, when reading the collection there are undertones of monumentally powerful truths that seem to float somewhere just above the concious mind. As Heaney says 'Expect aurora borealis... but no cascade of light;' if this this collection is difficult, then it's likely because because it contains truths too complex and subtle to be comprehended without a struggle.

The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
by Emily Dickinson
Edition: Paperback
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6 of 118 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Single Most Overrated Poet in the Canon, 20 Feb. 2003
It's no wonder Dickinson managed to produce the volume of material she did -- her work is almost entirely abstract and generally shallow; it can't have taken her more than a couple of minutes to vomit out each one. While it's undeniable that her style is unique, and that she had a talent for rhyme and meter, presentation alone doth not a great poet make. The problem with Emily Dickinson's work -- a problem evident throughout this volume -- is that it lacks all but the most simplistic concrete imagery, and this detracts from its power. No images are brought to mind and no emotional connection are made; the poems just sit there, Dead on the page. While they may have been True to Emily, these poems have nothing whatsoever to do with Beauty.
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Ariel (FF Classics)
Ariel (FF Classics)
by Sylvia Plath
Edition: Paperback

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Living like a foot, 1 Nov. 2002
This review is from: Ariel (FF Classics) (Paperback)
The opening poem in this collection is one of the most moving and imaginatively powerful celebrations of life ever written, depicticting the joy and hope that lies in the birth of child and setting the tone for the entire collection; a tone that contrasts heavily with the traditional view of Ariel as 'poetry of depression'. Indeed, even in such poems as 'Daddy' and 'Lady Lazarus' there is a certain feeling of elation which an astute reader will no doubt pick up on, and rarely is there any feeling of the author's 'wallowing in misery'.
It is clear from the outset that Plath sets out to present a balanced and almost comprehensive outlook on life; it's ups and its downs, its triumphs and its failures, and, in what is a rather excellent book of poetry (with a few fairly minor flaws) Plath has achieved just that. Though not quite '[a] woman completed', Plath nevertheless produced a collection that is both moving and intriguing.

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