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Warp20 (Chosen)
Warp20 (Chosen)
Price: £12.01

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, not great., 28 Sep 2009
This review is from: Warp20 (Chosen) (Audio CD)
Not a bad collection of tunes, serving as a best off for the label. I would highly recommend Warp 10+2 as an introduction to the label for it's first 10 years.

Really though, how it could such a collection not include any Prefuse 73 though? Or Maximo Park?

Very strange to leave out two of the label's most important artists of their last few years.
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The Corrections
The Corrections
by Jonathan Franzen
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars marmite?, 2 Sep 2008
This review is from: The Corrections (Paperback)
Franzen's "The Corrections" has been heralded as one of the greatest novels of the 21st century, and as I imagine like many great novels, it is polarizing in opinion. The nature of art, literature and music prevents universal acceptance of such things, and "The Corrections" is a great example to the existence of a great piece of work with massive contradicting opinions.

One of the main critiques is that the novel is far too long. While I was reading it, being a slow reader, I found the start of the novel, very slow moving and if it wasn't for the monotony of London commuting, I would have given up on it. Which I would have regretted as the length allows great depth to the characters to be created. Reading JM Coetzee's "Disgrace", I felt the novel was far too short and character development was compromised.

The second critique is that the novel is quite bleak. Again, this is something which I disagree with, as it simply the writer being unsympathetic towards the characters. The novel concerns a family, and without sounding overtly pessimistic, family life always has it's share of problems.

This is a fantastic novel which is a difficult read, but can be a very rewarding read. If the first few hundred pages are slow, then persevere if possible as like myself you might find yourself immensely pleased at the end.

The State of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence
The State of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence
by Martin Meredith
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but strengths contribute to it's weaknesses...., 14 Aug 2008
A fantastic book to serve as an introduction to the complex issue of Africa post World War 2. What makes it such a great book is how straightforward and easy to read it is. However this proves to be it's weakness at times as well, as often it feels like certain issues, in particular economic analysis feels like it is being brushed over in order to make the book easier to read.

Which is a harsh critique, but I cannot pay the book any more of a compliment then stating how much of an eye opener the book was and how it has asked many questions, questions I seek to answer by reading more books about topics covered in the text.

My Downfall
My Downfall

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classical music for the 21st century?, 9 Oct 2007
This review is from: My Downfall (Audio CD)
few people have the ambition, the talent and ability to challenge their listeners as much as aaron funk, also known as venetian snares. from the early gabba rave on albums such as songs about my cat, to the dense rhythmic and melodic structures of huge chrome cylinder, without forgetting the beauties of the intricately arranged classic strings/breaks of "rossz....".

for followers of the music of venetian snares, aaron funk likes to continue themes explored in his earlier albums. in hospitality, the progression of drum programming first explored in huge chrome was further examined. in my downfall, venetian snares has continued the path first defined in "rossz...." of arranging beautiful classical scores often alongside his characteristic discordant breakbeat programming.

this review is being written a few days after it's release date, and like most of funk's work, time is needed to fully appreciate music so intricate. on early listenings the genius and the breathtaking vision of the album cannot be denied, like his earlier work, i greatly look forward to spending many hours getting familiar with this album.

if you have even had a brief liking for any of funk's work, then this album is a must purchase. even if you have not heard any venetian snares, but have interests in the broadly catergorised genre of "electronic" music, then this album could provide you with great enjoyment.

Planet Earth - Complete Series [2006] [DVD]
Planet Earth - Complete Series [2006] [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Attenborough
Price: £8.70

11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a programme to justify the bbc licence, 11 Dec 2006
no need for an indepth review.

if you've seen it, you know how great it is. if you haven't seen it then you need to watch it!

as simple as that!

it quite simply is the most breathtaking television that has ever been produced, and that is no understatement.

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