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Illud Divinum Insanus
Illud Divinum Insanus

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I like it. A lot. So there., 9 Aug 2011
I consider myself a music lover, and this is great music. So what if it's not 'pure' death metal? Morbid Angel, at their best, have always been forward thinking. That's why they're genre figureheads. The - not as overt as some would have you believe - electronic elements have been assimilated seamlessly into their sound, and it's resulted in a brilliant album, within which the more open-minded listener should find much to love.

Panasonic TX-P42G10B 42-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p Plasma TV with Freesat - Installation Recommended
Panasonic TX-P42G10B 42-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p Plasma TV with Freesat - Installation Recommended
Offered by Hyper-Fi
Price: 999.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A more than worthy opponent for the Sony 40w5500, 12 Jan 2010
Bought (after much reading of professional and customer reviews) as a replacement for a Sony 40w5500 afflicted with the dreaded 'backlight bleed'. Absolutely no hesitation in recommending this great tv. Even if the Sony had not had the backlight problem, and many don't but this is down to pot-luck, this pips it by virtue of having a better sound; not wonderful as it is flatscreen afterall, but certainly fuller and more powerful than the 40w5500. No game lag either which has also been noted with the Sony.

Checkout the many online reviews if you prefer a more objective opinion than mine, yes some prefer the Sony, but some also favour this too and at the very least you can be sure you won't be sending it back because of backlight problems.

Very happy with this tv and worth the headache of trawling through various websites and forums looking for a great mid-range model.

Only Revolutions
Only Revolutions
Price: 6.63

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live with for a while and it will reveal its magic, 14 Dec 2009
This review is from: Only Revolutions (Audio CD)
Despite claims to the contrary from some sources, this album is more subtle in approach than Puzzle in many respects. Songs which seem to have nothing substantial on offer for the first few listens gnaw away at you when heard again alongside the more immediate tracks which initially draw you back.

Puzzle was great from the get go because it not only hung on to a few of Biffy's trademark quirks but it grabbed and bolted on some traditional big-rock tricks and choruses which provided an instant pay-off. Yes, it was dark in tone but the melodies lifted and lyrically the clouds parted on occasion too. Maybe the Biffy of yore were more challenging but the Biffy of these last two records are quite simply more enjoyable to listen to musically and more involving emotionally. There's always The Dillinger Escape Plan if you fancy being challenged, or old Biffy records. They made them once, a lot of people loved them, but they evolved with credibility intact and now more people love them. They are still some distance from being straight forward.

Anyway, this album is easily the equal of Puzzle and may prove to have an even more enduring appeal, there are some sublime moments which unravel with repeated listens. You get to the point where something that once slipped by almost un-noticed becomes a highlight. When the songs do finally click they are proving outstanding. And if you've not yet seen them live, do, they're like a force of nature.

Sony Bravia KDL40W5500U 40-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD TV with Freeview and 100Hz Motionflow
Sony Bravia KDL40W5500U 40-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD TV with Freeview and 100Hz Motionflow

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Consider this..., 5 Dec 2009
I almost loved this tv. Unfortunately, along with others - check review websites such as 'What Hi-fi' and some reviews in amongst these on Amazon - mine was cursed with 'backlight bleed'. Apparently not all of these tv's have this problem and it still appears to be pot-luck as to whether or not yours will. It showed itself on mine, and as described elsewhere, as 'torchbeam' lights shining down from the top corners. Only visible in low light levels and mainly on darkly lit scenes, but most definitely there and hard to ignore once spotted.

It wasn't acceptable for me to be watching Blu-ray discs or playing hi-def games - something often done by my wife and I in dark or near dark conditions (maybe not very healthy but the lights aren't on in the cinema either!) - and have the picture marred like this. It seems to be pretty arrogant of Sony to still not have this quality control issue resolved over half a year after initial review and customer reports of this problem, which is evidently not confined to the odd one or two sets (Google it).

As you may have realised, I'm writing about this tv in the past tense; it was sent back. No hassle, as ever, from Amazon and despite my initial annoyance at the incovenience of packing it up and arranging collection/delivery, I'm very happy with the replacement Panasonic P42G10 which was as well reviewed as this in many cases, better in some. The sound is certainly a bit more punchy and while many people's picture preferences are subjective, I've found the Panasonic to be on a par with this 40W5500 and the backlight - being a plasma rather than lcd - absolutely uniform.

I write this review because these televisions are not cheap and I know from experience what a pain it is being around for deliveries, carefully handling and setting up, being disappointed, arranging return, re-packing, being in again for collection, and to have to repeat the ordering, etc, all over again with a replacement. Just do your homework and accept that for this tv it's down to chance whether or not yours is one of the duff ones. Shame because, like I said at the start, it was nearly a great tv. And shame on a giant like Sony for allowing this issue to still be evident in more than the odd faulty set.

Mariachi El Bronx
Mariachi El Bronx
Price: 15.53

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bronx write great songs. Mariachi El Bronx do too, but gentler., 10 Sep 2009
This review is from: Mariachi El Bronx (Audio CD)
I've heard The Bronx. Love 'em. Got all the albums, etc, etc. Yes, they sound just a bit harder hitting and stylistically rather different to this guise. I should start by reiterating what Ian Winwood said in Kerrang's - 5K - review of this in saying that I'm not qualified to comment on the authenticity of this take on Mariachi either. Broad as my tastes are, it's not exactly part of my staple listening.

What I can say is it oozes warmth and soul, and a wonderful bittersweet effect created by very human tales of love, friendship, longing, failings, disappointment, etc, being delivered with the uplifting gusto of the instrumentation and fantastic songwriting. Those who utter the word 'novelty' in connection with this album aren't paying attention and certainly aren't doing it justice. It's fleet-footed and totally convinces in it's sincerity.

Also, I've always thought Matt Caugthran has an astonishing voice, able to twist an impassioned scream into a melody like Cobain did. Here he shines too, albeit in a slightly more subtle manner, and deserves a special mention. It's not entirely surprising though, when you've heard The Bronx's occasional moments of (relative!) restraint. Not to detract from the band as a whole, who also sound incredible, months of respectful practice being obvious.

I had absolute faith that this record would be good. It is. Very. Buy.

That Golden Rule
That Golden Rule
Offered by simak
Price: 12.96

5.0 out of 5 stars class, 5 Sep 2009
This review is from: That Golden Rule (Audio CD)
they may have morphed into something more easily digestible than in days of yore, but that absolutely shouldn't be interpreted as a criticism. this - and the accompanying b-sides - breathe, soar and draw you in with an utterly charming emotional depth and intelligence that is rarely seen this far into the mainstream.

In Your Honour [2CD]
In Your Honour [2CD]
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.88

3 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars what happened?!, 15 Jun 2005
This review is from: In Your Honour [2CD] (Audio CD)
there are so many albums that i've felt were overlooked in favour of average ones with a huge financial push but this is the first time i've felt compelled to comment on any record in print. i am so disappointed. the foo's have always charmed the pants off me in the past but this really is dire. bland in the extreme. 't.c.a.t.s' is a flawed album but it's merely adequate songs only served to emphasize shards of perfection like 'my hero', 'hey! johnny park' and (obviously) 'everlong'. over the expanse of it's 2 discs, 'i.y.h' really has nothing to rival these highs. nothing that would even be rectified by chopping it down to a single cd. i loved the 'N' word band and have always found gems on 'f,f's' albums in the past despite some being less than perfect but this really is a rapid decline that i take no pleasure in voicing my opinion on. try Alkaline Trio, Weezer, Jimmy Eat World and Green Day's last births if you're looking for good, veteran, bands who have really hit their stride with their latest releases. sorry to fans. i used to be one too.

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