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Eyes Open
Eyes Open
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.98

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait, 4 May 2006
This review is from: Eyes Open (Audio CD)
It seemed like forever since Final Straw came out, and i did think that maybe i was looking forward to Eyes Open so much that i was in danger of over-hyping it for myself. I needn't have worried.

The album is a delight from start to finish. Listening to it, one gets the feeling that all those things Gary Lightbody was looking for in Final Straw, he now has, and he's over the moon as a result. While the album may lack the immediacy, and the radio-friendliness, of Final Straw, it succeeds in being altogether more positive, more hopeful. Each song has that trademark melancholy to it, while being upbeat and joyful at the same time. Stand out tracks for me are Headlights On Dark Roads, Set The Fire To The Third bar and Chasing Cars, but in all honesty, my top 3 could comprise any of the 13 tracks on offer (the exception being "-", you'll understand when you hear it). Eyes Open arrived in my CD changer the day it came out, and i'm not sure it'll ever leave.

I've not the time to write a huge review on this CD, but my advice is this: If you loved Final Straw, if you love thoughtful rock music, then you WILL love Eyes Open.

A triumph.


Wilderness Is Paradise Now
Wilderness Is Paradise Now

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Really Good but.........., 24 Mar. 2006
........is it original? Don't get me wrong, i really like the album, especially the last two tracks, Work and Best For You, but i cant get past the fact that the lead singers voice sounds incredibly like that of Starsailors singer. Morning Runner have a bit more energy about them than Starsailor, and the songs are very well crafted with a good sound, but it's proving difficult not to compare the two.
A good album, and well worth buying, but you've heard their like before.


Don't Believe The Truth
Don't Believe The Truth
Offered by giraffebooksandmusic
Price: £6.90

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly brilliant, 21 July 2005
This review is from: Don't Believe The Truth (Audio CD)
This album might not be Oasis' finest hour. That seems to be exclusively Definitely.... or WTSMG, depending on who you ask. But, despite the fact that Heathen Chemistry was a much better album than many seem to think, this IS a return to form (excuse the cliche). Part of the Queue is a personal highlight, Lyla is as strong a single as 2005 has seen, and opening track Turn To The Sun is one of many songs on this album to showcase the songwriting talents of the rest of the band. All the songs have a quality/moment to them that appealed to this reviewer, something that not many albums this year have managed. This is the sound of an Oasis content with life, seemingly, one that doesnt have anything to prove. The DVD gives a very good song-by-song insight into the album, and also the band, and finds the band relaxed and left to their own deviced. The result is an upbeat album full of good songs, from four men and a drummer very much and home together, and writing great songs, as they always did.
To sum up, this is a very worthy addition to your CD collection, continuing 2005's track record of great albums. It's not the best album Oasis have ever done, but compared to Killers' Hot Fuss it's the Top 100 Best Albums Ever, put together.


Larpers and Shroomers: The Language Report
Larpers and Shroomers: The Language Report
by Susie Dent
Edition: Hardcover

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 2 Jun. 2005
Quick review, i'm at work. An excellent, well thought out piece of journalism, perfectly capturing the ever-changing state of our language in 2004-5. Susie Dent has clearly done her research and the result if a perfect "coffee table" piece of literature to refer to again and again.


Dylan Moran: Live - Monster [DVD]
Dylan Moran: Live - Monster [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dylan Moran
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £2.58

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended, 2 Jun. 2005
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Occasionally one buys a product whereby you come to review it on Amazon, and find yourself asking why there isn't a 6th star. The "Genius" star, if you will. This DVD is exceptional. It's low on extras, there are no "making of" featurettes, no Easter Eggs, no dancing girls in frocks. And yet, the quality of Dylan Morans material, and the joyous way with which he puts across his distorted, wondrous view of the world, makes this DVD a must. It's as funny as Peter Kay, as random as Ross Noble, as effortless as Connolly and as brilliant a comedy set as you'll find. For £6.87, you simply can't go wrong.


64 to 95 [2005] [DVD]
64 to 95 [2005] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lemon Jelly
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Price: £5.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly the Mutts Nuts, 14 Feb. 2005
This review is from: 64 to 95 [2005] [DVD] (DVD)
Life at Airside (the animation company that IS Lemon Jelly) must be great. The music is good enough to occupy any CD player, but add to this the downright brilliant animated videos for each song, and you have an excellent purchase. Each video is imaginative, creative and cleverly produced, perfectly complimenting the music. Different styles are used, different methods of animation put to work, but it does work! All of it!
A triumph.


'64 - '95
'64 - '95
Price: £12.22

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars $.5 stars would be more apt, 14 Feb. 2005
This review is from: '64 - '95 (Audio CD)
Lemon Jelly have managed to do (what i thought was) the unthinkable in recent times. They have managed to, across their last two LP's, create music that both me and my mum love. Impossible, you say? Well, i thought so too. But the playful dexterity, imagination and creativity that exuded itself throught lemonjelly.ky and Lost Horizons united me and Smother, i mean, Mother. However, this couldn't be stretched to three albums, and i for one am glad. LJ had to change things in order to stay fresh, and they have. Certain reviews are accurate when they say that there is a harder edge to the music, a rockier feel. There is, but it has been done well. Make Things Right is, as others have said, the highlight, and could/should be a dancefloor filler this summer. Nothing wrong with that, either. The more people who enjoy LJ, the better, i say. The shouty Track has been lambasted in certain corners, but i think it's a perfectly decent number. Quite short, and maybe over 8 minutes it might have become tiresome, but it doesn't. Track 2 is also excellent (so good, i forget it's name).
In summation (cos i don't want to get into a long review), if .KY and LH were 5 stars, then this gets 4.5 off me. It may not be as good as the LJ's previous two efforts, but it's still head and shoulders above pretty much anything else this year has produced.


Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Special Edition) [DVD] [1988]
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Special Edition) [DVD] [1988]
Dvd ~ Bob Hoskins
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.98

10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius, 5 Dec. 2004
Best animated/live action film ever made! Incidentally, whilst making this film, director Robert Zemeckis was also making Back To The Future.
Think about that next time you go to see a film involving Adam Sandler, Liz Hurley or any of the Wayans brothers. Sadly, i think the glory days of cinema may be behind us. Look at the last 40+ years. The 60's had rock 'n' roll, Woodstock and the sexual revolution, and films such as The Good The Bad & The Ugly. The 70's had the psychedelic fashion explosion, funk, punk and Stax, and people went to see Mean Streets. By the 80's, the music had gone all New Romantic, strip ties were worn with Two-Tone suits, and film fans flocked to see ET, Indiana Jones and Flight Of The Navigator (loved that film as a kid). Into the 90's and the tail end of the rave scene brought with it a new (and somewhat more sinister) drugs revolution which fitted in nicely with the dance music scene, and the emergence of a genre of music that was in no way R'n'B (is Ray Charles back, i used to think), but was merely lazy, formulaeic pop (Memo: Destinys Child is in no way R'n'B in the original sense of the phrase, and they're just the tip of the iceberg). And don't get me started on the 2000's.
So, to summarise this rather heartfelt, and yet meandering, review, my point was that Who Framed Roger Rabbit was made at a time when a film told a story, characters jumped off the screen, when you wanted to go back to the cinema time and again to see the film. WFRR used groundbreaking special effects but, crucially, without these there would have been no film. Unlike today, when it's a case of "how-much-can-we-spend-on-SFX?" (iRobot & LOTR, hang your heads!), back then, time and effort went into making sure that it really did look like Bob Hoskins had a rabbit under his coat. Fantastically imaginative ideas were employed by the crew to make sure that when Roger picked up a cup, it moved as if he really had. This truly was what cinema is all about. Nowadays, entire films (such as Shrek or Finding Nemo) are made on computers. And while i immensely enjoy some of the films Pixar et al have produced, the kid in me still harks back to the days when WFRR?, BTTF, ET, War Games and Indiana Jones entertained us all, and the idea of Will Ferrell getting $10m a movie was, happily, a generation away.
Thank you.


Aston Villa: The Official History Of Aston Villa [VHS]
Aston Villa: The Official History Of Aston Villa [VHS]
VHS

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good buy, 15 Nov. 2004
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Great for the early years, but you wont see anything after 1989 i think it was. Like Luc Nilis and Ronny Johnsen, a good buy but getting on a bit.


Around the Sun [Limited Edition]
Around the Sun [Limited Edition]
Price: £16.46

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a shame....., 15 Nov. 2004
....but it's hard to say that this album has not left my CD player since i bought it, because it has. I've been an REM fan since i was 10 years old, and own everything they've ever released that i can feasibly get hold of. But for me, this album has missed the mark. It's still a good album, but 'good' is the best superlative i can use. Over the years, Michael Stipes voice has mellowed somewhat, and subtle changes have crept in. He's still as distinctive a singer as you'll find today, but the voice has changed in a way i cant even describe. Unfortunately, it's not the same. All bands change, but it's a shame that (hopefully just for a short time) gone are the REM who threw "Whats The Frequency Kenneth?" at us, or who exalted the joys of skinny-dipping in Nightswimming, or who (going back a lot further) talked about 'Laocuon and her two sons' in "Laughing". The band still have the great songs to back them up when playing live, but in recent years, and with the departure of Bill Berry, things have slowed down. NAI Hi-Fi was a criminally underrated album, Up was a bit of a downer, Reveal was fantastic but had weak fillers such as Beachball, and now Around The Sun. Don't get me wrong, i'll still be going to see them live in Bebruary, and i'll still be buying their stuff. REM are still one of the biggest bands on earth, but after hearing this album, i wonder if they are still one of the most important.
I shouldn't go without mentioning the music, which is what we buy albums for. Wanderlust is a genuine treat, as is the single Leaving New York, with it's quirky piano line. The Outsiders however, is something of an anomaly. For the most part, it's glorious stuff, but then the whole song changes with that most ill-fated of things, the 'rap-in-a-rock-song'. Suddenly, it's like someone has turned your REM CD off and thrown a "Puff-Daddy-&-Faith-Evans" track on. Some will love it, but i'm sorry but not me. Make It All OK goes a long way towards recapturing the REM of old, and does have a certain "Automatic For The People" era feel to it. Final Straw will be regarded by some as REM-goes-country, and it does have that feel at times, but its an interesting number. The problem is, with much of the album, that the songs are just that, interesting but not for as long as you'd like.
To sum up (i havent got time to review the rest of the album), i would say tht this album, like so many, has its highs and lows, but has slightly too many "ordinaries". It'll be perfect background music to revise to, or to play in the car late at night, but at times you just wish that they would put the synth strings away and come up with something a little more upbeat.
P.S. If you do buy the album, and i think its worth buying (it got 3 stars off me), then go for the Limited Edition. The poster pictures inside are fantastic, a really worthy addition, and a touch of class too.


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