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Who You Are
Who You Are
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Price: £3.60

3.0 out of 5 stars good solid pop, 8 Jan 2013
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`Price Tag' is an absolutely brilliant song which is probably worth about two and a half times whatever you pay for this album, so it doesn't really matter what the rest of the album is like, as a plus point though the rest of the album is quite pleasant so you won't be left with twelve duff tracks (although this type of music is probably one where people buy singles rather than whole albums, so it probably wouldn't matter either way).

The music is bass heavy, minimalist pop, produced to death so it ends up being almost irritatingly shiny; in a chemical cillet bang kind of way, which in truth is designed to stay out of the way while the vocalist does her thing, luckily her `thing' is quite good and keeps you listening, sure occasionally your attention wonders but when you snap back you are greeted with a nice voice `Big White Room' is a particularly good highlight especially with its interesting touches to the vocals.

Jessie J is pop with a message (mostly) check out `Rainbow' for proof.

Track List:
Price Tag feat. B.o.B
Nobody's Perfect
Abracadabra
Big White Room
Casualty of Love
Rainbow
Who's Laughing Now
Do it Like a Dude
Mamma Knows Best
L.O.V.E
Stand Up
I Need This
Who You Are


Hawkwind
Hawkwind
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow, dark and addictive, 5 Jan 2013
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This is beautiful, you think to yourself, chilled out music to lose yourself in, welcome to the first track, chances are you will close your eyes not through boredom, just because of the intense relaxation and when you do you will find yourself in the middle of a field with no signs of human life, just sun, plants and blissful calm. Of course this album is a journey and not a destination and by the end of the first track an ominous feeling starts to develop. The mood evolves from relaxed to nervous into tense and even occasionally skirting the fringes of madness and you will love every second of it. It is a ride or `trip' if you like, that makes you excitedly crave the ups and downs.

It is like it is the soundtrack to the fall of the hippy era; we are shown paradise then we morbidly watch as it is slowly decays and breaks up in a physical and mental sense as the fractures get worse. Hawkwind touch the primal and they don't need to say because you can feel it.

Note that this album should be listened to in its entirety from start to finish, the tracks in isolation don't have the same impact.

Track List:
Hurry On Sundown
The Reason is?
Be Yourself
Paranoia (Part 1)
Paranoia (Part 2)
Seeing it as you really are
Mirror of Illusion

Bonus Tracks:
Bring it on Home
Hurry on Sundown
Kiss of the Velvet Whip
Cymbaline


Dehumanizer
Dehumanizer
Price: £6.85

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 90's feel Sabbath, 5 Jan 2013
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I absolutely love Dio's Black Sabbath album `Heaven and Hell' it is an absolute classic, almost up there in absolute brilliance with Black Sabbath's first four albums and that is strong praise indeed. `Dehumanizer' doesn't quite reach those heights, but it stamps all over the unimpressive `Never Say Die!'

As an album there are some patchy tracks, some are just plain boring and some just seem a bit dated, trapped in the early 90's from which they were spawned, it's a bit odd considering their 70's stuff still sounds fresh. Still how this effects your listening experience will depend on how much you liked the post 80's, 90's sound as I am going to call it. I don't think it is a massive problem but it can creep into your mind in a rather irritating way, more so on certain tracks rather than throughout.

Track List:
Computer God
After All (the dead)
T.V. Crimes
Letters From Earth
Master of Insanity
Time Machine
Sins of the Father
Too Late
I
Buried Alive


Bat Out Of Hell
Bat Out Of Hell
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic, 5 Jan 2013
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An absolute classic which is absolutely timeless; people will be screaming `Like a Bat out Of Hell' at the top of their lungs until the end of time.

The songs grow, twist, change, explode, explore and do a million other things all while dragging you along for the ride; it's exhilarating physically and emotionally.

I would have to compare this album to an epic west end musical, it is an event and one which you will want to experience over and over again with all its highs, lows, disappointments and triumphs. It rocks from start to finish.

This is an album that stands the test of time and it contains something which is often missed from a lot of albums these days; Feeling, it is so emotionally gripping that you may need therapy afterwards.

Track List:
Bat Out Of Hell
You Took the Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)
Heaven Can Wait
All Revved Up With No Place to Go
Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad
Paradise by the Dashboard Light
For Crying Out Loud

Bonus Tracks:
Bolero (Live Intro)
Bat Out Of Hell (Live)
Dead Ringer for Love


XX
XX

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lost gem, 16 Dec 2012
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A band who were not unfairly compared to Slipknot in the early days, that's not to say that they are straight up clones, because they aren't even if there is a familiar feeling which runs through you every time you listen to this album, `Solitaire Unraveling' especially can't help but remind you of Corey Taylor. Mushroomhead do it with a bit more pop feeling to it. Even if stylistically they spread their net more widely than Slipknot did some of it is a bit more plodding and its never as interestingly busy as Slipknot.

Worth buying if you wished that Slipknot had taken a lighter, less direct approach instead of releasing the beast that was Iowa. I think that it is a bit surprising that Mushroomhead didn't get huge after they released this album because apart from a few missteps the music is quite good and it is dynamic and varied enough to hold your interest for quite a while.

Opening track `Before I Die' is a straight ahead stomper which is actually a bit misleading, it is the second track `Bwomp' where Mushroomhead put forward their manifesto for a chocolate box mix of an album; most of the time the mixed flavours are a success but there are the odd messes that will get chucked out with the box.

On the whole it is an album that with a little work you will get a lot back, but the sound probably leans a bit too far in the pop direction for it to be a truly good album.

Track list:
Before I Die
Bwomp
Solitaire Unraveling
These Filthy Hands
Never Let it Go
Xeroxed
The Wrist
Chancre Sore
The New Cult King
Empty Spaces
Born of Desire
43
Fear Held Dear
Too Much Nothing

Bonus Tracks:
Fear Held Dear (live)
The Wrist (live)


Goodbye Lullaby
Goodbye Lullaby
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars on the verge of maturity, worth buying., 16 Dec 2012
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Avril Lavigne all grown up, well nearly anyway. As we get older we tend to want to keep a hold of the past, like a sort of comfort blanket, and I think this is the problem with this album. It is time for Lavigne to let go of the pop punk skate thing and embrace the more delicate, mature sound that is evident on some of the songs here, sure it's pop but its pop done relatively well. So yes the downside of this album is that it could have done with more songs like `Wish You Were Here' and no songs like `What the Hell', still we seem to be going in the right direction, perhaps the next album will cast of the shackles and be a really good album, still it's not that far off.

The piano lines are not going to challenge the skills of anybody who plays the piano, but you have to give credit to them they are beautiful in their simplicity, same goes for the acoustic guitars, they serve their uses relatively well. Perhaps Lavigne could strip the next album right down and just get a good piano player and acoustic guitar player and record a whole album just like that.

Some tracks to check out to test the waters would be `Stop Standing There' which is a nice cheery clap along, worth a listen, as is `Everybody Hurts' (which isn't thankfully a cover of the brilliant REM song) and `Not Enough' a nice layered slow burn.

Simple but pleasant.

Track list:
Black Star
What the Hell
Push
Wish You Were Here
Smile
Stop Standing There
I Love You
Everybody Hurts
Not Enough
4 Real
Darlin
Remember When
Goodbye


Thieves & Miscreants
Thieves & Miscreants
Price: £3.96

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it even if you dont like pirates, 15 Dec 2012
I had the great pleasure of seeing the Peerless Pirates live at Hastings Pirate Day and they were fittingly excellent, so good in fact that I bought their Ep right there and then, I then spent the next half an hour fighting my four year old daughter for it. So now that I have spent sufficient time dancing round my front room like a pirate I can confirm the brilliance of their music and their massive potential. There are no weak tracks on this Ep every song is an enjoyable romp which is packed to the gills with hooks. There is no way that you won't find yourself humming or whistling the tunes from these tracks for days afterwards, especially from the soaring `Palaver at the Harbour'.

I do have one slight problem with `Thieves and Miscreants' (one which nearly made me drop the album a star) and it is to do with the production job, which makes the songs sound a bit sterile, it's not a big problem especially for an Ep but then it does detract a little bit from the atmosphere, especially after the buzz of seeing them live. Sure the live in the studio `Bring out Your Dead' goes some way to addressing this but I think a slightly grittier feel would do wonders, especially in light of the pirate theme. C'mon get back down to Hastings and record an album on a fishing boat in the middle of the channel on a windy and rainy day. That should do it!

Good fun, everyone should give this a try regardless of taste in music genre.

Track list:
The Ghost of Captain Kidd
Throw Down the Gauntlet
Palaver at the Harbour
Bring out your Dead (Live in the studio)


Fermat's Last Theorem
Fermat's Last Theorem
by Simon Singh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars get into maths the unloved language, 13 Dec 2012
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This book tells the story of how Fermat's last theorem was finally given a proof, so that means that there is only a gentle touch on the actual mathematics, although I must say the book will make you want to learn maths, it really will. Fermat's theorem revolves around Pythagoras' theorem (x2 + y2 = z2) the main issue was that it was thought (but it couldn't be proved) that any equation which used higher powers could have no whole number answers. So there needed to be a proof for this because in mathematics it is not enough to just show examples the idea must be watertight, so the proof for the equation xn +yn =zn was sought

Fermat's last theorem remained unsolved for 358 years and the path to its proof was paved by the creation of new forms of mathematics, distressing stories of persecution and suicides and a lot of perseverance.

Most of the maths was over my head but the fascinating world of mathematics and its rigorous proofs means that I was left desperately wanting to improve my maths to a higher level, it makes me wonder at how much of a shame it is that a lifetime isn't long enough to truly engage in all the great fields of knowledge.

I cannot recommend this book enough, it should be read by all those children who are on the verge of dropping maths before taking A level.


The Myth of Sisyphus (Penguin Great Ideas)
The Myth of Sisyphus (Penguin Great Ideas)
by Albert Camus
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars an insightful read with depth to spare, 13 Dec 2012
A difficult but interesting book.

Camus looks at the idea of suicide, the absurd and religion. Although I have only read this once the first read hints at a depth that will require a lot of unpicking, from first read it seems as though Camus says that life and the enjoyment of that life creates a difficulty when we realise how finite our lives are, in taking a view that we are immortal, by giving ourselves an afterlife say, we negate the ability to live and so we must become a God giving ourselves certain immortality by the fact that we are living... or something, read the book and make sure you delve deep.


The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
by Nassim Taleb
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good basics but flawed conclusions, still a good read, 13 Dec 2012
Quite a fascinating read and also quite a heavy read. The thoughts which Taleb has are very big thoughts which sometimes feel very sound, although you will probably find yourself shouting at the book, screaming `NO TALEB NO how can you say that' but I think that adds to the fun of reading this book, it is good to be challenged now and then and honestly I think that the basics of what Taleb says are all sound it's just that maybe the conclusions aren't so watertight. Still it is a book that demands multiple reads with a pen and paper to hand.

The main thread of this book looks at probabilities and how we toil under the impression that we can make good predictions, when in fact the variables are often too huge to ever be able to predict usefully. Taleb does make clear that he has no problem with predictions and statistics and the use of them, his problem stands with our blind faith and our inability to see that that faith constantly fails us.

The Black Swan represents the unknown unknown, it is the thing that we cannot predict and that we cannot plan for. Read the book and learn to be more humble.


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