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Fear and Saturday Night
Fear and Saturday Night
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Yo De Lee Ho! This Diamond Ain't Too Rough, 4 May 2015
This review is from: Fear and Saturday Night (Audio CD)
This is Ryan's best album since Junky Star and possibly his best yet. With this album he has found a great mix of upbeat and mid-tempo rockers along with the slower ballads for which he has become noted. On the upbeat side "Island In The Sky", "Adventures of You and Me" and "Radio" are all standouts while "Snow Falls In June" and "Fear and Saturday Night" flow along beautifully. On the slower side we have "Broken Heart Tattoos" written for his unborn child and one of my early favourites "Darlin'". Overall there isn't a bad track on this album and repeated listens over the last few weeks have only improved the listening experience for me. Saw him recently at King Tut's in Glasgow on his acoustic tour just after this was released and can't wait to see him later this year with a full band. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes a bit of variety to their music.


2-4-6-8 Motorway
2-4-6-8 Motorway
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, 27 Oct. 2013
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Classic song from TRB, still sounds great and would no doubt hit the charts if re-released today. Buy and listen if you don't already have it


Piz Buin 1 Day Long Lotion SPF 10 Low 200ml
Piz Buin 1 Day Long Lotion SPF 10 Low 200ml

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sun Protection, 15 Jun. 2013
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I'm fair-skinned and don't spend hours sitting in the sun. Before I started using Piz Buin, I would burn regardless of what rating of lotion I used. I've used this for 5 years or so and it has rid me of the pain and sleepless nights caused by sunburn. Excellent.


Hello Land!
Hello Land!
Price: £10.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I'm Amazed!, 29 May 2012
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This review is from: Hello Land! (Audio CD)
I'm going to keep the 5 star sequence going and this album fully deserves every one of those 5. Right from the opening "Spring Bells" with the Norwegian Flute Ensemble sounding like a spring day you can tell this is going to be special. I only got this album today and am now on my 4th listen as I write this. I just can't think to play anything else and it's getting better with each listen. Highlights for me so far are "Southern Winds" and "Byebyeland" both of which are things of beauty but to pick out any one or two tracks is pretty futile as the whole thing is a beautiful, enjoyable listening experience.
Buy and "Go Get Amazed by the Day"!


No More Excess, Advanced Digital Luggage Scale
No More Excess, Advanced Digital Luggage Scale
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Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Beat the Excess, 2 Oct. 2011
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Used this for a recent holiday and found it was pretty accurate compared to the airline's scales. The only issue I had was getting it to settle on a weight for heavier bags but that wasn't a major problem as long as you make sure the bag stayed relatively still. Would recommend it to anyone flying with a restricted luggage allowance.


Walk the River
Walk the River
Price: £8.86

4.0 out of 5 stars Yesterday Is Not Dead, 21 April 2011
This review is from: Walk the River (Audio CD)
The good news is that this is a whole lot better than the previous effort, `Red', which came on the back of `Through the Windowpane', possibly one of the best debut albums of the last 5 years and one which I certainly couldn't stop playing after the first few listens and still enjoy to this day.
The not so good news is that this rarely hits the intricacy, intensity and gentleness that Windowpane delivers and in that respect this is a bit of a minor disappointment. There are a variety of tempos to the songs but nothing that compares to the manic brilliance of `Sao Paulo', the catchiness of `Made-up Love Song #3', the passion of `If the World Ends' or the starkness of `Little Bear'. The songs on this album are good but they generally fail to hit the extremes of emotion the first album took the listener to and instead sort of float about somewhere in between.
That said the album is very listenable but, unlike the BBC review above, I feel the first few tracks are nothing more than fairly melodic medium-paced ditties before `Ice Room' and `Tigers' pick up the pace, all ok but nothing outstanding. `Inside' is probably the first track that wouldn't have been out of place on their debut album and from there on I think the album improves, indeed `Sometimes I Remember Wrong' is one of my favourite tracks and don't think it overstays its welcome at 9 mins 16 secs (but then I grew up in the 70's when that was the average song length!!).
The album ends strongly with the up-tempo `The Basket' followed by my other two early favourites, `Dancing in the Devil's Shoes' and rounds off, almost ironically in view of my comments in this review, with `Yesterday Is Dead'.
Hopefully yesterday is not dead and Guillemots can once again reach the heights of their first album but I suppose overall this will do in the meanwhile. A pretty good effort which gets better with each listen but I think the band has the potential for more creativity and originality which haven't quite made it onto Walk the River and that's the only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars.


Tao Of The Dead (Limited Edition)
Tao Of The Dead (Limited Edition)
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Price: £10.24

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Absolutely Omnipotent, 7 April 2011
This album is like a series of roller coaster rides it has so many magnificent ups and downs, scary bits and plenty of thrills. It'll slow down then when you think you're catching your breath it goes into overdrive again and you're hanging on to the edge of your seat for dear life.
Part One starts of slowly as the roller coaster car climbs the first up slope then we hear the muffled voice of Conrad Keely uttering "Let's Experiment Then" and suddenly it bursts into a crescendo of noise and you're on the first short downhill before slowing to allow the opening guitar chords of "Pure Radio Cosplay" to be heard. This is possibly the best song they've written for a long time with a roaring introduction which subsides in the middle before coming roaring back again as the car takes you up and down a series of ascents and descents.
Has TAO peaked too early? Not likely. After a bit of electronic tweakery we're back with the thundering opening to "Summer of All Dead Souls", this one doesn't let up at all and your car is rushing headlong at crazy speeds whooshing round bends, crashing its way through to a subdued ending which melds with the introduction to "Cover the Days Like a Tidal Wave" which sees the car start to pick up speed again building to a tumultuous ending.
Next up is "Fall of the Empire" followed by "The Wasteland" both of which crash up and down with thunderous guitar chords like being on the flume with waves of water crashing back and forth over your head. Next up you're on the ghost train with "Spiral Jetty" whose screeching guitar finale sounds like the girls in the back of the car screaming.
"Weight of the Sun" finds you back on the roller coaster while the band reach new crescendos of noise taking you round bends at breakneck speed with intermittent wailing guitar mimicking the screams before the familiar intro to "Pure Radio Cosplay" bursts back in and, if anything, is even louder and faster than first time round and you know the loop-the-loop's coming up!
"Ebb Away" is introduced at this point to provide some respite from the wall of sound we've experienced so far and the car jogs along at a steady pace for the first half before bursting into a life of its own and finishing on a high.
"The Fairlight Pendant" is the closing instrumental which again starts off slowly but before long the car becomes a Ferrari going faster than ever with the music building into a manic exchange of guitars, drums, bass and all sorts of electronic gadgetry. At this point it seems the band are competing to see who can play fastest and loudest before subsiding as your car starts to climb the final hill. As you reach the peak the car starts what feels like an endless drop back to earth going faster and faster, the rails are screeching under the strain of the car before eventually slowing down and coming to a halt.
Phew! What a ride!
...but wait, Part Two's about to start, no time to catch breath.
Before you know it the opening chords of "Know Your Honor" are up and running and heading straight at you like a herd of elephants before slowing down to merge with the start of "Rule by Being Just" where we are witness to some of the best guitar hooks on the album.
"The Ship Impossible" is another instrumental which runs along in jolly fashion initially on keyboard followed by some nice guitar work before the opening guitar chords of the anthemic "Strange Epiphany" burst in to interrupt its flow with Part Two finishing on "Racing and Hunting" which duly lives up to its name.
And just to top it all off, if you buy the deluxe edition you get a second CD with stand-alone versions of Part One as well as Demo versions. Personally I think they work better together as one piece so unless you're a real fan the normal version will provide sufficient pleasure.
...And finally... I note this is aptly released on Richter Scale Records.


Quadrophenia
Quadrophenia
Price: £4.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best, 5 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Quadrophenia (Audio CD)
Just re-discovering this album after it sitting in my collection since it was first released in CD format ( I also own the original LP).
I was never a fan of Tommy but I think this proves Pete Townsend's obsession with creating the perfect Rock Opera was not misguided. Tommy for me was a collection of average songs which told a story and had some amazing highlights such as Pinball Wizard...well that's about it, the rest are just average, mostly M.O.R. songs. This however is a completely different story, everything here is ROCK and Rock at its best....no fillers here, every track has a purpose and a meaning to the overall story.
The strange thing about this album is that you think you know the tracks that are your favourites, maybe 5:15? (superb), Doctor Jimmy? (excellent), Love Reign O'er Me? (euphoric), then you listen to the whole thing and you think the last track you listened to was actually your favourite. In actual fact the album is just great as a whole and any one of of the tracks could be your favourite at any one time. The quality of the songwriting means that each track is able to stand on its own merits and not sound like it's part of something else.
Can't recommend this enough, just buy it and make sure you have about 82 mins to spare just to sit down, listen and enjoy (p.s. I have the original double album which has the original album split over 2 discs but doesn't have the extras on Disc 2 of this version ... they're probably superfluous anyway)


Voodoo Blues - The Devil Within
Voodoo Blues - The Devil Within
Price: £4.91

31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Hoodoo That Voodoo, 2 July 2010
Just bought this having heard it in a local record store, it immediately took me back to a holiday we spent in New Orleans a few years ago. If you've ever been to New Orleans and walked down Bourbon Steet, you'll recognise these sounds as those that come from the seemingly endless string of pubs and clubs.
The whole compilation is related to Voodoo as you may have guessed and there is a selection of different styles from the obvious Robert Johnson who was possessed by the devil (allegedly)to Big Band type sounds from Louis Jordan. My personal favourites are the three contributions from Champion Jack Dupree who I wasn't familiar with prior to this as well as the two tracks from Robert Johnson and Howlin' Wolf.
For a flavour of the Deep South and at this price you can't go wrong with this, buy it.


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