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A Letter Home
A Letter Home
Price: 7.98

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid!, 6 Jun 2014
This review is from: A Letter Home (Audio CD)
Neil Young,my hero.Right that's out of the way.This.....thing is ,quite frankly,awful.On this evidence here is a man with too much money and time on his hands.On this evidence he certainly would not earn a living busking(At least we were spared"Streets of London"!)After the brilliant"Psychedelic Pill"this is distressingly bad.Avoid like the plague.


Shotgun Down the Avalanche
Shotgun Down the Avalanche

3.0 out of 5 stars Nice., 18 May 2014
Cara Dillon has a really nice voice and this is an excellent song.It would be good if everyone could check out the original by the wonderful Shawn Colvin on the "Steady On"album


Shimmer
Shimmer
Price: 3.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Shimmering!, 25 Feb 2013
This review is from: Shimmer (MP3 Download)
All the Thom Brennan downloads are exceedingly good value at these prices. They should appeal to any lover of German electronic school/ambient music.No drums or rattling percussion just sheets of synthesisers and sequenced sounds.Quite beautiful and as relaxing as your favourite warm bath.As a famous artist once said" Turn off your mind/ relax and float downstream".


I Am Anonymous
I Am Anonymous
Offered by Empor UK
Price: 17.23

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anything but anonymous, 15 Jun 2012
This review is from: I Am Anonymous (Audio CD)
At last a British band that challenges the very best of the American progressive metal titans!This album is pure manna from heaven if you ever loved Dream Theater,Queensryche,Yes,Rush and maybe even "Kashmir"era Zeppelin.An album of bombast and swagger would fall flat if the songs and lyrics didn't sustain the musical storms.Well this album has songs and mighty subjects tackled.Of course these guys are not total newcomers(Threshold showed promise that is here fully fulflled)but as a new band it will be fascinating to see if they attain the recognition this effort deserves.


Vibrant Water
Vibrant Water
Price: 1.99

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars vibrant water, 6 Mar 2012
This review is from: Vibrant Water (MP3 Download)
Hopefully I am not the only person who laments the fading away of european/electronic music.A music you could lose yourself in and wonder at the'Colours In Your Mind'.I suppose Tangerine Dream typified this genre along with Klause Schulze and others.America was represented by Steve Roach,one of the few to remain prolific in the field.
Therefore in view of the 'famine' it is all the more warming to see a selection of the works of Thom Brennan available at such giveaway prices.A contemporary of Roach and very comparable,his albums exhibit the same atmospheric splendour and enveloping aura as the early masters of the genre.I suggest either a darkened room and great headphones or a view of the clear night sky(and headphones).Just let go and enjoy this wonderful music.


Young Man in America
Young Man in America
Price: 19.40

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a gem of an album, 18 Feb 2012
This review is from: Young Man in America (Audio CD)
An admission.I only heard ms Mitchell for the first time on the Hadestown concept album.A wonderful piece of music but the thought crossed my mind that maybe the heavyweight cast carried the material above its station.So there was a certain amount of trepidation when I first played this.Well,no problem because it's a gem of an album.Her voice may be an acquired taste("chirrup"is about right)but the songs are so good that any misgivings soon disappear.
She seems to be part of the vanguard of "folk" music that isn't the kind of folk music that turns up on Transatlantic Sessions.People like Joanna Newsom,Sufjan Stevens,Bonnie Prince Billy etc seem to be her peers.Therefore if you enjoy any of their music you will appreciate this.Me?I'm off to investigate the earlier albums.


Tumble Bee
Tumble Bee
Price: 9.62

1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ....And Such Small Portions!, 30 Dec 2011
This review is from: Tumble Bee (Audio CD)
I count myself as a big Laura Veirs fan but lets be honest this is a waste of everyones time.Its been 2 years almost since the excellent "July Flame" and it seems Ms Veirs has become a mother in that time.Good for her but indulging in lullabies rather than writing good songs is not how most of her fans would rather see her spend her time.
Surely even the most devoted fan is only going to play this once when they could be listening to "Carbon Glacier" or "Saltbreakers".This is just a pleasant sideshow that maybe should have been a bonus disc with a proper album.
..And in true Woody Allen mode,"Such small portions".This album is barely half an hour long(it just seems longer!).Hardly good value is it?in summary avoid this album especially if you do not own the other Laura Veirs gems.


Ashes & Fire
Ashes & Fire
Offered by Edealcity
Price: 7.64

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterclass, 3 Nov 2011
This review is from: Ashes & Fire (Audio CD)
its been a long time coming(where on earth is the Orion thingy?).it used to be the case that you would excuse the odd sub standard album because there would be another one along a few months later.Now it seems ages since really new stuff.That time has given me chance to reassess the back catalogue.albums like "29"which I hated at the time have now become firm favourites.
"29" is,to me,the nearest reference point to the new album ie,its fairly subdued and acoustic(mainly).what does strike me is that "Ashes and Fire" is a masterclass in songwriting.Everything proceeds naturally in exactly the right place.at no point do you wonder why he did something.Net result is an album you can feel comfortable with on the first listen but then find new things to enjoy with repeated listens(make no mistake you will play this lots).
favourite tracks?Different one every time.At the moment its"Lucky One" with its Jackson Browne meets Mark Knopfler feel but it all flows along so smoothly(maybe a slight reservation about"i love you but I dont know what to say"which I can hear being murdered by somebody famous and awful)
Ahh,go on buy it.Its great.


Deevolution
Deevolution
Price: 11.57

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a great album, 18 July 2011
This review is from: Deevolution (Audio CD)
sometimes you have to acknowledge that coincidences happen for a reason.Having just finished Jeff Wagners history of progressive heavy metal book"Mean Deviation" I was browsing Youtube when I came upon a track by Cynthesis.Liked it<delved deeper,the name Jasun Tipton appeared.Lights went on in tiny brain and Zero Hour came into conscious mind
Zero HOurs 2001 album"Towers OF avarice"was a favourite at the time but subsequent efforts failed to register,mainly because I didnt like the replacement vocalists.Ah well,another band fades into obscurity.....
But no;"de-evolution contains 3 ex Zero Hour members(Jason Tipton,brother Troy and yippee,returning vocalist,Erik Rosvold).It is a very welcome return because the vocals are superb throughout on a set of very good songs.The band are stormingly eclrctic.In "Mean Deviation" Tipton speaks of his desire for a progressive music that incorporates various genres from jazz to classical and(oh yeah?)new age alongside thetime signature gymnastics and guitar shredding.And he has done a great job of integrating all these kicking,screaming reluctant mothers.
at times its like Dio fronting King crimson;other times its mellow(i swear i hear a touch of john Grant in there honestly!)i gather there issome sort of concept involved(I downloaded-couldnt wait two days for Amazon delivery and as a result,no lyrics or notes-a minus for mp3s methinks)however it doesnt lessen the impact not knowing-make up your own.
This album is more varied than Towers Of Avarice",more laid back at times but still rockin damn hard when needed(love the little guitar intros to several tracks).My fear is yet more cult obscurity for these four guys;my hope <in a perfect world,would be mega platinum.it deserves it
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