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Stepping Stone
Stepping Stone
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Price: £2.59

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely song - yet another reason to love Duffy, 16 Sept. 2008
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This review is from: Stepping Stone (Audio CD)
Barcode: 0602517807310

Stepping Stone is another absolute gem of a track - the 4th single taken from Duffy's number 1 album - Rockferry. Seeing her take a more subtle, melancholy side - while not quite as instant as her previous singles, with a few listens it becomes utterly enchanting. Once again showcasing Duffy's amazing vocals against a lush backdrop of dreamy strings and piano it's the perfect song for the start of the Autumn.

As with Warwick Avenue, Stepping Stone's better b-side is to be found on the 7" version of the single in the form of Big Flame. That said though, Frame Me is also an extremely song track and continues Duffy's trend for releasing outstanding tracks as b-sides. This soul-flavoured number is a perfect counterpoint to the more gentle balladry of Stepping Stone and rounds off this CD as a great little release.

Track Listing:

1. Stepping Stone
2. Frame Me


Get Into You
Get Into You

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, love, love this song!, 16 Sept. 2008
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Barcode: 9399601175141

Get Into You (released in the UK in 1994) marked the 5th single release from Dannii's album of the same name as well as being her last proper UK single until 1997's All I Wanna. Thus it effectively acts as a bookend to the first half of her career while at the same time being one of the best tracks she released in that period as well as being perhaps the biggest deviation from her trademark sound of that time.

At heart it's still dance-pop but Get Into You takes that and packs an insanely catchy guitar hook onto an irristible dance beat, the end product coming out as a simply amazing pop tune with a passing resemblance to EMF's classic 'Unbelievable'. Loaded with soulful backing vocals and a great singalong chorus, Get Into You is to this day still one of my favourite Dannii tracks.

Dannii has always come up with great remixes of her singles throughout her carrer and Get Into You is no exception. The Hustlers Convention Disco Mix is a funky little version which swaps the guitars for pianos in a delicious slice of retro acid house.

[This is the UK Cassette version of the single and plays the same both sides]

Track Listing:

1. Get Into You (Original 7" Radio Edit)
2. Get Into You (Hustlers Convention Disco Mix Radio Edit)


Get Into You
Get Into You
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Price: £4.14

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, love, love this song!, 16 Sept. 2008
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Barcode: 9399601175127

Get Into You (released in the UK in 1994) marked the 5th single release from Dannii's album of the same name as well as being her last proper UK single until 1997's All I Wanna. Thus it effectively acts as a bookend to the first half of her career while at the same time being one of the best tracks she released in that period as well as being perhaps the biggest deviation from her trademark sound of that time.

At heart it's still dance-pop but Get Into You takes that and packs an insanely catchy guitar hook onto an irristible dance beat, the end product coming out as a simply amazing pop tune with a passing resemblance to EMF's classic 'Unbelievable'. Loaded with soulful backing vocals and a great singalong chorus, Get Into You is to this day still one of my favourite Dannii tracks.

Dannii has always come up with great remixes of her singles throughout her carrer and Get Into You is no exception. The Hustlers Convention Disco Mix is a funky little version which swaps the guitars for pianos in a delicious slice of retro acid house.

Meanwhile the Hustlers Convention Dub has a bouncy, summery vibe to it and brings to mind the Pet Shop Boys 1996 song 'Before'. The Arizona Club Mix on the other hand hints forwards towards the trance-tinged sound Dannii would take on her Girl album, a relentless beat and ace synth hook rounding off a set of brilliant remixes.

[This is the UK CD version of the single]

Track Listing:

1. Get Into You (Original 7" Radio Edit)
2. Get Into You (Hustlers Convention Disco Mix Radio Edit)
3. Get Into You (Hustlers Convention Disco Mix)
4. Get Into You (Arizona Club Mix)
5. Get Into You (Hustlers Convention Disco Dub)
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I Kissed A Girl
I Kissed A Girl

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All round awesome pop tune - simply irresistible, 16 Sept. 2008
This review is from: I Kissed A Girl (Audio CD)
Barcode: 5099923669925

Already a big hit in America, I Kissed A Girl shot to number 1 in the UK on downloads alone, weeks before this CD release was even out. It's appeal is undeniable, its catchiness undoubtable. With Katy's great vocals over a pounding, rocky backing track it's testament to hitmakers Cathy Denis and Max Martin's songwriting skills to come up with this track, a pop classic to rank up there with any of their previous successes. With obvious tinges of Kelly Clarkson, it is refreshing to have some pure pop lovliness coming out of America too as well as all the standard R&B stuff - I Kissed A Girl is a well-deserved smash hit.

You also get a great b-side in the form of the ace Jason Nevins remix. Going along the lines of his standard Rock/Dance hybrid sound, this centres around a punky guitar line, slowly building and fading in a driving synth bassline - by the time the chorus kicks in its awesome. Great version.

[This CD comes in a card slipcase]

Track Listing:

1. I Kissed A Girl
2. I Kissed A Girl (Jason Nevins Funkrokr Extended Mix)


The Death Collectors (Doctor Who)
The Death Collectors (Doctor Who)
by Stewart Sheargold
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £14.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two fantastic stories that juxtapose each other brilliantly, 4 Sept. 2008
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Big Finish deliver up another triumph in the form of The Death Collectors + Spider's Shadow - a three part story followed by a 1 parter that links directly on. The Death Collectors sees Doctor Who at its most sci-fi, with some lovely flavours of horror thrown in for good measure, this is one story that really plays for scares.

In short, the plot kicks off with an 'accident'. A man has returned to a space station from an alien planet down below, but he hasn't returned the same man he set out as - he isn't even really alive any more. As the Doctor turns up, following a mysterious distress signal, things get weirder by the minute as the destructive 'virus' known only as Decay begins causing havoc on the station.

Thematically, The Death Collectors brings to mind a whole host of previous adventures - there's the morbid, gothic feel + the Doctor clashing with a rival scientific ego that touches on the Brain of Morbius while the revived series has had a whole host of sci-fi 'possession' storylines in the form of '42', 'The Impossible Planet/Satan Pit', 'Midnight' and 'Silence In The Library/Forest of the Dead'.

The Death Collectors is especially reminiscent of this last story, both in the idea of a space suit becoming filled with a formless alien consciousness speaking through a half dead-half alive host. We also get a River Song-esque role in this story's one-off companion, Danika.

Of course, Alien/Aliens serves as a reference point too, as it has done for so much sci-fi in the character of Mors, the misguided scientist that puts research before human life. It's a small cast in this story but that's where a lot of its strength comes from - the Doctor is alone and Sylvester's performance of him plays off brilliantly against the other characters who are equally well-acted.

If I was to have one criticism of this story, it's that a lot of it doesn't really go anywhere. While you're listening to it, caught up in the tension, it's fantastic, but at the end of each part you step back and think, nothing much has really been developed. The story does pose some interesting ideas about life and death though and if you're a fan of 'philosophical-Who' then this is a good story for you.

I also found it refreshing to see an alien race (in the form of the eerie, gurgling Dar Traders) that on first impression is horrific, but are actually fill the role of allies in the story (albeit, shifty, reluctant ones).

You also get the Doctor nearly trading in his 7th life to save the day as well as offering to take on a new companion, only to be swiftly rebuffed. And there's a nice little twist/cliffhanger at the end. There's also a real sense of added gravitas to The Death Collectors too as numerous points foreshadow the 7th Doctor's death in the 1996 TV movie - most obviously, the use of the 'Madame Butterfly' song. This is a story close to the end of his 7th life - and as such, the themes of death and morbidity feel even stronger.

Without a doubt though, this story's strength is the out and out thrill factor. It's got some great scary moments interspersed with those wonderful dashes of comedy Sylvester's Doctor does so well. The tension is built up wonderfully and there's loads of rasping calls of 'i see everything' and 'we will trade' to send shivers down your spine. The fussy, disobedient computer, Nancy, is also a nice touch - although when it starts endlessly glitching and repeating things it can get a little annoying.

So, all in all, while The Death Collectors might not be the most original, or strongest of stories in terms of plot - it's a real fun riot of action, scares and above all tension from end to start.

Spider's Shadow on the other hand is witty, clever, innovative - whereas The Death Collectors was the big epic action story, Spider's Shadow is far more complex. It starts off completely baffling, told all out of order in a weird case of deja vu-esque repetition - a little confusing yes, but stick with it and it really pays off.

As the story builds to a crescendo in parts 8 & 9 and the reason why time has gone all weird and mucked up is revealed this story really comes into its own - it's just a feeling of 'Wow! Now that's good!. Sylvester McCoy is an absolute dream in this story. There's something unique and beautiful to this quirky 1-parter and in many ways it almost feels like a '...and the moral of the story is' fairytale, helped along by the fact that the protagonists are two princesses.

Taking this 2-disc collection as a whole, across both stories, this may just be me searching for more connections but there's also some lovely bits of continuity if you chose to see them as such - In the first story you get the Doctor saying 'ashes to ashes' linking back to Remembrance of the Daleks while in the second story you get a conversation between the Doctor and one of the princesses which goes something along the lines of 'Dance, Doctor, dance!' 'I'm a little out of practice' - which looks forwards towards Eccleston's 'The Doctor Dances' two parter and a similar conversation he has with Rose.

To sum up, I loved these two stories. On their own they are good, but what makes them truly great is that packaged together - one following on directly from the second - they present two opposing sides of a coin. The themes of each one juxtapose each other perfectly and present an exciting, evolving showcase for the 7th Doctor.


Official "Girls Aloud" Calendar 2009 2009
Official "Girls Aloud" Calendar 2009 2009

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply stunning calendar from the Girls, even better than last year!, 4 Sept. 2008
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Barcode: 9781847702098

So, another year, another Girls Aloud calender. Last year's was really great and I loved the whole colourful oversized sweets theme, but with this year's calendar our 5 fave pop princesses really have excelled themselves.

This time round it's got a more mature feel to it, the Girls really glamming themselves up in some stunning outfits. This year's theme is a dingy old warehouse, all peeling walls and bits of old scrap metal. It gives the whole calendar a darker, more sultry theme and the end product looks amazing. As always with Danilo calendars, it's extremely well produced, the photography is top class and the paper durable and glossy.

I'm sure most fans will snap this up right away, Girls Aloud have been my fave band for years now and with a new single and album coming soon, this calendar is perfect to tide us over till then. Great price too!

Cover: Whole band (All the Girls around an old black Mercedes - I love how Nadine is doing her lippy in this pic)

January: Cheryl (You're in for a treat with this one. Cheryl lounging on some silk sheets. Simply spellbinding, Cheryl is gorgeous.

February: Nadine (Nadine waiting for one of those old fashioned gated hotel lifts in a pink silk nightgown)

March: Whole band (Really classy one, they're all in flowing pastel coloured dresses)

April: Sarah

May: Nicola

June: Kimberley

July: Nadine

August: Sarah (Sarah working the rock-chick look in a really Americana styled pic)

September: Cheryl (This is my fave out of this year's calendar. Cheryl in black PVC trousers - just wow! Effortlessly beautiful.)

Ocotber: Nicola

November: Kimberley (Absolutely love her dress in this pic, it's got a rainbow sparkly fish-scale sequin effect going on and it looks fab)

December: Whole band (The 5 Girls in their spangly gold outfits from the Tangled Up Tour)


Sample People [2000] [DVD]
Sample People [2000] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kylie Minogue
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Price: £1.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Really pleasantly surprised by this, a must-see, 3 Sept. 2008
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I went into this film as a massive Kylie fan, but aside from knowing she was in it, i knew very little else as to what to expect. What i found was something completely enchanting. Sample People is instant, fun, quirky and possesses a rough, pieced together nature to it which i found fascinating.

I've seen this film compared to Pulp Fiction, and in terms of its multi character driven story and gunpoint showdown in a shop, it does have many similarities, but the overall feel of the film is generally pretty different. On the outlook it's got a gritty urban vibe to it that counterplays brilliantly against a kind of colourful Fifth Element style quirkiness with some delightful dashes of comedy thrown in for good measure.

Let's start with Kylie, seeing as she is used as the main promotional pull for this film. Well, in Sample People, Kylie swears, Kylie points a gun, and all the while looking effortlessly gorgeous. It's fair to say that the way this DVD is marketed with Kylie's name at the top of the credits is a bit misleading as her role, though important to the storyline, is ultimately quite small. That said though, its a fair better showcase for her acting talents than Street Fighter was.

The feel of this film really suits her and she plays the role of trapped gansters' moll perfectly - i really enjoyed seeing her play quite a dark, moody character, so far removed from her bubbly, pop-princess music persona. This is no mere celeb-casting 1 scene cameo, it's an actual full-blooded role and Kylie more than does it justice.

I found all the other actors' performances really good too, very naturalistic - capturing just the right middle ground between understated and larger than life. That brings me to the overall look and feel of the film, something that stands very much at the centre of the whole thing and probably defines it more than any of the characters do. The film is alive with colour and the camera-work catches the scenes in a dreamy flow that reflects the drug-fueled theme of the story itself.

It's a rough, rawness - a shapshot of urban life that is simply enchanting. I'd compare it to stuff like Chung-King Express or Run Lola Run - Sample People's got that same, pieced together, slightly surreal outlook and going into this film with no idea what to expect i found it extremely refreshing to see something like this instead of some typical Hollywood-style action/crime flick.

And what about the characters? As i said before, all are acted very well, but in this film, which is not only quite short (only an hour and a half) but also extremely fast-paced - they do feel slightly undeveloped. You feel empathy towards them but very little backstory or motives are established at all so you always feel as if you are looking on through a window, never in the action with them - i barely remember many of their names either.

Having watched the film though, the story did in many ways feel pretty secondary to everything else. It wasn't essential to fully understand to enjoy the film. That all comes in the visual aspect and the character interaction. Right up to the edge-of-your-seat tension of the blood daubed final showdown, i found this an immensely entertaining film. Maybe you're looking for something a little bit off the beaten track or maybe like me, you were just a curious Kylie fan, but either way, Sample People is well worth watching. Great soundtrack too!


Sir Thursday (The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 4)
Sir Thursday (The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 4)
by Garth Nix
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to the Keys To The Kingdom series, 1 Sept. 2008
Barcode: 9780007175079

With Drowned Wednesday we saw Garth Nix's fantastic series taking on a more mature, more epic feel and with Sir Thursday this vibe is amped up even more, as is the drama and tension.

Basically, the premise is that Arthur Penhaligon, the hero of the series - in the midst of his troubles combating the Trustees - is forcefully enlisted into the House's army to serve for 100 years. Masquerading as a Piper's Child, he also gets the unfortunate treatment of getting 'washed between the ears', effictively having his memory completely wiped.

There's a lot going on in this story, all of the above placed against the threat of a massive Nithling attack on the House, but it's testamant to Nix's skill as a writer that he keeps everything moving smoothly, paces the story perfectly and all in all creating an extremely well-rounded installment in the series.

There's also some good moments with Arthur's friend Leaf, back on Earth, where she has to somehow solve the problem of the Skinless Boy who has taken on the appearance of Arthur in a Terminator-style flavour. Nix updates the theme wonderfully though, with the government's intense paranoia of chemical attack being of particular importance in the world today.

In this story, we also finally meet the infamous Piper and he's painted as an imposing figure and i found him actually to be a far more convincing 'villain' in this book than Sir Thursday himself who hardly features at all until the end. His character is irritable but doesn't quite possess the gravitas of some of the other Trustees and ultimately is quickly defeated by Arthur.

Another point i'd pick up on is that, due to the scale of this book and the very nature of an army being large, their are a lot of characters introduced in this book (various military personel of differing rank) and apart from Arthur's new friend Fred Gold, they tend to all blend into one character and are swiftly forgotten.

That said, they fulfill their function to the plot well and Arthur's struggle to stay human presents another interesting element both to the story and his character, adding newfound depth to his personality. All in all, this is a fantastic read and just re-affirms Nix as one of my favourite writers.


"Girls Aloud"
"Girls Aloud"
by Jen Crothers
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Functional and pretty enjoyable biography of Britain's best girl band, 1 Sept. 2008
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So, in October we're getting the Girls' very own autobiography in the form of Dreams That Glitter, but until then, this book does a fair job of documenting their story from 2002's Popstars: The Rivals to superstardom. As the other reviewer said, it is pretty much on the functional level - fans of the band will easily be able to pick out the newspaper/magazine articles and DVDs the info in here has been sourced from so don't expect much you don't already know.

The exception to this is the first part of the book, where chapter by chapter the book details each of the Girls' lives pre-fame. It's a fascinating look at their childhoods and how all of them, coming from relatively working class backgrounds up north followed their dreams, pursuing singing, dancing and acting from a young age to finally see those dreams fulfilled. It's an inspiring story and this section is without a doubt the most enjoyable part of the biography.

After this things pretty much follow a by-the-numbers account of their chart success. One element i found quite annoying is that suddenly, halfway through the account of their career, the book breaks up into the chapter-per-girl format again to document the ups and downs of their various relationships when it would have been far easier just to work this into the main biography at the relevant point. Thus, you get a fair few points repeated throughout the book.

That said, i did enjoy this book though, and it's a good one to dip into to remind yourself of all the fantastic achievments (and rivalries too! there's a great section in here on that) the Girls have clocked up over the years. And plus, you've got the lovely pic of the five girls themselves on the front cover. So, all in all, this is one of the better unnoficial biographies i've read and if you're a fan of the band then it's well worth getting.

I once heard someone on the radio call Girls Aloud a national treasure and you know what? It's true. There's something almost heroic about how amongst everything else around them they have remained, an unashamedly British pure pop group, nearing 6 years in the charts now and they have won such unprecendented praise from everyone. So, to Cheryl, Nadine, Nicola, Kimberley and Sarah we say thank you. They are truly magical.


Doctor Who: The War Machines [DVD]
Doctor Who: The War Machines [DVD]
Dvd ~ William Hartnell
Price: £6.00

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really classy story - top stuff, 26 Aug. 2008
Barcode: 5014503244125

Just watched this and all I can say is wow! What an amazing story - with the at the time newly constructed Post Office Tower looming everpresent in the background, the Doctor takes to the streets of London to try and avert a potential world threatening plan. We also meet two instantly likeable new companions in the form of trendy it-girl Polly and cockney sailor Ben.

The story is paced to perfection, building quickly, the tension peaking in the edge-of-your-seat moments of the end of episode cliffhangers. From the panoramic shots of London to the full scale attack launched by the army on the Covent Garden warehouse, for Doctor Who - especially in terms of early serials - this is the show on a grand, almost filmic scale. The War Machines has some quite mature elements to it too such as the death of the unwitting tramp who just happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time or the way Polly is hypnotised, becoming emotionless and cold to Ben's pleading for her to run.

Of course, this being Doctor Who, there are always those charming moments of comedy to lighten the mood too, one of the best probably being the comment from Polly's friend Kitty when she says to the Doctor 'I dig your fab gear!' All round, the acting is top-notch from everyone - Brett, Krimpton and Major Green making a suitably sinister villainous threesome as WOTAN's brainwashed servants.

The War Machines themselves, despite their boxy appearance, actually still look pretty impressive in their design, even now. If i was going to be picky, the endless discordant beeping and humming that issues from them can get a bit annoying but in many ways, it adds to their menace, defining them as efficient, merciless killers, especially as we see one mow down a load of soldiers with its gas weapon. And of course there's the 'bring me Doctor Who' bit from WOTAN, but hey, that's forgivable.

Hartnell takes a bit of a step-back from the action in the middle section of this story but really comes into his own in the final episode as he devises an ingenious trap to disable the War Machine on the rampage.

Theis serial makes a fitting tribute to the legacy of Hartnell's Doctor, his character facing only 2 more serials before his regeneration and it is clear to see how influential this episode has been to soo many aspects of the show that came to follow. The themes in The War Machines - a robotic attack on contemporary London + soldiers fighting back - are a nice precursor to Troughton's epic serial, The Invasion, a few years later and as it says in the accompanying booklet of this DVD, this story wouldn't have seemed out of place in Pertwee's Earthbound time as the Doctor either.

The extras are a good bunch too with a commentary by Anneke Wills and director Michael Ferguson. There's the always interesting Now and Then look at locations, a lovely nostalgic look at the Post Office Tower with MP Tony Benn and even a quirky Blue Peter episode which shows you how to build the tower in one of their classic 'makes'. There's also a short feature on how this story - previously completely lost - was recovered from Australia and Nigeria.

So, all round, another great Doctor Who DVD package from 2 Entertain.


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