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Please
Please
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Price: 9.89

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredibly accomplished debut, 27 Sep 2008
This review is from: Please (Audio CD)
Barcode: 0077774627122

It only takes one listen to the likes of West End Girls to know you're onto something special with the Pet Shop Boys' debut album - Please. With it's dreamy, melancholy synths, the single at once perfectly captures the duo's sound as well as the mood of the time. This theme is continued in Opportunities, Tennant's typically witty lyrics offering an amusing take on the capitalism of the 80s.

While the production might sound sparse compared to the sweeping orchestral indulgences of future Pet Shop Boys albums, all the crucial ingredients are here, the fact that all four of the albums' singles placed in the UK top 20 testament to that. The songs are catchy and most importantly, not only the sound of two people enjoying themselves immesnely, but also pushing themselves to acheieve the best possible result.

Love Comes Quickly is a beautiful ballad, Tennant's spoken word intro of 'Sooner or later this happens to everyone' leading into one of his best vocal performances. Please works so well as an album because it flows so masterfully between upbeat tracks and more gentler material like this, showcasing the duo's skill at both. Throughout it all, the sheer poeticism of the lyrics holds true, delivered against beautiful synth backgrounds.

The version of Suburbia on here is interesting, far removed from the version released as a single. This one is more stripped back, synth heavy and ultimately lacks compared to the epic masterpiece that is the single version, but the song is still a joy to listen to, the poignancy of its message reinforced by an instantly memorable melody.

In regards to the album tracks, Please is pleasantly consistent, opening track Two Divided By Zero in particular being a highlight. And as the Pet Shop Boys have always strived, pop melodies are combined perfectly with more adventurous elements, such as the sampling of the Speak & Spell toy in the opening track and the footsteps in West End Girls.

Other highlights include Tonight Is Forever while album closer Why Don't We Live Together explores a more conventional disco flavour reminscent of some of Madonna's early material such as Holiday. Later Tonight is the album's 'synth-lite' moment, an enchanting piano ballad that despite its short length is surprisingly moving.

Please serves as a perfect introduction to the Pet Shop Boys' music, the duo already showcasing a variety of sounds that the duo would go on to develop into a diverse but continually consistent catalogue.


Doctor Who - Four to Doomsday [DVD]
Doctor Who - Four to Doomsday [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Davison
Price: 5.50

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some nice elements but mixed in with a fair bit of filler, 27 Sep 2008
Barcode: 5014503243128

I have always liked Peter Davison's Doctor so to go back and see where it all began for him was certainly an interesting experience. Four To Doomsday is most definitely a mixed bag, but I found much to enjoy in this story, even if it did come in inconsistent bursts.

In terms of the look and feel of the episode, with a new Doctor and a new season, the BBC was obviously keen to impress and as a result we are treated to some very nicely designed sets. Four To Doomsday sees the show at its most Sci-Fi, ideas of technology and intelligence forming a crucial part of the story. But as nice as these elements are, certainly from the first part of this serial you get an overriding feeling that there's just something slightly lacking when compared to other stories of the era.

For starters - and this isn't necessarily a bad thing - but this is a very wordy serial. There is a lot of dialogue, some of it getting pretty deep and at times the story can feel more like a lesson in morality, philosophy and science than an episode of Doctor Who. There are moments when this is done well and it is here that this episode really succeeds, but equally there is a lot of filler too.

The whole thing flows along nicely but nothing much really happens in episode 1 and for much of episode 2. Then we get episode 3 which shows real potential, the tension and drama of the story suddenly being turned right up as all the plot elements slide into place. We get treated to some wonderful bits of dialogue here and for a while it looks like everything is building to an epic finale but then sadly things drop off again in episode 4. So, episode 3 is without a doubt the best of the four, if anything, worth it alone for when Tegan gets angry at Adric and knocks him out.

The companions are interesting in this story, growing into their roles - I've always loved Davison's classic `TARDIS team' as I think it gave a real element of youthful energy to the show. As is standard with the three companions, because of the complexities of giving them all parts to play in the story, all three get sidelined at various moments - Nyssa getting hypnotised, Adric being knocked out and Tegan trying to figure out how to fly the TARDIS. Equally though, all get their chance to shine too, oh, and who knew Tegan could draw so well?

In terms of the villains, the costumes of the Urbankans isn't the best, coming across like a mix between a cabbage and a frog, but Stratford Johns is fantastic with his charming yet egotistical Monarch and his self indulgent banter is a delight to listen to, and along with his creepy assistants Enlightenment and Persuasion, this trio inject much needed gravitas into this story.

Their bizarre fascination with the failings of `flesh' beings is quite unnerving and adds to an overall sinister feel to this story - a sense of sterile conditions populated by `androids' who have settled into a mindless monotony lasting thousands of years. It sent a chill down my spine as the Greek philosopher reveals his true form, holding up the computer chip and declaring `This is me' - great cliffhanger.

Without a doubt the worst element of this story is the ridiculous 'entertainment' room/variety show thing. It's used to pad out a fair bit of the story and ultimately just looks and sounds a bit of a mess and doesn't really mesh fully with the feel of the rest of the serial. In regards to the whole space-walk sequence, again, a nice idea but sadly the effects just don't cut it. Another disappointment was the way the ending comes around far too suddenly, before you know it Monarch is defeated in a flash and everything is resolved.

In terms of extras, as well as the standard commentary you also get some raw studio footage and an interview with Peter Davison but is quite lacking compared to what's on offer on other Doctor Who DVD releases. I'd really like to give this story five stars as there are some really nice elements to it, moments that just remind you why you love Doctor Who so much, but these are scattered in with a lot of filler and ultimately this story's inconsistency lets it down a lot it, and as a whole it just isn't strong enough to warrant a top rating. That said, it's still worth a watch, just maybe see some of Davison's other stories first.


Demon Apocalypse (Demonata, 6)
Demon Apocalypse (Demonata, 6)
by Darren Shan
Edition: Audio CD

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another shining success for Darren Shan, 23 Sep 2008
Barcode: 9780007229819

The Demonata series is fantastic, truly gripping and every novel is fascinating from start to end. Demon Apocalypse, the 6th book in the series is no exception - while i think i still prefer the previous one, Blood Beast, Demon Apocalypse is epic in it's scale and was immensely enjoyable. In essence it is a coming together of the three main characters - Grubbs, Kernel and Bec all meeting for the first time.

This is also one of the darkest of the series so far. Following staright on from where Blood Beast left off, we rejoin Grubbs in the plane, confronting Lord Loss. As things progress we meet Beranabus, a fascinating, immensely powerful character. His duty above all is to protect the human race, always making decisions for the greater good, something he often comes to odds with Grubbs with and the dynamics between the two are fantastic.

Beranabus in many ways takes over from Dervish as Grubbs tutor-esque character but represents a far stricter, serious approach and is determined for Grubbs to embrace his magical powers, something he is reluctant to do. Some of the themes dealt with and represented here are extremely powerful and moving in their depth and maturity - i'd recommend this book to someone of any age, as with all of Shan's work it is extremely inspiring in its vision.

Amidst all this, the demon threat becomes greater than ever before. I don't want to spoil things but what follows is a truly epic confrontation against seemingly impossible odds. It represents an extremely bleak scenario and the bravery and selflessness of the characters is admirable. Darren Shan has always been a master at allowing us to associate with his characters and Demon Apocalypse is no exception.

This is an amazing book and yet more proof to me that Darren Shan is one of the finest authors of modern times. Now, i read this when the book first came out almost a year ago now. And so, hearing it in Audio CD format now just re-affirmed to me what a great story it is.

Rupert Degas reads, doing an admirable job of catching all the characters' voices. He captures Grubbs's youthful vigor and Beranabus's gruff leadership perfectly as well as pulling off a convincing Irish accent for Dervish and an eerie female voice in the form of Juni Swan.

The only mis-steps i would pick up on would be the over the top 'chav' sterotype accent of Bill-E, as well as Lord Loss, who's voice is so deep and layered with a weird effect that it is sometimes hard to understand what's being said by him though.

On the whole though, this audio version of the story is extremely well done, is unnabridged (which is always a good thing) and has lots of spooky music and sound effects to add to the tension of the story. It was an immensely enjoyable listen and well worth getting.


Stepping Stone [7" VINYL]
Stepping Stone [7" VINYL]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely song - yet another reason to love Duffy, 16 Sep 2008
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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.

For the b-side we get the delightful little track Big Flame. Just 2 minutes long, this gentle acoustic number is an absolute winner of a track and is well worth getting your hands on.

Track Listing:

1. Stepping Stone
2. Big Flame


Stepping Stone
Stepping Stone
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely song - yet another reason to love Duffy, 16 Sep 2008
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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

5.0 out of 5 stars Love, love, love this song!, 16 Sep 2008
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, love, love this song!, 16 Sep 2008
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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
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All round awesome pop tune - simply irresistible, 16 Sep 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: 13.21

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two fantastic stories that juxtapose each other brilliantly, 4 Sep 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 Sep 2008
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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)


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