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Hey Venus!
Hey Venus!
Offered by gowingsstoreltd
Price: 10.44

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Super Furry Belter........, 31 Aug 2007
This review is from: Hey Venus! (Audio CD)
At first, I was a bit underwhelmed by this effort. Im a massive SFA fan, and on first rotation, it seemed a bit of a let down. But I really should have known better. I shouldnt have doubted them. Its a cracker. Fairly short by their standards, but still delivers everything you'd expect from the furries.

Its actually a lot more closer in style to their early albums as opposed to the layered lushness of Love Kraft, or the phsycadelic oddessy of Rings Around the World. The songs are main priority. 'Gateway Song', to quote the lyrics, "takes us up nicely to the harder stuff", 'Run Away' has that lovely sweeping melody were all in love with and 'Show Your Hand' is just a classic pop song. Other highlights include the singlong shout of 'Neo Consumer (very Fuzzy Logic) and the impossibly catchy 'Baby Ate My Eightball'.

I disagree with the review by Boris Vita below. Whats the problem with a slow song? Have you never heard 'Fire In My Heart', 'Hello Sunshine' and 'Gwreiddiau Dwfn/Mawrth Oer Ar Y Blaned Neifion'? Theyre all classics and slow as you like. The slower songs on here, like 'The Gift That Keeps Giving', 'Carbon Dating' and 'Let The Wolves Howl At The Moon' are top notch, and offer a pleasant meander through SFA lovliness.

Overall, this album offers everything you'd expect from the furries; top quality songs, catchy hooks and gorgeous melody. If youre an SFA fan, you probably already got the album and know what im talking about. I just cant see a decline in quality in 8 albums. If youre an SFA virgin, this would be a good place to start. Once theyre in your life will be so much better with that Super Furry glow!


News and Tributes
News and Tributes
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: 35.41

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving on, 19 May 2006
This review is from: News and Tributes (Audio CD)
When the Futureheads first came to national attention in 2004, they were leaders of the 'angular/post-punk' wave of bands, producing an album full of catchy, well crafted songs with clever lyrics and unusual structures. They were good.

But now they're great. This album is such a step forward. Its the sound of a band developing their sound. Its the sound of a band on top of their game. Its the sound of a band who aren't afraid to try something new. Its brimming with intellgence, ideas and more importantly, great songs. One of which even surpasses the 4 minute mark!

Its darker than its predecessor, and not as instant. Where the first album didnt let up, this has genuine reflective moments. The gorgeous 'Thursday' is what the beach boys would have sounded like if they were from Sunderland, 'News and Tributes' is a touching accolade to the Manchester United side descimated by the Munich air disaster and the angry 'Burnt' compares love to being, well, burnt.

This new relective mode hasn't made them lose the art of crafting great melodic songs. 'Fall Out' is perhaps their best yet, 'Skip to the End' is classic Futureheads, 'Back to the Sea' and 'Favours for Favours' being other personal favourites. And stuck right in the middle is 'Return of the Berserker', the antidote to 'Danger of the Water' from their first album!

Those expecting the exhilerating post-punk rush of the debut album will be disappointed. Those who wish to hear a band who moved on, developed and improved their sound and crafted one of the finest albums you're likely to hear all year won't be.

The Superimposers
The Superimposers
Offered by Giant Entertainment
Price: 5.02

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very promising, 4 April 2005
This review is from: The Superimposers (Audio CD)
If you're looking for the perfect album for that blissed out summers day, you could do far worse than this offering from the devonshire two piece, who, for me, come across as a blend of the Bees and the Beta Band, with more than a subtle nod to the summer of love.
Although not actually their debut proper (more a collection of singles and EPs), it is still extremely strong. Opening with the Scott Walker-esque 'Over the Bridge', through the pure sunshine of 'Would it be Impossible' and the classic 60's pop of 'Seeing is Believing', these nine songs offer a 30+ minute ride through pop lovliness.
An extremely promising start to hopefully a fruitful career. Lets just hope we see more of them

How To Kill The Dj Part 2
How To Kill The Dj Part 2
Price: 21.86

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to kill the DJ? Put this on!, 4 April 2005
This album is, frankly, superb. CD 1, on first listen, can seem a bit daunting. So much music to explore! It can be a little overwhelming because there is so much going on.
But then you get into it, and its fantastic. The record collections these guys have must be amazing. Soft Cell, Gang of Four, Quarks, Joubert Singers, the Cramps, the Rapture, Banbarra, Langley Schools Music Project and many many more jostle for position, all seamed together by sleazy rhythm and dirty funk. If you like 2manyDJs, you'll love this.
CD 2 shows the tracks they couldn't leave out, and again, there is not a bad one on here. The essential 'Some Velvet Morning' by Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra is the pinnacle, but tracks by Arthur Russell, Nouvelle Vague, Sun City Girls, The Creepers and the Only Ones are also stand outs. But this albums full of them. Once you've heard them, you'll wonder how you lived without them!
If your'e a music fan, I urge you to buy this. You'll not make a better purchase all year.

Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 11.76

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome return, 13 April 2004
This review is from: Alphabetical (Audio CD)
Ahh Phoenix...... how ive missed you. Its been 4 long years since 'United' and I was fearing the worst. United was an excetional album, full of funk and rhythm, winning tunes and stunning melody and quickly became one of my favourite albums.
Now the young parisians have returned to try and follow up that great album with 'Alphabetical', and while it doesnt quite top 'United', it makes you glad there is a band like Phoenix about.
Opener 'Everything is Everything' is classic Phoenix, a subtle dance track, hushed vocals with a cracking tune. 'Victim of the Crime' is another winner. Opening like a dr dre song, the chorus kicks in and youre up and dancing again. All in all there is not a bad song on here, with 'Love for Granted', '(You Can Blame It On)Anybody', 'If Its Not With You' and 'Holdin On Together' being other fine songs.
The only downside to the album is the lack of a 'If I Ever Feel Better' or 'Funky Squaredance', the two quintessential Phoenix tracks. While all the songs are good, none come close to these, which is a shame.
But im being petty. Phoenix have returned and we should all raise a glass to them and celebrate the fact there is a band like them around. If you like music, you'll like Phoenix and i can wholly recommend you buy this album. You'll not be disappointed.

D-D-Don't Stop The Beat
D-D-Don't Stop The Beat
Offered by Giant Entertainment
Price: 6.15

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GO JUNIOR GO SENIOR!, 31 July 2003
This review is from: D-D-Don't Stop The Beat (Audio CD)
Quite simply folks this album is superb. Its a collection of funk,dance,pop and rock blended together to create one of the best albums of the year. If you cant dance to this, well, you cant dance to anything. Opener Go Junior, Go Senior sets the tone and it doesnt let up throughout the 11 tracks. Plus the live version of Move Your Feet is amazing! The lyrics arent up to much (eg shake your coconuts, until the milk comes out!)but when the tunes are this good you really dont care. If you want an album to put on before you go on a night out, or just to listen to anytime in fact, then buy this. It'll make you feel like its summer in your ear.

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