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And The Glass Handed Kites
And The Glass Handed Kites
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Price: £3.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mew've done it again!, 1 Oct 2005
Like many fans I discovered Mew through their debut album "Frengers", one of the albums of this decade in my opinion. I suspected that "...Kites" would be a dissapointment, unable to live up to their past glories. How wrong I was. While it is somewhat of a departure from "Frengers" the danes have delivered a prog-pop masterpiece which grows on you with every listen. Undeniably one of the albums of 2005. It must be listened to in full as the tracks weave in to each other creating a full on Mew experience rather than just a collection of songs chucked in together. Standouts for me are the irresistibly catchy "Zookeeper's Boy" and the synth-driven "White Lips Kissed." I recommend this to any open-minded fan of indie music who desires to be challenged. Fans of Babyshambles and The Subways need not bother.

Deserter's Songs
Deserter's Songs
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Price: £4.89

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a stonewall classic from 1998..., 6 Jan 2005
This review is from: Deserter's Songs (Audio CD)
I considered it my duty to write a review of this album in order to boost its overall star rating which is low due to some clueless numpties slagging it off. Shame on you! "Deserter's Songs" is a psychadelic masterpiece! I know the music critics raved about it and not everyone will like this band but this was exceptional stuff back in 1998 when all that was coming out of the radio was Robbie Williams and the bleedin' Spice Girls. It was a breath of fresh air to a 17 year-old boy (me) who had lost all faith in music after the demise of brit-pop.
"Holes" is one of the most beautiful songs you will ever hear and it's worth the £4.97 Amazon are asking for alone! The singles like "Opus 40" and "Goddess On A Hiway" are classic pop songs. I think they may even have sneaked into the Top 40. This album is alternately haunting and soothing and should be listened to in the bedroom with the lights dimmed. A glass of red wine could also enhance the mood but is not strictly necessary. I would also like to take this opportunity to say that Mercury Rev are one of the best bands I have seen live, with the ability to transport you to another world entirely. I have high hopes for their next offering "The Secret Migration."
Catch you later REAL music fans.

Frengers: Not Quite Friends But Not Quite Strangers
Frengers: Not Quite Friends But Not Quite Strangers
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Price: £6.74

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the most underrated band ever?, 5 Jan 2005
Mew are easily the greatest band ever to hail from Scandinavia and I've only heard 46 minutes of their material thus far. I hardly knew anything about the band but was familiar with the sublime single "She Came Home For Christmas." Their sound is difficult to pin down but if you're a fan of Mercury Rev, JJ72 and Smashing Pumpkins then you will love this! There isn't a poor track on this album with the best being the epic "Comforting Sounds". This band are criminally overlooked by the British music press and I only hope they tour Scotland so I can see them play live.

Infinity Land
Infinity Land
Price: £5.78

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i wasn't a fan at first but i've jumped the bandwagon now!, 3 Jan 2005
This review is from: Infinity Land (Audio CD)
Firstly I'd like to apologise to my friend for slagging off this band two years ago after hearing their debut "Blackened Sky." I thought it was stupid sub-Nirvana emo-tripe and branded it as such after a few listens to the cassette he made me. "Infinity Land" shows just how far a band can develop in three years and on going back to "Blackened Sky" I now realise how important it was in their development. This is one of the best albums of 2004 with only "Hot Fuss" by The Killers surpassing it in my opinion. How this was ignored by NME's Top 50, I cannot begin to understand. The influences can still be heard but Biffy are now moving into the big league with a sound that is very much their own. The stop-start, quiet-loud dynamics sound incredible alongside, dance beats, trumpets and xylophones.
"Glitter And Trauma" is one of the singles of the year-electronica meets heavy riffs and vocal harmonies. "Wave Upon Wave Upon Wave" is brilliantly deranged and "Pause It And Turn It Up" is one of the most fragile and gorgeous songs I've heard in a long time.
An all-out barn stormer of an album and there isn't one poor track on it. I urge everyone to make this band as big as they ought to be and purchase "Infinity Land" now!

The Head on the Door
The Head on the Door
Price: £16.98

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pop-tastic cure!, 3 Jan 2005
This review is from: The Head on the Door (Audio CD)
I have to agree with the other reviewers that this is the best Cure album to start with. It's very accessible but also shows the darker side of the band on "Kyoto Song" and "Sinking". But stick on "Inbetween Days", "Push" and "Close To Me" and you'll have your uninitiated friends dancing around like idiots. If you are a fan of the band already then buy now! I regard this as one of their top three albums along with "Disintegration" and "Pornography". "Boys Don't Cry" and 2004's "The Cure" are also well worth buying if you like "The Head On The Door."

3 Colours Red: Live At The Islington Academy [DVD]
3 Colours Red: Live At The Islington Academy [DVD]
Dvd ~ 3 Colours Red
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Price: £18.45

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one for the like me, 27 Dec 2004
I have to say that I am a relative stranger to music DVDs and I'm usually content with buying albums. However, 3CR are old favourites of mine who came back with a smashing new album earlier this year. (I wrote a great review of "Union Of Souls" but Amazon have not published it as of yet.) 3CR are one of the best live acts around and coupled with a fairly long and fascinating interview,(where Chris McCormack goes through about 5 cans of belgian lager), this DVD a worthwhile buy. It's fairly cheap on Amazon and if you are a fan it's important to support the band by purchasing their stuff. I for one hope they'll be around for a while. Also the inclusion of "God Shaped Hole" is worth parting with your cash alone.

Make Up the Breakdown
Make Up the Breakdown
Price: £8.69

4.0 out of 5 stars More songs like "Bandages" please..., 19 Nov 2004
This review is from: Make Up the Breakdown (Audio CD)
"Some of us would be lying if we said we were trying too hard, but it all seems to work out in the end" declares Steve Bays in his Robert Smith-esque squawk on "No, Not Now." This effectively sums up the art-punk Canadians' debut; at less than forty minutes it's an incredible adrenaline rush of punchy guitars, cheesy organs and cracking choruses.
Their only problem lies with first UK single "Bandages." It's simply far too good and stands out a mile from the rest of their considerable efforts. Destined to fill dance floors in indie discos for years to come, the song surely would have brought them a near top ten success in this country. However, the people who draw up the radio playlists decided that the title "Bandages" was inappropriate as George Dubya waged his meaningless war on Iraq.
However, "Make Up The Breakdown" is still a solid and energetic debut. "In Cairo" is the only respite from the punk-pop of the other nine tracks. Surely a nod to The Cure's "Fire In Cairo," it unfolds beautifully and ends with a brilliant crescendo of guitars. "This Town" and "Save Us S.O.S" are guitar pop belters delivered with a great sense of urgency. If HHH keep knocking out tunes of the calibre of "Bandages" then the future could be extremely bright for them, and us.

Young Forever
Young Forever
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Price: £3.00

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a lot more to come from this lot..., 15 Sep 2004
This review is from: Young Forever (Audio CD)
Not the kind of record I would normally buy. Its a bit twee like Belle & Sebastian and fans of the afore mentioned group would not be dissapointed by this. Its a fairly solid debut with only a couple of slow duff tracks holding it back. Opening track "A Friend Like You", "Summer's Gone" and "Heliopolis By Night" are all wonderful folk-pop gems. What's cool about this albums is that it seems to have been recorded on a budget of around 15p. Well worth a look and I reckon they could build up a committed cult following on a par with Belle & Sebastian. With any luck they should be around for a while.

The Libertines
The Libertines
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Price: £9.68

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars what a waste, 13 Sep 2004
This review is from: The Libertines (Audio CD)
Following all the hype that surrounded this release I am sad to say that "The Libertines" is very disappointing. It is nowhere near as exciting a record as its predacessor "Up The Bracket." 2000's debut was a raw, energetic, anthem laden gem. Only a few tracks on the new album live up to it. "Can't Stand Me Now" was a worthy single, "Narcissist" should be a single and "Tomblands" is another belter. Nothing on here up to the standard of "What A Waster" or "Time For Heroes." The tone is far more downbeat than the first record which is understandable following Pete Doherty's well publicised drug problems. Despite the cleaner production it all sounds a bit rushed and songs like "The Man Who Would Be King" and "The Ha Ha Wall" sound like B-sides thrown in the last minute. There is enough here to keep the diehard fans happy but I can only hope that The Libertines sort out their differences in order to realise their true potential.

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