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50 Words for Snow
50 Words for Snow
Price: £5.32

11 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...just the facts m'aam..., 23 Nov. 2011
This review is from: 50 Words for Snow (Audio CD)
Let's get to the point people, because most of these reviews are far too long, and many just don't get it.

This album probably won't convert a whole lot of sceptics, but if you're already a fan think 'All The love', 'And Dream Of Sheep', 'This Woman's Work' 'Prologue', 'A Coral Room' etc. explored more thoroughly, and soulfully than ever before. Even though the almost danceable title track sounds like Kate guest-vocal-ing on a Lemon Jelly record, the set retains a langorous and incredibly understated mood throughout recalling such classic 'listening albums' as Cinematic Orchestra's 'Ma Fleur' or Talk Talk's 'Spirit Of Eden', even some of the deeper piano based moments of Radiohead or Robert Wyatt.

You either subscribe to Kate's world and succumb, or you don't and you won't. It's simple. It's beautiful. Simply beautiful

Mylo Xyloto
Mylo Xyloto
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Price: £3.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As Colourful As The Cover, 27 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Mylo Xyloto (Audio CD)
Far from being the promised return to a more acoustic sound, MX finds COLDPLAY diving headfirst into the production age: lots of synths and samples, programming and plug-ins, and uber-bright sound (yes overcompressed like most pop releases these days, in a few years this will no doubt be retro-remastered far quieter but with better dynamics!)
But it is a calculated move rather than a refuge for the desperate or uninspired, as this is their strongest set of songs since 'A Rush Of blood'. COLDPLAY were always about melody and uplift first and foremost, and this album has bags of them to spare. No overlong tracks, great tunes and lots of invention.
We all miss the intimacy of 'Parachutes' - the relaxed delicacy of 'we never change' couldn't happen now, but after the bloated 'X & Y' with it's worryingly Simple Minds-esque stadium posturing and the aimless and forgettable 'Viva La Vida', MX is a real shot in the arm.
For those who can overcome the initial 'shiny production' shock (and Rhianna guest spot!), Mylo Xyloto is a jet-powered return to form which could only have been bettered by the inclusion of the stunning 'Moving to Mars' from the 'Every teardrop' EP - just WHY would you leave off a gem like that??? Open ears and open mind

The King of Limbs
The King of Limbs
Price: £8.99

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Or maybe The King Of Limp...., 15 July 2011
This review is from: The King of Limbs (Audio CD)
It's hard to imagine how this paradoxical album will be viewed in five years or so. It manages to be simultaneously surprising yet predictable, up yet down, and percussive yet restrained. And perhaps that is the biggest challenge of all; for all it's multi-layered drum patterns, shakers, bells etc. it never actually 'kicks in'. The mix doesn't help matters either; vocals and bass cut thru nicely, but beneath the blur of discreet electronics and guitar so subdued you'd think they were trying not to wake the neighbours, the drums feel lost, powerless, and rooms away. This perhaps above all else makes The King Of Limbs unique to Radiohead's catalog but 'difficult' for fans to digest. There is great music here, but it feels deliberately obtuse and underplayed. It also feels like it was created on a computer rather than the 'five guys bashing it out' thing that they do so well.
My advice is to get hold of the audio from their King Of Limbs Live From The Basement performance which is a complete revelation. Suddenly these songs sound alive and full of character, dynamics, power, and raw Radiohead brilliance. I, for one, can't stop listening to these versions as they surpass the originals in almost every way.
There is no doubt Radiohead still have 'it', just frustrating that sometimes they choose to keep 'it' to themselves!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They just get better and better......, 6 July 2011
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This review is from: Brotherocean (Audio CD)
Have you heard of Syd Matters?? Plenty of people I know haven't. And yet everyone I've introduced this low key band to has become a fan. Think Nick Drake, Elliott Smith, The Beta Band, Air, Radiohead, and Steve Reich combined!......intrigued?? then read on!
Brother Ocean is their fourth album and quite possibly their best yet, and that's really saying something after the brilliant last two; Someday We Will Foresee Obstacles (2005) and Ghost Days (2008). Their acoustic-based sound has a few more electronic and production touches this time around, aswell as some fantastic vocal harmonies a la Midlake, Beach Boys etc, and the quality of the songs shines through brighter than ever. It's tough to pick highlights on a collection this seemless but the thrillingly beautiful River Sister, the gorgeous A Robbery, or the insanely addictive Hi Life should be enough to convince any fan of intelligent, chilled, melodic folk-tinged pop music.
I'm utterly addicted to this album, and if you like any of the afore mentioned artists I'm sure you could be too.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A treasured piece of vinyl, 13 May 2011
This is one of those records that you grow to love. I bought it when it came out in '98 off the back of his previous ep (what more: in five colours) and a stella review in some dance music magazine. Call it downbeat, experimental trip-hop or whatever, it's hard to put across in words just how unique this music is (infact it feels more like a mini-album than an ep)
The ten minute opening track "2 bookends and a slim volume" is worth buying it for by itself. Its groovy, it's atmospheric, it's strangely melodic, it's peppered with funny/deep/obscure dialog samples, it's detailed, and the middle third of the track goes wonderfully dark. The sound of guitars and orchestral strings are all over the four tracks, along with chopped breaks and electronic elements.
Would love to get this on cd, as the whole thing is really a listening rather than dancing experience (AND the pressing is fairly quiet), but 13 years after it's vinyl release there still seems to be no sign of that unfortunately.
But if you like discovering quality, forgotten music grab it quick - it's rarely seen!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning and Unsurpassed Electronic Landmark, 26 Oct. 2010
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This review is from: Animals (Audio CD)
At the time of writing this album is only available from third-party sellers for silly money (£20 plus!), but having said that it's probably still worth the investment.
Minilogue make quite simply the best deep tech-house and experimental electronic music you are ever likely to hear. The kind of depth, thought, skill, and artistry that went into making 'Animals' used to be exclusively associated with the monster groups of rock such as Pink Floyd or Radiohead. Artist albums made by dance music producers rarely approach this quality, except perhaps Boards of Canada or Aphex Twin (altho Richard James has never made a long-player as consistent or meticulously structured).
Both discs are continuous, but not like a Dj mix; every segue seems to use a different technique for getting from one track to the next. The first disc is generally dance orientated tech-house, while the second flows thru ambient and experimental downbeats. Both demonstrate a real gift for organic 'feel', breaking away from the obvious 4/4 counts and signatures, and tracks develop in unusual, imaginative ways. Headphone listeners will also appreciate the amazing, visceral textures of the sound; crackling, hissing, and buzzing have never felt so musical.
The whole album really is a delicious smorgas-bord for the ears.

Wa Wu We
Wa Wu We
Price: £15.78

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything a mix should be, 26 Oct. 2010
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This review is from: Wa Wu We (Audio CD)
Anyone who has followed Minilogue's work over the last couple of years will probably buy this album without a moment's hesitation, Sebastian Mullaert and Marcus Henriksson have made some of the very best tech house/intelligent electronic music ever. Period. Their peerless 'Animals' set new standards in dance-music artist albums.Animals
Here Mullaert has created two various artist mixes to sweep the competition away once again. Cd 1 is deep, dubby, and full of groove and atmosphere, while Cd 2 has no less vibe but ups the energy quota beautifully. This guy has such panache when it comes to selecting tunes, there really isn't even one 'duffer' - this is quite simply as good as it gets.
Peppered throughout with new Minilogue/Mullaert material and remixes, the whole 2 and 1/2 hours plus is a seemless joy again and again with much to discover on each subsequent listen.
Cannot recommend highly enough

Someday We Will Forsee Obstacles
Someday We Will Forsee Obstacles
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4.0 out of 5 stars This Album Must NOT Be Forgotten..., 24 Sept. 2007
Acoustic/Fx low-key pop par excellence from this french outfit whose English is better than most Brits! Deeply melodic and often very beautiful set that really gets interesting from track 6 'Passe Muraille' onwards. 'Watcher' and 'Lost Bird' were the first two songs to go on my first I-Pod!
Production (by themselves) is uniformly gorgeous with just enough going on at any one time to keep things intimate, apart from the deliberately "out there" hidden track (What r u looking at?)

Milkmaid Grand Army EP
Milkmaid Grand Army EP
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Price: £7.55

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It Seems That Midlake have NEVER been rubbish..., 24 Sept. 2007
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This review is from: Milkmaid Grand Army EP (Audio CD)
This is an ep/mini-lp from way back in 2001 - that's three years before the debut album (BAMNAN & SLIVERCORK), and it's absolutely superb. Six wonderful songs and a short instrumental interlude (Bodyweight) run to about 25 mins. More "rock" than subsequent releases and there's a definite pre-KID A Radiohead influence throughout. Can this band do no wrong?

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4.0 out of 5 stars Little known collectable classic like early DJ Shadow....., 18 April 2007
Inspirational 5 track ep. If you're into downbeat breaks, beautiful loops/melodies, and strange, obscure dialog samples (which can be quite hilarious if you're in the right frame of mind....!) then this is well worth grabbing.

But whereas DJ Shadow insisted that his music was HIP hop (and went on to become just like one of the crowd), Matthew's music is definitely of the TRIP variety. Unexpected developments - particularly on the second track Athenian Violet - set this well apart from other breakbeat music back in 1997.

Ofcourse what we really want to hear is a remastered cd version, along with 1998's Robb's Electrical Ep which is even better.....

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