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Queen Of Denmark
Queen Of Denmark
Price: 7.96

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is good, very, very good, 18 May 2010
This review is from: Queen Of Denmark (Audio CD)
On first listen 'Where Dreams Go to Die' caught my ear....Marvellous, I immediately went back to the start of the song. It is the best song I have heard in many a year. Once I'd got over the shock of said track's brilliance I began to realise how very good the rest of the album is. 'It's Easier', 'Outer Space' and 'Marz' being particular highlights. I have the songs swirling around my head at work all day, dying to get home and put it on again. There's a 70's soft rock sheen to the album which recalls the Carpenters and Bread, a point which may put some people off, but it shouldn't. The depth of emotion delivered by Grant's 3-octave range, lyrical prowess and melodic genius is up there with the very best. Every track is a winner, for me this pips Joanna Newsom's 'Have One On Me' (a landmark itself) to Album of the Year. If you, like me, invest any emotion in your listening choices, this album is a must buy. It genuinely is a classic that will sit along side Joni Mitchell's 'Blue', Neil Young's 'Harvest', Elliot Smith's 'Either/or', Pavement's 'Slanted & Enchanted',The Flaming Lips' 'The Soft Bulletin', Pixies 'Sufer Rosa', The Rolling Stones 'Sticky Fingers', Big Star's 'No. 1 Record' and all of those other classics you treasure. High praise indeed, but ever so worthy.

Quarantine The Past
Quarantine The Past
Price: 9.72

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Show me a word that rhymes with Pavement., 10 Mar 2010
This review is from: Quarantine The Past (Audio CD)
This is a twisty-turny, non-chronological run through the recording career of one of the greatest bands ever. A collection that subverts the 'best of' genre: whilst containing some of their singles, 'Stereo', 'Trigger Cut', 'Range Life','Gold Soundz', 'Shady Lane' and the greatest pop song ever - 'Cut Your Hair',it also pitches quite a few curve balls along the way, 'Mellow Jazz Docent','Debris Slide' and 'Fight This Generation' for example. Domino Records launched a competition to guess the track listing prior to release which kind of sums it all up - you could pick anything and you'd get a fantastic career overview, but whatever you pick, it's still going to be different to the actual release! If you're new to Pavement, as opined in other reviews, this is a good place to start but if you like what you hear you should also check out their full albums. 'Slanted and Enchanted' and 'Crooked Rain Crooked Rain' can sit along side any classic album you care to metnion. My one reservation about this collection is that it doesn't contain any of their excellent b-sides such as 'Westy Can Drum' and 'Harness your hopes' which I feel would have fitted in nicely with the spirit of this retrospective. However, this is fabulous stuff!
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Have One On Me
Have One On Me
Price: 15.73

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Step Forward, 3 Mar 2010
This review is from: Have One On Me (Audio CD)
Joanna Newsom has given us an album that is a paradox: Her sound is becoming more accessible, yet it's spread over a sprawling triple album that requires some investigation. Neither of these things, as it turns out are negative qualities, it essentially means she has progressed yet again. Her first album 'The Milk Eyed Mender' was filled with left-of-left-of-centre folk-pop gems whilst her second 'Ys' contatained just five much lengthier songs wrapped in lush string arrangements by Van Dyke Parks which seemed to polarise opinion outside of the music press. (It was brilliant!). 'Have one on me' sees her first move into 'Hounds of love' era Kate Bush territory on 'Easy', then recalling the form of her first album on '81' and best of all, maturing as a songwriter and a singer on 'Good Intentions Paving Co', 'In California', 'Kingfisher' and 'Does Not Suffice'. The quality of her melodies is just stunning. I feel as though I could list all 18 tracks and comment on their quality, but I also feel as though I've done enough. An excellent album of depth and beauty.

Two Sunsets
Two Sunsets
Price: 8.39

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Stuff!, 14 Sep 2009
This review is from: Two Sunsets (Audio CD)
This is one of the most beautiful albums I've heard in a long time. The title track is superb. Well done you Pastels!

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