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Wired For Sound: 1986- 1993
Wired For Sound: 1986- 1993
Offered by music_by_mail_uk
Price: £21.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars guitar noise in a song, 22 Jun. 2004
This compilation is the first BoS album I bought but certainly not the last one. Back in the 80's on both sides of the Atlantic various bands tried punk/hard core esthetics with pop sensibilities. They used different proportions of both ingredients. Band of Susans was one of those bands (together with Husker Du, My Bloody Valentine and others), one that used big amounts of guitar noise but as this compilation proves it is all listenable.
The double album consists of one cd with songs and one with instrumentals. Surprisingly all are good and although tend to be lengthy, do not get boring. If you want to find the missing link between Melvins, Helmet and Kyuss look no further. By the way Page Hamilton out of Helmet was a member!


The Balkans (UNIVERSAL HISTORY)
The Balkans (UNIVERSAL HISTORY)
by Mark Mazower
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not much so, 22 Jun. 2004
Having read this book I find it hard to agree with the title. While it is a great (perhaps too brief) look at the circumstances that may have resulted in the atrocities of the Yugoslav wars, it paints only a very broad and selective picture of what the Balkans might mean. Without giving too much of a historical background, the book points out the stereotypes regarding the savage nature of the region's inhabitants and clearly tries to confirm them and explain them partially by its distance from the centre of Europe. The subject is treated quite superficially and lack of explanation of various processes is apparent.
If you want to know what happened and when look elsewhere. This book will give you a nice read, but it will satisfy only if you prefer opinions and general theories and want to avoid reading about the hard facts and details they are built on.
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The Sopranos : Complete HBO Season 3 [1999] [DVD]
The Sopranos : Complete HBO Season 3 [1999] [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Gandolfini
Offered by Love-Your-Books
Price: £7.29

5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Polak's revenge, 19 Dec. 2003
While it is one of the best TV shows ever - full-blooded characters, psychological depth, anazing acting, unbelievable use of music, great script, I managed to find something I don't like. In a film where so much effort is placed of authenticity, it is baffling that the Polish maid is played by a Hungarian and her Polish husband is played by an actor from God only knows where. They speak English with Hungarian and Russian/Caucasian accent and when the strive to speak Polish (my mother tongue)the only way I may undertsand them is to read the English subtitles! I wonder whether the Italian they speak sounds as crappy to Italians as the Polish language to Poles!
Full five stars never-the-less.


The Ravonettes: Whip It On
The Ravonettes: Whip It On
Price: £20.49

2 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars hype, 19 Nov. 2003
They have the style it takes and the looks but substance is lacking. It sounds like one great song repeated several times till you have had enough. Cross between Loop, Joy division and Sisters of Mercy, without the good songs. You could buy the original artists except Loop's been deleted for ages.


Ubik (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Ubik (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
by Philip K. Dick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 19 Nov. 2003
This is a great book by a great but sometimes erratic author. It has plethora of Dick'isms - absurdity, various realities, amazing imagination for gadgets and lots of insane plot twists and turns - but fortunately it lacks the overblown philosophical overtones making Valis such a 'difficult' (or sometimes hard to read) book. It clearly demonstrates was Dick is considered a genius (Valis shows why he's thought of as a flawed one). BUY AND READ!


Pavane (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Pavane (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
by Keith Roberts
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars how to drive your own train, 19 Nov. 2003
Despite rave reviews I found it quite boring, especially the first part is a train driver's manual with lots of technicalities I could not find relevant. Eeven SF writers of the 50s did not get so much carried away by technology.
The idea is quite good but perhaps because I'm not English, I found the execution a bit tiring at times and plot development uneven (very slow pace at the outset of each part and towards the end speeding up like TGV train if you forgive the pun).


Wowee Zowee
Wowee Zowee
Price: £12.14

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blender's been used, 19 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Wowee Zowee (Audio CD)
The band from Stockton display a wide range of infuences and deliver lots of various styles, all distinctly 'Pavementised'. Although it is stylistically far from coherent, the album showcases perfectly how great songwrites Pavement were. While a lot of reviews claim it less accessible than the firts two LPs, here the good songs are not marred with some silly pseudo-experimental parts that seem all too 'arty-farty'. A long but even and satisfying album from a great band.


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