ARRAY(0xae1169c8)
 
Profile for Andrew Cowie > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Andrew Cowie
Top Reviewer Ranking: 13,258
Helpful Votes: 292

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Andrew Cowie "acowie" (Birmingham, England)
(REAL NAME)   

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
pixel
#Holiday Anthems
#Holiday Anthems
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 10.88

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album and soooo cheap!, 26 Sep 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: #Holiday Anthems (Audio CD)
Great album, hours of cheesy Euro pop to drive or do the housework to. By some weird Amazon pricing anomaly the MP3 album costs 8.49 but if you buy the CD it's only 5 and you get the MP3 version for free so I recommend you get the CD, keep the MP3 version, save 3.49 and donate the CD to your local charity shop or give it to a friend - everyone wins!


Essential Dance Hits Mixed By Pete Tong
Essential Dance Hits Mixed By Pete Tong
Price: 0.79

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ludicrously enjoyable and only 69p!, 1 Sep 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
There must be a trick, right? I mean, if it's only 69p. there's got to be something wrong with it, hasn't there? Wrong! It's an hour of proper party music properly mixed for less than the price of a single. Kitsch, camp pop fun from the golden age of dance music. Enjoy!


Inform - Educate - Entertain
Inform - Educate - Entertain
Price: 5.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good, not great., 22 July 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I heard Spitfire on BBC 6 Music and downloaded the album on the strength of that. It's not a disappointment but it just feels a bit narrow in its range. Bands like The Books, Dreadzone, Lemon Jelly and Propellerheads were mixing found audio with music and rhythm tracks decades ago and, although Public Service Broadcasting do it well, they don't do anything new.


The Constant Wife: A Play (Acting Edition)
The Constant Wife: A Play (Acting Edition)
by W. Somerset Maugham
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.75

3.0 out of 5 stars Strange play., 28 Jun 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
It's as if Noel Coward wrote A Doll's House; the first half sets up these awful upper middle class characters trying to be witty but being glib and insufferable instead, then in the second half Maugham drops this real hard core Marxist-feminist bombshell in the middle of it all. Oddly disconcerting but not uninteresting and I'd be curious to see it revived.


The Seagull
The Seagull
by Anton Chekhov
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars best translation ever!, 28 Jun 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Seagull (Paperback)
I was lucky enough to see Blanche McIntyre's fantastic production for Headlong Theatre and I bought the script on the strength of that so I'm probably seeing the production in my head while I'm reading the play but it still stands up as a brilliant version in its own right. Recommended.


Creative Inspire T10 Multimedia Speakers
Creative Inspire T10 Multimedia Speakers
Price: 29.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing value at 30!, 19 Mar 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I bought these recently as alternative speakers for my TV. I dithered for ages over soundbars (too big) the Bose Solo (too bassy) and B&W MM1s (too expensive) but, for just over 30, it seemed worth taking the risk on these.

They're excellent; they're bassy enough for music, balanced and detailed enough to listen to speech and small enough to tuck either side behind the TV screen. I mainly use them to beef up the sound on films rather than watching the news but they are fine for both and absurdly inexpensive.


Ruark Audio R1-WALNUT Dab/FM Radio In Rich Walnut Veneer
Ruark Audio R1-WALNUT Dab/FM Radio In Rich Walnut Veneer
Offered by Nintronics
Price: 179.00

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous but a couple of niggles, 6 Jan 2012
This is easily the best radio I've ever owned. I bought a first generation Pure Evoke-1 years ago and found DAB thin and tinny compared with FM but DAB radios have improved over the years and this one looks and sounds gorgeous. It's a bit boomy and bassy for speech, I could probably fiddle with it and get it better, but the standard, out of the box default settings are perfect for music, classical and popular.

My only niggles are some of the user interface stuff. The volume knob is hopeless, it's almost impossible to set the volume to a level you want, it always overshoots and goes too loud or too quiet. I went for the full radio/battery pack/carry case option and the carry-case handle is set in the wrong place to balance the battery so it always feels like it's going to fall out of the case. The ambient light sensor to dim the display in low light is good but the station 'prune' function has defeated me. I assumed it was a way of making a 'favourites' list by pruning all the DAB stations you don't want which, with only 5 presets, it really needs, but it doesn't seem to do that and Vita haven't replied to my enquiry to tell me what it does do yet.

So Ruark/Vita are brilliant at what they do best, making beautiful looking and sounding equipment, but they haven't yet got their heads round the user interface which more experienced manufacturers like Roberts Radio and Apple mastered years ago.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Oct 21, 2012 6:44 PM BST


FABRICLIVE 59: Four Tet:
FABRICLIVE 59: Four Tet:
Price: 8.24

8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, 29 Sep 2011
I've been a fan of the Fabriclive series for years and I love Four Tet, especially the remixes album, so I was counting down the days waiting for this to come out. If 75 minutes of obscure, clicky UK garage is your idea of a good time then this is for you but I'm afraid it passed me by.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Oct 10, 2011 9:15 PM BST


Beginning theory (third edition): An introduction to literary and cultural theory (Beginnings)
Beginning theory (third edition): An introduction to literary and cultural theory (Beginnings)
by Peter Barry
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.37

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars clear, concise and very readable., 18 Sep 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This is an excellent introduction to and overview of critical theory. You can use it to either jump in and read a chapter on an area of interest but it also works as a comprehensive and coherent history of critical thought if you read the whole thing through from page one. Highly recommended.


The Crystalline Series - Omar Souleyman
The Crystalline Series - Omar Souleyman

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb reinvention of a fantastic track!, 11 Sep 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I don't know what the previous reviewer was expecting but this is a totally collaborative work in which Omar Souleyman creates a wholly new piece of music blending Bjork's vocals with his own instrumentation. Wonderful and unmissable.


Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4