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Renaissance Sound Of Vol 2
Renaissance Sound Of Vol 2

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars flawless, 25 Aug 2004
This really is a stunning compilation, everything from the mixing (done live none the less), the track selection and the packaging is top notch. I really enjoyed sound in motion, but felt that in that mix zabiela sometimes sacrificed track selection for technical scratching and fx. However, in Alive not only does JZ show off his amazing skills, but also programmes a great set which is both faster and more exciting than his previous offering. This cd is mainly breaks orientated but also contains some great progressive and tech house, with plenty of variety to keep you interested.
highlights of the cd include the awesome home made intro to cd1, and the underworld bootleg to name but a few.
If you are fan of Zabiela or quality dance music in general this is as essential as it gets


Environments
Environments
Offered by positivenoise
Price: 5.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome, 8 July 2004
This review is from: Environments (Audio CD)
From the opening intro to the last few seconds this album is pure quality. Hipp-e and Halo's mixture of deep, techy house and more organic, jazzy sounds really is a joy to behold. There really aren't any weak tracks on this cd, and the production is absolutely stunning - rich, deep, and crystal clear. I dare anyone to put on this cd and not feel relaxed and uplifted - fans of quality house music should not be without this one.
The only complaints you could aim at this album are that the tracks aren't mixed together, and i guess it might not appeal to those who aren't fans of laid back, minimalist house music.
other than that though I can't fault it!


V Rally 3 (GameCube)
V Rally 3 (GameCube)

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, 3 July 2004
This review is from: V Rally 3 (GameCube) (Video Game)
the search for a decent racing sim on Gamecube continues...
I had high hopes for this, so was hugely disappointed when i played it. The first thing that struck me when i played it was the graphics - some of the worst i have seen on the cube. It looks like a psone game in slightly higher res! the textures are truely woeful, and the crowd is made of awful looking cardboard cut - outs!
add to this the appalingly frustrating handling - the car feels like it weighs 3 tons, and constantly over or under steers. true, you do get better with time, and i did start to enjoy it, but the fact that in a rally all it takes is one tiny mistake and you wreck your car and are out of the whole race will have you tearing your hair out!
not recommended!!


Blue Album
Blue Album
Price: 21.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a fond farewell, 3 July 2004
This review is from: Blue Album (Audio CD)
after the disappointment that was the altogether, the blue album marks a return to form for the most influential brothers in british electronic music. The album starts off fantastically with 'transient' a beautiful and emotive ambient track with some great violin playing in it. The album then proceeds with some cold and atmospheric electro-breaks tracks, culminating with my favourite track of the album - 'you lot' - which really is vintage orbital.
however, the album then loses its way with 'bath time' a track that sounds like it was taken from some dodgy atari ST videogame. 'Acid pants' is a crazy acid/techno track which although i found grating at first is slowly growing on me. 'Easy serv' provides some pleasant, tho rather disposable, muzak. However, the album finishes on a high with 'one perfect sunrise' a beautifully emotive vocal track, which serves as a fitting end to a great career, and leaves you wanting more.
overall a good album, let down by a couple of dodgy tracks, the fact that at 55mins long its rather anaemic compared to most orbtial albums, and that the tracks aren't mixed into each other like most orbital albums, so it kind of loses its flow. - still an absolute must for all orbital fans though!


Headhunter
Headhunter
Offered by Mayflower Stores
Price: 15.02

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars please give this game a chance, 2 May 2003
This review is from: Headhunter (Video Game)
I played this game on dreamcast, and I have to say its one of the most overlooked games of recent times. I cannot believe the reviews some people have posted - maybe the ps2 port was sustandard, i dont know. Whilst the gameplay is nowhere near a polished, and the budget obviously much smaller, i would rate this on par with mgs2, but not the first. Basically, the story is fantastic, and the robocop-esque world the game depicts is really convincingly portrayed. Without any of mgs's japanese sillyness or irritating philosophical undertones, it presents a far more complete and satisfying story. The graphics at the time were stunning, but still satisfactory, and whilst the bike sections do suffer from poor controls, once you get used to them they actually do become entertaining, and despite the silly Resident evil-esque end level, the game is a great package. However - this is not an mgs clone - do not buy it expecting a stealth based game - there is a lot more blasting and puzzle solving involved, think of it as a hybrid of mgs and resident evil/dino crisis. Overall - great game, roll on the sequel!


Global Underground: Satoshi Tomiie - Nu Breed 6
Global Underground: Satoshi Tomiie - Nu Breed 6
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 19.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great mix album, 13 Feb 2003
This is definitely one of my favourite GU CDs, as it strikes a great balance (for the most part) between dark, hard edged beats, and listenability. CD1 starts off fantastically with the incredibly dark and brooding 'Numb' by Stephane K, which sets the tone for the rest of the set. Its all very dark, yet danceable (unlike some of Digweed's sets) and builds up brilliantly, highlights being his own remix of Kosheen's hungry, and the lemon8 mix of 'Burden', which has to be one of the best progressive tunes I have heard in a very long time. CD2 starts a bit more uplifting, then decends into tribal madness. Satoshie even throws in a bit of breakbeat, with the great 'visible noise' by Hybrid. The set then finishes with some nice upbeat numbers. Standout tracks on Cd2 are 'a lesser man' by Graffik, and 'chilling moments' by Shmuel flash. Overall, I would say that CD1 is definitely better than the second, as it works better as a set, and builds up with a nicer pace. The album misses out on 5 stars because I feel that some of the tracks are just too hard to work on a mix CD, particularly 'You gotta believe' by FRD, which is quite frankly appalling, unless you're in a club at 3am on some kind of mind altering substance, and has me reaching for the skip button every time. Despite these shortcomings, this is essential for any Prog house fan, and is GU's best release for a long time.


The Private Press
The Private Press
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.00

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A hit and miss affair, 17 Jan 2003
This review is from: The Private Press (Audio CD)
On the first few listens through I really enjoyed this album, however, it doesn't stand up to repeated listens as well as endtroducing, or any other great dance album should. There are some really good tracks on this album, such as mongrel... meets his maker, and you can't go home again. However, tracks such as right thing, and monosylabik verge on nonsense. These kind of tracks belong on a b-sides/ experimental album, not an artist album. Mashin on the motorway is just plain gimmicky, and blood on the motorway is far too pretentious. Overall, whilst being an enjoyable listen, the private press doesn't offer the consitency, and great samples that its now classic predecessor did.


MMII
MMII
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 31.95

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely great, 29 July 2002
This review is from: MMII (Audio CD)
I don't understand how anyone can say that this is a substandard digweed mix - it is absolutely awesome. the first two tracks are fantastic, and really get you in the mood for the rest of the album. Some of the tracks may be a little simple for some trance fans, but overall I feel that this is a superb selection of haunting, tribal influenced tracks. My personal favourite is the James Holden track which, as usual is absolutely hauntingly incredible (does that man ever make a bad track?). The mixing in my opinion is awesome, most may not be very long, but they are all seamless and flawlessly executed. Overall - essential listening for any fan of forward thinking progressive music.


Reactivate Energize
Reactivate Energize
Offered by disks4u
Price: 7.28

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic, 7 Mar 2002
This review is from: Reactivate Energize (Audio CD)
If you're a fan of hard trance (and if you aren't, why not?) you'll love this CD. On the first disk, Sentience keeps it fairly slow, and dark, with some real techno monsters, and a few stomping hard trance numbers. Sentience is incredible all the way through- a flawless selection of tunes, and the mixing is the best I have heard in a very long time. And if that's not enough, he even scratches over the trance amazingly too! Never in my life did I imagine scratching would work over hard trance! The first CD is easily worth the price tag alone. On disk 2, Blake ups the tempo a little, and the tunes are generally trancier and more uplifting, but never NEVER cheesy. Another flawless selection of tunes expertly mixed. This CD is as essential as it gets, proving that hard trance must never be written off as a silly fad - I just can't way to hear Sentience live!


Skies of Arcadia (Dreamcast)
Skies of Arcadia (Dreamcast)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the RPG's around, 30 April 2001
I had been waiting for this game for ages, and got it on the day of release, and I was definitely not disappointed. Basically there are very few complaints that I can make about this game. The only ones are that there are far too many random battles when you fly around in your ship, and that although this game has some of the most gourgeous graphics seen on an RPG, in some places they are very bare with extremely repetitive textures, and in some places the colours look a bit nasty together. The rest of the game is stunning though; the plot is brilliant, the gameplay and progression are spot on, and it is very addictive. After the first 2 days I clocked up 14 hours! Overall, if you are a fan of the Final Fantasy games (particularly 7 and 9) then I fully recommend this game, as it plays similarly to them. Worth buying a Dreamcast for


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