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Lovers
Lovers
Offered by Japan-Select
Price: 27.37

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just the Eurovision!, 20 Jan 2009
This review is from: Lovers (Audio CD)
Energetic pop-rock and good ballads are mixed here, all with clever, if sometimes slightly trite lyrics. A shame that Hanna's albums aren't more widely available in the UK, since she clearly has some quality songs and a good voice to go with them.

"Go Go" and "Lovers" power along with quick-fire delivery, while "It ain't me" and "Leave me alone" show how power ballads can be delivered in the 21st century. "Heart beating steady" has nuances of Garbage's "beautifulgarbage" and "Bleed like me" albums, and the softer ballad "Hard luck woman" takes a more sympathetic approach, though perhaps showing more of the saccharine side of ballads that occasionally seeps through.

I would definitely recommend to fans of the power-pop genre, from Avril, to Kelly, to Garbage, Daughtry, 3 Doors Down or Alanis Morissette


Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
by Michael Lewis
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.69

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing the point, 10 Jan 2009
Good book, well written and interesting analysis alongside the human element, but most reviewers seem to be missing the point.

"Moneyball" players are not players who have a good on-base percentage, the point of the book is that Beane and his staff identified a particular talent that was undervalued in the market AT THAT TIME. It just happened that OBP was the statistic at that point. It could easily have been (and may be in future as the undervalued element of baseball change) Stolen bases, Home Runs, Hits allowed or Fielding percentage.

The point is that the undervalue in the market allowed Beane to select players that were not highly regarded because of other element of their game, but who could contribute effectively anyway, and hence he could assemble a team for a much lower cost than other franchises.

As the value of that particular statistic regains popularity, others will replace it.

The book does an especially good job of describing the tensions on Draft day.


Runnin Wild
Runnin Wild
Price: 7.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No frills, excellent riffs, 16 April 2008
This review is from: Runnin Wild (Audio CD)
Enjoying this album immensely. It has the big crashing riffs of AC/DC, along with the same swagger, but with a touch of sleaze that brings back positive memories of Kix. "Too much, too young..." is a great rock-out track in "Highway to Hell" style, yet "Diamond in the Rough" brings the lyrical complexity and tongue-in-cheek humour of a "Fire Balls" or "Girl Money".

No ballads, but no loss, really.


Want Some
Want Some

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost in the shuffle?, 9 April 2005
This review is from: Want Some (Audio CD)
Although this was heavily hyped when it was first released in 1992, it kinda got lost in the tail end of the sleaze-rock era of the late 80s and early 90s.
The songs are very much in the sleaze-rock mould, and get almost Faster Pussycat-corny in places, but overall the album is quite entertaining, if a little lightweight.
The stand-out song on the album is the ballad "Luv on me", which mixes the slow tempo, catchy lyrics and power chorus that you expect from the genre with just a little something different that makes it of a touch better quality than the rest of the album, although the cover of "Squeeze Box" is fun as well.
Released four or five years earlier, this might have been a huge hit album, but along with the likes of Tuff and Vain, it was much more of a trend-follower than a trend-seeter, and never set the world a light.
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Case of the Rolling Bones
Case of the Rolling Bones
by Eric Stanley Gardner
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best of Perry Mason, but serviceable, 29 Mar 2003
When Alden Leeds makes moves to marry Emily Millicant, his relatives, eager to inherit the money he made from a rich vein of gold discovered many years ago, have him committed to an asylum to prevent the marriage.
When he escapes from the institution, and Emily's brother John is murdered shortly afterwards, he becomes the prime suspect, as his fingerprints are found all over the crime scene. Crack lawyer Perry Mason is drafted in to ensure that the innocent are not convicted.
Interesting twists and turns throughout this book make it good reading, though not as compelling as some of Gardner's other Perry Mason novels. Gardner weave's his usual magic, delivering another page-turner that captures the imagination, and uses the West Coast background from the first half of the century to good effect.
A good place for readers new to Gardner to start.


Case Of The Spurious Spinster: A Perry Mason Mystery
Case Of The Spurious Spinster: A Perry Mason Mystery
by Eric Stanley Gardner
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.60

4.0 out of 5 stars A shoebox with hundred dollar bills...whodunnit?, 29 Mar 2003
When Sue Fisher finds a box of hundred dollar bills in the hands of her boss's young son with no adequate explanation things start to bother her. A company mine, fully operational according to the company books seems abandoned. What's going on? Soon caught up in a web of intrigue and murder, Sue has to rely on Perry Mason to extricte her from the implication that she is involved in it all.
A typical Perry Mason plot, full of twists and turns, delivers another page-turning read, keeping the reader engrossed in the fate of the wily lawyer, his client, and his ubiquitous sidekicks, legal secretary Della Street and private detective Paul Drake.
Not the best of Gardner's Perry Mason novels, (doesn't rank near Drowsy Mosquito, Empty Tin, or Crooked Candle for intrigue, entertainment or complexity), but still a great read and so difficult to put down!


Does This Look Infected?
Does This Look Infected?
Price: 6.34

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Sum 41...and it's still great!, 26 Nov 2002
While there aren't quite the same hooks on here that filled the earlier "all killer no filler" and "Half hour of power", the latest album from the Sums is just as good, and is still as chock full of power-driven pop-punk as you would expect.
"Still Waiting" is the exception, and this is most likely why it was chosen as the first single, as it transitions well from the earlier material, and is easily the most sing-a-long track on the CD.
Anyone familiar with Smash-era Offspring will see the resemblence in some of the riffing and drumming, but this can only be a good thing, as it highlights the strengths fo both bands, allowing them to deliver the sort of tongue-in-cheek message you'd expect from this era of American punk.
Doesn't quite grab you as quickly as "All killer, no filler", as it doesn't have standout tracks like "Fat Lip" or "In too deep", but on further plays shows why the band are favourites among the genre.
A definite recommend to buy!


Dragonsinger: Harper Of Pern (The Dragon Books)
Dragonsinger: Harper Of Pern (The Dragon Books)
by Anne McCaffrey
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but read the rest of the series too!, 21 Nov 2002
Effectively the sequel to "Dragonsong", this book chronicles the further adventures of Menolly, as she finds herself in new surroundings at the Harper Hall, where she is expected to demonstrate her musical talent, continue her education, and instruct those around her on how to care for the "fire-lizards" that have re-acquainted themselves with humankind.
This is the first of McCaffrey's tales to introduce the readers to the Harper Hall in detail, and builds a story with elements of jealousy, pathos, ethical considerations, and a great deal of humour to further the saga suurounding the great Dragons of Pern and their on-going fight against the menace that threatens their existence.
Although the story stands on it's own merits, I strongly recommend that it is read in conjunction with the others in the series to fully appreciate the scenarios that unfold.
Easy to read, and engaging in the devlopment of the main characters, Anne McCaffrey continues to write stories that are as appropriate for adults to read as they are for children.
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Busted
Busted
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 10.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 70s Stars meet 90s Rock, 21 Jun 2001
This review is from: Busted (Audio CD)
If you're looking for classic Cheap Trick, then you've come to the wrong place, but if you want a record that delivers typical early 90s rock with the seventies swagger then this is for you.
This record has slightly more bite than it's follow-up (Lap of Luxury) and boasts great riffs and hugely catchy choruses, but also drags in two super-sugary ballads (When you need someone and Wherever would I be) to appeal to all the soft-rockers out there.
The highlight of the record has to be it's finale. "Rock n' Roll tonite" just drips off the guitar and oozes continuous riffs of drive-along rock that show where the likes of Thunder and Great White have come from.
Over all, a superb blues/70s rock album that beats the pants off anything Bon Jovi have done this side of "New Jersey".


History of the American People
History of the American People
by Paul Johnson
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely satisfying and deep monument to US History, 20 Jun 2001
If you are interested in the history of the United States, from the first European settlers through to Bill Clinton, and have several hours to spare to study the subject you cannot help but enjoy Paul Johnson's marvellous journey through America old and new. Johnson keeps the reader interested by provided a portrait of the main protagonists through the comments of their contemporaries, as well as their own writings and provides analysis of the thousands of issues that have made the United States what it is today, from settlement to revolution and from civil war to world war, enabling the reader to envisage and understand the trial, torment, tragedy, triumph and resolution that has forged the USA. An absolute must for any scholar of US history, or of US relations with Europe.


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