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Samson & Delilah [CD]
Samson & Delilah [CD]
Price: £5.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Layers of sound and ambition, all worth uncovering, 31 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: Samson & Delilah [CD] (Audio CD)
Compared to Travelling like the light... there is no point trying to. This is such a departure it takes time to understand quite what has happened to the Pop, to the soul, to VV Brown herself.

Then, after about listen number 4, things start to fall into place, sounds start to appear you hadn't heard before, lyrics unravel and the album comes alive.

The title track is heavy, dark and quite menacing, and it kicks off a run of songs that pound at your ear drums, and also your head...it sort of draws you in and slaps you about a bit.

As others have said, the Apple is a standout, yet after another listen, it is clear that this is more of a piece than parts, and should be listened to as the artist intended.

I would advise anyone who wants to understand what I mean, to find an empty room, space, car etc, turn up your stereo and immerse yourself in this album. It is really worth the effort and hopefully more people will understand what a talent VV Brown is.


Hands
Hands
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Price: £4.66

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Put your hands together for a top quality pop album, 1 July 2009
This review is from: Hands (Audio CD)
Having had time to listen to Hands over the last few weeks, it struck me that there are a lot of layers to Little Boots music that need unwrapping in order to fully enjoy the experience.

Most of the tracks come accross as instantly accessable pop with catchy chorus's and sing-a-long tunes, but as you listen more intently and turn up the volume, the odd backing vocal, deep bass, harmony, or synth sound suddenly make an impression, and you find the songs have so much more to say and hairs stand up on the back of your neck.

New in town, Meddle and Remedy are the most instant to hit you with their pop skills, but after a while the real gems of the album "Symmetry and Stuck on repeat," take hold and highlight how talented Little boots is.

Yes there are a couple of wafer light tunes, but this is a pop album, not Queens of the stone age, so learn to love them.

I personally really enjoy this album and Little Boots can come accross so complete on her debut, it makes me eager for album 2 and beyond.

There is an air of the much underrated group "Dubstar" here with haunting female vocals, catchy tunes and quality lyrics.

If you enjoy good quality pop music such as Human League, ABC, Pet Shop Boys even Madonna, then Hands would pretty much suit you down to the ground. Go on and buy it, as the reviews so far don't do it justice.


Ladyhawke
Ladyhawke
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Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The bird of prey with killer hooks and a massive talent, 18 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Ladyhawke (Audio CD)
If you are looking for an album that can be catchy, intelligent, sing-a-long and genuinely brilliant at the same time, this pretty much has it covered.

Ladyhawke has merges pop, rock, dance and electronica in one song, and yet still has you singing along in seconds.

I haven't listened to an album with so many instant hooks and simple yet unforgettable chorus's in a long time and I never expected it to be in my top 5 albums of 2008, but it is that good.

Her voice suits the songs perfectly, being subtle and comforting, and yet also portraying the emotion of songs such as "Magic" or "Dusk til' Dawn".

I just really love this album from start to finish, there's no filler, it sounds fresh and new, yet has references to the 70's, 80's, 90's and 00's within it that are subtle enought to notice but don't make it a parody of past classics.

All in all, songs such as "Manipulating Woman" with it's looping atmospheric background vocals and the new single "My Delerium" which builds and builds beautifully to a great climax, are worth the price of the CD alone. The fact the whole album of such quality is a testament to Ladyhawke's talent, and bodes well for her future releases too.

I can't recommend this album highly enough.


The Ideal Condition
The Ideal Condition
Price: £12.76

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very satisfying and beautiful record, 8 Jun. 2007
This review is from: The Ideal Condition (Audio CD)
As an Orbital fan, it has been a bit of a wait for new material to well materialise, and all I can say is that it was more than worth it.

Paul Hartnoll has captured the essence of what made Orbital so vital and expanded their areas of orchestration, catchiness and intensity to an even higher level. There can't be many more beautiful opening songs on any album in 2007 than "Haven't we met before?" it is breathtaking and things don't let up accross the rest of the album.

At a shade of 50 minutes long, it's not a grand epic, it is a punchy and refreshing album that will lift you up, chill you out and occasionally take your breath away. The first single "Please" sees Robert Smith vocals accompanied by a dance tune that will have you dancing away in no time.

I really missed Orbital when they split up, as there wasn't anyone who compared to their intelligent dance music, 3 years on and I'm pleased to say that the Ideal Condition not only fills the void but makes me excited for the future of Paul Hartnoll.

All I can say is welcome back, and thanks for not disappointing us.


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