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The First Days Of Spring (Deluxe Edition - CD/DVD)
The First Days Of Spring (Deluxe Edition - CD/DVD)

21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Melancholy Beauty, 31 Aug 2009
Noah and the Whale had the mammoth task with "The First Days of Spring" to better their first album. Somehow they have managed this. Each song is in keeping with the theme of the album, that of loss, hope and mistakes. The songs are all individual and retain that sound of the first album, however there is more of the deeper and slower tracks, with the lively melodies that shot them to fame last year, such as Five Years Time, are no longer as frequent. However this has added to the musical complexity of the album as present in each of the songs is a slowly changing sound, take the first single "My Door is Always Open", the opening is reminiscent of "Mary" from the first album, the same gently strummed chord and Fink's voice slow and melodic over the top. Throughout the track it switches to moments where the chords lift and there is hope until the music speeds up for the last minute, reminding us of the fun first Album.

Still present are the sounds that set Noah and The Whale Apart, the light guitars, the fiddle and the painful note in Charlie Fink's voice that make every song heart wrenchingly beautiful yet there is a depth and cohesion to the album which shows how the band has grown, losing some of the more child-like influences to create an album that is grown-up and clearly full of genuine emotion.

New, for the band, with this album come a DVD, here the stories behind the music is told between scenes switching between the different ages of one man. This is no half-hearted attempt to make a film with hand held camera's following the band, but an 8 day venture using proper filming cameras, showing wide shots and artfully designed scenes. Though it will be winning no oscars, for Fink's first film it cannot be criticised, artsy and 50 minutes long it's worth a watch, however the music is as powerful with or without the film so I wouldn't waste your money on the DVD/CD version of this album.

This album had the highest expectations riding upon it and fans will not be disappointed. This is not an album that needs interpreting, the bands direct lyrics are still going strong, the lyrics manage to still have the straightforwardness that made us love "Peaceful, the World Lays me Down" without straying in to being 50 minutes of crying over lost love. Though many of the songs are talking of loss, the progression in the album leaves the listener full of hope. The last track - "Blue Skies", is full of optimism for the future. And why shouldn't it when the band's future looks nothing but promising?


Metro Station
Metro Station
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: 4.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Teenage pop/rock, 30 Aug 2009
This review is from: Metro Station (Audio CD)
There was always going to be a stigmata over this band, the frontman Trace Cyrus being the brother or disney channel pop sensation Miley Cyrus. To a certain extent you can see Metro Station being another teen band that will have every 13 year old screaming in their audiences. However there is more to this album, every song is upbeat and energetic and, after one listen, you will find yourself humming their songs all day.

If you like Panic at the Disco, you could very well find yourself loving this band, their music is electro-po, cheesy but undeniably catchy. Musically very promising and if Cyrus could improve his voice, often very...breathy, but not in an effective way, the album would come along leaps and bounds. There is a definate musical sound throughout the album, giving hope that this band can improve their sound which, by no means individual, they have got their head around!

Metro Station will be the band you'll keep seeing on MTV this year and hearing played by not so hot DJ's, however you'll never be sure that anyone listens because for everyone over the age of 14, this band is sure to be a guilty secret!


Decemberunderground
Decemberunderground
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 5.64

3.0 out of 5 stars Needs direction., 21 Dec 2008
This review is from: Decemberunderground (Audio CD)
What you want from this album can easily help decide whether to buy it. It is not a bad album, don't get me wrong if at any point I seem to be relentlessly putting down the musical ideas in this CD.

Undeniably, there are some very catchy songs, little dittys that get caught in the back of your mind such as Miss Murder and Love like Winter. However this involve almost "pop" like melodies, which is a vast ocntrast to the heavier and more punk/rock like songs of Kill Caustic. Somewhere in the middle there are the more emo traits that this band have picked up. This turn in their music could be put down to pressure from the major record label they are signed to or a desperation to become more main stream and hither to more sucessful.

The lyrics leave a lot to be desired on most of the track, being the emo noncence that adolecent girls seem so hung up on, with bad attempts at poetic language in some songs such as Summer Shudders "This is the fall, this is the long way down. And our lives look smaller now our lives are so small". However the inadequacy of the lyrics is not important due to, though inproved voice or Davey Havok, still slighty slurred lyrics in many of the songs, meaning the lyrics are not always clear and one can make up better lyrics for oneself.

Technically the music is often good, following a good structure and having changes in dynamic, texture and thickness of piece. This adds interest to the piece and gives it a depth that is missing in so many pieces today. Such as The Interview, this piece stands out from the others by going from simple almost unaccompanied vocal performances to parts with the whole band making a truly "rock" sound. This track is one of the few that sucessfully conveys the different idea of the band and the differnt areas they seem to be trying to explore.

There is great diversity in this one CD and links can be made between all the songs. However the downfall here is the change in direction towards more mainstream music in pieces such as Miss Murder. However there is also influences from the more punk area that AFI's early music consisted of in Kill Caustic. We also see the introduction of much more electronic side to AFI in songs such as 37mm. With all these different ideas that seem to be flowing around this album. The great problem is the attempt at including the "softer" and more lyrical side of AFI and their old "hard" image in one track. The most obvious example is Affliction where fast changes are made between shouting to high speed rhythms to slower held notes of clear singing showing no coherance and jogging the listener. Perhaps next time this band can go back to what it is know for, more punk like music, or sucessfully make the transition to "emo" music, without the electronical side as Blaqk Audio, the side project of Davey and Jade, covers their need to experiment with this side, though this is a direction they could take thier music in. However we can hope that whatever direction the band take themselves in, assuming they don't stay in this limbo between the genres, you can tell they will reach the greatness that the ideas in this CD promise but don't deliever.

Each song is crafted well and a brilliant listen, if it suits the music that you enjoy listening to, when disjointed from the others. It is the changing ideas used in this album that lets it down as a whole. In short, buy the singles of the songs you like unless you enjoy the whole uber-genre of alternative/rock/punk music and are prepared to go to your CD player pick the song you like and then flick to the next that suits your likings, which will be several tracks away.


A Beautiful Lie
A Beautiful Lie
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 5.35

4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, 12 Oct 2008
This review is from: A Beautiful Lie (Audio CD)
I brought this album on the recomendation of a friend. At the tit it wouldn't have been an ablum i would have sought out to buy. However after listening to a few tracks on the band's myspace I decided it was worth purchasing. I have not been dissapointed with this album. There are some beautifully writen songs with slightly quirky lyrics that seem to be a constant throughout the album.

Jared Leto has improved greatly on his vocals from previous album, which I have since listened to also. His voice comes across well with times of vocal perfection and other of a slight shout that would be expected from rock music. The band have managed to get the balance between the importance of vocal lines and the melodies behind. Though the majority of songs follow the classic structure of a song they still manage to be induvidual and 30 Seconds to Mars have created an Album ture to themselves, though still with comercial appeal.


Dirty Dancing 2 - Havana Nights [DVD]
Dirty Dancing 2 - Havana Nights [DVD]
Dvd ~ Diego Luna
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: 4.61

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well second the best and all that...., 20 Jun 2008
I first watched this film a couple of years ago when my friend got given it. I fully expected to be slightly dissapointed because i was at that time a big lover of Dirty Dancing the original. However this film, in my opinion is a lot better than the first one.

The first thing i think you should know is that it is not a sequel to Dirty Dancing, in many ways it is more of a prequel having happened before the first. The only links between the films are the name, Patrick Swayse and basic story line of boy meets girl and being of differnet class it is not accepted.

The acting is top class and one thing i found incredible about this film is that niether Diego Luna or Romola Garai used a dance double and niether of them had any dance experiance. They also managed to come over accent difficulties, Garai having to put on an American Accent and Luna, being mexican, a cuban one. Yet there is not one point it the film where these accents slip.

Where this film really triumphs over the original is the historical backdrop. Rather than the first Dirty Dancing where we have a secluded holiday resort as the setting, here we are based right in the center of the Cuban Revolution, which adds a lot to the play especially by the power of the actors who portray the difficulties of the Cubans and ignorance of the Americans very well.

The dance sequences though in the big envents there are less lifts than the First Dirty Dancing, they are no less exciting and interesting.

This film is worth a watch whatever your age or gender. My brother, mother, sister and friends have all loved this film almost as much as me since i have shown it to them.

This film is well worth the money because as well as being a fantastic watch it is the sort of film you never get bored of watching, i am almost word perfect and my friends has watched it about 20 times in the last week, since i leant it to her. So this film is well worth a watch and a buy.


Thirst For Romance
Thirst For Romance
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 5.56

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 17 Jun 2008
This review is from: Thirst For Romance (Audio CD)
Well there is only so much one can say about this band.

As their debut album this is truely extordinary. Their songs are mainly meloncholy and offer a biter sweet reflection on love and life.

The lyrics, though they don't always make perfect sense are chilling and beautiful. The lyrics are suported by sweet and simple melodic lines on the whole. Simon Aldred has a good voice and it is perfect for the slower and more questioning songs such as "People help the People" However his voice also adapts for the more up-beat melodies and fun songs such as "Alfred the Great".

This album is great becuase it is perfect for relaxing with after a long day because of the beautiful melodies and simple instrumentation. However there is so much more to it. The infusion of musical simplisity has made this an induvidual album and I can not wait to see where Cherry ghost go next with their music.


Dirty Dancing 2 - Havana Nights
Dirty Dancing 2 - Havana Nights
Price: 4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars There is somehting about this CD, 11 Jun 2008
The soundtrack perfectly compliments Dirty Dancing 2 but is also a wonderful listen without the DVD.
The songs have a mix of latino/salsa/cuban style but brought in to todays day and age with the likes of The Black Eyed Peas and Christian Aguilera being the main Pop singgers on the soundtrack. All the songs fit together to make a wonderful set of tracks with the songs like 'You Send Me'giving the soundtranch the feel of the 1950's and 'El Beso del Final' being a slower and more romantic song, sung in spanish, telling of romance effectivly. THese songs fit well with the more salsa-like music of Santana and others. Overall this Soundtrack is well worth a listen especially if you love the DVD.


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