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The Fame Monster (International Digipack Edition)
The Fame Monster (International Digipack Edition)

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Love With The Fame Monster, 18 Nov. 2009
This album has definitely lived up to my expectations! Found Lady GaGa around the time Poker Face was released, so have been following her career for 7-8 months, and I have to say while The Fame is a fantastic album, The Fame Monster for me gives the listener the FULL experience of Lady GaGa.

Disc 1 - 8 new tracks, including her recently released Bad Romance, and following singles Alejandro and Dance In The Dark.

Disc 2 - The Fame album.

Lady GaGa has been in the public's consciousness for what seems a lifetime, in actual fact it's been around a year! Long blonde wigs, unique sound, VERY unique style, outrageous costumes on stage - that's what Disc 2 stands for, whereas for me Disc 1 shows you the inner workings behind GaGa; all her fears, her inner "Monsters" that she's encountered on her rise to fame.

Below is a synopsis of each song, for me I'd love to see this album do well, but like her video for Bad Romance, some people see her as "too out there" and "wacky for no real reason," this album for me is an instant hit, but the listener does need to go into it with an open mind...

Bad Romance - where do I start with this one? Very contagious, when I first downloaded it I had it on loop, have had it on my computer for two weeks now and in total have played it on iTunes over 200 times [probably a lot more on my iPod but...] the video is just fantastic, the dance routines, the costumes, the idea behind it; fantastic! The song itself, I think it kicks off the idea of the fame MONSTER very well, in a way it's like Paparazzi with the whole obsession idea "I want your psycho/your vertigo stick... I want your horror/I want your design/cuz you're a criminal as long as you're mine" even the idea of a BAD romance... it's love that's so deep it's quite unhinged, just love it :p

Alejandro - quite Middle-Eastern in places, particularly in the beginning. I get the idea of this song, it's a break-up song, there are no specific reasons as to why the relationship is breaking up apart from in the beginning "I just can't be with you like this anymore." Not an awful lot of depth behind the lyrics or meaning of this song, but it is quite catchy.

Monster - this is fantastic, there's something very reminiscent of Madonna in the bridge and into the chorus... synthy-80s pop sound, auditorily it sounds like a happy-go-lucky poppy love song but if you really listen to the lyrics there is a deeper, darker undertone, and the lyrics are slightly disturbing "he tore my clothes right off/he ate my heart/then he ate my brain"

Speechless - this is the only ballady song on the 8 new songs on The Fame Monster, and I think it works well, it shows GaGa's ability to sing, it has quite a jazzy/bluesy feel to it.

Dance In The Dark - I LOVE the opening "silicone, saline/poison, inject me/baby - I'm a freak, bitch..." and the whole homage to the glamourous girls with attitude back in the day later on in the song "Marylin, Judy, Silvia/ Tell him how you feel girls... Ramsey, Lamont, White, Liberace... You will never fall apart/Diana your still in our hearts".
This is another song typical of the album, very dancey, clubby... but again quite dark.

Telephone feat Beyoncé - this sounds to begin as though it's going to be a ballad, then breaks out into the clubby beats and synthy sounds... again GaGa kind of reminds me of another artist, on this one vocally she reminds me of Britney, particularly on the song Phonography. To me this one is kind of for the sake of, it's a good a song but there's not much depth behind the lyrics/meaning of the song. Fantastic cameo with Beyoncé though, very her vein of R&B and works well.

So Happy I Could Die - the beginning of this is very light, trancey and airy and again seems to remind me of another clubby song... when the beat kicks in and GaGa starts singing is just amazing! Again very synthy and with a title like that you'd imagine it'd be quite dark but I think this song has one level which is going out, having a good time and feeling - haha so happy you feel you could burst with happiness!

Teeth - a little like Alejandro in the Middle-Eastern sounding opening. GaGa's voice over bits sound very crackly and demo. It's very strange, even for GaGa, not entirely sure what this whole "show me your teeth" is meant to mean. It's very repetitive, both beats and lyrics, so quite catchy but again very dancey and a really nice song.
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Southland Tales: The Prelude Saga
Southland Tales: The Prelude Saga
by Richard Kelly
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seen the film? Buy the book and get to understand it a little bit more...., 21 July 2009
I bought the DVD from ASDA for.. £8 I think?
Knew NOTHING about it, saw the blurb on the back... porn star, apocolypse, Sarah Michelle Gellar, drug use... hmm sounds like it may be alright.
Watched the film, and... yeah was a little hard to get into at first but I did really enjoy it.

I think I saw the extras at the end, some interview with either Richard Kelly or one of the crew and it mentioned about the three graphic novels which basically prequel the film... so I bought it and I must say it seems to explain certain aspects in a bit more depth.

The one thing I will say is to read the book then see the film, there's a fair bit of overlap. However, Kelly's original idea of releasing the book six months prior to the film... it's a good technique to refresh the reader/viewer on events rather than launch straight into "this is the way the world ends."

I really don't know what else to say, I'm now reading it for the second time, and I've only had it a week - read it in a day first time round because it was that gripping... it even includes extracts from Krysta's second revision of The Power and illustrations shown in the film, such as Pilot Abilene's letter to Roland Tavener.

Final comment - if you're a real Southland Tales fan, you'll buy this book, saw the film, enjoyed it, but felt left with a sense of - heh? BUY THE BOOK!

Happy Smiles
Happy Smiles
Price: £7.49

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is No One Else Finding t.A.T.u??, 18 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Happy Smiles (MP3 Download)
What can I say? Am shocked there haven't been any reviews before now - this album is... well it's possibly one of t.A.T.u's best albums so far, I'd say Dangerous & Moving is their best, with Happy Smiles JUST behind it.

Intro - melodic, calm, I dunno it does conjure quite a dreamy spacey image in my mind... lol not helped by the picture on the front of the album I guess!

Beliy Plashick - White Robe (translated from Russian) it's catchy, it's more Dangerous & Moving than 200km/h... similar kind of sound to Friend or Foe - the translation/version in English is sooo... the lyrics are so dynamic and the potentially contraversial video they shot for the song fits the lyrics SO well

You & I - same title as the "upcoming" t.A.T.u film (which is also known as Finding t.A.T.u, hence the name of the review) the main chorus is reminscent in a way of "All The Things She Said," again another catchy song, both girls voices are haunting and luxurious and just work so well

Snegopady - I find it a bit harder rating some of the Russian songs, the music can be quite catchy but the songs not so much, it's still highly refreshing to hear music sang in a different language. This song has got a nice sound to it, but it's a song you can overlook easily

220 - the beginning would not out of place on an album by Ladytron, very techno/electronic... once the chorus kicks in again quite catchy... the album is quite underground club-orientated, as are t.A.T.u I suppose

Marsianskiye Glaze - amazing beginning, again keeping in with the dreamy/space-themed intro and cover... quite relaxed and a bit trippy in a way, it carries on throughout especially with the girls' vocals... a bit of a slow song compared with some others on the album

Chelovechki - again, kind of catchy, techno and alternative...

Vesolye Ulybki - another instrumental interlude, keeps up nicely with the theme and edge to the album

Running Blind - FINALLY another song in English, and another catchy-sounding song, quite dancey/club/techno

Fly On The Wall - THIS for me is the highlight of the album... just the lyrics, the bridge, the chorus, the repition of "I wish I was a fly on the wall" throughout... this for me is somewhere inbetween D&M and 200km/h

Vremya Luny - sounds a little out of place on the album, some of the instrumentals sound a bit disjointed to the rest of the album. The lyrics themselves are more said to a beat than sung

Ne Zhaley - another very outer-space sounding song, the vocals on this... some of the high notes being hit... it's another ballady one

all in all I would say this album is superb, like any other it has it's high and low points, the most outstanding songs for me on here MUST be:

Beliy Plashick
You & I
Fly On The Wall

it's more of a fan's album than anything else, it's mainly in Russian and can be a bit tiresome after a while, but I would highly recommend it to anyone
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Most Girls
Most Girls
Offered by robert_reynolds6
Price: £4.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Most girls want the man with the bling bling..., 30 July 2008
This review is from: Most Girls (Audio CD)

When I saw her performing Stupid Girls on her Live In Wembley DVD I was like, "most girls want the.... eh? Is that on a remix of the song?" It fits really well with Stupid Girls, in fact listening to it now it KIND of even sounds like the same kind of beat and timing and phrasing (ish)

This song is such a statement, it... I dunno, it shows Pink has ALWAYS been this non-conventional, non-conformist and... I dunno how to phrase it, but it is a damn catchy song :) very nice.

To compare her to anyone, I think Destiny's Child Bills, Bills, Bills... prob the closest artist/song I can't think of to compare the lyrics and vibe to

Can't Take Me Home
Can't Take Me Home
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.49

5.0 out of 5 stars There You Go!!!, 30 July 2008
This review is from: Can't Take Me Home (Audio CD)
What can I say? Very R&B and VERY different from her latter three albums.
I knew this album was going to be R&By but it was NOTHING like I imagined it to be. I thought it was going to be more like Missundaztood.
That said, I'm an R&B fan and this album on the whole is great.
The only reviewers who have rated it badly either aren't R&B fans (which doesn't help) or are hearing this off the back of Missundaztood, Try This or I'm Not Dead. The latter and the former are my favourite Pink albums, but this one has to come a close third.
Highlights for me are the kick-ass, typical Pink song Most Girls, Can't Take Me Home, which is a cross between TLC and... hmm, There You Go, lmao which I must say again sounds VERY like TLC in the instrumental and delivery of the lyrics, You Make Me Sick, which again sounds like TLC and... I'm not sure, just other R&B artists, the zany Split Personality.

Amy Amy Amy: The Amy Winehouse Story
Amy Amy Amy: The Amy Winehouse Story
by Nick Johnstone
Edition: Paperback

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shame it's unofficial, 10 April 2008
Only beef I had with this was it being unofficial, and the fact it ended :p but it is a gripping read - doesn't give a lot of detail on her recently, it brushes on it slightly, but it was just awesome being able to read bout her pre-Frank, writing/recording Frank, what the songs mean etc.... good read, and it's VERY cheap on here now so :) if you don't have it YET I'd recommend it, it had me up till god knows what hour reading it.. made me see a new side to the already fascinating and fabulous Winehouse
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The Coma
The Coma
by Alex Garland
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not sure where I stand..., 30 Sept. 2007
This review is from: The Coma (Paperback)
Well to be honest, it's a bril book - really enjoyed it, very dark, very challenging and psychological - love the ideas and themes that are brought out... only the ending, for me was a bit like - huh? Wait... what have I missed?

Mind you, that's my FIRST reading of it... possibly will understand the ending better after my second reading.

Lol back to my point - thoroughly enjoyed reading it, twists, turns and a brilliant plot/storyline - 4/5

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) [Children's Edition]
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) [Children's Edition]
by J.K. Rowling
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner, 5 Aug. 2007
Once I started to read, I couldn't put it down.
Possibly the best, saddest, and most dark Potter book of the series - must say, the Epilogue, no matter how critically criticized, I gotta say it ends the book superbly. There is (although I don't want to see it) a window for JK to write more on Harry, like about his children's school-days etc... it's possibly the best Potter book of the series, because of the length and detail JK goes to of filling in any gaps, you find out a LOT more about certain characters, see them in a different light, and find out more about this semi-mystical world. I love how even the most wise and knowledgable of characters, Ollivander and Dumbledore, don't even know 100% some things - the whole concept of these Horcrux and Hallow items... man I'm going to re-read it AGAIN! It's just a fabulous concept, and when Harry discovers one of the Horcruxes is closer to him than he realises........ it gets 10/10 - very sad to see the end of the Potter series, but at least JK's not spun it out, milking it for all it's worth, like some people do (eg Friends series 8/9 - the jokes got SOOOO old!)

OOOOH AAAAAAAAAAAND meant to say - the bits with Fred and George on the radio, PMSL - so Fred and George their comments, and love their "secret-yet-discernible" codenames - River (being Lee Jordan... River Jordan... Lee......... Jordan... yeah!) Romulous (being Remus, as in Romulous and Remus... Remus as in Remus Lupin.......... yeah!!!) Royal (being Kingsley Shacklebolt - hmm, Royal, Kings are ROYAL - oooh there we go....) haha it's like the Mirror of Erised (or DESIRE, backwards :p yeah!) all over again!

The Mask [DVD] [1994]
The Mask [DVD] [1994]
Dvd ~ Jim Carrey
Offered by alentertainment
Price: £12.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ageless... and Timeless, 13 April 2007
This review is from: The Mask [DVD] [1994] (DVD)
Watching the film again some... 13 years after I first saw it, I just realised how good it is. I mean, the settings, the music used - that could be ANY city, ANY time, ANY place, ANY where (if you ignore the American accents :p I always imagine it to be set in New York, but whatever!) and the gags and visuals used, appeal to all ages - some of the more obvious jokes I found funny at aged 5, whereas some of the subtler and more adult jokes I find funny now (aged 18) - there's something for everyone on it; there's just something about this story that is timeless - people will always be amazed by magic, people will always yearn to be something they are not - more confident, more appealing, more lucky in love, and this film is basically using all those elements, using great young actors (that were, back then) and the freshest talent, a great director and a fantastic plot and story line. Since buying the DVD I have seen it four times, twice with the ordinary audio, and once with the different audio commentaries. The Special Features, however, are a bit poor, but from a media student's perspective, it gives a very good and detailed insight into working in the business, and the shortcomings and frustrations of filming.

The soundtrack - what can I say! Jazz and swing, and the whole art deco feel of places like the Coco Bongo night club - it's just got a whole 1920s, yet modern, feel to it - it's very asthetically pleasing, and... well, it's one of my favourite films of all time - truly ageless, and timeless

The Sweet Escape
The Sweet Escape
Offered by Giant Entertainment
Price: £3.20

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why so negative???, 11 April 2007
This review is from: The Sweet Escape (Audio CD)
Oh my GOD! I was so surprised to read all these negative reviews!

For me, this is not "A" Gwen Stefani album, this is "THE" Gwen Stefani album.

Yeah, OK, so she's only done two so far, but this album is more grown up that L.A.M.B, she's totally moved away from those pesky and somewhat ANNOYING Harajuku Girls (yes, it's cool to hear about them in one or two songs, but in three and then a track DEDICATED to them??) and she's been off and had the one thing she's desired the most - a baby... there is a definite sound of the good old No Doubt days here too...

Wind It Up - first single. When I first heard it, I was like - what on earth?! But acutally, it grows on you, yeah it's a bit of light-hearted "fluff" but nah, I like it, it's a good song, and great use of a sample! 8/10

The Sweet Escape - well first off, it features Akon... not that you hear him much... but it is catchy, a... very... odd video too, I'm not too sure what's going on there, but it's nice and light and breezy. 9/10

Orange County Girl - maybe a bit too humble, but it's nice, remembering her roots, saying "I may be rich and famous, but I'm still just a simple girl at heart." I know that swearing isn't cool, or clever, but great use of the F word in one of the verses - and I love the reference to her having Pharrell on the album "flew down to meet 'P' made a hurricane in Miami. Workin' with him I'm gonna get myself another grammy..." 10/10

Early Winter - this has got to be a single, it's great!! Apparently, I think it's this track, one of the guys working on it said to her she could change bits if she wanted, but she didn't cos she thought it was great as it was - and I do too! 8/10

Now That You Got It - OK, someone reviewed this and said this was great. Personally I don't see it, I think it has some good elements in it, some of the lyrics are really creative, my fave lines have got to be "(Yo Gwen whatcha make 'em do?) Well I'd train him like a marine corps. Boot camp, make him like a superhero (yes ma'am) That always better be his response, or I don't give a dog a bone A-TTENTION!" and "The award is a purple heart, it could be yours. If you earn that medal, yeah you could be my boy ..." It's not great, but it is kinda catchy... 6/10

4 In The Morning - What can I say... the beginning reminds me a little of Nelly Furtado's "Te Busque..." this is rumoured to be her next single, and I gotta say, it's a damn good song. 9/10

Yummy - 10/10... it needs no real write up! It is definitely the 'Hollaback Girl' of "The Sweet Escape," it's catchy, it's light-hearted... it's a bit of a feel good song, I gotta say when I'm feeling sexy in myself I love listening to Yummy cos it's full of attitude and I'm there, and I'm like "I'm feelin' Yummy head to toe - you see me..." and references to her life "I know you been waiting [for her new album] but I've been off makin' babies [her new son] and like a chef makin' donuts and pastries [LOVE that line!] it's time to make you sweat. Sex and sugar is the flavour - ovens, and beaters, and graters, beats made of bongos and sugar - it's time to make you sweat [again, BRIL line!]" I could ramble on for ages - EXCELLENT track =D

Fluorescent - It seems a little reminiscent to me of ND... it's a good track though... it's not the best, in my book, but it's still a pretty good track. 7/10

Breakin' Up - Again, this was rated quite poorly. I mean, it's not the best, but I think it's nice - very representative of modern day life and values "I hate it when the signal drops on my cell phone..." it's just genius to write a song that looks at modern culture and society today... kinda catchy "hold up I think we're breakin' up... tell me can you hear me now, tell me can you hear me now..." 5/10

Don't Get It Twisted - don't get clever, this is the craziest **** EVER! Again, nice that she's writing about her life "28 days a normal cycle, if I'm not mistaken I think you might have made it..." "Pete can you go and get a test..." talking about her finding out she was pregnant... it's catchy and I do like it, it does get a little repetitive and boring after a while, but it's still pretty good! 7/10

U Started It - Uh... not sure really! A little NDish, but not the best track by any means on the album. 4/10

Wonderful Life - OMG! It just makes me think of S.K.O.L... it's just nice, ballady, and... it's just a really good track - as I said at the beginning, this is THE Gwen Stefani album, and it's tracks like these that make it so - 10/10

All in all, this has got to be in my Top 5 albums of 2007 =D Gwen Stefani - you are a genius!

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