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Brainwashed
Brainwashed
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: 16.12

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thoughtful music, thoughtful words, 30 Aug 2013
This review is from: Brainwashed (Audio CD)
This lively, sunny album has George Harrison at perhaps his best, with a collection of songs that are clever, intelligent, and excellently performed/produced, covering a variety of themes and ideas, and with that distinctive Harrison sound throughout. Each track leads into the next, with never a dull moment. Track One is excellent for hitting the road when starting out on a long journey, and indeed for the journey of life. Keep travelling on and George explores some interesting thoughts and themes. This is good music with well thought out and intelligent lyrics that can have interesting sings to say. Keep the volume turned up and let it carry you along with its beat and vibe. Near the end we get to the title track, 'brainwashed', which show that here we have someone who could see through the superficiality of the modern technological world. The thought is deeply profound in its implications: are we indeed brainwashed by a materialistic/scientific/technological world of superficial consumerism? Has indeed the 'spiritual light' gone out? The obsession with technology has never been greater. 'Brainwashed by computer, brainwashed by mobile phone, brainwashed by the satellite, brainwashed to the bone', goes the song. Is he right? Can the brainwashed know if they are brainwashed? Here at least we have someone with something real to say, unlike the bland moral pronouncements of modern religious leaders.
The music is excellent throughout. And is he right? Oh yes indeed, but then how can I know to which extent my own consciousness is held by the grips of self delusion?
'Let nature be your teacher....'


Eye To The Telescope
Eye To The Telescope
Offered by Giant Entertainment
Price: 2.90

3.0 out of 5 stars a serving of musical mediocrity, 30 Aug 2013
This review is from: Eye To The Telescope (Audio CD)
A couple of good songs here, a few more that sound somewhat similar, and a few rather boring and tired melodic clichés, make up this quite unmemorable album. She sounds past her best here - was there ever anything better? This is all a bit of a yawn.


Tubthumper
Tubthumper
Price: 8.44

2.0 out of 5 stars anarchistic rabble or deep thought music?, 30 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Tubthumper (Audio CD)
Tried this one on the strength of reviews and this group's excellent song titled 'Jacobs ladder', hoping for some well written intelligent music, but what is served up here is really chopped up and glued together rock-pop, all belted out at an excitable pace. It comes across as 'fast music', like fast food, catchy beats here and there but all lacking any real depth or quality. The music seems to be more about the lyrical content, or perhaps even the screeds of opinion reeled out in the booklet. It is mostly lacking in any well thought out, clever, or interesting melodies. As for the screeds of opinions expressed, as usual everything else and everything else is at fault, and as another song goes, 'look in the mirror then make the change'- but who wants to face personal responsibility for anything these days?
This album is a rabble, and probably the best thing of all IS its written screeds of opinion, for we still need people to point out and express some of the ridiculous hypocritical attitudes of modern politics and society. But the 'music' sucks.


Quixotic
Quixotic
Price: 6.84

4.0 out of 5 stars definately different!, 27 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Quixotic (Audio CD)
This eclectic collection of songs is rather difficult to describe. Being a complete newcomer to this singer doesn't help, for I don't know what she's really about. Expect something different and somewhat alternative. Can't really call it pop, or rock, but whatever it is - a bit soul-like, perhaps - it is certainly original and interesting enough to go back into the CD player from time to time. Some worthwhile musical ideas, and the whole thing has a vibe of its own to carry it along. Worth a speculative purchase if looking for something a little bit different.


Memories Of A Color
Memories Of A Color
Offered by MMT-UK
Price: 11.38

3.0 out of 5 stars pleasant-ish, but nothing stands out, 27 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Memories Of A Color (Audio CD)
This quiet and inoffensive album displays the developing sounds of this very distinctive child-like singer. It falls short of the later, more popular, And She Closed Her Eyes, but the general ideas are similar, and this album is really only slightly more jazzy. However, there are really no memorable melodies here to really captivate. Its an okay album, but lacks any cutting edge, so its only 3 stars from me. Expect quiet moods and relaxed sounds.


Philharmonics
Philharmonics
Price: 6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars piano based ditties, 27 Aug 2013
This review is from: Philharmonics (Audio CD)
Expect here some relaxed and quiet songs, sung with a pleasingly foreign lilt. Fresh and original, pianos and guitars are the main instruments, especially piano, forming the background to the various vocal melodies. All rather pleasant, and certainly not mind-blowing, stuff. Relax and enjoy, what else can you say?


Fisherman's Woman
Fisherman's Woman
Price: 9.41

4.0 out of 5 stars lovely personal music, 23 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Fisherman's Woman (Audio CD)
After the reasonable but highly processed debut album, how refreshing to find a singer who wants to write and sing songs like this - honest, natural, relatively simple and personal songs. This is obviously an intelligent musician, and the quiet songs here seem to evoke a need for creating something more genuine and real. Electronic airheads and noise brains won't get it, and don't expect too much to happen here, except to be swept along by its pleasant nuances and harmonies. So relax, let it be what it is, and enjoy its quiet reflective moods.


To Be Still
To Be Still
Price: 8.07

4.0 out of 5 stars country music? not quite!, 23 Aug 2013
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This review is from: To Be Still (Audio CD)
Guitar twangs that evoke typical American country music soon greet the listener here, but don't be put off - this lovely album is much more than that. Here is music that evokes the American frontier, eeking a living out of 'borrowed land' - after, that is, the original native peoples had been driven out and slaughtered by the white settlers (us). A lovely lilting voice takes you through a collection of earthy and folky songs, with a few fine added touches here and there, and what you get overall is something refreshingly different. Despite - or including - a seeming fixation with rows of straight white teeth, the lyrics harken back to a bygone age, and the musical arrangements complement the evocation beautifully. This is easy listening and original, with the twangs throughout to remind you of wide open spaces and new lands. Worth a speculative purchase - give it a good few listens before judging, and let its nuances show themselves.


One Good Thing
One Good Thing
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: 5.00

3.0 out of 5 stars quiet introspective folk music, 23 Aug 2013
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This review is from: One Good Thing (Audio CD)
Here Lou Rhodes takes us on a tour of some of her personal takes on life with a collection of quiet introspective songs. Being quieter, the voice is more under control than it is at times in Beloved One, but the musical compositions here are not so strong or complex. That said, it is obviously meant to be a quieter offering and it does that well enough. It is rather moody stuff, almost melancholic at times, and certainly conveys some genuine belief and feeling through word and music. So this is an album to try and connect with when in a quiet mood. Personally, it does not really take me anywhere, though I can enjoy it well enough as a background sound. But Lou is wrong to consider it 'only human to want more', for that is a modern trait, never a native one, and as the American singer Jewel stated, 'Much of what we call human nature is, in reality, human habit',and she was right there.


Big Calm
Big Calm
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.09

5.0 out of 5 stars their best?, 23 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Big Calm (Audio CD)
Of the 3 Morcheeba albums I have tried, this one probably gets played the most. It tries a few different things vocally - not just the female vocal here - and this works well, and helps to make it stand out. Good rhythms too. Chill-out and enjoy.


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