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Room On Fire
Room On Fire
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Strokes' weakest, 10 July 2011
This review is from: Room On Fire (Audio CD)
I find that The Strokes couldn't really match the monster hype with their second, 'Room on Fire'. Despite an equally as 'big statement'-sounding title as 'Is This It', it's not as satisfying and exciting. It's definitely their first grower as 'Is This It', in contrast, is relentless and if you're to be claimed by it, you'll know and it's immediacy becomes as striking as the songs themselves.

Personal highlights are: 'Reptilia', 'Under Control'


Angles
Angles
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4.0 out of 5 stars Angles is one of Strokes' best., 10 July 2011
This review is from: Angles (Audio CD)
This album has been a long time coming for Strokes' fans, but I've only really started listening to them this year, long after the hype of 2001. It's a good introduction to a band that are in transition and experiment with their capabilities but not to The Strokes as a band per sé. The band themselves say that they hope to record albums more quickly and I believe it shows in Angles. It seems not to be as cohesive an album as one may want from such an established band. However, under scrutiny the songs leave an impression, giving a greater range of incorporated musical ideas that one would not necessarily expect from a Strokes' album (or want, an impression I get from several fans). This album showcases in parts the musicians being given more freedom to show their progression. Nikolai has more complex bass parts, that are more often melodic, but still robotic (in the way that's intended, pleasingly) and Fab also shares in robotic rhythm, best exemplified in 'You're So Right'.

Highlights are: 'Machu Picchu', 'Taken For A Fool', 'Under Cover of Darkness' and 'Call Me Back'.


Come Around Sundown (Deluxe edition)
Come Around Sundown (Deluxe edition)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars for the 'deluxe' status of the product, not the content!, 23 Oct. 2010
Going on what I know of Only By The Night's deluxe edition, I wasn't expecting a 'disc 2' but even so, I felt this was underwhelming. Knowing who's likely to buy this album, it's obviously just an easy & cynical way to make a lot more money. The deluxe version of Radioactive could well have been included on the album (This version includes the choir to a greater extent) & the remix of Closer isn't even worth including. Additionally, it wasn't made explicit what the deluxe edition would include and anyone hoping for 'My Third House' or 'Beneath The Surface' will be dissapointed.

The product aside, the album is definitely growing on me. At first listen it certainly wasn't as 'Here we are!' astounding as previous KoL releases, it seems to proceed at a steady, safe pace. 'The End' for example, relies on tried & tested formula, but makes it no less impressive and visceral sound-wise - thanks in no small part to Jared's stunning bass work (Great all across the album!); a personal highlight of the album. The first single, 'Radioactive' is a safe effort with enough nice little touches, which Kings of Leon seem to be including more & more of. Tracks like 'Pony Up' & 'Beach Side' are genuinely fresh & new for The Kings which make this album a worthwhile buy.

I'd agree with some other critiques of this album; at times too much of a conscious effort to return to the southern 'roots' and the 'beachy' sound is at times more gimmicky than necessary. This said, it's ridiculous to discard this album as an attempt to extend the worldwide success of Only By The Night or to reclaim the fans of Aha Shake Heartbreak. This album does sit prettily in the now five strong catalogue, with great details that require a few listens, but I did expect the songs to be more individual and not so evidently thematic.


On Liberty and Other Essays (Oxford World's Classics)
On Liberty and Other Essays (Oxford World's Classics)
by John Stuart Mill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars On liberty, 14 Aug. 2010
I'm a student & I bought this book for political philosophy. Thus far I've read the introduction.. that, at first, glance, seems more in depth & tougher to understand than the essays themselves. That's not to say the essays themselves don't look 'rich'. This book is important to modern day democracy, as far as my little brain can deduce. It's a symbol of office for the Liberal Democrats & concepts proposed by Mill are still considered now, so this stuff seems to be a cornerstone for where we are today.
As per other Oxford World Classics it gives background, chronology & useful notes that relate to the more obscure references. I also think that the cover's great - but that's entirely up to you!
Four stars just for all the helpful information & contextual background Oxford include.


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