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Mr. Jonathan Robin Oxley "Jon Oxley" (Northampton, England)

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Hombre Lobo
Hombre Lobo
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Beginner's Luck....., 12 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Hombre Lobo (Audio CD)
I own all of the Eels back catalogue and can safely say that apart from the patchy Souljacker album, the standard of Eels material is consistently good. This album is no exception. It takes a couple of listens to get used to the sparse production but the mixture of Howlin' blues songs and introspective songs gradually begin to grab you with their charm. Fresh Blood and Beginner's Luck are probably the most immediate songs. That Look You Give That Guy and My Timing Is Off are real growers, but the best song of all is the introspective last track Ordinary Man.

Daisies of the Galaxy
Daisies of the Galaxy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marries their first two albums perfectly, 12 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Daisies of the Galaxy (Audio CD)
This album really does combine the sound of the first two Eels albums to create a very impressive collection. There are some classic songs on here - Sound of Fear, I Like Birds, Flyswatter - which link beautifully in with the more introspective songs like Grace Kelly Blues and Selective Memory. A real feel-good album is polished off with the hit single Mr E's Beautiful Blues.

No Line On The Horizon
No Line On The Horizon
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Price: £5.00

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More durable than previous 2 albums, 11 Mar. 2009
This review is from: No Line On The Horizon (Audio CD)
After the first listen of this album, I wasn't impressed, but after 4 or 5 listens you begin to realise that this album is probably going to be more durable than the previous 2 albums. The first 3 or 4 tracks are classic sounding U2 - Moment of Surrender and Magnificent are impressive, as is the title track - which then leads into a batch of songs which are probably best described as "more commercial". Reading the reviews, I thought I would struggle with these songs, but Get On Your Boots (first single, not best song but also certainly not the worst on the album either), Stand Up Comedy and I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight are to me really enjoyable. The album finishes strongly with Breathe and Cedars Of Lebanon. The album is only let down by White As Snow - surely right down there with Peace On Earth from All That You Can't Leave Behind - which is a shame as the album would have worked much better as a concise 10 tracks. Impressive album, but don't expect this album to have as much impact as say The Joshua Tree or Achtung! Baby.

Never Let Me Down
Never Let Me Down
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bowie's 2nd worst album, 3 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Never Let Me Down (Audio CD)
After the wretched Tonight album came Never Let Me Down. At least this album had a few more ideas but the songs really aren't up to scratch. The one saving grace is the track Time Will Crawl - by a country mile, Bowie's best late 80s song.
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Price: £5.74

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bowie loses the plot, 3 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Tonight (Audio CD)
Official - this is Bowie's worst album. Blue Jean and Loving The Alien are superb, but these tracks can be listened to on numerous Bowie compilations. The rest of the album comprises of past Iggy Pop/Bowie collaborations and a couple of truly awful cover versions - God Only Knows indeed! Even Bowie distances himself from this album and the follow-up Never Let Me Down.

Dr. Byrds And Mr. Hyde
Dr. Byrds And Mr. Hyde
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slowly downhill from here, 20 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Dr. Byrds And Mr. Hyde (Audio CD)
Roger McGuinn carried on the good name of The Byrds when Chris Hillman quit in 1968 to form the Flying Burrito Bros with Gram Parsons (another, fleetingly, ex-Byrd). And although this album is no Byrd's classic, in a way I prefer it to the subsequent album Ballad Of The Easy Rider. The standout tracks are Drug Store Truck Driving Man (Gram Parsons and McGuinn composition) and the adventurous rocky number Bad Night At The Whiskey (another McGuinn original). There are also 2 or 3 well-selected cover versions, including Dylan's This Wheel's On Fire. But as always with later-era Byrds albums, there are 2 or 3 tired sounding tracks which ruin things and the medley at the end of the album sounds a bit desperate and is a big mistake.

Ballad Of Easy Rider
Ballad Of Easy Rider
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing Byrds album, 20 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Ballad Of Easy Rider (Audio CD)
By the time this album arrived in 1969, the Byrds were well past their prime. This was mainly due to the major changes of personnel over the last 2-3 years. However, they managed to create the 3 classic albums through turbulent times - Younger Than Yesterday, Notorious Byrd Bros and Sweetheart of the Rodeo. Roger McGuinn carried on with The Byrds name even after Chris Hillman left in 1968, but the magic was lost. What is so disappointing about this album is the lack of genuine good original material. Apart from the classic title track, the album as a whole has the feel of apathy with second rate cover versions being the order of the day. A real shame this version of the Byrds never delivered a great album - especially with the amazingly talented Clarence White on board.
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Under the Iron Sea
Under the Iron Sea
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear, 1 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Under the Iron Sea (Audio CD)
mmmm.....I enjoyed the first album Hopes And Fears, especially the top class singles. There were a few so-so songs on there, but the majority of the album was a pleasurable listen. This album doesn't do anything for me whatsoever. It's too wet. Some of the songs are cringey (oh Crystal Ball, Crystal Ball - dreadful) and some songs just don't go anywhere. They even try a Low-era Bowiesque song, which just doesn't work. Unfortunately, my negative response to this album has stopped me listening to Keane (including the first album) altogether. Time to bring in a couple of Guitar players me thinks!!!!

Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends (Gatefold Digipack)
Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends (Gatefold Digipack)
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78 of 97 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some people just need to grow up....., 17 Jun. 2008
Unfortunately, when bands like Coldplay become a worldwide phenomenen, it becomes fashionable to slag them off. I'm not a huge Coldplay fan (I prefer Radiohead) but I do appreciate that they make quality music. Having listened to the album about 5 or 6 times, as well as accompanying my wife to the free gig at Brixton last night, I can honestly say that the album is great (I prefer it to the "safer" X&Y). The new songs are also impressive live and slip neatly into their live set. Songs such as Lost, 42 and Viva La Vida are as good as anything they have recorded before. The whole album is more of a gradual grower than X&Y, which isn't a bad thing at all. It has a more laid-back approach as well, but virtually all the songs have their highlights. Don't be fooled by the people who say this is a new Coldplay - it still sounds like Coldplay. The reviewers who slag off Coldplay just because they sell millions of records really need to grow up. I'm the type of person who reviews the music for what it is.....obviously if you really don't like the music that Coldplay make, then that's fine.....
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Younger Than Yesterday
Younger Than Yesterday
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The most accomplished Byrds album, 6 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Younger Than Yesterday (Audio CD)
This is probably The Byrds most consistent and accomplished album. It is only let down by 2 tracks, which I will mention later. Chris Hillman's songs are a revelation - catchy single Have You Seen Her Face along with 3 really strong album tracks Thoughts And Words, Time Between and Girl With No Name. Other highlights include the single So You Want To Be A Rock N Roll Star, Crosby's Everybody Has Been Burned and Renaissance Fair. Now the 2 dodgy tracks - an inferior version of Why (b-side of Eight Miles High) has been re-recorded and tagged onto the end - it was never the strongest of tracks, so why-oh-why did The Byrds decide to put it on this album? Also, Crosby's Mind Gardens is too off-the-wall and just sounds like a dirge. They would have been better off replacing these 2 tracks with the excellent Crosby compositions Lady Friend and It Happens Each Day, both added on here as Bonus Tracks.

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