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Hail To The Thief
Hail To The Thief
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great, 23 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Hail To The Thief (Audio CD)
Hail To The Thief is the Radiohead album which, for me, doesn't quite work. There are some mighty fine tracks here - 2+2=5 and There There are top-notch singles - but the album as a whole seems a bit disjointed. Whereas previous Radiohead albums had some sort of underlying theme, this album seems a bit cobbled together. But because it's a Radiohead album, it's still worthy a listen. Other tracks worth checking out are the lovely I Will and the grower Wolf At The Door.


Amnesiac
Amnesiac
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Play this with Kid A, 23 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Amnesiac (Audio CD)
I always thought it was a shame that Radiohead didn't release Kid A / Amnesiac as a double album. It could have been the White Album of the new millenium.

In its own right though, Amnesiac still has its highpoints, notably the stirring Pyramid Song (classic track, totally inappropriate single) and Knives Out. It's probably not as consistent as Kid A but there are some hidden classics in there. You And Whose Army is great and Like Spinning Plates is a real grower.

Definitely worth purchasing and playing alongside Kid A.


The Bends
The Bends
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, great band., 23 Aug. 2007
This review is from: The Bends (Audio CD)
The Bends for me was the album which came out of nowhere. After their OK-ish debut Pablo Honey, I don't think anyone was prepared for such an immense album from Radiohead. The album is littered with classics - Planet Telex, Black Star, Just, Nice Dream, Street Spirit and, best of all, Fake Plastic Trees.

Along with OK Computer and Kid A, this is a genuine classic album.


Kid A
Kid A
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much to admire....., 23 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Kid A (Audio CD)
You have to admire Radiohead. After the triumphant Bends and OK Computer, they created Kid A - a brave move but the right move! Like Bowie in the 70s, Radiohead (well, by all accounts Thom Yorke) decided the only way to keep the music fresh is to change direction. The Bends and OK Computer are absolute classic albums, but their logic was right - what's the point in producing a Bends 2 / OK Computer 2.

Anyway, the music on this album is inspiring. It's much less immediate than its predecessors but just as rewarding. How To Disappear Completely is one of their loveliest songs to date and the National Anthem is a damn fine funky tune. Other highlights include Morning Bell and Everything In Its Right Place.

At the time of its release, Kid A totally threw people. Now it is rightly considered a classic......


OK Computer
OK Computer
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply, brilliant, 23 Aug. 2007
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This review is from: OK Computer (Audio CD)
This album is just an absolute classic. I can't put my finger on it, but it has such an impact on you when you listen to it. The run of the first 5 songs are just awesome, starting with the stonking Airbag and finishing with an absolute gem of a track Let Down. Things start to get a bit murky in the middle but the music which comes out the other side (the last 3 tracks - No Surprises, Lucky, The Tourist) is a thing of beauty. Such an influential album, the music scene wasn't the same after this release.


Neon Bible
Neon Bible
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album!, 22 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Neon Bible (Audio CD)
I actually got into Arcade Fire quite late - I bought their first album Funeral a couple of days before Neon Bible was released. Both are excellent albums. Neon Bible is more commercially polished than Funeral but it still packs a mighty punch.

Highlights include Antichrist Television Blues (sounds a bit like Springsteen in the 80s), Keep The Car Running, Intervention and the stunning No Cars Go.

Other influences which are heard throughout the album are Echo And The Bunnymen (Win Butler's voice is similar to the Mighty Mac's) and Talking Heads.

It's just a stunning album from start to finish. Nice use of the Church Organ as well!!!!


All That You Can't Leave Behind
All That You Can't Leave Behind
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty average U2 album in my opinion, 22 Aug. 2007
This album was supposed to be the return to form of U2 after the relative disappointment of Pop. It has its moments - the opening 4 tracks are all great singles - although Beautiful Day is still overrated! The best track of all is The Ground Beneath Her Feet (UK Bonus track only) - this is classic U2. But the rest is filler. For me, the subsequent studio album How To Dismantle.....was more consistent and worked better.


Time On Earth
Time On Earth
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mmmm - not sure about this one, 10 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Time On Earth (Audio CD)
Well, like many others, I was really looking forward to the release of this album. But I'm slightly disappointed. There are some "classic" Crowded House songs in there (tracks 1-5 and the last track) but the rest generally passes me by. My biggest criticism of the album is that there are 2 too many tracks on the album. The album would have been a lot more successful (in my eyes) with 10-12 tracks instead of the uneven 14 tracks.


The Police
The Police
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost the perfect compilation!!!, 4 July 2007
This review is from: The Police (Audio CD)
I can't help thinking that this is an opportunity missed. This was very nearly the perfect Police compilation - but then they have to put Rehumanise Yourself (surely one of the weakest Police tracks of all time!) and Murder By Numbers (very average b-side - they didn't need anymore Synchronicity tracks) on there. Also, where is "When The World is Running Down....". You can't complain about all of the other tracks on here though. King of Pain, Every Breath You Take, Roxanne et al still stand up as absolute classics. But it makes you wonder whether Record Companies withhold certain tracks from compilations......


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