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Michael Riedl "mrsas" (Oslo, Norway)
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Scruff at Heart
Scruff at Heart

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gilbert's back (again), 28 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Scruff at Heart (Audio CD)
As one of Gilbert's big fans in the 70's (I had the pleasure of meeting him on the top of his career in the autumn of 1972 as a young boy) i have been waiting for the comeback that never seems to come, but i haven't given up yet. I really thought the collection 'The Berry Vest of ...' two years back would stir up things, but when it only managed a nr. 20 on the charts i was angry. At least the Japanese have held him to their heart for many years. Well, this is Gilbert's best album since the concept album 'Every song has it's play' in the mid 90's. I have always felt he has been underrated and given a lot of bad reviews that at times have been unfair, so i would like to write an OK review that i think he deserves.

This album has some great songs with a lot of the lyrics that has always been his strenght (A bit of nice sarcasm). Recommended songs are 'Force of habit', 'My place or yours' and 'Let's not go there'. The album has a very laid-back feel to it, and the melodies are nice. What i am missing to give this 5 points instead of 4 are some stronger arrangements. Sometimes the voice and piano alone is a bit repetative as i would like some stronger musical backing (f.ex. more strings like on the duet 'Can't think straight' with Peggy Lee)

Michael Riedl, Oslo - Norway


Scruff at Heart
Scruff at Heart

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Gilbert O'Sullivan album for many years !, 28 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Scruff at Heart (Audio CD)
As one of Gilbert's big fans in the 70's (I had the pleasure of meeting him on the top of his career in the autumn of 1972 as a young boy) i have been waiting for the comeback that never seems to come, but i haven't given up yet. I really thought the collection 'The Berry Vest of ...' two years back would stir up things, but when it only managed a nr. 20 on the charts i was angry. At least the Japanese have held him to their heart for many years. Well, this is Gilbert's best album since the concept album 'Every song has it's play' in the mid 90's. I have always felt he has been underrated and given a lot of bad reviews that at times have been unfair, so i would like to write an OK review that i think he deserves.

This album has some great songs with a lot of the lyrics that has always been his strenght (A bit of nice sarcasm). Recommended songs are 'Force of habit', 'My place or yours' and 'Let's not go there'. The album has a very laid-back feel to it, and the melodies are nice. What i am missing to give this 5 points instead of 4 are some stronger arrangements. Sometimes the voice and piano alone is a bit repetative as i would like some stronger musical backing (f.ex. more strings like on the duet 'Can't think straight' with Peggy Lee)

Michael Riedl, Oslo - Norway


Teenage Life
Teenage Life
Offered by rmdcoleford
Price: £2.99

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real chance at winning !, 4 May 2006
This review is from: Teenage Life (Audio CD)
For the first time in many years i think that the UK have a big chance of winning the Eurovision Song Contest.

I am not a fan of 'rap' music, but this song is really catchy and i also think it will be a top 5 hit in the UK.

Look out for Sweden, Greece and Belgium in the Eurovision finals on the 20th of May

Michael, Oslo - Norway


The Berry Vest of Gilbert O'Sullivan
The Berry Vest of Gilbert O'Sullivan
Offered by Bargaindiscsltd
Price: £24.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gilbert - At last back in the UK charts, 23 Mar. 2004
Years have gone by, but finally Gilbert O'Sullivan is back on the UK albums chart with this great collection of songs.
All the great songs are included: Clair, Alone Again (Naturally), Why oh why oh why and the under-rated What's in a kiss.
The only track on this album that could have been left out is the horrible version of 'Ooh baby'.
Great to see that one of the finest album tracks 'Who was it' is included.
I am still waiting for a come-back with new material.
M.


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