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Neil "Celtic Soul Boy" (Ipswich, England)

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The Lady Killer
The Lady Killer
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Superstar, 13 Dec. 2010
This review is from: The Lady Killer (Audio CD)
An absolutely terrific album... Ceelo's voice comes into it's own... Surpassing anything by Gnarls Barkley the true character of his voice shines through on every track...And it's all good...Good songs, great production, great musical performances...
Well worth the money... it's taken a while but probably the best album of 2010... love...neil

Permanent Damage
Permanent Damage

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4.0 out of 5 stars A proper rock album..., 22 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Permanent Damage (Audio CD)
I've always thought that Ian Mcnabb had the chops when it came to rocking out - influenced, of course, by Neil Young, but this possesses a richness and depth which was absent from some of the lauded rock performers of the time such as the Cult. This album is his first real solo album - shorn of course of Sharrock and Layhe but Corkill and Starkey come in and do an excellent job. Veering towards a pastiche in places it delivers on a sonic level and with some execellent songs - perhaps not classic Icicle Work but very, very good! Buy it!

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5.0 out of 5 stars The rockest album ever..., 27 Mar. 2010
Quite simply superb... this rocks in a way that no one else can... makes even Muse sound a bit insipid... IMHO the best rock album of the last 10 years... but also some superbly crafted songs! Buy it!

The Seldom Seen Kid
The Seldom Seen Kid
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peerless and Beautiful, 17 Dec. 2008
This review is from: The Seldom Seen Kid (Audio CD)
The depth and character of all of these songs is something to behold - many come in from left-field with stunningly orginal and yet familiar arrangements. Lyrically intrigue and often very funny the songs are better than on the last two albums - and they were VERY good songs. And Guy Garvey's voice gets better and better - rich like a properly made mocha and dipping into his native dialect in all the right places.

Fantastic album and easily deserving of the Mercury prize - better than the last 3 winners put together! Well worth buying...



Outnumbered: Series One [DVD] [2007]
Outnumbered: Series One [DVD] [2007]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking Comedy Drama, 15 Dec. 2008
This is a quite remarkable piece of work which is much more than the beautifully observed sitcom which it appears to be...

What you must remember is that the peformances of the three amazing children are largely improvised...I think this makes this production as innovative as the early Mike Leigh pieces in terms of its dramatic approach and impact.

This is landmark TV which is head and shoulders above other comedies - thank god the BBC has supported the writers in producing a new series but this one is well worth buying....

Ian Mcnabb
Ian Mcnabb
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ian McNabb: Rock God, 6 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Ian Mcnabb (Audio CD)
Ian McNabb is a man who understands rock dynamics better than anyone since Neil Young. I'm a big fan of the Icicle Works and it was evident then but has really got it with this album. Guitar sounds - check. Yearning lyrics - check. Rock attitude - check. It's all there plus that certain undefinable quality that only someone who embraces the rock star lore.

Buy any one of IMs albums and you won't be disappointed. Merseybeast is also a cracking album.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure Hiding..., 16 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Treasure (Audio CD)
I should start by saying that this isn't my favourite Cocteaus album - that varies betweeb Head over Heels and Blue Bell Knoll depending on the day. This is, however and truly spellbinding album which is sums up entirely what they are about - and it's probably the best, or most skillfully produced. I agree wholeheartedly with the reviewers who say that your reaction to this album says something about you - the beauty and intensity of this album aren't accessible to all but to those who can see what its about you are in for a special experience. Obviously Lorelei is the standout [and where the Kate Bush accusations come from - even though that is the only track where Liz does sound like her] but I also love the chilled out vibe of Persephone and the dramatic coda of Otterley. I see this as, to some extent, a pastiche of the CTs work but all the same a beautiful and moody exposition of what could be done.

The Cocteau Twins will always be my favourite band...they go way beyond what was being achieved musically then and now...and there has been no-one who got near them before or since. Strangely, I can see why they think they should have had Top 10 singles...they are as original, creative and inspirational as any of their contemporaries - U2? Hah!

So, if you buy no other CT album, buy this one...and if you like it you will buy the rest...I'm sure of

All Points North
All Points North
by Simon Armitage
Edition: Paperback

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hit the North!, 15 Oct. 2008
This review is from: All Points North (Paperback)
Read this book some time ago now and it has a very important message that viewing yourself as Northerner is a positive statement.

As a Lancastrian I would testify that this isn't simply a Yorkshireman's view of the world - it presents the implacable, grizzled, matter-of-factness of a died-in the wool Northerner from either side of the Pennines and probably up a far as Geordieland.

And it's the affirmation of Northerness which is one of the reasons why this book, and Armitage's work is so special and important. Whilst the tanned hordes South of Watford take Northern humour for granted - vis. Peter Kay's enormous success - they fail to see that his charm and wit is an integral part of Northern life - Mr Kay has just managed to distil it better than most. In the North it is important to be funny, as often as possible, and to be friendly in a way which is anathema to those in the deep south.

The sad fact is that so many Southerners will read this and miss the point entirely...or may be it's not so sad because the last thing we would want is for hordes of humour-free, snobbish opportunist to flock North in search of some spiritual Nirvana.

Rock on Simon!


Gig: The Life and Times of a Rock-star Fantasist
Gig: The Life and Times of a Rock-star Fantasist
by Simon Armitage
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Low-key genius..., 15 Oct. 2008
I bought this book on the strength of a great fondness for Simon's work and the desire to hear the shared experience of someone, like me, who is a frustrated musician. In fact, only a smallish part is directly about the authors concert experience... and the book is all the better for it and his definition of 'the poet as gigging artist'. It is the wry and comical description of the minutiae of middle England's [Australia's] reaction to the pre-eminent pop poet of the last ten years. This book is full of warm-hearted, poignant and downright hilarious [and I use the work advisedly] anecdotes and tales of the authors life and family - my favourite being the tale of the Armitage family chip pan and the various tales about Simon's dad. In common with Armitage's previous All Points North this is a set of beautifully observed and profoundly dramatised vignettes of life which are enriched with meaning and emotion in a way only he can deliver. I'm a fan and I think after a chapter of this you will be and enjoy....


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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brave and Moving Debut, 15 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Glasvegas (Audio CD)
Like many I heard the plaintive Daddy's Gone last year and was moved by it's emotional punch and deft songwriting. Further investigations confirmed that Glasvegas have a number of exceptional songs which really move the listeners. Obvious references are the Jesus and Mary Chain and Phil Spector and they are mined for their full potential but this album is much braver than just Ronettes imitation for a number of reasons: 1. A number of the tracks feature long ambient sequences which build slowly and demand something of the listener before breaking out into the poppier side of the band - in fact the first couple of minutes of the album are an example! 2. James's decision to keep the raw Weejie brogue may have won him some fans in Scotland but could have lost some in other places - I think it's spot on and gives the work a more sincere feel. 3. Finally, the material is nothing less than challenging [Social Work, Depression, Casual Violence] but at the same time greatly uplifting. I'm told that they signed their current deal with the proviso that the second album would be a full-fledge Christmas album - what an album that is going to be! Phil Spector look out... All in all a powerful debut and well-worth buying - love, Neil

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