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For the Strangers
For the Strangers
Price: £2.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative idea, 3 Nov. 2013
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Suede B-sides are usually as worthy as the album tracks, and it is brilliant that after reuniting Suede are finding ways to keep releasing extra material.

The digital booklet, which is a fantastic idea features 12 pages of in studio photographs, lyrics and liner notes. The For the Strangers music video is fairly standard live performance fair, but the real draw here are those B-sides!

Darkest Days is a real classic Coming Up style stomper of a tune with layers of guitars ranging from heavily distorted and snarling to delicate, tasteful lead patterns. Human Tide is a little more somber and laid back but still featuring layers of guitars. I suppose it's almost like an updated Wild Ones.

Hit Me [+digital booklet]
Hit Me [+digital booklet]
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4.0 out of 5 stars B-sides!, 3 Nov. 2013
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Suede B-sides are always worth a look, and if you enjoyed Bloodsports, the B-sides tread similar paths.

Both Falling Planes and What Violet Says are interesting mid-paced, guitar heavy Suede tracks, but it is clear why they were left off the album. The digital booklet features a little explanation about the songs by Brett, which is a nice touch.

A worthy addition to the collection of any completist.

Ten Silver Drops (U.S. Version)
Ten Silver Drops (U.S. Version)

5.0 out of 5 stars middle ground, 3 Nov. 2013
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This is the ultimate Secret Machines album. It showcases the band in the middle ground between the prog of Now Here Is Nowhere, and the more pop elements of their final album. Includes some of their best moments such as Lightning Blue Eyes, Daddy's In the Doldrums and 1000 Seconds, although there is not a bad song on here.

If you like expansive, ambitious rock music, look no further.

Heroes And Villains
Heroes And Villains
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, forgotten band, 22 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Heroes And Villains (MP3 Download)
Paloalto really are a lost treasure. This album is a bit of a slow burner, but there are so many textures, and so much going on that you really can't help but fall in love with it.

I have noticed a couple of reviews here saying this is a very solid debut album. This is actually Paloalto's second LP, coming 3 years after their self-titled debut album, which is available here - Paloalto [Explicit] and is every bit as good, if not better than Heroes and Villains.

by Stuart B. MacBride
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

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1.0 out of 5 stars Total, total dreck., 21 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Halfhead (Paperback)
If you've loved other MacBride novels, this just doesn't hold a candle to them. It's half baked, predictable, almost playground game-esque. The text is also littered with spelling errors ('eventhough' becomes 'even thought'). Save yourself the bother.

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