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Much Against Everyone's Advice
Much Against Everyone's Advice
Price: £4.90

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars undeniable potential indescribably unfulfilled., 4 Jan 2001
"They are one of the best live bands around at the moment"....there we go then, that's got the obvious out of the way. Soulwax are an amazing live band and the Dewaele brothers are fine DJ's, but 'Much Against Everyone's Advice' doesnt really put this across. The maverick singles are all there, 'Conversation Intercom', 'Too Many DJ's' and the title track itself, all reminders of what got you interested in Soulwax in the first place, and what led you to witness the avalanche of style and sophisticated Belgian quirkiness that is their live show. Reminders of why you spent hours trawling the internet for those bootleg remixes of Beck, Skeelo and the Prodigy that represent the fruits of the Dewaele's disc-spinning prowess. But they are not on this album, nor is the exquisite live version of Prince's 'Pop-life'. You dont get a free strip-light mic stand with every purchase and Steven Dewaele wont come round your house and play keepy-uppies like he did at V2000 last summer. So what do you get? Well have no fear, despite what you may think on your first few listens, this is not 3 singles + 8 fillers, the other tracks on the album could almost be arranged on a sliding scale between 'pure' Soulwax and 'ballad mode' Soulwax, with 'Too many DJ's' at one end and 'When logics die' at the other. "Ballads!" I hear you cry....why yes, but despite the clumsy seeming lyrics and the 'is this meant to be ironic?' factor, Much Against Everyone's Advice does reward repeat listenings, with 'Funny' and 'Saturday' really defining Soulwax's sound. So should you buy it? Go and see them live and you will have no choice, but fear not, you wont regret it, even if it is just because you have secured ownership of a piece of memorabilia connected to the best Belgian band in the world.

Lounge Against the Machine
Lounge Against the Machine
Offered by MEGA Media FBA
Price: £8.67

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars novelty album of the year, 15 Oct 2000
Remeber Mike Flower's Pops? Cheesy, Easy listening covers of songs by Cardigans and Oasis......did they ever have an album out, I hope not, but anyway, this album is basically an update of the same premise, with Mr Cheese covering tracks by such luminaries as RATM, the Prodigy and Limp Bizkit. The secret here is playing the hits, songs that everybody knows given a unique twist. However, although aimed at a U.S. market, with a couple of songs that most people in England wont have heard of, the current strenghth of the U.S. music scene means that most of the tracks will be at least familiar. The highlights? A spot on version of soon-to-be-huge Papa Roach's 'Last Resort' and the top notch take offs of the Beastie Boys and Limp Bizkit. But should you actually shell out your hard-earned for this CD? Probably not.... the tracks will make you laugh at first, but it almost certainly wont warrant repeated listenings, there is very little musical merit here beyond the initial novelty and given that a few of the tracks are unfamiliar to most, it will remain a party favourite and little more. Having said that, this is one of the better collections of novelty covers doing the rounds. It ranks alongside Cookie Monster's cover of Limp Bizkit's 'Nookie and the work of the great Wierd Al Yankovic. So, if you like this kind of it, if it's not your bag, then get a mate to buy it and steal it.

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