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Education, Education, Education & War
Education, Education, Education & War
Price: 4.92

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 20 April 2014
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The Future Is Medieval remains my favourite, but this is a great album. Bit like their first, but with a bit more depth. Messy in an interesting and controlled way. Love it!


The Woman Who Died a Lot (Thursday Next)
The Woman Who Died a Lot (Thursday Next)
by Jasper Fforde
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.36

5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud funny and so, so clever..., 20 April 2014
I loved this book. Put off reading it for ages, as didn't enjoy Thursday Next 6th book quite as much - it was still good by usual standards, don't get me wrong. However, this 7th volume was absolutely fabulous. Several times I laughed out loud and there is a Hazy Fantasie joke that had me crying!!! (If you don't get the joke, you'll still love the book.) Bring on volume 8! I do wish he'd write another Nursery Crime book, though....


Boy Cried Wolf
Boy Cried Wolf
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 12.53

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing - but don't buy the delux version, 12 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Boy Cried Wolf (Audio CD)
Absolutely brilliant - 12 Stops' grown up brother. Having struggled to successfully follow up their debut - Join With Us too messy in places, Together We Are made too polished - this is a welcome return. A triumph. The piano on Fall like Rain is a wonderful bit of musical imagery. Other standout tracks are Gloves are Off, Blue Murder and I Just Do - which has a wonderful dramatic build. Not a duff track on the main CD. And its so good that I won't mark it down for the bonus disc - in fairness, it does say its 'outtakes' but I didn't realise quite how rough and unproduced they would sound. Not worth the extra cash! So - buy the very marvelous single CD.
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We Were Here
We Were Here
Offered by Sent2u
Price: 9.25

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem - but let it grow, 6 Oct 2013
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This review is from: We Were Here (Audio CD)
Been listening to this all week and couldn't quite get into it. Thought it was nice, but nothing essential. But, after a good 10 plays, the tunes are finally sinking in and the music standing out. I love it. Can't stop playing it. Glad I persevered and have to admit am finally understanding the 5 stars on here. Awesome. Can't wait to see them at the end of the month! :-)


Random Access Memories
Random Access Memories
Offered by davehopetrading
Price: 6.79

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, 21 Sep 2013
This review is from: Random Access Memories (Audio CD)
Maybe I was expecting something else. Thought Get Lucky was great and read a fantastic review in Q that bigged it up something huge. However, for me, this was all hype - nothing matches the lead single or the great stuff they've done before. Georgio start great - but doesn't really go anywhere. For me, it's just a bit too boring. I've even taken it off my ipod now and won't be playing again.


Electric
Electric
Price: 5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 21 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Electric (MP3 Download)
Haven't got anything extra to add here - but just wanted the chance to add my 5 stars. Read the other positive reviews - they truly reflect the exquisite energy of this new PSB outing. Like Relentless Part II - with a bit more structure. Highlight - Vocal. :-)


Love is a Bourgeois Construct (Remixes)
Love is a Bourgeois Construct (Remixes)
Price: 1.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic mixes & extra tracks, 21 Sep 2013
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Brilliant mixes & brilliant value. Love the extra tracks - a bit more experimental and interesting - delving less into melody and more into the electronic sounds of Kraftwerk.


Rewind The Film
Rewind The Film
Price: 17.81

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Show me the wonder!, 21 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Rewind The Film (Audio CD)
A fantastic follow to 'Postcards' - an album that sounded just like a greatest hits album. Each song could have been a single. Here, the opposite is true - it's full of album tracks, with some potential singles. The motown-ish 'Show me the wonder' is a perfect example of the latter category, as is 'Builder of Routines'. 'Rewind the Film' is utterly beautiful and worthy of its length. Final track '30-Year War' - another masterpiece. Buy it - and sit down and listen to it. It isn't all immediate - but it is worth the investment. As far from 'Generation Terrorists' as they could get, the nearest Manics album it resembles is 'This is my truth' - but don't let that put you off. In truth, for a Manic format and sound, its standalone.

Beautiful and arty, brooding and melodic - an album full of wonder!


The Carrier (Culver Valley Crime)
The Carrier (Culver Valley Crime)
by Sophie Hannah
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.85

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex, accomplished & wonderfully intelligent, 12 Sep 2013
I am an avid fan of Sophie Hannah, having read every one of her psychological crime novels, and The Carrier does not disappoint. It has a complex plot, peppered with odd situations, some of which may seem incredulous, and, like these situations, her regular characters are also quite odd - Simon Waterhouse and the Snowman in particular, who both have their own particular way of doing things.
However, whilst some readers have found this frustrating, this for me is what makes Sophie's novels stand out. She really delves deep into the psychological twists and turns of her characters' minds, maps these throughout her stories as much as she does the narrative surprises. The result is something very unpredictable and quite unique; I don't know any other psychological crime writer who quite pulls it off in the same way. She also makes you think - the motives and the reasoning she unveils don't always sit comfortably; they jar against what we might have naturally assumed. Maybe this is what frustrates some readers, what they find a little too far-fetched - for me, it is the absolute joy here. Mainly entertained, I'm also being challenged a little - a little like anyone who has to work alongside or live with the exasperating yet very clever character Simon Waterhouse.
Avoiding spoilers, the story centres around Tim, awaiting trial for a murder someone else says he didn't commit - but Tim is adamant he did it and has people to eager to back up his story. Further, he's also resolute that he had no motive at all. The cover blurb suggests that maybe he's done something worse than murder...
As with her other books, the point of view alternates between 1st person narrative - in this case a close friend of Tim's, Gaby, who gets drawn into finding the truth - and the 3rd person narrative from Charlie Zailer and her police colleagues - cleverly switching your perceptive as you finish one view and begin another.
Overall, another fantastic novel from Sophie Hannah. Cleverly plotted, wonderfully characterised and a story that doesn't give up the very last of its twists and turns until the close. No wonder Sophie has been asked to write the forthcoming Poirot novel - now there's something to look forward to...


Axis
Axis
Price: 0.89

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 5 May 2013
This review is from: Axis (MP3 Download)
Love it! Best PSB track in a long time. It's relevant, it's massive. Stuart Price has taken their disco sound and brought it right up to date - for once. They can be forgiven for Winner and Together now. They even make dancing cattle look very cool in the video. Shades of Basement Jaxx and Daft Punk have been suggested - but ultimately it's very, very them. Deserves to be huge in sales as well as sound - it won't be, but who cares when they've just produced their finest track since the 90's?


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