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Obzen
Obzen
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meshuggah find their groove, 3 May 2008
This review is from: Obzen (Audio CD)
I'm just writing this because there seem to be a lot of negative reviews. No this album isn't as complex as Catch 33 or I, but both of those albums I appreciated rather than enjoyed. You can't fault their technicality and experimentation, but in the past I've found that I 'appreciate' meshuggah more than enjoy them. This album blows that idea out of the water. I think the band have done the next logical thing. they had taken experimentation as far as it could go, and have now stripped back (a little bit) to produce an album that is both technical, but has hooks, melodies. For once it sounds easy to play (even though it is just as awkward as anything they have previously done) and rather than sounding like a drum machine on random, it grooves. This could well be the metal album of the year because they have pulled off the phenomenal trick of making their hugely technical and experimental music groove. You can take all the experimentation in the world, but once you blend it with groove you really have hit the holy grail and that's what Meshuggah have done on this album. Basically, it's awesome!


Gods Of War [CD + DVD Limited Edition Metal Case]
Gods Of War [CD + DVD Limited Edition Metal Case]
Offered by groove_temple
Price: £12.93

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year?, 12 April 2007
I'm not a die hard Manowar fan, in fact, this was the first release of theirs I'd bought since 'The Triumph of Steel'. I was intrigued by tales of orchestras, narration and a concept. I'm starting to feel a bit daft for having not bought any Manowar for such a long time as this album is outstanding. It's best played in one sitting because the album flows beautifully. I saw one reviewer (for a different edition) bemoaning the lack of metal on this album, but really, the album is crammed full of powerful music and the kind of steamroller power metal that you expect from Manowar. There is definitely no compromise on the metal front. However, the real strength is in the continuity between the classical/orchestrated sections and the out-and-out metal songs: the transition from 'The ascension' to 'King of kings' has to be one of the finest moments of metal ever committed to CD. It's easy to laugh at Manowar and to write them off as a joke, but they have created some of the defining moments in rock music over the past 25 years or so. This is their crowning glory and against all of my expectations may well be my album of the year. (PS Personally I didn't think the DVD with this special edition was particularly great unless you want to invest in a `custom built Manowar guitar, built to the highest specifications, for you, the fans ... etc.', a longer documentary on the making of the album would have been better).


Overcoming Your Child's Fears and Worries: A Self-help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques (Overcoming Books)
Overcoming Your Child's Fears and Worries: A Self-help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques (Overcoming Books)
by Cathy Creswell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and Practical Guide, 12 April 2007
This book is a wonderful guide to children's fears and worries and what parents can do to help. This book manages the extraordinarily difficult task of condensing about 100 years of theory, research and practice into fear and anxiety into a short, concise and parent-friendly book. Part one of the book describes commonly diagnosed anxiety problems with case studies to illustrate, and then moves on to look at how genetics and learning contribute to the development of anxiety. Finally, there is a summary of the main thought processes that anxious children have that maintain their anxiety. Any parent of any educational background will find this distillation of the research literature easy to read and understand and it sets the scene for the practical advice in part 2 of the book. Part two is the self-help program itself and being delivered by two of the UK's leading child clinical psychologists, who both work in one of the top child anxiety clinics in the UK, you won't be surprised to learn that this section is fabulous. They guide the parent through spotting their child's anxious thoughts, challenging those thoughts and also useful techniques such as helping children to face their fears and problem solve. This section is all grounded in academic theory but is written for parents. The material is extremely accessible: throughout the book the authors illustrate the techniques with case studies, check lists, charts and guides. The final section addresses specific problems such as sleep disturbance and school avoidance as with the rest of the book offers practical and easily followed advice. To sum up, this is a lively and extremely practical book with which parents will be able to engage. The material reflects the vast experience of the authors but is pitched at exactly the right level for any reader. It is practical, empathic and comforting: reading it is like having your best friend sitting next to you telling you that 'everything will be Ok'. Any parent with an anxious child knows how distressing it can be, and how helpless you can feel to deal with the problem, this book is their lifeline.


The Bluffer's Guide to Psychology (Bluffer's Guides)
The Bluffer's Guide to Psychology (Bluffer's Guides)
by Warren Mansell
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, Accurate and Funny Read, 3 Jan. 2007
I felt compelled to write this review after seeing the rather critical first review of this book. Of course, reviews are just personal taste but to say that the author doesn't know his subject or is 'attacking' psychology is libelous! Speaking as someone qualified to know whether or not the book is factually accurate, I believe that the author of this book knows his stuff inside out. The fact that the material is delivered humerously, which is the whole point of the Bluffer's guides, should not be misinterpretted as ignorance. The selection of material (psychology is a vast subject to boil down to such a short book) and the way in which the humour is used shows a great deal of knowledge and sensitivity towards the subject. The Bluffer's guides are supposed to be light-hearted introductions to a topic you know little about. This book achieves that goal brilliantly. If you're expecting an 800 page serious textbook then look elsewhere, but if you're looking for a book that will tell you some very interesting things about psychology, probably inspires you to read something else about psychology (unlike the 800 page dreary textbook) and gives you a few laughs along the way then this is the book for you. Personally, I think the author has done a brilliant job of being educational, whilst capturaing the readers attention and interest in the subject. I'm sure this book will inspire many people to find out more about psychology, and to appreciate its scientific basis. As for it not being funny; again, it's horses for courses, but for the record one of the glossary entries is the closest I've come to losing bowel control since I was in nappies.


Coping with an Anxious or Depressed Child: A Guide for Parents and Carers (Coping with (Oneworld))
Coping with an Anxious or Depressed Child: A Guide for Parents and Carers (Coping with (Oneworld))
by Sam Cartwright-Hatton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Practical Guide for Parents, 3 Jan. 2007
This book overviews the application of cognitive and behavioural techniques that parents can apply to help their children to overcome depression and anxiety. With growing NHS waiting lists, and anxiety and depression in children and adolescents on the increase this is a timely guide for parents on how to manage a depressed or anxious child. Although drawing on the state of art research on treating anxious and depressed children, this book is beautifully written in a warm, engaging style aimed at parents with a non-psychological background. As a practicing clinical child psychologist at the cutting edge of research, the author is intellectually well placed to deliver the material but also to understand the worry that these problems cause the parents. As such, the material is sensitiviely and reassuringly delivered. The material is accessible to people of any educational background and the book is crammed with case studies to illustrate particular problems and with practical checklists and examples to help guide parents through the various techniques. I can see this becomming *the* reference book for parents looking to help their anxious or depressed child and I would recommend it unreservedly to any parent. It is not only a fabulous practical guide, but also a very enjoyable read.


Fear Of A Black Planet
Fear Of A Black Planet
Price: £3.99

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Way Ahead, 29 Aug. 2001
This review is from: Fear Of A Black Planet (Audio CD)
This is one of the most uncompromising albums ever. Way ahead of its time, nothing in Hip Hop before or since has ever come close to matching the sheer intensity of the songs here. Probably one of the greatest albums ever but (as others here have noted) it's not an easy listen - so probably not for those wanting a nice happy melody!


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