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Tomorrow's Harvest
Tomorrow's Harvest
Price: 9.97

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh alright, 4 stars, but...., 14 Jun 2013
This review is from: Tomorrow's Harvest (Audio CD)
....if this is the sole product of 7 years work, then the end is nigh. I can go with the whole bleak future thing, and I like it (more than Primal Scream and Bibio's recent releases), but the last quarter feels like the boys are repeating themselves. That costs one star (one and a half really but we must round up). It just doesn't stack up that this austere and ultimately stretched output is all there is. There must be more in the Hexagon Sun can, else the larder really is rather bare.

Trojan Presents: Dub
Trojan Presents: Dub

5.0 out of 5 stars A gem, 12 April 2013
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This review is from: Trojan Presents: Dub (Audio CD)
A huge dollop of quality dubbings for few pennies. I've bought a few dub compilations in my time, and this is the best, and the best value.

Change Becomes Us
Change Becomes Us
Price: 11.76

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Be careful what you wish for, 10 April 2013
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This review is from: Change Becomes Us (Audio CD)
I was very excited about this concept, but bittersweet is the realisation that what we have here is more about Red Barked Tree than about Document and Eyewitness. The originals are all smoothed down and washed out in a strum along haze. Gone is the foreboding of Ally In Exile, the defiant grind of 5/10, the frantic maelstrom of Piano Tuner. Eels Sang sounds awkwardly confined and regulated by its new tempo. I just thought Wire would have surprised us once more by extracting more of the texture and dynamic of what went before - it feels however as though they've simply used some archive material as the input for Red Barked Tree II. Which probably isn't far from what they intended.
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Echo Dek
Echo Dek
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: 9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bliss, 24 Nov 2012
This review is from: Echo Dek (Audio CD)
Scruffed up, chaotic and dark, play this when you need to loosen your musical waistband. Almost a genre in its own right.

Dome 3 and 4
Dome 3 and 4
Price: 7.52

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a patch on 1 or 2, 20 Nov 2012
This review is from: Dome 3 and 4 (Audio CD)
Revisited this Dome combo recently, and sadly I noted to discard it without further ado. 3 is a truly awful tolerance tester of self satisfied gibbering voices and irritating jerky tunes whilst 4 simply does not merit the effort of making your way past 3. Dome 1/2, Eight Time and Duet Emmo are the ones to go for.
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Price: 11.76

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hit and miss, 12 Mar 2012
This review is from: GIANTS (Audio CD)
Plus: artwork, powerful production, half the songs, continuing to stand the test of time
Minus: lack of understatement in the guitar, keyboards often displaced in the mix by the guitar, some tired songwriting

Put your headphones on and listen to 'Time Was...'. There's a tiny little scratchy noise buried on one side - it's the keyboards! Why would The Stranglers do that?

I can't thank these guys enough for the way they have brought The Stranglers back to life, but I feel they are constrained by a very conventional approach to the creative process. I would like to hear more experimentation, more space left in the sound, less adherence to pop song structure (but not jazz!). Maybe in the next life.
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Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 14.35

0 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No no no, 5 Mar 2011
This review is from: Rifts (Audio CD)
Most of what is going on here has been done before and better by someone else, be it Eno, BoC, Jarre, etc. This was a pricey error and already I've skipped off towards Belbury Poly and Focus Group......

Wire...Everybody Loves a History
Wire...Everybody Loves a History
by Kevin Eden
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tricky, 5 Mar 2010
Hmm - tricky one. Yes, if you have followed Wire down the years this is very interesting, but the narrative, which comes largely from the protagonists, ducks the interesting bits. For example, as Newman himself reflects, the conflicts around 'The Ideal Copy' warrant a book in itself - so why isn't it worth exploring properly here? One minute Newman has left the band, and two sentences later the album is complete with Wire still intact! Where's a journalist when you need one? Instead, as elsewhere, the secrets of the songs are laid bare. Now I'm sorry but it is bound to be deflating when you read that lyrics you found strange and exotic in your heyday were actually about how much Lewis was looking forward to a bedtime mug of Horlicks once he'd finished rearranging his collection of conkers. The slow realisation that it wasn't all as interesting as you supposed.

Retro Rockets
Retro Rockets
Price: 0.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A song of two halves, 22 Feb 2010
This review is from: Retro Rockets (MP3 Download)
A very welcome uptempo addition to The Stranglers canon. On first inspection we appear to have an uncertain mix, a dry, almost adenoidal Warne vocal operating at the low end of his range and two guitar breaks which are more Ellis than Cornwell. Then the pieces fall into place - a classic Greenfield run, a key change that brings Warne's vocal to life - he suddenly sounds angry rather than bored, and finally a great Stranglers outro. 'Twas ever thus - the collective firepower elevates the song to the next level. Have it!
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When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence
When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence
Price: 8.70

4.0 out of 5 stars The rise of the robots, 20 Feb 2010
Bought this at the same time as Four Tet's 'There Is Love In You'. This is the one that is getting the air play. Wonky rhythms march out of the speakers like an army of 8-bit video arcade robots, peaking with the irresistible 'Word Problems'. You suddenly realise that the whole thing is more funky than you thought - something more than a 80s computer sound effect nostalgia trip. I hope the artists appreciate why the gangsta rap vocal on 'Battlestar' is a waste of effort.

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