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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply gorgeous, 7 Sept. 2007
After nearly 30 years and more than 20 albums, the latest offering from The Durutti Column confirms my opinion that they are incapable of making a bad record and remain utterly unique. From the opening chords, you know straight away that it's Vini and friends doing their inimitable thing. His signature guitar style and inspired use of samples are all to the fore here, and with Poppy Roberts he has introduced to us to another distinctive female voice which complements perfectly the Durutti Column sound. On `Gathering Dust', her vocals add a whole new dimension to the digital percussion and echoing beat found on other DC tracks. It makes you wonder what other potential collaborations would sound like (I'm still hoping that Elizabeth Fraser will pop into his studio one day). From the slow insistent drum and distorted vocals on `Better Must Come', through to the gentle flamenco and chilling aura of `That Blows My Name Away' (another love letter to Rachel), there is not a bad or even average track here. The two standouts for me are the previously mentioned `Gathering Dust' and `Interleukin 2' (for the late Anthony Wilson). There are many, many moments here that send a shiver down your spine or drift you off to a blissful contentedness. This is a simply gorgeous recording

The Comic Strip Presents - Complete [DVD] [1982]
The Comic Strip Presents - Complete [DVD] [1982]
Dvd ~ Peter Richardson

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning value, 13 July 2005
All 39 episodes plus two hours' worth of documentaries for only £35? If there has ever been a better value DVD package available, anywhere, I've not seen it. Admittedly, the quality is extremely variable and some episodes haven't aged well at all. Dirty Movie was hilarious when I was 14. At 36? Well, it's still for 14 year olds. Some were never funny in the first place (Susie, Consuela). And some of the later ones really weren't worthy of the label 'Comic Strip' (Jealousy, Queen of the Wild Frontier). But these are small quibbles. To see classics like Gino, Bad News Tour, Beat Generation, A Fistful of Travellers Cheques, The lyers (and the equally brilliant quasi-sequel, Detectives on the edge...), The Crying Game & Gregory: Diary of a Nutcase, in all their hilarious glory, and on DVD at last, is worth every penny. There are enough classic lines here to last you a lifetime: Vim's observation that he could play 'Stairway to Heaven' when he was 12; Rik in 'Fistful' declaring that he'll set fire to a bed factory if he wants, 'Shouting George' letting everyone know he's a '10 guvs a day copper'. I could go on. And probably will... in the pub tonight.

You Are The Quarry
You Are The Quarry
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.92

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing - try 'Vauxhall & I' instead., 8 Jun. 2004
This review is from: You Are The Quarry (Audio CD)
I've given Morrissey's latest effort several plays now and it still hasn't grown on me. Nothing really stands out and whilst 'I'm Not Sorry' and 'First Of The Gang To Die' are (just) above average, the rest are very pale fillers. 'The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores' has a melody that could come straight from Andrew Lloyd Webber. Other reviewers have noted some of the woeful lyrics but all of his past records have had the odd stinker - 'Roy's Keen' is my personal favourite. But the main problem with 'You Are The Quarry' is the overwhelming sense of disappointment. This was seven years in gestation. He's arrived back in the UK from his LA exile with a higher profile than he's had for years - an hour long documentary and his first television interview in well over a decade. And to promote what? - probably his most anonymous and inconsequential solo album to date. You may not have liked 'Maladjusted' or 'Southpaw Grammar' but at least they provoked a response. YATQ washes over you and leaves nothing behind. His most consistent album is 'Vauxhall and I'. There is nothing on YATQ that grabs you like 'Now My Heart Is Full', 'The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get' or 'Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself'. The faithful will be glad of any scraps from their hero's table, but for those thinking of making their first 'post-Smiths' purchase I suggest a trip to Vauxhall instead.

Heroes To Zeros
Heroes To Zeros
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: £4.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Divine (in parts), 20 May 2004
This review is from: Heroes To Zeros (Audio CD)
Hailed as a return to form, 'Heroes to Zeros' is certainly an improvement on 'Hot Shots'. The Beta Band demand your attention; you don't put them on as background music. They are true innovators in terms of the content and structure of their songs - some seem to end, then they come right back at you; bigger, brighter, better. 'Assessment' and 'Space Beatle' are worth the price alone.

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