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La Petite Mort
La Petite Mort
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sex and Death and Rock and Rave, 3 Jun 2014
This review is from: La Petite Mort (MP3 Download)
As another Reviewer has already pointed out, James are never going to the Darlings of the Hip Reviewers - they've been around too long for that and have too much of a following. But it's clear from the true Reviews (ie those of us who post on Amazon, iTunes et al) that La Petite Morte is a wonderful album. James have always focused on the topics that underpin Life - most notably Sex and Relationships - and have always done this in a way that allows their musical creativity to come to the fore. This album is no different - Death, Sex and Re-Birth are the key themes. For me, the "Wow"" track is the sublime Moving On - a track written after Tim's Mother died and how he almost "celebrated" the death as a re-birth. The much-talked about video that goes with the song re-enforces this. Andy's trumpet playing is the centre-piece of the song - stunning! The song (and video) are as uplifting a song about death as you'll ever experience. Losing my Mum last year, it's maybe the track that will stay with me from this album - but the other tracks are sublime too.
Walk Like You, the opener, is a grower. Having listened to it 5-6 times now, the subtle musical nuances become more evident with repeated listening. Curse Curse is a rave-like 3.30 mins that leaves you breathless and has some killer lines (and ear worms). Gone Baby Gone is, again, an instant James classic. Frozen Britain now feels like the runt of the litter to be honest - but that's more of a reflection on the quality of the rest of the songs. As the album progresses the songs in the second half are quieter and more considered. Both Interrogation and Bitter Virtue are stunning songs and set to be seen as amongst James' finest (and that's quite a catalogue they join!). And the closing track - All I'm Saying - is as good a closer as you could hope to hear - it really leaves a strong impression on you after the last note and really captures the whole spirit of the album (which, dare I say it, is a near-concept album given the themes throughout its duration).
It won't sell millions, sadly. It will get knocked by the "Professional" Reviewers...but for those of us (and we are many!) who have followed James for the 25 plus years they've been going, we'll embrace the album (possibly as good as "Laid"?) and look forward to the Tour in November. I'd like to see them release a full acoustic version of this album - the stripped down version of Moving On I've seen on Youtube is sublime and adds a very different aspect to the song (even without Andy's trumpet!)
Life always feels that little bit better when James are back - and this new album certainly uplifts in ways other bands could only dream of. Sublime, Arousing, Enrapturing and Intelligent - what more could you ask for!

I Did It for Love (Baltic Triangle Remix)
I Did It for Love (Baltic Triangle Remix)
Price: 0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT REMIX, 11 May 2014
The original version on Ian's sublime "Who Loves Ya Baby" was brilliant - this remix adds an even stronger groove to the song. Brilliant!

Who Loves Ya Baby
Who Loves Ya Baby
Price: 11.82

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STUNNING SOLO EFFORT FROM THE BOY PROWSE..., 21 Mar 2014
This review is from: Who Loves Ya Baby (Audio CD)
One day in the future, when the scales fall from the mass populace's ears and they begin to appreciate "Popular Music" for the craft, passion and talent that goes into it rather than accepting the manufactured crud that currently is force-fed into their ears, Ian Prowse will finally be up there and get the recognition he has deserved for over 20 years in Pele and Amsterdam....
Until that day, folks like me will keep banging the drum for Ian and, few though we may be when compared to the mass produced Artists' fans, we will keep enjoying both his recorded material and, more importantly, his live performances. This album beautifully shows Ian's wonderful musicianship AND his passion (not only for great music but for life - and highlighting both it's rights and wrongs through his songs).
It's purile to try to label music as a specific genre - particularly in the case of someone like Ian Prowse. What kind of music is it? Simply amazing music! This is his first "solo" album but the trademark tunes that have been part of his back catalogue with Pele and Amsterdam are very evident here - albeit if it feels abit more intimate without the full band on this album. The opener - God and Man - really is a wonderful tune and is an instant classic to go along with Raid The Palace, Megalomania, Does This Train Stop On Merseyside and (my fave!) Takin' On The World. There's real diversity in these songs. Did It For Love really is a different direction for Ian - with a real groove to it; whilst the harrowing visions of a poem about a young man's experiences in WW1 are beautifully brought to life through Ian's music in Lest We Forget ( a bit of a bookend from Pele's Green Fields Of France, a B-Side from over 20 years' ago). Likewise, the Murder of Charles Wooton retells the shame of a city (Prowse's own beloved Liverpool) due to the murder of a black man and subsequent indifference in the early 1900's. Real passion exudes Raising Up The Clans and Anger Mountain - real, proper power/celtic pop (in the very best sense). I could go on - every tune is a real gem!
Prowse is a worshipper at the Altar of Springsteen and there can be no greater praise than to say that this album would sit VERY comfortably next to any one of his hero's albums. He may not get the same recognition as the Boss but that does not make him any less talented and genuine in what he does both in the studio and on stage. Buy this now - there's no risk at all as it's utter class and, if you don't know any of Ian's work yet, you'll be doing yourself a massive favour by joining the growing ranks of his fans after you heat this great album.

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2.0 out of 5 stars FAUX IVORY? FAUX EXPECTATIONS!, 27 Sep 2013
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OK - this is a purely functional stand for your shaving brush and in that simple task it does it admirably well. But it's a piece of plastic and nothing else and the margin the sellers must make on this item must be amazing. Including postage it costs over 7...and looks like something that cost 70p. So - great in terms of what it does but dont let the aesthetic description fool you. It wont take pride of place in your bathroom. I'm sure MUCH cheaper options are available.

Waifs And Strays
Waifs And Strays
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Price: 18.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 12 YEARS ON..AND IT'S STILL STUNNING, 3 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Waifs And Strays (Audio CD)
Ignore the trite review by Mr Mueller that Amazon decided to put up when they first placed this on their website. This album will be 12 years old in 2013 and it still sounds as sublime as it did when it was first released. Brilliant songs on the whole - including THE BEST (IMHO) version of one of Ian's finest songs, I'm A Genius. He rocked the Kazimier in liverpool in Mid December 2012; his last album, Little Episodes, was another stunner; he'll be out touring again across 2013 along with a new album. The guy deserves far more recognition than he gets - he IS a bloody Genius!!

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists [Blu-ray] [2012]
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists [Blu-ray] [2012]
Dvd ~ Hugh Grant
Price: 5.50

4.0 out of 5 stars To Err is Human; To Aaaarrrr is Pirate!!, 5 Oct 2012
I promise you the puns and jokes in this fantastically made film (it looks stunning in Blu Ray) are far better than the title of this review. The film apparently underperformed at the cinema, which is a pity and surprising as it is a brilliantly told, hilarious story. Plenty to keep the kids entertained but some brilliant in-jokes (both in the dialogue, action and the scenery!!) for the adults. The attention to detail is incredible too. Fabulous "voice acting" from Grant, Tennant, Freeman, Gleeson et al.And a rather splendid soundtrack too - any "Family" film that can feature The Pogues, The Beat, The Ethiopians AND The Flight of the Conchords in its soundtrack is a must-see, surely!!?? I loved it and so did my 8 year old daughter - job done!!

Does This Train Stop On Merseyside The Very Best Of Ian Prowse
Does This Train Stop On Merseyside The Very Best Of Ian Prowse
Price: 12.31

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another highly underrated singer/songwriter, 23 May 2012
This is a brilliant retrospective look at the career of Ian Prowse through his two bands - Pele and Amsterdam. The guy's a bloody genius and - along with his fellow Liverpudlian and occasional cohort, Ian McNabb - should have far more recognition and success in both bands than he has had. For those of us who already have everything that Ian has released, there are 4 new tracks, including a duet with Elvis Costello. Passion, great tunes, wearing his heart on his sleeve - he's Springsteen with a scouse accent. Buy this, buy the Amsterdam and Pele back catalogue and then do yourself a massive favour and catch him live with Amsterdam. Simply brilliant!

Mindflesh [DVD] [2008]
Mindflesh [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Peter Bramhill
Price: 5.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and thankfully short..., 27 Sep 2011
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This review is from: Mindflesh [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
What a load of pseudo tosh! I had great hope after reading the other reviews...and the cover looked great..but this film is pathetically awful. It aspires to be part high brow pseudo intellectual, part schlock horror and part sexual provocateur..and fails miserably in all areas. At 75 minutes I did wonder if the film makers had cut the film randomly as it jumps around more than a frog on a pogo stick. Random plot lines seem to be thrown in willy nilly. The promised "scenes of a disturbing and sexual nature" are risible and as for the equally delusional claim of "think Hellraiser meets Species" should have an additional "..and then think again as this film is nothing like either". Some of the reviews mention the style of film production..well, to me it's up there with some under graduate film making the morning after a Merrydown or two too many the night before. And the acting goes from full on ham to wanna-be method acting. The script is dreadful.
There are far better low budget horrors out there. If you want surreal images then buy/watch un chien andalou by Luis Buñel. If you want sclock horror..well, take your pick. Ditto for films with provocative sexual content.
And if you want to laugh at surreal scenes with weird background music then buy Chris Morris' Jam DVD which is far funnier and actually intentionally funny.
This is short at 75 minutes...but still 72 minutes too long! Buddhist Horror? A steaming pile more like!
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The Fallen [2005] [DVD]
The Fallen [2005] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Daniel Asher
Offered by Jasuli
Price: 1.45

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Baby J - tell me this is an intentional joke!, 2 Mar 2011
This review is from: The Fallen [2005] [DVD] (DVD)
I normally read Amazon customer comments before watching / buying any lesser known DVDs. Why oh why Lord did I not do so before watching this???! I bought it at Tescos..3. The worst investment I have EVER made..and I bought a timeshare once!
Where to begin? From the very beginning with the atrocious sound with the voice over I sensed this was not going to be a cinematic night to remember. It looks like a 1970s am dram cine film.
The acting is just stunningly shocking. It's so wooden I thought it was going to turn into a porn movie (maybe that's a typo on the cover and they actually mean "better than Shaving Ryan's Privates".. Though they 'd still be wrong!!). The direction is amateurish in the extreme. The editing is...well simply crud. The story is so poorly told that you just wish that a kamikaze pilot would appear and crash into all of them (I'm sure that's in the Director's Cut version!!!!). The characters are awesomely terrible.
It does remind me of one of those awful 1960s Italian comedies that the Fast Show used to send up so brilliantly. And yet the film is meant to be a serious WW2 film. Well, this makes the film of Captain Corelli's Mandolin seem like Apocalypse Now by comparison!
I'd be ashamed to give this to a charity shop as no other person deserves to endure this piece of talentless junk. So bad it's just bad!! If it did win any awards as it proclaims, we should find the name address of the judges and whip each and everyone of them naked through the streets of their birthplace.
One star because I bought a lovely ciabatta loaf at Tescos at the same time that I bought this.

Spot The Difference
Spot The Difference
Offered by Japan-Select
Price: 18.97

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars POINTLESS, 23 Oct 2010
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This review is from: Spot The Difference (Audio CD)
A few years' back, Chris Rea issued "New Light Through Old Windows", whereby he re-recorded some of his "hits" with slightly different arrangements. Whilst hardly varying from the original versions, they did (and still do) sit well next to them.
Sadly, Squeeze have effectively just re-recorded their hits here with little, if any variation. They're great songs but bring absolutely nothing new to them (not even a slightly higher octave on the backing vocals!) which is a real pity. Whilst I'm not suggesting they should have got Dizzee Rascal to MC half way through Cool For Cats (although then again...), they could have either re-arranged the songs slightly differently or - as Beautiful South did on a "Later..." programme once - got guest vocalists to sing with them.
So, what we have is a like-for-like recording of some of their best songs..which,as squeeze fans, we already have (a few times over).
What's particularly disappointing is that Chris Difford did record a fantastic re-interpretaion (acoustic and with him on vocals) of many of the same songs 3 or 4 years back on the sublime "South East Side Story" album.!South East Side Story [CD + DVD]
This, I think, was an opportunity missed. Buy "South East Side Story" instead and listen to the original recordings when you want full Squeeze versions.
What a pity..

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