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Lost Highway
Lost Highway
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Price: £4.55

11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Surprisingly Brilliant Album, 3 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Lost Highway (Audio CD)
So you might have heard that this is a country album, wrong, it's very much a classic Bon Jovi album that is simply influenced by the Nashville country scene. There's no hoedowm going on here.

LOST HIGHWAY: Very good song. Everything about it is solid and likeable. It's nothing spectacular nor is it very origional or groundbreaking but that's no big deal. It's just a solid song and a good opener. 8/10

SUMMERTIME: This is a great song that makes you smile all the way through it. It really is just a perfect summertime song that makes you wanna be out in the sunshine. The music and vocals are great. It's a strong, powerful song yet laid back at the same time. 9/10

MAKE A MEMORY: This is the first single and an absolute classic. It's one of the best ballads they've ever made. Lyrically and musically it's superb, Jon's vocals are amazing as are Richie's harmonies and it's a great example of how a ballad can be powerful without being overblown in any way. 10/10

WHOLE LOT OF LEAVIN': A really great song. The song is extremely well written. It's dark, sad and very emotive yet hopeful aswell. Musically it's a nice blend between country and rock. 9/10

WE GOT IT GOING ON: This song just doesn't do it for me. The lyrics are absolutely horrific, but they are meant to be. It's fun rock song. The lyrics combined with the music and the whole vibe of the song could've worked but it seems to lack the energy the song needs in order to work. I'm sure it will work live though, however it's easily the worst song on the album. 5/10

ANY OTHER DAY: Could this be the best song they've ever made? Very possibly in my opinion. It's absolute perfection. It must be a single and there's nothing more that needs to be said about it. 10/10

SEAT NEXT TO YOU: I love this song. I doubt it will make anybody's top 10 songs and I can see a lot of people hating it but I think it's gorgeous and they really don't do enough of these full on acoustic songs. Jon's vocals are gorgeous and another really well written song. It could've done with a nice acoustic guitar solo but it's still a very fine ballad. 8/10

EVERYBODY'S BROKEN: This is a very interesting song. It's very unique for them musically and lyrically it's superb, it's just Jon's vocals seem a bit slow. It's not that that they don't work with the song, or I don't like them, they just seem a bit weird. I do love the song though and it will probably grow on my with more listens. 9/10

TILL WE AIN'T STRANGERS ANYMORE (Duet with LeAnne Rhimes): This is another classic. Incredibley well written, beautiful music and superb vocals from both Jon and Leanne. It could've done with a longer chorus at the end but that's a minor complaint. 10/10

THE LAST NIGHT: Brilliant song. Reminds a bit of "Waiting on a Sunny Day" from Bruce Springsteen. I love Jon's vocals in the bridge at the middle, very raw and powerful. Great chorus and great lyrics. I don't even mind that there's no solo. 9/10

ONE STEP CLOSER: Another superb song. Once again, brilliant lyrics with a very interesting melody and a great vocal from Jon. 9/10

I LOVE THIS TOWN: I love this song so much. It's the perfect song to close the album and a great salute to what inspired this album. Cathcy as hell too, and what a cool solo. It's the most overtly country song on the album and it's no bad thing at all. 9/10

The live versions of Make a Memory and Lost Highway are rather brilliant too.

I'm just absolutely blown away by this album. I'm not a hater of country music, nor am I a fan, and I never expected the album as good as this. But as I said earlier, it's not a country album. There's only one or two songs that you could say are country songs, and even those are pretty mild. Lyrically it's the best album since Destination Anywhere and maybe, save for We Got it Going On, the most well written album they've made. It is quite reminiscent of that mid-to-late ninties era and although Richie doesn't have a song where he lets loose a-la Dry County the solos are very much back. It's nice that they're not just just riffs but proper intricate, interesting solos.

It's really well produced too. It doesn't sound laden with technology at all. It actually sounds like a live recording almost, and since Jon sings well within himself for the most part I assume this album will come off superbly well live.

The best song is undoubtedly On Any Other Day, and many of the songs I rated as 8's and 9's will probably be growers too. I'm honestly shocked, I never thought that I'd find that this album can easily sit alongside the classic four: Keep The Faith, These Days, Destination Anywhere and Have A Nice Day.

5 stars without a doubt.

The God Delusion
The God Delusion
by Richard Dawkins
Edition: Hardcover

67 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sanity In A World Of Madness, 3 Oct. 2006
This review is from: The God Delusion (Hardcover)
I first came across Richard Dawkins when I watched his two-part documentary for Channel 4, "The Root Of All Evil?", which this book is an expansion of, and it was one of the most joyous, exhilerating and liberating experiences of my life. I was already an atheist at that stage but I didn't really know why. Having such a logical counter argument, the facts, presented freed me from any lingering belief in a god or afterlife. After that I immersed myself in Dawkins' work so needless to say I was giddy like a child on Christmas Eve about the release of this book. It's everything, and more, then I could have hoped for. Dawkins provides an all encompassing rebuttal to any argument for God's existence, highlights the dangers of religion and provides an inspiring and mind-opening view of life without the belief in God. He does so in his usual manner. His arguments are water-tight, completely convinving, easily understood by anyone, humourous, inspiring and life changing.

It has been said, probably fairly, that with this book Dawkins will simply be preaching to the choir but I imagine that there are huge amounts of people out there who like me were confused atheists or are unsure about their beliefs. I would urge anyone who is unsure about their beliefs or hasn't given them much thought to seek out this book. It's hugely enjoyable and it will change how your life for the better.

Dawkins is right that the belief in God is a delusion however any believer who reads this masterpiece and persists in their belief afterwards will be suffering from full blown psychosis.

24: Season Three DVD Collection [DVD]
24: Season Three DVD Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kiefer Sutherland
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £9.89

4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent But Not As Good As 1 & 2, 20 Aug. 2004
I absolutely love 24, it is such an amazing and groundbreaking television series and unlike anything else on the air. Infact the show that it is most simalar to is Fox's previous number one Drama series The X Files. On the out-side both appear quite different but infact they are very similar as they share many of the same themes. Both have a conspiratoral feel where nobody can be trusted and both shows have a sense of impending danger on a global scale.
Anyway on to season 3, well it was excellent but it's definetly weaker then the previous seasons. The stories seemed to be less focused and less intense as the previous years, most evident was President Palmers(Dennis Haysbert) story for this year which seem very tacked on and completely seperate from Jack's mission, infact I don't believe they ever talked face to face all season.
The writing also seemed to be dumbed down slightly as towards the end of the season the writers were constantly informing us of the story through conversations between on screen characters which was completley unneccisary since "they" obviously knew what was going on and we certainly didn't need to be told over and over again what was happenning. I was very dissapointed with how the season ended too. The season got off to a slightly bumpby start but by about the sixth episode it kicked straight into top grear and got better and more exciting each week, infact the third from final episode would probably be my favourite of the season, then it all went downhill. The penultimate episode is without doubt the silliest and worst episode of 24 I've ever seen and the season finale isn't much better.
Overall though it's still an excellent season and Kiefer Sutherland is still on top form but the major criticism I have with seaosn 3 is that the writing at times seemed tired and contrived and some of the incidents had the "been there, done that" felling. I would recommend anyone out there who is thinking of delving into the world of 24 for the first time to definetly go for season 1 or 2 which are both much better then season 3 although season 3 is still extremely good.

X Files Season 4 Box Set [DVD] [1994]
X Files Season 4 Box Set [DVD] [1994]
Dvd ~ David Duchovny
Offered by cult_stores_ltd
Price: £89.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another X-Cellent Year, 20 April 2004
Season 4 is kind of a season of two-halves, the mythology is fantasticthroughout while the stand-alones, when their good they are at a higherquality the most other seasons but there also seems to be a higher amountof poor episodes, El Mundo Gira and Synchrony should definetly beavoided.
The year kicks of exactly to the point where Season 3 ended with thebrilliant if not confusing Herrenvolk, although Zero Sum later on in theseason clears alot of things up. Tunguska/Terma delves deeper into themysteries surrounding the black oil and shows us that a cold war of sortsis underway to create a vaccine for the alien virus. In Memento Mori wesee Scully facing her terrible illness, Mulders search for a cure andSkinner making a deal with the devil. Tempus Fugit and Max serve no realpurpous to the on-going mythology rather they seem to simply be a showcaseof how "big" The X Files had become. Finally in Gethsemene Scully's healthdeterirates and Mulder hears a shocking revalation that leads to one ofthe most sensational cliffhangers ever.
Some of the finest stand-alones this season that are worth a mentioninclude, "Home", the stroy of an incestuos family whom Mulder and Scullyinvestigate when a severly deformed baby is found to have been buriedalive, this episode is worth the money alone. "Unruhe" is a terrifing andamazingly intellegent episode, "Paper Hearts" sees Mulder tormented by aserial killer he caught years before who claims that his sister was one ofhis many unkown victims, "Unrequited", when a top ranking general ismuredered inside his locked limosine Mulder and Scully are called in tofind a killer who seems to be able to vanish into thin air and "SmallPatatoes", an hilarious case involving a janitor with the ability todiguise himself as anyone, even Mulder!
This is a truly x-cellent year, from the ongoing mythology includingScullys cancer acr, the most contrversial episode in TV histroy - Home andclassic comedy in one of the funniest episodes ever- Small Patatoes. Thisbox-set has a surprisingly large amount of extras including a 30 minutedocumentary, TV-Spots, deleted sences, interviews, behind the sencesfottage and episode commentaries that make this well worth a buy.

The X Files: Season 9 [DVD]
The X Files: Season 9 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gillian Anderson
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £29.99

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Underratted, 26 Mar. 2004
This review is from: The X Files: Season 9 [DVD] (DVD)
Season 9 may not be the greatest season of The X Files ever but it is by no means as bad as some make it out to be.
Alot had changed this season, as apparant by the new and very cool title sequence, namely David Duchovny would only appear in the final feature length episode and Agents Doggett and Reyes now investigated the x files cases with Scully lending a helpful hand from her new position as a forensic's teacher with the FBI. Despite these big changes it was still very much The X Files at heart, Skinner and The Lone Gunmen were present but not as much as many fans would have wished, Kersh was his usual nasty self and the inclusion of Cary Elwes as A.D. Brad Follmer was a great addition to the cast.
The mythology this year revolved around the mysteries of Scully's baby, the "super-soilders", internal politics within the FBI and the question of whether Mulder was dead or alive. While these mythology story lines were no means the best Chris Carter and co. have ever come up with the episodes themeselves were still truly excellent. The season opened with the brilliant two-parter "Nothing Important Happened Today I & II" which aroused question for the coming year. "Trust no 1" dealt with Mulders dissapearance, the mid season two-parter "Provenance" and "Providence" were amongst the best two-part episodes the show has ever made, "William" brilliantly directed by David Duchovny was a real highlight of season 9 and then the final episode ever "The Truth". This episode marked Mulders retun and while there were quite a few things I didn't like about the episode it was an amazing ending to the greatest show to ever grace our screens.
The stand-alone episodes this season were just as good as any of the previous seasons with "Deaomonicus", "4-D", "John Doe", "Hellbound", "Audrey Pauley", "Improbable"(which guest starred Burt Reynolds) "Release" and "Sunshine Days" being amongst the greatest stand-alones ever made. There were a couple of very good episodes in the shape of "Underneath" and "Scary Monsters" but there were also a couple of absolute stinkers, "Lord of The Flies" and "Jump The Shark" were easily two of the worst episodes ever made.
Give season 9 a chance and you may well be surprised how truly excellent this final year was. The acting is, as always, superb especially from Robert Patrick and Gillian Anderson, production values and direction were second to none and as such the show has never looked better. The stand-alones were as good as any other year, the mytholgy was still very interesting and for a show in it's ninth year it looked incredibley fresh.
Plus with two discs worth of extras this Box set is definetly worth a buy.
Here's to nine amazing years and Bring on the movies!

The X Files: Season 8 [DVD] [1994]
The X Files: Season 8 [DVD] [1994]
Dvd ~ David Duchovny
Offered by Excess Gaming
Price: £7.06

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!......... Best season ever, 25 Mar. 2004
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Well wow is about the only word that I could use to describe how I feel about Season 8 of The X Files, this is easily the best year of the nine.
The big talking point of this season was obviously David Duchovny's absence for half of the episodes and the full time inclusion of the wonderful Robert Patrick as Special Agent John Doggett, Scullys new partner.
As far as the show is concerned of the 21 episodes there wasn't a bad episode to be found. With Patrick's inclusion the show had very much reverted back to horror roots with very easily some of the greatest stand-alones ever. "Paitence", "Roadrunners", "Invocation", "Redrum", "Badlaa" and "Medusa" are all examples of The X Files at it's terrifing best. Two stand-out episodes this year were both Doggett centric episodes, proving what an incredible asset Robert Patrick was, in "Via Negativa" Doggett and Skinner team up to investigate a series of grusome and unexpained deaths and in "The Gift" Doggett comes across a case that Mulder hid from Scully and the FBI and which may shed light on the reasons for his dissapearance. This episode also marks the return of David Duchovny.
Season 8 was also the most mytholgy laden year of the nine, ranging from the search for Mulder in the incedible two-part season opener "Within/Without" to his return in "This Is Not Happening" (which happens to have the best cliffhanger ever) and "DeadAlive". Mulder's search for answers to his dissapearance in "Three Words", the unexplained death of Doggett's son in "Empedocles", the retun of the black oil in probably the most visually stunning episode ever "Vienen" to the mysteries of Scullys pregnancy in "Per Manum" and then her delivery in the brilliant action packed two-part season finale "Essence/Existence". Amidst all the mytholgy episode towards the end of the season there was room for one fantastic stand-alone episode, "Alone". Written and Directed by Frank Spotnitz this is a must see for any fan.
I really can't begin to say enough about season 8, it was a show very much re-energised and re-focused to doing what The X Files dose best, the acting all round was incredible, Robert Patrick and Gillian Anderson(this was easily her finest year) were incredible and the two work wonderfully together, and even though I wasn't missing him it was great to see David Duchovny back as Mulder and the chemistry between he and Robert Patrick is something that has to be seen to be believed. One other thing that made this season all the better was the increased inclusion of surrounding characters. A.D. Skinner played brilliantly by Mitch Pileggi had his busiest year, Krycheck was back with a bang, Deputy Director Kersh was back, last seen in season 6, The Lone Gunmen showed up now and again to lend a helping hand to the new guy and finally the introduction of Special Agent Monica Reyes who would be seen alot more in season 9.
Anyway it really dosen't matter how much I write I could never do this season justice or the work of everybody involved so buy it and experience it for yourself, I garauntee you will not be dissapointed.

The X Files: Season 2 [DVD] [1994]
The X Files: Season 2 [DVD] [1994]
Dvd ~ David Duchovny

5.0 out of 5 stars Where it really began, 14 Feb. 2004
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Season 2 is where The X Files really began. As good as season 1 was, and it was very, very good, Season 2 marked the true begging of The X Files as we know it.
The mythology started to expand and develop into longer running story arcs. The fantastic three-pater "Duane Barry", "Ascension" and "One Breath" was the begging of the pivotal and long running story arc of Scully's abduction, we learned a little bit more about Mulder's sisters dissaperance and we were introduced to the Alien Bounty Hunter in the weak two-pater "Colony" and "End Game" and in the fantastic final episode of the season "Anazasi" the main story arc of the show was introduced. We began to learn of the mysterious "Syndicate" and their conspiracy to hide the existence of extra-tarestrials from the public.
The stand-alones became deeper and more intellegent in this season and not to metion alot more creepy and disturbing. Most note worthy are "The Host", a story set primarily in an underground sewer, "Irresisteble", a story about a death feteshist, satanic possesion in "Die Hand Die Verletz", human canablisim in "Our Town", a deadly outbreak in "F. Emasculata" and genetic memory in "Aubery". The X Files also proved this season that they weren't afraid to take risks as the shows produced its first ever comedy episode, the marvellous "Humbug" written by Darin Morgan who went on to write three of the shows finest comedy episodes in season three and also star in an episode in season 4.
Unsurprsingly there were a couple of sub-standard episodes this season as would be expected this early in the shows life. "Fearful Symettry" and "Fresh Bones" are example of this but Season 2 easily ranks as one of the finest seasons of The X Files with practically every episode reaching absolute perfection. A definet must own for everybody.

Bon Jovi: This Left Feels Right [DVD]
Bon Jovi: This Left Feels Right [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bon Jovi
Price: £13.91

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Show Ever, 9 Feb. 2004
Anybody who bought Bon Jovi's last album, the brilliant "This Left Feels Right", will pretty much know what to expect when buying this DVD. The show consists of the 12 re-worked songs from the album, all of which are brought alive in this live performance and become bona-fide Bon Jovi classics, the real highlights from this bunch coming in the shape of You Give Love A Bad Name, Livin on a Prayer(minus Olivia D'Abo on vocals), Bad Medicine and It's my Life.
The set-list also includes two new songs, Last Man Standing and Thiefs of Hearts that were origionally intended to be on the album but as Jon explains were pulled at the last minute.
Last Man Standing is without doubt the greatest song ever written! Period. I'm not being overly dramatic here but this song is just the most amazing thing you'll ever hear, musically, vocally and most importantly Lyrically this song will blow you away. Jon wrote this song about the sad state of the music industry at the moment where lip syncing is so acceptable and shock value is all important, it's no longer about the guy who can get up on stage with a guitar and actually sing, as he says "Enter at your own risk Mister This may change the way you think, Theres no dancer, theres no diamonds, no this boy dont lip synch", and "These words were more than music they were pictures from the soul, so keep your psudo punk, Hip-Hop, J,Lo junk Your Digital Downloads"
Thief of Hearts while not as good as Last Man Standing is a really cool pop-rock song that gets better and more addictive with each listen.
The rest of the set includes a cover of Dr. Hooks classic Sylvias Mother and accoustic performances of "Love For Sale", "Someday I'll be Saturday Night", "Misunderstood" and "Blood on Blood".
The bonus feature are really good too, they include a 30 minute behind the scenes feature of the making of the show and out-takes(which are basically just clips of Jon and Richie telling jokes and stories during the show).
The Bonus disk is the real place to see the extras which include 6 songs from Bon Jovi's historic concert last summer in Hyde Park infront of 92,000 people, a Texas Hold'em Q&A which consists of the band sitting around playing poker and answering questions on the This Left Feels Right album and DVD, Clip Poker which give you the chance to play poker against the Band, a Photo Gallery and a directors view of the concert.
I am a huge Bon Jovi fan and I have seen many, many, many broadcasted shows and I have also had the pleasure of seeing them Live in the flesh and they really are the greatest live band around and while this is a very unusual type of concert for the band to play, which just goes to shows their talent and versatility, I'd have to say this is the finest show I've ever witnessed, Jon has never sounded better and all the band including the extra musicians brought in for this show seem to be having such a blast bringing these songs to life in such an intimate setting.
My advise is, you must buy this DVD, the concert is spectacular and with the amount of extras it is totally worth the money.
Buy, Buy, Buy!

The X Files: Season 3 [DVD] [1994]
The X Files: Season 3 [DVD] [1994]
Dvd ~ David Duchovny

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best, 10 Dec. 2003
Season three is The X Files at it's best. After the brilliant season one and two seasons under it's belt and now recognised by fans and critics as the greatest show on television Chris Carter and co. were garaunteed a long future. With extra money and resources they were able to put together the puzzel of all the loose ends of the mythology of the previous two seasons while also introducing the famous "Black oil" story arc. This is one of the reasons this season was so amazing, they were able to come up with a new story arc that was completly origional and brilliant and also tell it in such a way that gripped the audience while at the same time you were left not really knowing what exactly was going on or where it was going.
The other reason this season was so good was the shere brilliance of the stand-alone episodes. From the horrofiing Grotesque, 2Shy, The Walk, Teso dos Bichos and Hell Money to thethrilling Oubliette, Pusher and Wetwired and the most enjoyable of the season Quagmire about Mulder and Scullys search for a Loch Ness like monster.
Theres also a terrific episode called "Avatar" which gives a good insight into the character of A.D. Skinner.
The comedy is also among the best the show has ever seen, the award-winning "Clyde Bruckmans final Repose" to killer Cockroaches in War of the Coprophages to alien abuction in "Jose Chungs "From Outer Space" and the hillarious and scary "Syzygy" where Mulder and Scully are constantly at each others throats, brilliant.
This is the season where The X Files went from a hit television show to a global phenomenon and it's not surprising at all, it is just out of this worldly good. There is not one bad bad episode in the season from the disturbing and scary to the thrilling and exciting to the shere comedy brilliance season three has it all. It is als a perfect place to start your X Files collection from. 10/10.

The X Files: Season 5 [DVD] [1994]
The X Files: Season 5 [DVD] [1994]
Dvd ~ David Duchovny

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A class act, 18 Nov. 2003
Season 5 is definetly one of the most enjoyable and brilliant seasons of the shows 9 year run. Very like season three the 20 episode season is packed heavily with mythology episode that would lead to the X Files movie "Fight The Future" after the seasons ends.
Season 5 kicks off with the amazing two parter "Redux I and II" where Mulder despretlay tries to find a cure for Scullys worsening cancer while also trying to find out who inside the FBI is responsible for her cancer. These are two unbelievabley well written episodes and David Ducovhnys finest acting.
"Christmas Carol/Emily" are the next two mythology episodes and deal with what happened after Scullys abduction. Another brilliant two parter with a briliant performance by Gillian Anderson.
"Patient X" and "The Red and the Black" is the final two parter of the season and deals primaraly with the Black Oil/Syndicate story that will play a major part in the Movie. Strange to see Mulder as the skeptic but it actually works very well.
"The End" will leave you dying to see the movie and Season 6 to find out what will happen next.
The stand-alone episodes are fantastic bar the dreadfully awful "Travellers". In season five we see some very experimental episodes that work amazingly well. Most notabley the black and white "Post Modern Prometheus" and "Kill Switch".

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