James Packer

Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (38 of 44)
Location: Chester


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,704,100 - Total Helpful Votes: 38 of 44
The Sound of Laughter by Peter Kay
The Sound of Laughter by Peter Kay
9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmmm, 10 May 2007
Right, just a quickie:

- funny in a smiling kind of way - not laugh out loud by any means

- loads (LOADS) of spelling errors and other grammatical errors

- really badly written. usually when I read an autobiography I'm a little dubious about whether a ghost writer was used, but not here. I (and most of the population) could do better. honestly

- most of the jokes are straight from his stand-up - if you've seen his shows then you will have unwittingly invalidated 50% of the jokes in this book

- no character description or development, you don't even feel you know kay better at the end of the book, let alone the supporting… Read more
Rockin' The Suburbs ~ Ben Folds
Rockin' The Suburbs ~ Ben Folds
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
BFF had a (deservedly) loyal fanbase, so I guess many of them would disagree with me, but in my opinion this is a better than any of those released by the 5. A mark of genius in songwriting is to make the complicated sound simple. Ben Folds does this time and time again on Rocking the Suburbs, as almost every track features some of or all of: weird chord progressions, modulation, huge wall-of-sound harmonies, intricate rhythms and awesome musicianship. The fact that it all fits together so seamlessly, that it sounds so organic and un-contrived indicates that this is a masterpiece.
The range of songs is fantastic. Many sound similar to his songs whilst with the band, such as Gone… Read more
The Reason ~ Hoobastank
The Reason ~ Hoobastank
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I have always been fascinated by the idea of music as a formula. In other words, given a set of well established rules and relationships between notes, and the sequence in which they commonly appear, would a computer be able to write a good song? Hoobastank seem to provide evidence that it would. They have a highly derivative sound, and the formula that drives that sound can be summed up as follows:
Less: Originality
Less: Lyrics that make you think
Add: Better melodies
Equals: Hoobastank
However, the nice surprise about Hoobastank is that the lyrical shortcomings and lack of originality are almost completely offset by the hooks and… Read more