Hard to believe this gem has yet to be reviewed, let me remedy. Comprising over fifteen pieces of new music and with a running time in excess of an hour, it's business as usual for The Gasman. His tenth album of music and the seventh for the mighty Mu imprint, it's a bold work, with less of his 'Gaylord' sound and a more modern classical edge. If you're familiar with his music, then I'm sure you will already own this collection; if you do not, then this is as good a place as any to start.
This is probably the most IDM album of Barry 'Boxcutter' Lynn's career, spanning the breadth of the electronica cannon from the AFX sounding 'Something With M In It' to the Squarepusher infused 'New Orleans' and 'Lattice Shimmer'. It is an album of influences, yes, but with a coherent sound entirely Lynn's own. Through this work the listener is taken on a musical trip that a verbal description cannot but fail to capture. Someone once said that writing about music is like talking about architecture, that may be the case but it doesn't stop me offering up my praise for this beautiful collection of tunes. This has to be one of the top albums of 2008 and yet more evidence of the greatness of… Read more
I will be succinct: I bought this book for its sexy cover created by the talented Mr Horn (no pun), however, the actual artwork is by a number of relatively unknown artists and is at best proficient. The story is, for the most part, about a teenage Emma Frost and as bildungsroman is a fun read - hence my awarding it two stars. My main objection to the book is that is makes no reference to the X-Men or the Hellfire Club, it is rather a story of a teenage girl struggling to fit in at home and at school, but one that has no anchor in the Marvel universe. In conclusion, if you want to read a story of a young girl and her troubles, this is the book for you; if you want to read the story of how… Read more