James Marriott

Helpful votes received on reviews: 75% (18 of 24)
Location: Various bits of southern England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,956,218 - Total Helpful Votes: 18 of 24
Leisure ~ Blur
Leisure ~ Blur
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The mix is this album's greatest problem. Though it's often said that Leisure is a 'baggy' album, it isn't. Sure, the likes of 'There's No Other Way' and 'Bang' (both released as singles) have the requisite drum loops. But Blur's strengths and tastes at this point were for a kind of psychedelic noise rock. The influence of Syd Barrett, Julian Cope, Dinosaur Jr and My Bloody Valentine are all discernable beneath the beats. Also, lyrics were not a strong point. If Graham's guitars had been turned up much higher in the mix, and the vocals played down, this would surely be regarded as their first classic. However, EMI/Food wanted a hit record. The brilliance of Graham and Alex James's playing… Read more
Velociraptor! ~ Kasabian
Velociraptor! ~ Kasabian
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Much better than 'Empire' and the absurdly over-rated 'West Ryder...', but not quite up to the standard of the debut. 'Man of Simple Pleasures' is the only weak song, and even that's merely forgettable as opposed to offensively bad. I wasn't expecting a lot from this, as their work so far has been a case of diminishing returns, but I simply can't stop playing this album, and it's a while since I've enjoyed a new release so much.

The songs cover an impressive range of sounds and genres while still forming a cohesive whole. Unlike the last album, sound effects and orchestral overdubs are integral to the songs, rather than just being tacked on to make them seem "like, deep". This is… Read more
Phonogram: Rue Britannia by Kieron Gillen
Phonogram: Rue Britannia by Kieron Gillen
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I hadn't bought a comic since the Beano at age 7-ish, but as soon as I heard about this, I had to get it. It almost certainly helps if you like mainstream '90s rock bands, who were constantly on the radio at about the time I was reading the Beano. However, I really enjoyed both the story and artwork, and am extremely grateful for the musicians it induced me to explore further (Kenickie and Scout Niblett in particular, neither of whom fall into the Britpop category).

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