Andrew Collins

Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (88 of 99)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,099,773 - Total Helpful Votes: 88 of 99
Return To Cookie Mountain ~ TV on the Radio
Return To Cookie Mountain ~ TV on the Radio
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I've always been aware of TV On The Radio but, shamefully, have never listened to an album of theirs in earnest until this one, and it's a revelation. I know we're only halfway through 2006, but I was starting to think Ten Silver Drops by Secret Machines could not be beaten in the intelligent, inventive US rock stakes. Well, Return To Cookie Mountain is giving it a run for its money. This album is so rhythmically interesting as much as anything else; haunting, rocky, soulful in a way that comes close to the Afghan Whigs, which is a high compliment, and I also hear shades of the Psychedelic Furs too, which you don't often say, and plenty of early solo Peter Gabriel. Really well worth a… Read more
Bad Food Britain: How A Nation Ruined Its Appetite by Joanna Blythman
55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reader's Digest, 22 Jun 2006
I love Joanna Blythman. Her book The Food We Eat changed my life (I guess it arrived at precisely the right time for me), and I loved Shopped too. But Bad Food Britain is her angriest yet, and the indignation makes it fly. The picture she paints, from food-ignorance and incompetence being handed down from generation to generation, the ever-tightening grip of the food multinationals, the opiate lure of supermarkets, the parlous state of school and hospital food, our masochistic attitude to snacking, to the big punchline ie. the failure of government to take anything like a useful stance on this most fundamental of all public health and sociel cohesion issues, is as depressing as hell. And an… Read more
Saturday by Ian McEwan
Saturday by Ian McEwan
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The joy of words, 31 Jan 2006
I'm not a big reader of novels any more, preferring non-fiction, and have never read a McEwan, but the subject matter appealed (I was on the anti-war march on the day the story is set), and I was immediately sucked in, devouring the novel in a couple of train journeys. McEwan mixes the profound and the mundane with alarming skill. Sure, it hinges on a coincidence and some of the neurological detail feels like showing off (hence the four stars, not five), but the book is compelling not for the plot, or the intense detail, but for the joy of the English language. McEwan's joy of writing is our joy of reading. Unlike a Dan Brown or a Stephen King, it would make a terrible film - and… Read more