Barry Bootle

Helpful votes received on reviews: 80% (43 of 54)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 93,239 - Total Helpful Votes: 43 of 54
The Take Off And Landing Of Everything ~ elbow
So, Elbow are back - and not before time.
Some have said this album lacks ambition, and there's something to be said for that, which is why I've rated it at four stars instead of five. But Elbow playing it safe are still much better, musically and lyrically, than most of the stuff out there. This album is a low-key affair, with an immersive quality that reminds me of "Asleep In The Back". The closest they get to an anthem is probably "My Sad Captains", a cracking song that perfectly captures the joy of friendship, and the melancholy of growing older.
When I listen to Elbow, the world always seems a slightly nicer, sadder, and more beautiful place, and for that, I… Read more
Portrait ~ Josephine
Portrait ~ Josephine
This is a gem. I've rated it as four rather than five as a couple of the tracks are fillers, but most of them are wonderful - simple and beautiful harmonies and a bittersweet voice that seems to have lived an age, the sort of stuff that will have you pulling your car over and sobbing your heart out.
Our Friends In The North BBC [DVD] [1996] <b>DVD</b> ~ Christopher Eccleston
Our Friends In The North BBC [DVD] [1996] DVD ~ Christopher Eccleston
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of British, 31 Jan 2014
A stellar cast on top of its game. A script that thrums with a barely-supressed anger at corruption and social injutice. A shining example of what can be achieved when you give a gifted writer editorial control, a la HBO. A sobering reminder that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.