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Helpful votes received on reviews: 73% (36 of 49)
Location: Aberdeen, Grampian United Kingdom


Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,856,632 - Total Helpful Votes: 36 of 49
Which Bitch? ~ The View
Which Bitch? ~ The View
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I have to take my hat off to The View. They have really delivered with their 2nd album. I've got used to countless recent bands breaking through with a great debut and struggling with the 2nd album. The Fratelli's and Razorlight among others spring to mind. The View slipped off the radar after touring their debut and I assumed that they had either burned themselves out with their well known appetite for partying or had just ran out of steam/ideas.

Thankfully, they seem to have been honing their craft and have unexpectedly come up with a remarkably assured collection of songs. Their sound has moved on from the clear guitar sound of the debut with the introduction of strings and a… Read more
The Smiths Complete Chord Songbook
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This book is a little bit of a disappointment. Sure it does what it says on the tin and shows chord arrangements for all of the recorded Smiths output. These arrangements seem to have been constructed by a total "muso" who has no understanding of the methods and techniques of Johnny Marr (Smith's guitarist and co - songwriter). To even attempt to recreate the Marr's songs, even for strummers, there has to be an understanding of his extensive usage of open chord tunings. Songs like Headmaster Ritual and Cemetry Gates are played in this manner and the former is virtually impossible to play outwith this manner of tuning (as the overly elaborate chords illustrate in the book)

I would… Read more
Here We Stand ~ The Fratellis
Here We Stand ~ The Fratellis
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This album was apparently written and recorded with relative ease. Some bands struggle with their 2nd albums especially when the debut is a huge seller but the Fratellis seem to have nailed this particular challenge. The songs are all very strong and extremely catchy. Some of the sing - a - longs remind me of Noel Gallagher at his glorious best. Jon's songwriting if anything seems to be getting stronger. Unfortunately, the production (self produced) lets the album down quite considerably. The bass and drums are so far down the mix that at times they are practically inaudible. This wouldn't be a problem for the many bands which have pedestrian rhythm sections but in Barry and especially… Read more

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