"Koos Reitsma"
dutch bicycle man
Top Reviewer Ranking: 5,128
Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (227 of 254)
Location: Groningen, Netherlands
Birthday: 3 Mar
In My Own Words:
Dutch guy who likes music and books a lot. Always curious about how a band or artist is going to make the next record. It does not have to be in the same style.

Music: Americana, alt.country, rootstrock, singer-songwriter, bluesrock, britrock. Books: history and biographie.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 5,128 - Total Helpful Votes: 227 of 254
Madman ~ Sean Rowe
Madman ~ Sean Rowe
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Robust, 8 Sep 2014
Robust would fit the description. Because “Madman” is definitely different from his previous ‘Salesman’ record:. He took the step not to copy the style of ‘Salesman’, but to create another distinctive record. “Madman” is rougher, tougher and soulful. But “Madman” is also still Sean Rowe. It’s great to have such a powerful, warm, dark baritone voice singing the songs to you. It’s impossible to escape.

At first listening, the record sounds o.k. But as soon you decide to sit down to listen a little bit more careful to the songs, the record suddenly opens for you like a present within a present within a present. Suddenly you are surprised to discover some small gems. Suddenly you… Read more
Ryan Adams ~ Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams ~ Ryan Adams
12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Rock, 8 Sep 2014
It’s very easy to dismiss Ryan Adams. Too much of this, too less of this, recording records which doesn’t fit in the basic assumptions and the standard expectations people have about him.

Luckily I won’t and luckily I don’t dismiss. Escpecially with this record. Because considering his health conditions Ryan Adams comes with a strong, balanced and consistent classic-rock style album. This record is not the best-record-ever, but it’s definitely a very good one. The particular vibe of classic rock is present at the whole album.

Sometimes I think it must be frustrating for plenty other artists: the proces of writing songs for a record. How to write good songs? They have… Read more
The Spanish Armada by Robert Hutchinson
The Spanish Armada by Robert Hutchinson
A readable book about why The Spanish Armada turned out to be a disaster. I think that for those who have already read a lot about the Spanish Armada won't find many new things But for others who are interested I think this book will do well.

Hutchinson gives not only information about the ships, the battle and the storms, but also about the political, financial and religious situation in England Plenty of people in the UK were hoping for a succes, Queen Elisabeth didn't had so much money to pay all the sailors, etc.

The way of writing is not the most thrilling one, but the story about the failure of the Spanish Armada keeps interesting. Pleasant to read was to have… Read more