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Top Reviewer Ranking: 5,241
Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (354 of 377)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 5,241 - Total Helpful Votes: 354 of 377
Apparently Unaffected ~ Maria Mena
Apparently Unaffected ~ Maria Mena
In September 2010 I was driving back from work early to collect my car, which had just been serviced. I was listening to Steve Wright's afternoon show on Radio 2 and a song came on which stopped me in my tracks. It was by someone I had never heard of before called Maria Mena, and the song was called Just Hold Me. That experience of hearing a song for the first time and being completely and utterly blown away by it has happened to me only a few times in my lifetime. But it happened to me in September 2010 and I tracked down the album the song came from and bought it immediately. I fell in love with the whole album and listened to it constantly for months on end, and it has been in my top 20… Read more
Levelling The Land ~ Levellers
Levelling The Land ~ Levellers
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Comin' To Get You!", 3 Aug 2014
In the summer of 1993 my (then future) wife and I were on holiday in Ireland and we came across an advert for the Feile, a 3 day music festival held at Semple Stadium, Thurles, County Tipperary. The line-up was, even by today's standards, fantastic; INXS, Iggy Pop, Madness, Deacon Blue, Manic Street Preachers, The Christians, Chris De Burgh, Squeeze, Aztec Camera, The Shamen, The Levellers, and many more. We bought tickets for days 2 and 3, took ourselves off to Thurles, and had a brilliant time.

Of all the bands playing at the Feile that weekend, the ones that stood out for me were Madness, INXS and The Levellers. A few months previously, Channel 4 had broadcast a live concert… Read more
Trouble In Paradise ~ La Roux
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
For any new artist trying to be successful in the ever more cut-throat music business, a 5 year gap between debut album and follow-up is unthinkable. World class acts which have been established for 20 or 30 years or more; yes. New acts in their early twenties; no. Definitely not.

However, La Roux's Elly Jackson is not cut from the same cloth as many of today's here-today-gone-tomorrow artists. The 5 years that have elapsed since La Roux's debut have been extremely eventful, and stressful, for Ms Jackson. She parted company with her collaborator on the debut album, Ben Langmaid, and is now effectively on her own.

La Roux's 2009 debut album was considered by most to be… Read more