T. Blake

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 70% (48 of 69)
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,070,547 - Total Helpful Votes: 48 of 69
Robinson Crusoe (Wordsworth Classics) by Kathryn Lindskoog
I was really pleasently surprised with this book. I didn't know much more about it than man lands on island and has to survive... The book is broken up into four sections (though unfortunately not through the use of chapters, which would have been nice): Pre-island, Island pre-Friday, Island post-Friday and then after Island. The first three sections are amazing, especially the second part. I thought his attitude of 'I need something, I'm going to learn how to do it and then perfect it' was really inspirational and was a fascinating read.

The mood changes when he discovers a foot print on the otherside of the Island and his paranoia builds and builds - there's a real sense that… Read more
Ten Years Of Tears ~ Arab Strap
Ten Years Of Tears ~ Arab Strap
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's A Heartache..., 2 Feb 2007
The second release in a year for the Strap, but this time a much sadder affair - the farewell collection. It plays more like an anti-greatest hits collection more than anything else though, offering a chance to listen to the sound of one of the most unique bands of the 90's establishing themselves as the leading purveyors of bleak, yet honest and heartfelt, story telling.

Mixed in among the alternate versions and b-sides are a single from each album (except Elephant Shoe) including their first classic single 'The First Big Weekend', along with the perfect 'Shy Retirer' from Monday at the Hug and Pint. There is plenty to get excited about though, the original version of Islands is… Read more
The Last Romance ~ Arab Strap
The Last Romance ~ Arab Strap
When I kissed what was to become my first long term girlfriend, on the floor of my friend's house party to the sound of Here We Go/Trippy on repeat, I could have never known that nearly ten year later Arab Strap would be one of my favorite bands, but I guess the signs were all there. I kind of forgot about them after the disappointing Elephant Shoe (great title though). Then I was in HMV one February afternoon in 06 and spotted this CD - and I wasn't disappointed. Probably their best album since Philiphobia and easily their most accessible to new fans. The lyrics and music are so focused and tighly intune, still funny; still sad, bitter, resigned, and now, in turns, loving.

The… Read more

Wish List

Club Anthems 2001 ~ Ballboy
Doctor Came At Dawn ~ Smog
Sleight Of Heart ~ Malcolm Middleton
Sleight Of Heart ~ Malcolm Middleton
I Can Hear Your Heart ~ Aidan Moffat
I Can Hear Your Heart ~ Aidan Moffat