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Helpful votes received on reviews: 83% (15 of 18)
Location: Almaty, Kazakhstan


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Wild Light ~ 65daysofstatic
Wild Light ~ 65daysofstatic
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I'm a big 65 fan, for the simple reason that I think their ambitious approach to songwriting sees them scale heights that other bands rarely dream of. They've crated so many wonderful tracks, and I'm grateful to them for it - I mean, one HAS to be thankful to the people responsible for inserting songs like 'Radio Protector' into one's musical universe. At the same time, though, I do find the band a bit patchy - those wonderful gems are spread over a number of releases that also contain some less stellar moments.

For me, 'Wild Light' largely overcomes this. It's listenable throughout, with a consistent level of intensity which makes it feel like a unified soundscape, somewhat akin… Read more
Spooks - BBC Series 6 (New Packaging) [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Peter Firth
"I loved previous series for intelligent script-writing, the raising of complicated problems with no easy answers, and presenting ethical dilemmas, again with no easy solutions. A lot of this has been lost in the search of thrills."

I'd have to agree there. I can't say that Spooks is BAD nowadays - I mean, I still watch it and enjoy it most of the time. But at the beginning there was more to it, without a doubt. The script writing was so, SO tight, and there was such a true-to-life feel about the whole thing that it was utterly compelling.

Also, I really appreciated what I'll call the 'Le Carre angle'. By this, I mean that early episodes and series painted an intense… Read more
Once in Kazakhstan: The Snow Leopard Emerges by Keith Rosten
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Okay, first the negative point(s). Keith Rosten has the literary abilities of ... er ... well, I'm sorry to say this, but he has the literary talents of a lawyer. Though in fact, that's probably a tiny bit unfair - I mean, Rosten's prose inspires me neither to hot flushes of anger nor to long bouts of sleep, so in that respect that he's actually quite a way ahead of other legal professionals who have attempted to put their non-work-related thoughts into written form. I guess I'm just trying to say this, though: if you're expecting Peter Hopkirk or Christopher Robbins here, you're liable be a tad disappointed.

However, don't let the stylistic blandness put you off. 'Once in… Read more

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