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Top Reviewer Ranking: 171
Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (2,191 of 2,323)
Location: Essex
In My Own Words:
A Scotsman on a slow journey south, from Orkney, via Ayrshire and Fife to Colne-side in Essex. I speak broken English fluently.

I'm a lover of nature, music, and the music of language (novels, poems, plays).


Top Reviewer Ranking: 171 - Total Helpful Votes: 2191 of 2323
Boulevard de L'independence ~ Toumani Diabate
Boulevard de L'independence ~ Toumani Diabate
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a Convert!, 12 Aug 2014
As a lover of Diabate's classic kora albums, such as 'Mande Variations', or the exquisite 'In the Heart of the Moon' with Farka Tore, I was wary of any kind of 'fushion' approach which might overwhelm the delicate subtleties of the kora. However, the positive reviews here won me over. At first, I confess, I thought I'd made a mistake, as the blast of trumpets which begin the album seemed way out of kilter with the delicate singing voice of the kora which follows.
I was still uncertain by the end of the album.

However, a few plays later, and I'm a covert. The sheer excitement & electricity of the performance is captivating, and either the balance of instruments improve, or… Read more
Another Setting ~ Durutti Column
Another Setting ~ Durutti Column
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Voice v Guitar, 9 Aug 2014
There are those who love Vini's voice & his guitar playing, and there are those who feel the former can't really compete with the sublime sounds of the latter. I have to confess that I was disappointed that his voice takes precedence, to the neglect of his gorgeous guitar sounds, on this album.

Happily, the final seven tracks redeemed the situation for me, with 5 'Portugese' and 2 further instrumental tracks, which were well worth the wait. As you know, even a little of what Vini can do with a guitar can go a long way, and these final tracks are really lovely.

And if you love both, well you're in clover!
Anker  CB310 Full-Size Ergonomic Wireless Keyboar&hellip by Anker
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super, Stable Combo., 4 Aug 2014
When our last keyboard letters started fading away, I was about to replace it with another cheap corded board; however my wife fancied the idea of this wire-free combo. I was sceptical, as our mouse still worked perfectly well, but what a well of ignorance I lay in!

I'm now fully converted to this great set, as the keyboard is much quieter, and more importantly, much more stable than our previous one, which tended to slip & slide around a lot. Secondly, the mouse is also a much more stable, solid-feeling bit of kit, which I enjoy using. My accuracy level has improved as a consequence (not that it was ever very good!), and this has been a real bonus, as I have a permanent tremor… Read more

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