Black Box

Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (139 of 162)
Location: Manchester, UK
In My Own Words:
Renaissance man, Catholic Grammar school educated and reborn through the New Wave, a fine blend of sense and silly stupidity in an unassuming package OR just a middle aged man desperately clinging onto his youth and memory, discuss.

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 206,129 - Total Helpful Votes: 139 of 162
Aimee Mann - Live at St. Ann's Warehouse [+ Bonus &hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Aimee Mann
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I have no idea why Aimee Mann continues to inhabit the netherworld of pop's fringe; she has a rare gift for a rhyming couplet and a knack of writing sinuous tunes that get in your head and won't come out for days. It's a quality combination.

There is a melancholic edge to her songs, and they are almost exclusively studies in human relationships, but they are damned good all the same. This is a good buy because of the DVD content - it gives you something more than her albums can do alone. It tells you she's got a good line in witty self deprecating anecdotes, and it tells you she's got a fine touring band - nothing flashy, just right. The production quality is also very good, and… Read more
Blessed ~ Lucinda Williams
Blessed ~ Lucinda Williams
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
No doubt about it - this is Lucinda's best studio album since the high water mark of World Without Tears. I feel quite happy listening to it all the way through, which I admit I found difficult with West or Little Honey. They frustrated me with their lack of commitment and vague production values. This one's clean and consistent in comparison.

The songs this time round inhabit the soundscape much better, and there's a nice southern Gospel swagger to several of the songs - Born To Be Loved and Awakening in particular. It's a grower for sure, but some songs have instant appeal - Seeing Black and Soldier's Song being my favourites so far. Great Hammond playing throughout, and some… Read more
Angie Lewin: Plants and Places by Angie Lewin
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prints and Pleasure, 10 Mar 2011
In austere times, it seems appropriate that an artist like Angie Lewin should be so popular. Her work resonates with all the economy and values of mid century modern; a winning combination of nostalgia and design-savvy. Her palette may be necessarily limited, but the way she recycles the commonplace and overlooked is always evolving and inventive.

And if you like the greetings cards, you'll love the book. It's bigger for a start. It's also a properly pleasurable thing - nice paper, nice typography and design, nice printing. Machine age values strangely at odds with the craftiness of the prints themselves, but great creative tension.

Like others, I do wish it told me… Read more