John Donald

Helpful votes received on reviews: 69% (38 of 55)
Location: Sheffield UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,224,561 - Total Helpful Votes: 38 of 55
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here ~ Alice In Chains
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here ~ Alice In Chains
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Wow, quite simply this is a huge comeback for AIC! I really liked "Black Turns Into Blue", but it was obvious that it was a cathartic soul-cleansing exercise for Jerry Cantrell and at times that melancholy took over.

Now all that is done, Jerry and the rest of the band have really hit the button on this one - before I go into any detail, I have listened to this album 5-10 times already and, as has been mentioned before, the album is worth buying just for the riff on 'Phantom Limb' alone.

The granite-like slabs of riffs on Hollow, Pretty Done, Stone, Breath on a Window and the afore-mentioned Phantom Limb are what any AIC fan would expect, but somehow Jerry seems to… Read more
Black Traffic ~ Skunk Anansie
Black Traffic ~ Skunk Anansie
5.0 out of 5 stars Back With A Bang, 5 Nov 2012
Unlike a few of the reviews I've read on here, I actually really enjoyed 'Wonderlustre', so while I was expecting more of the same, I wouldn't have been too disappointed with that. Well, let's just say those expectations have been blown clean away - this album is just astounding!

From the punky and heavy "I Will Break You", "Satisfied" and "Sticky Fingers In Your Honey", through the mid-tempo 'angry' brilliance of 'Sad,Sad,Sad", "Spit You Out", "I Believed In You" and "This Is Not A Game", to the achingly-beautiful ballads "I Hope You Get To Meet Your Hero" and closer "Diving Down", this album has something to suit every taste.

The only not so great tracks, in my… Read more
The Hunter ~ Mastodon
The Hunter ~ Mastodon
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Have to say, I have been waiting for this album for ages and, while I'm not disappointed in the songs, I'm very disappointed in the production.

As another reviewer put it, they've gone for the 'loudness' option and it has completely spoilt the record. Gone are the 'singing' guitars and drums of Blood Mountain and Crack The Skye, in their place we have a soupy, muddy sound that hides the sheer technical-brilliance of the band. There is, more-than-likely, the usual technical wizardry of Brent and Bill on there, you just can't hear it very well. Put this album in the hands of Crack The Skye's producer and we could have had another masterpiece - The title track being the most obvious… Read more

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The Sopranos ~ Various Artists
The Sopranos ~ Various Artists