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Ground Of Its Own ~ Sam Lee
Ground Of Its Own ~ Sam Lee
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Guitars missing, 19 July 2012
So, what's the latest "enfant terrible" of the nu-folk scene got to offer us (after all that pre-publicity) then ? Well, putting aside any considerations of the virtues of song collection or the merits of re-interpreting the "tradition", and just simply listening to it as an album in its own right, it's sort of ... overwhelmingly alright. Actually it verges on the slightly boring at times and struggles to hold my attention at times. I'm afraid that for my punk-rock ears a whole album totally devoid of guitars and without much in the way of drums is a bit too much for me to take all in one go. (Don't be alarmed, punk & folk are two sides of the same coin I reckon). However, and let's… Read more
Dream Life ~ Mary Epworth
Dream Life ~ Mary Epworth
0 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Black doh !, 18 Jun 2012
Dull, dull, dull, dull, dull. The first three tracks are fine enough (although two of these were released quite a long time ago now, albeit in a different form), the rest is dull, boring and almost unlistenable. It sounds as if she has agonised over every note until the whole thing has disappeared up its own fundament. Especially awful when compared with the ground-breaking new EP by Lisa Knapp - may I recommed buying that instead.
Still Steaming - a Guide to Britain's Standard Gau&hellip by John Robinson
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done, underdog!, 10 Jun 2012
As usual, John Robinson's annual three volume series of Still Steaming, Little Puffers and Tiny Trains delivers the goods in providing a fine overview of the heritage railway scene as it currently exists in Britain.

Each volume contains details of 90 railways, clearly split between standard gauge, below standard gauge but in excess of 7.25" gauge, and 7.25" gauge or smaller. This split produces some consequences that may send the railway purists reaching for the smelling-salts, such as the inclusion of the 8.25" gauge Bankside Miniature Railway alongside railways with gauges in excess of 2'6". However to my mind this system gives absolute clarity as to which book a railway should… Read more