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Hagnesta Hill ~ ケント
Hagnesta Hill ~ ケント
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars nearly but not quite, 5 Aug 2002
This is the sound of a band trying to find themselves and their musical identity. It is also the sound of a band that is capable of massive sales if they get it right. Hagnesta Hill is far too long at over 60 minutes and contains too many attempts at different styles to keep your attention. It's as if they're not sure whether to be a pop group or a rock band. The vocals are a bit whiney but in'Just like Money' and 'Quiet Heart' there are two solid gold hits in any language and show what a class act they could become. Worth investigating.
The Colour Of Spring ~ Talk Talk
The Colour Of Spring ~ Talk Talk
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
The Colour of Spring was a watershed album in the History of Talk Talk in that it showed the first signs of the groups move away from the pop sensibility of their previous albums to the looser, more experimental feel of their later albums. The record showcases soaring, melodic songs employing traditional drums and electric guitar liberally sprinkled with less obvious choices of instrumentation such as cellos, organs and choirs. This mixture of familiar and not so familiar sounds in a pop/rock format proves very engaging and is the ideal place to start as a first introduction to Talk Talk. For those already familiar with this album, in particular the tracks ‘April 5th’ and… Read more
Oliver Twist (Penguin Popular Classics) by Charles Dickens
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless storytelling, 1 Aug 2002
An immensely enjoyable read but newcomers to Dickens are not advised to start here. Despite it's famous name which has developed over the last 30/40 years thanks to the stage play and film Oliver Twist is not Dickens' best novel but it can be seen as a blueprint for later masterworks such as 'Great Expectations' and 'David Copperfield'.
Some of the coincidences in the storyline are a bit far fetched and the ending is a little bit too "neat" but it is easy to put these to one side and revel in the beauty of its telling and character development over 500 plus pages. As usual with Dickens the story is very sad and you can't help but feel very emotional by the final page.