S. F. Eales

Helpful votes received on reviews: 97% (68 of 70)
Location: Manchester UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,696,082 - Total Helpful Votes: 68 of 70
Dirt Farmer ~ Levon Helm
Dirt Farmer ~ Levon Helm
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Normally I would hesitate to give an album 5 stars since - somehow it goes against the grain to say that any record ticks all the boxes and couldn't be improved upon. However I am delighted to make an exception for Dirt Farmer which is so good in every respect that to award it anything less than 5 stars seems curmudegeonly. That Helm has produced such a great record is all the more remarkable since he has recovered from surgery for throat cancer to make it. And the voice, though maybe a little rougher than it used otm be is in fine shape, whether singing alone or in harmony with his daughter Amy. The material is a mixture of folk, hillbilly and gospel with some R and B flourishes, played… Read more
The Definitive Collection ~ Martin Simpson
The Definitive Collection ~ Martin Simpson
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Like any 'definitive' collection this one most decidedly isn't, in fact it's something of a ragbag - BUT it is most certainly excellent and while not the last word on Martin's career to date is a pretty good inroduction to what he does. There is a fine range of material here, all of it - bar the stomping 'Lakes of Ponchartrain' showcasing his quite remarkable ability as a guitarist (and occasionally banjo player). His voice is a more variable instrument veering between the rich and effective to the annoyingly whiney but even when the latter is the case his magnificent guitar playing more than compensates. It's the instrumentals, however, that really stand out, 'First Cut Is the Deepest'… Read more
Bete Noire ~ Bryan Ferry
Bete Noire ~ Bryan Ferry
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Ferry, 18 Mar 2003
Something of a 'forgotten' work in the Ferry canon, Bete Noir repays seeking out if it passed you by. Its a dense, moody recording, with Ferry' songwriting in good form and his voice sounding good against the swirling mix. My personal favourite is the delicately swirling Zomba with its plaintive vocal but the opening track Down In Limbo run it a close second.