I. P. Hale

Helpful votes received on reviews: 60% (50 of 83)
Location: Liverpool, UK
In My Own Words:
I got into Krautrock (I'm now passionate about it) through the back door. My all time favourite album is Low by David Bowie and, after hearing it, I bought a lot of CDs sited as influences on it. Neu!, Brian Eno, Faust, Cluster, Harmonia etc. Krautrock is now an obsession.

Favourite Solo Artist: David Bowie
Favourite Band: Harmonia
Favoutite Album: Low, David Bowie
Favourite Song: Subterraneans,… Read more

My hobbies involve music, and lots of it.

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Tolstoy: A Critical Introduction (Major European A&hellip by Reginald Frank Christian
R. F. Christian's introduction to Tolstoy is the most thorough examination of Tolstoy's creative process I have yet come across. Christian has trawled through diaries, letters and assorted early or abandoned drafts to piece together a picture of how Tolstoy created each of his works and what he intended by them. In writing an essay on Tolstoy's fiction this was my single most referenced critical study, and I would definitely recommend it. However it was dull to read, and I actively disagree with many of Christian's conclusions. He sucks out the heart and soul of Tolstoy's work, preferring to compare the ways Tolstoy set about writing Anna Karenina and War and Peace rather than saying… Read more
The Green Flag: A History of Irish Nationalism by Robert Kee
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Irish History, 14 April 2013
Utterly un-quotable from an academic point of view (I tried to write an essay with it and ended up using Richard English's excellent 'Irish Freedom' instead) but probably quite a good read if you're looking for something to read for pleasure. Having said that, Kee's conclusion as to why Sinn Fein won the 1918 election is incredibly astute, and I have come across no better or more sober assessment of the Easter Rising's impact.
At the End of Time ~ Robert Fripp
At the End of Time ~ Robert Fripp
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, 14 April 2013
I bought this after being bowled over by Love Cannot Bear (which I would highly recommend). Unfortunately this fails to live up to the high standard set by that record. The nod to Messiaen in the album title seems completely groundless - what we have here is a rather weak circulation of ambient sounds, occasionally crossing the line from meditative to repetitive. Each track segues into the next and none of the tracks really develop anything interesting. It's pleasant enough, but it's like water compared to the wine of Love Cannot Bear, and I can't say I've really listened to or enjoyed it. If you're a fan of ambient-chill-out this will probably be tolerable, but old fashioned frippertronics… Read more

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