J. Lowe

"Bongsmon"
(REAL NAME)
 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 81% (39 of 48)
Location: St Helens, England
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 496,718 - Total Helpful Votes: 39 of 48
A Great Big Shining Star by Niall Griffiths
A Great Big Shining Star by Niall Griffiths
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 17 July 2013
I'm a big fan off all Niall Griffith's previous work but I'm afraid this one really didn't do it for me at all.

The premise behind the book is a good one but for me the telling of the story was weak & I find that very surprising for this author's work. Without giving too much of the plot away, I felt that the caretaker's descent towards what happens at the end all just seemed a bit stage 1, stage 2, stage 3 (if that makes sense) with little done to explore why this happens. I get the caretaker doesn't like modern "celebrity culture" but bits of his past that could account for his personality today family, marriage breakdown, work problems etc.. are just sort of skirted round &… Read more
Soul Overdue ~ Martha High With Speedometer
Soul Overdue ~ Martha High With Speedometer
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I love Speedometer & have all their albums and this has the usual great, tight musicianship on it as I've come to expect from them & I enjoy all of the songs on it
BUT
I'm only giving it 3 stars. Why?:
1) It's basically an album of covers. Some I've heard of & some I haven't. With the ones I have heard of, these versions don't sound radically different to the originals & I'm someone who feels that if you're going to do a cover version either make it better or radically different from the original. In relation to "Mama Feelgood" which appears on here I'm afraid it's neither - it's good and enjoyable (as is the rest of the album) but I expected a bit more to be honest
2)… Read more
Hannah Williams & the Tastemakers ~ Hannah Williams & the Tastemakers
Hannah Williams & the Tastemakers ~ Hannah Williams & the Tastemakers
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny, 10 Jan 2013
I've been waiting for an album from this band to drop ever since I heard their first 7" & this doesn't disappoint.
I'm more a funk than soul fan so it was with some trepidation that I bought & listened to the album after hearing it had a more soulful direction that the single I own.
I needn't have worried however because whilst it most definitely is a firmly in the soul camp it is absolutely fantastic & there is not a dud track on there - my favourites are the 2 funkier tracks "Don't Tell Me" & "Kitchen Strut" but the more soulful stuff grabs you, drags you in & doesn't let go. Full marks to that have to go to the song writing prowess of band leader Hillman Mondegreen & Ms… Read more