Matthew Thorpe

Helpful votes received on reviews: 58% (188 of 322)
Location: London


Top Reviewer Ranking: 184,271 - Total Helpful Votes: 188 of 322
Celery! Representing Chelsea in the 1980s by Kelvin Barker
Reading books about football can be a frustrating experience. Transferring the excitement, intrigue and passion that features on the pitch to the written word is pretty hard. Also when focussing on one particular team; whats the difference from one team to another? Take the name and location away and its a case of win-some; lose-some; draw-some games year in year out. OK; it maybe a little different between a Division One team and a Conference team but you know what I mean?

In that context Kelvin Barker makes a good attempt at telling the somewhat different experiences of the Chelsea fan during the 1980's. With the state of the club and the off-pitch violence ( and some on… Read more
Thin Lizzy: The Boys Are Back in Town by Harry Doherty
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
As a testament to a great band this meagre 160 page (that includes loads of photos) document falls short in painting any picture other than the most rudimentary description of their history.

There is no context of their youth, upbringing, family, culture, interests or place of origin that you may expect from a history/biography of anybody or anything. The band members interest in music and why they chose to play or do what they do is left for the reader to surmise.

At one point the book describes a house in Dublin where Lynott, Bell and Downey live and that the tv was never on as they were always listening to music; what music? Apparently this same house regularly… Read more
Riitiir ~ Enslaved
Riitiir ~ Enslaved
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Another remarkable album from Enslaved, building upon their previous album Axioma Ethica Odini. Very familiar trademarks of dramatic long tracks, white noise and duets between the gutteral singing and more melodic singing. As seems to be the case with their music a number of listens are required until I can finally understand what is going on and make sense of some the ajoining sections and melodies.

Why is this band not bigger than they are?