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Simon Griffiths

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 54% (7 of 13)
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,369,257 - Total Helpful Votes: 7 of 13
13 ~ Blur
13 ~ Blur
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I remember I got this album back in 99, as a bright eyed and naive schoolboy of 14. "Tender" and "Coffee & TV" had just been released, and I loved (and still do) these, beautiful, emotional gems. So imagine my disappointment with 13. It was noisy, abstract and...weird. For a long while it lay dormant in my collection, as I got along with other transient piffle such as The Vines and The Cooper Temple Clause (remember? no)
Well, 11 years later and Blur are, thankfully, back with us and this album just might be their finest work. As brillinat as Blur have always been as a pop band, this is a million miles away from the likes of Parklife or Modern Life Is Rubbish. Even the eponymous album… Read more
Neon Bible ~ Arcade Fire
Neon Bible ~ Arcade Fire
0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, 28 Feb 2010
I disagree with the majority of reviewers here in saying this is a poor, over-the-top and uninspired follow up to a breathtaking debut. Neon Bible (what, exactly, is this supposed to mean? answers please) lacks the subtlty, intimacy and tenderness, combined with rousing coureses and kinetic grooves that made Funeral so captivating. Where their debut felt anthemic and emotional and promised so much from the Canadian ensemble, NB sounds like the band, following a string of high-profile festival slots and a sell-out world tour, are trying way, way too hard to live up to the the hype.
On most tracks, we hear them throwing every trick in their book into a mix of half-baked ideas, and… Read more
Effloresce ~ Oceansize
Effloresce ~ Oceansize
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
this marks the start of a string of consistently great releases from this drastically underrated band. Indeed, it is suprising that this is a debut effort, such is the power, precision and conviction of "Effloresce". There is a lot of variety here, and with each idea they hit the nail bang on the head.
Oceansize may not be as heavy as, say, ISIS, or as delicate as perhaps Sigur Ros, but they address both sides of the musical coin with such determination, and such visceral results, that it makes one wonder why this manchester quintet have not achived the same levels of acclaim and recognition of these and other post-rock acts. There are moments of lush, phase-laden atmospherics that… Read more

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