John Tansey

Helpful votes received on reviews: 90% (454 of 505)
Location: UK
Birthday: 18 Jun
In My Own Words:
I'm a student from Ashbourne (England)and my curse is loving too many styles of music. Favourites include prog rock masters Pink Floyd and their successers Dream Theater, the ivory tinkling of Ben Folds and Jools Holland and full on rock and roll by the masters Queen and Led Zeppelin. I'm in love with the experimental beauty of Radiohead and Muse, while I must hail Jim Steinman as a God and declar… Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,055,225 - Total Helpful Votes: 454 of 505
Boys And Girls In America (+Bonus 'Live') ~ The Hold Steady
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
...that's what Craig Finn - singer and lyricist with The Hold Steady - proclaimed with preacher-like rhetoric to the heaving crowd of York Fibbers on Tuesday 20th February, 2007. Dripping with sweat and drunk on (equal parts) alcohol, air-punching guitar riffs and complete hero worship, Craig could have divulged his belief that badgers are our intellectual superiors and are just biding their time until the inevitable takeover, and we'd have all agreed with him. Woodland-based conspiracy theories aside, at that point - if we hadn't already - everyone one of us in that room also believed in the power of rock and roll.

Such is the passion and conviction of this, The Hold Steady's… Read more
In Rainbows ~ Radiohead
In Rainbows ~ Radiohead
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Radiohead Return..., 14 Nov 2007
So, your contract with EMI, one of the biggest record labels in the world, came to a close with the release of your sixth studio album and now the time has come to release your seventh. To call you one of the best bands since the dawn of creation isn't too much of an exageration and it would be fair to say that there's a few people who might quite like to hear it. What do you do? If you're Radiohead - the band who followed up 'OK Computer', heralded as probably the best guitar record ever made, with 'Kid A', a record featuring the sum total of half a guitar - then you give the world ten days notice, before emailing fans the album in the wee hours of a Wednesday morning. And, here's the best… Read more
Back to Black (Deluxe Edition) ~ Amy Winehouse
88 of 95 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmm..., 8 Nov 2007
Now I love the Winehouse - as much a description as it is a name these days - and I think 'Back To Black' is a fantastic modern soul record that I would not hesitate to award five stars. Amy's voice sounds phanominal on her second album and Mark Ronson's production - despite, as we have seen with his own album 'Versions', adding horns to things being the only thing he can do - brings these wonderful songs to life. But when the major labels start reissueing deluex/ultimate/limited/+DVD editions of successful abums it makes me despare, especially as this new version is so damn amazing! I love Winehouse's take on 'Valerie', and I've seen her perform 'Monkey Man' on television and that was… Read more