David Bowen

"exile dai"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (23 of 23)
Location: Leeds, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 332,983 - Total Helpful Votes: 23 of 23
The Flame & The Pelican ~ Jack Harris
The Flame & The Pelican ~ Jack Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Poetic and haunting, 29 Mar 2014
How is this guy not better known? Maybe the music is somewhat thematic, based on 70s/80s singer-songwriter formulae. Maybe the lyrics are too lateral? For me these are strengths; the poetry of Red Weather and Sylvia Plath's Lullaby are particularly beautiful taken as a kind of stream of consciousness with classy rhythmic use of rhyming. Easter Morning is another stand out track but really all tracks are pretty solid. A fellow Welshman too (look out another compatriot Georgia Ruth).
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Runnin' Down a D&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a remarkable documentary which reveals Tom Petty as a dominant, driven individual realising his dream and driving forward throughout his life to achieve continuing artistic heights. His determination shines through and whilst there is a ruthless edge and a single mindedness, his collective ethos is reflected in the development of the Heartbreakers into a great rock and roll band. Never shy to abandon apparently close friends, he is paradoxically remarkably loyal to others such as Mike Campbell, presumably because they are compatible with his continuing dreams. The production and direction is superb and the music speaks for itself. If you have even a vague interest in Tom Petty's… Read more
The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund De Waal
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I rarely abandon a book. Having battled to about half way i started skimming then gave up. The narrative is engaging and the writing of high quality. However the subject is of limited interest to the general reader and it amazes me that this book has been so popular. In addition, although there is evidently a modicum of primary source material available to the author I found myself questioning many of the descriptive sections as probably pure speculation. How can he be sure that the Ephrussi children played with the netsuke in their mothers boudoir? In fact the majority of the personalisation sections describing family life read like an attempt to create a novel within a framework of… Read more