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The Other Hand by Chris Cleave
The Other Hand by Chris Cleave
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book was passed on to me by a friend, and I intend to pass it on to many more... As with any book there are flaws, as pointed out by many reviewers here. My housemate read it first and tried on more than one occasion to read me passages as she went, but i heeded the (somewhat soppy and OTT) advice of the publishers on the blurb and refused to listen - and I'm so glad I did, the story unfolded page by page as stories should and since I had no inkling of what was contained in the book it grabbed me more completely than any novel I've read in a while. So, please amazon reviewers and anyone else reading, stop spilling the beans and let this beautifully written story surprise people the way… Read more
Up All Night ~ The Waifs
Up All Night ~ The Waifs
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not their best..., 20 Jan 2009
On the strength of 'sink or swim', another waifs album, i bought 'up all night'... and i have to say I was disappointed. Perhaps I haven't given it enough chances, but I've listened a good few times, and it just seems to lack the energy and genuine lyrics of 'sink or swim'.. i reckon aussies away from home will like this, it seems to mostly have been written while they were on tour and homesick, but homesick gets a bit dull after a whole album-full... but 'sink or swim' i do recommend, 'sitting on top of the world' (not sure of official name of the track) is one of the most joyful love songs I've ever heard, and various other tracks are in turn thoughtful, sad, interesting, quirky… Read more
FRESHLY GROUND / MACHERI ~ Freshly Ground
FRESHLY GROUND / MACHERI ~ Freshly Ground
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Full of life and fun, this album bounces you along with african rhythms and simple, cheerful lyrics sung by Zolani, who has a beautiful voice... It will put a big smile on your face and infuse you with its rhythm - my personal favourite is 'ask me':
"if you asked about the clothes i wear, you wouldn't give the time of day...if you asked about technology you'd roll your eyes in your head...but ask me what i know of the original source, what i know about what makes you sore when you're out in the world alone, ask me about birds, ask me about flowers, ask me about smiling easily with someone you just met that day......"
'pot belly' provides welcome relief from all the 'skinny pop'… Read more

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