D. Rankin

"Trust Me, I'm a Stomach"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 98% (40 of 41)
Location: Wellingborough, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,483,698 - Total Helpful Votes: 40 of 41
Vignetting The Compost ~ Bibio
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Melancholy Genius, 2 Jun 2009
Without question, this is my favourite album of 2009 so far. Like flicking through the pages of a lost childhood scrapbook you forgot you ever had, it is a joyful and sweetly melancholy experience.

'Dopplerton' could have sound tracked an episode of the popular 60's kid's show Trumpton, while 'Great are the Piths' showcases Stephen Wilkinson's surprisingly impressive vocals. Strange as the comparison may be, the track bears an uncanny likeness to Greg Lake's seasonal classic, 'I Believe in Father Christmas'. To my ears, at least!

'The Ephemeral Bluebell' is the album's highlight, a beautiful guitar refrain that loops infinitely and grows ivy-like through a garden of… Read more
Hard Islands ~ Nathan Fake
Hard Islands ~ Nathan Fake
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
If, like me, you bought this mini-album hoping that it would be more of the pastoral and hazily nostalgic IDM of Fake's Border Community label debut, 'Drowning in a Sea of Love', you may be in for somewhat of a surprise.

This release is beat-driven and crisp in it's production, where 'Drowning...' was melodic, lazy paced and muddied. 'The Turtle' would be destined for the dance floor if it didn't sound like it was short-circuiting and ready to explode at any moment. Which is a good thing.

'Castle Rising' is nine minutes of acid soaked joy and never outstays its welcome despite its considerable running time.

'The Curlew' is the anomaly of this record that… Read more
Blue Bell Knoll ~ Cocteau Twins
Blue Bell Knoll ~ Cocteau Twins
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
I bought the Cocteau's second album, 'Head Over Heels' on a whim a few years ago and, while I certainly enjoyed it, I wasn't overwhelmed by the urge to delve further into their catalogue anytime soon. However, about a year later I found a cheap second hand copy of 'Blue Bell Knoll' and decided to give it a go. It was unquestionably the best 3.50 I have ever spent.
For anyone new to Cocteau Twins and intrigued to know more, I would recommend this as the place to start as it succinctly encapsulates the group's definitive sound.
'For Phoebe Still a Baby' is just over 3 minutes of perfection. Rendered beautifully by Liz Fraser's exquisite vocals, the simple lullaby is at once… Read more

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