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The Next Day [VINYL] ~ David Bowie
The Next Day [VINYL] ~ David Bowie
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Achievement!, 10 July 2013
From Hunky Dory through to Scary Monsters (with the exception of Pinups) Bowie produced a run of 10 stunning albums. Whilst The Next Day doesn't quite match my all time favourites (Hunky, Ziggy, Low & "Heroes") it comes pretty damn close! Which in my book is a fine achievement for an artist's 24th album and their first new work in nearly 10 years!

At different times the listener is reminded of Hunky Dory, Scary Monsters & Heathen ... but the album does not sound dated at all.

Some long-time Bowie collaborators such as Tony Visconti, Gail Ann Dorsey, Earl Slick & Sterling Campbell are all present along with some serious guests such as Tony Levin and David Torn (who… Read more
Lifesigns ~ Lifesigns
Lifesigns ~ Lifesigns
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3 incredibly talented musicians making music that they love & believe in with a few well chosen guest appearances. Superbly written, performed & recorded ...

What's not to like!?!?

The music may have it's roots in classic rock from the 70's but this album sounds bang up to date. I use the term Classic Rock rather than Prog as these days the latter label tends to be synonymous with widdly noodly 'look how fast and clever I can play!' boll*cks rather than actual melodies.

The members of Lifesigns are undoubtedly incredibly talented BUT the playing is 100% focused on the music.

Oh, I've thought of something I don't like ... I think the cover looks… Read more
The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel by Anthony Horowitz
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Having read all the original Conan Doyle stories, watched all the Jeremy Brett adaptations and loved every second of Sherlock I was a little cautious about buying this book. I needn't have worried; Horowitz has done a fantastic job.

Horowitz very wisely drew up a set of rules (outlined at the end of the book) for himself before writing this story; a very important one being NOT to mess with the formula.

Dr. John Watson narrates the tale whereby several seemingly unconnected threads of stories are cleverly woven together. I read this whilst on holiday and it was a real page turner.

The only bad point is that Horowitz says he has no plans to write another… Read more

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