J. Macdonald

Helpful votes received on reviews: 69% (37 of 54)
Location: Kent


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,347,932 - Total Helpful Votes: 37 of 54
Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Well, I read this book when I was 15/16 and I can say it was simultaneously the most disgusting AND best book I have ever read.

Firstly, the shock factor - this is indeed a revolting novel. In fact, I suspect few people would get past the first story, Guts. Some of the stories are geared towards shocking the moralists (these didn't bother me as much) and some to the, er, sensitive bodily functions, such as the aformentioned Guts.

The narrative switches between the primary storyline concerning a group of rather odd people who are trapped in a mysterious house after answering a newspaper add. The various people recite stories to each other during the stay - the most… Read more
Junkyard ~ The Birthday Party
Junkyard ~ The Birthday Party
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1. Blast Off 8/10 - Perfect starting song, gives you a good idea of the style of the album.

2. She's Hit 9/10 - Throbbing, sexual, grinding, gets you real, real down...

3. Dead Joe 9/10 - A car crash is turned into a frantic, fast pile up of noise and percussion.

4. The Dim Locator 9/10 - Starts off calm and almost melodic, but, halfway through, the guitars fracture and everything explodes.

5. Hamlet (Pow, Pow, Pow) 7/10 - A bit bland, but contains the classic "WHERE FOR ART THOU, BABYFACE?!"

6. Several Sins - 8/10 - More Bad Seeds-esque. Tense and melodic.

7. Big-Jesus-Trash-Can 10/10 - Rabid psychosis meets with a halting… Read more
Bluejeans And Moonbeams ~ Captain Beefheart
Bluejeans And Moonbeams ~ Captain Beefheart
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
OK, so he's not QUITE as weird as Trout Mask Replica. But so what? He's still weird enough AND at the same time, this is the most (or only) emotionally resonant album the good Captain's done! I mean, you tell me the title track doesn't kick you in the gut.

Perhaps if you pretend this is a Tom Waits album. Now what do you think of it. Kate Bush is apparently a big fan of this album too.

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