Alan Berry

Alan Berry
Helpful votes received on reviews: 78% (87 of 112)
Location: Tyldesley, England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 138,745 - Total Helpful Votes: 87 of 112
Levels of Life by Julian Barnes
Levels of Life by Julian Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Grief laid bare, 25 May 2013
Julian Barnes has a habit of writing in a way that touches people on an emotional level, and he is a brave man to write so candidly about his own grief. In another writer's hands this could have been either over sentimental or over self pitying, but he uses a mixture of allegory and personal recollections to create a powerful and moving account of coming to terms with his own devastating loss.
He is certainly one of our most accomplished writers and an absolute master of his art.
Sigh No More ~ Mumford & Sons
Sigh No More ~ Mumford & Sons
13 of 32 people found the following review helpful
I bought this album on the strength of the reviews. I read all the plaudits and the comparisons to (among others)the Strawbs, Nick Cave, Muswell Hillbilly era Kinks. I love Folk & Roots music. How could I possibly go wrong ????..............

I played it once and (literally)threw it into a rubbish bin!
It was shallow, dreary, boringly repetitive. God alone knows why lots of people actually enjoy such utter drivel.

The one star is awarded for their nerve in releasing this garbage.
To The One <a href="">John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension</a><span class="byLinePipe"> | </span><span class="byLinePipe">Format:</span> MP3 Download
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Master Craftsman, 5 May 2011
This album is a masterclass in well crafted jazz ensemble playing. There seems to be a telepathic understanding between the players and the result is just mesmerising. You can just tell that these guys are operating on a whole different musical level.

A couple of tracks, Discovery & The Fine Line, are reminiscent of Mahavishnu but without the breakneck speed of those earlier days.

Indeed, all the arrangements here are very tight and economical and played at a comfortable pace that suits these particular musicians and gives the whole band equal space rather than just being a vehicle for John's own virtuosity.

Guitar synthesiser is employed on a couple of… Read more