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James O'Brien

 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (28 of 30)
Location: London, UK
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,984,520 - Total Helpful Votes: 28 of 30
Down To Earth ~ Ozzy Osbourne
Down To Earth ~ Ozzy Osbourne
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
If it wasn't for Gets Me Through and Dreamer, this album would be a total dissapointment. However, these two tracks are brilliant and show just how good this album could have been. But get used to the dissapointment of Facing Hell with its terrible chorus that lets down an excellent riff (listen to Demise Of Sanity by Black Label Society and see the similarity). However things look better, with Dreamer, which is one of the Ozzmans classics, that reminds you why Ozzy and Zakk Wylde are so good at what they do. The next track, No Easy Way Out is also top-notch Ozzy with one of the best solos of the album. That I Never Had is not quite as good but not as dissapointing as the nose dive… Read more
Love ~ The Cult
Love ~ The Cult
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I cannot understand why I do not hear about this album in the press or on the net more. This is an absolutley amazing album - The Cult never really got back to this standard. 'Love' appeals to both goths, metallers, alternative fans, everyone! Even the pop charts couldn't get enough of 'Rain' or 'She Sells Sanctuary'. The guitar on this album almost swirls, and all the tracks have a dreamy, undulating quality to them ('Big Neon Glitter', 'Love'), with some stormy moments ('Phoneix'). The ballads are amazing 'Brother Wolf, Sister Moon' especially. The only slight problem with this album is the lyrics, which sometimes repeat too much ('Rain') but personally, this does not, in anyway, affect… Read more
Sonic Brew ~ Black Label Society
Sonic Brew ~ Black Label Society
I cannot understand why people think that 1919 Eternal is superior to Sonic Brew - this album features all the best riffs, singing and solo's. For example, the epic remake of 'Peddlers Of Death', which starts softly then explodes, or 'The Rose Petalled Garden' with a wailing lead guitar over haunting chords, the catchy 'Batch of Lies'. The rythm on 'Born To Lose' and the lead on 'Low Down' even sounds slightly funky! 'Beneath the Tree' is one of my all time favourite BLS songs - it combines heavy with melody - something not many heavy bands can achieve. Wylde shows off his skills in 'T.A.Z' - proving he is one of the cleanest pickers ever - not a note is out of place, and he's on an… Read more