Marcus Tickner

Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (22 of 25)
Location: Salisbury, England


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MAKE ME ARMORED ~ The Scourge of the Sea
MAKE ME ARMORED ~ The Scourge of the Sea
4.0 out of 5 stars Delicious secrets, 1 April 2013
For fans of Sparklehorse, Mazzy Star, even Mojave 3 and other bands which play doe-eyed, spangly-guitar sounds. Scourge of the Sea are not afraid to play music that is at times strummy, with skiffly drums and the occasional tambourine while quiet guitar sounds twang and burn in the background.

While always threatening to break free and explode in indie noise 'Make Me Armoured' remains melodic, alternative and expressive of those precious, painful moments we all experience.

This one is well worth the effort.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best adaptation!, 25 Jan 2013
I've seen four versions of The Prince and the Pauper and this is my favourite by some way. Unlike a number of other versions, this one combines very good acting with sound production. Directed by Julian Fellows, this was first shown as a six part series on BBC1. The street scenes are realistic, the action engaging and the retelling truest to the book.

This version, being six half-hour episodes is great to show schoolchildren and a good way to introduce them to both Mark Twain (the story's writer) and aspects of Tudor history.

I spent a number of years searching for this version of the story and, when I found it, it was only available in Germany at a cost of 17 pounds… Read more
Pencaitland ~ Southern Tenant Folk Union
Pencaitland ~ Southern Tenant Folk Union
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Folky Scottish sounds, 1 Sep 2012
Apart from the occasional bluegrassy tune, this album has a very Scottish feel, with its acoustic instrumentation of guitar, violin and mandolin. If this band hasn't played a folk festival like Green Man, Jo and Danny, its folky organisers, should put them on the roster. At times they have a certain Fence Collective feel about them and at other times they remind of King Creosote doing an impression of the Proclaimers. If that sounds pejorative, it certainly isn't intended to be.

If you like Scottish folk music, give this a go. It's authentic tunes and evocation of times now gone, make you yearn to drop it all and go off in search of a cottage in the Highlands. At its best,… Read more