Jim Barker

Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (479 of 559)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,448,116 - Total Helpful Votes: 479 of 559
The Futureheads ~ Futureheads
The Futureheads ~ Futureheads
40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
It's rare that I listen to an album and get the impression that "yeah, I'm so glad that I know about this band and no-one else does". I had that feeling with Oasis - it soon passed. So it's with some reserve that, although I want to wax lyrically about this amazing record until my fingers drop off, I'm afraid my actions may trigger all-out record buying pandemonium.
So, reasons why this album is the best thing I've heard in a long, long time...
1. Post-moderism rocks! I love a band who wear their influences on their sleeves rather than poncing around by saying "oh yeah, we ARE unique". In a year which has seen / will see albums released by others of a similar ilk (Dogs Die In Hot… Read more
Gotham! ~ Radio 4
Gotham! ~ Radio 4
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Once in a while, a band pops up that clearly aren't listening to the records that everybody else is. These bands are either derided as an anachronistic blot-on-the-landscape, or as trailblazing pioneers of 'the next big thing'.
To be quite honest, though, I don't think Radio 4 would really care what anyone thought of them. Naming yourself after the BBC's most conservative radio service, for example, won't win over 'the kids'. But who cares? For the rest of us, there's a wonderful and frightening world to discover...
I'm truly convinced that, in what has been a pretty lean time for outstanding albums of true originality and trend-defining gusto (or defying, depending on your point… Read more
Original Pirate Material ~ The Streets
Original Pirate Material ~ The Streets
30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Now I've never lived in London. I've never been part of the club 'scene'. I prefer going to gigs, to be honest. However, no matter what your musical preference, there is no denying the talent of The Streets.
For what "Original Pirate Material" amounts to is the first proper social commentary of the 21st century. Think of that what you will, but what you'll find with this gem of an album is a typically English slant on modern inner-city life. And it's mainly this element that makes the album so great - a mash-up of urban styles old and new (UK Garage, hip-hop, ragga, epic house, big beat, 80s ska, soul), accompanied by the most original vocal style you'll hear in years. True, some may… Read more

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