R. Spendley

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 72% (23 of 32)
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 292,064 - Total Helpful Votes: 23 of 32
Mogworld by Yahtzee Croshaw
Mogworld by Yahtzee Croshaw
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book on the strength of "Zeropunctuation", his weekly gaming reviews for The Escapist magazine, thinking that since he 'clearly' has a way with words, he'd be able to write engaging prose. I was half-right. Yahtzee's trick has always been a string of witty similes dipped in a generous amount of dark sarcasm in order to present brief, amusingly blunt critiques in a way that gaming reviews had hitherto avoided. Well, except for those parts of your computer magazines of yore you really relished- the reviews of the games that got 30% or less. This was where the likes of Charlie Brooker cut their satirical teeth in the 90s. Unfortunately, Croshaw it seems just doesn't have the raw… Read more
Walk It Off ~ Tapes 'n Tapes
Walk It Off ~ Tapes 'n Tapes
3.0 out of 5 stars Gamble pays off, 29 Sep 2013
Just recently I've got to a point in my life where I crave new experience. Fed up with listening to the same albums AGAIN and AGAIN, I decided it was time for a gamble. So off I went to the Bargain section of the Alternative category of Amazon for a trawl. Long story short, after much experimentation with others based on cool covers or awesome names that frequently disappointed when it came to coming up with the goods, I stumbled upon these guys.

Okay, enough background- let's cut to the chase. Don't be put off by the hipsterish cover, this band are anything but pretenders. I think the best description is Garage Folk Rock, since it's by equal turns 60s and 70s, and dare I say it… Read more
Tomorrow's Harvest ~ Boards Of Canada
Tomorrow's Harvest ~ Boards Of Canada
10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
This album is very disappointing. As others have said BoC are a 5 star band who can really turn it out when they put their minds to it, and have done before. All of their previous albums were a progression and do something different whilst maintaining their distinctive sound. And yes, I think "The Campfire Headphase" was criminally underrated. What is absolutely baffling then is that this album sees them so... obvious. Apart from (barely) two tracks, "Reach For The Dead" and "New Seeds" it's a lot of dull post-apocalyptic film soundtrack nonsense mixed in with a leaden retread of previous ideas. Okay, we get it- you think we're doomed. But what does this offer? Nothing. When am I going to… Read more