Kelvin J. Dickinson

I'm serious. No, really...
Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,571
Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (935 of 1,055)
Location: Leeds, England
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Writing, Driving, selective food preparation (ha, pretty good at it, too)

Favourite films: 2001: a Space Odyssey, Re-animator, Dirty Harry, Shadowlands, Moon, Cop Land...many more than this.

Favourite TV shows: Wallander (Krister Henriksson - thank… Read more

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Love/Hate ~ Nine Black Alps
Love/Hate ~ Nine Black Alps
5.0 out of 5 stars THE GREAT DIVIDE, 12 May 2014
Well, at least if opinion is anything to go by. But make no mistake, 'Love/Hate' is a superb follow-up to 'Everything Is', it just requires a little longer to get used to, that's all. It is, of course, a given that bands evolve and their sound changes but the essence of what made NINE BLACK ALPS so damn adrenal in the first place is still very much in evidence.

'Bitter End' opens the album and, I have to say, at first I was a little concerned that the jagged edges so raw and exposed on their debut had been softened beyond rightful expectation. Common sense and logic soon prevailed, however; more a case of the band presenting a deliberately mainstream production with the emphasis… Read more
Education, Education, Education & War ~ Kaiser Chiefs
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5.0 out of 5 stars FULL MARKS AND BANG ON, 3 April 2014
So, just imagine you're sitting an exam and this question comes up: Summarise in bullet points the KAISER CHIEFS' new album, EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION & WAR. Yes, happy to do that, makes a pleasant change from Lord of the Flies. Okay, thirty minutes, shhh, here we go...

* Tony Blair probably won't appreciate the clever title, so that's a good start. In my opinion, of course.
* Unusual WW1 and beyond-style artwork for the insert but it does reinforce the working-class call to duty theme throughout. No pics of the boys this time around either, unless there's more to those line drawings than meets the eye. No offence, but if so then your guess is as good as mine (suggest… Read more
Halycon Days and Cyanide Nights: Tranquillity Publ&hellip by Selected Authors
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5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC COLLECTION, 3 Feb 2014
HALCYON DAYS AND CYANIDE NIGHTS is the perfect title for the second anthology from Tranquillity Publishing. Neatly summing up a distinctively high-calibre bunch of new short stories, I guarantee you'll be reading long into the short hours. Subjects covered are many and varied and there's an international flavour in both authorship and settings. Even the cover catches the imagination; I was particularly struck by faint echoes of those old Pan Books of Horror Stories and how they, especially as a child, tapped effortlessly into one's Seriously Primal Fears. It seems appropriate at this juncture therefore to sum up by quoting Stewart Lee, who said: 'I'll give it to you straight, like a pear… Read more

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