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100% Fun
100% Fun
Offered by CAC Media UK
Price: £6.60

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars buy it for the 1st 3 songs, 26 Aug. 2008
This review is from: 100% Fun (Audio CD)
This isn't Sweets strongest set of songs but does contain 3 of sweets best songs in his career.

as a sweet fan, You needs to have - sick of myself - probably my favourtie sweet song - i read one review by someone for his album 'girlfriend' which stated that his work after altered beast was simply grinding crashing chords - and yes what is wrong with that?

"Sick of myself" and "Were the same" have some of the best gnarling guitars complete with nice hooks and guitar licks alongside fabulous lyrics about mind manipulation and regretting losing someone you loved for the wrong reasons - all of this with glorious sing a long choruses and great harmonies.

The rest of the album is mediocre, some songs are worth listening to a few times - but the 3 opening songs and the 2 mentioned before are worth buying this alone.

If you are wondering where to start a Matthew Sweet collection - you wouldn't do bad to start here as you will have 3 quality songs to get used to - but there are stronger sets of songs out there.

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5.0 out of 5 stars a Singer songwriter with edge, 26 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Girlfriend (Audio CD)
When i first heard matthew sweet i thooght his name must have been a stage name - Sweet by name and a soft 'sweet' voice?? Never - you must be having me on...!

Anyway - Matthew Sweet paved the way in the early 90's for troubled but talented male singers who have alove of guitar to come to the forefront and make rock music that wasnt all about the slacker lifestyle ala Paul Westerberg or Self indulgent pain and torure ala Mr K Cobain.

His songs are blatantly lovesongs - but this isnt cheesy lovesong territory - Sweet explores the darker side of the dumped male pshycie - he revels in the misery of lvoe that has been lost to produce some wonderful intelligent and memorable songs.

Musically is has enough bite and spite to keep the rock fans happy and enough sing a long chorus and melodic hooks to keep humming them in youe head all day.

All in all a great combination of melody and guitar to satisfy most appetites. This harmless inoffensive power pop that is easy accessabale.

Hist 2nd album girlfriend is probably the best place to start for any fans interested in his work and a must ahve for anyone who owns any of his albums and wants more.

The title track and 'evenageline' are 2 stand out tracks and fine examples of what he is all about.

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Price: £12.47

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 2 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Nashville (Audio CD)
Josh rouse does nothing to turn heads in terms of the new multi media world of music of today, but what he does do - he does very well indeed.

The opening of this record is fabulous - the strum of the acoustic, soft strain of his voice - a bit of slide guitar and percussion and were off - 'in the nighttime' is a lovely song that just feels like it was written as the soundtrack for a walk or drive on your own a dark evening.

i find that in this album his lyrics have a more personal and intimate egde than his previous efforts.

the album plays well - but i do feel some tracks are definately stronger than other hence the 4 star rating. he is still doing the old 'song about something sad, done quite uplifting' trick throughout and works better than most artists can do it.

'sad eyes' a piano ballad - has a lovely orchestral ending to it.

'my love has gone 'inclusion of a nice hermonica lead too.

all in all a good album by a good singer songwriter.

HP Photosmart M627  Digital Camera
HP Photosmart M627 Digital Camera

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mid range features for low price, 2 Oct. 2007
This is the first camera i have bought - i took a while looking around and found this half price from 180 to 90 quid - the spec looked good so got it.

and have to say i'm very impressed - looking around it seems that this baby has a lot of features assigned to mid range cameras around 200 quid.

it has a lot of settings to try and capture the correct effect. it has an on board photoshop so you can change the colours and features on the camera itself as well as your pc.

the zoom is pretty good and holds a good resolution - even when stretched to the max.

the LCD screen is big and clear. the controls are veyr easy to use.

It has been on 2 trips - one skiing and one beach and produced great photos both on panoramics of mountains and sunkissed beaches - also produced some some amaziong warm sunsets using the 'sunset' function from the north cost of Corfu.

only down points - video function whilst excellent in terms of quality- only reproduces sound when played on the pc - not when re-played on the camera. using the video function also eats batteries!

and the shutter response from clicking can be a bit slow sometimes - there is a quick shot setting - but this is not always what you want to use.

Overall - this is easy to use - a little heavier than the slim line ones - but packed with features to keep any novice photographer entertained.

if you can get it under 100 quid - it is a very good buy.

Spilt Milk
Spilt Milk
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Price: £8.67

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic fun, 7 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Spilt Milk (Audio CD)
i hail this band as one of all my time favourites - there is something about these two albums they have created that will just never leave me. I 1st heard of them when I was eleven and loved them back then - this has not left all these years later.

The acoustic beatles esque pop/rock of the 1st album has been moved aside on Spilt Milk in favour of a more elaborate and daring set of arrangements. The production is massive and the music is highly layered - it would be a test to name every single instrument used on this album - an indication of how rich the sound is.

the lyrics have moved also from the troubled strains of a modern day male perspective to a more metaphorical, magical world full of songs about 'bathtubs full of 8x10's' lunchtime with Sebrina Paste and Plato, and 'father mason cluthcing his crucifix - baptised the baby with whiskey and liquorice - what a lovely way, drowing sins and tooth decay'.

beneath all their seemingly trinket orientated pop and childlike lyrics - there is something increadibly intelligent and poignant about these tales of love and tragedy.

Overall i think the 1 st album plays better through as an album and has some classic pop songs, with great mature lyrics - whereas this album pushes the limits a little - with some fantastic arrangements - 'bye bye bye'is a cross between a brass band sound and the charlestone from the 1920's - but it works amazingly.

Whereas the 1st album was more beatles esque - with its tales of every day man and simple pop - this is the queen esque album, pompous, operatic yet nostalgic but it still rocks.

a lot of fans moan that they never made more albums - i for one am happy that these two albums at least exist.

Slow Motion Addict
Slow Motion Addict
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Price: £15.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best she has done yet, 31 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Slow Motion Addict (Audio CD)
I have been looking forward to getting this album for ages and felt compelled to write this review only after one listen. This immediataely grabbed me from the start - it is clearly a much more accessible sound she has developed.

From the first track you can see a much more focused approach and direction for her sound. This focus is a more produced, direct and hence accessibale sound which will open her music up to new fans.

Throughout the album she shifts the focus of the songs from away from the hooks and her voice often to the music itself - making this sound much more like the effort of a band than on any of her other albums. The rythm section is tight and focused and the guitars jagged and sharp.

In many of the tracks we still see Carina moving from girl like whisper into rock goddess within one sentence. But there is a big shift in the emphasis of the music which really does rock out in some moments just as we saw on 'Into my blood' from 'the Disconnection' - that track was loud raw and fantasticly furious - the tracks on this release are little more slick but still just as effective.

Stand out tracks from my first listen were 'Gravity Lies' which has an almost Stones esque bluesey hook, but never does what you predict - constantly switching from singer songwritier style to full on guitar lead indie/rock.

The title track is also a great blend of carina's more sombre side (unfortunately the album doesnt contain anything as acoustic and frail as 'Elegy' nor idiosyncratic as 'message to appollo' from her first album) which has some programmed beats that wouldnt be amiss in one of Trent Reznor's more recent pop songs.

the single 'come to you' is probably a good choice of single - it doesnt veer from genre to genre as much as the other tracks but is a good steady track with powerful vocals in the chorus - which fits nicely alongside some of the moring daring arrangements.

All in all - this album is much more focused on the music than the other 2 - which is a great thing as it is rich, varied and very interesting - her vocals can still be shrill, soft and firm in the same chorus. her lyrics are still intimate and interesting without ever being too metaphorical.

fans of PJ harvey will like this as will anybody interested in modern day indie music - in my opinion this has much much much more to offer than anything by current day indie bands.

highly recommended - this isnt groundbreaking - but one of the best i have heard from a rock orientated female artist.

Frosting On The Beater
Frosting On The Beater
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Price: £25.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great in some ways., 30 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Frosting On The Beater (Audio CD)
Got to admit this album does have some amazing tracks on it - Solar Sister and Flavour of the Month - are up there as some of the best alt/rock tunes from the 90'sa hitting the nail on the head with the blend of powerful grungy guitars, gracious melodies and harmonies.

Comparsions to bands like red kross and teenage fanclub are fair, and their is a clear influence of Big Star and British invasion too.

the album lets itself down on the fact that the rest of the songs pale into comparison with the 2 or 3 amazing ones.

I found a couple of the middle tracks a bit uninteresting - they were very 'slushy' and relied too much on a drigey sound, and felt quite slow.

Overall I found the album great for the 1st half but kinda drifts off towards the latter half with there not being any particularly good hooks and too much grunge.

But it's definatley a worthwhile purchase for any nirvana fans wanting to hear what other bands were doing at that time - alternatively for those fans of melodic power pop - get this for melody with a bit more bite.

October Rust
October Rust
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars still good after all these years, 29 Aug. 2007
This review is from: October Rust (Audio CD)
I'm not really into this type of music any more but felt compelled to make a comment on this album. It is a great bit of pseudo goth metal with a witty edge that never takes itself too seriously and hence can be enjoyed by hard core metal fans and the more casual listener too.

It has a very Autmnal feel - it suceeds in it attempts to be all dark and sinister - even a little 'vampish' - they play with the metal and goth genres well - never sticking to one and never becoming contrived - it is easy on the ear too with lots of harmonies and gentle chords here and there.

I'm selling a lot of my old heavy metal albums coz not really into the thrash metal thing anymore- but keeping this one coz its still a great, enjoyable bit of 'dark metal'.

tunes like 'wolf moon', 'love you to death'and 'burnt flowers fallen' have enough edge and playful artistry to it a worthwhile listen.

Cigarettes and Housework
Cigarettes and Housework
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Price: £5.88

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Agree with review below, 29 Aug. 2007
Very nice- nothing challenging/interesting about it - it all sounds very good and every now and again it glimmers with a little bit of something worthwhile but never vears away from decent background music. Its neither accompanied with a grand orhcestral sound, nor a more modern dance sound, nor is it quite the cenfessional singer songwriter style.

Never really reveals itself - although all the right ingredients appear to be there. Its the only one i own so dont know if she has better work out there - but also depends on your tastes - do not take heed of the Tori and Alanis comparison. They are both a lot edfier in their approach and delivery of music.

The Downward Spiral
The Downward Spiral
Price: £5.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars in response to review below., 24 Aug. 2007
This review is from: The Downward Spiral (Audio CD)
I was a moody teenager who LOVED NIN with a passion - the angst fell away and i got into a much wider range of music.

but having revisited this after what must be at least 10 or more years since i last heard it - i have found i still beleive it is a really good album.

ignore the self loathing and 'i hate the world' attitude and you still have a very very good set of songs that are perfectly crafted. This really is his masterpiece - i cant think of anything you could add to this album to make it a better slice of commercial heavy metal??

an angt ridden teen - (although you won't admit it)?? - buy it!

into white it!

appreciate well produced music?? Buy it!!

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