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Zyliss Cafetiere Hot Mug - Blue
Zyliss Cafetiere Hot Mug - Blue
Price: £8.26

3.0 out of 5 stars Great concept, let down slightly by the rubber seal, 22 May 2015
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Let's face it the concept of a mini cafetière-style mug allowing a single mug of "proper" coffee to be made on the go without the hassle of a full cafetière is minor genius, but this one does not rate as highly as my Smart Cafe one - the seal around the plunger filter is not as effective and lets a significant quantity if grains through resulting in a gritty surprise at the bottom of each mug full. A minor gripe overall.

Price: £9.84

5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising, 10 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Philharmonics (Audio CD)
This is seriously mellow, and seriously different. Danish singer Agnes Obel has a soft but hauntingly expressive vocal style, and the melodies are subtle but very hard to clear from the head after a few listens. All piano, acoustic guitar and vocal, with very little percussion, these songs have a stripped-down feel, as if all of the unnecessary bells and whistles (metaphorically) have been removed leaving the essence of the beautifully crafted song to speak for itself. Stand out tracks for me are Riverside, Just So and Brother Sparrow - pleasingly the record company appear to have invested something at least in promoting this album as there are official videos out there for Riverside and Just So. Definitely one for a rainy Sunday afternoon by the fire.

Through Low Light And Trees
Through Low Light And Trees

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mellow Treat, 10 Jan. 2012
This was a real find - somehow there are elements of "She Moves Through the Fair"-style folk, acoustic guitar and Buddy Guy-type New Orleans blues all melded together here, but with an overwhelmingly mellow effect - music to kick off your shoes and relax to. I've nothing to offer by way of a comparison, which says a lot about the originality of this album. The singers' voices are very different but work together very effectively. Stand out tracks are Storm Song, After the Rain, Summer Fades and Erie Lackawanna, but that's just my opinion - all of them are equally likely to keep running round your head for days afterwards. Delicious.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia Trip, 10 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Outloud (Audio CD)
I stumbled across this band whilst browsing for similar music, and bought the album on the strength of the frankly outstanding track "We Run". I was not expecting too much from the rest of it, but as a bonus the rest of the album is pretty strong as well. As someone who grew up with the hedonistic melodic rock of the late '80s this is a fantastic way to be transported back to that era - all the power and melody of that genre but hard-edged with none of the "fluffiness" which had crept in by the early '90s, and without sounding at all dated. I read somewhere that the band had set out to try to recapture the essence of the heyday of this type of music, and in my opinion they've succeeded in spades. The 2nd album, Love Catastrophe, is now on my wish list . . . .


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5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah's solo departure doesn't disappoint, 26 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Scream (Audio CD)
I confess that I listened to this first time round with some trepidation - in fact it took me a year to pluck up the courage to buy it. So many artists end up on the wrong side of a calculated risk in choosing to leave a band with whom they've had success to explore new directions, and as K's Choice are one of my all-time favourite bands I was anxious that this might spell the end of something wonderful. How unjustified my concerns were - this is a fantastic album from a mature artist. Sarah Bettens is a master lyricist, always able to capture comlex emotion with heart-rending simplicity and achingly beautiful vocals, and she has done it again here. There are new directions, certainly - this is much harder edged than K's Choice in places, as in the crunchily heavy "Not Insane" and the infectiously good-time rock feel of "Fine", but there is still plenty of the softer lyrical wit and beauty of K's Choice there as well. I defy anyone to listen to this album and reach the end with a dry eye.

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