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Who Are You Now
Who Are You Now
Offered by Japan-Select
Price: £15.73

5.0 out of 5 stars Another great This Providence record, 5 April 2009
This review is from: Who Are You Now (Audio CD)
Back in the studio after 3 years on the road. This Providence make fabulous records. The last one was my favourite of 2006. Then they hit the road with a vengeance so most of "Who Are You Know?" must have been wriiten whilst out on tour. This is their third full length record and it's another great one. A (still young) band from Seattle, by far the most original and musical guitar band on Fueled By Ramen. Heartfelt, urgent, determined and cool. The writers of some of the most beautiful songs that you will hear all year. Nice one.


The End Of An Error
The End Of An Error
Offered by PressPlay
Price: £7.33

5.0 out of 5 stars No errors!, 13 Nov. 2008
This review is from: The End Of An Error (Audio CD)
Great rock album by an undoubtedly great band. Easily in the top five for 2008. Don't expect anything more than honest rock music, delivered with a great deal of style. Fall Out Boy do this kind of thing very well, but Houston Calls and Punchline are not far behind.

Good times guaranteed.


Only Way To Be Alone
Only Way To Be Alone
Price: £11.75

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album Of The Year 2008, 13 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Only Way To Be Alone (Audio CD)
This is an acoustic pop album by a US trio containing Keith GOODwin, Tim ArnOLD and Dan SchWARtz. They were going to call themselves Goodwin, Arnold and Schwartz but it sounded to much like team of lawyers. Then they thought of calling themselves The Castles (but there are a lot of bands using that name) before settling on Good Old War. Their background is US alternative rock. Keith and Tim were members of Days Away and they released IMHO the best album of recent years for Fueled By Ramen called "Mapping An Invisible World". Late last year they also released a fabulous EP called "Ear Candy For The Headphone Trippers". Those Days Away records are melodic electric rock, so Good Old War is a complete departure.

"Only Way To Be Alone" is a collection of beautiful campfire songs. They are exquisitely sung and simply played. I have listened to many, many new records this year and this one stands out from the rest for me. I have come to admire the thoughtful and direct song-writing style of GOW and the harmonies are the finest that I have heard since Crosby, Stills and Nash. That is a long time ago, I know and it shouldn't put you off. "Only Way To Be Alone" is not Woodstock revisited by any imagination.

Funnily enough, the single "Coney Island" is one of the least spectacular tracks in the collection. The most outstanding are "Weak Man" "Looking For Shelter" and "I'm Not For You". The coda of "I'm Not For You" is an instant gloriously successful moment, reminiscent of The Byrds "Lady Friend" and Orange Juice's "Poor Old Soul". I never thought that I would mention those 2 songs in the same sentence! The middle eight of "Weak Man" is guaranteed to put a big smile on your face and remind you of how much you love music. This record is a magnificent achievement and you will love it.

Whether Keith can go back to Days Away after this record remains to be seen. But whatever happens next for Good Old War, this timeless record will last forever.

A classic and no mistake.


Ceilings
Ceilings
Price: £10.52

5.0 out of 5 stars Killer CD from Alive In Wild Paint!, 11 May 2008
This review is from: Ceilings (Audio CD)
I bought this CD after hearing the title track on an Equal Vision sampler. It's an obscure enough release even for 2008. It is by far the best CD that I have heard so far this year. Wonderful songs arranged exquisitely. For a bunch of youngsters to come up with something so devastatingly beautiful, eloquent, and maturely played is really a great credit to them. If you buy this CD, I can guarantee that you will love it to death.

Fabulous anthemic pop songs that will stick in your head all day. Well done AIWP - you really are lighting up the World with this record.


Arcade Perfect
Arcade Perfect

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The city is theirs ..., 30 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Arcade Perfect (Audio CD)
I have had this CD for a few weeks and I must admit it's pretty awesome stuff. If you are new to SB6, they are from Manchester and they specialize in mixing up musical styles in quite a revolutionary way. So you get a punk/ska base with some inspired rapping all delivered at high speed. I love this CD and for me it proves that there is pretty much no-one else to touch SB6 musically. Their politics you can take or leave but I find their observations absolutely spot-on. Their melodies and hooks are really without any equal in 2007 and their spirit and fire rival any of the best punk acts, either past or present.

I feel that they have really grown since their last wonderful effort, "Ruff Guide To Genre Terrorism", and their arrangements on this CD are beautifully constructed. On top of which, they seem to be very comfortable with the album format - they really know how to finish a record as the fabulous "For 12 weeks, the city is theirs" proves beyond a doubt. But in fairness, every track is an absolute gem.

As it is with all great groups, if you buy this CD I can guarantee that you are going to be instantly hooked on their blend of musical brilliance. This one is pretty close to my favourite album of the year and I strongly suspect that some lists are going to have to be hastily re-written. It is ironic that in a year when, in my opinion, British music has had very little of value to offer, this CD arrives late in the day. It is also particularly gratifying to find that it is by folks from my home town. I cannot recommend this album highly enough and I can't wait to hear their next one.


No World For Tomorrow (Deluxe Edition) (Clean) (CD/DVD)
No World For Tomorrow (Deluxe Edition) (Clean) (CD/DVD)
Price: £23.76

5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year, 30 Nov. 2007
2007 has been a great year for music and has now been capped off by a fabulous record by Coheed and Cambria. This is, without doubt in my opinion, the album of the year. It is accessible, intelligent, loud, lively rock music and even if you don't want to follow the concept story line, I can guarantee that you will love this CD for years. One of the things that I like the most about Coheed is that you can pick up almost any of their CDs and enjoy an hour or so of great music, without worrying too much about the mythology. You just need to pull on your King Crimson T shirt (it's at the back of your wardrobe) like Travis does on the "Making Of" DVD that accompanies this package, and listen to something that used to be called progressive rock. Don't worry, the term is irrelevant really, you just need to listen.

As a Coheed "noob" all I can say in addition to the compliments showered on this album by the Amazon reviewers is this: If you have any interest at all in rock music, this album will leave you with your jaw on the floor. And the DVD (equally revealing) is just what you would expect from a band at the top of their game. Sorry that they lost Josh, equally glad that Michael is back. Love them to death. Well done guys, Claudio and co take a bow!


The Chronicles Of A Bohemian Teenager
The Chronicles Of A Bohemian Teenager
Price: £5.23

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superman Sam!, 25 Aug. 2007
This is a very wonderful record. A lone performer called Sam Duckworth donning a massive monicker that seems doomed to obscurity. I sure hope that Sam gets the recognition he deserves. Armed with an acoustic guitar, an occasional moog synthesizer, an occasional trumpet and some peerless pop songs, Sam moves pop music upwards and onwards with this CD. Some folks will judge ths musical style as nothing new and reactionary even. Don't worry, they could not be more wrong - only the deepest cynic could fail to be moved by the songs on offer here.

This is close to my favourite CD of the year, only eclipsed by The Rocket Summer; unmistakenly English, stylish and cool, Get cape, Wear Cape, Fly indeed. This one will last forever - you will be in a box before you tire of this record. Go get it now!


Do You Feel
Do You Feel
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £11.39

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The brightest rocket of the summer!, 10 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Do You Feel (Audio CD)
So many great CDs in 2007, Fueled By Ramen still leading the way with The Academy Is and Fall Out Boy, until now that is.

Here comes the World's best one man band, Bryce Avary, recording as The Rocket Summer. For the record, this is TRS's 3rd CD and his first for Island records. "Calendar Days" and "Hello Good Friend" are full of beautiful pop songs with a very high "feel good" factor and plenty of other Amazon reviewers have poured praise upon them. "Do You Feel" continues where the previous CDs left off. This one is a little more polished and I think it is his best yet. Beautiful melodies sang with deep feeling. Bryce plays all the instruments with great enthusiasm and verve. This is the sound of a young guy (still only 23, I think) having a lot of fun. Would you call it art? I don't think Bryce Avary would ever be so pretentious - if you like Something Corporate / Jack's Mannequin, Ben Folds (I am sure you know the kind of thing by now) you are gonna love this one.

The best CD of 2007 so far for me. Highly recommended.


Gypsy Blood
Gypsy Blood

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More blood on the tracks, 6 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Gypsy Blood (Audio CD)
Wow, looking at the foregoing reviews, DBD continue to do what they did in 1979, polarize opinion between drooling devotees and people left cold. I am in the first group if you're interested.

What can I tell you? I have personally played these songs for years and still love them. I love Leven's style of singing, the melodies, the "Hendrix-in-the-garage" guitar. I think these are great songs (and the ones on Remember are equally good). I don't think that DBD are going to add much to their existing fan base - there is far much more progressive music being made in 2007. But Gypsy Blood is one of my most favourite ever records and I am so pleased that it's finally out on CD.


Remember
Remember

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never forgotten, 6 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Remember (Audio CD)
DBD really have always been timeless. Remember is a wonderful record from the first note to the last and finally available on CD. Those folks lucky enough to have the vinyl albums have finally had their prayers answered. The reviewers before me have really said it all, but to anyone new to these songs, you can expect to hear guitar playing on a Hendrix level (without the over-indulgence), unique singing (unequalled either before or since - why aren't there more REAL gypsy rock singers?), and a standard of songwriting which has no peer. All this in 1979 as well. It is really a late 60s rock format but it undoubtedly works.

I highly recommend this to anyone with even a slight interest in rock music. Get Gypsy Blood too, it's a great deal from Amazon and it's another blinding DBD album.


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