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Playlist: The Very Best of Cheap Trick
Playlist: The Very Best of Cheap Trick
Price: £9.06

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Same old..., 25 Mar. 2009
Great band and yet another blood-out-of-stone compilation from the greedy Sony stable. It's a hugely unimaginative back-of-a-fag-packet collection that seeks to milk every last dollar from completist fans. Give this a miss and save your money for the next official studio release by Cheap Trick, which will be worth the wait.


THE NEWZ
THE NEWZ
Price: £7.41

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to their best, 7 April 2008
This review is from: THE NEWZ (Audio CD)
If you like Nazareth, you'll love the Newz, their best album in a long, long time. Great rockers like 'Road Trip', 'Keep On Travellin' and 'Liar' sit alongside glorious chugging epics such as 'Warning' and 'The Gathering' and some simply great pop material like 'Enough Love' and 'Mean Streets'. It's fresh, powerful, varied and after a couple of plays you'll agree there's not a weak track here.


Mass Distraction [Limited Edition]
Mass Distraction [Limited Edition]
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Price: £9.98

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5.0 out of 5 stars If you only buy one CD this year...., 15 Jan. 2004
SPAN - "MASS DISTRACTION"
Label: Universal / Island (UK & Europe)
Release date: 16 February 2004
Rating * * * * *
Norwegian rockers SPAN have been causing a stir in music circles of late, with their apocalyptic brand of machine gun rock 'n' roll a breath of fresh air amidst all the soundalike pop/punk acts suffocating the UK scene. Now at last comes their long-awaited album "MASS DISTRACTION".
Debut major-label single "Found" launches itself into public consciousness with a crunching, metallic riff, dual vocals and pounding beat. It's a scorching start and sets the tone perfectly.
Next is "Don't Think The Way They Do", SPAN's marvellous riposte to the prevalent clone-rockers. It dismisses such bands for relentlessly ploughing a formulaic furrow, bursting on to MTV playlists before plummeting out of sight once their limited talent is glaringly exposed. It's the band's latest single release, enjoying heavy rotation on Kerrang!TV and Scuzz.
Soundgarden and Aerosmith are oft-cited influences but ironically it is SPAN's eclecticism, a shameless refusal to embrace a specific genre, gleefully pusuing a myriad of diverse but equally convincing styles, that may ultimately impede their rise to stardom. But lest there be any doubt: SPAN are a great rock and roll band.
Next is a classic. "Peaceful" has undergone lyrical surgery since it first emerged in demo form via the band's own website but it benefits here from top-notch production courtesy Gil Norton. It ventures into controversial territory with its theme of domestic violence, exploding to a volcanic climax after a rumbling, muted opening that threatens the impending storm.
"Papa" was a recent download-only single in the UK, here augmented by an unfamiliar brass section, which accentuates the bouncing riff. It's an electrifying set-closer and one of the band's most powerful and memorable moments. The sax tends to steer the track closer to commercial territory, perhaps with a view to attracting the lucrative American market. Nevertheless, when charismatic frontman Jarle Bernhoft screams: "I am the Papa !" few would argue.
SPAN have never claimed to be politically motivated but the theme of "Mass Distraction" is perpetuated on the next cut, "Stay As You Are". Powered along by Joff Nilsen's deliciously urgent fretwork, it berates the British Prime Minister for his ill-judged and fawning support for the US-led incursion into Iraq.
The pace drops on the album's only near-ballad, the gorgeous "Missing In Stereo" with its infectious melody, orchestral arrangement and Badfinger vibe. Then it's back to more familiar ground for a flawless re-recording of "On My Way Down". Despite gaining 'Record Of The Week' status in Kerrang! and receiving plaudits from the still-influential NME, it failed to make an impression on the fickle UK singles market.
Then comes the gargantuan riff that heralds "Buckle Under Pressure", a late but indespensible addition to the album. Norton's production elevates the number to blistering heights. It deserves to be a hard rock classic and is one of many great highlights on display here. Bassist Wes Stavnes and drummer Freddy Wallumrod demonstrate the value of a truly first class, watertight, thundering rhythm section.
Hot on its heels comes a re-working of "Baby's Come Back". An earlier rendition of this 100 mph turbo-charged gem brought SPAN to our attention last Spring and it remains a popular audience-participation favourite.
SPAN move into blitzkrieg power-pop range for the next song, "Wildflower", with yet another all-guns-blazing unforgettable hook.
"When She Stares" recalls the slow build atmospheric style of "Peaceful" with Nilsen's power chords then blasting away any notion of anti-climax. It's a longer track, perhaps less immediate than some of its predecessors but ultimately a fitting conclusion to a great album.
The bonus cut "The End" maintains the standard and closes the limited edition version of the CD in satisfying fashion.
SPAN comprises four distinct personalities, each leaving their indelible individuality on "Mass Distraction". I've not heard a stronger, more exciting debut for many years. They deserve to be huge.


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