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Sean Davies (London, UK)

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It's Never Been Like That
It's Never Been Like That
Price: £12.34

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars second to none, 18 May 2006
Some music critics like to be all coy and bashful about Phoenix, claiming that the main reason for their success is the attention to detail and immaculate production, exemplified on both previous albums.

Rubbish! What makes Phoenix brilliant is that they make catchy, fun, hook-laden, 3-minute summery pop-wonders without any hint of pretentiousness.

And this album is Phoenix distilled to their most immediately intoxicating essence, coming over as a curious cross between the Strokes and the Housemartins, particularly on the irrestibly jangly 'Consolation Prizes' and 'Rally'. With little evidence of post-production or studio trickery these songs were made to be played live!


The Traveller (Fourth Realm Trilogy 1)
The Traveller (Fourth Realm Trilogy 1)
by John Twelve Hawks
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute tosh!, 2 Mar. 2006
Derisive, poorly written, boring, etc etc.
Imagine the Matrix if written by Dan Brown, badly, and you're getting kinda close.


Ghost In A Spitfire
Ghost In A Spitfire
Offered by usnap
Price: £9.98

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's gonna take a lotta love..., 3 Nov. 2005
This review is from: Ghost In A Spitfire (Audio CD)
Another album of lovely, beautiful, and timeless classics. Along with Richard Hawley, Josh Rouse, Evan Dando et al., Mr Bruntnell is proving that all we need is a guitar, a self-depreciating couplet and a wistful smile; followed by a knowing wink.
If you like Peter Bruntnell or any of the above, check out The Havenots, because they are brilliant, and deserve the money!


Our Shadows Will Remain
Our Shadows Will Remain
Offered by westworld-
Price: £12.88

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite marvellous, 8 Sept. 2005
This review is from: Our Shadows Will Remain (Audio CD)
I've been a fan ever since I saw him one sunny afternoon in a deserted New Bands tent at Glasto, about five years ago now...
Went home and immediately bought the current album at the time (Come To Where I'm From).
I was absolutely hooked, and his subsequent records have just built on this.
I must also insist that everyone goes to one of his live 'one man band' gigs, the man is a genius.
Anyone that saw KT Tunstall on the mercury awards will laugh aloud at her quaint, rather paltry attempt to immitate Mr Arthur live.
It is a testament to his skill as a songwriter that many of his songs sound even better when it's just him onstage, looping and layering,
than the slightly polished versions found on the albums; and they're a heck of a lot better than most singer-songwriters can dream of!
Just buy already!


Sony NW-HD5 20GB Network Walkman / MP3 Digital Audio Player - Black
Sony NW-HD5 20GB Network Walkman / MP3 Digital Audio Player - Black

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The iPod is dead! Long live the Walkman!, 8 Sept. 2005
This is simply the sleekest, most esquisitely designed way to listen to music.
I've always been a fan of Sony, you just simply can't go wrong with them, and the NW-HD5 is one of the finest examples of their art.
Simple controls, great compression rates, excellent sound (once the EU restrictions are sorted), battery life that is 3x that of an iPod,
and all this comes in something that's roughly the same size as two mini-disc cases on top of each other.
Yes! It is that small! No more Gameboy look-a-likes once you get this beauty.
Also, the software's not that bad, in fact it's quite good.
The only minor glitch I've noticed is that the software allows you to choose how to 'Alphabeta-size' your albums
(eg The Smiths listed under S instead of T), but when you transfer them to the player it lists all the albums in proper alphabetical order,
so all the 'The' bands come under T, and I've yet to fidure out how to change it.
However, this is a very, very small annoyance that should not detract from all the amazing qualities that make this one of the best MP3 players around.


1972
1972
Offered by westworld-
Price: £20.00

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice, I like nice, what's wrong with nice?, 6 Nov. 2003
This review is from: 1972 (Audio CD)
I too stumbled into this album by accident and within a week I HAD to buy another album of his. Josh Rouse's work is everything I love about music. Ummm, it's really GOOD.
Caring, and affectionate, you get the feeling that he's a lovely guy who would definitely offer to buy the first round (if American's did that whole round buying thing like us).
I realise that I'm not telling you how the album sounds, but how I feel about it. If that's a problem then maybe this ain't the record for ya?


Private Sides
Private Sides
Offered by Smaller World Future
Price: £23.77

5.0 out of 5 stars Sing the lover's hymn!, 1 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Private Sides (Audio CD)
This is very very good. If you like the posies or any of ken or jon's solo stuff then you've probably got this already - if not, why not?
It's like all their stuff really, beautiful, desperate, quirky, fun, and most importantly - good!
I challenge any music lover to hear 'prequel' and not want to hear it again immediately.
Come on Ken, where's the new album?


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