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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting first album, 7 July 2011
This review is from: Cults (Audio CD)
Picked this up based on the Pitchfork review, but on listening it left me slightly underwhelmed.

This is a good summer record, it's good up to date indie pop/rock, that wears it's influences for all to hear. Think pretty much anything Phil Spector was involved in. Unfortunatly the production standards are nowhere near! It's actually fortunate that the record is pretty short, around 30 minutes, as the treble is so bright it started to give me ear ache.

Production standards to one side, there is some good music on here, but it's not great.

There's a lot of potential here, but it needs more work, and better production. Lets see what the follow up brings. Only three stars this time. Can do better I think.

Past Life Martyred Saints
Past Life Martyred Saints
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of 2011 so far, 30 Jun. 2011
What a début. Listening to this it's hard to believe that (1) it's a first full length (as a solo artist), (2) that Erika M Anderson is so young.

As other reviewers here have said, there's a very 90's feel to the music, but it doesn't sound dated. The more recent drone influences really bring the sound up to date. Comparisons to Kim Gordon, or Courtney Love are not out of place.

When it comes to the lyrics, this is a deeply dark album, dealing with a whole list of personal issues. From a lyrical perspective this record really reminds me of records such as Perfume Genius's Learning from last year, or Kristin Hersh's Hips & Makers. It's true heart on sleeve stuff.

Not a relaxing listen by any means, you can feel some of the scarring after listening, but is so worth repeated listens.

For me this is the best release of 2011 so far.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Falls totally flat, 28 April 2011
Glasvegas' first album I really enjoyed. The Phil Spector wall of sound production suited the band and the music really nicely. Unfortunately this follow up falls totally flat.

The songs sound like out takes, and rejections from the first album and are generally very poor, a whole album of filler. Had they maintained the wall of sound, Jesus & Mary Chain influence from the first record, then maybe, just maybe this would be a passable 3 stars. However, bringing in Flood to produce has made a total disaster. I love Flood, he's recorded and produced some awesome records over the years, but the polished synth sound here doesn't suit the band and just reveals how poor the songs are on this album.

If it was possible I would actually give this 0 stars, but will have to settle for giving it one. Avoid like the plague.

Wit'S End
Wit'S End
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solemn & Haunting, 26 April 2011
This review is from: Wit'S End (Audio CD)
The follow up to 2009's Catacombs sees McCombs in even more haunting mode. Eight songs all pretty much about loneliness, easy listening this is not. Downbeat lyrics, such as on the track Hermit's cave, and very stripped down instrumentation, plus McCombs voice make for a very intense listen.

Very much late night listening, for those cold lonely nights, on first listen Wit's End can be a little too much, but after a few listens the intensity of the words and music is outstanding. A real grower.

Love Comes Close
Love Comes Close
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4.0 out of 5 stars 80's synth pop revisited, 22 April 2011
This review is from: Love Comes Close (Audio CD)
Bought this based on a Pitchfork review having heard one track, and wasn't disappointed on playing the whole thing through.

For a début album this is very polished. Listening it's heavily influenced by 80's synth-pop, think Depeche Mode meets OMD, with some Bauhaus thrown in to darken it up a bit, is the best way I can describe this.

I would have given it 5 stars, but at a shade over 30 minutes it's a little short, but then maybe stretching it out to 40/45 minutes would have just added some filler.

Blood Pressures
Blood Pressures
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3.0 out of 5 stars Has it's moments but..., 20 April 2011
This review is from: Blood Pressures (Audio CD)
The Kills have recorded some great garage rock/punk songs, unfortunantly not many on this record. Still full of some wonderful wailing guitar, and Alison Mosshart's vocals are as snarling as ever, but ultimatly this is a disapointment.

There are no real stand out tracks, a handful of good but not great songs, and a lot of filler. I really wanted to enjoy this record more, the earlier ones are great, but I can't.

EPs 1991 - 2002
EPs 1991 - 2002
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best era of Autechre?, 20 April 2011
This review is from: EPs 1991 - 2002 (Audio CD)
The first 11 years of Autechre EP's collected in one place, including Cavity Job for the first time on CD.

For me there 5 CD's covering 10 EP's (including the two Peel Sessions) cover some of, if not the, best Autechre and IDM music.

The packaging is very nicely done, in a subtle way, very much in keeping with Warp records. With the dark colours, and embossed rather than printed titles is not always easy to read, but thats the only slight snag.

So this one gets 5 stars for the music and the overall package.
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The Joshua Tree
The Joshua Tree

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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit expensive, but is a nice package, 20 April 2011
This review is from: The Joshua Tree (Audio CD)
There isn't much to say about the music really, you either like U2 or not. There's 20 million plus copies of this sold, so if your looking here then you probably already know The Joshua Tree.

For this deluxe edition the packaging is superb. The book contains some nice interviews with many involved with the creation of the record that made U2 global megastars. The prints are nice, and on fairly heavy stock. The bonus CD has some good tracks as well. I haven't watched the DVD so no comments on that.

I bought this to replace my vinyl copy, no longer having a record player. At the time the price was not that much more than the regular edition, so decided to splash the cash on this deluxe version. Was it worth it? Just about, it really depends on the current price difference between this version and the standard version, and how much you like U2.

Overall this is a great package, but a probably a little over priced, so 4 stars rather than 5.

Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a Mogwai record, 30 Mar. 2011
If you already like Mogwai then there will probably be no complaints here. For me not their best effort, not as heavy as they can be, but still pretty good.

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