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Axis Mutatis
Axis Mutatis
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult, 12 Sept. 2001
This review is from: Axis Mutatis (Audio CD)
It is hard hearing this and saying you absolutely like this . There are tracks here that sound a little beyond me . Don't get me wrong I love The Shamen but this album has always been a struggle for me . Later albums such as Hempton Manor or UV are much more accessible but this continues to be a struggle no matter how much I've played it . Sometimes some of it turns out to be good sometimes the album falls flat . In the end it just still remains the most difficult of The Shamen albums to get into


Island Life [Edizione: Germania]
Island Life [Edizione: Germania]

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something to call style, 2 Aug. 2001
This was at a time when they were searching for a style they could call their own . Here it seems as though they are in a bit of a mix between Life In A Day and Empires And Dance ( both albums I strongly recommend ( Empires ... more so ).
But that doesn't mean it is a terrible album . It is very dark and very obscure for all of this album .
Real to Real starts off in a subdued manner but grows deeply eerie as time goes on .
Naked Eye is a very strange track and is incredibly catchy after repeated listens
Citizen is a cold outlook on how Jim Kerr sees Americans .
Carnival sounds like the fairground from hell - astonishingly creepy .
Factory is one of the more accesible tracks on this album .
Cacophony is a short instrumental that leads us into another instrumental , Veldt , which is bizarre to say the least . There are some shouting in this track but most are unintelligible or distorted by a vocoder . There is one thing you can make out is the chant " But of course , of course . Go on , Go on back there ".
Premonition is another accesible track and then that leads us into another accesible track called Changeling . Both very good .
Film Theme is another instrumental that starts off beautifully before turning slightly weird . Having said that it is one of the easier tracks on the album .
Calling Your Name is another accesible track to the many that are and we finish of with Scar which is fitting finish to the album .
In short it is very dark and it is unlike any album they have ever done . It is as exciting as the pulsing Empires And Dance but in a different way that I can't explain . One of their better albums for sure .


Adore
Adore
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Price: £7.95

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Failure they say - fools never understand, 2 Aug. 2001
This review is from: Adore (Audio CD)
What makes it worse is that I believed them up until I bought it . Truly superb . One of their best albums , in fact I'm beginning to have the feeling that their is much more to this than Mellon Collie ... ( which I said was their best but I'm having second thoughts ).
In short buy this . Critics and the mass audiences were wrong to react indifferently to it but then again maybe that's why this shows more beauty .


Violator
Violator
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Price: £13.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The album of albums, 2 Aug. 2001
This review is from: Violator (Audio CD)
Whatever has been said about this album here and anywhere else is true . This is excellent from start to finish . The best tracks ( if you can pick them ( it's hard )) are Personal Jesus , Enjoy The Silence and Blue Dress but they are all good .


UFOrb
UFOrb
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Price: £5.97

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly baffling, 1 May 2001
This review is from: UFOrb (Audio CD)
Great tunes for you to lay back and relax to . Love this and you're in for a spaced out trip .


Parachutes
Parachutes
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Price: £5.24

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor, 28 April 2001
This review is from: Parachutes (Audio CD)
If you liked the singles then buy them instead as this album copies most of the singles . In fact the best song on this is Yellow as it was the only one not to be copied . An album for anybody who likes modern indie or pop . If not one of these steer well clear of this album .


Empires and Dance
Empires and Dance

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The strangest record I've ever bought, 28 April 2001
This review is from: Empires and Dance (Audio CD)
This is one hell of an album . It was made in 1980 when Simple Minds were regarded as one of the coolest bands at the time . This album was no exception .
First track I travel is a flop single but it has a pulsy feeling to it . Next up is Today I Died Again and this is where the classic Simple Minds sound is in its infancy .
Celebrate is next and that was also a flop single . It had a military type beat to it . This fear of Gods is the fourth track and it has got to be the funkiest on the album although if you listen to the lyrics they are utterly confusing . He talks of "someone singing in a shower" and "violence and vivisection". Strange if not deliberately .
Capital City and Constantinople are a little too weird at first listen but you will get into them . Again the lyrics are strange "Hey waiter I'm first class Hey waiter where are we now Hey waiter don't talk back".
Twist/Run/Repulsion is one of those songs where if you miss out on one little word the song won't mean anything as Jim Kerr starts talking really fast and says "I'm lying in bed you can play fear you can play me fear" followed by "If caution is life then caution is sin". Something maybe they forgot to look at in later albums . The song sounds like a train going at full speed which backs up this French girl who must be talking at a reception desk as they taped it .
Then there is Thirty Frames A Second and Kant Kino . They stream together so fluidly that you wouldn't realize that they are different tracks . But the lyrics for Thirty Frames are one of the best I've heard . Room caps off an extraordinary album .
This was their first real album in many ways . They had created their sound or identity on this album . You could buy Life In A Day or Real to Real Cacophony but this was the one for them . Soon they left Arista and went to Virgin and soon the records went on a downward slump . Although having said that they made some great gems like Someone Somewhere and Promised you a miracle and All the things she said . Check them out as well .
One final thing , it might take a few listens to get into Empires and Dance but if you go ahead with it you'll reap rewards .


Smack My Bitch Up
Smack My Bitch Up
Price: £14.77

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 11 April 2001
This review is from: Smack My Bitch Up (Audio CD)
If you had to buy this single , buy it for the excellent No Man Army which features Tom Morello of RATM . I'm not a fan of RATM but this is rockin' . The Mindfields dub is poor , the remix of SMBU is OK but it is good nevertheless


One Love / Rhythm of Life / Full Throttle / One Love (Jonny L Remix)
One Love / Rhythm of Life / Full Throttle / One Love (Jonny L Remix)
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Price: £4.05

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent, 11 April 2001
The CD was despised by Liam Howlett as he felt it didn't represent the album he had in mind .
True , it doesn't but I feel that it was a good move by XL records as when you got the album you were thrown off the hook with the album but the 4 tracks here( One Love , Full Throttle , Rhythm of Life and a remix by Jonny L. on One Love all make this a superb single and a must-have for all fans of the Prodigy .


Firestarter
Firestarter
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, 11 April 2001
This review is from: Firestarter (Audio CD)
This is the song that made them big . It is the song that everybody will remember them for . Unfortunately it's not their best . Yes it is good but it lacks the panache of their earlier work and sounds like they went completely out to the pop culture . Still if you want another good track on this try Molotov Bitch ( I'm surprised this didn't get mentioned on amazon as that's what it says on my CD ). If you like decent pop music , you'll like this . But if like me you might want to try their earlier stuff - much better .


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