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Talk To The Hand. The Utter Bloody Rudeness of Everyday Life
Talk To The Hand. The Utter Bloody Rudeness of Everyday Life
by Lynne Truss
Edition: Hardcover

82 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Call To Arms For The Civilised, 14 Nov. 2005
…The humblest lip-reading TV viewer can spot a labio-dental fricative (or “F”) being formed on the lips of a footballer, with the result that when a permanently livid chap such as Wayne Rooney, with his veins sticking out on his neck, and jug-ears burning with indignation, hurls seventeen assorted labio-dental fricatives at the referee, there is no interpreting this as “ Actually, it was a bit of a dive, sir, but now I’ve learned my lesson and I shan’t be doing it again”. Sports is supposed to be character –forming, but people are turning out like Wayne Rooney, and we are deep trouble.
It is sentences like the one mentioned on Pages 32 and 33 that make this book a joy to behold.
Turn to page 45 and here we read:
Please, thank you, excuse me, sorry-little words, but how much they mean. Last week, a young woman sitting opposite me on a train picked up my discarded Guardian and just started reading it, and I realised afterwards that, had I wanted to do something similar, I would have used the maximum of politeness words (“ Excuse me, sorry, may I? Thank You”) instead of none at all.
What should civilised society do in the present age when the values held firm a generation ago are quickly being eroded? Here Lynne Truss takes a detailed look at modern day society and alerts us to what is wrong with it and how best to address matters that are of grave concern. The reader is urged to take a pro-active stance if he/she takes the view values are taking a downward spiral.
Social commentary at its finest!

In Search of
In Search of
Price: £16.29

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Few better, 24 Oct. 2005
This review is from: In Search of (Audio CD)
How can a man 75 years old churn out such majestic work?Invention has never been his weakness but here the listener comes to realise it is his strength as well
Ahmad Jamal has been recording for over fifty years and he is one of the greatest living pianists. The listener will be hard pressed to find another musican with such style and brilliance.Age has had very little if any impact on his play and it is no surprise to learn that the younger generation come to sit at the master's feet anytime he is in town. This is a tour de force.The play is inventive, stylish and warm. All the qualities you'd expect from a Jamal album.
For this he returns to the trio format throughout. Here we have Idris Muhammad and James Cammack playing with the great man and in the interplay is heart warming. One track features O.C.Smith on vocals and it is very good.
An excellent album!!

The Sun don't Lie
The Sun don't Lie
Price: £13.78

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, 24 Oct. 2005
This review is from: The Sun don't Lie (Audio CD)
Marcus Miller is first and foremost a bassist. This does not take away from the fact that he is a multi-talented instrumentalist who can play almost any instrument he picks up.
Marcus Miller has also worked with almost every outstanding musician over the last twenty six years from the days of Grover Washington Jnr through to Miles Davis.
Here is a man many regard as one of the outstanding musicians today and you get to hear what a true musician should sound like.
This was his first album for PRA Dreyfus. The Japanese version has Lalah Hathaway on the last track and it a gem.
For this album he has recruited a few of the many musicians he has worked with over the last few years
A stellar cast of musicians appear on this album They are:
Andy Narell, Dave Sanborn, Everette Harp, Hiram Bullock, Joe Sample, Jonathan Butler, Kenny Garrett, Kirk Whalum, Lalah Hathaway, Lenny White, Michael "Patches" Stewart, Michael White, Miles Davis, Omar Hakim, Paulinho DaCosta, Poogie Bell, Tom Browne, Tony Williams, Vernon Reid, Wayne Shorter and Will Calhoun.
Marcus uses this album to pay homage to a number of musicians he feels indebted to namely: Jaco Pastorious , Steve Wonder and Miles Davis.
I shall stop shy of nominating one track over the other as this is a very good album and a starting point if you want to know what he is all about.

Rive Gauche Rio
Rive Gauche Rio
Price: £13.83

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understated Class, 24 Oct. 2005
This review is from: Rive Gauche Rio (Audio CD)
The Bossa Nova wave that engulfed Brazil in the Sixties was replaced by Tropicalia.
Tom Jobim gave way to Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso . The new wave has at the helm the very much understated, Celso Fonseca. Fonseca opts to return to Bossa Nova but the elements of tropicalia are still retained. This is very much understated music with the tempo slowed right down.
This album, hot on the heels of Natural, continues a well established theme that Celso started with "Slow Motion Samba". No need for superlatives here the guitar and his voice are all that you need.
Any fan of Brazilian music should not steer away from this album.

Inner Beauty Movement, The (Soul Searching Series)
Inner Beauty Movement, The (Soul Searching Series)
Price: £6.59

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 24 Oct. 2005
This is an exceptional album and is one of my favourite albums of the year 2005.
Lina is an exceptionally gifted vocalist and the material here offers her the opportunity to relay to the public the full extent of her vocal range.
The stand out track has to be " Leaving You". Her voice is in its full array here.
Lina also makes use of a horn section on this album which should please those with a jazz inclination.
Why, has a girl with such talent, given practically no promotion? The other tracks like "Around the World" with Anthony Hamilton ,"Run To Me" and Music are all exceptional and the general view of the few that have listened to her are that this is indeed an exceptional album.
A very good album that will leave you pressing the replay button more than once!

So Amazing:An All Star Tribute to Luther Vandross
So Amazing:An All Star Tribute to Luther Vandross
Offered by FastMedia "Ships From USA"
Price: £26.00

11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average At Best, 27 Sept. 2005
The passing of Luther Vandross in July this year was a major blow to not only to his immediate family but to the music world as a whole.Like all true musicians he evoked feeling unsurpassed since the days of Sam Cooke.
It is no surprise to see a host of musicians prepared to devote time to honour his memory. These are all artist that appear to have been picked by the legendary Clive Davis.
The list is indeed impressive but not all the tracks seem to work. Donna Summer's Power Of Love is questionable at best and Fantasia's 'Til My Baby Comes Home is not soul evoking.
It is hard to ask a true fan of the man's music to depart from his catalogue of gems to focus more on this album. The tracks that offer solace are Usher's Superstar, John Legend's Love Won't Let Me Wait and Alicia Key's If This World Were Mine. Anyone Who Had A Heart which features the man himself with Elton John is outstanding if for no other reason than simply because it has him on the track as if to leave his legacy.
The Aretha Franklin track doesn't really work because there is too much deviation from the song itself. The same applies to the Patti Labelle track Here & Now which as we have come to realise are indeed exceptional songs but not given a fair rendition here. Aretha and Patti may have given it their best shot but the out put still remains questionable.
Maybe this would have worked better live rather than in the recording studio but the overall outlay is a little weak in many places. For a true Luther fan maybe stick to the original material.

Inner Beauty Movement [Us Import]
Inner Beauty Movement [Us Import]
Price: £14.65

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, 27 Sept. 2005
Lina has matured since her last album and it shows in the material. This is a well worked album.

Get Lifted
Get Lifted
Price: £5.22

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 27 Sept. 2005
This review is from: Get Lifted (Audio CD)
This is trully an outstanding album. For once the hype that has been following this young man is well worth it.
I implore the listener to pay close attention to the album and by that I mean not just once or twice.This get better everytime . The listener should pay close attention with each listening to really appreciate what this is all about. Once you have got past that stage only then will you realise how great an album this trully is. If there is any disapppointment it is the fact that this only over fifty minutes long.
I shall not pick out favourite tracks but simply to say you will be hard placed to find a better album over the last five years.

Djavan Ao Vivo
Djavan Ao Vivo

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 21 Oct. 2004
This review is from: Djavan Ao Vivo (Audio CD)
Djavan ( pronounced Day-sha-van) is in his element on this live album. The esteem Djavan is held in is evident in that in some sections of the recording the crowd are invited to sing along and manage to hold their own. The album is a warm glowing tribute to the new wave of music that has managed to grip Brazil after the bossa nova era.

Price: £6.74

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A joy, 18 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Salt (Audio CD)
Lizz Wright is the quintessential modern jazz vocalist. To classify her as a cross between one musician and another fails to indicate that she is a powerful vocalist in her own right. Sure, she would have drawn on the spirit of those that have come before her. Lizz, like practically most vocalist is a child of the church and its shows in her singing. The presence of Tommy Li Puma and Brian Blade as producers on this album gives her beautifully sounded voice an added dimension. A host of varying musicians are called on and the complete expanse of Lizz Wright’s vocal range is laid bare. This is an enjoyable album, but suffers from the fact that it has not been published enough. Most people who but this album will find it well rounded and an album they can return to time and time again as it retains its freshness. A joy!!

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