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All the Little Lights
All the Little Lights

79 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Step aside, Mr Sheeran... Aural Perfection!, 26 Nov. 2012
I stumbled across Mike Rosenberg busking in St. Anne's Square, Manchester a little under two years ago and can honestly say I was completely taken aback and mesmerised from the first line of his first song. A true modern singer/songwriter, similarities have been suggested between him and the great Cat Stevens (not without reason either!), his voice is unique and he has an amazing talent for writing clever lyrics, sometimes humorous, sometimes touching but always somehow getting the balancing act just right - never overly maudlin or saccharin-sweet.

This is a man who lives for his music - once a member of the band Passenger (who played Glastonbury and were featured on BBC Radio 1) he kept the moniker after the group disbanded, and now he busks and performs not to become rich or famous, but to make a modest living and to cover the production and recording costs of his next record - because he appreciates that life is a journey and making music is what he loves to do.

All The Little Lights is his 4th album as a solo recording artist ('Divers & Submarines', 'Wide Eyes, Blind Love' and his collaboration record 'Flight of the Crow' coming before it) and the larger production budget on this record really shows, with a much more polished end product than his earlier records. You'll be pleased to know that his lyrical ability remains untouched however, and the album has a lovely flow to it with brighter melodic tunes interspersed amongst his classic acoustic sounds. In a neat touch Passenger has also included acoustic live versions of certain tracks, which really allow his voice to shine through in a way studio-produced material never can.

This record (and artist) really is a ray of light in an otherwise largely dark and murky current world of rehashed classic records, heavily sampled chart music and manufactured artists. I strongly urge anyone with an interest in good original easy listening music to pick this record up (especially at the bargain price of £4!) and experience one of the most exciting and enjoyable upcoming names in music for yourselves.

Passenger is currently supporting Ed Sheeran on his UK and European Tour, before setting out on his own UK, European, US and Australian tours from January 2013 so if you like what you hear, go see him whilst you can! Buckle up and enjoy the ride, I feel you'll be hearing a lot more of this musician in the next year or two!
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The Very Best of Euphoric Disco Breakdown
The Very Best of Euphoric Disco Breakdown
Offered by VECOSELL
Price: £7.26

2.0 out of 5 stars Great CD - shame I can't listen to the first disc!, 9 Jun. 2011
Fantastic CD but unfortunately, when I received the package there was a sizeable crack across disc 1 (even though it was shipped in excellent or like new condition) which meant the last three tracks on the CD do not play at all. For this reason, I have to rate it down - but the actual CD is great. Thoroughly recommend purchasing it, as long as it's in good condition!


Those Were the Days: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1964-1977
Those Were the Days: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1964-1977
by Clive Corbett
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia as it should be!, 11 April 2008
I am amazed by how easy and interesting this is to read considering it is the author's first major publication. The level of detail is superb throughout, and it is clear from the way it is written that it is a labour of love! I'd thoroughly recommend this if you are interested in the real history and nostalgia of Wolverhampton Wanderers, it is a much more intelligent read when compared to some of the diluted half-baked attempts that are available "officially"...

Now then, when is the sequel due Mr Corbett? We're all chomping at the bit to delve into "Keep The Gold Flag Flying High" the 1978 - 1991 version charting the darker days! ;o)


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