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The High Kings - Grace & Glory
The High Kings - Grace & Glory
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £12.49

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ... to this album - their first two albums were awesome (pretty much wore out memory lane) and their first ..., 30 May 2016
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I was really looking forward to this album - their first two albums were awesome (pretty much wore out memory lane) and their first live album was simply superb, and showed what great performers they are. Their third album 'friends for life ' was reasonable with a couple of great tracks, but I'm sorry to say this album is incredibly disappointing by comparison. Ride On and All the Way to Carlow are pretty good (probably because they're the most well known Irish folk tracks!) but the rest is distinctly average at best, while there is another version of green fields of france which can be best described as bizarre, with an odd uptempo tune that simply doesn't fit the beautiful sentiment and haunting lyrics.

And to finish, there is quite simply a travesty of a cover of the thin lizzy classic 'the boys are back in town' which will have Phil Lynott spinning in his grave!

The reason their first two albums were so good is covers of genuine Irish classic folk songs which were faithful yet given the high kings treatment. What makes this album all the more disappointing is it is full of saccharine, nondescript tracks when there are still a number of real classics they could cover - Molly Malone, mountains of mourne, forty shades of green, boys of killiebegs just to name a few!

Seriously boys, sort it out, don't let those brilliant Irish voices (the sole ready for the second star) go to waste again!

Postcards From Heaven
Postcards From Heaven
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.26

5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Beautiful, just as good as Ocean Drive, 22 Dec. 2005
This review is from: Postcards From Heaven (Audio CD)
Even after all these years I still love the lighthouse family, although this was their last great album. Their first album, Ocean Drive, was phenomenal, and this is a worthy successor. If you liked Lifted and Ocean Drive then buy this with no hesitation. One of the few artists whose albums aren't padded out with filler tracks, although obviously there are stand-out songs. High could be their greatest song ever, even rivalling Lifted for pure beautiful catchy ballad-pop. Raincloud is also outstanding, as is the album title track and the stunning 'Lost in Space, but every track I could listen to over and over again. It's just a shame I can't say the same about their eagerly awaited but disappointing third album 'Whatever Gets You Through the Day' or Tunde's debut solo album.
This album however is an essential piece of pop history, and even for non-fans is worth buying for the superb 'High' alone.

Never Forget: The Ultimate Collection
Never Forget: The Ultimate Collection
Price: £3.00

82 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Collection for the Ultimate Fan (or newbies)!, 22 Dec. 2005
If you were a massive Take That fan first time around, no doubt you have already long had Take That - Greatest Hits from 1996. But even if you have that then there may still be need to buy this, thanks to the previously unreleased single 'Today I've Lost You' which was apparently to be their next single and appear on their next album, had their split not occurred. Listening to it now nearly ten years after the band split is taking it out of context and it is therefore hard to fully appreciate it. It would have got to number one of course, but that tells you nothing about the song. Its a ballad very much in the vein of Back For Good, but with a slightly catchier chorus. As usual Gary was on lead vocals, and the song is pleasant enough, but we will never know if had it been released would it have joined the pantheon of Take That definitive anthems like Never Forget and Back For Good. Maybe releasing it as a single might be an interesting idea, just to see what happens? If you were the biggest Take That fan back then, then the new single alone should justify purchasing this again, and no fan would exactly object to listening to all the other hits again would they?
The album features all the singles from the Greatest Hits as well as a remix or two and the new track, but does not feature their first single, 'Do What You Like'. However it only got to number 82 in the charts anyway, so it's not exactly a hit. So as long as you don't mind missing that song, and you don't have the original Greatest Hits, then this is an essential album for any serious music collectors. Take That were the biggest thing around in Britain in the early 1990s, so this album charts an important phase in British music history. Take That were of course the first boy band of their type (unless you count acts like Bros and Wham) so they were fresh and new. Their template has been copied time and again, often to great success (e.g. Boyzone, Westlife) and often moderate to little success (e.g. Five, 911, Upside Down - anyone remember them?).
Also it should be noted that the track 'Babe' on this album sounds slightly different to the 'Babe' which appears on my Greatest Hits album - slightly rockier with more drums and guitars after the last verse. That may just be me though, but it seemed unfamiliar.
If your original Greatest Hits has worn out from RSI (which is likely) then buy this. If you are the obsessive fan and need the new song, buy this. If you've never heard of them (if such a person exists!) buy this, as Take That were the definitive pop act for the 1990s, producing some of the greatest pop songs ever, which Westlife, Boyzone and the like never equalled, let alone bettered. So get it and listen to the outstanding pop anthems that are Never Forget and Back For Good, the haunting Babe, the dancefloor filler Relight My Fire, and the underrated early releases, which include my personal favourite; Promises. If you are happy with your current copy of Greatest Hits and aren't fussed about the new single then don't bother with this, but I can't think there are many of those out there!
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Fantastic Four (2 Disc Special Edition) [2005] [DVD]
Fantastic Four (2 Disc Special Edition) [2005] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ioan Gruffudd
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £1.26

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not fantastic but pretty good fun, 6 Dec. 2005
After a succession of dark and/or self-important comic book adaptations, such as batman, sin city, spiderman and the like, fantastic four makes a very refreshing change. It is very bright, lots of colour, and a fun, light-hearted tone, with a plethora of puns and gags which will have you giggling and groaning at the same time.
It also makes a refreshing change to see them (eventually) embracing their powers as gifts, and using them and not being shy about remaining anonymous, as most other superheroes will do. This perhaps makes the four seem more human - the public know exactly who they really are. Anyway, this also gives a touch of grounding in realism – guys that looked like that, with powers like that – we’d know all about them surely? It’s not like a pair of glasses each would make them Joe (or Josephine) regular, a la Clark Kent (how did Lois buy that for so many years anyway?)
But I digress. Ioan Gruffudd manages a competent if rather textbook American accent, and Jessica Alba fulfils her assigned role by being as hot as ever (though why are female scientists always knockouts? They never were in my school!). The stars of the piece though are Michael Chiklis' heartfelt portrayal of the thing, and Julian McMahon camping it up superbly as the villain. Chris Evans (no, not that one!) rounds out the heroic quartet as the arrogant guy who takes full advantage of his fame, cut straight from the template.
The special effects are superb (although that comes almost as standard nowadays), and all of our heroes get chance to fully show off their powers, even if some of them have been amplified from the original comics.
One criticism of the film is that although running at 1 hour 45 minutes the story was too short in itself, and that most of the film seemed to be all about setting up a series of sequels - as if this was merely the first chapter of the full film. Be that as it may, as a franchise launcher, it has certainly whetted the appetite. A sequel will be eagerly anticipated, and will be expected to improve on its predecessor.

Two Weeks Notice [DVD] [2002]
Two Weeks Notice [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Sandra Bullock
Price: £1.26

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FUNNIER THAN IT HAS ANY RIGHT TO BE!, 6 Dec. 2005
Okay, I took one look at the case for this film, which sat on my sister's shelf, and thought 'I know exactly what will happen - Hugh Grant will play his usual bumbling but ultimately charming self, and will at the end of the 97 minute running time have won the heart of the female lead, after lukewarm humour for 60 minutes followed by 30 minutes of serious romantic issues.' Well, that's the template for any romantic comedy isn't it? And certainly it is for practically anything starring Hugh Grant!
But, even knowing what to expect, I decided to sit and watch it one winter afternoon, tissues in hand (for my cold I feel compelled to point out) and enjoy. Well I'm here to tell you that this rom-com, whilst still sticking with the time-honoured (some would say time-worn) template, still manages to be genuinely funny and charming - something I found lacking in the majority of both Hugh Grant films and generic romantic comedies. Hugh Grant does play himself as usual, but with what seems more assurance and confidence than the norm, and less of the bumbling and stuttering that we have come to associate with everyone's favourite quintessentially English rom-com actor who isn't Mr Darcy.
Okay, this was never going to trouble Oscar, but that's not why people want to see a film like this, neither will it be for dazzling special effects or a gripping narrative. But it's comfortable pace, simple but sweet plot and gentle comedy make it the perfect Sunday afternoon film to watch in front of the fire (especially if you have a cold - a feel-good film is just what you need, and this film fits the bill nicely).
However, there are some, (in fact, frequent) sharp and funny one-liners peppering this film. The 'com' aspect of the film is certainly superior to the 'rom', but there's not many ways that that can be original really is there? It joins the dots accurately without deviating much, and it is left to the 'com' to make the film stand out. We all know Mr Grant can deliver deadpan one-liners to perfection, and he has ample opportunity to demonstrate said talent here, and does so. The comic lines flow thick and fast, especially in the first hour, before in the final act settling down to address the 'serious' romantic issue at stake, where the laughs are pushed aside for the love. As stated before, the romance is textbook, but the comedy is a pleasant and genuine surprise. There are even a few real laugh-out-loud moments - a few more than your average Hugh Grant flick!
Although Sandra Bullock produces the film as well as starring it, it is Hugh Grant at the wheel. Ms Bullock simply plays the textbook romantic lead, spunky and sparky, bristly on the outside but sweet on the outside, and we all know what's going to happen. Does this constitute a spoiler if everyone knows before seeing the review or film? But anyway, in today's fearful climate, something light-hearted, comical and heart-warming (so good for the heart then!) is often just what is needed, and this is a fun, gentle, completely un-taxing film that fits the bill perfectly. And that's not a bad thing.

Friends - Series 5 - Episodes 17-23 [DVD] [1995]
Friends - Series 5 - Episodes 17-23 [DVD] [1995]
Dvd ~ Jennifer Aniston
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £4.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as ever, 29 Nov. 2003
Simply hilarious as always. Thats all there is to say about the genius that is Friends.

Paint the Sky With Stars: The Best of Enya
Paint the Sky With Stars: The Best of Enya
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £7.24

57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Beautiful, 29 Nov. 2003
To be honest, there is little else that can be said about this album. It is, to put it mildy, one of the most relaxing, and basically one of the best, albums that money can buy. Always beautiful, sometimes catchy, sometimes romantic, sometimes haunting, with a stunning voice, Enya is perfect to unwind to. After a stressful day Enya's calming tones are just the job. Put it on whilst you go to sleep, in the bath, or with a glass of wine and dinner. This album has been worn out on my cd player, and is most probably the cd I have listened to the most often out of all my cds. There are no filler tracks, each is brilliant, and even though it seems human nature to have favourites, I cannot even pick out which tracks I like the least. It is simply that good. If forced to pick a single favourite it would probably have to be Book of Days, but let that take nothing away from the other 15 tracks. The only letdown is it doesn't have enough tracks on, as it could easily have been made into a double cd incorporating some of her earlier album tracks without detracting slightly from the quality, possibly even including the beautiful theme from Harry's Game, dating back to her days with Clannad (check out the Chicane remix of this by the way - interesting!). If you enjoy this, I would also recommend the brilliant 'A Day without Rain' (if nothing else for the absolutely stunning track wild child) and the Fellowship of the Ring soundtrack for the haunting 'May It Be'. This album is a must, and if it were possible, this album would have 6 stars and beyond. Roll on Enya Greatest Hits II!! Please!!

Championship Manager 4
Championship Manager 4
Offered by marxwax
Price: £8.03

29 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As usual, it really is the best!, 13 Mar. 2003
And then some!! As we have come to expect from Eidos and the Championship Manager series, an amazing game is delivered as promised. The Championship Manager Football sim series has long had the market cornered for football management games. No other game comes close, or ever has. I have played a demo version of the game and it is just unbelievable. CM0102 was very good, but this is way better than even that amazing game. If you have a life outside of your bedroom, then do not buy this game because you will become addicted. Anyone who has played a CM game will know what i'm talking about; the hours on end you can spend playing the game without even realising. The game is what got me through the last uni summer holidays. My day would be get up, brekkie, champ til lunch, lunch, champ til tea, tea, then champ til about 2 in the morning. only occasionally would i have a break to watch tv.
The gameplay has been totally revamped, you can see the game actually unfolding. The sheer number of players, clubs, leagues and competitions really makes the mind boggle. Apparantly there are 200,000 players! Each game in the championship manager series adds more leagues, and now they have leagues which i didnt even know existed, never mind players and clubs! It really is the most realistic and comprehensive management sim money can buy. The only real way I can think of it being improved is inventing some kind of Virtual Reality thing to physically be there.
If you are a fan of the old games, sell them and get this one, do whatever is necessary to raise the cash and buy it. Five stars really is not enough to do this game justice, if possible it really would be awarded a sixth star, and seventh and eighth.

Just Visiting [DVD] [2002]
Just Visiting [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Jean Reno
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.39

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Visiting is here to stay!, 6 Feb. 2003
This review is from: Just Visiting [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
For a children's film, i was very pleasantly surprised with this offering from Jean Reno, not normally given to this kind of comedy role. Admittedly it is nearly all slapstick, as you would expect from a children's comedy, but unlike most slapstick children's comedy, a lot of it is actually funny, and doesn't make you cringe to watch it.
The basic premise is a good one, although it has been done many times before. a medieaval knight and his servant are somehow sent forward in time to the present day, and nearly all the film's gags centre round these to medieaval misfits and their interpretation of 21st century life, along with all our modern inventions. It is genuinely funny. For instance the scenes with the toilet mints (wait and see!) and the attempt to free those 'held prisoner' inside the television really work, and have to be seen to believed, and laughed at.
The acting and casting is good, in particular the gorgeous Tara Reid, who looks especially stunning in this movie, along with Christina Applegate, who also looks pretty good.
I must admit i don't normally like this kind of films because the humour is so obvious and in-your-face, but it is how children like it. I really would recommend this flim to all parents, as your child will want to watch it over and over again. My little brother certainly did. There are the inevitable bodily function jokes, which always cracks him and all other young children up. But credit where credit's due, i didn't expect to, but i really did enjoy this film, and can quite happily watch this film again and again.

15: Five On A Secret Trail (Famous Five)
15: Five On A Secret Trail (Famous Five)
by Enid Blyton
Edition: Audio Cassette

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another famously good story!, 4 Feb. 2003
Enid Blyton, long before JK Rowling did it, has always captured the imagination of young readers. It was her books that encouraged me to learn to read in the first place when my parents used to read them to me. They are easily as exciting as the Harry Potter series, if not even more so. As usual the story provides an enthralling mystery for our heroes to solve, and once again it is a gripping tale. Five on a Secret Trail shows how they dont even have to go far from home to discover another adventure. The famous five series is one that must be in every child's collection, and are also great nostalgia in adulthood. A Must.

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