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Alyson Thomas (Neath, W.Glamorgan Wales)

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Persepolis Plus Remixes 1
Persepolis Plus Remixes 1

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 11 May 2003
This review is from: Persepolis Plus Remixes 1 (Vinyl)
This album, to me, sums up the avant-garde genre - it's difficult but ultimately fasicinating. You wouldn't want to put it on at a party, but the entire idea of someone making this detailed piece of sonic art, in 1971, with a computer is just amazing. The remixes are much better than the original piece, mainly because what Xenakis will be probably best remembered for was his theory of graniular synthesis, which he didn't theorise till the mid-70's, therefore, it's not included in the orignal. But many of the remixers use this technique to dazzling effect - creating walls of clicks and pops that pull you into a magic world of tininess. So, in conclusion, not the best introduction into the avant-garde, but worth investigation for more seasoned explorers

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Godlike, 10 May 2003
This review is from: Low (Audio CD)
I bought this album, basically, because of the critical acclaim it recieves. I was expecting it to be completely awful, as most things which recieve this amount of acclaim are. To say I was pleasantly suprised would be a massive understatement. It is, as a fan of electronic music mainly, the only rock album I listen to regularly, and one of my favourite electronic albums. The fact that it can have two sides that can almost immaculately sum up two completely different genres is unbelieveable, and as a piece of sound art, it's still startling today. Mind you, it's worth the 12 quid just to check out Brian Eno's megamaniaical credits (David Bowie is credited with 'pre-arranged percussion' - like a monkey who's been taught to play drums, whilst Brian Eno is credited with 'synthetics' - like he invented the concept of synthetic instruments). Overall, this album is a complete wonder, a beautiful example of sonic engineering, melodic, and dark without being angsty or melodramatic

Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense [1994] [DVD]
Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense [1994] [DVD]
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10 of 69 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Over-rated, 29 Nov. 2002
Being a huge fan of the Talking Heads, and also, hearing the fantastic reviews everyone always seems to give this film, I bought it, and I must say, I was a little underwhealmed. It has dated badly, and, if you listen to David Byrne's audio commentry, you'll realize how far the concert strays from his original vision, for example, he says he wanted only two colours on the stage, black and white, yet, this vision is smashed as soon as Tina Weymouth comes out to play bass, with her turquoise bass and colourful clothes. Not as good as the hype, to be honest, approach with caution at best
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Trojan Dub Vol.2
Trojan Dub Vol.2

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Drum and bass man, rollin'!" - King Tubby, 8 Nov. 2002
This review is from: Trojan Dub Vol.2 (Audio CD)
I am a fan of jamacian music, and this box set is very good, although, the discs vary in quality. 4 stars is the average for all 3 discs, the first disc getting 5 stars, 2nd getting 4 stars and 3 getting 3rd getting 3 stars. Apart from the 3rd disc, this is a fine compilation of dub, designed to educate and entertain in equal mesure. Buy it if you like reggae/dub, or just want an intro to the vast vaults of the genre.

A Rush Of Blood To The Head
A Rush Of Blood To The Head
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4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Um, 22 Oct. 2002
sorry to be a whistle blower here, but i prefer parachutes to this. It's a fine album, but many of the tracks sound like a band have got together and said "Let's do a song in the style of Coldplay" and that goes for The Scientist, A Whisper and Warning Sign and to a certain extent, the 'brilliant' In My Place. The new radiohead have become the new U2, and i don't like U2. On the upside, Politik is an amazing track, and the strings are really well done, and, an ok album by Coldplay beats a great album by most artists any day. Buy this, but don't expect it to live up to the accolades heaped on it by the press

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRAVO!!, 24 Aug. 2002
This review is from: Mutations (Audio CD)
Mutations is seen by some as a stopgap between Odelay and Midnite Vultures, but it is his joint best album with Midnite Vultures. Odelay got the acclaim, but Mutations is his best collection of songs. The lyrics are head-turning in the classic Elvis Costello way, and the production (provided by Nigel Godrich), which was criticised at the time for being a giant step back from odelay, shimmers with subtle electronic touches and unadultorated talent. Far from the unlistenable industrial dirge of Mellow Gold, the frankly embarresing rap of odelay, it shows that beck has the songs and he's not afraid to use them. And, it was the first step in his metamorphasis from L.A slacker white-boy rapper, to the fablous disco-soul cowboy of today!


2 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I don't know, 8 Feb. 2002
This review is from: Autechre (Audio CD)
I bought this cd as a result of The Most Reverend Thom Yorke praising in to the skies and the money in my pocket burning a hole in my leg. It is missing the main reason that Radiohead's avant-electronica is bearable, lets be honest, Thom Yorke's voice.
This album, mind you, functions perfectly well as Walkman music, and Corc7 is sublime, a intriging combination of subtle melodies and head in vice, lunatic asylum marching band drum sounds. Oh, and very good for scaring your, moronic, euphoric dance loving friends with. Maybe in a thousand years time, this'll make sense. If there is such a thing, this is TOO forward thinking for it's own good

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