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Steven Burns (Middlesbrough, United Kingdom)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully subtle folktronica album from a promising Icelandic artist., 7 April 2017
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This review is from: Brazil (Audio CD)
I have followed Jófríður (JFDR) since discovering Samaris a few years ago and I am really glad she has released this record.

The album is a an electronic folk album (but that description is perhaps slightly lazy). Traditional instruments, like piano and guitar are used alongside subtle electronic noise and understated drumming.

The album gets better as you listen more, owing to the fact that it's not just brilliant musically but also well written lyrically.

Stand out tracks for me are Instant Patience, Destiny's Upon Us and Higher State, all of which start off as being low-key then crescent to an uplifting end.

The album is short, at just over 35 minutes, but don't let that put you off. The quality is superb. Previews of the tracks don't really do them justice because there is so much more to this album that you don't get from 30 second snippets.

Jófríður's voice is high, delicate, and beautiful. Her vocals mesh so well with the music created on the album. It sounds almost like a live voice, where very little processing has been done to it.

Definitely 5/5.

I'd also recommend you check out Jófríður's other projects; Samaris, Gangly and Pascal Pinon, all featuring her amazing vocals but each project is different musically. Brazil's sound sits somewhere between Samaris and Pascal Pinon's but JFDR holds her own merit as a solo artist.

The tracklisting is as follows:

1. White Sun
2. Anew
3. Instant Patience
4. Wires
5. Higher State
6. Anything Goes
7. Airborne
8. Destiny's Upon Us
9. Journey

Price: £14.32

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different, but not in a bad way., 29 Jan. 2016
This review is from: Anarchytecture (Audio CD)
Upon the first few listens I wasn't overly pleased with this album but then it clicked. It's their best since their comeback.

Songs like Love Someone Else and In the Back Room are nothing like they've done in the past and surprisingly I like these two songs the most. Victim begins like it's going to go into a dance track but then comes the metal.

Tracks like That Sinking Feeling and We Are the Flames are more reminiscent of their rock/metal sound.

Suckers is the most familiar sounding but that track is clearly a middle finger to everyone who wants them to make Paranoid and Sunburnt #2. Bands need to progress.

Death to the Lovers and I'll Let You Down are beautiful tracks.

On criticism I have is that I miss the instrumental parts of Skunk Anansie. The tracks are relatively short, as is the overall album, and the singing often begins within the first few seconds. Other than that the album is great.

Wonderlustre and Black Traffic weren't bad albums but this one is so much more solid and there's no tracks I'd skip.

I'd suggest anyone with reservations based on a different sound should listen a few more times. Once you get over that it's not 90s Skunk Anansie then the album turns out being great.

Generic PC-8318 Electric Facial And Body Cleansing Spa Brush
Generic PC-8318 Electric Facial And Body Cleansing Spa Brush

3.0 out of 5 stars Fair, but not amazing, 12 Oct. 2013
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As many others have commented on the issue with the batteries is weird. I've never known any other product only take some types of AA batteries.

My first attempt was using a main brand of Alkaline batteries which got stuck and it took me ages to get them out. I ended up having to use cheap ones from a pound shop, which fit fine but the power isn't great.

The instructions do have an appendix asking to use thinner alkaline batteries, but without having to buy several brands of batteries to compare how would you know how thin or thick they are?!

Now, I don't know if it's the batteries or the unit itself but it's not powerful enough for the body. The large brush is essentially pointless.

However, the face attachments work fine and do make a difference. The brush is soft enough not to cause damage but hard enough to buff it properly. I won't use the pumice stone but the unit would probably be too weak for the feet.

I would rate it 5 stars if there wasn't any issues with the batteries or the power of the unit not being enough for the body brush.

Sudocrem Moisturising Mousse for Kids and Babies 150ml
Sudocrem Moisturising Mousse for Kids and Babies 150ml

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Any adults use this? I do., 10 Sept. 2013
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After my positive experience with Sudocrem Sunscreen Mousse I bought this on a whim.

I have searched for years for something which either doesn't dry my skin out or leave it full of grease. This works extremely well. It keeps my face moist but not greasy like pretty much everything else. I think the secret ingredient is the urea in it. The moisturiser seems to "mimic" natural skin moisture. Like the sunscreen it does look quite greasy for the first few minutes but after it's soaked in it's fine.

A massive advantage of this is that I don't break out!

I'm an almost-30-year old man and I don't care that it's manufactured for babies. It works better than anything I have tried for my annoying skin.

The only negative I have is that after you squirt the foam out you get quite a lot of it still coming out after you have stopped; I've learned not to squirt as much as use what would have been waste as a top up.

I just hope these products remain popular enough for Sudocrem to keep them on the market.

P.S. I don't work for Sudocrem, honest, but these two products have saved my skin!
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Tales of Us
Tales of Us
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goldfrapp at their best., 9 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Tales of Us (Audio CD)
Tales Of Us is where I think Goldfrapp are at their best.

Those reviewing the album by saying it's pretty much a copy of Felt Mountain are, perhaps, slightly lazy reviewers. Yes, the tone and style of the album is toned down and has a similar feel but apart from Laurel, which borrows the most from Felt Mountain, the album has clear vocals and less obvious signs of distorted, electronic music.

Yes, the album is reminiscent of Felt Mountain and Seventh Tree in style and tone, but Tales Of Us is more like an acoustic (for want of a better word) album with strings and the occasional drumming. You will probably like this album more if you are a fan of those two albums. You're not going to find dancey club hits on Tale Of Us.

There's very little of the camp-electro you find on Black Cherry, Supernature or Head First on this album (Thea comes closest; a song which wouldn't be out of place in the Head First era). Although they do their electro stuff really well I am glad they have opted for a simple, stripped down album with Tales Of Us.

Highlights of the album for me are Alvar and Clay, the latter being the best they have made in a long time. I think you'd need to listen to the full thing a few times to capture how great this album is. It's one of those albums which takes time to click (especially if you favour the likes of Oh La La and Strict Machine)

The album sounds like it was made for Goldfrapp and their fans rather than a record made to please their record label.
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Sudocrem Sunscreen Mousse High 50 for Kids and Babies 150ml
Sudocrem Sunscreen Mousse High 50 for Kids and Babies 150ml

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for adults, too!, 1 Sept. 2013
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Most sunscreens I have used have been too heavy for the face (even the ones designed for it), blocking pores and leaving a greasy residue. For us men many others sunscreens leave annoying white patches on stubble or facial hair.

Although this is designed for babies and kids it works really well on my face. It's greasy for 5 minutes or but then it's hardly noticeable; looks just like I have used a heavier moisturiser.

You only need a small squeeze of the cap because it comes out quite quickly and foams up easily.

It doesn't block my pores like "liquid" sunscreen does and doesn't leave a greasy residue.

There's probably not enough of it in the can if you'd want to use it on your body, but if you need one for the face give this a try.

Amazon's price is also cheaper than most (at the time I bought it, anyway).

A Joyful Noise
A Joyful Noise
Price: £8.14

5.0 out of 5 stars It is a joyful noise., 16 May 2012
This review is from: A Joyful Noise (Audio CD)
Like many others I discovered Gossip from Standing In The Way Of Control and have considered them one of my favourite bands ever since.

When they released 'Music For Men' I was pleasantly surprised. For some reason I always anticipate future albums being... not as great.

I had the same feeling with this release until I heard it. It did take a few listens to get into properly but it is definitely the Gossip on form. I wouldn't recommend listening once or twice then making your mind up then. Good music takes a little while to warm to.

It's a cleaner, more "dancier" record than their previous stuff but fits nicely into their collection. Don't confuse that with club/dance music, althought some tracks do have a slight inkling of that, but imagine the middle ground between Beth's solo EP (which is also great!) and Gossip's work as a group. It's a nice progression.

There's tracks such as "Get A Job" and "Move In The Right Direction" which have a more dancier, upbeat feel to them and then more mellow tracks such as "Casualties Of War" and "Into The Wild".

What I like about this record - and Gossip in general - is that it's a different sound to their previous albums, but still obviously an album from them. Bands get boring sticking to the same tried and tested sound and I am glad Gossip don't do that.

It's not as raw as their previous stuff, but this seems to be a trend with a lot of bands; the longer their in the business, the cleaner their sound (an example which springs to mind is Yeah Yeah Yeahs who started out rough and ready but their last album was clean, crisp... but still great).

The lead single, "Perfect World" and "Love In A Foreign Place" are stand out tracks for me. As usual, Beth is on top form.

It's definitely a record which I can safely put on repeat without getting bored.

Price: £25.16

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good intentions, poor result., 28 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Eye-Legacy (Audio CD)
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was best known as being the 'L' in TLC. She did, however, venture into her own solo project called Supernova.

Eye Legacy seems to be intended as a tribute to Lisa's life and music with good intentions. I have listened to the album several times and I am really disappointed with it. If you have heard Supernova you will know why.

Most of the songs on Eye Legacy are simply rehashed versions of those from Supernova and have been given new names, new backing tracks and cliché new choruses.

1. Spread Your Wings - Originally "Life Is Like A Park" from Supernova. The chorus has been altered and now features Free rather than Carl Thomas. As with most of the tracks, the original is much better and makes more sense than this version.

2. In the Life - "Rags To Riches" from Supernova. The original version featured Andre Rison but now features Bobby Valentino, making it sound very typical of modern R&B music.

3. Legendary - "Untouchable" from Supernova. It featured 2Pac on Supernova but his rap has been removed for Eye Legacy. The music is bland and repetitive.

4. Let's Just Do It (feat TLC and Missy Elliot) - This song doesn't seem to have surfaced in the pase. You can tell why this is, though; it's very average. The music resembles "What About Us" by Brandy. It's on a par with "Dirty Dirty" from "3D".

5. The Block Party - Lisa's only solo single from Supernova. The version on Eye Legacy is nothing more than a remix with new chorus. The original version had many elements of originality and was moderately successful in the UK. They've stripped the track from its original state and gave it the same treatment as the rest of the tracks on this album. It sounds terrible in this form.

6. Listen - "The Universal Quest" from Supernova. This was one of the best songs from Supernova but this reworking, with the new chorus, has killed it. The annoying "plop" style music just adds to this feeling.

7. Bounce - Imagine Usher's "Yeah" crossed between most modern rap songs, with Lisa's rap added. This is what this song sounds like. Her vocals don't sound like they're from her Supernova era; they're harder than what I've heard in the past. The featuring acts on this track make it feel like Lisa is the feature and it's their track. It's about "making the club bounce". Original? Hmm.

8. Let It Out - Originally Tampered with, which was a B-Side to "The Block Party". This sounds exactly like what it is. It's vocals from one track layered over the music from another track (albeit a new one). The track goes nowhere and the chorus sounds diluted in comparison to the original.

9. Through The Pain - TLC had a B-Side/Unreleased track called "Who's It Gonna Be". Lisa's vocals seem to be taken from this track or possibly Who's It Gonna Be borrowed from another track. Either way the track is yet another average song where the chorus is the main focus, diverting your attention away from the actual point of this album (Lisa).

10. Forever - "Friends", which was another B-Side to "The Block Party". The original song was brilliant. This isn't. Dull chorus, bland music and completely undermines the original. To add insult to injury, part of this track has already been reused on TLC's "3D" album on the track "Give It To Me While It's Hot", where it is also out of place.

11. Neva Will Eye Eva - I haven't heard this track before so can only assume it was held back in the vaults or was a rejected track from previous albums. I'm unsure if Lisa would have used such a silly title for a track, though. It doesn't offer anything remotely unique or interesting. Again, Lisa is overshadowed by the featuring acts on this track. Reigndrop, Lisa's sister, features on this track.

12. LISA - "Let Me Live" from Supernova. This track doesn't divert too much from the original and, finally, doesn't feature some middle-of-the-road chorus (it doesn't have any new vocals added, it appears). Of course, the original is of a higher standard.

13. Crank It - I'm really unsure about this track, but I can definitely say I dislike it. The music wouldn't be out of place on a Rihanna album. This track also features Lisa's sister Reigndrop who, sadly, is nowhere near as talented as her older sister. The chorus and Reigndrop's addition to the song distract from Lisa's parts quite a lot.

It feels and sounds more like a poor attempt at a Supernova remix than an actual album to remember Lisa by; it sounds like it's trying to modernise an album which doesn't need modernising.

Supernova was Lisa's own work. It talks about spirituality, Lisa's beliefs and her life as a whole. On the album we find out a lot about Lisa and she does it pretty well. The album is how she wanted it. Eye Legacy is how someone else wanted it.

Lisa deserves much better.

To sum up, the album is pretty mediocre. The addition of new choruses with a `modern' edge to old songs only adds to the unoriginality of the album. Ignoring the fact that I know where most of the tracks come from, I can still only rate this album 2/5. It would be less if it wasn't for Lisa.

If you want to show your support and remember Lisa then buy Supernova instead and look into her charity.

Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do
Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not minimalist at all!, 6 Jun. 2008
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This review is from: Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do (Audio CD)
This short CD (20 minutes) is quite deceiving. It does indeed sound minimalist when you play it from start to end but there's more to this release than meets the eye (or the ear in this case). In fact, the three tracks are really one track deconstructed into three separate pieces.

After a little digging around I discovered that all three tracks, if played at the same time, form an amazing single track!

Despite the tracks being different lengths they bond together really well. The only way to play 3 tracks at the same time is to rip them to your computer and use an audio editing program to recompile them; each track starts from the same point, so line them up at the very beginning and rip into an uncompressed format to eliminate any added silence.

The result of this is an amazing, full, non-minimalist Sigur Rós track.

Absolutely excellent and unique. Getting more involved with what a band has to offer makes me like them even more.

Fake Chemical State
Fake Chemical State
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definately a welcomed return!, 7 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Fake Chemical State (Audio CD)
"Fake Chemical State" is a very welcomed return from Skin.
The album hosts a mixture of rock, indie and ballad, differeing quite a lot from her previous album, "Fleshwounds".
The album has tracks such as "Alone in my Room", "She's On", "Take Me On" and "Fooling Yourself" which see skin returning to her rockier routes. "Alone in my Room" is a 'snarly-punk-esq', rather angry song which is an excelent opener to the album. "She's On" is probably the albums heaviest track, and it doesn't fail to make you want to get up and bounce!
On the softer side, tracks such as "Purple", "Nothing But" and "Falling For You" bring back that all familiar angelic voice. "Nothing But" is a ballad about jealousy. After listening to it a few times, it is certainly one of the stand out ballads on the album. "Purple", apparently Skin's favourite track, can be described as being 'tingly'. It grabs your attention in an odd way; there's something I can't describe about this track, but it works really well!
The remaining tracks, "Just Let The Sun", "Don't Need A Reason" and "Movin'", bridge the gap between rock and ballad. "Just Let The Sun", the second single from the album, is a happy track with a very indie feel to it. "Don't Need A Reason" is a cheeky track where Skin sings about not needing a reason to "take a little time with you".
The album has been described as "dirty indie" and that is a perfect description of it. It doesn't fail to impress!
This is the album which, if released before Fleshwounds, would be the brige-builder between Skunk Anansie and Skin's solo career; this meaning there's tracks on here to please Skunk Anansie and Fleshwound's fans alike! It reintroduces 'shouty-screamy' Skin and maintains the 'angelic voiced' Skin.
I once thought that the album was perhaps too short - altohugh the album is really great, it's only 10 tracks long. However, why include tracks as fillers? There's no fillers on this album.
A very good effort from Skin, one which should get the praise it deserves. A definate recommendation!

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