Learn more Shop now Learn more Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Learn more Click Here Shop Kindle Amazon Music Unlimited for Family Shop now Shop Now
Profile for D. Newton > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by D. Newton
Top Reviewer Ranking: 27,120
Helpful Votes: 681

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
D. Newton (Swindon, Wilts)

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-16
pixel
Red House Painters 1
Red House Painters 1

4.0 out of 5 stars Beatifully Imperfect, 16 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Red House Painters 1 (Audio CD)
Dearly loved by a devoted following of fans for their beautiful, soulful, semi-acoustic brand of melancholic Americana, Mark Kozelek's Red House Painters were frustratingly just short of delivering that one killer album, but this sprawling 75-minute double (often known as the `Rollercoaster Album' to distinguish it from the band's second self-titled release) may well be their best effort.

Kozelek's rich voice has never sounded better here and the musicianship is excellent throughout. The lyrics, often intensely personal on tracks like `Katy Song' and `Grace Cathedral Park', describe the acute pain of failed relationships but also evoke a sepia-tinged nostalgia on songs such as the gorgeously wistful `Rollercoaster'.

All of those songs just mentioned are amongst the finest in RHP's canon, but there are many more beauties here, like the lovely `Things Mean a Lot' and the acoustic `Take Me Out'.

The highly personal nature of Kozelek's songwriting probably makes a surfeit of self-indulgence inevitable, but do we really need two versions of `Mistress' (fine song though it is)? Also, I defy any RHP fan not to admit that `Funhouse' is painfully turgid.

Minor criticisms though, in the context of the record overall, which I loved as a callow youth upon its release and still really enjoy now.


Red House Painters
Red House Painters
Price: £8.74

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beatifully Imperfect, 16 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Red House Painters (Audio CD)
Dearly loved by a devoted following of fans for their beautiful, soulful, semi-acoustic brand of melancholic Americana, Mark Kozelek's Red House Painters were frustratingly just short of delivering that one killer album, but this sprawling 75-minute double (often known as the `Rollercoaster Album' to distinguish it from the band's second self-titled release) may well be their best effort.

Kozelek's rich voice has never sounded better here and the musicianship is excellent throughout. The lyrics, often intensely personal on tracks like `Katy Song' and `Grace Cathedral Park', describe the acute pain of failed relationships but also evoke a sepia-tinged nostalgia on songs such as the gorgeously wistful `Rollercoaster'.

All of those songs just mentioned are amongst the finest in RHP's canon, but there are many more beauties here, like the lovely `Things Mean a Lot' and the acoustic `Take Me Out'.

The highly personal nature of Kozelek's songwriting probably makes a surfeit of self-indulgence inevitable, but do we really need two versions of `Mistress' (fine song though it is)? Also, I defy any RHP fan not to admit that `Funhouse' is painfully turgid.

Minor criticisms though, in the context of the record overall, which I loved as a callow youth upon its release and still really enjoy now.
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jan 24, 2015 10:38 AM GMT


This Is Our Music (1990)
This Is Our Music (1990)
Offered by nagiry
Price: £9.30

5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Was Saved For Last, 25 Nov. 2007
`This Is Our Music' indeed - with their boldly-titled final album title Galaxie 500 transcend their Velvet Underground influences and deliver the best and most confident record of their career.

All of the elements of their sound which so endeared them to the indie scene of the late 1980s are present; delicate percussion, emotional vocals and beautifully atmospheric guitars, but there is a new boldness to the band's sound here. Listen to them tacking an obscure cover version (Yoko Ono, anyone?), improvising an extended guitar workout and marvel at the power of the heavily reverbed guitar solo on `Sorry'.

`This Is Our Music's" best track is `Summertime' - a wonderfully controlled guitar piece, drenched in atmosphere and melody, superbly evocative of its subject matter. This is the band at their strongest and most self-assured, but the songwriting is strong throughout.

Their wonderfully kooky lyrics are also in evidence - witness the record's opening couplet: `I wrote a poem on a dog biscuit/And my dog refused to look at it'. Genius.

Once more, Kramer the producer is the de facto fourth member of the band, introducing otherwordly effects and sounds into the mix.

If you are reading this review you probably know all this already but Galaxie 500 have an almost iconic status in their genre and have influenced successive bands such as Low. When they split not long after this record came out they did so at the height of their powers and left a much-loved musical legacy. I love `This Is Our Music' as much today as I did in 1990 which is a rare thing indeed. Precious stuff.


This Is Our Music
This Is Our Music

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Was Saved For Last, 25 Nov. 2007
This review is from: This Is Our Music (Audio CD)
`This Is Our Music' indeed - with their boldly-titled final album title Galaxie 500 transcend their Velvet Underground influences and deliver the best and most confident record of their career.

All of the elements of their sound which so endeared them to the indie scene of the late 1980s are present; delicate percussion, emotional vocals and beautifully atmospheric guitars, but there is a new boldness to the band's sound here. Listen to them tacking an obscure cover version (Yoko Ono, anyone?), improvising an extended guitar workout and marvel at the power of the heavily reverbed guitar solo on `Sorry'.

`This Is Our Music's" best track is `Summertime' - a wonderfully controlled guitar piece, drenched in atmosphere and melody, superbly evocative of its subject matter. This is the band at their strongest and most self-assured, but the songwriting is strong throughout.

Their wonderfully kooky lyrics are also in evidence - witness the record's opening couplet: `I wrote a poem on a dog biscuit/And my dog refused to look at it'. Genius.

Once more, Kramer the producer is the de facto fourth member of the band, introducing otherwordly effects and sounds into the mix.

If you are reading this review you probably know all this already but Galaxie 500 have an almost iconic status in their genre and have influenced successive bands such as Low. When they split not long after this record came out they did so at the height of their powers and left a much-loved musical legacy. I love `This Is Our Music' as much today as I did in 1990 which is a rare thing indeed. Precious stuff.


This Is Our Music
This Is Our Music
Offered by WORLD WIDE MEDIA MARKET
Price: £26.75

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Was Saved For Last, 25 Nov. 2007
This review is from: This Is Our Music (Audio CD)
`This Is Our Music' indeed - with their boldly-titled final album title Galaxie 500 transcend their Velvet Underground influences and deliver the best and most confident record of their career.

All of the elements of their sound which so endeared them to the indie scene of the late 1980s are present; delicate percussion, emotional vocals and beautifully atmospheric guitars, but there is a new boldness to the band's sound here. Listen to them tacking an obscure cover version (Yoko Ono, anyone?), improvising an extended guitar workout and marvel at the power of the heavily reverbed guitar solo on `Sorry'.

`This Is Our Music's" best track is `Summertime' - a wonderfully controlled guitar piece, drenched in atmosphere and melody, superbly evocative of its subject matter. This is the band at their strongest and most self-assured, but the songwriting is strong throughout.

Their wonderfully kooky lyrics are also in evidence - witness the record's opening couplet: `I wrote a poem on a dog biscuit/And my dog refused to look at it'. Genius.

Once more, Kramer the producer is the de facto fourth member of the band, introducing otherwordly effects and sounds into the mix.

If you are reading this review you probably know all this already but Galaxie 500 have an almost iconic status in their genre and have influenced successive bands such as Low. When they split not long after this record came out they did so at the height of their powers and left a much-loved musical legacy. I love `This Is Our Music' as much today as I did in 1990 which is a rare thing indeed. Precious stuff.


Near Life Experience
Near Life Experience

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Full Life Experience, 22 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Near Life Experience (Audio CD)
At about half an hour long, `Near Life Experience' is a distilled blast of everything Come do so well. Incredibly raw blues/grunge rock is driven by Thalia Zedek's unique rasping, howling vocals which lend an incredible amount of passion and emotion to the music.

Absolutlely no filler here - this record is so strong from beginning to end. Songs lurch gleefully around with scant regard for conventional structure, particular favourites of mine are `Weak As The Moon' with its delicate intro followed by pounding drums and `Secret Number', featuring so many changes of pace and direction it will leave you dizzy at its brilliance.

You even get a sort-of ballad at the end in `Sloe Eyed' a lament to life wasted by addiction and torment.

I cannot believe no-one has reviewed this album before me. Get this first if you are interested in this remarkable band then get all their other records because rock don't get much better than this.


Amber
Amber
Offered by fast_dispatch-uk
Price: £14.90

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ice Cold, 22 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Amber (Audio CD)
Amber' is a remarkably atmospheric record - pure electronica with a cold, programmed, robotic feel which is nevertheless eerily compelling.

The opening track `Foil' sets the scene superbly. Mechanical pulsing drones are overlaid with unconventional bursts of sound and percussion to create an unlikely but effective melody.

There is beauty too on this record - `Silverside' features glacial synth washes sweeping over heavily-treated babbling vocal effects and harsh mechanical beats. The track ends with a lovely synth flourish. The following track, `Slip' has almost perky beats and frolicking percussion.

But the over-riding feeling to the record is of a robotic dystopia which conjures up `Blade Runner' style visions. The sound is cold: `Further' is driven by dripping sounds which could be melting glaciers, but `Amber' is haunting and really gets under your skin. The strong closing track `Teartear' is brutal and menacing and sounds like a legion of battle robots on the march. Overall, it sounds hard to believe that this record wasn't made entirely by machines and that is a compliment to how well its atmosphere works.

My only criticism would be the length. At 74 minutes `Amber' is too long and its slight lack of variety shows through. Even so, I like it very much.


Amber
Amber

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ice Cold, 22 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Amber (Audio CD)
Amber' is a remarkably atmospheric record - pure electronica with a cold, programmed, robotic feel which is nevertheless eerily compelling.

The opening track `Foil' sets the scene superbly. Mechanical pulsing drones are overlaid with unconventional bursts of sound and percussion to create an unlikely but effective melody.

There is beauty too on this record - `Silverside' features glacial synth washes sweeping over heavily-treated babbling vocal effects and harsh mechanical beats. The track ends with a lovely synth flourish. The following track, `Slip' has almost perky beats and frolicking percussion.

But the over-riding feeling to the record is of a robotic dystopia which conjures up `Blade Runner' style visions. The sound is cold: `Further' is driven by dripping sounds which could be melting glaciers, but `Amber' is haunting and really gets under your skin. The strong closing track `Teartear' is brutal and menacing and sounds like a legion of battle robots on the march. Overall, it sounds hard to believe that this record wasn't made entirely by machines and that is a compliment to how well its atmosphere works.

My only criticism would be the length. At 74 minutes `Amber' is too long and its slight lack of variety shows through. Even so, I like it very much.


Twelve Point Buck
Twelve Point Buck
Price: £13.36

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rotten Stinkin' Garbage (Not), 24 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Twelve Point Buck (Audio CD)
This 20-track CD comprises the "Little Baby Buntin'' and `Twelve Point Buck' albums from 1987 and 1989 respectively and is absolutely fantastic.

Killdozer storm through a diverse range of subjects in their songs: mad fathers; debt collectors; gruesome deaths; emotional depravation in childhood to name but a few. All carry the air of rural mid-Western USA madness and are delivered with a healthy shot of black humour.

Musically, the style is basic, with heavy bass, lashings of proto-grunge guitar and Michael Gerald's unique guttural `don't try this at home kids or you'll get a bad throat' vocal stylings, but the songs carry off the double act of being great rock numbers and highly entertaining. The whole thing is polished to a dirty shine by Butch Vig who I understand also did an album with some band from Seattle.

This is the band who released a whole album of covers in `For Ladies Only', so fans will not be surprised to see a full-bloodied Neil Diamond cover here (`I am I Said'). Amusingly, Englebert Humpedinck is sampled to great effect on the titanic `3/4" Drill Bit'.

A superb rock CD and one of this world's overlooked masterpieces.


For Carnation
For Carnation

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow Jam, 22 Oct. 2007
This review is from: For Carnation (Audio CD)
If, like me, you come to `The For Carnation' through the Slint connection, you will find plenty of similarities with the legendary `Spiderland'. There are six tracks over about 40 minutes; one unorthodox instrumental; songs with no conventional structure and Brian McMahan delivering half-spoken narrative-style vocals.

However, the musical style on `The For Carnation' is far more restrained. The tracks are all driven by languid, rolling basslines with minimal percussion, augmented by string flourishes and bursts of distorted guitars and odd noises.

This is slow, carefully crafted music but wonderfully atmospheric and dark. The instrumental `Being Held' is a particular gem, being built upon a persistently ringing bell over which are layered low mechanical rumbles and bursts of tight percussion. The whole effect is tense and conveys a real sense of alarm.

It's a great record which rewards repeated listens but the one downside is its lack of variety. All the tracks are very similar and I find my interesting waning slightly towards the end. Still, great for late nights and comes recommended.


Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-16