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Mike Clarke "mikeygeecee2" (Essex, UK)

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Kveikur
Kveikur
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Their best since Agaetis Byrjun?, 12 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Kveikur (Audio CD)
This is the album I've been waiting for them to do since Agaetis Byrjun. I've followed Sigur Ros ever since the spine-tingling moment in 2001 when I first heard the soaring guitar in that album's opener Svefn-g-englar. They followed that album with the slightly disappointing '()' but it was their breakthrough album Takk, when they diversified their sound, that they attracted more mainstream audiences. There have been many moments of brilliance on each album since then (last years abysmal ambient experiment Valtari the exception) but nothing to match Agaetis Byrjun or Takk. Until now. Kveikur is the closest they'll ever come to making, for want of a better word, a `rock' record. That term devalues the sophistication of this record, but they have avoided some of the recent orchestral excesses and produced an album of both power and beauty. The first track announces it's intent sounding like a metalworks growling. Despite its opening, this album is just as euphoric as previous records and is easily the liveliest they've done. A brilliant return to form.


Quentin Tarantino Collection (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2) [Blu-ray]
Quentin Tarantino Collection (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2) [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Uma Thurman
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £36.94

1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars cheaper to buy five seperately, 24 Feb. 2013
At the time of writing this box set is £40. Yet you can buy Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown for £8 each and Kill Bill Vols I & II together for £10. So that's a total of £34! Why on earth is it cheaper to buy them all seperately?
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Valtari
Valtari

7 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars self-indulgently boring, 23 Aug. 2012
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This review is from: Valtari (Audio CD)
I've been a massive fan of Sigur Ros since Agaetis Byrjun, collecting all their albums and seen them live twice. This album is awful though. They have taken one idea, not even a new one, and spread it out over eight over-long tracks. Think of one of the dullest track from their weak () album and imagine it repeated over 55 minutes. Drums and guitars appear non-existant - just strings, synths and the same sampled vocal effects which I've grown a bit tired of. I bought this on the strength of one magazine reviewer describing one track as ending up sounding like two planets colliding in space, which to me sounded like something from Agaetis Byrjun or Takk. I waited right to the last track for this and it never happened - there's only track that builds and it ends with more of a whimper than a cosmic climax. This is the musical equivalent of watching paint dry - or perhaps to use a cliched Sigur Ros reviewer metaphor - like watching a glacier melt. Beautiful to some, numbingly dull to others.
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In The Shadow Of The Moon [DVD]
In The Shadow Of The Moon [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Sington
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.98

15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars too many talking heads, 24 Aug. 2009
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I bought this after the BBC broadcast quite a few documentaries on the 40th anniversary of the first Moon landing. I'd seen the beautiful film poster, read the reviews - but was still worried that the documentary would follow the current trend for short clips of footage interspersed with talking heads. I was absolutely right.

The astonishing footage is far too often interupted after just a few seconds by close-ups of astronauts as they are today retelling the moment - often adding very mundane anecotes. For instance, the footage of one of the rockets taking off is interrupted this way. Why? The viewer is unable to watch the glory of the footage of the lift-off without having the moment ruined by the film cutting to an astronaut telling us about some boring detail about the rotation of the engines. It then bizarrely plays some totally inappropriate music - a little jig on a fiddle!

Yes the footage is fabulous - but no better than other documentaries. And the viewer is never allowed to watch a spacewalk, a docking, a moonwalk, or a lunar module hurtle across the face of the moon, for more than a few seconds before it cuts to the face of an astronaut talking. Why they couldn't just show the space footage and use voiceovers is beyond me.

I much preferred the documentary For All Mankind when it was recently broadcast on the BBC. That documentary only used contemporary footage and voiceovers and allows the extraordinary images speak for themselves, and the Brian Eno soundtrack is celestial.
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Drunk on Light [Limited Edition Digipak]
Drunk on Light [Limited Edition Digipak]
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £13.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars gentle throwback to shoegaze music, 10 Dec. 2005
Missing the band Ride? here is the antidote - Drunk On Light is like the sound of melancholy floppy-fringed indie boys circa 1991 - gentle, but with a 21st century twist. I'm surprised this LP hasn't had more success because it's just as good as the shoegaze output in the early 1990s which was beautiful and popular - until the music press decided to kill the scene off. If you are sick of two-dimensional third rate quirky 'indie' bands and fancy something more sensitive then look no further. an undiscovered gem.


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