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Retrospectacle - The Supertramp Anthology
Retrospectacle - The Supertramp Anthology
Offered by Media Vortex
Price: £14.99

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SuperDuperTramp, 17 Jan. 2006
This is a great collection of the well known (and some slightly less well known) Supertramp songs. Great value especially for a 2-disc set. You'll be singing along to the favourites, and even get a little taster of how they sound live with a nice live version of 'Another Man's Woman' and also of 'You Started Laughing'
Infectious music for many a generation, Supertramp will be enjoyed by many more as well.

A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £5.49

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About time, 17 Jan. 2006
It is about time that the album is released over here in Britain. It was not going to take long for it to hit the UK through the internet and have an up-wave of kids following PATD. And deseveredly so. I have had this album since November having bought it theough Fueled By Ramen, the bands controlling label. I heard of them when they were announced alongside The Academy Is... for a January UK Tour 2006. I got the album early to check them out so I could be prepared for the show. The album surprised me with its genre breaking electro-pop-punk-rock-emo sorta sound and I have enjoyed it since. There was a slight obsessional phase towards the beginning but when that dies out its really easy to appreciate how well they have manipulated the elctronic machines used to generate extra sounds in much of the first half of the album.
A great album, yes, I won't know if they have the 'staying' power to come back with an equally good album for a while yet, so all I can do is look forward to the show.
Enjoy it, its worth the money. I particualrly like I Constantly Thank God For Esteban myself.

Area CD2
Area CD2
Offered by usnap
Price: £2.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They Just Cannot Lose, 1 Dec. 2005
This review is from: Area CD2 (Audio CD)
The Futureheads have once again knocked out some fine tune-age here. The song Area itself is absolutely great, all of the band involved in the 'O o' vocals again, which defines the futureheads sound. Choppy, cheery and exactly what all us Futureheads-heads expect from the band. Its great and definately a great EP to throw in whilst they settle down to a second album.

Verbatim CD Case Slimline Colour Jewel Case
Verbatim CD Case Slimline Colour Jewel Case
Offered by Dragon Trading
Price: £16.33

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They do the job., 4 Oct. 2005
These are the best value and best looking slim-line CD cases available. They hold CD's like they're meant to. They also do not often break when dropped. You can have a colour per artist / genre for your music as you get five lovely colours. They do what they are supposed to and they do it very well.
I suggest these cases over all others.

Tom Lehrer In Concert
Tom Lehrer In Concert
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £8.00

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful!, 4 Oct. 2005
This review is from: Tom Lehrer In Concert (Audio CD)
Now this man is a lyrical genius. Hilarious throughout, not only from the songs but also the in between song speeches, often explaining a song coming forward. The best of the songs are Oedipus Rex, Lobachevsky, and The Irish Ballad.
There must of been thousands of people just like Mr Lehrer, doing the exact same throughout the 50's and 60's but he is one of the only ones remembered today. And rightly so for he is hilarious and has joyful little ditty's. His lyrics were widely controversial at the time, and may be even more so now. They remain truly dispuable.
This is probably a good purchase as this is Tom Lehrer at his best. I do not recommened buying his 3 disc set unless you love this, as it is fairly pricey. But i feel it is worth the money. This is 78 minutes of songs and speech and is totally delightful. At the price, it is a steal.
I recommend this for anyone with a decently intelligent sense of humour and a good sense of fun, you will love it.

by Ben Elton
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different Than The Average, 21 Sept. 2005
Ben Elton, as many of us fans out there know, tends to write murder thrillers with that touch of comedy that everything he has ever done, and ever will do, has. This however does not follow his traditional murder mystery whodunnit. This book is even written in a totally different narration style. Generally he writes in the third person to explain the story throughout. Thi time there is NO third person involved. He writes in a style that many writers have tried and only half have pulled off successfully. He uses two characters as the focus, Sam and Lucy a couple trying to have a baby but cannot conceive. The way their stories are told respectively are as a form of diary entry.
It is set up so that they are writing provate letters to no-one to let out their sad emotions and frustrations at the inability to conceive. The focus of the story is love. Whether love between the two is strong enough to survive if they cannot conceive or reliant on a child. Each character also has their own private battles. Sam is a BBC worker dreaming of writing a hit programme or film, but he has no inspiration. Lucy is an agent's assistant, who's newest client happens to be the hottest new, gorgeous British actor on the scene. As the two face their separate battles, can they focus on Lucy's main goal, a child. Sam isn't as determined seemingly to have a child as he feels that it would just be a bonus, he feels he loves Lucy enough to be happy with her forever, child or not.
The story has great one liners that will make even the person with the least sense of humour in the world to crack a smile. It is funny throughout ut also has the touch of seriousness also. Tears could flow at points. I enjoyed this, finished it just this afternoon. If you like his other books you'll love this too. If you hve never read anything of his before this could be a good start as it shows how he can hold a story well and keep things moving. It also dislays the difficult technique of balancing two characters roles equally, which he succeeds seeminlgly with ease.

Acoustic Ep
Acoustic Ep
Price: £4.19

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal, 18 Sept. 2005
This review is from: Acoustic Ep (Audio CD)
This album (can it be called an album) is brilliant. Most of the tracks on this album are releases toshow how they are written as TEH write all of their songs using an acoustic guitar. It is only a mere 7 tracks but considering the low price that it cost I was ecstatic. All seven acoustic songs are brilliant. EVER SO SWEET is a brilliant entrance, it has only been recorded as an acoustic to date i believe.
This hasn't been out of my CD player in a month and has currently got 3 of the most played 20 songs on my Zen Micro.
Buy it, you'll enjoy it nearly as much i do.

Past Mortem
Past Mortem
by Ben Elton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, 18 Sept. 2005
This review is from: Past Mortem (Paperback)
In my opinion, this is Ben Elton's best book of all those that i have read. I haven't read them all yet but, i have read most and they are great. All with same touch of comedy.
This book uses Friends Re-united to dig up the past. This leads to some rather risque and disturbing sexual descriptions whcih are actually on some level necessary. The murder mystery is a commonly used technique by all writers but here Elton uses the comedic touch which is sadly lacking in many other similar thriller books. Others that I know to have read this book have not manage to guess who the villain actually is. I did manage to guess but not until near the end.
It is a highly enjoyable read but make sure that you don't read it out in the sun and leave it out, the spine glue melted on my copy making the reading of the last 150 pages or so a challenge.

Price: £3.58

5.0 out of 5 stars Something Better Than Before, 1 Sept. 2005
This review is from: North (Audio CD)
I thought 'Leaving Through The Window' was good, this blew me away, it truly did, the variety in songs and the pure genius of Andrew McMahon behind the piano. 'As You Sleep' is a fantastic song to show the brilliance of Andrew McMahon behind the piano. He is one of the most talnted pianists not on the classical or pop side of music that i have heard in a good few years. 'Space' comes straight after 'As You Sleep' and instantly shows a huge difference, 'Space' is much more revolved around the guitars. Its fantastic, but not as good as 'As You Sleep'. 'Me and The Moon' is a brilliant tale of a wife, driven to insanity by her seemingly unloving and uncaring husband, causing her to murder him. It is lyrically perfect. I have seen a video performance of 'Me and the Moon' with JUST the piano and none of the percussion or guitars, Andrew is just magnificent. All of this album is deserving of the money, one of the best albums that i have bought this year, and it shows the growth of the band since 'Leaving Through The Window'. Andrew has grown as a vocalist, and the rest of the band has also grown as musicians.
I will continue to love Something Corporate and hope for a release sometime in the future. I wish Andrew McMahon a full and speedy recovery from Acute Lymphatic Leukemia with which he has suffered for months now. Get well Andrew, and good luck for the future.

They're Only Chasing Safety
They're Only Chasing Safety
Price: £20.00

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New UnderOath, 1 Sept. 2005
This album shows a very different UnderOath to their earlier releases, mainly due to having a new singer. The original one left / was forced to leave the band after 'The Changing Of Times'.
This album is much more musical, the singer has a totally different voice so the music, presumably, has adapted to fit with the more musical voice rather than the low pitched beautiful howling of old. The only disappointment is the amount of tracks. As with 'The Changing Of Times' there are only 10 tracks of a normal length (around 4 minutes per song on average). But one of the ten tracks is a 50 second instrumental meaning there are only 9 proper songs.
Young and Inspiring is the perfect track with which to start the album. Builds in over 10 seconds with a slow fade in of background noise followed by 'So Let's Not Even Try' being screamed, and the music kicks in heavy and tuneful on 'Try'. Probably my favourite on the album. The tracks build up and the 'first half' ends on track four Reinventing Your Exit which was a video release in America. Then there is the 'interval' of 'The Blue Note'. Straight away it kicks back in up to pace, heavy and lyrically genius as before with the new American single 'It's A Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door'. Another great track. The album finale is one of my other favourites 'Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape'. This is mainly quiet with what sounds like an acoustic guitar. Then the first clear Christian refernces kick in with the line 'Jesus I'm Ready To Come Home'. If it is not clear, UnderOath are the cream of the Christian music. This is a lot closer to the mainstream than previous releases and therefore easier on the ear, but a brilliant, beautiful album throughout. I HIGHLY recommend it.

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