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Temple in the Clouds
Temple in the Clouds
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic ambience transends time, 29 Aug. 2013
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I bought this album some years ago and had a memorable experience of wandering around the ruins of Greek temples at Parnasus, south of Naples listening to this on headphones. Perhaps Fripp has produced better soundscapes, but this album is pretty mesmerising. Fayman adds a fascinating ambience to Fripp's guitar loops which works extremely well. It is a shame they did not do more together. A unique sonic experience in the cannon of Fripp's work and one that rewards repeated listening.


Shaking The Habitual
Shaking The Habitual
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shaking the Cryptic Tree, 13 April 2013
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After a cursory listen to the new offering by Sweden's finest, The Knife present an uncompromising listen which pushes way beyond the wonders of Silent Shout. Curiously I received the new album by The Residents, Mush-Room, at the same time. The parallels between the two bands are thus all the clearer. The Residents were the pioneers of anonymity and the Knife have embraced it as their career has rocketed. Its musically however where the real similarities manifest themselves. I don't think there is an intentional mimicry at play, simply a similar mining of a particular sonic texture and delight in surreal weirdness. Not everyones cup of tea, but an album that confirms their place in the Premier League of best Bands for me. This is an album that will be staying on my play list for a long, long time........


Band Of Gypsys
Band Of Gypsys
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5.0 out of 5 stars A note about the rhythm section, 25 Jan. 2013
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Most reviews focus on Hendrix understandably, but it has to be said that Buddy Miles and Billy Cox are a stunning rhythm section. Cox's bass is not as clear on the recording as one would like, but he blows Noel Redding out of the water. Had Hendrix lived my guess is this combo would have remained the backbone of his future recordings. The cynical sacking of Miles by Hendrix's manager at the time was the act of a musical moron who failed to understand what Hendrix was on to. However, Mitchell's subsequent return to the drum seat allowed a freedom in his drumming that had not been possible with Redding. What songs we will never hear as a result of Hendrix's death does not bear thinking about...............


Lux
Lux
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eno at his ambient best!, 12 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Lux (Audio CD)
I have been a fan of Eno for some thirty five years now and that is saying something! It was his ambient work that I most responded to and so this latest addition to his catalogue has been a long awaited joy. I was a little disappointed with "Small Craft On A Sea Of Milk" as it didn't seem much of a development. With this album however, Eno returns to his "Music For Thinking" theme and I have to say it is dammed good! Four pieces, all around the eighteen minute mark and all utterly beautiful. Some may say this is fairly predictable fodder for Eno, but the truth is that these pieces are some of the best ambient pieces he has come up with. On a par with "On Land" and "Thursday Afternoon" they are both quietly ignorable and beautifully engaging depending on the mood. If you like Eno's work you won't go wrong with this. In fact, it may well be his best wok to date.
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(III)
(III)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cyberpunk future music, 9 Nov. 2012
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Crystal Castles deliver the usual mix of pulsing riffs, bloops and bleeps as in their last two albums with Alice Glass screeching barely audible anxty lyrics through distortion and electronic manipulation. The real music of Future Noir. A slice of a Philipdickian/cyberpunk possible future where technology and humans are indistinguishable. Still not quite premier league, but fascinating non the less. They are playing in B'rum soon, but I am working. Shame............
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Going for the One
Going for the One
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3.0 out of 5 stars Going for a song..., 21 July 2012
This review is from: Going for the One (Audio CD)
The start for me of the decline of Yes as a creative musical force begins with this uneven album. The opening, 'Going For The One" is great, but the subsequent pieces with the exception of the flawed 'Awaken' are an indication that the band were starting to flounder. It is also a return to Chris Squires contribution on the song writing front, with 'Parallels' being a riff and little else. 'Wondrous Stories" heralds Anderson's loss of connection with the world and points sadly to his decline as an innovator. What Yes clearly lacked was the capacity to go to the next musical level. In the biography attached to this page, criticism is leveled at King Crimson and Genesis for changing too much and losing their fans while Yes remained true to themselves. However, that assumes that Yes fans were inclined to be stuck in a time warp. I was a Yes fan, but engaged very much with the music of the late '70's. Fripp, Gabriel, VDGG and others also moved with the times, not out of cynical commercial reasons but because they recognised the need to 'progress'. Yes however, clung to their hippy roots and naive world view and failed to grow up. I actually believe that they could have continued to be a force to recon with had they had the vision, but clearly they did not. The world was a darker place post '76, and it required music that not only reflected that but inspired innovation and change. Progressive music for a brief period had that potential and indeed laid down the principles. However, it was the subsequent generation who had read Kafka, Dostoevsky and Camus, had delved into the theatre of Brecht and listened to the music of Bowie, Eno, Reich and Glass that heralded true progress in music. Yes lost their place in music post '76 and instead capitulated to American AOR. Now they are their own tribute band and are in a creative hole they seem incapable of acknowledging is there. I remain sad about this, because I can trace so much in my own musical development back to the mind-blowing music they created from 'The Yes Album' through to 'Relayer'. My appreciation of just what five musicians could do with electric music was completely expanded by that set of albums and the sonic splendour contained within the grooves of those records. I have been asking, less so these days, what went wrong? The answer is....I no longer care.....
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The Killing: The Complete Season 2 [DVD] [2009]
The Killing: The Complete Season 2 [DVD] [2009]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant................, 11 Jan. 2012
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I have literally just finished watching the final episode of the second series of The Killing. The word 'brilliant' does not quite sum up how brilliant this series has been. I would go so far as to say that it is actually better in some respects than series one. A very subtly delivered story line keeps you on the edge of your seat right up until the last few minutes when everything comes together. The character of Sarah Lund has to be the best detective character to have emerged since Wallander and in every respect she transcends him, and probably every other TV cop I can think of for that matter! I cannot wait till the third series and, sadly last! Well, I guess going out with (I anticipate) the new bench mark in TV crime thrillers fully established together with a new bench mark in intelligent TV will be a definitive achievement. Lets hope that film and TV producers will now really wake up to the fact that the viewing public is a bit more sophisticated than they tend to give us credit. In addition it is so good to see that an British audience can show they can appreciate foreign language TV and that, yes, we can manage subtitles without switching off automatically. Buy it now!


Rosol
Rosol
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5.0 out of 5 stars Czech this out!!!!!!!!!!!!, 6 Nov. 2011
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Dunaj are a Czech alternative rock band most famous for their association with the wonderful Iva Bittova. What do they sound like? Well comparisons are always unhelpful, but imagine King Crimson meets elements of Einsturzende Neubauten via Cardiacs and you will only have a glimmer of what Dunaj are about. Stunning music that is vaguely progressive punk but in a musical world of its own. This second album lacks Bittova's unique voice but is abely driven by the late Jiri Kolsovsky on guitar and voice and the brilliant bass riffery of the impeccable Vladimir Vaclovek (who co-authered the brilliant Bile Inferno with Bittova). This is testament to the criminally overlooked fact that great music is alive and kicking outside of the anglo-american music scene. Its a shame this is all that is available, even on download, outside of the Czech Republic. Judging by this album, there are musical wonders to be discovered in the Czech Republic. More I say!!!!!!!


Sacred Harp Singing in Western Massachusetts 2000-2001
Sacred Harp Singing in Western Massachusetts 2000-2001
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sacred harp hits the spot!, 8 Oct. 2011
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Don't worry about the religious nature of these glorious tunes. Whether you are a believer or, like me, beyond redemption, this is music with soul. Foot pounding heart felt peoples music sung for the pure joy of it. With roots dating back to the West Gallery music of 17th and 18th Century England, this wonderful example of shape note singing has become increasingly popular as new choirs emerge all over the place looking to recapture the joy of communal singing. Buy it and be amazed.


B-52's
B-52's
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have seen the light!, 8 Oct. 2011
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I am a recent convert to the B52's, having been aware of them for years and always liked them from afar. Now i am a firm fan and making up for missing out for so long. This is phenomenal party pop and an antidote to the mainstream popular and predictable cliches that pass for good time music. Driven by the guitar riffery of the late lamented Ricky Wilson, this album is toe tapping fun that gets into the brian catapulting the listener to some where about 53 miles west of Venus, or Jupiter or somewhere out there near Planet Clare. Its hard to credit that Kate Pierson is now in her sixties and the wonderful Cindy Wilson...... is my age! That's er forty??? I'm now busy buying up my own private B52 back catalogue and letting their infectious tunes imbed themselves in my musical landscape adding lobsters, poodles and hot lava. Buy this and dance this mess around!


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