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Kenwood SM606 Sandwich Maker (Chrome)
Kenwood SM606 Sandwich Maker (Chrome)

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The last word in sandwich toasters........., 4 Feb. 2009
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Well may be not the last word, but it's difficult to see what more you might need from a sandwich toaster.

I used to have one of those Breville toasters, designed for bread half the size of the current standard loaf slice, which either sealed the toastie round the edges or squeezed all the stuffing out. Didn't use it very much because it was to messy an difficult to clean.

This Kenwood one is so straight forward and easy to clean we are now regular toastiers.

I have not tried grilling anything on it or perhaps not tested it to it's fullest range of capabilities, but i only want it for a toasted sandwich so for that it's great.

Runnin' Wild
Runnin' Wild
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Price: £33.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Infectious, 26 Jan. 2009
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This review is from: Runnin' Wild (Audio CD)
This is nothing unique but it's ridiculously infectious.

This particular release, with the DVD, is great value for money. For a debut DVD live performance it's hard to fault. You can see the band are loving every second and despite being on early in the day it's clear that the crowd are being gradually won over. From the already converted at the front as the set goes on you can see the reaction gradually spreading through the crowd.

To be honest, i was scepticle of this band, there are too many revivalists out there adding nothing new to music, but I thought i'd trust the reviews. On one level I was right to be cautious, it has been done before, but ultimately good songs are good songs and, as AC/DC have proved time and again, it doesn't matter how formulaic the songs are...... delivered as tight as this with humour, agression, attitude and great choruses you can't help but like it.

Worth getting if only for the DVD.

The '59 Sound
The '59 Sound
Price: £7.93

5.0 out of 5 stars Punksteen?, 23 Jan. 2009
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Glad I took the gamble to get this one on the strength of the one song (the title track)i'd heard rather than reviews.

All the the reviews were telling me think early Springsteen and then throwing words like 'punk' in. To be honest whilst i like some Springsteen i'm not a massive fan so wouldn't have got it on that basis. I've also seen the word 'punk' used in descriptions from Blondie to Metallica so that's never going to sell it.

If you are looking for Springteen, yes the singer does sound a little like him. If you are looking for punk, it's in the production and loose feel of the songs rather than in the arrangement/simplicity of structure.

Ignoring specific comparisons if you have heard The 59 Sound title track, that is typical of the album, which is pretty lively all the way through. The guitars are more of a jangle than a crunch, but being more of a crunch fan myself, are forcefull enough that i don't switch off.

Ignoring my promise to ignore specific comparisons the guitar sometimes verges on The Cure's style in some of the livelier tracks eg The Patient Ferris Wheel....but dont let that put you off if you are not a Cure fan!!!

Good album worth buying. Even if you might think you have heard it all before the songs are good and stand up to repeated listening.

The Lucky Ones
The Lucky Ones

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thin Leppard, 23 Jan. 2009
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I'll try and keep it short and sweet.

The overidding sound musically is definitely Thin Lizzy, but it's faster paced for the modern day, fuller production and the majority of choruses are less obvious.

However it's not all Lizzy and the singer voice seems not only to be a touch Lynott but also a little early days Joe Elliot (Def Leppard 'High N Dry/ On through the Night era)'

Depsite a little nervousness that it was going to be a 'heard it all before.....and before was better' album , and whilst it took two or three listens to get into, there's not a bad track on it.

Whilst they've taken a Lizzy's classic twin guitar sound they have done something different with it.

Really pleased I took the gamble and bought it. Well worth buying.

Only by the Night
Only by the Night
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Price: £2.64

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong songs that don't quite click together, 28 Nov. 2008
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I don't quite understand it but listening to the album as a whole i got a little bored after five or six tracks. Then i put it on random with 4 or 5 other albums and found that individually all 11 songs were great.

I suppose that makes it a great album, i just can't listen to it all in one go. Perhaps the only thing missing a few livelier tracks to mix up the tempo.

Death Magnetic
Death Magnetic
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Price: £5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riff Magnetic, 26 Sept. 2008
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Having seen the critical reviews slating the production quality I was a little nervous. Could this be another false dawn. I needn't have worried. The overriding theme of the majority of reviews is that it's a return to form in the quality of songs and that theme is spot on.

Apart from the odd track (and Garage Days...which was half pre Black anyway) I'd not really liked any of their post Black albums. They seemed too intent on over developing and trying to prove they were not a one trick pony......if only they had realised they never they never, in reality, were.

To me this is an album stating Metallica are comfortable with who they are and what they are about. There is no doubt that this is a return to form and it is definitely a return to a Pre-black epic style.

As far as the production goes and the distorted, rough around the edges, sound I can sort of see what the audiophiles are talking about but to me that adds to the charm (if that's a word you can use for Metallica). It gives them back that punky free feel that for me always made them a cut above the pack in the early days. Hetfield's voice is in superb form too.

Folklore and Superstition
Folklore and Superstition
Price: £5.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More of the same, 3 Sept. 2008
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Another good album, again not very original but the songs are good enough as long as you don't take your lyrics seriously. Similarly to the last album it's nothing groundbreaking, taking obvious influences from the whole classic rock spectrum but this time the lyrics are even more cheesy.....in fact they are a constant stream of classic rock cliches and about as deep as Britney Spears memoirs.

That should not detract from the fact that the album is very listenable and i'm sure will be fantastic live.

It's worth ignoring any southern rock references. I'm not suggesting they are not from the South as that's a geographical fact, it's just some of the reviews i've seen seem to name check Skynyrd and Molly Hatchet. I'll concede one line in 'Devil's Queen' does say 'down by the muddy banks of the bayoux,' and there is a bit of Skynyrdesque soloing at the end of the same song, but on that qualifying critera you may as well call Metallica a southern rock band because they covered Tuesday's Gone.

Moon Is The New Earth
Moon Is The New Earth
Price: £15.06

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delivery on the promise of album 1, 21 July 2008
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I first heard these guys live, placed number three in the pecking order with The Answer and Roadstar. Despite not knowing a thing about them they blew me away and, in my opinion, the other bands.

In the raw live environment they really came across well so I was slightly disappointed on buying the debut when production took the edge off slightly. The album was still great, just failed to capture that live power.

The new album goes a long way to solving that but it's also stepped up to the plate in quality of songs.

There are loads of these 70's style revivalist bands around, some of them adding a slightly more modern feel or tempo to the material, but loads of them over produced and overblown and lacking subtlety. Every time i listen to this album it grows on me, every time i listen a new song rears it's head as my a potential favourite.

Personally, i think these guys top the list of 70's revivalist retro rockers and have a uniquness to the material that separates them from the pack. There are some great new band releases out there but in most instances, after a few listens, they just join the cd stack and get over looked in preference of the classic era Purple, Sabbath, Thin Lizzy and Rush, because they don't deliver start to finish.....and frankly whatever they do has been done better. It's difficult to put my finger on why but that's not going to happen with Moon Is The New Earth and the quality, variety and honesty of the individual songs, throughout the whole album, will find it sitting alongside the classics in my collection.

Can't wait to see this set live!!!

Cruel Little World
Cruel Little World
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Price: £26.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album but...., 18 July 2008
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The quality of the music, singing, melodies etc is great and very listenable. The closest comparisons are those placing it somewhere between Creed and Nickleback (which is probably fairly broad or too narrow, depending on where you place those too bands...i'm with the narrow).

There are definite touches of the 80's Y&T or Dokken style rock at times, adding a slightly different vibe.

If you didn't ever get enough of Creed, Alter Bridge, Nickleback and that whole swathe of over produced pseudo grunge this is perfect and i'm sure you could convince youself it's unique. The only warning i'd attach to this album is that if you are expecting something slightly different or earth shattering, this is not it. You will get some serious good plays out of it for the first month and then it will join the pile of good but don't quite fancy listenting to it today cd's.

But i stress that's just a warning for those expecting the next best thing from other reviews. This is a good album, they are good songs and there is absolutely no doubt that you would want to catch these guys live.

Black Stone Cherry
Black Stone Cherry
Price: £6.88

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!!!, 1 April 2008
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This is a cracking album start to finish.

It's quite easy to be critical because i'm always in search of the next thing that's going to inspire me with that something different and this album is not that.

It's not unique. The classic rock era of the 70's is there (ie Led Zep...i can't see AC/DC as referred to in other reviews...but there are even some UFO style melodiesin there) and there is a heavy updating of that era with a dose of Pearl Jam/Soundgardenesque melodies and riffs (think Temple of the Dog with naughties production).

However once you have got over the potential Spinal Tap-isms of Rain Wizard (is he supposed to be some sort of ominous mythical character or just wet?) and Crosstown Woman (who they seem to refer to as being 'like my heaven with a whole lot of hair'...should that not be Stoneage Woman?) the songs are great.

Lyrical substance aside there are some epic choruses, crunching riffs and the wah-wah pedal kicks in bigstyle in a lot of the solo's. If you are a fan of 70's rock and where revived by the likes of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden in the early nineties you'll love it. It's not the best next thing though...i can't see where they go from here... just enjoy it for what it is.

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