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Moments
Moments
Price: £7.49

4.0 out of 5 stars A Warm Heart and Positive Spirit, 23 July 2016
This review is from: Moments (MP3 Download)
I'm enjoying Marek Hemmann's new album 'Moments'. He has a light touch when it comes
to techno. The human element intruding into a World of machines. His work makes me smile.

There are eight tracks in this 39 minute set. I'd single out 'Venice', a jolly eighties-tainted
invention and 'Joker', which sports some cute melodic fragments and a jaunty rhythm for
special mentions but the big prize goes to 'Purple', for its warm heart and positive spirit.

A few words for some wonderfully simple and uplifting music.

A very nice job Herr Hemmann!


Alzheimer's and Dementia For Dummies
Alzheimer's and Dementia For Dummies
by Consumer Dummies
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.58

5.0 out of 5 stars An Extremely Helpful Book, 23 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
An extraordinarily informative and helpful book. The American diagnostic model is not
substantially different from that used in the UK and does not hamper our understanding
of this horrible disease. My elderly mother has very recently been diagnosed with mild
Alzheimer's-type dementia. She is living the experience right now. I am struggling with
the prospect of losing her bit by bit as her cognitive functioning slowly deteriorates.

There's a whole lot of stuff here to help with an understanding of what the future holds
and how to try to cope with it all. Highly recommended to care givers, relatives and friends.

It is both a highly practical yet compassionate sourcebook.

(One small caveat : In this instance I wasn't quite sure whether the series title strap-line was entirely appropriate).


Rockisdead
Rockisdead
Price: £13.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite Dead Yet, 23 July 2016
This review is from: Rockisdead (Audio CD)
The whole point of listening to LA band Dorothy's debut album would be to experience
singer Dorothy Martin's voice. It's a dangerous instrument. Dangerous in a good way.
Don't expect any musical surprises though. This is uber-competent MOR rock but the
ensemble deliver it with gusto and a complete lack of anything approaching subtlety.

I can imagine that they'd be an absolute hoot live!

Top track : 'Missile', in which Ms Martin roars like a hungry lioness.

Roll back the years. Jump right on in. Rock would not appear to be quite dead yet!

Curiously Quaint.


Beyonce Heat Seduction Eau de Toilette for Her 50 ml
Beyonce Heat Seduction Eau de Toilette for Her 50 ml
Price: £30.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Work, 23 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I understand ‘Seduction’ to be the fifth amendment to Mrs Knowles-Carter’s ‘Heat’
collection. I am unfamiliar with its predecessors and was not sure what to expect.
As it turns out the fragrance does not reflect the blingyness (blinginess?) of its
illustrious progenitor. It is a well-built thing; a warm floral with a soft hint of musk
(I’d have been happy if its creator has been a tad more daring and given it a bit
more of a feral edge but hey ho!) at its heart. The structure holds remarkably well
right through to the “dry down” which takes on a more masculine aspect and reminds
me a bit of Christopher Sheldrake’s wonderful ‘Chergui’ (for Serge Lutens) who employed
hay absolute to effect a wonderfully rich herbaceous finish. Other pluses include its
relatively sedate radiance and surprising longevity. The bottle is pretty; its box feeble.

Mrs Wolf likes it (so, unusually, did Tigs the cat, who showed uncharacteristic curiosity)
and I do too. Given a little imagination I think it would work equally well as a “masculine”.

Good work (whoever put it together)!


Someone That Loves You
Someone That Loves You
Price: £0.99

4.0 out of 5 stars In Love Before You Know It, 21 July 2016
UK production duo HONNE (or James and Andy as they wish to be known) made a very nice
noise a few weeks back with Jones (Cherie Jones - a performer to watch out for) and her single
'Melt'. This time around they've joined forces with singer Izzy Bizu (another new singer of note)
on a delightful song entitled 'Someone That Loves You'. I think you should listen to it. I did and
I like it a lot. It's an easy tune to absorb; mellow; gentle on the ear; cute tune; memorable chorus.

Some things creep up on you by stealth. Before you know it you'll be giving your love right back.

Lovely.


Go Off
Go Off
Price: £0.99

2.0 out of 5 stars No Teeth, 21 July 2016
This review is from: Go Off (MP3 Download)
Lead single from M.I.A's forthcoming new album A.I.M. (geddit), which she has revealed will be her
"last" (watch this space) in The Listening World. It remains to be seen if is this a threat or a promise.
'Go Off', a collaboration with Mr Skrillex and Mr Blaqstarr, lacks imagination to say the very least.
Think 'One Note Samba' without the samba. A monotonous auto-tuned rap intoned over a repetitive
quasi-Eastern foundation featuring a loop from one of those chipmunks which everyone seems to
be using these days. Once upon a long time ago Ms Arulpragasam had something approaching "edge".
Her lyrics and wonderfully chaotic electronic arrangements has teeth. No longer I'm very sad to say.

If this is to be a part her approaching swansong it is unlikely that she will be long-remembered for it.

Disappointing.


Harbinger
Harbinger
Offered by hifi-media-store
Price: £21.30

5.0 out of 5 stars Better Late Than Never (A Numpty's Exposition), 20 July 2016
This review is from: Harbinger (Audio CD)
It’s official. I’m a numpty. Paula Cole? “Never heard of her?” Until now no. As I said : numpty.
I asked Mrs Wolf if she knew her. “Yes - she had a hit with ‘Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?’
in 1997” (She’s knows her stuff does my missus!) So here I am catching up on what I’ve missed.

Ms Cole’s 1998 debut album ‘Harbinger’ was a remarkable first showing by any standards
known to man or beast. One of the things which makes it so wonderful is how damned angry
she is about almost everything : family; lovers; pretty much the whole wide World. Catharsis
doesn’t even begin to describe it. Heart and soul have never sounded quite so united. The
vocal performances are as much a cri de coeur as they are about anything to do with singing.

These fourteen songs straddle a line between a punch to the solar plexus and aching tenderness.
The opening number ‘Happy Home’ has both qualities; biography, memory and personal pain
combine in words which tear at your guts and a melody which burns itself into your very being.
So too ‘Bethlehem’; reflections of her younger self, vividly and poignantly recaptured/relived in
a stunningly emotive vocal outpouring. Growing up sounded tough in Ms Cole’s hometown!
A darker side still to her character is revealed on ‘Black Boots’; a minor key invention whose
enigmatic lyrics suggest a number of possible interpretations (at least one of them somewhat
sinister). ‘Gertrude’ delivers another of the album’s most affecting moments; the subject of the
song is all but hidden from us : a sentient being, a figure from a dream, a ghost? More ambiguity.

Time and time again as I’m listening to ‘Harbinger’ I keep asking myself : “does music really get
any better than this?” It’s more than just a matter of mere taste when something’s this wonderful.

Two more tracks and I’ll shut up. ‘Garden Of Eden’, as much for the instrumental ensemble’s work
as for Ms Cole’s impeccable performance and ‘The Ladder, whose harmonies are simply sublime.

22 years old this week, it remains as fresh as a daisy. One of The Listening World’s true treasures.

A case of better late than never if ever there was one!

Essential.


Feels Like Home
Feels Like Home
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Few Words About A Beautiful Song, 18 July 2016
This review is from: Feels Like Home (MP3 Download)
One of the most beautiful songs ever written. Simples.

Essential.

(Bonnie Raitt sings it wonderfully well too. Heck! Download them both).


Carved From Tides
Carved From Tides
Price: £7.11

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Bears Are Listening, 17 July 2016
This review is from: Carved From Tides (MP3 Download)
Jerome Alexander is a composer/multi-instrumentalist who, for reasons best known to
himself, chooses to be known as Message To Bears. Heaven knows why but there you go.
Whether or not the bears are listening ‘Carved From Tides’ is full of very rich musical ideas.
Nine tracks in all. Music of a largely mellow and reflective nature. I sense a gentle soul at work.

The opening number, ‘Never Be’, is a rather lovely composition; pastoral in nature; starting slow
and gaining momentum when the shuffling beat kicks in. It’s not a little unlike some of Apparat’s
work (2011’s ‘The Devil’s Walk’ say), Mr Alexander’s voice bearing some kinship with that of
Sascha Ring’s. There’s a bit of auto-tune going on with the vocal at the beginning of ‘Blossom’
but don’t let that put you off. Mr A, sings the words “don’t let me” a lot without ever being quite
clear what it is that he wants us to prevent him from doing but the fiddle makes a pretty noise.
‘Spin/Float’, another pastoral confection, is blessed with some graceful additional harmonies from
Gemma Alexander (his sister perhaps?) and ‘They Ran’ has a playful push/pull rhythmic pulse.

Top Track : It’s a toss-up between ‘I’ll Lead You There’, a dense arrangement in which our host shows
off his fine falsetto and ‘When You’re Gone’, a curious song whose rhythmic flow switches backwards
and forwards between an aching sense of loss and yearning and something far more choleric in spirit.

Things move slowly in Mr Alexander’s World. His music gives us time to think and breathe.

I believe that’s a good thing.


Emotions and Math
Emotions and Math
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Nonsense, 17 July 2016
This review is from: Emotions and Math (Audio CD)
Margaret Glaspy, a Californian singer/songwriter, turns in a tidy debut with 'Emotions and Math'.
From my perspective the album has far more emotion than maths in the mix. It's a gritty little thing.
Rough around the edges in the nicest possible way. Ms Glaspy's voice and style remind me a bit
of 'whitechocolatespaceegg'-era Liz Phair. The direct approach; the restrained energy; the arty flair.

There are twelve numbers in the set. A guitar, bass, drums set-up is all she needs to make it work.

Top tracks : 'Somebody To Anybody', a tender confessional sung with feeling and just her electric
guitar for company; 'Situation', with its abrasive riffs and angular construction and 'Anthony', which,
with its quasi-country lilt and well-constructed melody, is a bitter-sweet invocation of a failed romance.

No frills stuff. Stripped down to the bare bones and all the better for it. I like it. A lot.


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