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Miaow
Miaow
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very decent 4th studio release, 18 Aug. 2016
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In essence, this is another very solid release from Hull's finest, although, as ever, Paul Heaton's lyrics sometimes fall on the wrong side of good taste and decency with the controversial 'Mini-Correct' being the worst offender. On the positive side, the lengthy 'Hold On To What?' moves through the gears very nicely and is joined by several other enjoyable songs including the singles 'Good As Gold', 'Prettiest Eyes' and a rare cover in the shape of 'Everybody's Talkin' (featuring lovely lead vocals from the new member of the group Jacqui Abbott). 'Hooligan's Don't Fall In Love' shows the versatility of the group with some stunningly good guitar work from Dave Rotheray; overall this probably ranks as one of the Beautiful South's most accomplished LPs.


Gaucho
Gaucho
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another smooth and highly polished release, 16 Aug. 2016
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Steely Dan's 7th studio release doesn't hit the same heights as its immediate predecessors namely 'The Royal Scam' and the classic 'Aja', but, even so there are several very enjoyable tracks including the superb 'Babylon Sisters', the catchy 'Hey Nineteen', the dreamy 'Third World Man' and the classy title track 'Gaucho'. Overall, this is an album which is very laid back and easy on the ear; a fitting conclusion to a highly productive decade of music from Walter Becker and Donald Fagen.


Choke
Choke
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short, but sweet, 2nd studio album, 12 Aug. 2016
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Paul Heaton and Dave Rotheray are on solid songwriting form on this 1990 follow-up release to the Beautiful South's debut from the previous year. Briana Corrigan, now a fully accredited member of the group, shines on the lovely duet 'A Little Time' (with Dave Hemingway) and delivers a strong lead on the superb 'Should've Kept My Eyes Shut'. Meanwhile, Heaton steps up to deliver the witty 'My Book' and the lovely 'Let Love Speak Up Itself', both of which deserved to attained higher positions in the singles chart. Worth picking this up at a decent price in my opinion.


The Royal Scam
The Royal Scam
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dan hit the mark again with their 5th studio album, 8 Aug. 2016
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Dan's 5th studio album, following on from the classic mid-period releases of 'Pretzel Logic' and 'Katy Lied', is another highly enjoyable journey encompassing many areas of American culture in a cynical, often humorous, manner. 'Kid Charlemagne' is a classic opener with a delicious guitar solo, 'The Fez' and the superb 'Haitian Divorce' introduce some glorious reggae flavours to the party whilst 'Don't Take Me Alive', 'The Caves Of Altamira' and the classy 'Sign In Stranger' are also quite brilliant. 'Everything You Did' is very enjoyable whilst 'Green Earrings' is O.K but slightly disappointing compared with the other material; finally, the stately title track rounds things off in a very satisfying way indeed. Definitely an album worth investing in, particularly at a decent price.


Aja
Aja
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 1977 album from Becker and Fagen, 4 Aug. 2016
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Steely Dan's 6th studio album, released in 1977, is a superb, jazz-flavoured confection featuring 7 classy tracks with 2 lengthy excursions, 'Aja' (pronounced 'Asia'), which features a sublime sax solo and lovely vocals and the smoothly seductive 'Deacon Blues' which employs similar brassy highlights and clever lyrics to achieve aural satisfaction. 'Black Cow' is a brilliant opener to proceedings whilst the clever, poppy sounds of 'Peg' and 'Josie' are always welcome guests to the party. 'Aja' is surely a strong contender for Dan's best ever album and should definitely be in your record collection, either on vinyl or CD.


Tapestry
Tapestry
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful album from a talented singer-songwriter, 1 Aug. 2016
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Carole King's lengthy career as a highly respected singer-songwriter surely found its pinnacle with this superb collection of 12 beautifully crafted songs. It is virtually impossible, indeed unfair, to try putting the tracks on 'Tapestry' (1971) into any meaningful kind of ranking order but it would be foolish not to highlight the sheer brilliance of the likes of 'It's Too Late', 'You've Got A Friend' and (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman. The title track is quite lovely, 'Way Over Yonder' has a delicious Country flavour about it, 'I Feel The Earth Move' is a really good toe-tapper and 'So Far Away' and 'Smackwater Jack' are pretty darn good as well. Lyrically and musically, this is a wholly satisfying LP and I heartily recommend it to you.


ELO 2
ELO 2
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent, if slightly flawed, follow up to ELO's debut album, 29 July 2016
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This second voyage of discovery from the ELO doesn't quite hit the high spots of its predecessor; 3 of the 5 tracks are pretty impressive with the lovely 'Momma', the thunderous In Old England Town' and the superbly constructed 'From The Sun To The World' grabbing the headlines for me. The longest ever ELO track, 'Kuiama' (a moving anti-war song'), is over 11 minutes long but, good as it is, needed to be edited down to a more manageable length. Meanwhile, 'Roll Over Beethoven' is a good old rock and roll thrash much beloved by Jeff Lynne but, personally, I feel it works better live than in the studio. Overall though this is an enjoyable LP and points the way forward to the classic ELO albums of the mid 1970s.


The Electric Light Orchestra
The Electric Light Orchestra
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4.0 out of 5 stars Baroque and Roll!!!, 28 July 2016
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Although this debut album does feel pretty rough and ready in places both Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood make significant contributions in the writing department. Lynne really hits the mark with the glorious rocker '10538 Overture' and the menacing 'Manhattan Rumble (49th Street Massacre)'; the subtlety comes in the shape of 3 really sweet compositions namely 'Nellie Takes Her Bow', 'Queen of the Hours' and 'Mr Radio'. However, Wood does throw several decent songs into the mix including, 'Look At Me Now', 'Whisper in the Night' and the bouncy 'First Movement (Jumping Biz)'; however the inclusion of the overlong and fiddly 'The Battle of Marston Moor (July 2nd 1664)' is a big disappointment. Woody moved on after this and unleashed good old Wizzard upon us while Lynne refined his early style and, by the mid 1970s, was making brilliant albums that sold in their millions.


Showbiz
Showbiz
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superb debut album from Muse, 11 July 2016
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Leaving aside all the negative stuff about this album sounding too much like Radiohead for its own good - yes it does somewhat but who really cares! - Muse have to be one of the most interesting and powerful musical forces to have been unleashed on the music scene in the last 15 years. This collection is crammed full of quality for this happy listener with the likes of 'Sunburn', 'Muscle Museum', Cave' and 'Uno' providing just 4 blistering examples of how good rock can be heading into the 21st Century. I am only stopping short of giving 'Showbiz' a 5th star because Muse's subsequent albums ('Origin of Symmetry', 'Absolution' and 'Black Holes and Revelations') are even better. A highly creditable debut in my view.


Balance of Power
Balance of Power
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4.0 out of 5 stars A decent valedictory album from ELO, 5 July 2016
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By 1986, ELO had shrunk to a 3 man operation led by Jeff Lynne (vocals, guitars, keyboards) with assistance from long-standing colleagues Richard Tandy (keyboards) and Bev Bevan (drums); the distinctive 'orchestra' having been replaced by electronic trickery and computer programming. Surprisingly, although Lynne was clearly tiring of the ELO formula, this is a pretty decent album with the likes of 'Calling America', 'So Strong', 'Secret Lives' and the classy ballad 'Getting To The Point' providing some of the highlights of this short 10 track collection. The 7 Bonus tracks don't really add a massive amount to the mix although 'Caught In A Trap' and 'Destination Unknown' are worthy of inclusion here; overall a slightly underwhelming album but still decent enough to invest in, methinks!


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