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Too Dark Park
Too Dark Park
Price: £14.09

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe noone has reviewed this yet..., 5 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Too Dark Park (Audio CD)
For anyone wanting to know a little more about this fantastic album...

Too Dark Park is undoubtedly Puppy's masterpiece. A heady cocktail of industrial beats and synths mixed with violent vocals and for the most part incomprehensible lyrics build and build to a manic, screaming climax that makes this possibly one of the most intense albums ever made, in this genre or any other. I have heard it described as heavy but I believe this to be misleading - TDP does not display any of the 'metal' qualities now associated with industrial music; rather it relies on the claustrophobic atmosphere and spooky samples (see Nature's Revenge) to create a record that is much more taxing than any metal album I have ever heard.

Whilst the stand-out track is definitely Spasmolytic, every song will strike its own brand of fear into your heart and despite being short this CD can be quite hard to stick with to the end. However if you do so, it is incredibly rewarding, and you can be safe in the knowledge that you have witnessed a milestone in electronic rock. I can guarantee you've never heard anything like it - a truly innovative work of art.

Maybe I am biased, but I honestly have nothing negative to say! A gem for seasoned fans and those new to Skinny Puppy alike. Highly, highly recommended.

Let It Come Down
Let It Come Down
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £41.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually - this far surpasses Corgan's solo work., 5 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Let It Come Down (Audio CD)
Being a fan of Smashing Pumpkins, I got this album not really knowing what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised!

Iha has certainly shown his ability as a songwriter - every track on the CD is beautifully crafted, with gorgeous, sunny melodies and bittersweet lyrics. It's poppy, but not mainstream; sweet, but not twee; and overall filled with a beauty and sense of longing that's evocative of hot summer afternoons and intense young love. It has great replay potential, and since ripping it to my mp3 player I have listened to it numerous times a week.

Personally the only criticism I have is that there is very little variation - and whilst I could cite the old adage 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it', it would actually be nice to see James branch out a bit. Isn't that what second albums are for?! I'm certainly hoping for one.

Whilst I would actually recommend that SP fans don't buy this without hearing it first (it is very different and it's not guaranteed to be to your taste!), what I would recommend is giving it a listen, whether just to the samples on here or to a friend's copy. It is *definitely* worth it.

Polar Bears
Polar Bears
by Ian Stirling
Edition: Paperback
Price: £30.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A recommendation, 4 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Polar Bears (Paperback)
This is a fantastic book but mostly aimed at those who want to learn about polar bears - if it's photographs you're after, you'd be better off trying Norbert Rosing's book, 'The World Of The Polar Bear' Of course this does also contain a plethora of information about these fascinating animals, but the quality of the photographs is infinitely superior.

(Also regarding something a previous reviewer mentioned, methane doesn't smell. A smell - usually methanethiol or ethanethiol - is sometimes added to natural gas as a safety measure, but it is artificial! )

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