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Killing In The Name (Album Version) [Explicit]
Killing In The Name (Album Version) [Explicit]

66 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I won't do what you tell me, 12 Dec. 2009
Absolute energy from the bass intro to the defiant chant of the end. A cathartic track to listen to when frustrated or angry. Gets it all out of the system.


Only Revolutions
Only Revolutions
Price: £5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She cannae take it Captain, 9 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Only Revolutions (Audio CD)
Yes, I prefer early Biffy Clyro, edgy complex and rewarding. This is not as great as their early glories, but such is the passage of time. Even if they tried to make a record in the style of "Blackened Sky" they probably couldn't.

However, this deserves 5 stars as its better than almost anything else coming out this year. As with Puzzle, this is going to sound better live, stripped of the pollish snd the orchestra.


Sissy Hits
Sissy Hits

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dananananananaa, 7 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Sissy Hits (MP3 Download)
These guys are amazing, a fresh blast through a dusty industry.

Not just another indy guitar band, not just a thrashy heavy guitar band.

Lovely guys, made in Scotland, the best


Sons of Thor: Dane the Defiant (Sons of Thor Trilogy)
Sons of Thor: Dane the Defiant (Sons of Thor Trilogy)
by Magnus Bledwell
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Shrek on a page, 7 Sept. 2009
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OK not really Shrek as such, but a very Shrek like tale of daring do and a journey, and rivals for love (one of which keeps flicking back his long mane of blond hair - yes really)

Very good and lively detail of Viking life, some real danger, death and peril.

However the "funny bits for the adults" they put into cartoons were a bit laboured, and the whole thing a little pedestrian at times.

Worth it for a viking loving boy of 10-12. But not of hugely wide appeal.


The Lazarus Project
The Lazarus Project
by Aleksandar Hemon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Serious themes with a light touch, 7 Sept. 2009
This review is from: The Lazarus Project (Paperback)
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This book covers a wide range of serious themes - love, death, the challenges of being an imagrant, mob hysteria, going home, friendship, war.... However, it does it with a light touch, and a range of genuine jokes, that renders the whole a gripping, tense read.

Two parellel tales, of Lazarus and his sister, imagrant Jews in Chicago in the early 20th century, and a modern day writer and his photogapher friend, also imagrants to America, returning to central Europe to research Lazarus's life. The connections are not too strong, each story takes its own path. The first story, based on fact, revolves around the fear of an enemy within:- "Freedom is a business much easier to run if the authorities have a useful enemy," but gains its strengh from the developing character of Lazarus's sister.

The second story is untimately about the trouble of going home, and where we find our true identity, but picks up much about the new central Europe, and the wreckage of Bosnia, on its way.

Very strong work


Hey Everyone
Hey Everyone
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £5.02

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Danananana", 9 April 2009
This review is from: Hey Everyone (Audio CD)
The Dananas are fantastic live, full of energy and charm, rhythm and loudness. However, having enjoyed them so much live, I was worried about how this would translate to recording. Some vibrant live bands just sound shouty when in the studio.

This, however, is a very clever rendering of their music into a digestable recorded version. Still lively. Still fresh. But the harsh edges that work so well live have been sensibly taken down a notch, and the lyrical elements pushed forward.

Excellent and new. In any sane world, this would be the sound of 2009.


Eyes Open
Eyes Open
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £4.23

1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No more songs for polar bears, 15 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Eyes Open (Audio CD)
I used to love snow patrol. They released great albums like "Songs for Polar Bears". They got played on late night radio. They had originality. They had class.

Then, somehow, the same group of individuals produce "Eyes Open", an album so riddled with rock cliche that tribespeople in undiscovered civilizations could guess what was going to happen next.

The sad demise of tallent into formula rock. Only good for middle of the road daytime radio, to whence they should be permanently bannished.
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First Love
First Love
Offered by westworld-
Price: £20.00

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emmy the Really Rather Good, 14 Feb. 2009
This review is from: First Love (Audio CD)
Very strong songs, a beautiful and individual singing style. All round lovely stuff, always under control to stop it getting either twee or dull. Folky, but with an edge. Some variety of pace, and intruments, to make the songs stand out from one another. Can't think of any reason not to love this.


Ocean's Eleven [DVD] [2001]
Ocean's Eleven [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ George Clooney
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £3.75

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Plot-holed below the water line, 17 Jun. 2007
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This review is from: Ocean's Eleven [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
Note this review is full of spoilers.

OK this is a slick and entertaining film, on the whole. However, I do wonder what the point is of making a clever heist movie, when the heist, and thus the plot, is so shot through with holes. A few examples - the Matt Damon character gets into the vault lift - earlier we have been told that this requires a finger print; there is no way for a huge volume of the hooker flyers to get into the vault; 160 million dollars weighs way too much for the fake SWAT team to walk off with it; why did the little Chineese guy not take the little bombs in with him? - there was no need for the briefcase; if the big security guys could hear the Cloony character being beaten up and groaning, why could they not hear the conversation?; How did the Cloony character get from the room to the lift shaft in any case? And so on....

So many plot holes just leaves me annoyed in the end. The whole satisfaction of a movie like this (for example the Inside Man) is that you have been shown such a clever heist. With this movie, you're shown one that couldn't work, wich is just dumb.


Paris Eyewitness Travel Guide (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide)
Paris Eyewitness Travel Guide (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide)
by Alan Tillier
Edition: Flexibound

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The maps make it good, 28 Mar. 2007
Paris is a city I know fairly well, as my in laws lived there for years so I had many a free holiday. This book is a very accessable guide to the city, as it is designed around accurate, 3D drawn maps that act as the centre piece for information about an area. Really easy to see how things fit togehter. The approach extends to major sites and buildings, with well drawn exploded pictures giving an easy summary of what there is to be seen. Conveys information at a very intuitive level, and allows you to spot the next place to go with ease. Recommended.


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