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Sonic Highways
Sonic Highways
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Staying within the city limits, 11 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Sonic Highways (Audio CD)
Initially I found the album a lot to take in but after giving it a few spins the album started to come to life more. In terms of how the album sounds, it reminds me a lot of ‘In Your Honor’ and ‘Echoes...’ I think this is due to the different styles incorporated on those albums. In the case of Sonic Highways, the band pay homage to different genres within music (partly influenced from the cities which the album was recorded in) ranging from country ('The Congregation'), hard-core punk ('The Feast and the Famine') and Bowie-esque ('Subterranean') making this a versatile and interesting record to listen to. My only criticism is that the album ends abruptly - similar to when a cassette runs out of tape. Previously the Foos have managed to write both decent opening and closing numbers, therefore, I had hoped that 'I Am River' would lead into a ball-out rock song. However, just when it starts to reach its crescendo, this doesn't materialise sadly. This is the shortest Foos record to date (clocking in just over 40mins) and whilst I would rather listen to a band release 8 decent songs as opposed to an album containing 13-14 songs with only a handful of those being good, I cannot help but wish that the band made a couple more stops along the way to what could have been something colossal. Overall an excellent album even if the journey does end too soon.

August MR220 - Bluetooth Audio Receiver for Sound Systems - Bluetooth Wireless Music Adaptor for Car Radio / Home Stereo / Headphones / Portable Speakers - Bluetooth Enable your Audio Devices (Black)
August MR220 - Bluetooth Audio Receiver for Sound Systems - Bluetooth Wireless Music Adaptor for Car Radio / Home Stereo / Headphones / Portable Speakers - Bluetooth Enable your Audio Devices (Black)
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Price: £25.95

3.0 out of 5 stars August MR220B Bluetooth Audio Receiver., 15 Oct. 2013
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Item came as described. Convenient for when on the move and as a Spotify user I can connect the receiver to the stereo and use my mobile phone like a remote control to change or replay the track from anywhere in the room. When it works, it works brilliantly. My only two gripes are the battery life (usually 2-3hours of playback at any one time) and the bluetooth sometimes disconnects resulting in turning on/off both receiver and mobile.

Metallica Through The Never
Metallica Through The Never
Price: £10.32

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do I need to another Metallica live album? No, but do I want one? "Hell Yeah!", 8 Oct. 2013
Released as an accompaniment to the band's 'concept-movie' 'Through The Never', this album comprises of 15 tracks from Metallica's back catalogue recorded live in 2012. Primarily derived from the first five albums with only three taken from their post-'Black Album' output, namely, 'Reload' and 'Death Magnetic'. Performance-wise the band are outstanding, I would go far as to say that some of the songs sound better than the original. If you are looking for a Metallica live album that is not from the soundboard archives or without the backing of a symphony orchestra then this is ideal.

There are a few quirks such as some of the vocals missing in the second verse of 'Ride The Lightning' (though judging from the set list this was deliberate), the sound of the stage collapsing during 'Enter Sandman' is lost in translation from film to audio, an updated (but pointless) version of 'Orion'. It would have been preferable to have ended the album with usual set closer 'Seek and Destroy' just to bring the album to its natural conclusion or some new songs to tie fans over until their next studio release.

By no means an essential purchase but this serves as a happy medium between the overpriced `Live Binge S*** & Purge' box set and the symphony-laden `S&M'.

Death Of Superman TP New Ed
Death Of Superman TP New Ed
by Roger Stern
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Death of Superman, 16 Jun. 2013
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'Death of Superman' comprises of seven issues from various titles. Without giving away too much, the main villain Doomsday escapes from an unknown facility, very little is known about his origin or motivation other than to cause death and destruction on Earth and it's down to Superman (with a little help from Justice League of America) whose efforts to stop him become increasingly futile leading to a dramatic change in the DC universe. From the main title, readers know what is going to happen but the emphasis is on how the events unfold around the main protagonist. The opening issue sets the scene well following Doomsday's trail of destruction, evidently portraying a force not to be reckoned with. Doomsday's physical appearance is not unveiled straight away as he is disguised in a (not so convincing) monster-sized green radioactive suit! As the story progresses, Doomsday becomes slowly revealed making good use of tension highlighting just how little the heroes featured know about their enemy. Much of the story concentrates on Superman pursuing/battling Doomsday and one cannot help but wonder if some of the panels could have been used as a back-story to explore the emotional dynamics between Superman and those closest to him i.e. Lois Lane, his adoptive parents, people of Metropolis all contemplating on how they would function without in a world without Superman. This is touched upon towards the end of the story but is not explored thoroughly as one would have liked. Regarded as the "best selling graphic novel of all time" but this is definitely not the best comic book story ever told.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Black Sabbath - '13', 16 Jun. 2013
This review is from: 13 (Audio CD)
This is the first Black Sabbath album in 35 years which consists of its three original members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler along with RATM's Brad Wilk filling in on drums. After giving the album a few listens, I cannot help but express my disappointment. The songs are lengthy, slow and unclear, therefore, doing very little to sustain my attention. Occasionally the odd time-change signature is thrown in to pick up the pace but this is easily predictable. At points, Ozzy's vocals seem out of sync and seem to be added in for the sake of it. Granted, Iommi stands as the one of the greatest `riff-meister' of our time and certainly delivers some thunderous doom-laden riffs in places but the rewards are few and far between. There also appears to be a lack of originality and you cannot help think "Where have I heard this before?". One example is fourth track 'Zeitgeist' is a carbon copy of one of their earlier songs 'Planet Caravan'. Whilst one could never expect Sabbath to surpass their earlier work, one had hoped that '13' would serve everyone a reminder how metal should be done. Instead it stands as a painful reminder that sometimes it's best to leave the legacy well alone.

I'm With You
I'm With You
Price: £8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Red Hot Chili Peppers: I'm With You, 31 Aug. 2011
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This review is from: I'm With You (MP3 Download)
Since their resurgence from 1999's `Californication', the Chilis have enjoyed renewed mainstream success yet continued to push the envelope at every turn. 'By The Way' (although not to everyone's tastes) saw a band making a radical departure from their funk-rock roots to a more Beatles/Beach Boys sound. Whilst 2006's double album 'Stadium Arcadium' saw the band go for overkill attempting to tap into every influence under the sun. Five years on the band are back with their tenth opus minus mainstay guitarist John Frusciante with Josh Klinghoffer taking up guitar duties. Introducing a new member can sometimes breed new life into the band in a creative sense. Regrettably, this fails to materialise on 'I'm With You' as Klinghoffer's input seems limited consisting of a three man band plus one to fill in the gaps (which is shame given Klinghoffer's CV). Furthermore, the Hendrix-on-fire solos are amiss and the songs just generally lack bite or just aren't that memorable. Overall, the songs resonate closer to 'Stadium Arcadium' than 'Blood Sex Sugar Magic' but almost feel they've been lifted from the cutting room floor. 'I'm With You' is by no means a bad album, it's one that ambles along safely within the confines of coffee table rock but it's definitely one that you could do without.

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Price: £6.90

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rise Against: Endgame, 12 April 2011
This review is from: Endgame (Audio CD)
'Endgame' is an apt title given that the album sounds like band who seem to have lost their creative peak. After three consistently good albums, 'Endgame `feels somewhat a letdown. If you going to write songs under the three and half minute mark which encompass a strong message whilst playing them fast then it needs to be memorable for the listener. Too often the songs on 'Endgame' lack focus and are easily forgettable leaving the listener after 46 minutes very short changed.

In the opening song (one of the album's few highlights) 'Architects' Tim Mcllrath sings:

'Yeah, we still believe in all the things that we stood by before
And after everything we've seen here maybe even more'

This song describes the band's once idolised heroes and icons shying away from the things that they once believed in, conforming to the norm. Ironically, 'Endgame' sounds like a band who are on the verge of doing the same thing by playing it safe. In essence, 'Endgame' is not a dreadful album and by no means does it signify game over but may need to consider raising their game if they want to avoid becoming those icons that have already mellowed with age.

Live On I-5
Live On I-5
Price: £5.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Soundgarden: Live On I-5, 23 Mar. 2011
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Recorded from the band's 1996 North American tour in support of their last studio effort 'Down On The Upside', 'Live On I-5' is the band's first official live album. It has been widely documented that the band's tenure was coming to an end as a result of internal disputes amongst its members. Well even if that was the case, it certainly doesn't show on here. What 'Live On I-5' successfully captivates is a band sounding cohesive, not one that's falling apart. This is particularly notable on 'Jesus Christ Pose' which shows the band giving it their all until the last note rings out especially Matt Cameron's drumming who plays frantically as if the roof of the venue was about to cave in! Chris Cornell soaring vocals are reminiscent of a certain Robert Plant, placing him as one of rock's greatest vocalist to emerge from the last twenty years. This is evident on the nine minute epic 'Slaves and Bulldozers' where Cornell depicts the rage of a desperate man.

Despite being recorded in different locations, the record naturally flows like a gig. Although the majority of the songs derive from the band's most renowned albums 'Badmotorfinger' and 'Superunknown', you gain a sense that a conscious effort has been made with the running order. That said, there are some unexpected surprises such as a well executed cover of Iggy Pop's 'Search and Destroy' especially as Cornell's voice isn't one you would imagine being compatible with punk. Perhaps it would have been good if some of the songs were substituted for others such as tediously sounding 'Head Down' for 'Get on the Snake' or the pointless rendition of 'Helter Skelter' for 'Superunknown'. Like with any gig, there will be songs which are your favourites and there will be songs which are other people's favourites which is what the band set out to achieve.

Since reforming in January 2010, you could argue that Soundgarden have been cautiously plotting their 'comeback'. Live dates have been very sporadic in America and despite various predictions as to whether the band will tour the UK and European festival circuit, they have yet to reach these shores. In the meantime, 'Live On I-5' will serve fans as an excellent stopgap until they do.

Awesome As F**k
Awesome As F**k
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Price: £6.45

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Green Day: Awesome as F**k, 22 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Awesome As F**k (Audio CD)
Recorded from various parts across the globe during their successful `21st Century Breakdown tour', `Awesome as F**k' is Green Day's fourth official live offering to date. Live albums are often met with ambivalence as no recording can ever replicate the magical experience of physically being there and Green Day is no exception to the rule. Yet behind the pyrotechnics, the gimmicks and the flair you got to have consistently good songs to back it up and `AAF' demonstrates just how cohesive and tight the band actually sound. The disc contains songs from their back catalogue ranging from their recent opus `21st Century Breakdown' right back to their debut album `1039' which highlights the band's willingness to celebrate their roots. The tracklisting may seem obscure to the casual fan as the likes of `Basket Case', `Boulevard of Broken Dreams' and `Hitchin' a Ride' are omitted in favour of the lesser known tracks such as `J.A.R.' and `Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?'. This does present a slight curiosity as to why the band doesn't just release a live album comprising of a complete set which remains unanswered. However, there is enough Green Day live material available to make your own set-list if you so wish.

The album is accompanied with a bonus DVD of the band's performance shot in Tokyo, Japan. The footage is crisp and is excellently shot. Although interspersed with clips of backstage footage, unlike `Bullet in a Bible' this is kept to a minimum with the focus being on the concert. Here the band are vitalised, engaging, striking their presence onstage with such energy and conviction that you would never have guessed that they've been around for twenty odd years. Those who have had the privilege of seeing them on this tour will know that this not the full set (average duration lasted between 2.5 hours to 3 hours). Nevertheless this serves us as a reminder of one of rock's phenomenal live bands or alternatively provides a good incentive to go and see them if you haven't done so already.
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Time For Annihilation... On The Record And On The Road
Time For Annihilation... On The Record And On The Road
Price: £12.32

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alive and out of control..., 2 Sept. 2010
Released to commemorate signing to their new record Eleven Seven Music, 'Time For Annihilation' demonstrates a band knowing how to earn kudos with their fanbase. Furthermore, this would appear to be a subtle middle finger to their former record label Geffen Records who recently released a greatest hits against the band's wishes. This album comprises of new and old material featuring 5 new songs and 9 recorded live songs from their back catalogue. Firstly the new songs excel in quality and place the band in an exciting direction. Gang vocals on lead single 'Kick In The Teeth' will be a welcomed addition to the setlist for future gigs to come. The band tread on soft rock territory with 'No Matter What' but shows their versatility in their songwriting abilities. However, long term fans are more likely to be interested in the latter half of the album - the live output which doesn't disappoint. Here the band sound fresh and vitalised playing with conviction and passion. Highlights include the guitar on 'To Be Loved' sounds venomous giving the song that extra bite, Monsieur Shaddix's soaring yet emotional vocals on 'Scars' strikes and 'Last Resort' makes you wish you were in the mosh pit. This leads me to say that whilst these former 'nu-metal darlings' are unlikely to receive the critical acclaim for their studio output, one thing that cannot be denied are their phenomenal live shows (as witnessed by your humbled reviewer). My only criticisms of this opus is the omission of live material from the underrated 'Lovehatetradegy' and the accompanying DVD (which I did not opt for) to be a live gig recording rather than a 'Making Of'. Still for the price I paid, I can't complain and shall look forward to embracing every moment when they play on the forthcoming 'Taste Of Chaos' tour (as headlined by Disturbed) in December.

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