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Before the Poison
Before the Poison
Offered by nagiry
Price: £9.56

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning tour de force from rock survivor, 9 Nov. 2004
This review is from: Before the Poison (Audio CD)
This album sent chills up my back when I first heard it. A long time fan of both Marianne and Polly, to hear them working together is amazing. Nick Cave's sound too works as well with Marianne's voice, and sitting next to Polly's instrumentation. Unlike MF's previous CD, this album coheres well, and makes sense when heard next to Vagabond Ways.
Love the artwork too, especially the shot of a fork from Marianne's family silver (check out the engraving, which I assume is for Sacher-Masoch).
For new-comers to Marianne, this is a great place to start - and for fans who've been around a bit longer, this record can sit proudly next to Broken English and Blazing Away.


Middle Age: A Romance
Middle Age: A Romance
by Joyce Carol Oates
Edition: Hardcover

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stand-out novel from outstanding writer, 21 May 2004
This review is from: Middle Age: A Romance (Hardcover)
Joyce Carol Oates is writing at the top of her form with this outstanding novel. Set in wealthy town in upstate New York, the novel opens with the drowning of a Adam Berendt, local sculptor, trying to save a child from drowning. The rest of the novel tells the story of the women of the town, the effect the arrival of the artist had on them, and the greater effect brought about by his death.
Dealing with personal themes such as "romance", attraction and grief, it also takes a serious look at the lives of a wealthy East coast town, where everyone is "middle-aged", including the mature children and youthful grand-parents. Her characterisation is astounding, which makes this novel a very engaging read.
Finally, I have to say that the hardback US edition is a truly beautiful book.


Middle Age: a romance
Middle Age: a romance
by Joyce Carol Oates
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stand-out novel from outstanding novelist, 21 May 2004
This review is from: Middle Age: a romance (Paperback)
Joyce Carol Oates is writing at the top of her form with this outstanding novel. Set in wealthy town in upstate New York, the novel opens with the drowning of a Adam Berendt, local sculptor, trying to save a child from drowning. The rest of the novel tells the story of the women of the town, the effect the arrival of the artist had on them, and the greater effect brought about by his death.
Dealing with personal themes such as "romance", attraction and grief, it also takes a serious look at the lives of a wealthy East coast town, where everyone is "middle-aged", including the mature children and youthful grand-parents. Her characterisation is astounding, which makes this novel a very engaging read.


Middle Age: A Romance
Middle Age: A Romance
by Joyce Carol Oates
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First-rate novel from first-rate writer, 21 May 2004
This review is from: Middle Age: A Romance (Paperback)
Joyce Carol Oates is writing at the top of her form with this outstanding novel. Set in wealthy town in upstate New York, the novel opens with the drowning of a Adam Berendt, local sculptor, trying to save a child from drowning. The rest of the novel tells the story of the women of the town, the effect the arrival of the artist had on them, and the greater effect brought about by his death.
Dealing with personal themes such as "romance", attraction and grief, it also takes a serious look at the lives of a wealthy East coast town, where everyone is "middle-aged", including the mature children and youthful grand-parents. Her characterisation is astounding, which makes this novel a very engaging read.


The Barrens
The Barrens
by Joyce Carol Oates
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A strong thriller from this great writer, 21 May 2004
This review is from: The Barrens (Paperback)
When writing as Rosamund Smith, Joyce Carol Oates' pulls in the focus on the plot and characterisation, where her more "literary" novels use characters and situations to explore grander themes about American life.
As The Barrens progresses your feeling of alienation from the lead character heightens, the plot gathers pace and rushes precipitously towards its conclusion. Thoroughly "un-put-down-able", this is a gripping read, and another success from 'Rosamund Smith'.


Candyfloss and Medicine
Candyfloss and Medicine
Price: £19.83

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strong songs, maybe too much production, 21 May 2004
This review is from: Candyfloss and Medicine (Audio CD)
A good record, with some knockout tracks like "Glasgow Star", "Semi-Precious", and "Candyfloss".
This was Eddi's first album after winning her Brit Award, and getting a bit of decent recognition - things seemed to have been cranked up a gear by the record company, with glamourous(ish) photoshoot, and more expensive production. While I love several of the songs on here, I always prefer her pared-down songs, where her voice and the lyrics are centre stage. A lovely b-side to one of the singles to this album, "Earlies", is a great example of this.
"Angels & Electricity" is a better album, but this is still a very worthwhile purchase.


Angels & Electricity
Angels & Electricity
Offered by westworld-
Price: £14.98

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisitely beautiful record, 21 May 2004
This review is from: Angels & Electricity (Audio CD)
Eddi Reader's voice and songwriting is almost always a thing of beauty, but this is best typified on this album. The songs work well as a whole, yet display a distinct range of styles and tones. My key favourites are those with a wistful regard for the past - such as "Kiteflyers' Hill", "Postcard" and "Please Don't Ask Me To Dance" - but the whole album is strong.


The Bedroom Tapes
The Bedroom Tapes
Price: £34.14

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A record that dares to be different, 19 May 2004
This review is from: The Bedroom Tapes (Audio CD)
The Bedroom Tapes is a daring album by Carly Simon. In an age where we're used to glossy production values, and strict song-writing format, she records from her daughters bedroom, and tinkers around with guitars and percussion until she gets the sound she wants. The album has a raw, unpolished sound which many listeners will find unusual, but that is one of its strongest assets.
Key songs for me are "So Many Stars", "Actress" and "Scar" - her lyrics are thought-provoking and heartfelt, and her voice has stood the test of time marvellously.
Oh, and I must address the last reviewer's comment about Carly Simon comparing herself to Gershwin - what she actually does is seek inspiration from Gershwin. The song is about finding the process of songwriting to be too hard to continue, but then finding fresh joy in the songs of Gershwin, which act as a spur to try and create something new.


Hotcakes
Hotcakes
Price: £20.65

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reminiscences of childhood, glances to motherhood, 19 May 2004
This review is from: Hotcakes (Audio CD)
Heavily pregnant on the cover, with child through writing and recording, this is a charming, homely album from this great singers run of 70s albums.
Full of reminiscences of childhood, and forward glances to motherhood, the songs work well as a whole piece, and the album has a definite "sound" throughout. Key songs are "Misfit", romantic ballad "You're The One", and the hit single "Haven't Got Time For The Pain".


Boys In The Trees
Boys In The Trees

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stand-out album from outstanding artist, 19 May 2004
This review is from: Boys In The Trees (Audio CD)
This is the strongest of Carly's good run of albums in the 70s. At her most confident as a writer - lyrics and melodies - she has a great team onboard to complete the sound.
Slick upbeat, almost disco tracks include hit singles "You Belong To Me", one of my favourite tracks, Tranquillo (Melt my Heart); "In A Small Moment" and "Haunting" are cleverly crafted tracks; "Devoted To You", an Everly Brothers cover, is a sweet/saccarine (depending on your take) duet with then husband James Taylor.
All together my favourite Carly Simon album, and well worthy of a five-star rating.


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