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Big Inner [VINYL]
Big Inner [VINYL]
Price: £18.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Love to Mr White, 18 April 2013
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This review is from: Big Inner [VINYL] (Vinyl)
This is not an album that offers quick and easy thrills. You need to spend time with it, picking away at the layers in order to marvel at it's immaculate construction. The arrangements offered by Matthew E.White and his band are just perfect. Measured and assured, this is a debut album that will surely be canonized in the magazine polls of the future!


The Good Earth
The Good Earth
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Good Earth, 9 Feb. 2010
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I bought this after picking up Domino's reissue of 'Crazy Rhythms'. 'The Good Earth' replaces the twitchiness of their debut with a more rootsy, college rock feel. The comparisons with early REM are unavoidable, (Jangly guitar work, a low vocal mix and Peter Buck on production!). However the album has a subtle charm that really rewards repeated listens. There is a warmth to this album that I just love. Respect too for not repeating the tricks of their cult debut.


Crazy Rhythms
Crazy Rhythms
Price: £9.61

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New Wave Brilliance, 26 Dec. 2009
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I confess until the reissue by Domino this year I had never heard of The Feelies.
Which is a shame because this is great. Very new wave, very percussive, very good.
There is a whiff of Talking Heads about it (never a bad thing) but also a hint of Joy Division, which may be due to the lack of cymbals on the drum kit. The Feelies stick to their musical agenda and in doing so create a unique, infectious sound.


Gorky 5
Gorky 5
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gorky 5, 26 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Gorky 5 (Audio CD)
Ahh Gorky's a band that deserved much more credit than they got, perhaps this explains while this album feels a little forced. Songs like the bombastic Tidal Wave and Lets Get Together sit uncomfortably with the more gentle tones of say Hush the Warmth and Catrin. It was as if Gorky's wanted to stretch that little further into popular culture but couldn't shake the folk roots that had served them so well on Barafundle.
There are some great songs here but it just doesn't quite hold together as an album.

If you are going to start anywhere with the now defunct Gorky's, it has to be their wonderful Barafundle album...


Bitte Orca
Bitte Orca
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bitte Orca, 25 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Bitte Orca (Audio CD)
My relationship with this ablum started tentatively.
The music is almost like a mosaic and it took me a fair few listens to pull it all into place but once you've done that, you stand back and it makes the most interesting and beautiful of pictures.
It's an unusual mix of influences, african, new wave, classical and R'N'B are all there somewhere and somehow it makes a rewarding whole.

I agree with some of the other reviews, I don't quite 'get' the last track but that shouldn't detract from this truely maverick piece of work.

My favourite album of the year so far.


Talking Heads 77
Talking Heads 77
Price: £5.62

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 77, 25 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Talking Heads 77 (Audio CD)
If this is not the greatest debut album of all time then it is certainly the most interesting.
The Talking Heads went onto make (perhaps) better and more sophisticated albums than this with Brian Eno but for me 77 is still their most charming.
Wonderfully idiosyncratic and full of the most eccentric lyrics (Most famously the french speaking Pyscho killer)
The album (much like it's lead singer, David Byrne) twitches with life.
A must!


Red
Red
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4.0 out of 5 stars Datarock. Red, 11 Aug. 2009
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This is an interesting little album. I picked it up after hearing they were heavily influenced by the Talking Heads and the thin funky guitar work and Talking Heads song titles tossed out as lyrics certainly confirms that.
Two small set backs, the opening track (The blog) is a real stinker and although the tracks are wonderfully short and snappy the album does drag it's feet a little towards the end.
However that said I love it and it is certainly one of the more interesting and up beat albums to rear it's head this year.


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