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Hozier
Hozier
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing opener on an amazing album, 7 July 2015
This review is from: Hozier (Audio CD)
Irish singer/songwriter Hozier's self-titled debut album opens up in magnificent style with the bluesy and catchy hit single 'Take Me To Church', an excellent (anti-Roman Catholic church anthem) song delivered with great feeling, and that pretty much sums up the rest of it's rich content. Most of these tracks were already available to buy on Hozier's two EP releases, but have been collected together here for those of us who didn't buy, or hear them the first time around.

It's difficult for me to pick out a favourite track out of the 13 which make up the playlist, there are of course some that standout more than others, but my favourite tends to be the one that I'm currently listening to at the present time. I do love the nice and very soulful 'Angel of Small Death & the Codeine Scene', the catchy-as-hell, second UK hit 'Someone New', the sexy and catchy atmospheric anthem that is 'Sedated', and the sensual 'Work Song', a beautiful ballad. This man can really sing, and his voice is so very easy on the ear. From the vocals and the songs, right down to the production and even the front cover, 'Hozier' is certainly a debut to remember.

This is a very polished and playable album from a genuine talent, similar to the likes of fellow young artists George Ezra and James Bay. I am so pleased that real musicians who make excellent music are dominating the charts at the moment, and Hozier stands tall as one of the very best. On the evidence of this album, he has an excellent future in the business ahead of him.


We Met At Sea
We Met At Sea
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly their best album yet!, 7 July 2015
This review is from: We Met At Sea (Audio CD)
I've been a fan of these five fellas from Leeds since the beginning, and have always enjoy their albums. I do think though that their fourth, and most recent studio record might possibly be best work to date. Whilst nothing on 2013's 'We Met At Sea' sounds virtually any different to The Pigeon Detectives' other releases, they have kept their same style, and in doing so, have done again what they do so well, and given us all a strong collection of catchy, feel-good songs. The lyrics are a tad patchy in places, but who really cares when the music sounds so good?

My hands-down favourite track here is the infectious 'Light Be Up' (I love the way impressive lead singer Matt Bowman, with his promenade Yorkshire accent says ''cigarette''), and if this one doesn't make you want to reach for you're pack of smokes, nothing will. Other particularly great tunes here include the poignant 'Don't Mind', and the perfect indie-opener 'Animal', which is very Arctic Monkeys like, and was the only single issued after it bombed. These guys are even better live, so if you can, go and see them. The album sounds somewhat like a soundtrack to TV's 'The Inbetweeners', but that's a good thing.

It's a shame that The Pigeon Detectives, like so many of their contemporises, aren't as popular as they once were (and these men were once very big), and as a result their music now goes mostly unheard. 'We Met At Sea' failed to light any real bomb fires chart wise upon it's release, and spawned no hit singles. Still, us loyal fans know it's out there and appreciate it, but if you've somehow managed to stumble across this page and aren't sure whether to buy it, as I have all studio four albums and this is my absolute favourite, I can only highly recommend you do so.


Tenderness [DVD]
Tenderness [DVD]
Dvd ~ Russell Crowe
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £7.11

3.0 out of 5 stars A watchable, slow-running psycholgical drama, 7 July 2015
This review is from: Tenderness [DVD] (DVD)
'Tenderness' really isn't a thriller as such, it's a reasonably suspenseful drama centring around two complex and disturbed characters. Although it managed to hold my interest from beginning to end, I don't think it's a film I could watch again.

Russell Crowe plays Lt. Cristofuoro, a career-hardened detective who becomes obsessed with the early release of Eric (Jon Foster), a teenage psychopath who murdered his parents and raped an adolescent. Cristofuoro had helped send him to prison, and now begins shadowing Eric, who reluctantly becomes involved with Lori (Sophie Traub), a lonely and troubled girl who is aware of his dark secrets and unsavoury desires. Although Crowe is the star name, he isn't given a great deal of screen time, so 'Tenderness' is one for his most avid of fans only.

Jon Foster and Sophie Traub are very good in their central roles, with their banter succeeding in keeping me entertained. There's some tension throughout certainly, but I couldn't help but think that it would have benefited with more back-story provided to these two characters. I felt there was ultimately a lack of depth, but if you do enjoy slow-running, character driven movies, you might like this average (in my opinion) indie flick. If you are interested in psychological studies, you might also want to give it a go.

The DVD contains no extra features, but does have subtitles for the hard-of-hearing.


Ten Songs From Live At Carnegie Hall
Ten Songs From Live At Carnegie Hall
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Price: £11.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Pure and simple greatness!, 6 July 2015
If you haven't already got a Ryan Adams' album in you're collection, this latest release is as good a place as any to start off with. In my opinion, this man is one of the greatest singer/songwriters of his generation, and undeniably one of the most proflic. Each of Ryan's offerings are different, but are always a treat, and this album does what it says in the title, it's the great man with his guitar, performing ten songs, stripped-back, live at Carnegie Hall. If you like to hear good music delivered acoustically, like me, you'll find yourself playing this release over and over.

The album compiles two gigs at that same venue, one which took place on November 15th 2014, and the other which was recorded on November 17th. The first five tracks, are taken from that performance, and the other half are from the latter. The complete set-list represents some of Ryan's best-ever songs, spanning his entire career thus far.

Things open up with one of Ryan's earliest recordings, 'Oh My Sweet Carolina', which has never sounded sweeter, and ends with 'Come Pick Me Up', both of which are highlights from Ryan's debut album 'Heartbreaker' from 2000. Other magic moments include three cuts from his latest, Grammy-nominated, self-titled studio album: 'My Wrecking Ball', 'Gimme Something Good' and 'Kim', plus a slow-down, acoustic 'New York, New York', which has always been a favourite of mine, delivered with nothing less than greatness. There's also one new song, 'How Much Light', which Ryan has never released commercially. Although he describes this track as ''sappy'', I'm a sucker for a good 'sappy' song, so I enjoyed hearing it.

If you are looking for a taster of Ryan's work, this career-spanning live album is perfect. A nice touch is that we are able to hear Ryan interacting with his audience, and he comes over as a down-to-earth and naturally very funny guy. The CD's booklet contains pictures, and notes from this genuine talent himself.


OUT CALLS ONLY
OUT CALLS ONLY
Price: £9.04

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4.0 out of 5 stars An instantly likeable album, 6 July 2015
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This review is from: OUT CALLS ONLY (Audio CD)
Donald Cumming, the former model and founder of the New York indie-band The Virgins (who emerged around the same time as The Libertines and The Strokes), has made an instantly likeable record with his debut solo album 'Out Calls Only'.

The well-written, catchy songs are nicely constructed, with Donald's ample charm soring through. Some of the tracks have a mainstream sound, whereas others sound deliciously retro, in the same, mellow style of late 1960s to mid 1970s rock, conveying a sound similar to the likes of Tom Petty. It's a great sound, and Mr. Cummings seems to effortlessly make it all his own.

The up-tempo opener 'Game of the Heart' has a real 1980s feel, and drew me in immediately. This is about as close to a song that The Virgins might have recorded as you're going to find here. Other highlights include 'Sometimes Sweet Susan', the epic, seven-minute Eagles-esque 'Scarecrow', 'Dark Midnight', and the wistful closer 'Spanish Horses'.

'Out Calls Only' sounds nostalgic, yet refreshingly brand new, and I look forward to hearing more music from Donald. My gratitude also belongs to a certain music magazine I've recently purchased, because without them publishing an advert for 'Out Calls Only', with the picture of a cool looking guy holding a cigarette on the cover catching my eye, this great album would probably have escaped my notice.


Silent Alarm
Silent Alarm
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 5 July 2015
This review is from: Silent Alarm (Audio CD)
good debut album


Out Of Nothing
Out Of Nothing
Offered by Leisurezone
Price: £4.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Embrace this wonderful album, 5 July 2015
This review is from: Out Of Nothing (Audio CD)
I admit that aside from enjoying a few odd tracks on various compilations, I hadn't really listened very closely to Embrace, but since purchasing this album, I have been making up for lost time. On display here is some seriously good song writing, wrapped up in the most beautiful songs, most of which enchanted me from the very first listen.


Whoa Nelly [UK Edition]
Whoa Nelly [UK Edition]
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Price: £1.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A vibrant debut album, 5 July 2015
This review is from: Whoa Nelly [UK Edition] (Audio CD)
It was the two hits 'I'm Like A Bird' and 'Turn Off The Light' that first made me a fan of Nelly Furtado's music, and both of them are on 'Whoa, Nelly!', her vibrant debut album, released at the start of the millennium. To me, although not quite the perfect record, it still ranks as one of the best first albums from a female artist that I know. It will appeal to so many music lovers, as the electric variations of genres cross over from pop and R+B to worldbeat and Latin.

Like I said, it isn't quite perfect or five star worthy, a few songs lean on the average side, but thank God even the 'filler' was something different to the manufactured pop rubbish that was dominating the charts at the time. Nelly was, and still is, the real deal, a proper artiste, and 'Whoa Nelly' is full of pleasant, sunny and breezy tracks for a long walk in the sun or a lazy Sunday. She has always had a very distinctive, strong and sinecure voice, which means that as soon as one of her songs comes onto the radio, you immediately know who it is that you're listening to.

Favourite tracks of mine on the album are 'I'm Like A Bird', 'Turn Off The Light', '.... On The Radio (Remember The Days)' and 'Hey, Man!'.


Join With Us
Join With Us
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: £2.30

3.0 out of 5 stars 'Feeling' okay!, 5 July 2015
This review is from: Join With Us (Audio CD)
The Feeling's first album ''Twelve Stops and Home' is still a real favourite of mine, but the lads' following-up, released in 2008, just isn't as good. I had to keep playing 'Join With Us' over, hoping that I'd find a handful of tracks I love, but it never happened. That's not to say this is a bad album, it isn't, and although the songs are well-crafted, it's just a largely-distinctive average pop record. After such an instantly infectious and solid debut, this will be seen as a disappointment.

There are several standout tracks, the very mainstream and bouncy opening 'I Thought It Was Over', the mellow 'Without You', and the excellent 'The Greatest Show on Earth', which is virtually two songs mixed into one (the other is a hidden track), and ends the album out on a ridiculously catchy high. The rest of the material is either to easy to skip past, overly cheesy (the debut album had plentiful cheesy lyrics, but at least those words were good), or very repetitive.

I'd recommend that you purchase The Feeling's 2006 debut album first, and you'll love it. 'Join With Us' spawned just one big hit ('I Thought It Was Over'), but is worth having for the good stuff, but just don't expect another 'Twelve Stops and Home'.


The Very Best of the Eagles
The Very Best of the Eagles
Price: £7.68

5.0 out of 5 stars All the obvious tracks, 4 July 2015
Despite sporting what I regard as a second rate front cover, almost like what a tribute act would put out, this is actually a very good collection of original recordings by the great American rock group The Eagles, and contains all of the obvious tracks that a casual fan will want. There are 17 songs in total, of which 15 were released as singles and the remaining two songs: 'Desperado' and 'Doolin-Dalton' both appeared on the band's second album 'Desperado'.

Although these four men only had a handful of major hit singles in Britain, they were, and still are, hugely popular, with many best-selling albums to their credit. Their most popular singles were all recorded and released in their 1970s peak, before they spilt up in 1980 for 14 years, and songs such as 'Hotel California', 'New Kid in Town', 'Take It to the Limit' and 'Take It Easy', speak for themselves, timeless classics that still entice new followers today.

There are many Eagles compilations out there, and I have no doubt that there be will be lots more to come, but this 'Very Best of', despite the aforementioned cover, and complete lack of liner notes (and indeed a picture of the group), contains all of their most commercially successful singles, and the sound quality of each is very good. If you're looking to 'test the water' or to start a collection, this is a good first CD choice. For fans of acoustic/alternative/classic rock and country music.


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