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Nico
Nico
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poignant., 7 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Nico (Audio CD)
I feel such a meany only dishing out three stars. I think it's necessary, though, for those who may find this album before the other BM discs. In comparison, well, it just isn't as good as "Blind Melon" and isn't in the same arena as "Soup", the band's finest hour.
Equally, though, there is some excellent stuff on here. Their re-working of Steppenwolf's "The Pusher" is bold and driven, "Soup" is amongst the best things they ever did and "Pull" just hints at the miracles they might have gone on to perform.
Naturally, though, there's a pervading sense of clearing out the cupboards and the quality does waver. There is something undeniably haunting about the answer-machine final recording of Hoon ("Letters From A Porcupine") but a great tune it isn't.
For BM fans this is essential, especially with the extended CD features (interviews, personal videos, etc) but for those new to Blind Melon, check out either of their studio albums first. There's magic here but only in bursts.


The Music
The Music
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabuloso!, 7 Jan. 2004
This review is from: The Music (Audio CD)
First off, this lad can sing. I mean, REALLY sing. He may not cite them directly but I'm getting distinct early-blues vibes from him. Fred MacDowall or Sam Hopkins. He's got a great wail and a good sense of phrasing. He can project ethereally or spit out funky, syncopated gobbets. It's joyous to listen to him.
As for the band as a whole, they're a sort of halway-house between Spiritualized and Jane's Addiction. More rocking than the former but not as eclectic as the latter. But then, this is their first record. I am suitably hooked to anticipate their next album with great excitement.
Live, they must be something quite special.


Blind Melon
Blind Melon
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Price: £4.68

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still going back..., 24 Oct. 2002
This review is from: Blind Melon (Audio CD)
...after eight years or so I'm still going back to this album (and it's less successful follow-up "Soup") on a regular basis. There's a warmth to the sound, something of days spent out on the beach with my friends. And yet absolutely complementary to introspection. It's a quite wonderful record and I am constantly finding people who "Change" has quite literally changed. It's as complete a musical experience as you might ever wish to hear.


Over at Rainbow's
Over at Rainbow's
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Price: £9.95

21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible., 11 Sept. 2002
This review is from: Over at Rainbow's (Audio CD)
It really disappoints me to write with negativity about Cook as he is one of my heroes.
However...
This is dreadful. I won't hold Cook responsible for it as, obviously, he didn't choose to release it. Rainbow George, though, needs to be chastened for using Cook as a means to making a name for himself.
The material is compiled from a number of nights around at his neighbours house with a reel-to-reel recorder. What we are left with are the spurious, disconnected and unfunny ramblings of Cook and a rag-tag assortment of spurious, disconnected and unfunny droppers-by.
It's heartbreaking to write it like this but the two disks are so awful. Rainbow George is desperately trying to fill Dudley Moore's shoes (not that Cook needed Moore) and he does so with absolutely no comic ability. His musings aren't even interesting.
For his part, Cook just assumes the role of "the man who must entertain" so it's not as though we're granted any glimpses into the years when he really drank himself to death. It's tragic, lonely and, ultimately, quite repellant.
Buying this disk will only lower your opinion of Cook. So I urge you not to do so. This wasn't released as an addition to the body of Cook's work that we have left, it is a shameless attempt to make a celebrity of a nonentity on the coat-tails of another man's tragedy.
Foul.


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