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Amor Supremo
Amor Supremo
Price: £17.38

5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough, 27 April 2016
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I just can't get this off the turntable. If her previous and debut CD (there were some prior, hard to find EPs) was a tad lacklustre, this feels like a new departure. Well, you either like her voice or you don't, and you either like her songwriting or you don't - I love both, and therefore don't mind that the songs are a bit samey, in fact I love it. The new departure is the production: buckets of reverb on the voice, and loads os synths and strings. Comparisons are odious, but Lana del Rey comes to mind. But I prefer Carla. In fact, I just can't get enough of it.


The Longing Kind
The Longing Kind
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonder, 27 April 2016
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I must admit that it was with some trepidation that I started to listen to this new release from Maz. Her previous two CDs were all time favourites, but could she move away from the folk repertoire and compose a whole CD? I needn't have worried. As soon as I heard the magic of her voice, I was captured again. The songwriting does have a few dips, but it is mosly highs, with many glorious, and some real folk rockers, thanks to her brilliant accompanists. Of course, Jim Moray is top of the league. The production is impeccable throughout, with some nice eccentricities here and there. In short, another very English wonder from Maz.


Chaleur Humaine [UK Version]
Chaleur Humaine [UK Version]
Price: £8.00

9 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tiresome, 4 Mar. 2016
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Two years after its French release, Guardian critics et al have decided to go for it (likening her to Michael Jackson, I kid you not). Be warned though that her rather thin voice is launched over the tried and tired formula of minimal keyboard stabs mixed with various electronic zings and boings that, although she can sometimes turn a nifty tune, is more than a little tiresome, not to say annoying, after a short time. Reviewers say she's great live, which may well be, but once again IMHO critics are leading listeners away from a plethora of great new French singers (Camilla Jordana, Pauline Croze, Maissiat and many more) who they are ignoring, and who I think would reward listeners with a much richer feast than the old elecronica refried once again. So listen before you buy.
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Singles Collection 1973-1976
Singles Collection 1973-1976
Price: £16.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is it, 19 Jan. 2016
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How it is possible for the African Continent to still have something like this in its vaults is beyond belief. Although years ago I used to steer away from Latin influenced African music, I soon realised the enormity of my mistake, as well as the special contributions various African countries made to the craze for Cuban music. The musicianship on this is hypnotic, and the 9 minute workout that opens the LP section of this compilation even makes one think you have wandered into psychodaelia. If there are Angels in heaven, well they must sound like this. Don't be put off by the abstract design on the cover (the black and white band shot inside would have been preferable), or by the other Toures one may have heard. Never heard of Amara Toure? Well nor had I, but I already know my most frequently spun disc of the year, and this is it.


URRAM
URRAM
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just heavenly, 21 Nov. 2015
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Karen Matheson has made and participated in many an album since she and her cohorts practically put gaelic song on the map, and it is a welcome back feel that comes with this one, but nothing had lead me to expect such a wonderful album. Why? It is simply gorgeously, and lovingly, produced (Donald Shaw), with the star of the instrumentalists probably being Soumik Datta on sarod, an accompanying instrument which might not have worked in another's hands, but here, alternately taking the lead and blending into the background, gives this cd a texture no other of KM's recordings have. Just heavenly.


C'etait Marguerite Duras
C'etait Marguerite Duras
by Jean Vallier
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £26.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Many myths destroyed, but does it matter?, 11 Nov. 2015
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An immense 1,500 page labour of love, meticulously researched, as attested by the extensive footnotes. Valier proceeds to demolish one by one almost all of the myths that Duras created around herself. One is at first astonished by her cheek, and if one is left with perhaps a less dramatic, and maybe more ordinary woman, one can't help thinking that the creation of the myth was in itself an extraordinary achievement. I was irritated by the author's somewhat jokey style (though I would rather have that than 'academese'), and impolite treatment of a previous biographer, but there is no denying that it is a major work.


The Best Of The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12
The Best Of The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12
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7 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just one new song?, 11 Nov. 2015
Two CDs and just one new song? Gimme a break, Bob. To me these rehearsals are mostly too similar to the released versions to make this anything near worthwhile. And a bit of a cheek to use a cover photo from the Blonde on Blonde shoot as a marketing ploy. The Basement tapes was a great release, for all the reasons that this is not.
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Mariama
Mariama
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5.0 out of 5 stars The album Youssou N'dour should have made., 6 Nov. 2015
This review is from: Mariama (Audio CD)
Not helped by a package that does not have the artists' names on the front cover, and which is only just visible on the back (and with the name Pape sounding Spanish, and Cheikh sounding Algerian, when in fact they are both Senegalese) this one slipped past me. For anyone who ever liked Youssou N'dour, this will be seen to rank along with the very best of his. In fact in some ways, this is the album I wish he had made, and never did. Astoundingly rich vocals and strong highlife guitar. Fantastic. We need another one!


Brooklyn
Brooklyn
by Colm Tóibín
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dispiriting, 27 Oct. 2015
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One hates to be mean, but lest others might appreciate a warning, this is not only the most lifeless, but also the most dispiriting novel I have ever been asked to read. It is not often that one dearly wishes one never had. I still have a nasty aftertaste. Try 'Nora Webster' instead, and contrast this heroine with that plucky one.


This is the Day
This is the Day
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Playful, lyrical, uplifting, a joy, 18 Sept. 2015
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Nothing to add to the other reviews here, only that I had to find somewhere to say how much I enjoy every note of 'This is the Day' (except perhaps for the few moments when he seems to feel the need, unnecessarily I think, of playing 'free'). It is so uplifting to hear him toy for some time with the lyrical, then playfully subvert it with unpredictable flourishes. A true joy.


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