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Hold On
Hold On
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting. Epic even?, 23 May 2016
This review is from: Hold On (MP3 Download)
Change the words in the verses and it could have been the best England football song since New Order's World In Motion.


Nightcrawler [DVD] [2014]
Nightcrawler [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Jake Gyllenhaal
Price: £5.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Does it ask questions about todays society or it is just a slightly sick film with no moral compass?, 30 April 2016
This review is from: Nightcrawler [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
Jake Gyllenhaal plays a creepy dude with no morals. The film felt like a not-as-funny and extended version of South Park's 'Britney Spears' episode from a few years ago. 7/10


Distance Inbetween
Distance Inbetween
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nah, 22 Mar. 2016
This review is from: Distance Inbetween (Audio CD)
Not a patch on Butterfly House or Magic & Medicine. If you like Curse of Love then you'll most likely enjoy this. The singles off this are decent but the rest didn't do anything for me - not rubbish, just not as tuneful as I'd hoped. 5/10
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Japrock Sampler Volumes 1-5
Japrock Sampler Volumes 1-5
Price: £41.82

1.0 out of 5 stars keep your money for something better!, 16 Mar. 2016
shoddily put together - avoid!


Meet The Humans
Meet The Humans
Price: £9.21

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best. Can't fault him for effort though., 14 Mar. 2016
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This review is from: Meet The Humans (Audio CD)
Not enjoying this one as much as Boys Outside from six years ago. Song three particularly (which drags and drones on badly), and song 4 ruin a decent start to the album. Some songs just aren't up to the songwriting of Boys Outside, so they seem high on repetition and some wander on a little aimlessly. The middle/end of the album is a mixed bag with nothing really standing out - Planet Sizes aside. The closer is a corking track mind you. 7/10


My Love Is Cool
My Love Is Cool
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More songs less noise and they could be onto something, 12 Jan. 2016
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This review is from: My Love Is Cool (Audio CD)
To my tastes this is a real mixed bag. I want to like it more than i do but it's missing something that makes that 'connection' (to quote an elastica song). I think what lets this album down for me is the loud tracks - they don't sit right somehow. So, You're A Germ, Lisbon, Giant Peach & Fluffy stop me from getting a foot hold (or ear hold) during a start to finish listen. The not-so-hidden hidden bit of Wonderwhy is a bit naff, and a curious way to close proceedings. Still, the rest of the songs are really good but as an album, it won't be one i reach for too often. Another band who's missed an opportunity to create something lasting? we'll see where they go from here, i guess.


Alternative Light Source
Alternative Light Source
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A logical step from Rhythm & Stealth, but were we waiting for Leftism 2?, 1 July 2015
I think this was never going to live up to expectation, so it's one that requires perseverance and time to grow on you.
The two gripes i have with the album is (1) Shaker Obsession - i just don't like it, and find it irritating, and (2) the sequencing of tracks just seems all wrong to me. Surely it should open with Alternative Light Source? I ended up changing the album so that it plays like this; 1.Alternative Light Source, 2.Little Fish, 3.Universal Everything, 4.Bad Radio, 5.Head And Shoulders, 6.Levitate For You, 7.Bilocation, 8.Dark Matters, 9.Storms End.
It's not ground breaking (but what is these days?), it has enough variation to keep me interested, but i can't help thinking that at a time when artists like the xx and caribou are popular that it could have gone for more subtle tracks over the full on hardcore club tracks? Maybe i'm just getting old...

7/10


Wild Frontier
Wild Frontier
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very samey, 23 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Wild Frontier (MP3 Download)
Listen to this, then listen to 'No Good (Start The Dance)'. One is memorable and full of energy, one isn't. I'm not asking for them to make the same tunes, but I'd like the new material to show that raw energy - clearly I'm asking too much.


Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance
Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance
Price: £9.39

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love this band, but not this album, 7 Feb. 2015
Probably the most disappointing B&S album for quite a while. Fans of their earlier work may find this latest offering as a return to form, but as someone who thinks Dear Catastrophe Waitress is B&S's finest hour, this is a bit of a turn off.
I enjoy listening to the first 4 tracks but find the rest of the album to be patchy in the extreme. 'The Cat with the Cream' drags it's paws for 5:18, and is so sleep inducing no wonder 'Enter Sylvia Plath' was chosen as the next song. 'The Everlasting Muse' annoys the hell out of me - i'm not at a greek wedding, i'm at home, or on a train. 'Perfect couples' is ok, but Ever had a little Faith? is a bit lame, with it's 'nu-uh-thing' lyric which sounds like time-filling to me. 'Play for today' is perhaps the most frustrating as the potential for a classic was there, but instead we get quite depressing lyrics, and then it outstays it's welcome by a few minutes, hanging onto a choral backing which sounds like they're singing 'bouncy bouncy' over and over and over - nope, no thanks. 'The Book of You' brings some sense of sanity to proceedings before a decent closing track. So, a handful of good songs, and some that left me wondering where Belle & Sebastian go from here. For the record, my fav B&S albums - Dear Catastrophe Waitress, The Life Pursuit, Tigermilk, The Boy With The Arab Strap, Write About Love

6.5/10


Syro
Syro
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Are you listening closely?, 13 Nov. 2014
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Hmm, been listening to this a lot since it came out. I tend to put it on a decent sound system whilst i'm working so sometimes listening intently, other times taking it in subconsciously. So, having given it time to sink in, time for a review....

The short version? Love the first 5 tracks, really don't like the rest.

The longer version? Whilst i won't bother to name the tracks, as they have typically daft names, but the opening is nostalgic in feel, slightly 90s as others have mentioned. This certainly draws me in, and i suspect the first few tracks actually carry the album all the way to it's conclusion.

Whilst the first 5 tracks seem to have lots of melodies and sounds typical with a 90s album by artists of that era, or indeed, with aphex twin or polygon window from that era, the second half comes across like richard d james was caught between 2 stools. On the one hand, he seems keen to move away from the nostalgic sound and feel with more modern stylistic touches, with glitchiness quite prominent after track 5. So, the mood is kept throughout, but the style changes. For me, music is all about mood AND melodies, so the fact that 7-12 largely loses all sense of melody meant that the album was a real turn off when listened to in it's entirety (with repeat listens). Enjoying the album so much on the first few listens, i was expecting it to grow on me but the later tracks became increasingly annoying, so by the end of the album I'd gone from enjoyment to annoyment(?). The album closes with a trade mark richard d james touch - a calming piano piece, but unfortuantely, for me, the damage had already been done.

5.5/10


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