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Mr. S. Bennett "stevenbennett5" (london)

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My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Price: £5.99

12 of 50 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's dull Pop - it's popular, and it's dull, 1 Dec. 2010
This album really flatlines, in my opinion. The overpolished studio work makes it lacking in any emotion or 'real' musical elements. it goes to show that you can throw all the money in the world into a fancy studio, but what comes out of that studio isn't proportional to the cost of the equipment. 'Big' studio sound doesn't mean a 'big deal' musically. Genuine musical talent and ideas have to come first, the studio stuff should follow on from that, not proceed it.
The clever word rhyming, sorry, rap, that goes on throughout is like a preachy, nagging old lady, and only serves to display the often one dimensional nature of that genre. The likes of NWA's - Straight Outta Compton illustrates how engaging the genre can be, while Roots Manuva - Witness shows how it can still be engaging in times of greater musical resources, but this album shows how not to do it. Too irritating to be background music, too lacking in the musical elements of creativity, melody and rhythms, to be a compelling listen, i can only imagine this is music to listen to when you're dead - brain or otherwise.

What i think about this album being so high profile, and predictably given 10.0 by pitchfork, can be summed up with the main line in track 7.
1 for effort - bless 'im, and for cashing in during these musically constipated times in which we live.
To quote a dragon from the TV den, if this is what modern music has come to then, "i'm out".
Comment Comments (11) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Dec 24, 2010 3:48 PM GMT

6 Pack of Clear Film LCD Front Screen Shield Scratch Protector Guard for iPhone 3G/3GS
6 Pack of Clear Film LCD Front Screen Shield Scratch Protector Guard for iPhone 3G/3GS
Offered by Well-Goal
Price: £1.47

2.0 out of 5 stars Cheap, but not terribly cheerful, 12 Nov. 2010
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Fitted ok, and obviously protects the actual iphone screen underneath, but gets covered in scuffs after one day in your pocket, making your phone look old and knackered, even if it's new.

Can anyone recommend screen protectors that don't scuff so easily?

Business Casual
Business Casual

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Chrom-e-o-dear, 11 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Business Casual (Audio CD)
If Chromeo set out to show how their creativity dried-up and actually came to an almost instant stop then they've done a fine job of it. The first 4 tracks here are vintage Chromeo and all worth downloading, but what happens from 5 to 10 I was not expecting.

Initial Alarm bells started to ring on 'You Make It Rough' which is stretched beyond, way beyond, it's limit at over 7 minutes - no Chromeo tracks should be over 5 minutes, there isn't enough progression in the 80s sound for that.

I could see the smoke when awful female vocals came in on next track 'When The Night Falls' - the 80s at their worst, single handedly flipping Chromeo's cool elements to their evil opposite.

The fire engine arrived for 'Don't Walk Away', while the blaze was out of control by the time 'J'ai Claqué La Porte' had finished. 'The Right Type' suggested that Chromeo weren't coming out of this alive, and with album closer 'Grow Up' the soaked, charred remains were all that was left of one of my favourite acts of the last few years.

Still, I have 2 albums (She's In Control & Fancy Footwork) and the 1st 4 tracks here (Hot Mess, I'm Not Contagious, Night By Night, Don't Turn The Lights On) to remember them by. Sniff.
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Die Antwoord - $O$
Die Antwoord - $O$
Price: £5.99

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as 'crazy' as you first think., 11 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Die Antwoord - $O$ (Audio CD)
I'll start by saying that, while this is really isn't my bag, as it's a bit too silly in terms of the band members and their lyrics, i have to say it's not as mental or throw away as you think when you're first exposed to Die Antwoord's music. I'd describe them as early Prodigy meets The Knife, meets a serious Goldie Lookin' Chain, with a bit of Eminem thrown in, and all put together in a South African melting pot.

In these times of placid, sterile, one-dimensional, largely boring corporate music, these guys are actually a breath of fresh air. Which is why i'd rate this album as 5.5 out of 10, despite not really being able to take them very seriously. Music used to spawn all kinds of weird and wonderful off-shoots, that were all earnest and passion fuelled efforts, and thankfully the emergence of Die Antwoord reminds us of those times, and hopefully they won't be seen as merely a funny freak show, so that people realise that in music anything should go, and imagination such as what Die Antwoord display is to be commended. I suppose the rise of the anti-dull was bound to happen at some point, and with the availability of music technology for everyone the world over, it just so happens that the first to break through happens to be this quirky South African outfit, as they sound unlike any other self-made efforts out there. Yep, you're not going to get these guys mixed up with anyone else!

The beats and production here are actually quite good, as is most of the quirky vocal delivery. The subject matter (Ninjas and dare i say it 'chav' culture daftness), and the unfamiliar sounds of Afrikaan's is actually what puts me off, but somehow simultaniously keeps you interested (to see what they'll come up/out with next! yes, it's actually oddly very entertaining). Some tracks are more listenable than others, with those where talking is included being an instant turn-off ('Scopie' and 'Doos Dronk' spring to mind), while the amount of Schoolyard style bad language certainly isn't to be applauded.

It's very much a marmite, 'try before you buy' scenario, but if it came to a musical war between the likes of Die Antwoord and Simon Cowell's tripe, i know who's side i'd be on.
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AKG K430 On-Ear Stereo Headphones with Volume Control - Silver
AKG K430 On-Ear Stereo Headphones with Volume Control - Silver

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice sound but don't expect greater durability than cheaper ones., 11 Oct. 2010
I think the design and the sound these produce are top notch, but they aren't durable enough for my liking.
The bass is understated but adequate, and the mids and highs are very crisp and well balanced giving a great listening experience. As they are small closed back phones they do block out sound, but not as much as i'd like for use on public transport, hence you need to whack the volume up a bit to compensate, but on the plus side they don't leak sound very much and they can go fairly loud.

My gripe is that I don't want to have to buy new phones every 15 months. Where the cable joins the jack caused a loss of sound after 7 months use, but thankfully i got a free (minus the postage cost) repair on the guarantee, only to find that the new cable went in exactly the same way 8 months after it was replaced (so now outside the gurarantee period).

It's a case of whether or not you're prepared to keep buying new ones, sending off for repairs (or trying your own repairs) to have the continual use of these headphones. I keep fairly good care of my phones but they do get used most days, so it's a bit annoying having durability issues with any phones, that's why i won't be buying any more of these. I have Sennheiser 25 SP's which, whilst expensive, have fully replaceable parts - not that i've needed any so far, after 18 months use. OK, the cable needs winding-up for travel, and it has no volume control, but these are ultra reliable, which i feel, along with the sound, is a priority.

Also, i notice that these have increased from the original price of £36, which also puts me off buying any more pairs.

Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £6.22

11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not usual....it's, er....fine? fine....hmm....(sigh), 13 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Barking (Audio CD)
Overall score is 6.5/10. This would score 5.5/10 if it weren't for the uplifting 'Scribble' which actually sees Underworld trying something slightly different.

This is an ok album, don't get me wrong, but that's the problem with pretty much all the music being made at the moment. No-one is really taking a chance. New 'artists' are making lazy music on computers, and just covering the same well-trodden ground, while existing artists, like Underworld, don't want to risk alienating their fan base, which they'll need when they tour, because touring is the main income, now that recorded music has been devalued by filesharing music 'consumers' - if you're one of them then stop it, you're killing music, despite well constructed arguements to the contrary (if you don't think the music you're hearing is worth paying for then listen to the radio or use youtube, or better still, find something you do like and buy it). Anyway, i digress.

So, Underworld have served up a lot of the same stuff that we've heard before. Most off the collaborations have made no positive difference when compared to most of their previous albums, with lazy, flat sounding generic beats - the only thing that sets underworld apart from everyone else making electronic music are the vocals. Is that enough? For people who are supposed to be creative musicians? Well, for me, it's not. Why not try, as well as some drum & bass (again, the beats themselves are nothing new sounding), some tracks that take in other influences or that show some experimentation or craft with the beats? - throw in some real drums, a steel band, anything! please! 'Always Loved A Film' and 'Between Stars' have late 90s generic cheese written all over them, but worse still is Diamond Jigsaw which sounds absurdly a bit, how shall i put it?, middle age pop - coming off like a studio session involving U2 and Robbie Williams!? Yuk.

I'd like to be excited about this album, but as an album, i just can't be. I'd recommend owning other Underworld albums instead. 'Dubnobasswithmyheadman' for it's odd mood & groundbreaking content, 'second toughest in the infants' for it's mental long tracks that meander like you wouldn't believe, or 'beaucoup fish' for it's varied styles and sounds, or 'a hundred days off' for it's stomping aplomb and atmosphere.

Download Scribble (legally) and enjoy it like you enjoyed Born Slippy, but you don't NEED this album, unless you prefer the more commercial sounding dance music that has been banded about for a number of years without so much as an eyebrow being raised.

Price: £6.39

7 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How the mighty have fallen, 7 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Further (MP3 Download)
This is the first Chems album that i really can't be doing with. This music is damn awful. Where are the hooks, melodies, variations?
Horse Power? What on earth were they thinking? Flogging a dead horse, perhaps? The Chemical Brothers never used to be something to laugh at, but they're seriously not cool after this, not cool. That was what was so amazing about 'exit planet dust', it wasn't cheesy - it made people take notice of what electronic music had to offer, or could be, if done right.

This, as someone else said, sounds like a bunch of B-Sides and cast-offs from previous albums. If this is the best they have to offer then they should hang up the headphones, or stick to doing live gigs with older material. It's all so, so, polished and sterile and, dare i say it, corporate. Where's the wall shaking dubby bass sound gone? What we're left with is aimless nonsense that no-one with an ear for music will listen to. Computer generated bass? check. Stupid spiralling noises that grate? check. Shallow sound with no mid-range, or very low-frequency elements? check. No new ideas? check. Not to be taken seriously? check. End of the chemical brothers in my eyes? check.

Rating 3/10

If you'd like a decent Chemical Brothers album why not try;
Exit Planet Dust
We Are The Night
Come With Us
Push The Button
Dig Your Own Hole

Plastic Beach
Plastic Beach
Price: £8.29

2 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Honestly, when are people going to take a stand against this type of 'music'?, 25 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Plastic Beach (MP3 Download)
I'm not going to critique every track here, and i've never been a fan of Gorillaz - this album perfectly illustrates why.
This is a half-baked mish-mash-wish-wash of sterile studio nonsense laced with formulaic hip-hop-flop-pop. Even Albarn sounds so non-plussed with his own vocals - goddamn it! we need bands, with proper instruments, real opinions, why not some passion? It's so devoid of emotion it should be given to insomniacs the world over. Whereas 90s music had the attitude to shout 'lager, lager, lager', this just whispers 'coma, coma, coma'. Everyone on this album needs to take a long, hard look in the mirror, and decide if they want to make music or muse-tat. This is undoubtedly the latter. Enough of this ploddy, flatlining pap, please. Even the people in Gorillaz don't want to show their real faces - says it all.

If you want authentic electronic music (british) then check out 'Audio Bullys - Higher Than The Eiffel'.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If the name is anything to go by...., 5 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Rayvon (Audio CD)
2 stars, that's for the name, because i can't imagine the music is any good with a name like that - Rayvon? Rayvon? That's hilarious! He clearly hasn't watched Peter Kay's Pheonix nights! Bless.

Exit Planet Dust
Exit Planet Dust
Offered by positivenoise
Price: £3.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Finest Hour, 14 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Exit Planet Dust (Audio CD)
I did write a whole review on this before my pc crashed at the vital moment. I just thought i'd give it the 5 stars it deserves.
Check out their stuff from 94 & 95 when they were known as the Dust Brothers - equally awesome.

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