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Lowepro Napoli 5 Soft Leather Digital Camera Pouch - Black
Lowepro Napoli 5 Soft Leather Digital Camera Pouch - Black
Offered by ExpressPro
Price: £2.99

2.0 out of 5 stars The pouch itself is fine and seems fairly strong, 10 July 2017
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
The pouch itself is fine and seems fairly strong. However it is very misleading when you purchase this as Amazon recommends you purchase this case to go with the Azatom DAB Sports portable radio.

I received both items and the pouch is too small for the radio as it does not close with the radio in it. Amazon should not recommend these products together. Very dissappointed and not fit for purpose based on the recommendation of buying both items together.

The Trials Of Van Occupanther
The Trials Of Van Occupanther
Price: £6.36

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An album you can bond with over time....., 21 Nov. 2010
Midlake's breakthrough album 'The Trials of Van Occupanther' was firstly recommended by a friend and to be honest, initially I thought "No doubt, another dark, dreary 70s guitar rock/folk album that probably has zero feel good factor about it..."

A few listens later of this album in its entirety and I'm eating my words, I take back my first thought. A lo-fi rock masterpiece you can connect with on some level. The songs are based on a fictional character known as 'Van Occupanther' and his stories of love lost, war, and his struggle with life. The lyrics are beautiful and meaningfully written. Musically, this album can be described as sounding somewhat melodic, eery, soothing and tranquil touched by an element of sadness woven in within each track. The sound contained within some tracks could also be best described as Music which you can enjoy being miserable to.

Standout tracks include; 'Roscoe' the opener track, albeit it's all too easy to directly compare this track with the guitar sounds of Fleetwood Mac's 'Rhiannon' (yawn...), nothing original here. However, tracks such as 'Van Occupanther', 'Young Bride' and 'In this Camp' really made me sit up and take notice of this band.

'Van Occupanther' is tinged with sadness and tells the story of a man who is forging on alone, with lost hope and feels he has nothing left to offer. The vocals are emotionally moving and indicate Van Occupanther's urge to run away from the pain he is suffering; "Let me not get down if I'm walking with no-one", and "Sometimes I want to go home and stay out of sign for a long time".

'Young Bride' kicks off with haunting violin strings, that picks up a rock vibe as the song progresses. This is one song you will find yourself singing along to in your head at the strangest of times. The lyrics seem to sellotape themselves to your mind.

'In this camp' is the ultimate standout track. It builds and builds. Love it, especially the guitar instrumental. The song portrays the themes of love and war, and tells the tale of his unrequited love for Babette.

A weaker track is 'We gathered In Spring'. It could be seen as being beautiful on the one hand, yet both the chorus vocals and lyrics come across as being bland, repetitive and a slight source of irritation.

However, the album's other tracks clearly overshadow this poorer track so please do not be put off by this comment. This is an album that should be listened to with your headphones on, in a quiet retreat, to be left alone with your thoughts. Certainly, it is worth listening to in its entirety over and over again, in order to fully immerse yourself with the sound of the talented Midlake.

My burning question however is; why on earth has 'I-tunes' opted to put 'Midlake' in the 'Pop' genre category?? The mind boggles...Best not search for it there.

The Suburbs
The Suburbs
Price: £5.79

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep, passionate, well crafted...Most loved music purchase of 2010!, 14 Nov. 2010
This review is from: The Suburbs (Audio CD)
'The Suburbs' is the first album I have listened to from indie outfit 'Arcade Fire' originating from Montreal, Canada and it certainly won't be the last. It took a few listens but it is an inspiring album, containing lyrics which are deep, passionate and captivating. The song meanings can be interpreted in a number of ways, on either a personal or political level. Standout tracks? To select only a couple of songs would not do this album the justice it fully deserves.

The album kicks off with 'The Suburbs' and possibly relates to time moving on, perhaps in relation to the growth and path of life, a serious relationship which has moved up a level, a man's desire to have children before it's too late...yet the song could also reflect the growth and development of the band since in 2001.

'Ready to Start' is a strong and powerful track, and the lyrics could portray a break-up being overcome after going through the motions, and how he feels he does not need that person anymore and has the strength to be alone and start again.

'We Used to Wait' is hauntingly beautiful, you can feel the passion and desperation in the vocals.
This album goes from strength to strength and you will soon be reaching for the 'repeat' button.

If you love indie rock music and are interested in songs with meaningful lyrics with depth and intensity then buy this well-crafted album. Arcade Fire is definitely a band worth investigating, especially if you have not already done so.

Price: £5.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be open minded and prepared to be surprised..., 1 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Conditions (Audio CD)
It took me a few months to decide if I was going to buy this album for this reason; 'Sweet Disposition' is their only `successful' UK hit to date, could they be a 'one hit wonder'? Let's face it, many of us did not know much about this band until this track became a grower through heavy UK airplay.

Track 1 - Love Lost - Nothing spectacular, slow and chilled. Why did they decide to start the album with this track? Now questioning myself as to whether or not it was wise to purchase this album?

Track 2 - Rest - Pace picks up slightly, with an indie/rock sounding vibe. Am I listening to same band? Intrigued and keen to listen further...

Track 3 - Sweet Disposition - Sheer brilliance, the vocals seem to lift you up and carry you on a floaty, dreamy journey but where is the destination? I don't want to know as its one of those songs, where you simply don't want it to end...

Track 4 - Down River - This track comes with an indie vibe, yet disappointing in that the sound is similar to a number of bands out there. A successful band needs to create its own identity and sound but is that the sound of a Trombone? The Temper Trap throw in an Orchestra out of the blue which blends in soothingly with the guitars. Clever.

Track 5 - Soldier On - Suppose so. This is slow but the vocals portray the emotion to match the lyrics and suggest this track is based on the breakdown of a relationship, The rhythm picks up midway and has the ability to keep you hooked right up until the end.

Track 6 - Fader - Similar sound to that of The Klaxons, and contains an awesome guitar instrumental. Whatever you do, keep the sound up for this one to appreciate it.

Track 7 - Fools - You might think you are playing `Sweet Disposition' again by mistake as it contains a very similar sound and melody but beautiful all the same.

Track 8 - Resurrection - First reaction; is this a collaboration with Jake Shears from the Scissor Sisters? Those high-pitched vocals sure give the listener that impression. If you can hold on until 3.27, I can unsure you, its not the Scissor Sisters. Its edgy, grippy and shows what stuff this band is really made of.

Track 9 - Science of Fear - Addictive, although musically the heavy sound reminds me of Biffy Clyro. Possibly the best track of the album.

Track 10 - Drum Song - Missing vocals but this track was not designed for them. Its intense and a great ending to a surprisingly amazing album!

The Temper Trap deserve to be around for awhile, why? A `one hit wonder' they certainly are not. This band possess the ability to diversify and revolve their sound. Its not repetitive, and they are not afraid to try new things. If you want an album that contains various music genres, this is the one for you. There's a song for every mood and feeling. Other than the first couple of songs being slightly weak, my only other criticism is that this album is worth a lot more than the price its sold at...

In This Light And On This Evening
In This Light And On This Evening
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Editors - Back with more edge than before..., 4 Nov. 2009
After the success of the Editors previous albums "The Back Room" and "An End Has A Start", I was very curious as to whether or not this band could produce a finer standard of material, but yet again they have managed to surprise me. Not many bands can produce albums consecutively of the same quality but The Editors have certainly not failed to disappoint. They have developed their style since their debut album but I found this dark album to be inspiring and uplifting through the sheer power of the vocals from the Lead Singer Tom Smith. The opening and title track of this album "In this Light and On this Evening" is enough to send a shiver down your spine in anticipation of what is yet to come.

Dark Rockers they may be but I feel this track has a touch of Mogwai's (a Glasgow based Scottish Rock Band) influence in it towards the end of the track through the use of a dark lengthy guitar based instrumental whereas 'Papillon' is a more upbeat track with an almost 80s Electro style edge to it. The lyrics in "Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool" may be hard hitting for some but the honesty of the song and deepness of the track's cutting raw musical sound which they have produced is amazing. I feel the best way to describe this sound is to imagine as if you are taking a visit to a Haunted House at the Funfair while breaking away to ride the Happy Merry-Go-Round with some Candy Floss in between floors.

I have seen The Editors perform a couple of their songs from their latest album "In this Light and On this Evening" live and can only describe The Editors performance as inspiring, intense and powerful. This album will give you an insight into the powerful intensity of dark indie alternative rock, yet with a soothing, potentially spiritual side to it that tracks such as "Walk The Fleet Road" and "Bricks And Mortar" portray.

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