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This is How the Wind Shifts
This is How the Wind Shifts
Price: £8.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year, hands down, 14 Jan. 2014
This album is amazing. From start to finish, each song is just as good as the last. I would say the stand-out tracks are Stand Amid The Roar, Massachusetts, In Silent Seas We Drown, California, Departures and I Will Illuminate. If you're a long-term Silverstein fan, then this album is up there with Discovering The Waterfront. Buy it, you won't be disappointed. If you can catch them on a tour then I would recommend getting a ticket. I saw them at the Underworld in London and it was probably the best gig I have been to in my life.

Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation
Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation
Price: £8.32

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The set standard, 3 May 2013
To be honest I wasn't going to write a review of this album as I didn't think that it needed it. Then I changed my mind. It baffles me how anybody could rate this album less than four stars. It has been ten years and this album is still the best one that Funeral have released (closely followed by Hours). All of the tracks are amazing in their own right. Of course, highlights of the album include Rookie of the Year, Juneau, Escape Artists Never Die & Red is the New Black. Some people clearly can't see past this hopeless and narrow minded concept of this band being "emo" and just decide to rate the album with one star. To these people I would suggest that you stop listening to Funeral's music as they clearly aren't writing it for you! Anyway in short, amazing album, amazing band. I saw them a few weeks ago touring Conduit and was pretty darn chuffed that they played You Want Romance (B-side to Escape Artists). As other reviewers have stated, the average rating for this album is four and a half stars and this is well deserved. For the haters, I would say burn your ridiculously deep v-necked t-shirts and root out your Limp Bizkit CD's. Urgh, grim times.

Battle For The Sun
Battle For The Sun
Offered by westworld-
Price: £6.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Great album, catchy songs, 16 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Battle For The Sun (Audio CD)
Listened to this album a fair few times so i thought i would post a short review. As a whole, the album is great, however there are inevitably going to be some standout tracks. For me these are the opener "Kitty Litter", "Ashtray Heart", "For What It's Worth" and "The Never Ending Why". The title track "Battle For The Sun" is different, however it does grow on you. People shouldn't compare this album to "Meds" as it's a great piece of music on its own. I for one would hate it if a band just stuck to one type of sound and didn't evolve their music. With "Battle For The Sun" though, Placebo have made a great album which i will enjoy listening to for many years to come. If you can, catch them on their arena tour in December. I saw them just after they released Meds and they were amazing.

Tomb Raider Underworld (PS3)
Tomb Raider Underworld (PS3)
Offered by Ace Goods Co. Ltd
Price: £14.65

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS GAME!, 5 April 2009
This game is crawling with bugs (mind the pun). I played it up to the Mexico level and i activated a bug which prevented me from finishing the level and hence the game. I then started the game again and what a surprise- i activated another bug in Thailand. It is an absolute disgrace that Eidos can even start to think that this game is acceptable to be sold to the general public. It is just plain and simple amateurism on their part. I mean, surely they tested it and these issues should have shown up? I am not the only one who has encountered these problems. There are forums all over the internet with people discussing how these bugs have ruined their gaming experience. Honestly, save yourself alot of time, frustration and £20 and buy something that is actually developed to an acceptable standard.

Sony KDL32D3000 - 32'' Widescreen Bravia HD Ready LCD TV - With Freeview
Sony KDL32D3000 - 32'' Widescreen Bravia HD Ready LCD TV - With Freeview

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Sony television of course, 8 May 2008
Let me start by saying that i spent a VERY LONG TIME researching various HD televisions before i purchased the 32" D3000. Seriously, i actually started to become obsessed! It came down to either this model or the 40" W3000. The reason i picked this model was because some of the features on the W3000 were pretty pointless... namely the x.v. colour feature. This is because the only hardware that currently supports this are the next-generation camcorders. Granted, the W3000 has 1080P, has a contrast ratio of 1:16,000 and it is 40", but does that really justify it being £400 more? I didn't think so, so i chose the 32" D3000. And let me tell you, i haven't regretted it for a second.

First of all... standard definition. Most people know that LCD's generally can't handle a standard definition signal as well as an older CRT television. However, this tv handles it commendably well. There are some instances when i am watching the freeview that i think the picture quality is BETTER than on a CRT. Once you tweek the settings (i will include what settings i am using at the end, as they seem to work very well) the picture quality is brilliant. I think that most people will agree that the "out of the box" settings really aren't that great.

Now... high definition material. This is where the television really blows your mind. I have played a few dvd's through my Phillip's DVD player, which upscales the quality to 1080i and all i can say is WOW! The colours and textures are amazing. It feels like you are in a whole new world. Just make sure that you keep the [Motion Enhancer] on standard and all the fast moving action scenes will be blur and smear free. I know that a few people will groan when told that this tv is not 1080p, however i would be very surprised to see that much of a difference between 1080i and 1080p. What you need to remember is that a 1080p tv, will show standard definition poorer than on an 1080i set. This is because all broadcasts are at most 1080i (only SkyHD is 1080i) and therefore there is simply no HD signal for 1080p tv's to receive (at least until 2012).

I have not tried playing Blu-Ray DVD's through the Playstation 3 yet, but i will be at the end of May when i get one. I must stress one thing, just to clarify something. This tv WILL accept an 1080p signal, however it won't display it an 1080p resolution. The tv will downscale the signal to display it at 1080i. However, with the 10-bit panel that the tv possesses, i'm sure that it will display it just fine.

The television has some really great features. Two of them being [Live Colour Creation] and [S-Force Surround Sound]. The former has the ability to make the colours appear more vibrant and vivid. The later is Sony's trademark surround sound technology. And when you turn this feature on believe me... you can tell the difference! Turn this up with your favourite DVD playing in high definition and you are on to a winner.

Overall, there are many settings that you can adjust on this tv, and to be honest, it is really personal preference what you prefer. That's what i like about this television... it puts the viewer firmly back in the driving seat!

If i am being honest... yes for a 32" LCD high definition ready tv, this is quite expensive. I paid £609 for it, however i was happy to do so. That was because i knew i was getting a world class tv. What you also need to remember is that this is the only range of tv's in the Sony Bravia series (apart from the X series, which sells for £1,500 plus) that feature the Motionflow +100Hz facility. Believe me, this makes a difference, especially when you are watching sports and other fast moving scenes. Trust me when i tell you that this tv is truely amazing and that for the price it really is something quite special... so buy it, because you really will not regret it!

As stated earlier, please find my ideal settings below which really work the tv and show an amazing picture:

Picture Mode: Standard.
Backlight: 8.
Contrast: 75.
Brightness: 55.
Colour: 65.
Colour Temperature: Warm 1.
Sharpness: 20.
Noise Reduction: Low.
MPEG Noise Reduction: Off.

Advanced Settings:
Black Corrector: Medium.
Adv. Contrast Enhancer: Medium.
Gamma: Medium.
Clear White: Low.
Live Colour: Medium.
Colour Space: Wide.

Sound Mode: Dynamic.
Surround Sound: Turn on when watching films and turn the volume up to 45+.

Screen Format: Wide.
Auto Format: Off.

Motion Enhancer (Motionflow +100Hz): Standard.
Film Mode: Auto 1.

Light Sensor: Off.

Enjoy your new Sony Bravia 32" D3000, i know i am!

Pretty Odd
Pretty Odd
Price: £6.38

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent second offering, 22 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Pretty Odd (Audio CD)
Ok, first things first... in my opinion, this album was NEVER going to be as good as the first. This is due to the fact that the first album is absolutely awesome, every song is brilliant and the lyrics are witty and very very catchy.

However, people should not be so quick to throw this album out of their cd player, as it does takes a good few listens to get used to. That being said, it doesn't really have the hooky songs and experimental vibe as "a fever you can't sweat out". If i was reviewing this album as its own and not as a comparison i would have given it 3 stars also. I personally think that it is pretty ballsey for the panic guys to write and produce a drastically different record, as bands that continue to spit out similar work year after year obviously don't want to develop as musicians. And that is what the panic at the disco members are... musicians. So they shoudn't really be judged for wanting to expand their musical vocabulary and try new things.

That being said, it has and hasn't worked on this album. I particularly like the tracks "nine in the afternnon" "she's a handsome woman" and "mad as rabbits". However tracks such as "do you know what i'm seeing" and "northern downpour" do make me want to ask the guys what they were thinking. All in all, it is a decent album, probably just worthy of 3 stars once it has grown on you. I recently saw the band live and the new songs did sounds pretty good, so i suppose that's one good thing :)

Infinity On High
Infinity On High
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £5.55

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pete Wentz and Co pull another great album out of the bag, 7 May 2007
This review is from: Infinity On High (Audio CD)
This album is top-notch quality. I wasn't sure at first, but this album grows on you! Songs such as "thriller", "thnk fr th mmrs" (who in the band thought of this totally rubbish "text-version"?! My bet in on Wacky Pete) and "fame/infamy" are quality and really prove why this band are up there with the best of them. In all, a great catchy anthem with a good variety of songs- i even liked the pointless piano-stump combination of "golden". Let's just hope the Chicago lot keep drilling out gems like this.

Price: £4.19

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 29 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Dynamite (Audio CD)
Well after four years, Jamiroquai are back with their sixth studio album: Dynamite. And it was well worth the wait! I don't know what the loser (Julian Dailly, or whatever his name is) is on about, but this album is definatly one of the better ones that Jay Kay has produced. Standout tracks include Dynamite, Starchild, Tallulah, (Don't) Give Hate A Chance and Beatbox. The album is funkier than ever and very very catchy! Get to one of their live shows in september if you can, it's going to be great!

Viva La Bam: Season 1 [DVD]
Viva La Bam: Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Viva La Bam
Price: £9.32

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of laughs!, 9 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Viva La Bam: Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
This show is absolutely hilarious, the fact that Bam picks on his dad so much makes me laugh, especially when his overweight father is prevented from eating for 24 hours, as Bam goes to all the food shops in the area and posts don't feed phil posters in the windows! Class! And what can i say about Phil's equally obese brother Don Vito? It's so funny what they do with him, comical guy: like digging under his house through a tunnel and coming up under his floorboards! Some of the Jackass gang are here as well, including Ryan Dunn, Brandon Dicamillo and Rake Yonn (with his weird phobia of mustard!) The fact that Bam has the idea and balls to turn his parents home into an indoor skating park is sheer genious and reason enough to buy this DVD.
You won't be disappointed!

Constantine [DVD]
Constantine [DVD]
Dvd ~ Keanu Reeves
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £3.41

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film!, 11 July 2005
This review is from: Constantine [DVD] (DVD)
Although many people are comparing this film to the matrix, i myself can't really see any similarity between the two. What i can see is that this is a damn good film with many exciting moments that will keep you glued to the screen. So get this little hellraiser in your shopping basket, you wont be disappointed!

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