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Slow Hands
Slow Hands
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slowly becoming the best from his 1D pals, 16 Jun. 2017
This review is from: Slow Hands (MP3 Download)
Zayn Malik has concentrated on being some tortured, misunderstood 'artiste' with The Weeknd's rejects for songs, Harry Styles has gone for the 'all hype but very little sustaining substance' approach, and Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne have done...something, So what of Niall Horan, cheeky but unassuming, but with all the Irish charm? Well, he has very quietly emerged as the member of One Direction with the best solo material of the lot and as an artist in his own right. And I'm not even a 1D fan!

To be fair, I always thought he was probably the most decent lad out of them. Then I saw him on Graham Norton at the end of last year whilst promoting his beautiful but poignant first single 'This Town'. which listened to without prejudice was a song I really loved, and I hoped 'Slow Hands' would live up to it. It more than does, and is actually one of the best pop singles released this year. It's got a bit of a naughty lyric but in a playful sort of way and it's a really catchy, feel good pop song. All in all it promises great things for his album, which I shall be rushing out to get at the first opportunity. Well done Niall!

Kiss Me
Kiss Me
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pucker up for Olly's most sophisticated and sensual single yet..., 10 Oct. 2015
This review is from: Kiss Me (MP3 Download)
Not only on our screens every weekend once again with TV wife Caroline Flack - this time as the hosts of the main show on 'The X Factor', Olly Murs is back for his 17th single release - a feat that's crazy to think of 6 years since breaking out from the show that's made him a household name in two fields of entertainment since.

Leading off a special edition 're-pack' of last year's chart topping fourth album 'Never Been Better' is this track, 'Kiss Me'. Co-written with Taio Cruz, this is a very different sound to what's come before from Olly. A simplistic but catchy 80s sounding mid-tempo, it's a sexy but sophisticated number, with Olly putting in one of the best vocal turns of his career to date.

It marks a new chapter and new maturity to his story, and even though this is his first single to come straight out to buy as well as hear on the radio (as seems to be the new way with many artists now - Little Mix and The Vamps are cases in point), you have a feeling that 'Kiss Me' will be gently lingering inside the chart for much of this autumn to come.

Album Cover Finder
Album Cover Finder

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect solution to my artwork less music library!, 17 Dec. 2014
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No problems whatsoever with this app - does exactly what I needed it to do and found all the missing artwork! Thanks to the maker of this app for such a practical solution!

Never Been Better
Never Been Better
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Price: £3.17

26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Olly's most confident and thrilling album yet - he really has never been better, 24 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Never Been Better (Audio CD)
After nearly a year away from the charts, pop's favourite Essex boy, Mr Olly Murs is finally back and ready to go again. As he points out in the thank you's on the sleeve for this new album, it may seem like these last 12 months he's just been growing a beard, lounging around and getting a bit fatter (a little harsh I think, he doesn't look that bad?), but he has, in fact, been spending the longest time he's ever spent on an album since he finished runner up on X Factor back in 2009.

We seem to exist in a society of music buyers today who rarely take too kindly to your average popstars going off for a year to make new music or to have a break from the treadmill of yearly recording, touring and promoting, particularly when new bands and solo artists come and go all the time and fashions change like bed linen. This is particularly true of our popstars who get their start on a TV show like X Factor.

But then, though some have often been quick to scoff at the suggestion because of where he got his start, Olly is no average popstar. It's evident in the fact that not only is he now the most successful male solo artist to have come from X Factor, but that his last three albums have all bettered the sales of the last - including sales of over 1 million each in the UK for 2011's "In Case You Didn't Know" and 2012's "Right Place Right Time".

But none of these stats would matter if it wasn't because he is actually more at the top of his game then he'll ever be given credit for. But I'm convinced this new album is gonna start to change all that. 'Never Been Better' opens on a comeback song that's 100% Olly - the funky, trumpet break laden and Prince-esque 'Did You Miss Me?' which has a belter of a chorus only he could pull off.

Current single 'Wrapped Up' featuring Travie McCoy - which would have doubtless been his fifth #1 this weekend just gone had it not run into the Band Aid 30 record - is equally ballsy enough to announce his return and is a fun, disco led track that makes a slight nod to Evelyn King's 'Love Come Down'. No matter on the chart topper front though, as his next single 'Up', a rousing collaboration with US superstar Demi Lovato is a bouncy country pop track about staying positive in a relationship going through a rocky patch, and it sounds like it'll be one of the biggest smashes on this album.

One theme recurrent through this album - more so in light of the fact Olly turned 30 this year despite not looking a day over it - is the sense of maturity that prevails the music, but never at the expense of his personality or style as an artist and performer. 'Beautiful to Me' and 'Nothing Without You' both have some really interesting production that you wouldn't necessarily expect him to try out, but they work and vocally, he's really pushed himself, riffing and nailing high notes like it's no ones business.

The likes of the title track and the very racy 'Can't Say No' ensure his sense of fun is never too far away, but the album's two strongest tracks by far are his collaborations with OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder on the eerie but catchy 'Seasons' and the Modfather himself, Paul Weller on haunting acoustic closer 'Let Me In'.

The latter of those tracks in particular is a real marker of how far he's come, that an artist as respected as Paul can see past preconceptions of the sort of artist Olly is 'supposed to be' and together they've made what I think is his strongest slow number since 'Dear Darlin'' on the last album.

Overall, Olly needs not worry that a year away from our ears has diminished him. If anything, the old saying 'noticeable by your absence' is true, and the time he's invested into 'Never Been Better' has done him the world of good, and he sounds the strongest and most confident he's ever done on record, as a writer and performer. And I challenge anyone who thought they weren't a fan of his to invest in this album. You're about to hear Olly Murs at his very best to date.

The Soundtrack to My Life
The Soundtrack to My Life
by Dermot O'Leary
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.15

19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much like his hugs - warm, welcoming and honest!, 12 Oct. 2014
I feel as though I've come to know Dermot O'Leary over the last 15 - 16 years. I think we all have, in some way or another. Be it his charming larks as a fresh faced, bouncy new thing on T4 in the late 90s, or the show that gave him his big break in Big Brother's Little Brother, through to his chief hug giver and head patting duties on The X Factor year after year.

But of course, like all good stories, there is a bit more to Dermot than meets the eye. Part of the reason he is so well loved (even if those rapscallions Ant & Dec beat him to a National Television Award year after year, darn it), is his effortless charm and instant likeability, which more than comes across in this book.

Much like James Corden's 2011 book, Dermot tells his full and candid story to date through another medium of art: music. Each chapter is headed up by an accompanying 'suggested listening' piece of music - ranging from the kind of bands that are frequents on his excellent Saturday afternoon show on Radio 2 (The Killers, Keane) to the oddly eclectic. How many books can you say make reference to Terry Wogan's "Floral Dance" and boyband 5ive's much maligned Queen cover "We Will Rock You"? Exactly.

And as he points out himself, these choices aren't a cool, show it off to all your mates kind of playlist. They're the make up of who he is as a person, then and today, good and bad choices alike. Like all good autobiographies as well, it's one of those that you can read in his voice instantly and be hooked from page to page.

It's certainly one of the warmest, funniest and cleverer autobiographies I've read in a while. To partly quote the man himself, your next life story read starts right here.

Official Olly Murs 2015 A3 Calendar (Calendars 2015)
Official Olly Murs 2015 A3 Calendar (Calendars 2015)
by Danilo
Edition: Calendar

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Olly's best calendar to date!, 27 Sept. 2014
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I've had Olly's official calendar on my bedroom wall every year since his first one for 2012 - and I'm pleased to say the new one for 2015 is the best yet! 12 great new stylish photos of Olly for every month of the year - a must have for all members of Murs Army. Delivery was swift and secure and for a very reasonable price too!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun in the LA sun as The Sats hit America!, 11 Sept. 2014
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I missed quite a bit of The Saturdays' hit fly on the wall show for the E! Network when it was first aired, so when I got my Kindle Fire I was delighted to find the whole series available to download on Amazon Instant Video.

And what can I say but such a great show! It's very addictive, it's funny but also quite touching in places, and you really get to know all the girls so well in this series and see how close they all are, even with all the pressures that come from being in a girl group.

Mollie and Rochelle in particular are absolute gold to watch. So if you fancy getting to know one of Britain's biggest girl groups that little bit better - or just want to escape for some fun in the LA sunshine for a few hours - this series is for you!

Anker Power Bank, PowerCore+ mini (3350mAh Premium Aluminum Portable Charger) Lipstick-Sized External Battery Power Bank for iPhone 7 / 6 / 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 / mini 3, Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge / S6 / S6 Edge and More (Blue)
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Price: £12.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deceptively powerful, stylish and portable charger!, 11 Sept. 2014
Bought the blue one of these as I wanted a new emergency charger for when I go to gigs in London (as I do like to take pictures for my social media accounts and the like).

I was apprehensive at first, because I did think 'It won't be that effective, surely, being such a small model?', especially because I hadn't heard of Anker products before then.

But when I got it out for a test run, to my great surprise it had charged up my Motorola Moto G phone to 100% charge in half an hour!

It's such a cute colour as well, and it fits nicely into my bag but it's not overtly heavy either which is important. I think I'll be getting another one of these pretty soon for my friends, make no mistake!

Finest Selection: The Greatest Hits
Finest Selection: The Greatest Hits
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Price: £6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A finest selection and finest testament to one of Britain's best girl groups, 11 Sept. 2014
Looking back on my review that I did on here for The Saturdays' first album, 'Chasing Lights', back in 2008 - and indeed a lot of their other singles and albums since then - is a revelation. Not least because at each new release, there's been something of a question mark at each new milestone in their career.

When they first started out, it was whether the public would want them with Girls Aloud and Sugababes already releasing records and being adored by all (which they did). After 'Just Can't Get Enough', their 2009 Comic Relief cover of Depeche Mode's classic and post rave ballad 'Missing You' failed to reach the top, it was 'Will they ever get a #1 single?' (which they finally did with last year's record breaking and brilliant Sean Paul collaboration 'What About Us').

And with each new album - which for them, sales wise have always sold faithfully to their devoted fans like me but precisely few else - it was 'Will they ever have a greatest hits album?'. Well, it's now 7 years on and that, ladies and gentlemen, is what we have here with 'Finest Selection'.

Their critics like the snotty reviewer above have often looked down on the ladies for being so utterly poptastic as they are, and for continuing to do such straight ahead pop music, but they say that as if it's a bad thing. To suggest therefore, this collection is a fluke is a massive insult when really, they've sustained a long career in a music world that sees 'The X Factor' make idols and chart topping singles overnight, with everyone else Twerking and being 'controversial' for controversy's sake to shift the most albums.

With all their singles here for the first time on this album, you realise not only how superb their canon of hits are, having evolved from the bouncy infectiousness of 'Up' and 'Higher' through to the sophisticated dancefloor thump of 'All Fired Up', but how very consistent they've actually remained.

Even with diverges off into rock ('Forever Is Over'), acoustic ballads ('Issues') and even Neneh Cherry style tongue twisting raps (last year's blinding and vastly underrated 'Gentleman'), they have always kept their pop sensibilities about them. Continuity is what has kept them going for as long as they have.

As I've often said time and again, they know they're not the cool kids on the block. They know what they are and they never pretend to be anything else. It would perhaps do their detractors the world of good to get hold of this album and realise this.

The Saturdays have achieved and continue to achieve more than they will ever probably get credit for, pretty much off their own backs. This greatest hits is a testament to that. Long may our weekends continue to start early!

10th Anniversary Concert - Royal Albert Hall
10th Anniversary Concert - Royal Albert Hall
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Price: £9.38

5.0 out of 5 stars An intimate yet show stopping celebration of McFly's glorious decade, 26 Mar. 2014
When McFly first burst onto the pop scene 10 whole years ago, no one could have predicted that they, along with the small handful of acts that were surviving the fall out of the great pop boom of the late 90's - their mentors who paved their way in Busted, Girls Aloud and Sugababes (when they weren't changing line up yet again) - would see out two albums, let alone 10 years. But with every new album, each #1 single and top 10 hit they've continued to prove everyone of their critics wrong, and come to be recognised as one of the most consistent and brilliant bands in British pop.

This live album, recorded on the third night of their sell out shows at London's iconic Royal Albert Hall to mark their decade of success in music is brilliant in itself - but the accompanying DVD is the real piece de resistence of this release, and at once mixes the intimacy of just how strong their material and camaderie as a band is and has been to withstand a 10 year career, with the high octane, youthful and zesty showmanship that makes them such a joy to watch live.

All the classics are on here - from "5 Colours in Her Hair" and "All About You" through to "Transylvania" and "I'll Be OK", via the most recent hits "Love is on the Radio" and not forgetting the debut performance with Busted's James Bourne and Matt Willis as the new supergroup McBusted, who are now heading out on their own much anticipated arena tour this year. If you love McFly - or are just discovering their brilliance - then this is the ideal album for you.

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