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Falling in Love Again
Falling in Love Again

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars patchy, 16 May 2008
This review is from: Falling in Love Again (Audio CD)
This album contains the excellent ballads, 'fallin in love again', 'where does the lovin' go' and the absolutely grogeous 'she was so young'. They are just as good as any ballads Gates has done, and rate extremely highly. 'The rainbow song' is a nice positive little song, 'can I call you' is mid tempo, with a more cathcy middle section. 'Silky' is a jazzy number, very smooth. That leaves the weaker tunes. 'Sweet desire' is just about the worst thing Gates has done, a hard rocking, unmelodic noise. '20th century man' and 'starship ride' are totally unconvincing and unmemorable. 'Chingo' is mildly cathcy, but just not that great and not really Gates's style. Far better was to come, with the next album, 'Take me now'. Still, recommended for die hard fans and nice to see it has been released on CD finally.
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Never Let Her Go
Never Let Her Go
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £34.95

3.0 out of 5 stars no where near his best, 16 May 2008
This review is from: Never Let Her Go (Audio CD)
The best way of telling this album is far from Gates's best, is by looking at the running time of all the tracks. They average about 2 minutes. There are only 10 tracks, and only the last two are over 3 minutes. There are no epic and complex musical suites, as 'clouds', from his first album, or electric guitar passages, such as 'do you believe he's comin', nor are there any complex orchestral middle eights, such as 'come again'.
The previous reviewer noted that this album is fairly sparce on the ballad side and I agree. There are four lovely ballads, where Gates excels in. The only track that may be well known, opens the album, 'never let her go'. This is pure Gates at his very best. Instant melody, great singing and rhythm, electric guitars. 'Part time love' is a stripped down slow ballad. Really lush and orchestral. 'Playin on my guitar' is really catchy and has some really nice acpustic picking parts. The harmonies are gorgeous, esecially at the end of the song. 'Someday' is probably the best and just shows what Gates does well again. This song just oozes melody and emotion. Brilliant.
The rest of the six tracks range from mid tempo to upbeat rockers, and are, for the most part, weaker. 'Greener days' is instantly forgettable. 'Strangers' has a mytical, almost eerie quality to it, slightly different from anything Gates has done before. It succeeds and is ballad to mid tempo. 'Watch out' is pretty poor, by his standars. It is a 'tough' rocker. 'Angel' is also a rocker, I like the ending, with the guitars repeating the riff. This is quite a harsh song by Bread's standars. The last two tracks to note are yet more rockers. They are fine, but slight. 'Chain me' is nice, but has a lovely middle section. 'Love of my life' is more of the same. Nice enough.
I really think that this could have fit on an album, with the next album, 'fallin in love again', as a double album, as the playing time of both is well under CD length. Still, it is fantastic that these CDs finally finally have seen the light of day. There is still, incidentally, one Gates album, yet to see the light of day on CD, the sublime 'Take me now', where he goes back to what he does best. Unforgettable melodies. This is good, but nowhere near his best.


Staring at the Sun
Staring at the Sun
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Price: £3.51

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful album, 26 April 2008
This review is from: Staring at the Sun (Audio CD)
'Take a look' is the best song I have ever heard. Every time I hear it, it brings tears to my eyes. The bass line, the excellent piano parts, the electric guitar parts, Mark's vocals, mixed with Mike's higher ones, not to mention his gorgeous middle eight passage. The lyrics are also incredible. When I listen to this song, I feel like I am being transported down memory lane. It conjures up memories of my childhood.
'Staring at the sun' is the second best song ever written. It is so atmospheric, you can almost touch the music. It has a similar quality of reaching a crescendo on a high note and the melody is nothing short of stunning.
That is not even to mention the other strong contributions: 'Silence' is one of Mike's best ballads ever. 'Two hearts collide' immediately has a spine tingling melody and 'Man' is progressive rock every bit as good as Genesis or ELP.
The only filler is 'gresham blues', which should have been replaced with the non album track b-side, 'Three words', another Mike lead vocal track, that is also exceptional and extremely poppy.
One of the best albums of all time.
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The Silver Collection
The Silver Collection
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Price: £2.62

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish and pointless, 25 April 2008
This review is from: The Silver Collection (Audio CD)
I can see no point in this album. Merely 10 tracks, none of them hard to find. A pointless release, merely to cash in on unsuspecting purchasers.


The Three Fugitives [DVD]
The Three Fugitives [DVD]
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Price: £5.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely film, 13 April 2008
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This review is from: The Three Fugitives [DVD] (DVD)
A gorgeous film, with hysterical moments but also heart warming in places. I particularly recommend purchasing the soundtrack, as the music, especially the main theme is beautiful and atmospheric.


Spirit
Spirit
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Price: £2.19

7 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish Mariah Carey clone, 21 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Spirit (Audio CD)
This release is absolute nonsense. I was finishing tidying my classroom before Xmas holidays and had to endure listening to this album from start to finish at a loud banging frequency. The songs are either sickly sweet and sound like Mariah Carey or silly RnB based tuneless dirges. Every song sounds the same with mechanical parts and rubbish, souless singing. Lewis has an ok sounding voice, but has no versatility. All she can do is copy Mariah Carey. This makes her tolerable at best, if she is doing some karaoke in a smoky, drunk laden pub somewhere. But to be given a million pound recording contract with talent as miniscule as hers is just a worry. I blame the recurring headache I have had the last two days on her diabolical solo release.
Absolute garbage.
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Pearls Of Passion
Pearls Of Passion
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Price: £16.95

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars very early Roxette, 4 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Pearls Of Passion (Audio CD)
You can hear the difference here from the more polished sound on later albums. Marie's voice is very youthful sounded and she really strains to hit some of the higher notes. Lots of the tunes have promise, but are overdone by her voice. Take 'so far away' here. Horrible and out of tune. Take it on 'tourism'. A beautiful track given the right arrangement. Per sings a lot more here and seems to trade turns singing lead with Marie. He also seems to sing in the lower register of his voice, as if to accomodate Marie's voice a tone higher. I find 'Soul deep' irritating at best, and 'joy of a toy' as bad as the song title. The one song I think shows signs of maturity and has a nice arrangement and vocal is 'call of the wild'. Marie sings in the softer tone that would be perfected on the next album. Per handles the lead vocal well. There are also numerous bonus tracks here. Three are worhwhile, as they are b-sides and an a-side, not on the album. However, 'turn to me' really shows Marie straining to sing the higher notes.
An interesting album, but for completists only.
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Manna
Manna
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Price: £14.46

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic effort, 28 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Manna (Audio CD)
The album is really split, with Griffin singing 6 of the tracks and Gates the other six. Griffin is on fine form, with his really strong 'Take comfort', which begins as a great bluesy rocker, then shifts to a ballad section, with natural ease. 'Too much love' is a nice country number, with good high harmony vocals, reminiscent of 'the remmingtons' work. 'Be kind to me' is nice, but clearly filler, 'Live in your love' was apparently not rated highly by Royer or Griffin, but to my mind, it is an excellent piano ballad. 'I say again'is another ballad, with Griffin in the higher part of his register. 'Truckin' is a bit of light hearted fun that closes out the album.
Gates shows why he is one of the most talented people at writing a great melody. The strongest track on the album for me is 'come again'. Brilliant piano, fantastic vocals and a complex and climactic middle eight orchestral section. 'If' deserves the credit poured on it. One of the most beautiful love songs ever written, with a soaring and godlike finale. There are the two soft rock Beatlesque numbers 'He's a good lad' is very catchy and 'What a change' sounds like a happy, relaxed positive soft song. Gates also contributes the two rockier numbers 'Let your love go' rocks along nicely, and was a single. 'She was my lady' gives him the chance to experiment with a different vocal style and delivery.
A fantastic album with a consistent gorgeous sound throughout.


Vulture Culture (Remastered/Expanded)
Vulture Culture (Remastered/Expanded)
Price: £7.02

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mellow and melodic, 27 Oct. 2007
An excellent album, with their best ever song included 'The same old sun', never has Eric sounded so good and the melody simply soars. The rest of the tracks are also outstanding. Worth getting, also for the inclusion of 'No questions only answers', which is a demo with acoustic guitars and Eric's lead vocal. It is a fantastic ballad and it would have been fascinating to see how this track had been developed. Why it was not is a mystery to me.


Barbie Girl
Barbie Girl
Offered by tunesonline
Price: £3.78

2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a load of absolute garbage, 6 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Barbie Girl (Audio CD)
They are completely talentless. What gives these two imbeciles the right to release music and get PAID for it? They have apparently received over a million pounds already for various fashion, perfume, etc. Do they really deserve it? NO! I believe money should come to those who deserve it, have a talent or have really worked hard for it. Do these two dim witted, common girls actually deserve this better than, say, a teacher who struggles all day to make money.
This is a cover of a rubbish song and their voices have been autotuned. Where is the talent in that? They have just been manipulated by the even more evil record industry who knows they will make money out of these talentless twits. It isn't about music anymore, but the image and popularity. That is all well and good if it is SECONDARY to the music. But where there is no music, merely the supplement, this is just plain wrong.


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