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Way Up on a Mountain
Way Up on a Mountain
Offered by The Music Warehouse
Price: £14.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relax And Listen, 17 April 2015
This review is from: Way Up on a Mountain (Audio CD)
Spring Creek, a four person group come out of Colorado and are a Bluegrass band. All the members are capable of song writing which is always a boon, and they have done a wonderful job here. You would think that this group really came from the Appalachians as they have the sound down to a tee.

Where Bluegrass has altered over the years this group keep very much to a traditional Folk sound making this ideal for purists. If you are looking for something a bit more progressive though you won’t find it here as this is a very hardcore traditional style. In all this has very good lyrics and vocals and you are left with a warm and pleasant sound that is very nice to sit back and to relax with. Perhaps an album for those self-indulgent times when you can put your feet up and sit back with your favourite tipple.


All the Birds, Singing
All the Birds, Singing
by Evie Wyld
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Style Over Substance?, 17 April 2015
This review is from: All the Birds, Singing (Paperback)
Meet a woman named Jake Whyte, Australian but now living on a supposedly remote island on the British coast (although mention of Military Road, and then on page 158 a prison will undoubtedly make you recognise the Isle of Wight). The story is told through alternating chapters, thus we start off with Jake on a barren part of the Isle of Wight sheep farming, and this part of the story follows a linear and chronologically progressing path. The alternating chapters we follow Jake back when she was in Australia with each chapter going further back in time. This in itself does give this story a disjointed feeling, and thus with incidents in the past we do have some idea what will happen next.

Jake is worried about what is killing her sheep, originally thinking that it may be the local youths, but as this progresses we see why she changes her mind. Living on her own and trying to keep away from the locals Jake is definitely a loner. When she finds a strange man, Lloyd, she lets him squat down for a night, but it seems like he moves himself in. As we read of Jake’s past we see her from schoolgirl and running away and growing up. Touching on such subjects as bullying, love, prostitution, discrimination, manipulation and racism this you would think would be a meaty read, but it isn’t. Although thoughtful you do have to spend a lot of time joining the dots here and a lot is it has to be admitted never revealed. This is a very episodic read and will obviously put some off, as well as the whole structure, but does this really deliver on anything?

In all although this brings up a lot of different topics it never really gives you much to get your teeth into as it skirts issues and just leaves blank spaces where you are never really sure what is happening, making this very strange. What alas we have here is very much a book where style takes precedence over substance, making this a disappointing read to quite an extent. Nothing is ever resolved and the story is left up in the air, and you do wonder what the author originally wrote before the editing process took over. Ultimately reading this all you can see is that Jake is stuck in a vicious circle where she will make the same mistakes again.


My Suitcase Is Always Packed
My Suitcase Is Always Packed
Price: £13.71

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Slightly Slower Album, 17 April 2015
From out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana comes the Red Stick Ramblers with their second album on the Sugar Hill Records label. As is to be expected with this band we do get a diverse and eclectic sound as we listen through all the tracks here.

Arguably, unlike their last album this isn’t so much one that will automatically have you up on your feet and dancing, but still this is great to listen to. Going back even deeper into the roots of the different genres that this band play we are given something quite special here, albeit at a slightly slower pace in general. Thus you have here Blues, Jazz and of course Cajun music.

Apart from a couple of the Cajun numbers here which are traditional the other tracks on this album are all originals. This album may garner this band more new fans, but for older fans that are used to something a bit more frenetic then this could be a bit of a disappointment as there are quite a few slower ballads here.

I don’t think that this group is really known in this country and to be fair I know that they are popular in the US in the Southern States, but I don’t know about elsewhere. One thing that remains constant with this band is that they are tight and cohesive and play what they enjoy rather than just trying to follow the herd, and that definitely makes for some fun.


Made In The Shade
Made In The Shade
Price: £12.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Sound, 17 April 2015
This review is from: Made In The Shade (Audio CD)
From out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana come the Red Stick Ramblers. This group play a mix of Western Swing (a style of Country music) and Cajun music which in effect does incorporate other genres giving you an eclectic selection of tracks.

This album first released in 2007 is certainly something that is fun and really great to listen to and there is a strong Jazz element here throughout. This was their first album with Sugar Hill Records and they seem to have been given greater reign than with their last signing with another record company. What this means to us as the listener is that we have a very integrated sound where the band feel at home and this is conveyed to us as they seem to be enjoying themselves as much as we do listening. Going back to more of their Roots influences this makes for an energetic album that is quite upbeat, although some of the French sung songs here do have darker lyrics.

It has to be admitted that with different styles incorporated into these tracks this could have gone disastrously wrong but it is down to the sheer professionalism and cohesion of this band that this never happens, making something that is smooth and original sounding. One warning though if you do decide to get this album, you may not be able to stop yourself dancing, so don’t blame me if your feet get the better of you.


Adult Entertainment - Viking Girl: Cosplay Fantasy Sex Pictures Photo Book (Fantasy Adult Erotic Photography Sex Pictures Photo Book)
Adult Entertainment - Viking Girl: Cosplay Fantasy Sex Pictures Photo Book (Fantasy Adult Erotic Photography Sex Pictures Photo Book)
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Make Your Own Bra With Sieves, 17 April 2015
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I will admit that I love this model’s tattoos. To view this properly you will need a tablet device as the photos are in colour and they can also be enlarged on such a device. Although this indicates a Viking warrior it has to be admitted that no real Vikings ever dressed like this, indeed Viking women never wore bras made of sieves, especially not stainless steel ones.

What you get here is this lovely model in her costume in a variety of poses, all superimposed on a computer generated background. The model does show a bit more here as her clothes are removed but all you really are going to see is a shot of her bum and mainly legs, you are not going to see boobs or bush. If that was the reason you were going to download this then I should advise you to look elsewhere.

In all a quite well produced and fun piece of fantasy art.


Adult Entertainment - War Princess: Cosplay Fantasy Sex Pictures Photo Book (Fantasy Adult Erotic Photography Sex Pictures Photo Book)
Adult Entertainment - War Princess: Cosplay Fantasy Sex Pictures Photo Book (Fantasy Adult Erotic Photography Sex Pictures Photo Book)
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Cheeky Princess, 17 April 2015
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You will need a tablet device to view this properly as all the photos are in colour and can be enlarged on such a device. We see our war princess here superimposed on a computer generated background, wearing a tight costume.

What we get is the model in different poses with her weapon, and then nude, but I should point out that all you are really going to see is legs and bum, you won’t see anything else so please don’t download this if you think you are going to see everything as you will be disappointed.

In all this is well produced but please remember this is fantasy art rather than something that is raunchier, although it has to be admitted that this model has a very nice bottom that is lovely and squeezable.


Aims
Aims
Price: £7.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Album, 16 April 2015
This review is from: Aims (MP3 Download)
Cynthia Yih Shih, better known to us as Vienna Teng gives us here a wonderful album. A classically trained pianist as well as a singer and songwriter Teng pours her heart and soul into this album creating a new sound in some ways for her, and going to new places. If you have heard her older albums but not this one, which was originally released in 2013, then you are in for a surprise. In some ways Teng has re-invented herself and I am sure that her original fans won’t be displeased, and this brings her new fans as well, who have perhaps never heard of her really before.

Produced by Cason Cooley, Teng has gone away from just vocals and piano to a much more layered sound which really suits her voice, giving it perhaps a more elemental and softer appeal whilst still remaining as beautiful as ever. Here though Teng becomes slightly more ethereal with tracks that range across different themes and to a certain extent styles. This album is more electronic/ synth based making this a fusion of Pop and with Folk elements.

This album starts out with a light Pop type feel good song, but don’t be mistaken, as you listen to other tracks you see that they become deeper and more thoughtful. Comparisons to innovation between this artist and Kate Bush have been made, due to their innovative styles, and listening to this you can quite hear why. On such a track as The Hymn of Acxiom for instance you do get a certain Enya vibe coming off here, but still this is original and doesn’t sound like a rip-off. Once again Teng shows how to stay fresh and vibrant in a field that often finds itself bogged down with the same old thing.


[ 31 BOND STREET BY HORAN, ELLEN](AUTHOR)PAPERBACK
[ 31 BOND STREET BY HORAN, ELLEN](AUTHOR)PAPERBACK
by Ellen Horan
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Who Killed Dr Burdell?, 16 April 2015
It was touted as the crime of the century when Dr Harvey Burdell was found brutally slayed in his own home, 31, Bond Street, New York City. His housekeeper, Mrs Emma Cunningham was put on trial for the murder, with the Press creating an absolute circus of the whole proceedings.

In this novel of the crime Ellen Horan tries to set out to recreate the time and place this all took part, namely 1857 New York City. Alas that is where the book falls far short. The period isn't evoked properly. I am not an authority on the 19th Century, and do not claim to be, but I do love reading 19th Century literature, and so I found some curiosities here immediately. A whistling kettle? The earliest patent for such an appliance wasn't applied for until the 20th Century, in this country, and I can find no pictures or descriptions of any such thing earlier. Bowler hats were available back then but spats and fedoras came later on in the century. As for lorries, I thought that the term pantechnicon was still used, especially as the author mentions omnibuses.

Alright, some of you may think I am being a bit too pedantic there, but I could have overlooked that to a certain extent if the story was good enough. Alas, perhaps my expectations were too high but I was hoping for something that would recreate the public frenzy and the feeling of the people at the time of this trial, but that doesn't really come across. Alternating between the murder and trial are things that led up to the murder, and the author has tried to produce an answer to this intriguing crime. I was hoping for something a bit more substantial, as the actual court case is not particularly written much about here, although it is the cornerstone of any tale about this murder case.

Admittedly Ellen Horan does throw some light on the politics that were involved with this case, and the corruption that was going on in New York at the time, but this doesn't make the story much more absorbing. There are much more better historical crime tales on the market at the moment that are either based on true crime or completely fictional, that evoke the period better, and are better reads. All in all this is an ok book to read on the beach on holiday say, but not something that you would really want to rave about.


31 Bond Street by Horan, Ellen (2011) Paperback
31 Bond Street by Horan, Ellen (2011) Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Who Killed Dr Burdell?, 16 April 2015
It was touted as the crime of the century when Dr Harvey Burdell was found brutally slayed in his own home, 31, Bond Street, New York City. His housekeeper, Mrs Emma Cunningham was put on trial for the murder, with the Press creating an absolute circus of the whole proceedings.

In this novel of the crime Ellen Horan tries to set out to recreate the time and place this all took part, namely 1857 New York City. Alas that is where the book falls far short. The period isn't evoked properly. I am not an authority on the 19th Century, and do not claim to be, but I do love reading 19th Century literature, and so I found some curiosities here immediately. A whistling kettle? The earliest patent for such an appliance wasn't applied for until the 20th Century, in this country, and I can find no pictures or descriptions of any such thing earlier. Bowler hats were available back then but spats and fedoras came later on in the century. As for lorries, I thought that the term pantechnicon was still used, especially as the author mentions omnibuses.

Alright, some of you may think I am being a bit too pedantic there, but I could have overlooked that to a certain extent if the story was good enough. Alas, perhaps my expectations were too high but I was hoping for something that would recreate the public frenzy and the feeling of the people at the time of this trial, but that doesn't really come across. Alternating between the murder and trial are things that led up to the murder, and the author has tried to produce an answer to this intriguing crime. I was hoping for something a bit more substantial, as the actual court case is not particularly written much about here, although it is the cornerstone of any tale about this murder case.

Admittedly Ellen Horan does throw some light on the politics that were involved with this case, and the corruption that was going on in New York at the time, but this doesn't make the story much more absorbing. There are much more better historical crime tales on the market at the moment that are either based on true crime or completely fictional, that evoke the period better, and are better reads. All in all this is an ok book to read on the beach on holiday say, but not something that you would really want to rave about.


Adult Entertainment - Combat Girl: Cosplay Fantasy Sex Pictures Photo Book (Fantasy Adult Erotic Photography Sex Pictures Photo Book)
Adult Entertainment - Combat Girl: Cosplay Fantasy Sex Pictures Photo Book (Fantasy Adult Erotic Photography Sex Pictures Photo Book)
Price: £2.67

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars On A Mission, 16 April 2015
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All the photos here are in colour and they can all be enlarged on a tablet device. The model here wears tight black clothing and a mask, which never comes off. Although we do get to see the lower half of this model naked we never see her face, or indeed her topless, which is a shame.

The model here is superimposed on the computer generated background which is okay. In all this book is alright, but nothing really stands out to make you really want to say wow.


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