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IOMAX Car Cassette Adapter - Black
IOMAX Car Cassette Adapter - Black
Offered by Nexons Electronics
Price: £5.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It works fine out-of-the-box and is well made (especially for the price). The sound quality lets it down though., 22 Mar. 2017
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Hard to judge this really. It's quite well made and definitely works, with no noticeable noise from the mechanism. The only issue is that the sound is very "grainy" and harsh, and the sound quality is clearly worse than that from my the FM transmitter in my in-car DAB adaptor. I tested it by using alternating the output between the transmitter and this cassette adaptor- the transmitter sounded significantly better. I remember Compact Cassettes having reasonable sound quality (other than the hiss, obviously) but this device didn't sound that good. Having said all that, it's only a fiver so perhaps I was expecting too much. So if you want a quick and (very) inexpensive way to connect your iPod etc. to your car, this will work. However, I'm going to return it and have ordered the Sony version- which is double the price (although still cheap, relatively speaking). Time will tell if the Sony is twice as good..


Tamer Animals
Tamer Animals
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £8.22

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising, 8 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Tamer Animals (Audio CD)
Well, what an album this is. Other Lives first came to my attention about a month ago, when I saw them supporting Chapel Club at the O2 Empire, Shepherds Bush. As documented in a comment to a previous reviewer (SR Jackson) - they completely captivated both me and the friend who I was with. On stage, of course, the sound featured much more guitar and percussion than is featured in the album- but that's only natural. Live, the band was a mesmeric, harmonised 4 piece: on the album, the full orchestral splendour is there for all to enjoy. And, in case you think I'm going all "misty eyed", let me assure you that this sort of music is not normally my cup of tea- AT ALL. Other Lives have been compared to Fleet Foxes- a band whose album I bought on the strength of the single- only to find out that the single wasn't on the album. My mistake of course for not researching it properly- but my God, what a dreary band they are.

Not so with Other Lives- to steal someone else's phrase -these guys do "New Folk" like no one else. Listening to the album, I can hear echoes (no pun intended) of Pink Floyd (i.e. Piper at the Gates of Dawn - not The Wall); Wild Beasts, Fanfarlo- even David Gray and latter day Smashing Pumpkins. These guys seem to do folk like Buffalo Tom do Country- it's folk, but different to how you might perceive "Folk". It's just what can only be described as a "great album".

As the BBC reviewer (see above) rightly says- this album grabs you and will not let go. Very reminiscent of a Radiohead album- but without the agony of having to listen to it numerous times to let the genius (that Radiohead undoubtedly are) get under your skin. This album immediately sucks you in and takes you prisoner. Of course superlatives are easy to use, but the vocals really will haunt you - in a good way. It's like you've always known these songs. Believe me- Thom Yorke will listen to this album and think- "Hmm- yes. That's how to do it".

This album is so beautifully crafted (sorry- cliché I know but IT IS) and just washes over you, under you, into you. The great shame of course is that this will no doubt never really see the light of day in terms of what's laughingly called "Chart Success"- and that in itself is nothing less than a tragedy. But if you want an album full of thoughtful music, subtle orchestration, and sheer, downright beauty- do yourself a favour and buy this. You won't regret it.


Palace
Palace
Offered by Squirrelsounds
Price: £6.99

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Debut Album, 12 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Palace (Audio CD)
Given the distinctive sound of Chapel Club's "Palace" album, there will be of course the almost inevitable references to Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen etc. However to dismiss this band as "yet another" Joy Division copy-cat band would be a mistake. A big one. Because, whilst there are definitely hints of the aforementioned cult heroes, like Editors and Interpol before them, Chapel Club have infused this brilliant debut album with their own unique sound. From the simple but elegantly delivered drums on "Surfacing" (check that ride cymbal cutting through- lovely stuff), to the low-fi bass run on "Five Trees, to the almost-pop but not quite "Eastern Girls" to the sublime "O maybe I", this is an album that is refreshingly old-school indie, if indeed there is such a thing. In fact "O maybe I" could almost have been a Smiths number, and the singer takes great delight in delivering the lyric "I just couldn't go through that again, she said. No one asked you too, darling" in a manner that's not quite Morrissey, but then again not quite NOT Morrissey. This debut album is a real gem. After listening to the first couple of EPs I eagerly awaited the album and was not at all disappointed. OK, maybe it owes an awful lot to 70's / 80's indie music, but to my mind it's all the better for it. There is a common theme of the sea and shores running through the album, which gives the songs a kind of synergy. All in all, a well crafted, intelligent album in a world of manufactured, throw away pop. Enjoy.
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