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CHANEL GABRIELLE EDP 100ML
CHANEL GABRIELLE EDP 100ML
Offered by FD SUPPLIES
Price: £135.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 220. La belle ...smell de Gabrielle!, 13 Sept. 2017
This review is from: CHANEL GABRIELLE EDP 100ML (Misc.)
"I have chosen the person I want to be, and I am", said Coco. Inspired by her bold and self-assured character, the latest Chanel pillar fragrance represents an ode to women by conveying the personality of Coco Chanel in her youthful years (before she became known as Coco), combining the class of the House of Chanel with the rebeliousness of its founder. Tuberose, ylang-ylang, jasmine and orange blossom are the heart notes of this new scent which opens up a new chapter in the history of the legendary House. Even the design of its 4-faceted bottle is different (looks simple but apparently it took 5 years to design!), its elegant packaging (there is a silhouette-shaped protective insert inside the box along with a mini-booklet), and the face of actress Kristen Stewart is admittedly a surprising, yet, fitting in many ways, choice to advertise it. Many expect this brand new release to be another signature scent, and so it is natural for some to be sceptical at first about the mandarin and grapefruit notes that seem to be used in perfumery a lot lately. What makes Gabrielle special is how beautifully the initial burst of fruity sweetness gradually gives way to a luxurious floral feel, giving a sense of warmth and playful sexuality. If only the projection was stronger, though, that is a definite downside. Quite a departure from previous releases, it is too early to predict whether this has all it takes to become a classic like the gorgeous Coco Mademoiselle. Gabrielle is without doubt feminine, luminous and precious.
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Native Invader
Native Invader
Price: £12.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 219. More precious Tori things, 9 Sept. 2017
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This review is from: Native Invader (Audio CD)
Being a Toriphile used to be such an easy job back in the '90s... There we were, having our ears graced every couple of years with a perfect record (Tori never failed delivering excellence), picking favourite songs (every single one, naturally), getting seriously infatuated with our ginger siren (looking at her back then, how could you not?)... Years gone by, things have changed. There have been albums not nearly as brilliant as her early ones (never thought that day would come, but it happens to the best of us), the breathtaking songs have become increasingly sparse (because someone like her will always be producing them, no matter how rarely), and our beloved kooky beauty often looked abnormally Tori-like (clearly life in plastic ain't fantastic!).

I pre-ordered "Native invader" because I never miss anything Tori-related. Listening to it, makes me realize how demanding a Toriphile can be. Obviously her later output could never compare to her early material, but there are still glimpses of brilliance in every record, where one can feel shivers, or wonder at how easily she can move her listener after all this time. There are moments like these on here, thankfully. But it is moments, not whole songs. Often the instrumentation spoils the intensity of a melody, the emotion a melody evokes is ruined by a naive lyric, some overdubbed vocals destroy the expressive delivery etc. Such details were well looked-after in the past, contributing towards those unparalleled, almost flawless sets.

If someone asked longtime Toriphiles what their favourite albums are, the vast majority would choose from among her early ones: the shattering "Earthquakes", the magnificent "Pink", the explosive "Pele", the mesmerising "Choirgirl", the stellar "Venus", the stunning "Scarlet". Every subsequent release, with perhaps the sole exception of the uneventful "Abnormally attracted to sin" record, exhibits certain flashes of brilliance, new sounds or variations in the thematology or concept. Regardless of how frequent these flashes may be, they do happen, and Toriphiles still appreciate them; some are generous enough to praise even some tasteful artwork, such as the wonderful ghostly-like images in the 32-page booklet of the beautifully packaged deluxe edition of this.

I like my Tori raw, angry and venomous but it would be incredibly selfish, plus impossible, to expect her to be like that 25 years on in order to write some more lethal girls-songs. Forgiving her the occasional missteps, I am and always will be grateful for the inimitable lyrics, the unorthodox compositions, the haunting videos, the fascinating artwork, the heart-wrenching performances, over the years. It was no random occurance when, that warm and carefree 1992 afternoon while going home after an English class, the LP cover of "Earthquakes" from inside the window at a local record store in Greece caught my eye. In anticipation of the 20th anniversary reissue of "Choigirl hotel" due next year, I am welcoming this "Invader".

Little earthquakes (1992): *****
Under the pink (1994): *****
Boys for Pele (1996): ****½
From the choirgirl hotel (1998): *****
To Venus and back (1999): ****½
Strange little girls (2001): ****
Scarlet's walk (2002): ****½
The beekeeper (2005): ****
American doll posse (2007): ***½
Abnormally attracted to sin (2009): ***
Midwinter graces (2009): ***½
Night of hunters (2011): ****
Gold dust (2012): ****
Unrepentant geraldines (2014): ****
Native invader (2017): ***½
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Bad - 25th Anniversary Deluxe [3 CD/1 DVD]
Bad - 25th Anniversary Deluxe [3 CD/1 DVD]
Price: £17.94

5.0 out of 5 stars 219. Bad 2017 (30th anniversary), 31 Aug. 2017
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Michael Jackson's 1987 classic is celebrating its 30th anniversary today. Released on the last day of summer 1987, "Bad" was the album that made MJ the King of Pop, as everything about this record was anything but "bad". The cover artwork, the songs, the videos, the tour, everything about this pop landmark is truly iconic. At the time, it was only Michael Jackson and Madonna who presented such brilliant records, with spectacular accompanying videos, creating a buzz that extended beyond just the music, which made both of them the true Royalty of Pop. Among its array of accolades, "Bad" made history as being the first album to have 5 of its singles peak at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 consecutively, and is also officially the 9th best-selling album in UK history with sales of 4 million units, charting behind his own "Thriller". Worldwide sales exceed 32 million. Michael would have turned 59 years old 2 days ago. His legacy will live on forever, true ledgends never die.
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Fundamental: Further Listening 2005 - 2007
Fundamental: Further Listening 2005 - 2007
Price: £11.48

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 217. Fundamental 2017: PPPP (Political, Personal, Perfect PSB), 13 Aug. 2017
If there is a group whose every release, from the very beginning in the mid '80s right up to today, is worth having, that would have to be the Pet Shop Boys. Always offering something extra, always putting out something special, every single and album release to date is a unique item, some more than others but all precious in their own way. The 2001 "Further listening" reissues of their first 6 studio albums were exemplary. 16 years later, 3 more of their albums are receiving the reissue treatment, part of their remastered and extended catalogue, that is expected to be eventually released as a box set, once the series has been completed. All the B-Sides, extra tracks, remixes, fully remastered, with tons of additional photos and other goodies, accompanied by a 32-page info-packed and lavish booklet, all neatly and stylishly designed and packaged, these are the absolute top reissues in recent years. Immaculate in every aspect, from the font lettering to the thinkness of the paper used, they are nothing less than essential, and worth every penny (they are even very reasonably priced)! Those who missed on the first 6 2001 reissues need not to worry, as they are soon going to be rereleased as remastered packages. "Fundamental" is presented as a 2CD thin double case slipcover.

***** for the album
***** for this edition
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Release: Further Listening 2001 - 2004
Release: Further Listening 2001 - 2004
Price: £13.48

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 216. Release 2017: Re-released, re-explored, re-evaluated, 13 Aug. 2017
If there is a group whose every release, from the very beginning in the mid '80s right up to today, is worth having, that would have to be the Pet Shop Boys. Always offering something extra, always putting out something special, every single and album release to date is a unique item, some more than others but all precious in their own way. The 2001 "Further listening" reissues of their first 6 studio albums were exemplary. 16 years later, 3 more of their albums are receiving the reissue treatment, part of their remastered and extended catalogue, that is expected to be eventually released as a box set, once the series has been completed. All the B-Sides, extra tracks, remixes, fully remastered, with tons of additional photos and other goodies, accompanied by a 32-page info-packed and lavish booklet, all neatly and stylishly designed and packaged, these are the absolute top reissues in recent years. Immaculate in every aspect, from the font lettering to the thinkness of the paper used, they are nothing less than essential, and worth every penny (they are even very reasonably priced)! Those who missed on the first 6 2001 reissues need not to worry, as they are soon going to be rereleased as remastered packages. "Release" is presented as a 3CD set in a double case slipcover (fatbox).

**** for the album
***** for this edition
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Nightlife: Further Listening 1996 - 2000
Nightlife: Further Listening 1996 - 2000
Offered by FLASH
Price: £14.48

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 215. Nightlife 2017: The "West End girls" of 1986, in 1999, become a "New York City boy", 6 Aug. 2017
If there is a group whose every release, from the very beginning in the mid '80s right up to today, is worth having, that would have to be the Pet Shop Boys. Always offering something extra, always putting out something special, every single and album release to date is a unique item, some more than others but all precious in their own way. The 2001 "Further listening" reissues of their first 6 studio albums were exemplary. 16 years later, 3 more of their albums are receiving the reissue treatment, part of their remastered and extended catalogue, that is expected to be eventually released as a box set, once the series has been completed. All the B-Sides, extra tracks, remixes, fully remastered, with tons of additional photos and other goodies, accompanied by a 32-page info-packed and lavish booklet, all neatly and stylishly designed and packaged, these are the absolute top reissues in recent years. Immaculate in every aspect, from the font lettering to the thinkness of the paper used, they are nothing less than essential, and worth every penny (they are even very reasonably priced)! Those who missed on the first 6 2001 reissues need not to worry, as they are soon going to be rereleased as remastered packages. "Nightlife" is presented as a 3CD set in a double case slipcover (fatbox).

**** for the album
***** for this edition
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Play It Again Sam ~ The Fox Box
Play It Again Sam ~ The Fox Box
Price: £29.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 214. Foxy and mighty, 30 July 2017
From a super successful glamour modelling career in her late teens, Samantha Fox transitioned into a career in pop. Considering the circumstances, she did not bad at all. In fact, it is quite surprising how many hits the foxy Cockney lassie has had in the course of her most popular period from 1986-1989. "Touch me" is surely her true huge smash (No. 1 in 17 countries, back in 1986), but there are at least another 4-5 biggies and a few more lesser known ones on here to make one realise that she was a proper popstar back in the day, apart from being the most popular pin-up girl of her era, and one of the most photographed British women of the 1980s. The aptly-titled "Fox box" is by far her most comprehensive collection, the only one anyone will ever need really. All the hits, all the videos, remixes, rarities, liner notes, photos, interviews, a double-sided poster, 4 badges, nicely and '80s-style packaged inside a glossy, mighty little box, very much like Sam herself. Some inconsistencies in the video transfers are distracting, but the overall quality and plethora of material offered here is brilliant, hence, 5 stars for this juicy package. Sam should be proud. She is actually, as witnessed on the lovely unboxing video of this (see comments for the link). With her autobiography due in December, the "Fox box" is a fine reminder of what Samantha was: one of the best representatives of that glorious era (and one genuinely nice person, if that is anything to go by). Gotta love her. After all, "Naughty girls need love too" :)
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Lust For Life [Explicit]
Lust For Life [Explicit]
Price: £7.59

27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 213. Born to live: Shaking off the summertime sadness, 21 July 2017
Her debut proper, the mesmerising "Born to die", heralded a pop renaissance, receiving a plethora of accolades. Undoubtedly, and much deservedly so, it now ranks among the top defining records of this decade, being the most profound pop revelation since Lady Gaga's storming "The fame", back in 2009. Following that all-conquering record, the highly addictive "Paradise" EP intrigued even more the hardcore fans of this unexpected pop saviour. Deeper, darker and dirtier than its predecessor, it made a perfect companion to Lana Del Rey's debut, showing her artistic intentions, and enhancing the public's fascination with her enigmatic persona. With "Ultraviolence", a diverse, stripped-down psychedelic pop-rock slow-burner of an album, LDR proved that she is an adamant artist, moving further away from the baroque hip-pop of "Born to die", and the eclectic indie/goth pop of "Paradise". This is where she started to transform into the niche artist that she is. 2015's "Honeymoon", her most refined set to date, was so utterly self-indulgent, to the point that one would say that she was sabotaging herself, in an attempt to prove that she is neither interested nor willing to rehush any of those past records' brilliance. Though enjoyable, its songs were missing the instant appeal and sophisticated simplicity which drenched all those fantastic pop songs that captured the crowds and created a worldwide fascination back in 2012-2013.

Which only makes the release of this 4th set even more interesting, as on "Lust for life" the damned diva, desolate princess, innocent lolita, insatiable b*tch, presents her most optimistic set of songs, managing to save herself from becoming a martyr to to her own carefully-constructed persona. Though she made a killing with the tortured, heartbroken style on previous albums, "Lust for life" breaks away from contemplating troubled love affairs, reflecting the troubled times we are in, and addressing the state of the nation that Lana seems to be so fixated with, as it can be witnessed on the wonderful triptych of "Coachella - Woodstock in my mind", "God Bless America - And all the beautiful women in it", and "When the world was at war we kept dancing". Who would have thought that the day would come for a Lana album without her trademark romanticising of toxic relationships... The closest she gets to that is on "Heroin", where the double entendre of the word alludes to the drug and to fame as a metaphor. First single "Love" was indicative of that radical move in her narrative, where she mused on how love is driving forward the young generation, maintaining a sense of wonder and empowerment in the face of adversity "'cause it's enough to be young and in love". Gone are the Hollywood iconography and spurned love stories, this is a new and different artistic chapter for her.

"Lust for life" is bookended by 2 of the album's best tracks: "Change", is a simple voice/piano number, the last track for this new set, recorded hours before the mastered record was turned into the label. "There's something in the wind, I can feel it blowing in", she sings. "Change is a powerful thing, people are powerful beings". Similarly, the uptempo "Get free", is Lana's "modern manifesto" (sic) where she is attempting to change her negative mindset : "I'm doing it for all of us ...And all my birds of paradise / Who never got to fly at night", she says, "And now I do, I wanna move / Out of the black, into the blue". Mission accomplished. "Beautiful people beautiful problems", featuring the enigmatic Stevie Nicks is a highlight, just like the Beatles-referencing "Tomorrow never came" that features vocals by Sean Lennon. The standout collaboration on the record is her euphoric duet with The Weeknd; so addictive, so liberating, pure pop perfection. Because, ultimately, what LDR does is pop music. As much as she is trying to distance herself from it, there will always be pop elements embodied in her work. With her gentle and sustained vocal approach, the gloomy sensuality, hazy atmosphere and usual melancholy, this expansive 16-track, 72-minute set is a joy to listen, leaving a feeling of pleasure and content, very much like the joyful precision on Lana's face on the album's cover artwork (where the theme of cars/trucks continues).

Lana is too soulful and idiosyncratic an individual, resonant and artistically authentic an artist. She is doing the exact opposite of what is expected of her by those who liked her music in the first place, which ironically is exactly what made her relevant to the music scene, while simultaneously separating her from it. Although back in 2012 I got to become a true Lana-tic because of her songs and persona (not a random delusional fan who got caught up in the Lana frenzy), I can now appreciate her work more objectively. Which is why I am going to award "Lust for life" with 4 stars, simply because it cannot compare with her first couple of records which were excellent. "Born to die" will live on forever; "Paradise" was heavenly; "Ultraviolence" was ultra-cool; "Honeymoon" was lethargically pleasant. "Lust for life" marks a new chapter in her music. I urge everyone to listen to this, and be pleasantly surprised. I have promised to love her till the end of time, and with this new album where she tightens up her craft and roots her new approach in escapism, I may love her even more. We may be born to die, indeed, but at least let us put on a smile.
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Ok Computer Oknotok [VINYL]
Ok Computer Oknotok [VINYL]
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £49.26

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 212. A thing of beauty, 7 July 2017
Absolutely fantastic opaque blue 3x 180 gram vinyl set of Radiohead's seminal 1997 album, featuring the original 12-track album, 3 unreleased tracks, and 8 B-Sides. Housed in a triple-sleeve gatefold, and including a digital download card, this is not a random reissue to celebrate the anniversary of an era-defining record. From the pin sharp artwork, to the perfect audio, this is a gorgeous-looking and fabulous-sounding release, standing as the complete version of this visionary tech angst masterpiece that was unanimously hailed as an instant contemporary classic upon release. Walking a thin line between glistening genious and pompous self-esteem, with the band at their most violent and beautiful, this brand new 20th anniversary reissue is essential to any fan and record collector. It is worth trying to get the limited coloured vinyl (available only to indie record stores) rather than the standard black one, even though that edition has already sold out.

***** for the album
***** for this edition
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OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017
OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017
Price: £11.99

37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 211. "NOTJUSTOKBUTPERFECT", 23 Jun. 2017
Sometimes a highly revered album deserves the status bestowed upon it. This is one such occasion. The fondest memory I have from the album's 1997 release, is the picture of the cover artwork being literally everywhere in the UK, from the back covers of music magazines and newspapers (Q, Select, NME, Melody Maker), and promo posters in music and retail stores (HMV, Our Price, Virgin Megastores, WH Smith, Woolworths), to tube stations. Too young to understand and appreciate the album's brilliance, it almost felt like a forced nightmare being surrounded by the image of a record that was unanimously hailed as an instant contemporary classic. Many years and repeated listens were needed for me to understand the long-term significance of this visionary tech angst masterpiece which carried Radiohead's depressive worldview, building its queasy vision of the future on a foundation from the past, considering the frailty of the body versus the power of machines in a time where the internet was just beginning to become prominent. Walking a thin line between glistening genious and pompous self-esteem, Radiohead on here are at their most violent and beautiful. 20 years on,"OK Computer" still sounds wild, weird, and wondrous.

The notion of a Radiohead-approved deluxe reissue is especially odd when it comes to this particular record, one which already received a 2-disc reissue back in 2009 by the band's former label, EMI. While it is great to have a Radiohead stamp of approval on this 20th anniversary reissue, that alone is not enough to justify forking over money even for the basic 2-disc edition of "OKNOTOK". The rarities included on here have never been all that rare, and some of the songs included on this set are available digitally, or have been performed live for more than a decade. Technically this is a remaster with B-Sides and rarities added on. Avid fans and collectors will naturally go for the true 20th anniversary box set experience of this (out in July). For the fans, however, "OKNOTOK" will live or die by the 3 songs that render it unique. As with the 2009 EMI reissue, it is nice to have the many B-Sides compiled here, but anyone who owns that prior reissue will probably not really need another CD of that same material. To the uninitiated, "OKNOTOK" stands as the complete version of the album; to those well-acquainted with it, the new standard editions represent a near-duplicate entry in their CD collection. Regardless, "OKNOTOK" is an essential listen.

Note: Opaque blue 3x 180 gram vinyl features the original 12-track album, 3 unreleased tracks, and 8 B-Sides, housed in a triple-sleeve gatefold, including a digital download card; a thing of beauty!

***** for the album
***** for this edition
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