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Back To Bedlam
Back To Bedlam
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £3.73

89 of 97 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well..., 6 Sept. 2005
This review is from: Back To Bedlam (Audio CD)
I don't understand some people, I really don't. Reviews on this site are supposed to help other people who are interested in buying the album to decide! I've been frankly shocked by some of the zealotry and pettiness of some of the reviewers on here. I've heard terms like 'people who like this album should get a life'! How ridiculous is that! Do the people think it's clever or seemingly sophisticated rating the album 1 star and giving it a barely discernable and flawed grilling will actually help people? I think not.
Then again I've heard those at the other end of the scale - 'Better than Dylan' etc etc, which is a fallacy equal to the former. This album is somewhat unoriginal,somewhat soporific in some ways, and it obviously panders to the radio audience but in NO WAY is it the worst album ever. Furthermore, the album is at times incredibly touching, fitting almost every situation, and GENUINELY heart-felt. But equally, it's incredible that some think this is the best album of the decade. This guy's voice is a clearly a very divisive debate. So one can only assume its a matter of opinion, something which nearly everything boils down to.
I personally like it. As people have mentioned, the overplay You're Beautiful has been awful for James Blunt. It has reduced You're Beautiful from a soaring ballad to pretty formulaic. Furthermore, it has attracted the critics, who swarm like vultures. It is also representative of Blunt's amazing talent. The first half is very strong, showing us ballads which are tuneful, and demonstrate (for those of us who like it), the good range of his voice, while the second half slows the pace down to nearly unacceptable levels. Although 'Out of my Mind' and 'No Bravery' pretty much come at polar oposites in quality, they both deisplay key features in James Blunt's repertoire, repetitive hooks and true, genuine heart. You can't justify this album to everyone, but it is not a bad album if you like this sort of a music,
I think those people who like 'sophisticated' music, who like 'deep' music, who seem to want to die every time they hear this 'pap' need firstly to rethink their attitude. Yes music is an artform, not your version of an artform. Secondly, they need to accept that they don't rule the world.
That's my two cents


Himalaya
Himalaya
by Michael Palin
Edition: Hardcover

38 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Palin excels himself yet again, this time in the mountains.., 24 Oct. 2004
This review is from: Himalaya (Hardcover)
PROS
- The landscapes are incredible and the pictures of such major Himalaya landmarks such as Annapurna, Shigu, Lhasa, and the great Everest itself.
- Massively ambitious project.
- Palin's easily readable and often comic style is very accessible and very enjoyable.
- This is perfect, relaxing, feel-good yarn and it's not one of those books which will leave you feeling disturbed or questioning the main questions of life, the universe and everything.
CONS:
- Palin rambles on sometimes. Who wants to know about the inaugural kit of the Nepal ghurkas and where it originated?
- Although the scale is massive, Palin's writing is less so. It's somewhat reserved and cautious at times and this is, I gues, against many people's tastes.
Overall however, if you've watched any of his TV series or read any of his books, this is perfect. Others? Consider carefully.


X-Men 2 Special Edition DVD (Two Disc Set) [2003]
X-Men 2 Special Edition DVD (Two Disc Set) [2003]
Dvd ~ Patrick Stewart
Offered by I-Deal Media
Price: £1.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a superb film, with even better extras., 2 Oct. 2003
this film excels the first in almost every way. The script, action and SFX, and the magnificent locales are all stunning. The two-disc version is probably the best value for money, but if you're a purist, the extras will be rather dull. The Nghtcrawler sequence is the best, however.
The script is well written, with many plot twists, and a strangely VERY evil villain, Stryker, who I thought was a lot more evil than Magneto. The acting is spot-on, the casting was perfect, and Hugh Jackman was made to play Wolverine. The best character was Magneto, an acting veteran who slips into the role like water. He is perfect; those spooky eyes, that expression, and that enigmatic-ness that a villain needs! The SFX, as I said are stupendous, the highlight being the tornado vs. missiles showdown. It is pacey, and although it may not have the storyline of an Ian Rankin or Danielle Steel, it rollocks on at a superb speed, with plenty of plot twists etc; etc; to keep even the most critical Rankin fan at bay. The plot has CLEARLY benefited from the high budget.
One bad point though, some of the characters are left grossly underdeveloped, for example, Cyclops. James Marsden sleep-walks through his role. I've watched this DVD plenty of times, and although it has a rather Spielbergian running time, it is certainly not a Spielbergian film, it has a style all its own, albeit a tad cliched. Better than the original, and well worth the £16 for the extras...get this!
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