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Love & Mercy
Love & Mercy
Dvd

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly realised Biopic, 4 Feb. 2016
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This review is from: Love & Mercy (Amazon Video)
Superb performances all round including a strong supporting cast (as the leads, Paul Giamatti was terrifying, Dano spellbinding and Cusack was at his absolute best) and needless to say, the music is perfect. Essential viewing and not just for Beach Boys fans


I Love You, Honeybear
I Love You, Honeybear
Price: £5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best contemporary album I have heard by a solo artist ..., 23 Oct. 2015
This review is from: I Love You, Honeybear (Audio CD)
The best contemporary album I have heard by a solo artist in a very long time. This is classic in every sense of the word. Amazing set of songs that never loose their grip with such daring, intelligent (and often very funny) lyrics. Accompanied by some seriously gorgeous music. Tilman's voice is also a wonderful thing to behold. Easily the best album of 2015 for me.


Sunflower
Sunflower
Price: £15.04

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Undervalued classic, 29 May 2015
This review is from: Sunflower (Audio CD)
Pet Sounds is an absolute masterpiece.. no question about that. But in my opinion the best album by The Beach Boys is 1970's 'Sunflower'.. If you really listen to this beautifully crafted/produced material (my highlights being 'All I wanna do', 'Forever' and 'This whole world') the music reveals hidden depths over time that go so far beyond the accessible 'surf music' they are widely known for. I even enjoy the cheesy/twee moments on this album (Deirdre, At my window) as they are still honest, expressive, heartfelt and inventive. There's a wealth of imagination and magic under the surface of 'Sunflower' and it takes a few listens to really understand it's charm (like all the best music) but give it time and it really takes hold!


Luminous
Luminous
Price: £9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Big, bold and ambitious - if slightly patchy, 8 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Luminous (Audio CD)
Some great moments here and but also some forgettable, very much in the same vein as the album before it, the brillant 'Skying'. Tho not as consistent. 'I see you' is the standout.


Dead Space (PS3)
Dead Space (PS3)
Offered by APE-GAMES
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliantly atmospheric slice of Horror/ Si fi gaming, 8 Feb. 2015
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Terrifying - play it in the dark with headphones on.. go on I dare you. A brilliantly atmospheric slice of Horror/ Si fi gaming.


The City And The Stars (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
The City And The Stars (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
by Sir Arthur C. Clarke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, 8 Feb. 2015
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This is the book that got me into science fiction novels - a hugely enjoyable, epic tale full of wonder and mystery. I can't recommend this enough - particularly to people with a vivid imagination who are forever excited by the possibilities of the unknown. A masterpiece. If you like Clark's writing I'd also recommend 'Rendezvous with rama'.


The Wire: Complete HBO Season 4 [DVD]
The Wire: Complete HBO Season 4 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dominic West
Price: £14.50

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Season in an Amazing Series, 27 Nov. 2012
What can I say that hasn't been said?!

The Wire seems to be about almost absolutely everything! It's so much more than just a 'police drama' as some people might categorise it. Each series is as addictive as the 'product' they sell on the streets of Baltimore.
Season 4 resinated with me the most because it's main theme is the school system. For that reason alone, I found this to be the most 'moving' show of the entire series.
Seeing the beginnings of these peoples lives and how they get sucked into an almost inescapable future was incredibly hard hitting and realistic. Defiantly the most powerful thing i've seen on TV.
This is how great art should be made.. with sensitivity and care. No overt sentimentality and a huge amount of detail, not to mention wonderful performances from the entire cast.

A groundbreaking, unforgettable statement.
If you've never seen it, I envy you.


McCartney II
McCartney II
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £17.03

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice surprise, Paul at his most experimental, 3 Sept. 2011
This review is from: McCartney II (Audio CD)
It's good to be thrown off balance every once in a while and this record certainly dose that! Before this, I'd only really heard stuff like "Flaming Pie" and "Flowers in the Dirt" - both containing great tunes but nothing quite as daring or uninhibited as this record. It seems that when McCartney is not thinking about the final outcome and just allows his mind to wonder and be excited by the process of making music (he never meant to put this out) that he comes up with stuff as original (and frankly barmy) as Temporary Secretary or Frozen Jap. The single 'Coming Up' has such a great feel to it because it is not polished! Yet he is still capable of excellent musicianship (his electric guitar playing interests me far more than say, Eric Clapton) and writes exquisite ballads like the closing track or Waterfalls. Sod the fact it's slightly self indulgent - it's called being highly creative! (and not always churning out schmaltz) A hidden gem of an album.


Skying
Skying
Offered by westworld-
Price: £10.36

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A strong record, 21 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Skying (Audio CD)
I bought this album on the strength of reviews in magazines like Mojo and Uncut and I have to say, the good reviews are entirely justified. The sound of the record is huge, expansive and just 'grooves' in a way few other band do in 2011. The influences span across the decades, you're able to pick out The Doors one moment, Stones Roses or Primal Scream the next and maybe even a bit of Teardrop Explodes. But through all this The Horrors still manage to have a fresh and exciting sound. Favourite track has to be 'Still Life' - that base part is infectious and I love the line 'the moment that you want is coming if you give it time'. Other standout tracks include 'Endless Blue' (which has an amazing breakout after a beautiful intro) 'You said' (Pure Euphoria) and 'Moving Further Away'. For me, the only other British band that come close at the moment are Kendal's 'Wild Beasts' with their album Smother - two strong contenders for album of the year. But if you like music to warm your ears and make you feel like you've just taken something, listen to this and let yourself go. Excellent.


Chutes Too Narrow
Chutes Too Narrow
Price: £7.37

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mercer's Masterpiece, 14 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Chutes Too Narrow (Audio CD)
The Shins. A band that will hopefully release many albums over the years, some will I've no doubt turn out to be interesting, breaking new ground wherever the jog button lands and some maybe less inspiring (dread the thought!) But it is quite clear to this reviewer that this unashamedly colourful yet subtle record is the early classic to be grouped in with other records of this calibre. "This years Model", "The Stone Roses", "Radiator" etc All lay the same unfortunate burden on the artist that smirks 'This may well be as good as it gets mate, don't expect something this good in 20 years time!' Cynical though it may seem, songs like 'Pink Bullets' and 'Those to Come' are so haunting and effortlessly uninhibited that I can't help but crave this quality of song writing for the rest of the bands career, however unrealistic that may seem. Within a mere 33 minutes the album delivers everything from dense cryptic imagery that baffles and astonishes ('all this way before murder was cool.' from Pink Bullets) to melodies of such warmth and grace they will have you smiling as though you had just heard Revolver with fresh ears. When Mercer sings "my heads like a kite when such a creature I sight!' you can almost hear the entire population of shy males in the world rejoicing in approval as it is played and sung with such frantic bite and conviction. The excitement levels reach delirious heights when halfway through `Fighting in a Sack' comes a harmonica solo that makes you want to dance like your in a pit of multicoloured rubber balls at the local adventure playground, it's THAT joyful and unconstrained. A stark musical contrast would be the contemplative, highly wordy (a word that could describe most of what's here) Saint Simon, a song that strives to never back down from the 'pretence' that has been hurled in its composer's direction. A juxtaposing theme seems to develop and invite you in with repeated listens. Most of the songs on Chutes Too Narrow exude a stubborn intensity where feelings or loss and nostalgia (Bullets) are just as violently shunned aside by a thrashy punk rock vigour (Kissing the Lipless, Sack - the later sounding like The Beach Boys on speed) Like many songwriters, Mercer seems to exorcise his (very warped) demons through his craft. But there is no new age 'heart on sleeve' whining to be found here and he comes out literally fighting and daring you to question his logic. On the jump-start Live favourite 'So Says I' he professes that WE ARE A BRUTAL KIND, incapable of saving our own lives, the childish, almost throwaway nature of the melody appropriately fitting this audacious statement. This line is perfectly balanced with James Mercer's 'laugh out load' observation that our prayers to dust sprinkling angels in times of darkness are just we silly humans having `conversations' with ourselves. Brilliant, it had me tingling with self-righteousness but cackling like a hyena at his honesty.
I am still discovering why this record leaves me so breathless and envious of such young wisdom put to such gorgeous pop music. The production is raw, deceptively simple and the songs create perfect quiet/load equilibrium throughout making this an effortlessly sequenced album. The Shins are unique in their approach. In years to come, it won't be the Keiser Chiefs, The Klaxons or even Muse that will stand the test of time for doing something different, it'll be this band with this seamless record at the top of the list. They dare to be weird and different but do it with soul and intelligence. After all, it was always the strange guy at school who grew to be the most successful and ended up with the most beautiful girl, this record is no different. Full of hope and above all FIGHT!


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