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Second Life Syndrome
Second Life Syndrome
Price: £9.88

4.0 out of 5 stars Dance With The Shadow, 29 July 2013
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This review is from: Second Life Syndrome (Audio CD)
Riverside have become one of the greatest hopes and realities in the European progressive movement for the last years. Their second album is one of the best of the last decade and it establish the landmarks that have made them famous and loved. They are masters combining ambients and dynamic riffing on quite dark, melancholic, even ghostly moods. They are tagged as prog metal but I find their music quite symphonic in classic terms.

The keyboards offer a soft pillow to the contundent and dynamic drums, being the guitar sound by Piotr Grudzinski the real identity from the beginning to the end. All in all, the vocals by Mariusz Duda are the highlight in their work, so passionate, so warm, they really remind me to Vincent Cavanagh from Anathema (also the guitar sound has something to do with it).


Aqualung (Special Edition)
Aqualung (Special Edition)
Price: £5.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Wond'ring Aloud, 29 July 2013
Another memorable album, sometimes very progressive, instead in other circumstances it's characterized by a normal classic rock-music genre, but anyway it depends on the use of scales and harmonic structures as well, by the "flutist of the flutists" Ian Anderson!!

The title track was an hit-single at that èpoque, but it is a remarkable example of classic rock; instead "Cross-Eyed Mary" and the mythical "Locomotive Breath" are out of this contest...


Grease [DVD] [1978]
Grease [DVD] [1978]
Dvd ~ John Travolta
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Grease is the word, 29 July 2013
This review is from: Grease [DVD] [1978] (DVD)
There's basically no story structure, the film is episodic and really kind of plot less. Most of these characters are paper thin and the words on the page basically just introduce situations into the screen with no breathing room. The film is so borderline campy it edges on the ridiculous, there's not enough scenes between Sandy and Danny, and don't even get me started on Sandy's late act switch from naive schoolgirl to sultry bombshell.

And yet...it works. There's an infusing energy in this film that can only be chalked up to its pitch-perfect cast, who breathe life into these caricatures, and to Randal Kleiser's underrated direction. As far as musicals go, this is one of the most entertaining offerings, particularly because it doesn't take itself so seriously like so many modern musicals do. Jeff Conaway and Stockard Channing are scene-stealers, Olivia Newton-John is a charming presence, but it's Travolta's spirited and hilarious performance that over this movie.


Gremlins [DVD] [1984]
Gremlins [DVD] [1984]
Dvd ~ Zach Galligan
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £4.37

4.0 out of 5 stars What you see... isn't always what you get., 29 July 2013
This review is from: Gremlins [DVD] [1984] (DVD)
Gremlins is a strange fantasy film from Joe Dante. He creates a film that pays homage to the science-fiction films of the fifties.

A middle aged inventor (Hoyt Axton) is searching for a perfect Christmas present for his son. One day he comes across an Asian curio shop. He falls for the store owner's unique pet. After an unsuccessful business deal with the shop's owner (Keye Luke) his young assistant sells the pet to him. Before parting he tells him the rules of the "Mogwai". Never get him wet, keep him out of light and never feed him after midnight. Delighted, he takes the pet home. His kid (Zach Galligan) falls in love with his new pet. But being a stupid kid, following set rules is not as easy as it seems. Co-stars Phoebe Cates and Roger Corman stock player Dick Miller.

A fun film for all ages. But keep the real young ones away. Several scenes will scare them silly.


London Lore: The legends and traditions of the world's most vibrant city
London Lore: The legends and traditions of the world's most vibrant city
by Stephen Roud
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A spellbinding study of London's folklore, 25 July 2013
...digs through layers of hearsay and speculation to investigate how ans why the stories and traditions arose in the first place.

Brings to life the surprising, sometimes gruesome history of our capital.


Fawlty Towers - Series 1 [1975] [DVD]
Fawlty Towers - Series 1 [1975] [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Cleese
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £3.91

4.0 out of 5 stars I know... I know... I know... Oh, I know!, 20 July 2013
Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.


Beethoven's 5th [DVD]
Beethoven's 5th [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dave Thomas
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £3.89

1.0 out of 5 stars Please, why couldn't have you stopped after number 2?, 30 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Beethoven's 5th [DVD] (DVD)
Beethoven's 5th is a very poor excuse for a family film, it just seemed like they were looking for any kind of an excuse to make another Beethoven film. I'm sorry, but Beethoven was over at the second sequel, stick with the original and the second, that's it. Beethoven at the time was original and a fun family film, but now the sequels are just silly.


Discovery
Discovery
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3.0 out of 5 stars Confusion, 29 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Discovery (Audio CD)
Electric Light Orchestra had been flirting with disco since "Evil Woman", and on two songs from Discovery they just drop any pretense and go for it. Though critically lambasted, this album is far superior than the tedious Out of the Blue and those two songs, "Shine a Little Love" and "Last Train to London", are not only two of the best on the record but two of the best disco songs period.

As for critics hating this, it is something I have never understood. I typically like ELO from song to song, but album wise they often fail.

During the late '70s it was obvious that ELO were moving away from prog and trying to find the right balance with pop music, and it is here that they succeed. Your enjoyment of it may hinge on your tolerance for disco, but if they had popularized rather than the Bee Gees it may not have been as maligned.


Scheherazade and Other Stories
Scheherazade and Other Stories
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4.0 out of 5 stars Trip to the fair, 29 Jun. 2013
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This album is divided in two, the first part contain three songs. They are are very nice, with the exception of Ocean Gypsy, which is a great song with cool singing from Annie Haslam. But the real diamond here is Song of Scheherazade, which is a multi-part suite. Long, complex and heavily influenced from classical music. Annie is in top shape here, her vocals are amazing, she is a great singer with beautiful voice.

Scheherazade is a Masterpiece which worth acquiring the album alone, a great addition to any prog collection


Permanent Waves
Permanent Waves
Offered by westworld-
Price: £9.98

4.0 out of 5 stars The Spirit of Radio, 29 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Permanent Waves (Audio CD)
Permanent Waves, the band begins to (somewhat) shed the progressive sounds of Hemispheres and A Farewell to Kings and adopts a more mainstream sound, the best example of this is ''The Spirit of Radio'', beginning with a catchy guitar melody, a short sprint of technicality from Neil Peart and Geddy Lee, and moving into the main body of the song. This song in particular is Rush's first flirtation with reggae influences. Synthesizers are gradually becoming more prominent here, though their use is not as full-blown as it would become in the Signals era.

Neil Peart's lyrics remain thoughtful and profound, while his drumming is still of very high standard. Geddy Lee completes the rhythm section with his exceptional bass playing. As should be the case with any good bass player, his basslines really stand out and add many dimensions to the music. His vocal style is changing here, with his voice no longer shrieking, instead opting for a more restrained and controlled approach. Alex Lifeson's guitar skill is marvellous; his solo during ''Freewill'' is his best up to this point in Rush's history.


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