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Once More 'Round The Sun
Once More 'Round The Sun
Price: £8.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Hard but melodic, 3 July 2017
I'm no metal head though there are a few bands from the genre that stand out e.g. early Megadeth, Rammstein, early Sepultura, System of a Down and Mastodon. That said I'm not so fussed on the heavier more proggish vibe of their early albums. They're brilliantly played but IMO the late albums have more in the way of songs, even if they are simpler. They also benefit from having Brann Dailor at the mic more often. The best tracks here are the opening three although the quality doesn't fall off. I dare say the people whining about this album, The Hunter and Emperor of Sand are the same who whinged when Metallica came out with the black album. If these bands carried on with the same formula - viz AC/DC -they'd complain about predicatability, lack of progression etc. Anyway, while I wouldn't recommend Remission or Leviathan to casual listeners of metal/hard rock give this a go.


The Party's Over
The Party's Over
Price: £7.28

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not a normal band formed just to earn a living, 20 Jun. 2017
This review is from: The Party's Over (Audio CD)
FFS the negative reviews here are from those who really don't get it! The band was formed during the latter stages of Trump's presidential campaign when he was starting to look like the winner. So this hardly gave the band enough time to pen an album's worth of new songs and spend months in a studio recording them. The main priority for the band was to spread the anti-Trump message through doing gigs. While they had time to write a couple of new tunes clearly they wanted to beef up their message with re-workings of suitable songs from their former bands back catalogues. So, ignore the woefully ill-informed bad reviews and just accept the fact that is an important band with something to say that precious few other newer bands are doing.


EFIL4ZAGGIN
EFIL4ZAGGIN
Price: £5.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Dre at the top of his game but ..., 19 May 2017
This review is from: EFIL4ZAGGIN (Audio CD)
I bought this again cheap after my original vinyl copy bit the dust a long time ago and after all this time still remain quite shocked by the lyrical content of much of the second half of the album. It's hard to wade through in one listen. I've a large rap CD collection including most stuff by the likes of Ice Cube, Wu Tangs, Ice T, Snoop and so am not shocked by the liberal use of the' mutha', hoe and beyatch words and tales of gun crime but on Efil NWA go much more OTT than on SOC. The graphic raps about violent gangbanging etc get too much. More of a problem is the absence of Ice Cube, who always did come up with the most darkly humourous lyrics, sorely lacking here. The big plus is that Dre's production is bang on the money and in this way Efil is possibly one of his best efforts.


The Thirty-Nine Steps
The Thirty-Nine Steps
by John Buchan
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The title is the best thing, 20 Jan. 2017
This review is from: The Thirty-Nine Steps (Paperback)
I first read this when I was about 12 and thought it was errm ...a 'spiffing yarn'.. Of course, like most 12 year old boys I was clearly not that discriminating, well read and not bothered with matters such as prose style, coherent plotting and rounded characterisation. Reading it for the second time 30 plus years later, its serious flaws are all too apparent. The writing is pretty immature, verging on purple prose at times, the plot holes are gaping - no make that yawning - and the characterisation is (silicon) wafer thin. A short book, it seems if Buchan must have been in a rush to meet a publishing deadline. Honestly, I would not recommend this to any schoolboy of today. It's not worth re-issuing even in those 99p Wordsworth series.
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The Ladybird Book of Mindfulness (Ladybirds for Grown-Ups)
The Ladybird Book of Mindfulness (Ladybirds for Grown-Ups)
by Jason Hazeley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £4.99

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this Ladybird book is another very funny send up and fully recommended to anyone with a ..., 10 Oct. 2016
Mindfulness is the latest in a line of touchy feeling, hippy buls*** perpetrated by frauds who peddle reiki, crystal healing, angel therapy, aura massaging, coffee enemas, advanced navel gazing and all those other snake oil therapies holistic centres charge an arm and several legs for.. Mindfulness is simply nothing more that how to be considerate, which any half decent parent should be teaching their kids anyway. Except that it's sugar coated 'stating the bleeding obvious' . Anyway, this Ladybird book is another very funny send up and fully recommended to anyone with a half formed sense of humour. Those of a sensitive and overly serious disposition should avoid.


Sterling RAY4-BK/M Low Walnut Satin
Sterling RAY4-BK/M Low Walnut Satin
Offered by Merchant City Music
Price: £349.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing 'sub' about this beauty, 4 Aug. 2016
I'd like to be able to shell out the £1500 plus a new EBMM Stingray though TBH I cant really justify it so I'm happy to say the Sterling SUB does a damn good impersonation. As a huge funk fan I bought this mainly to slap n pop. When I first tried it in the shop I was stunned by the power when I thumped the E string. The power has largely be due to the density of the basswood body. It's a fairly heavy instrument but I wasn't able to get the same power out of lighter basses I tried out, including more a expensive Warwick and an Ibanez. The body is well shaped and cut, the grain on the maple neck is uniform with no knots and the overall finish is excellent. The walnut satin finish is beautiful. The price is staggeringly low for the quality. If there' s any snobbery viz production instruments made in Indonesia or China then it's very outdated. Asian -made instruments are generally of very high standard these days. I also have a finely crafted Peavey Cirrus BXP, also made in Indonesia. The SUB Ray 4 is more than great value. As an advanced player myself I can safely say this is not only suitable for beginners to intermediates but also advanced players who can't or don't want to shell out £700 and more on a bass.


Paul Blart - Mall Cop [DVD] [2009]
Paul Blart - Mall Cop [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Kevin James
Offered by I-Deal Media
Price: £3.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Under 11s, 21 July 2016
I know the sequel has had a universal drubbing but frankly that is no worse than this witless pabulum. While the makers probably thought locating the 'action' in a shopping mall was original and hilarious the actual plot is derivative and wafer thin. There are hundreds of B to Z movies where the main character - an incompetent, not conventionally good looking but good-hearted fall guy - gets round to foiling the bad guys and in the process wins the hot looking girl against all odds. And that is Mall Cop in a nutshell, except that even slight smiles and mild chuckles are rare as rocking horse s***. Most of the humour is physical, centred on a fat bloke on a Segway, and is probably fine for the under 11s. I look forward to when my 9 year old gets to be 11 so she wont insist on having this dross on the TV any more


The Ride
The Ride
Offered by Leisurezone
Price: £1.99

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hail the second wave of landfill indie, 18 July 2016
This review is from: The Ride (Audio CD)
Ah, just what the world needs, a Landfill Indie revival. If you think The Kooks, Pigeon Defectives etc are the first and last words in rock n roll you'll bl00dy well love this. As with those, there's not a scintilla of originality or individuality but if those things don't matter to you then that's great. As this band and album define run-of-the-mill mediocrity rather than downright awfulness they get 2 stars. Not much else to say as there's nothing even interestingly bad on here. You may be thinking 'well, why did you buy it/listen to it?'. Well when I'm getting a lift and the 14 year old son insists his dad play this on the journey I just have to grin and bear it.


Fantastic Four [DVD] [2015]
Fantastic Four [DVD] [2015]
Dvd ~ Kate Mara
Price: £3.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Feeble and flatulent and not remotely fantastic, 13 Jun. 2016
This review is from: Fantastic Four [DVD] [2015] (DVD)
Rotten Tomatoes gives this 9% and Metacritic 27% from the critics and 2.5/10 from users, all being justified. In brief, this woeful effort is a lesson in how not to direct, write a screenplay and edit a movie. Over the last few years many of the worst films have come from the superhero genre with this among the most dismal. The main problem is that it's simply very talky and very dull while the 'fight' with Dr Doom is poorly choreographed. For me the lamest bit is at the end when the FF are smugly congratulating themselves on a job well done. Then Reed suggests the team needs a name. Cue some pathetic attempts at humour as they come up with suggestions. The fingers down the back of the throat moment is when Thing mentions the word 'fantastic' and Reed has his inspiration. Utterly feeble scripting that should shame a 7 year old.


No Rest For The Wicked
No Rest For The Wicked

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Post punk gem, 9 Jun. 2016
This review is from: No Rest For The Wicked (Audio CD)
NMA were one of the most underrated and certainly best of the UK post-punk scene and better than many more lauded acts such as Joy Division. Those were times when bands weren't afraid of being political though it's a shame that many fine politically charged bands from that time that were overtly left wing never got mainstream attention e.g. The Men They Couldn't Hang, The Three Johns, Gang of Four, The Redskins etc. However, being political doesn't mean you have to be dull and worthy. NMA rocked like a bar steward. For me No Rest showcases the band at their angry and pumped up best propelled by one of the best rhythm sections ever to have graced rock music. This was bassman Stuart Morrow's 2nd and final album with NMA and his flatpicked lines are crackers one and all though the highlight is the opener. No doubt he's one of the best bassists to have come out of the UK. The late Rob Heaton was a monster behind the drum kit and of his generation for my money only Budgie from the Banshees was an equal. Out front Slade the Leveller penned some of the best lyrics of the age while adding some minimalist but tasteful guitar phrasing leaving the lead work mainly to Morrow, similar to the way Pete Townsend often left the flash stuff to John Entwhistle. Anyway this is a cracker of an album and a must for any newbies interested in the UK post-punk scene


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