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Harpazo: The Intra-Seal Rapture of the Church
Harpazo: The Intra-Seal Rapture of the Church
Price: £7.51

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 Feb. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Great stuff.


Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design (Voices That Matter)
Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design (Voices That Matter)
by Molly E. Holzschlag
Edition: Paperback
Price: £38.23

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok, 18 Feb. 2007
Why are half of the pages in this book full bleed photographs? I find it a bit patronizing as if it would be just too dry without large pretty pictures on every spread. I can sort of see what is being aimed at here, with the symbolism of cookery, and structures etc. But page after page of flour, jam and cookie cutter food porn, is just wierd, and very irritating.

The actual content is fine; Andy Clarke is of course a leading pro in this field, except for one instance where it is suggested that Javascript should be used to clear a footer, i.e the layout will break for about 10% of it's audience that doesn't use Javascript - very bad practice.


Machina / The Machines Of God
Machina / The Machines Of God
Offered by Revolution Media
Price: £4.83

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated final album, 19 Mar. 2006
The general consensus seems to be that this album is a disapointment. For me this my favourite Pumkins album - and got me into their earlier stuff.
I just love the intense fuzzy guitars, dark ambience and melancholic songs.
It is quite long, and is, production wise quite samey compared to the eclectic sounds of other pumpkins albums. But that is to it's strength, I mean classic albums (what's going on, achtung baby) have a very continuous sound - like a live performance under studio conditions.


Takk...
Takk...
Offered by HURRICANE RECORDS BERLIN_1
Price: £19.21

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mum's gone to Iceland, 6 Dec. 2005
This review is from: Takk... (Audio CD)
If your a rookie you've probably heard Sigur ros before as Channel four keep playing them on idents, unsurprisingly- it's great atmospheric music.
I previously bought the 2002 () album and it left me wanting more, this is an interesting comparison: musically it is as minimal as that previous work, but the sound textures are layered much much deeper. I imagine each track must mave numerous (50+) parts- and it all adds up to awesome effect.
I agree with the Amazon reviewer that this could be their finest hour because it seems such a mature realization of their particular brand. And it does have a classic quality about it too.


Rock in a Hard Place
Rock in a Hard Place
Price: £5.78

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aerosmith masterpiece, 3 Sept. 2005
This review is from: Rock in a Hard Place (Audio CD)
Forget what everyone else is saying. This is a great album, it may not be the most popular with the (conservative) fans but for me and I'm sure many others this is a career high- Tyler said himself this was one of the best.
After 'draw the line' it is probably the most experimental/progressive album they made, ok it doesn't have Joe Perry what we have with is less bluesy more "straight" hard rock sound on 'Jailbait' and 'Lightning strikes'; cool Jazzy bar rock hybrid sound in Julie London cover 'Cry me a River'-very convincing one of my favorite Aerosmith recordings; 'Joanie's Butterfly' is one of the highlight's with it's folksy sound and Zeppelin like lyric. 'Push comes to shove' finishes the album in style, well Tyler sound's like he's going to collapse or explode when he spits all over the microphone- the essence of Rock'n'Roll.


X&Y
X&Y
Price: £5.99

5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars :\ Missing something...like a z maybe, 25 Aug. 2005
This review is from: X&Y (Audio CD)
Well I've been living with the X&Y for a couple of months now and my overall impression is that it's a bit bland.
The high point is 'Fix You' followed by 'Square One', but a lot of the album sounds samey; Musically it's too basic- I mean minimalism is good but you need to provide some contrast to keep the stimulation. One of the best things on the album was the folksy acoustic song at the end precisely because it gave some contrast.
Lyrically it's pretty average too, nothing really stands out in any of the songs- it's all about the same kind of thing the same kind of emotion..
Sorry folks if that's an overly negative appraisal, but I tell it like I see it after all you have to judge new band's by the old band's, and the oldies have it (U2, Radiohead)


1987
1987

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hair Rock!, 25 Aug. 2005
This review is from: 1987 (Audio CD)
Ok, they must be the most unfashionable band in the world- the album is called 1987 after all. But this is drama rock at its best. It's still a bit silly lyrically, but compared to others in the genre it's well above par. What really impresses me is the guitarist John Sykes, he's got the definitive hard rock guitar sound on this album- the riffs are tight and heavy but their also musically powerful (which makes a change), his solos are fantastic too; long sustain, really wide vibrato and manic speed in all the right places. Coverdale pulls off astonishing vocal moments, in fact 'Still of the night' captures it all. Go, play, be unfashionable! this is high craft
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TheFutureEmbrace
TheFutureEmbrace
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £5.35

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is a future embrace, 2 Aug. 2005
This review is from: TheFutureEmbrace (Audio CD)
Yes, this takes a while to get into and I mean 5+ listens but once you get there these songs really get under your skin and have you humming their melodies and whispering lyrics.
It isn't an upbeat album, but behind the darkness in the production the lyrics are tame in comparison to the bitterness of Corgans previous work but his style is still evident "on the 9th day God created shame"- Walking Shade.
Apparantly there is only one guitar track on each song, sometimes it sounds like this was a mistake sometimes it just sounds great, heavily effected guitar sounds, distorted drum machine beats and sequenced basslines, it really is all the tools of '80's industrial music, I like that combination but it isn't everyone's cup of tea. But like any good revival it couldn't sound like a record created in the 80's the production is bangup to date regardless of the core equipment.


Life After God
Life After God
by Douglas Coupland
Edition: Paperback

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's like opening the mind of a Depressive, 14 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Life After God (Paperback)
This is great to read if you are depressed, or have a tendancy to depression, not because it will make you happy, but at least you will know there is somebody out there who feels and thinks like you do, so at least you're not crazy. The writer must be drawing from his own experience, as the insights and reflections have the authority of those who has been walking it.
If i were to describe it, which is kind of difficult as it's format is hard to categorise: Stories and sketches from the mindset of an introverted depressive. Come to think of it, I can never understand how writers and musicians who can write so powerfully about things as dark as this, manage to finish a line, without wanting to top themselves, let alone have a sucessful blossoming career


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