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Headland / The Clocks Go Backwards EP
Headland / The Clocks Go Backwards EP
Price: £10.32

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely stunning, 31 Oct. 2011
Why did it take me so long to discover this band? "Headland" is an absolutely stunning album - expansive, atmospheric, poignant, thought-provoking, and quite, quite brilliant. There isn't anything remotely like a weak track here, and the closer "Life Will Kill Us" manages to be both amusing and tear-jerking. It may have sunk without trace on its original release, but don't let it pass you by this time!
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Without Alice
Without Alice
by D. J. Kirkby
Edition: Paperback

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read, 2 July 2011
This review is from: Without Alice (Paperback)
"Without Alice" is an engrossing story told with compassion and sincerity. It has some unexpected and heart-wrenching twists, and while in the early part of the book you may find it difficult to feel any sympathy for the lead male character, the second half may change your mind. The prologue details the circumstances around the birth in the same year of each of the three main protagonists, and gradually we learn more about the factors in their life that may govern, or at least explain their behaviour. Like other reviews have said, it's difficult to say too much about the plot without giving away major spoilers - best thing is to read it yourself!

Glasshopper (Myriad Editions)
Glasshopper (Myriad Editions)
by Isabel Ashdown
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great debut novel!, 18 Mar. 2011
"Glasshopper" is a book you won't be able to put down easily once you have started it. The engrossing story of teenager Jake, who aside from the usual struggles of growing up, also has to cope with an alcoholic mother and a broken home. Via a separate timeline, we follow the mother's descent into drinking. Beautifully observed and written, and left me with a few unresolved questions in the end. I will be eager to read more from Isabel Ashdown.

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Price: £5.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A superb return to form, 30 May 2009
This review is from: Intimacy (Audio CD)
I rate Bloc Party's debut Silent Alarm as one of the greatest albums ever. Its sound and production bring to mind early 80's post-punk while still sounding very original. However, the second album A Weekend In The City was very disappointing. The production by Jacknife Lee resulted in a flat and lifeless sound, further impaired by uninspiring songs. The subsequent singles seemed to be going further away from what I liked, so I didn't even bother buying Intimacy when it came out.

I finally bought it last week - what a revelation. Bloc Party have got their edge back and are writing interesting songs again. Many of the tracks here (particularly Halo, Talons and Better Than Heaven) are reminiscent of Silent Alarm tracks, while showing a progression. Even the Jacknife Lee-produced tracks have a cutting edge this time. It doesn't match Silent Alarm - I doubt they ever will - but this album sounds better each time I listen to it, and is a genuinely compelling and thrilling listen.

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