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Once Upon A Time
Once Upon A Time
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars End of an era, 16 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Once Upon A Time (Audio CD)
If New Gold Dream signified the culmination of Simple Minds as slinky smooth art rock band, Once Upon a Time was their definitive answer as to what a stadium band should sound like. With 8 eight tracks machine tooled to sound like they were built for the largest stadiums in the world it's a ploy that works effortlessly. Big drums, big keyboards, over the top backing and lead vocals with Charlie Burchills chiming guitar sounding more confident than ever. Four songs were released as singles (5 if you include the double a side of ghost dancing and jungleland), but anyone one of them would have done the job. Fans of early Minds don't look to kindly on anything past New Gold Dream, however realisticly the rot didn't kick in until Street Fighting Years where the band seemed lost and without focus, a problem that remained up until Black and White 2005. This album is effectively a continuation and development of Sparkle in the Rain, but with the dodgy cover versions and listless instrumentals kicked into touch.


Idea Of Happiness
Idea Of Happiness

4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff, 28 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Idea Of Happiness (MP3 Download)
Can't quite remember how I ended up with this album but I'm glad I did. The sound of the band puts me in mind of a slightly poppier Friendly Fires, with less guitars and more songs about the Caribbean. There's a couple of forgettable instrumentals, with the rest of the tracks offering good arrangements with strong hooks and sing a long choruses. Recommended.


The North Star
The North Star
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Aztec Camera record., 25 Mar. 2013
This review is from: The North Star (MP3 Download)
Aztec Camera always felt like Roddy Frame was letting his mates along for the ride, so when he decided to go 'solo' it was just a case of tippexing out the old band name and sticking his on. The result is his best ever album. The songs are focused and tight and full of energy, almost a complete opposite of latter day AC albums meandering down tempo feel. The melodies are among the best he's ever done and his vocals are on fine form. If you've ever liked any Aztec Camera then this will the best album of theirs you'll own. Enjoy.


Teddy bear, duke & psycho (1988)
Teddy bear, duke & psycho (1988)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For fans, but then again not really, 1 Mar. 2013
O.K. as a massive fan at the time this album seem to take an age to arrive, but in retrospect is was only two years after the disappointing Pleasure One. The lead single The ballad of Go Go Brown, a harmonica lead blues tracks about an errant drug dealer, is a red herring. What you get is an album by a band clearly on wane trying to find a style that suits. The problem is that there is nothing on the album that comes close to that of their first three. The best tracks (Train of love, Responsibility) sound like off cuts from the much better How Men Are. The attempt at different styles (something that Heaven 17 have done since their second album) come up short because the songs simply aren't good enough. Shame really.


Save The Nation (Limited Edition)
Save The Nation (Limited Edition)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, 30 Nov. 2012
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Royal republic return with more of the same punk/pop/rock hi jinx delivered with a smirk and an arched eyebrow. Not as good as their first and at just over half an hour a couple of tracks too long, if you can believe it. However tracks such as everybody wants to be an astronaut, make love not war, you ain't nobody, addictive and my favorite sailing man, are cracking bouncy fun. Add an extra star if you've seen them live, if you haven't, then sort yourself out and go seen them, this and their first album are much better because of it.


The National Health
The National Health
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arguable their best., 30 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: The National Health (Audio CD)
O.K. I'll make this quick. First up, it's not a protest album despite the title. If you've heard of Maximo Park before then there are no surprises here it's more of the same, just better. It has the quality of a greatest hits album, with no filler to waste your time. Better than their last two and as good as their first. If you're a fan you'll be happy, if you're undecided give a try, it's worth it.


Dance to the Holy Man
Dance to the Holy Man
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 8 Feb. 2012
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This review is from: Dance to the Holy Man (Audio CD)
The Silencers second album moves away from the by the number celtic rock of their first album into a more diverse collection of songs. There is ambition and progression in buckets here, but not at the expense of tunes. The odd opener Robinson Crusoe in New York is a red herring in terms of its style, as is the second rather pedestrian track Bullet Proof Heart, from then on in it's pure gold. Highlights are too numerous to mention and before you know it the daft Robinson Rap is winding up the whole affair. It is one of the great overlooked albums from the early nineties when everyone was trying to sound like the Happy Mondays. Also it's cheap, so get your hand on your pocket and buy it, you've earn a real treat in this.
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Alpha Protocol (PS3)
Alpha Protocol (PS3)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gaming marmite, apparently., 28 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Alpha Protocol (PS3) (Video Game)
I'll try to make this as consumer friendly as possible.
Graphics - average, not COD levels by any means, but neither is it PS2 levels as a lot of people reckon. Seriously it isn't, they're just not that brilliant.
Story - not bad, but by trying to be all things to all spy generes it's a little bland. Most of it made sense.
Presenatation - pretty god, menus are easy to follow, load outs for missions make sense, buying and selling stuff is quite fun as are the emails you get in game.
Sound - voice acting is variable. Although you're main bloke is a bit of a tool throughout, some of the baddies are quite amusing, especially the blond flat topped crack head disco enthusiast, he made me laugh.
Gameplay - the deal breaker apparently. The game itself is not finished, you can tell, AI baddies get stuck it walls, run around in circles, don't notice you and generally just seem to like getting killed. Gunplay at the start is pretty rubbish but as has been mentioned improves as you upgrade your stats. Replay value is infinate. The choices you make definately have an effect on the game and change the way the game plays out. There are numerous different endings, according to the blurb on the back of the box. I only played it through once and that was enough for me.
So, it sounds like this game is a bit rubbish. To some people it is, me I loved it. Despite all of it's flaws and there are many, none of them felt like game breakers. I was always ready to go back for a bit more, ready for another conversation, which are very well realised, ready to see what the game had next.
To put it another way, some people were expecting something along the lines of Mass Effect. It's easy to see why, the people who made Alpha Protocol were the same people that took on a Bioware franchise (the makers of Mass Effect) and did a pretty good job of it. For all of it's polished I found Mass Effect a bit boring and full of it's own self importance. Alpha Protocol is none of those things, it's not polished, it's stupid, a lot of fun and that made me forget about it's flaws.
If you liked Mass Effect you'll probably hate this.


Star Tiger Star Ariel
Star Tiger Star Ariel

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Normal service resumed, 31 Aug. 2010
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If you're a fan of the Delays you'll like this album. It's got 3 songs that deliver exactly what you want from them, soaring melodies, wonderfull vocals and an energy that leaves you with a big smile on your face. The highlights are better than anything of their previous album, however it does lack that albums consistancy. For people new to the band get yourself Everything's The Rush. It's a much better listen overall.


The Final Destination in 3-D, 4 th Installment [Blu-ray]
The Final Destination in 3-D, 4 th Installment [Blu-ray]
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor, 29 April 2010
So here we have a perfect example of the law of diminishing returns, but this time in 3d. If you've seen the other films in the series you know what to expect. Contrived accidental deaths that only the most detailed of health and saftey manuals could hope to avoid. The film itself is just like the last one, but a lot more boring. The acting is day time soap opera level, the characters one dimensional and the dialogue is just a load of poo. The 3d is nothing spectacular, considering what you can do (see My Bloody Valentine [Blu-ray] [2008] for an infinately more enjoyable film) and worst of all it's a boring film. At just over an hour and 20 mins it felt like a life time.


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