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Buzzin' Fly Volume 4 - Mixed by Ben Watt
Buzzin' Fly Volume 4 - Mixed by Ben Watt
Price: £18.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buzzin' Fly hit a new high, 26 Nov. 2007
As the other commenters mentioned, this CD develops further the minimal sound that was beginning to surface on their previous releases; however, I think this works to its advantage. Leaving the more standard deep house tunes in the past, these are heavy, bleepy, funky cuts, and give the label a real shot in the arm.

I found vol 3 to be a little bland, but vol 4 is a great revival, and the sound of a mature, confident label.

Eat Books
Eat Books
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £4.22

4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Did not live up to expectations, 22 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Eat Books (Audio CD)
Anyone who is a fan of Tiefschwarz' fantastic remix work should avoid this title; it seems that his songwriting skills are not as strong as his remixing talents.

There are one or two good tracks - notably the collaboration with Tracey Thorn, Damage - but too many anonymous - or worse, downright bad - ones.

It's much more pop than any of his previous work would suggest, and at times sounds like old Thomas Dolby B-sides.

Very, very disappointing.

Brazilian Dance Floor
Brazilian Dance Floor

3.0 out of 5 stars Loses points for brevity, 4 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Brazilian Dance Floor (Audio CD)
There are some nice Brazilian club beats on here, but in an effort to cram in as many tracks as possible all the songs are too short. The 'Extended Club' version of Vem by JPG clocks in at 3'46"; if that's the extended version, I can only wonder how long the original was.

If you want a little sampler, this CD is fine; if you're after full versions, you'll be sorely disappointed.

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door (GameCube)
Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door (GameCube)

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nintendo come up trumps again, 15 Nov. 2004
I'd written Mario games off as slightly too juvenile in the past, but was convinced by good reviews to give this a try - and I'm completely converted!
A mix of platform and RPG with a keen sense of humour, there's obviously been an awful lot of hard work and care gone into this game.
It doesn't have the best graphics ever, nor the best sound, ditto best story... etc; but it's far more than the sum of it's parts and well worth your money.
WARNING: This game is seriously addictive!

Lord of the Rings: The Third Age (GameCube)
Lord of the Rings: The Third Age (GameCube)

7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Looks great, but much too easy, 11 Nov. 2004
Played through the first 25% or so in six hours last night. It's pretty good, but let down by being:
1. Too linear
2. Too easy
Nice graphics, great presentation, impressive fight sequences, but it's almost impossible to die. I played on the default medium setting and only died once, when I first met the boss at the end of the Moria level. Second time, I killed him.
Levels are generally so linear that you just have to keep going forward, opening every chest and killing every monster in order to complete it.
It is still fun, and pretty frantic at times, and when you face four goblins and a cave troll in battle your heart does pound.
I'd recommend this if you can pick it up cheaper than full price, if you're a die-hard LotR fan or if you just want a turn-based battle game, but not if you're an RPG afficionado or in search of a challenge.
If they make a sequel and learn a few lessons from this one it could be very impressive.

X-Men Legends (GameCube)
X-Men Legends (GameCube)

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best game ever, but the best X-Men game ever, 25 Oct. 2004
Very much in the same vein as Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance (or Diablo, or even, further back, Gauntlet) this is a bash/shoot-em-up with RPG trappings.
It uses all the main and most popular X-Men, as well as introducing a new character in the main story mode.
The enemies you face throughout the game aren't that powerful but come in huge numbers, meaning that battles become extremely frenetic. This is both a strength and a weakness; with destructible environments you really feel like you're in a comic battle with enemies being thrown through walls and blasts of energy exploding crates and soldiers; however, it's all too easy to lose track of your party in amongst the melee.
The graphics are good but not stunning, and there are more than occasional glitches and bugs. Sound is impressive and gameplay solid most of the time, spectacular occasionally.
In summary this is an enjoyable group fighting game, not the best RPG on the market but one of the best on the 'Cube and certainly the best X-Men game to date.

A Foreign Sound
A Foreign Sound
Price: £5.04

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointingly obvious choice of covers, 22 Oct. 2004
This review is from: A Foreign Sound (Audio CD)
Caetano Veloso's beautiful voice and sense of rhythm is not enough to carry this collection of cover versions. While he tries a few contemporary numbers (from Nirvana, for one) the majority are from classic writers such as Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, and as such have been heard many times before. Adding the slightest hint of bossa nova to them is not enough to make them new, so this album suffers from repetition even the first time you hear it.
There is nothing as inventive as his previous cover of Billie Jean, and he seems just too restrained at times. A shame, but this album won't bring him to the wider audience he deserves.

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