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The Eraser
The Eraser
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still listening to this, 10 Feb. 2007
This review is from: The Eraser (Audio CD)
The most interesting aspect of this album is whether, for Radiohead, a solo electronic Thom Yorke album will represent an exorcism, and a break with the recent past of similarly informed Radiohead albums. Simplistic perhaps, as the band are unlikely to regress back to simple guitar based rock, as is the wont of many. Regardless, the bands next step has never been more intriguing.

Interetsing though such questions are, we should not do disservice to The Eraser, which has endured as a fine album, worthy of commendation. To those who yearn for Bends era radiohead, look away, if indeed you're reading this at all, and for others, this is at many times Thom Yorkes most successful set of electronic songs.

The songs are more intimate than recent radiohead work, with Yorkes voice up front in the mix, and the songs are more tuneful and melodic than recent work. Opener The Eraser is jerky, yet anthemic, with a euphoric outro, with subsequent tracks like Analyse and Black Swan grooving inistently. While the middle section is less persuasive, the closing Harrowdown Hill and Cymbal Rush are extraordinary, sparse, building and beautiful in a unique way.

It is this ability to fashion warmth ftom cold musical landscapes that marks out The Eraser as a strong piece of work, and Yorke as one of the pre-eminent musicians at work in the UK today.


Good Night and Good Luck [DVD]
Good Night and Good Luck [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Strathairn
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Ffilm to admire..., 18 Jan. 2007
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I've just seen GNGL for the second time, a year or so after its cinema release, which simply reinforced my inital impression, of a classy, measured and informative piece of work.

The dramatic tension is not wound up greatly, lacking as it does much instrumental music to accentuate the emotive moments. This restraint though certainly made this a film to admire, with wonderful performances all round, and it survives taking place entirely in the CBS new studio, beautifully reflected in monochrime black and white. David Strathairn is outstanding, lending Murrows' earnestness some depth and complexity, rather than a cloying worthiness that could well have been. Noteworthy too are contributions from Robert Downey Junior and George Clooney.

Does all this make this a film you need to be interested in to enjoy? Maybe...Will this film simply preach to the converted? Probably, and a shame at that, but its lovely all the same, enjoyable from the opening jazzy score to Murrows closing words, which resonate with a presience that is perhaps its greatest achievement.


Stand
Stand

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am missing something??, 1 April 2006
This review is from: Stand (Audio CD)
This was the first Sly album i listened to over a decade ago, and whilst i had There's a Riot Goin' On at the same time, Stand has always remained the more enjoyable experience to me. To me Stand shows off Sly and his Family in their brightest most energetic form.
8 strong tracks long, there's barely a false move it's entire duration, and if you are new to Sly, then (a) why ? and (b) this is the best starting point album wise. I love this start to finish, from the bright opener Stand, to the extended funk of I want to Take you higher, to the ecstatic slouching funk of Everyday People, this is an album i have returned to frequently despite having first bought it over 10 years ago. I think you get the picture.
James Brown may have been a far bigger singles artist, but none of his prime-era albums compare to Stand. In fact what is so endring about Sly is range the band dsiplays here. Prince brilliantly managed to flaunt multiple styles simultaneously, although Sly and family do so too, with much teh same joie de vivre, and hey, they were there.
If this does float your boat, do try There's a Riot Goin' On, more challenging, yet rewarding, all the more so for Family Affair, and extraordinary production, where breakdown and claustrphopia drip achingly from the speakers, believ it or not.


Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Now perfect, but pretty darn promising, 3 Feb. 2006
Ah the curse of media saturation, how to appreciate this withiout drowning under the weight of the current elevated expectations??
Paul Morley's critique, that this is sound of britsh white blokes doing whja they do best, i.e. picking up guitars and drums, witty cynicism an'all, is spot on. This is doubtless a highly promsiing debut, with three or four belting straight up rock numbers, all of which will take up residence in Zane Low's Gonzo sets throughout '06 no doubt.
Highlights in no particular order are I bet that You Look Good, Fake Tales of San Fran, When The Sun Goes Down, although my choice du jour is From the Rotz to the Rubble. It's pacy and funny, and it's one of many surpisignly rock moments.
The remainder are interesting, energetic, though not as strongly tuneful, nor as well constructed.
That said, it's mostly great fun, which is what counts i guess. Riot Van represents a perfect illsutration, a pretty basic tale of running in with the law on a night out. The song itself is sweet rather than spectacylar, but Andy Turner's background gravel adds poignancy to the diarised lyrics, wonderfully evoking the facts of yoof.,
Whether Turner is mocking his experiences, or longing for relief or escape, he has a highly effective voice, and some of the sharply observational and witty lyrics throw Chris Martins bland schmaltz into sharp prespective.
Intriguing.


X&Y
X&Y
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where do we go from here, 17 Jun. 2005
This review is from: X&Y (Audio CD)
Objectively speaking, this is an unexceptional album, largely due to the sheer predictability of the music, the slight lack of charm compared to previous records, and the characterless sheen of the vacous lyrics.
What is surprising about X&Y is just how quickly the better moments are swamped by an overwehelmiing sense of deja vu, even though some of the songs Talk, White Shadows, Sqaure One, offer a fuller, more dynamic sound to anything on their prior albums. Indeed, these songs are so U2-lite, you have to question whether this album has been written to deliver as few surpises as possible. Outside of the all to obvious aping of the Unforgettable Fire, the rest of X&Y comprises standard issue Coldplay balladeering, although none as strong as The Scientist, and none of the more uptempo numbers as good as Clocks, Dont Panic nor God Put a Smile.
None of this adds up to great art, nor great rock muisc, merely pleasant, occasionally elegant Tim Henman pop-rock, with a scattering of decent ballads. And believe me, the lyrics, which always trod a fine line between affecting hopeless romanticism and embarrassing adolescent poetry are firmly the latter on X&Y, prompting some quite pronounced cringeing at times.
Finally to clear up one great misconception, X&Y has not been critically acclaimed by any means on balance, as a quick glance at the music press, both printed and online, should confirm.
It seems doubtful now whether Coldplay will ever write a true classic album, lacking as they do the keening musical ambition and imagination that fires the great work. And no, while i wasnt expecting Achtung Baby nor Kid A, Coldplay havent written thier Joshua Tree nor OK Computer yet. One dimensional


Some Cities
Some Cities
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another beauty., 27 Feb. 2005
This review is from: Some Cities (Audio CD)
In which Doves add to the strong Last Broadcast with another dose of lovely driving melancholia. Much like its predecessor, the songwriting is consitently strong throughout, and yet the mix is different. On Some Cities the bass is more forecful, though further back in the mix, dub style, which lends the songs a darker, more insistent feel at times.
Commensurate with Doves previous work, there is a breadth of musical imagination at work here that renders even the more elegant of Coldplay and Keane moments uninspiring. Songs like Black and White Town, and Walk in Fire are worthy anthemic brothers to Last Boradsasts' Pounding and There Goes the Fear. Beyond these, songs like Almost Forgot Myself and Sky Starts Falling evoke the spectral glitter of mid-era Radiohead, and the music is vusually evocative throughout, which makes the whole album a wholesome and nourishing experience.
The absence of a once in a lifetime vocal talent will probably always deny Doves even greater success, as however effective and alluring their best work is, the music never quite transcends for me in the end. Anyway, thats personal and music column pedantry, so i reccommend Some Cities strongly, and reckon theres many months of fun here for starters.


Goo (1990)
Goo (1990)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This album surely deserves a review, 17 Jan. 2005
This review is from: Goo (1990) (Audio CD)
Suprised that nobody has thoughts on Goo, for whilst i am no Sonic Youth afficianado, this seems to me one of SY most direct and accessible albums.
The record comprises the muscular and melodic rhythmic riffing that i love about this band. Tunic, Dissappear and Kool Thing merit the sticker price alone, all three beautiful in their choruses and guitar work.
Not as strong as Daydream Nation, but well worth owning.


How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surpisingly bland, 1 Dec. 2004
The downwards spiral continues then. There's nothing on this to redeem it, inn the way that Beuatiful Day and Stuck in a Moment did for their last album. Where the 80s brought big classic rock songs, the 90s much the same but reflecting more modern influences, everything since Pop (and inncluding Pop) is just bland by comparison.
And yet its surpising how bland? There's still lots of energy, and they dont seem out of place by any means, and the qualities of the band are still evident. Bono's voice still soudns good, and the rest are still fairly tight sounding, but the quality fo teh songwriting is just so poor now, and the choruses are big, but not in a good way.
Take Yahweh, for example. Its incredibly undrewhelming, as is Vertigo, whose riff is more Hives than anything else. When U2 were great, like any band they sounded like no-one else, from With or Withoout You to One, even to Lemon. But you just cant the same now.
Alot of the other 'best album ever' reviews above and below, strike me as amazingly reminiscent of fans wishful thinking. Not a U2 hater by any means, i did sleep for 13 hrs outside Earls Court in the early 90s to see their first Achtung Baby tour.


Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind [DVD] [2004]
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Jim Carrey
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just superb., 25 Sept. 2004
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One of the most interesting films i've seen for a while, i found this Charlie Kaufmans most satisfying film to date. Clearly obsessed with getting inside the human mind, in Eternal sunshine he plays with a whole host of ideas based around the conscious / sub-conscious interface, and its clever and simple, in a way that Adaptation wasnt.
For those not convinced by Jim Carey's trademark clowning, as a presence he is virtually not there in Eternal Sunshine. In fact Carey communicates the choking desperation of the situtation he finds himself in really well, and is relatively subdued throughout.. The relationship with Kate Winslett also works fine, but its the dazzling visual presentation of Michel Gondry that makes the film work so well.
Often superflous, the art-pop video playing with images is convincingly used throughout, and particulalry during the closing sequence of the film as Careys memory unravels before his eyes, and is close to genius. Its stunning, and more in the way that it pushes the narrative along, than simply its art school wizardry.
The suport adds some weight too, with Kirsten Dunst and Mark Ruffalo engaging throughout. Not a film to zone out to, i found this had a sadness and tragedy that was quite moving , yet uplifting. Cant think of any better reviewed films this year.


Faking The Books
Faking The Books
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Speaking as a bit of an amateur, 3 May 2004
This review is from: Faking The Books (Audio CD)
Ah the poblem of making electronica interesting and accessible, without sounding like zero 7. I've just bought Faking the Books and Tridecoder, but it is this that stands out immediately.
Its layered with cool rhythms and sounds, and the songs have some shape and purpose. Dont have any particular favourites as yet, but there's loads i like here, and even friends passing through my flat have reacted well, which is some endorsement indeed. Its got strong tunes, is just about varied enough, and there seems enough depth for me to get quite into this...
I read somewhere that Lali Puna were on the same journey that Radiohead are, but in reverse i.e. electronica to guitars, and this seems about right actually, and should give you a fairly representative idea of what sort of music this is.
I'll leave it to you, but this is best work of this type i've heard in a few years.


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