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Carnavas [Int'L Only Release]
Carnavas [Int'L Only Release]

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Melodic Grunge Revivalists, 25 Jan. 2008
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Ah yes, this is my `alternative' American indie rock album of the 2007. Silversun Pickups come from Los Angeles and have delivered the best guitar noise album of the year by miles. Like a more melodic and less annoying `Smashing Pumpkins', Carnavas is a great record. It's very powerful, kicks some dust and actually has something to say.


Bombshell
Bombshell

5.0 out of 5 stars Dares to be Different, 25 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Bombshell (Audio CD)
King Creosote is the name used by Scot, Kenny Anderson. According to his MySpace site he seems to have released up to 24 albums worth of material. Anyway, this was a huge slow grower of a record for me. The songs are focused around the accordion and guitar and get right under your skin with their beautiful melodies and understated lyrics and hooks.

It's hard to classify really. Is it folk? Not really? Rock? Nope. Just good song writing that dares to be different and that is always a welcome thing in my book.


Oblivion With Bells
Oblivion With Bells
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Price: £6.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Another Intelligent Epic Work, 25 Jan. 2008
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This review is from: Oblivion With Bells (Audio CD)
One of the most consistently interesting of all the 1990's dance acts to have endured this long. They have steadily moved on to become genre defying with their, internet only, river-run project a couple of years back and the beautiful soundtrack to `Breaking and Entering' last year.

The new album is a return to what they do best, a flow of consciousness musical barrage filled with snap shot pictures of the UK and the huge landscapes or modern urban scenes and the people who live in them. Listen to the `blue collar' rap of `Ring Road' or the lush landscape of `Best Mamgu Ever' and you'll hear Underworld doing what they do best....plugging into everyone's subconscious hopes and fears and putting them into music.


Oblivion With Bells (Ltd)
Oblivion With Bells (Ltd)
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Price: £14.32

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Underworlds Finest, 16 Oct. 2007
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Underworld have proved to be one of the most enduring and interesting electro-orientated outfits over the last 20 years or so. The soundtrack to 'Breaking and Entering' released earlier this year stands out as one of the most hypnotically beautiful soundtracks ever released, alongside the intriguing and embracing download releases from their own website.

Oblivion with Bells is a return to a more febrile musical state with a mix of upbeat danceable tracks, subliminal hypnotic grooves (but don't be fooled, the lyrics may be oblique but they hit the targets intended!) and straight forward ambient pieces of music which are fantastic.

I can't really add much more to the detailed track description given on the earlier review posted on this site but would like to reiterate that this is one of the best releases across any musical genre this year. Underworld are very intelligent, thought inducing, subtle and highly commercial. A truly rare mix.


Overpowered
Overpowered
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Price: £5.01

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Goldfrappian style Electro Pop, 16 Oct. 2007
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This review is from: Overpowered (Audio CD)
This is just a fantastic piece of soulful pop and electro disco. The one thing 2007 has really missed is an album of classic pop. Well it has arrived in style and if you like Goldfrapp, Kylie and the retro-electro disco pop of the likes of Cerrone from the 70's, then you will love this record.

Roisin Murphy is a true eccentric with some..er...interesting clothing tastes (she looks like one of 'Zig and Zag' on the album cover) but she is also extremely talented and has produced a piece of magic here. Classic stuff.


Definitive America (Int'l Version)
Definitive America (Int'l Version)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Compilation of Work, 14 Sept. 2007
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Very good compilation of work by a somewhat enigmatic band. There are touches of greatness on here such as 'A Horse With No Name', 'Ventura Highway', 'Tin Man', 'Daisy Jane' and 'Sister Golden Hair' interspersed with some reasonably insipid material that occasionally borders on the appallingly sickly (Muskrat Love) though not all of the bad material was written by 'America' admittedly. The good stuff makes up for some of the hippie-dippie material and it's worth picking up for the wonderful harmonies alone...


Encore (Live)
Encore (Live)
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best TD Live Outings, 14 Sept. 2007
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This review is from: Encore (Live) (Audio CD)
I love this album mainly for 'Cherokee Lane'. The first sequencer line in at 3.5 mins is pretty awesome (you can hear a comment from a member of either crew or audience at this point about the incredible sound level!) but is completely blown away by the sequencer line that breaks out just after the six minute mark. It'e enough the make your fillings fall out via the bass sound. There follows a fantastic sequencer v mellotron duel which stands up with 'Ricochet' as a classic TD set.

Monolight starts slowly and then references material that appears on Stratosfear studio album and I believe Sorceror. In typical TD fashion the melodic lines appear out of an initial atmospheric opening few minutes. Coldwater Canyon is an oddity. It bubbles along nicely enough with a guitar solo bouncing around on top of the syths. It wasn't unusual for TD to do this live but I've never been convionced it's as effective as their full on synth pieces. It was probably effective live and loud! Desert Dream is an atmospheric final piece. Again it hints at material that you can hear on Stratosfear and Cyclone but also references earlier soundtracks and left over material from other records. It's a great record and the first 16 minute track by itself warrants the purchase of this record.

Also check out 'Pergamon'. That's a real live hidden gem.


The Western Lands
The Western Lands
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Price: £14.73

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pychosis come gently, 14 Sept. 2007
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This review is from: The Western Lands (Audio CD)
Throw in bits of 'My Bloody Valentine', 'Durutti Column', 'Mary Chain', 'Red House Painters', 'Fairport Convention' and 'Idlewild' and you get somewhere near the fantastic music Gravenhurst produce. Beautifully laid back but never dull, melodic but never safe, this is an excellent record. One of the top 10 releases from the Indie side of the tracks, so far this year.


The Search
The Search

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Releases of 2007, 12 July 2007
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Son Volt have released a pretty reliable run of albums over the last few years. This is one of their best and has a much 'wider' sound than their last release 'Okemah & The Melody of Riot' by incorporating horns and a string section on several tracks. The opening deliberate dirge of a track 'Slow Hearse', is contrasted by the following songs which throw the full band into play.

Stand out tracks such as 'Underground Dream', 'Circadian Rhythm' and 'Adrenaline and Heresy' also plug into a mildly Psychedelic/Paisley Underground influence with some glorious jangly and phased guitar shining through. As ever the lyrical content is fairly emotional but also deals with wider subjects, such as climate change (The Picture).

I've played this record a lot since I bought it and recommend it to others who want some high quality Americana in 2007.


Attack Decay Sustain Release
Attack Decay Sustain Release
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Price: £4.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad At Alll, 12 July 2007
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I have been looking forward to this record and overall it's pretty good. Some great burbling sequencer lines, decent melodies and highly danceable rhythmns. A couple of things that could have been improved are the sequence of tracks and a re-recording of a few of the stand out tracks, such as 'Sleep Deprivation', 'It's the Beat' and 'I Believe' to reflect the superior power of the 12" mixes.

This is still a rarity of a decent record in the world of dance at the moment.


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