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Heat Blast Quality Costume 3-5yrs
Heat Blast Quality Costume 3-5yrs

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too small!!!!, 28 July 2010
This is, undoubtedly, a great idea and my wee boy was massively excited at the thought of becoming heatblast. The problem is simple - my son is 3 and this costume is way too short in the arm and leg department. Even with shoes on, you could still see plenty of leg peering out of the bottom and the sleeves reached to somewhere between elbow and wrist.

So, if you have a small 3 year-old, this is probably a great idea. If, however, you have a child of average size, go for the bigger size!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Am I asking too much?, 14 April 2008
OK, let's get the major part of this review out of the way first. This is a truly wonderful game, highly addictive and great fun to play and the steering wheel idea has been realised superbly. I was initially worried that it would be a nightmare to control but it's really, really straight-forward.

However, the game teases those who loved the original SNES version by throwing up random tracks from this (and others - Gamecube, DS, N64). The tracks used from the SNES game were not wisely chosen and, the bigger question here, couldn't they just have placed all tracks from previous versions on this game for extra enjoyment? I doubt there would've been a memory issue with this.

In any case, the circuits that are there (and some of the new ones are especially good), the characters, the karts, the bikes make for a game that in one player mode will give you hundreds of hours of pleasure. In multi-player mode, the fun will be endless!

Perhaps I just wanted a wee bit too much.

An End Has a Start
An End Has a Start
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £5.97

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More of the same?, 15 Nov. 2007
This review is from: An End Has a Start (Audio CD)
I hate to go on about ends and starts but this album very definitely begins better than it finishes. There are some genuine up-tempo highlights, most notably 'Bones' and 'An End Has A Start', while the current single, 'Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors', has a bassline which leans heavily on Carter USM's 'Sheriff Fatman', so how could this be anything other than brilliant? And then there are the quiet ones - you have to watch those! There is a great difference between a slow song and a boring one and Editors prove this point here. 'The Weight of the World' is a beautiful example of the former, while 'Well Worn Hand' should certainly be filed in the latter category. Some of the tracks are hard to get at first but after a few listens some will begin to unravel, while a few will remain rather dull. Give the album a few listens before writing it off as yet another disappointing second album. Admittedly it doesn't improve on 'The Back Room' but it is a reasonable addition to Editors' catalogue.

In Rainbows
In Rainbows
Price: £7.99

12 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better, but........, 15 Nov. 2007
This review is from: In Rainbows (Audio CD)
As is now customary with Radiohead releases, the want is for their keyboards to have broken down moments before they started recording, necessitating the use of their guitars. While this isn't exactly a fully fledged rock album, there is more guitar work than on any of their last 3 studio albums - and `In Rainbows' is all the better for it. Not only that, the songs, finally, seem to have some kind of form and structure to them. `Bodysnatchers' is perhaps the best song this band has written since 1998 and it provides the listener with hope that at long last, Radiohead's sound has come home. `Nude' is an excellent example of the direction `Kid A' should've taken - quiet and atmospheric, but retaining melody and form. Sadly, however, this is not a complete return to form. The second half of the album drifts by almost unnoticed, with only `Jigsaw Falling Into Place' making a mark. Like Pink Floyd, Radiohead's `experimental' period is taking rather a long time. The difference is that the Floyd eventually found themselves and created their masterpieces, while Radiohead may well have peaked some twelve years ago. Hopefully this is the album that ends the set of records the band `needed to make' in order to find themselves, and we will be treated to something special in years to come. `In Rainbows' isn't a bad album, but the world really doesn't need another Radiohead effort of this standard. Time to up the ante or fold and leave the table.

The Queen Is Dead
The Queen Is Dead
Offered by silver-tentacle-UK
Price: £6.65

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some albums are better than others, 15 Nov. 2007
This review is from: The Queen Is Dead (Audio CD)
Magnum opus of the most influential band of the 80s or more whining from that guy with the big quiff? Anyone who thinks the latter need read no further. In fact, anyone who feels that way should probably give up completely as there is no hope for you. From the thunderous opening drumbeat and wah-wah guitar sequence of the title track to the intricate picking of closer `Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others', the listener is in the realm of true genius. The talents of Morrissey and Marr are very different. Both demonstrate genius on this record but in very distinct ways. Morrissey's lyrics are, yes, at times, downbeat but there is also wit and humour to be found here in equal measure. The title track, `Frankly Mr Shankly' and `Vicar In a Tutu' could provoke a giggle from even the most miserable human being. Complementing this is Marr's incredible guitar work. At times direct and bold, at others beautifully layered to create a stunning backdrop to Morrissey's observations. The songs take us on a journey through the vast landscape that is Morrissey's mind and, just when you think the journey can go no further, the band hits you with their knockout blow, namely `There Is A Light That Never Goes Out'. The chord sequence is perfect, the orchestration is beautiful and not overstated, the rhythm section is in the background when it needs to be, but the drums play an important part at the outset of the song, and in the build up to each majestic chorus. And, above all of this, Morrissey's greatest ever lyric tells a story of the boy who doesn't belong, the boy who is too afraid to make a move on the one person he desires to be with, and, above all, the boy who can think of nothing greater than to die by the side of the one he loves. This is an album on which everything works. There is nothing here to put the listener off the idea of going right back to the start the second the album ends. The perfect album is yet to be made, but `The Queen Is Dead' comes closer than most. The phrase `classic album' is used very lightly these days, but it is impossible to argue that this record doesn't deserve such a lofty status.

Wait For Me
Wait For Me
Price: £4.94

9 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only so much you can do with 3 chords, 20 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Wait For Me (Audio CD)
The album roars into life. "Romantic Type" is just the sort of simple, direct gem that makes you wish you hadn't bothered learning that fourth guitar chord when you were 15 and "I Found Out" is just the sort of Clashy, Punky anthem that the Libertines were producing in 2002. The problem, as discovered when punk was really at its peak, is that there is only so much you can do with fast, 3-chord songs. As a result, the whole scene died very quickly and, i'm sorry to say, this record does too. Much of it is clearly filler and this is a shame as the band has proved on a few songs that the potential is there. Through the middle and towards the end of the record it becomes rather boring and you find the tunes repeating what you have already heard. Admittedly, the title track does its level best to save the record from falling apart but, ultimately, this is an album of singles (albeit good ones) and anything else they could find lying around to fill up an album. A radical rethink may be required before a second album is attempted. 5/10

Outstanding Track: 'I Found Out'

Memory Almost Full (including Limited Edition Folded Booklet)
Memory Almost Full (including Limited Edition Folded Booklet)
Offered by Discos Totem
Price: £6.28

16 of 54 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Better than 'Off The Ground'!, 20 Jun. 2007
"The only thing you done was Yesterday, and since you've gone you're just Another Day" scowled John Lennon in 1971 - clearly referring to his old partner's most famous song and to his debut solo single.

It seems that every time a new Paul McCartney album comes along the press gets itself into something of a lather and yet, when you really think about it, what has ol' Macca actually given the world since he left the Beatles in 1970? Singing frogs, some of the worst duets in human history (hang your heads Messrs Jackson and Wonder) and a collection of songs about anything from dustbin lids to monkeys smoking cigarettes to his Nan baking fairy cakes. Come on, even his Christmas single is the one that you skip when you get out the old festive CDs.

The truth is that Britain loves Paul McCartney. Many people who grew up in the 60s still think of him as the "nice" Beatle, the one who didn't meddle with such dangerous subjects as peace, freedom and drugs, and, of course, this is the perfect time for him to release a new album, on the wave of public sympathy after his marital break-up. The nation really wants this man to continue to be successful, but let's be honest, can there really be anyone out there who would label `Pipes of Peace' a classic album? Nope? I rather thought not. It seems that the masses have taken to the man himself rather than his music.

I mean, if an alien landed on earth and asked for examples of what music people listened to on Earth would you let it hear `Mull of Kintyre'? OK, I think I have exhausted this point, much of his work has been poor, but it would be folly not to mention that in `Band on the Run' and `Live and Let Die' he did produce a fine album and one of the better Bond themes.

The current single, `Dance Tonight', is a merry little jaunt. The unexpected mandolin strum and pounding bass drum fuse together rather well to create a catchy opening to the record. I hear you ask the obligatory question - "Could this be the great solo album the world has waited nearly 40 years for"?

Well, in a word, no. You see, with every McCartney album you are guaranteed three things, it seems: 1) A handful (at the very least) of awful songs, 2) A vain, and vain attempt to be cool and "down" with the kids and 3) A few nice ideas that could have been developed into good songs, but ultimately weren't.

The first of these things comes here in the form of `Vintage Clothes' and, more notably, `Gratitude'. `See Your Sunshine' even evokes memories of Paul's cheery, cheesy and bloody awful, 70s pop hits such as `Silly Love Songs'.

The second comes in the shape of `Mister Bellamy', with a piano riff lifted from the same book as Eminem's `The Way I Am'. It still manages to sound like a McCartney effort though, perhaps an updated version of `Eleanor Rigby', and it sounds as contrived as a man walking around wearing an "I'm so cool" t-shirt telling everyone about how cool he is. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if Macca has done exactly that at some point.

The third, and most frustrating, of these things manifests itself on `You Tell Me', a potentially beautiful acoustic number which is wasted by Paul's attempt to sing falsetto, and `Ever Present Past', which sounds like it was a reasonable rock song that had the stuffing knocked out of it somewhere down the line. Shame.

What lies here that is not always guaranteed on a Macca record is a couple of excellent tunes. Go and listen to 1992's `Off The Ground' if you don't believe me. `House of Wax' is the one moment on the album where Paul really lets his right hand loose on the guitar. Contained in this track, which is the clear standout on the record, are a couple of solos that make you remember that the man does have something special in his locker.

And it doesn't stop there. `End of the End' is a song that doesn't have its beauty spoiled by the McCartney trait of using too many additives. Piano and voice, simple and wholesome. This is a lovely song in which the man states he is ready to pass on to the next world, declaring that he has had a good innings and doesn't want people to cry when he's gone. Bless!

The only spoiler to this is that it should have been the end of the album. Listeners would have remembered that the album started with a bit of cheer, had one or two good moments in the middle and ended with a thing of beauty. However, `Nod Your Head' ends the record in such a way that you simply forget about anything good that has gone before and are just thankful that this turd of a song only lasts 2 minutes.

If only he stopped gazing at all of the photos of himself which he undoubtedly keeps pinned up in said locker, and stopped worrying about what the `popular' kids thought of him. And if he just let himself loose with a guitar, bass (an instrument which he still plays like no other) and drums then his output would benefit greatly.

Then there is the old question - is it really Paul McCartney? Didn't he die in 1966? There is actually a very good argument to say that his writing ability was involved in that car crash back then.

If Macca did survive, he recorded this album when he was 64. Did we still need him? Did we still feed him? It seems that we do still need him, whether we need any more of his music is another question entirely. The cons still heavily outweigh the pros as far as this writer is concerned. 4/10

King Of Cards
King Of Cards
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £6.24

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars He's going too fast!, 18 Jun. 2007
This review is from: King Of Cards (Audio CD)
What? Tom McRae doing up-tempo pop songs? Surely not! Well, not quite, but there are two or three moments which are driven at a speed which is most unfamiliar to Mr McRae. The sort of speed that if he hit a child, they'd still survive, but only just. Normally, he is such a careful driver, too. Contained within this album there is still the old touch of beautiful tragedy to remind us of the place where Tom used to live. Paranoia, fear, isolation and the other dark subjects which Tom always seems to write about are still there. In these tracks lie the album's best moments. His garden these days isn't all rosy, but there are some flowers blooming there. Here's hoping for a long winter before his next album.

Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever
Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £5.49

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fans' Needs!, 15 Jun. 2007
It is always rather worrying when a band which embraces its shambolic side has a bit of money thrown its way. This album is somewhat more polished than previous efforts and the singer sounds, in places, as if he's been replaced by his younger and more talented brother. While both of these things can be seen as bad points, and perhaps even selling out, the answer to the big question is a definite "no". They haven't sold their collective soul to the man - the spirit of the Cribs lives on. One listen to "Our Bovine Public" tells you this much. There is a nod to the Stone Roses' "I Wanna Be Adored" in the bassline for "Women's Needs" and "Be Safe" is probably the biggest task the band has ever undertaken (at 6 minutes, it's certainly the longest song in their back catalogue) but it works magnificently. Just when you are wondering where the spoken vocal is going, in comes the anthemic chorus we have come to expect from this band. All in all, this is a triumph - at a point in their career when so many bands choose the straight and narrow, The Cribs have kept themselves off the rails and the world is a much better place for it. 8/10.

Favourite Worst Nightmare
Favourite Worst Nightmare
Offered by Hatherley's
Price: £5.94

1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the hype!, 15 Jun. 2007
Reviewing this album I feel rather like a jury member in the OJ Simpson trial - so much hype means that everyone has an opinion before they have even heard the evidence. The anticipation that preceded this release was almost akin to when the Stone Roses' "Second Coming" was finally given a release date. Almost, but not quite.

Putting all the hype to one side, the album blasts straight into action with all the force of the A-team in their prime - once BA's flight pills had worn off, of course. "Brianstorm" rips through the walls and blows the house down just like, as the band say themselves, the "unforecasted storm". It sounds like the Arctic Monkeys, but cranked up from 10 to 11. At this point you begin to actually believe that maybe, just maybe, a band could, for once, live up to the hype.

"Teddy Picker" continues the trend by giving a reminder of "Fake Tales of San Francisco" but again, cranked up a notch. The lyrics are, as is always the case with Alex Turner, interesting and open to interpretation. This song ends with the line "Who'd want to be men of the people when there's people like you?" The lyric is, in keeping with much of the rest of the album, mainly about sex. Does the reference to "Teddy" refer to underage sex? Perhaps we'll never know - and maybe it's best if we don't open that can of worms.

Thankfully, in amongst all of riffage and whirlwind drumming, there are still some moments of genuine charm, the like of which first attracted this writer to the band. "Fluorescent Adolescent" sounds like a younger brother of "Mardy Bum". The lyric is just as cheeky as the musical content of the song ("She likes a gentleman to be gentle. Was it a Mecca dabber or a betting pencil?") and it all comes together to produce the album's outstanding track.

"Only Ones Who Know" is that strangest of things - an Arctic Monkeys track without drums. It relies on ghostly guitar sounds and, in the midst of all else, doesn't really work. The song is rather like the Strokes' "Ask Me Anything", in that it sounds like it took a wrong turn and ended up in the Arctic Monkeys' catalogue by accident. This track actually marks the beginning of a low on the album from which it never really recovers.

The next track to stand out is "This House Is A Circus". The line "we're struggling with the notion that it's life, not film" could be meant to mean many different things but perhaps it best illustrates that Turner himself has been living in a bubble, created by the media. In many ways, he is living in a movie, or perhaps a movie diary, where his every move is documented and analysed. It could, therefore, be difficult for him to step out into the real world.

The album closes with a second quiet number, "505". This song is perhaps more fitting than "Only Ones Who Know" in that musically it sounds like it is signalling the end of something, perhaps the end of Turner's own movie. It is not, however, the way a truly classic album would end (listen to "I am The Resurrection" to find out how it ought to be done). It may, though, signal a change of direction for this band, perhaps they have taken things as far as they can in this genre. Will their "difficult" third album contain influence from Sinatra or the Sugababes? Time will tell.

Overall, the album has some excellent tracks but a few that fail to capture the attention of the listener. It will never be given "classic" status but is a good addition to their debut album. "Favourite Worst Nightmare" falls short of expectation and is not the album the world has been waiting for. Never believe the hype. 6/10

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