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G. L. Williams "simplygregguk" (South West England)

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Man Alive
Man Alive
Price: £4.87

4.0 out of 5 stars Genuine Indie Pop, 4 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Man Alive (Audio CD)
After hearing MY KZ, UR BF when it was included on the BBC sounds of 2010 i was blown away by the sound of the band and instantly memorable chorus. I have been eagerly awating the release of this album and have amassed the singles Schoolin and Suffragette Suffragette, both of which are equally as good as the aforementioned single.

I was worried that, as is so often the case, the singles were the only good songs on the album.... luckily i was proved wrong. This is one of the best albums of this year. No question. 'Qwerty Finger' is, for me, the standout song on the album and is closely followed by the brilliant songs 'Leave the engine room' and 'Final Form.'

The rest of the album keeps up this innovative and original form and allows the album to to become one of the best sounding of the year and i am incredibly excited to see them live and hear future releases.

Buy this album and enjoy the sound of something different.

Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £3.96

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vegas charm shines through...., 8 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Flamingo (Audio CD)
I am always weary of singers going solo because i fear they will just not be that good on their own. Lucky for me, Flamingo is a good album with some truly brilliant songs that the rest of the Killers must be cursing were not kept for the next album.

Songs such as 'Only the young, crossfire, jilted lovers and magdalena' offer some cracking moments on a very good debut album. Although similar in sound with Sams Town and Day and Age you forgive him.

Buy it and decide. If you dont like it, whack on a killers LP!

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Price: £3.98

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars They could have done so much more, 8 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Happiness (Audio CD)
I will admit it. I was very excited about this release having heard the fantastic single 'Wonderful Life' a while back. After a few repeat listens to the album i found myself feeling dissapointed at the overall quality. This album seems to have missed a trick, somehow becoming background music instead of an album to grab your attention in the way that 'Wonderful Life' did.

Don't get me wrong, there are some good tracks to be found. Songs like 'Illuminated', 'Better Than Love' and 'Evelyn' will make you come back for more. Sadly it just was not an album that i thought it would be.

Worth a purchase, even if you will later sell it!

Phrazes for the Young
Phrazes for the Young
Price: £12.76

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, 12 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Phrazes for the Young (Audio CD)
A brilliant debut solo album from the strokes frontman. Having been quiet since the fantastic 'First Impressions Of Earth' he has come back with a perfect album for any guitar fan, and not just of the strokes.

Having been sceptical of the idea of a solo album, following the mixed results Albert Hammond Junior achieved with his two albums (1st being brilliant, 2nd not so good) i am pleased i bought this album.

It has a mix of guitars and synths and his vocals seem to fit in these songs even more than those of the strokes!

A real gem of an album which deserves at least a cult following. If this is an indication of the next strokes album we are in for a treat.

In This Light and on This Evening
In This Light and on This Evening

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good new direction...., 15 Oct. 2009
After releasing two commercially succesful albums amid some positive press it is not surprise that Editors decided to have a change of direction as this seems the norm with current English Indie/Rock bands. Unfortunatley most bands fail at this crossover but luckily Editors have found a sound that they belong with.

Out go the epic swirling guitars that filled 'The Back Room' and 'An End Has Start' and in come haunting synths that compliment the lead singers voice to a degree i thought was not possible.

They have obviously continued the gloomy theme of the previous album and have hit the anthemic button in an attempt to create a whole new sound.

Stand out tracks for me are 'Papillion, In the light and on this evening, bricks and mortar and the big exit.' There is not really a filler track on the album, it is clear that the band have developed musically, although this has created an album where there are no real options for future singles.

Highly recommended for Editors fans but not people new to their sound. Start from the back room and make your way to this little gem of an album.

Buy it now!

Wall of Arms
Wall of Arms
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £4.22

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome return, 4 May 2009
This review is from: Wall of Arms (Audio CD)
The second album for a band with a lot of ideas. At first listen you'd be forgiven for thinking they had lost their touch with a catchy song. However, this album gives a lot more than the debut album did. It offers the listener a chance to delve into the mind of the band and they have created an album that verges of greatness in parts.

Songs such as ;No Kind Words, Lover You Better, Bag of Bones, One Hand Holding and Young Lions are terriffic and are worthy of a download alone.

Get this album!

See The Light
See The Light
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Price: £4.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Return, 21 April 2009
This review is from: See The Light (Audio CD)
Given the commercial failure that was the magnificent 'Narcissus Road' you would have forgiven the Hours to just stop. Thankfully they have not and have returned with another euphoric album that will grab you and not let go. With similar boring guitar music clogging up the radio these days it is a breath of fresh air.

See The Light and Whole World At Her Feet are stand out tracks.
A must buy!

Price: £12.36

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Return, 26 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Klang (Audio CD)
It has been a couple of years since the fantastic 'Ten New Messages' and the Rakes have returned with a third album of spiky punky songs. Clocking in at under 30 minutes it makes for exhilarating listening and the album starts off at a fantastic speed with the brilliant 'You're In It' and 'That's The Reason' with the latter being the best song on the album.

The pace continues with 'Smoker' which gives us a good insight into modern Britain. The album dips in form with 'Bitchin' In The Kithen' but luckily picks up again with the sing-along classic '1989'. 'Shakelton' allows the album to carry on in a good form with a raw guitar verse and chorus. A driving bass line carries the next song and the final two songs see the album off in fine style with the piano driven 'Mullers Racket' and the superb 'The Final Hill.'

A good album from The Rakes but one that will no doubt be overlooked by the majority of the record buying public. For those of us who have got this album, let us cherish another fun loving album!

To Lose My Life ...
To Lose My Life ...
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Price: £5.85

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doom to lift the gloom, 25 Jan. 2009
This review is from: To Lose My Life ... (Audio CD)
With uncertain times in the United Kingdom you'd be forgiven for wanting a cheerier type of music, but White Lies have created one of the finest albums of the noughties and it makes for epic listening. The opening two songs 'Death and To Lose My Life' allow the album to open in an emphatic fashion. Other standouts include 'From the Stars, E.S.T, Unfinished Business and A Place To Hide.'

This album should be purchased by any Interpol, they have created a great sound that intertwines all three of Interpol's albums.

A must buy for anyone who enjoys epic choruses!

Great stuff.

Offered by Assai-uk
Price: £7.50

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sound, 6 Jan. 2009
This review is from: MIDNIGHT ORGAN FIGHT (Audio CD)
I got into this band recently and haven't been this blown away by music for ages. It is quite simply epic. Buy it now!

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