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Besterberg: The Best Of Paul Westerberg
Besterberg: The Best Of Paul Westerberg
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better Late Than Never...., 12 April 2015
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I've spent a large part of my adult life in awe of the songwriting ability of Ryan Adams, who it turns out, on evidence of this album, has spent most of his life wanting to be Paul Westerberg. Better late than never then, for me to stumble across the genius of Paul Westerberg. At the same time i've been turned on to his old band The Replacements, and the genius comment can be applied to them also. As a best of, it does a grand job of introducing just what he is capable of, which seems to be a continuation of Springsteen and the like, with a very distinctive American rock, which in the mid 90's surprisingly failed to set the commercial world alight, only to see the likes of Ryan Adams and Jesse Malin etc, pick up the torch and achieve a far greater level of success. It's the quality of songs and high standard of songwriting that makes this an essential compilation, and i guess if you need somewhere to start, like i did, then this is it.


I Love You, Honeybear
I Love You, Honeybear
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Let Down...., 30 Mar. 2015
This review is from: I Love You, Honeybear (Audio CD)
Father John Misty's 'Fear Fun' is a classic. J Tillman's second album under the alias is a massive let down, much in the same way that Jonathan Wilson's 'Fanfare' was, and maybe it's no coincidence that Mr.Wilson is again in the producers chair for 'I Love You, Honeybear'. Whatever it was in the the L.A water that saw the spirit of 60/70's and the legend of the canyon reborn, certainly over the last ten years, it's clear that the well is running dry. I have given this album repeat listenings, in the hope that it might start to grow on me, but i'm finding it incredibly boring. The only song to get my pulse quickening is 'The Ideal Husband'. I could lie and tell you how i love it, or just not post a review, and truth be told it really saddens to me have to say it, but i would avoid this album.


Hot Smoke & Sassafras
Hot Smoke & Sassafras
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's Over (Before You Know It)...., 17 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: Hot Smoke & Sassafras (Audio CD)
Okay, so this isn't much of a review, but it is necessary to clear up some confusion. Firstly, Will Oldham isn't anywhere in sight. Somehow Amazon have got their wires crossed and credited 'Hot Smoke & Sassafras' to Will Oldham and Smudge, which is a bizarre concept! This is a Smudge E.P released sometime around 1994. Smudge being an Australian band fronted by Tom Morgan, who in the early 90's was the songwriting partner of Evan Dando. Which pretty much sums up the sound of it, a kind of slacker lo-fi Lemonheads. There are a few decent tunes, one of which, 'Tenderfoot', showed up on The Lemonheads album 'Car Button Cloth'.


Whatever, My Love
Whatever, My Love
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard To Resist...., 16 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: Whatever, My Love (Audio CD)
So firstly an observation/confession. It seems that much is being made of 'Whatever, My Love' being a Juliana Hatfield Three reunion album, but i never really knew that they were a proper band anyway? As far as my feelings towards the first JH3 album, 'Become What You Are', which i have been listening to recently, is that it's a great record and possibly Juliana's strongest set of songs, but my favourite album would still be 'Made In China'. Secondly, a criticism. When you go through the tracklisting, any Juliana fan will realise that a third of the album is made up of songs from previous albums. One from the excellent Minor Alps project and three from the largely acoustic 'Wild Animals', which isn't one of my favourites. And now for the upside! It does somehow, after 20 odd years, sound like a continuation of 'BWYA'. A spiky sort of guitar-pop, which is kind of hard to resist, and despite the use of some older songs, still a cohesive album. There is very little in the career of Juliana Hatfield that i haven't liked, and she has somehow achieved a consistancy that has eluded many of her contemporaries. So while 'Whatever, My Love' may not be her finest, there is still much about it to enjoy.


All Ages (Yer; l; Fs)
All Ages (Yer; l; Fs)

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect...., 18 Jan. 2015
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I bought this t-shirt as a gift on the basis that it was unusual design, but which still incorporated the smiley face logo that is associated with Nirvana. It's perfect in fit, colour and style. Great stuff.


Wreck Your Life
Wreck Your Life
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Learning Curve...., 18 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Wreck Your Life (Audio CD)
All the parts that would come to make Old 97's 'Too Far To Care'(1997) their classic album are not quite all in place on this, their second album, released in 1995. They still come across as confident, cocky and accomplished even in their formative years, and about all that's missing is the killer set of tunes, that would come two years later, but the potential is obvious. Album opener, the excellent 'Victoria' being a case in point, and very much an early indicator of the trademark Old 97's sound. Overall it's good fun and an important part of the learning curve for the Old 97's, if a bit lightweight.


Made In China
Made In China

5.0 out of 5 stars 'Give It Back To The Poseurs Who Fake It....', 1 Nov. 2014
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The old saying about an animal being at its most dangerous when wounded can probably be applied to Juliana Hatfield here. That said, the very same reasons that make 'Made In China' so desperate and angry could also be viewed in a positive light too. Dwindling sales, without a record deal, so Juliana starts up her own label, and now her destiny is well and truly in her own hands, and more power to her. It's probably my favourite Juliana album. Dirty, loud, raw, and brutally honest yet with a sense of humour. Lines such as "give it back to the poseurs who fake it..." from 'What Do I Care' give you an idea of her line of attack. In the minute and a half of 'Going Blonde' Juliana lays waste to the two-bit pop stars who fill the charts these days, and at times it's just brutal. Listening to 'Made In China' is to hear an artist with nothing left to lose fighting back against an industry that will chew you up and spit you out. Thankfully, Juliana Hatfield is made of stronger stuff.


HOLY GHOST
HOLY GHOST
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure....., 13 Oct. 2014
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The last Marc Ford album i bought was 2007's 'Weary & Wired', which i thought had some good songs on, but ultimately that the weakest element was his vocals. By moving away from the blues-rock of that album and taking his foot off the gas somewhat, the Americana sound of 'Holy Ghost' is much more suited to his weathered voice. The homespun nature of this album reminds me of the work of Mark Olson(The Jayhawks), which isn't really that much of a surprise as back in the 90's Marc Ford played a big part on The Creekdippers 'Pacific Coast Rambler'. So maybe they are kindred spirits of a kind. It's no understatement to say that 'Holy Ghost' might well be Marc Ford's finest album so far.


Somewhere Under Wonderland
Somewhere Under Wonderland
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wake Up The Congregation...., 16 Sept. 2014
As much as I thought there were some good things about 'Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings', my overall impression of it was of a band just trying too hard to give the impression of making something different, and of trying to convince themselves of their relevance. There are no such worries this time around, and what is pleasingly apparent right from the word go about Counting Crows 'Somewhere Under Wonderland' is the freedom they are playing with. I would compare it to 'This Desert Life' as it shares a similar playful mood and sense of adventure, in what is the Crows strongest album for some time. It's noticeable the absence of any songwriting credits, musically, for Charles Gillingham & David Bryson, and it suggests that there has been some kind of shift in band dynamics. Whatever the reason, all that matters is that Counting Crows are back and on form.


Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Guilty Pleasure...., 13 Sept. 2014
This review is from: Ryan Adams (Audio CD)
It's hard to read a Ryan Adams interview without being struck by his enormous sense of self-importance, and as much as he annoys me, i still find myself at the front of the queue, new album in hand. What's immediately apparent about 'Ryan Adams' is that the songs just aren't as good as those on 'Ashes & Fire', and if the strength of his last album lay in the stripped down production, then the full-on 1980's sound here just doesn't sit right with me. I've tried to give it as much of a chance as possible before making up my mind, and whilst there are some good moments, 'Gimme Something Good' being one of them, there are far too many soft-rock power ballads, the kind of which fill up those 'American Anthems' compilations. All in all, i think it's going to be a guilty pleasure of an album rather than one of substance.


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