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Like Clockwork
Like Clockwork
Price: £5.99

25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, 11 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Like Clockwork (Audio CD)
I fear to make such a bold statement, but I believe ...Like Clockwork reaches and indeed surpasses the lofty heights of Songs For The Deaf. The two albums seem fairly incomparable but I'm making the comparison anyway because ...Like Clockwork deserves the same kind of extravagant praise.

This is Queens as a fresh, matured and reflective outfit. Homme calls on some past musicians for aid (Grohl, Nick) and some new musicians for interesting collaborations (Elton John, Trent Reznor, Alex Turner) to hone this cohesive mix of grooves and lamentations.

Those looking for stomping riffs ripping through the album may not be wholly satisfied for ...Like Clockwork is an album not of subtleties, but certainly more intricately arranged and designed than say, some of the frantic jams on SFTD or Rated R. However, those people can be compensated by the heaviness (in mood as well as tone) of 'I Appear Missing' which is possibly the most emotive and breath-taking track here. 'My God Is The Sun' offers that immediate rocker need for solid riffs whilst 'Smooth Sailing' and 'If I Had A Tail' offer a groovier, funkier twist akin to the grooves on Era Vulgaris. There's plenty for everyone, and the key to a successful album is a coherent yet eclectic mix of songs and ...Like Clockwork is exactly that.

...Like Clockwork has a better fluidity to it than Lullabies To Paralyze or Era Vulgaris. It can almost be viewed as a concept album for its lyrical content alone, but the excellent final mix of the album flows so incredibly well that it feels blasphemous to dip in and out of the album (just as well I'm buying the vinyl).

Newcomers, veterans, and general music lovers, do yourself a favour and pick up this extraordinary album. Queens always manage to keep it interesting, and this time they've toned down the experimentation from EV, opened up a little more from the claustrophobic LTP and created a work of art which has made me respect Josh Homme and co more than ever before. Introspective, deep, melancholy, and a wonderful record for the summer, ...Like Clockwork will surely be my Album Of The Year and for many after that.

A Song of Ice and Fire (1) - A Game of Thrones
A Song of Ice and Fire (1) - A Game of Thrones
by George R. R. Martin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.83

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this book., 6 May 2012
It seems almost redundant to add another review to the already staggering amount of glowing reviews that this book has received on this site. However, my will to press on and review it despite these numbers may be a testament to how great the book is.

As far as fantasy novels go, this was a first for me. But it seems unfair to categorise this novel as a mere 'fantasy'. Yes, it contains all the elements needed to constitute a fantasy novel, yet the book is just too rich and as a consequence I think it surpasses the simple pigeon-hole. The reason I mention this is for the readers out there who are not traditionally fantasy readers and who may be put off by the obvious fantasy setting. Any type of reader can enjoy this tome. It is highly accessible (the seemingly infinite names may be daunting at first), and contains almost every key aspect that a good read requires.

I won't dip into the story as I wouldn't like any prospective reader to feel that their experience isn't fresh. However, I will mention some parts I enjoyed the most. The underdogs defending the Wall piqued a lot of interest in me. I am excited to explore the lands above the Wall and the growing psychology of Snow since he has a difficult inner conflict with himself. The mighty battles themselves were expertly written and highly enjoyable. The core of George's success in this novel is his ability to make the reader truly empathise with his characters. They will evoke emotions from various areas of the spectrum. You will be seeking revenge, and more importantly, more of the world, by the end of this book.

So the Game of Thrones is an excellent beginning to the world of fantasy, but more so an excellent novel to read and think about, reflecting on social and moral issues and being sucked into the luscious prose. Whether you're a fantasy veteran, or a reader interested in a compelling read, pick this up and relish its every page.

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