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Day & Age
Day & Age
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: £3.77

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are we Human League, or are we Duran Duran?, 30 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Day & Age (Audio CD)
Thank goodness for The Killers. In a year where the majority of established acts have opted for identikit extensions of their previous offerings, Brandon and Co have once again opted to change their tempo and produce something unique.

Whilst maybe not quite chameleonic, they can certainly morph their sound in different directions. Day & Age is their third studio album, and builds on from the success of the Springsteen inspired Sam's Town. Given the acclaim they received from the aforementioned album; and the subsequent tour and Glastonbury appearance, it would have been understandable if they had produced an album in a similar vein.

However, The Killers have opted for a more melodic, pop friendly sound this time around. Very 80's in part, due to heavy use of synth and base, it strikes me as being sometimes very Duran Duran'ish in places. Brandon's vocals are once again strong and confident, swooping up and down in wonderful harmony with the rest of the band (Dave Keuning, Mark Stoermer, and Ronnie Vannucci). Horn sections and sax add depth to the sound on some songs. But it is they melding of guitar, synthersiser/keyboards, and drums that is the true wonder of Day & Age.

Lyrically, they go from strength to strength (particular highlight for me is Dustland Fairytale "some kinda slick, chrome American Prince" and "Cinderella in a party dress, when she was looking for a nightgown"). Once again they also show they are masters of building a song up, adding instruments and tempo from verse to verse: Brandon's voice ramping up in strength, virtually challenging the rest to keep up. Building to that final crescendo, from where they can drop back to where they started. Wonderful! One can only imagine how Brandon 'The Showman' will translate this new material when on stage.

Day & Age once again firmly establishes The Killers as being one of the top creative bands of the moment. This album is a must for fans, and a worthwhile listen for anyone who wishes to instill a little joy into their lives.

Best for listening to: whilst getting ready for a Saturday night on the town.

Microsoft Habu Laser Gaming Mouse
Microsoft Habu Laser Gaming Mouse

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great mouse, terrible software, 26 April 2007
I'm glad to see that the previous reviewer has had nothing but positive experiences with the Microsoft Habu. However, many (including myself) have different stories to tell.

Firstly, I have to say that the feel, design, and performance of the mouse (when it works as it is supposed to) is fantastic. I would not hesitate to give 5 stars on the basis of the good times.

However, I and many others have suffered from problems with the software. Yes, the initial setup can be a pain, but there are plenty of good guides on the internet to advise you on how to set this mouse up from scratch. To me, this is not the issue. The issue is that once set up, this mouse can be very temperamental about working correctly from cold boot. From profiles not loading, to buttons being inoperable, to the O/S - personally, I have tried it on 3 different PC's, using XP Pro and Vista Home Premium, and had problems on each platform.

And therein lies another problem - the hardware is made by Microsoft, the internal lazer and software by Razer. Yet if you go to Razer's support pages, you are told that you need to go to Microsoft for support; yet Microsoft's Product Center does not list it as a supported item. Who supports this product? Who knows!

I cannot recommend this mouse. You may be lucky and get it to work fine, in which case you will have an excellent product. Or you may be unlucky, and join the rest of us with software problems and little to no support. Because ideally the Microsoft Habu is a really good mouse, I have given this 3 stars - it is only the poor software and support which prevents it getting 5.

Sled Storm
Sled Storm
Offered by marxwax
Price: £7.96

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Stick with SSX Tricky, 6 May 2002
This review is from: Sled Storm (Video Game)
Oh dear - tries so hard to be like SSX, but fails. Where as in SSX you were always in control of your character (even when he landed on his head!), in Sled Storm you just bounce around the tracks with little actual control over where your sled is going, or what it is doing. The tricks are fairly mundane, and are pulled off from the obligatory three or four jumps placed on the track for that purpose. This makes it too predictable, and lacking in the spontaneity of SSX. The tracks themselves, whilst visually good, are not too exciting either - in fact I yawned all the way through the first two! Whilst it is a challenge to finish first and score enough trick points to unlock other characters, I'm afraid it is lacking in the interest and engagement to back this up.
One of the good ideas in this game is that once you have finished the championship mode, you can then race head to head with the other characters with the winner keeping the losers sled, and is worth an extra star for that alone. This adds a certain longevity to the game, but if you are like me you would have given up on this game long before you get to that point!
Add to this game a very poor multi-player (something that you would have thought a game like this would excel in), and you are left with a game that doesn't really cut it - maybe pick it up if you see it in the bargain bin in a few months time.

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