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Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour: Volume 6 (Scott Pilgrim)
Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour: Volume 6 (Scott Pilgrim)
by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic ending to a fantastic series!, 24 Feb. 2011
However much I loved the film, with this final chapter the books triumph. While the film ending felt slightly flawed and well - it wasn't that funny (shame given how awesome Jason Schwartzman is).
Either way, the ending is handled in a hilarious, logical yet unpredictable, emotionally gratifying way.
It provides closure on many relationships, and it brings to light some interesting stuff in Scott's psych - and it does all this without being too long nor rushing these themes through.

This Is Happening [Digipak]
This Is Happening [Digipak]
Offered by 5-star-media
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars completing a trilogy, 24 Feb. 2011
It is debatable whether the third album from the musical genius that is James Murphy is an improvement on the other two, but it is new and it is the same LCD Soundsystem that you (should) know and love. A trademark of this band is the repetition, they hammer these beats and synths into your brain and they reward you with the climax that these songs deserve.
This album has an extreme sense of completeness, the first track (Dance Yrself Clean) is one of the best introductory songs I have heard on an album. It meanders for a few minutes, captivating in it's repetition before the drop at which point it's pent up energy is let loose on the listener and the album flows seamlessly from this point. The album finishes with the track Home, which is the highlight of the record, Murphy weaves a multitude of instruments that blend and fragment perfectly, and his voice bursts forth in the peak of the album before he sighs 'So Goodnight' - which in retrospect since Murphy has said he is going to stop making music and concentrate on producing with his label DFA, is a farewell to the listeners, and a beautiful one at that. I saw LCD in Cardiff in November, in what I suppose is their last tour, and they ended with this song. Immediately after he wished the crowd goodnight and thanked us all before leaving. It was magnificent.

Have One On Me
Have One On Me
Price: £16.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a modern classic, 24 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Have One On Me (Audio CD)
Joanna Newsom's first album The Milk-Eyed Mender was a pretty, and often raw album that was a gorgeous listen. But with her third album, she has matured significantly. Of all the albums released in the last few years, this album was the one I can confidently call a 'classic'. It is simply astounding, and well worth the repeated listens that some tracks require for their quality to become apparent.
But even the tracks that are initially brilliant, there are layers of meaning and beauty to be found with repeated listens - Soft as Chalk, Jackrabbits and Baby Birch are the best songs I have heard in a very long time. If you've listened and haven't gotten into it yet, persist and you will be rewarded. And I challenge anyone to listen to the first line of Jackrabbits without feeling an emotional connection of some kind.

The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground
Price: £9.98

5.0 out of 5 stars chill, 24 Feb. 2011
This review is from: The Velvet Underground (Audio CD)
This a mellow album, it is melodies and sentiment and late-night driving. Lou Reed's voice feels more comfortable here, in his element much more than in his solo work. There are tracks that push the pace, slowly building with intensity in I'm Set Free before falling into the glorious guitar riffs; and there are the more calmly constructed upbeat tracks such as Beginning To See The Light and What Goes On. There is very little to say about it surprisingly, because there are very few flaws in it's construction. It may not have the most memorable songs or experimentation that Velvet Underground's other albums boasted, but it is their most confident and effective work.

Telephone & Soft Effects
Telephone & Soft Effects
Price: £21.15

4.0 out of 5 stars a great debut, 24 Feb. 2011
Telephono is self-confessed by Britt Daniel as a means of getting gigs by making some fast-paced songs. And there is a definite rawness and intensity to the songs that isn't found on later Spoon CDs.
Soft Effects is only five tracks long, but it is just as long as it needs to be. As is Spoon's way, they are not a band of excess. It is pure Spoon here, with the rawness of Telephono bleeding into its more uniform structure, it is truly a brilliant combination. It is worth a buy just for the stellar tracks Waiting for the Kid to Come Out and Loss Leaders. If listened to after Telephono (which is its predecessor and a pretty good indie rock album in itself) it is easy to see their progress, and I'm sure at the time of release it was a reassuring message to their fans 'Don't worry guys, we've got plenty more to give'.

Pink Moon
Pink Moon
Offered by Side Two
Price: £8.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great, 24 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Pink Moon (Audio CD)
Nick Drake's posthumous success is easy to understand. It adds a lot of meaning to his work in the context of his depression and ultimately suicide. This album shows this side of him brilliantly, the melancholy is something difficult to put into words and is something to be experienced. But the depressing state of the content is never too much, it never brings down the record, his music always holds a glimmer of optimism that is never supressed, and guides you past woeful lyrics such as
And I was strong, strong in the sun; I thought I'd see when day is done; Now I'm weaker than the palest blue; Oh so weak in this need for you

Scott Pilgrim Vs The World - Original Soundtrack
Scott Pilgrim Vs The World - Original Soundtrack
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £7.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Ace, 12 Oct. 2010
The one thing that was perfect, both as simple entertainment and as its relevance to the source, with Scott Pilgrim was its music. Theres some really good songs here, and if I'm not mistaken I believe theyre all Canadian, which again adds to the relevance to the setting of the story.

Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One (Bonus Track Edition)
Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One (Bonus Track Edition)
Price: £9.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice one, 12 Oct. 2010
There's a few filler tracks, but once skipped theres simple pleasure in tracks like 'strangers', 'the contenders', 'top of the pops' and 'rats'.
'Lola' is brilliant as many know, 'Apeman' too, and there is an overwhelming sense of dignity to the soaring 'this time tomorrow and the pacey 'powerman'. It should also be said that 'A long way from home' is nice, with typical real-life-encounters-inspired lyrics of the kinks.
Its a real shame because this would be a favourite album of mine if some of the forgettable tracks were left out or replaced.

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