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Permission To Land
Permission To Land
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Price: £2.65

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - rock opera returns...!, 13 July 2003
This review is from: Permission To Land (Audio CD)
Much of what has been written about The Darkness is concerned with whether or not they are serious or just a popcorn band milking old-school heavy metal.
I, on the other hand, am only concerned with the sound of the album and in that respect I can honestly say it is absolutely fantastic and well worth a listen. Essentially, The Darkness blend the best parts of many listenable bands together:
1. Lead Singer's vocals occasionally drop into a kind of Muse-like falsetto!
2. Guitar's borrowed from every 70's/80's heavy metal band ever...
3. Song titles courstesy of the AC/DC school of song titles - "Love on the Rocks with No Ice"
In other words - this band is certainly not original in many ways. BUT - the sheer power and energy on this record is fantastic and enough to make anybody sit up and take notice. Just becuase they sound like a lot of other bands - doesn't mean that those bands sounded bad in the first place!
The songs are of high quality - my favourite being "Friday Night" and the production robust.
To top it all off - their live act is the most spectacular on the current circuit - who else would play a bravado guitar solo while standing on top of a piano on Later With Jools Holland???!!!

Bring It On
Bring It On
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bluesy and Fantastic, 2 Mar. 2003
This review is from: Bring It On (Audio CD)
After listening to Gomez's recent albums that I felt were a bit lacklustre, I decided to return to the original and it made me rememeber what a fantastic album it really is.
The finest thing about this album is the fact that every style of music is represented here. Tijiana Lady is a wonderful acoustic track but the sheer blues power of Rie's Wagon is enough for anyone who enjoys a louder, more potent sound.
In short, this is an album of an era, and while Gomez have not performed so well since this album was released, this labum should be bought just for the sheer quality of what's on offer.

The Italian Job (PC)
The Italian Job (PC)
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Price: £8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not that good, 28 Feb. 2003
This review is from: The Italian Job (PC) (Video Game)
There is no doubt that this is a clever concept for a game and it is genuinely fun to play, if a bit repetative at times. The missions are fun and reasonably well done as a whole but unfortunately a couple of good missions and a load of impressions do not make a good game.
The game suffers from a number of flaws that become more apparent as you play it. For example the not existant physics model and the fact that your car never appears to recieve any damage no matter what you do to it takes down some of the realistic aspects of the game.
The graphics are resonably good but I would suggest a reasonably good graphics card to make the most of the textures in the game.
Having said all that, it is entertaining overall and happily whiles away the hours, but it does have a very difficult learning curve and the 60s tweeness can become a bit annoying after a while.
The bottom line - good game, shame about the execution.

Almost Famous [DVD] [2001]
Almost Famous [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Billy Crudup
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Price: £1.33

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing film!, 28 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Almost Famous [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
Absolutely my favourite film of the past five years and that includes Lord of the Rings!
It truly is an absolute masterpiece and deserves to be in everybody's DVD collection.
Essentially it is an old fashioned coming of age tale but set against the irresistably cool background of 1973, it is taken to a far higher level.
Perhaps the best and most surprising aspect of this film is the quality of the acting involved. Billy Crudup is absolutely pitch perfect in the "guitarist with mystique" role and plays his part so well and with such conviction, that it is hard to believe that he himself was not truly a part of the 70's. Much has been made of Kate Hudson in this film - but it is true - she truly is fantastic in a demanding part calling for equal parts illuminating and tragic.
But it is the soundtrack that makes this a truly fantastic film. Songs such as "Feel Flows" by the Beach Boys perfectly portray the message that the film has.
I would recommend the extended cut DVD for more extras - but the version on sale here is more than you need to experience the first truly great film of the new century!

The Beacon Street Collection
The Beacon Street Collection
Price: £8.23

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - get this one first, 5 Feb. 2002
I've got all of the No Dubt albums (sad isn't it ;)) but this has always been my favourite. Some people would say that it all sounds the same but it is much better than they're other albums. No Doubt was them finding they're feet, Tragic Kingdom was good but not as consistant as this, Return of Saturn has a few good tracks but no5thing special. And then there's Rock Steady - intestesting complete departure but this album is the one that I like the most. The ska beat and Gwen's fantastic vocals give this a summery feel that makes you wish that you lived in Anaheim California too!

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