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Hand Built By Robots
Newton Faulkner - CD
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This is an album for those who have become disillusioned with the familiarity of acoustic singer songwriters. In this album you hear some of the strangest subject matters you will hear outside surrealist comedy. It is easy to get lost in his simply astounding guitar skills, but when you listen to his lyrics you realise that he is singing about hilarious things, notably UFO where he warns "You better watch out for the anal probe." Other songs worth mentioning are eternally happy Gone In The Morning that leaves you with a smile. His big hitters are songs like Dream Catch Me and Teardrop, but all the real magic of this album is that he is clearly a person with a great interest in music, seen especially in the song Sitar-y thing, which is exactly what is says on the tin, and you get a about a minute and a half of him messing around on an unusual instrument. To appreciate this album you have to have an appreciation of music in general, and this is one of the most technically demanding albums you will ever hear. If you want to have a bit a giggle and a feel good vibe this is a great album.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (2 Discs)
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Tim Burton was always known to be a director that didn't attend to the Academy's personal taste. His movies were true auteur works, always with a Gothic stunning visual and stories there weren't always what it seemed. It was as if Burton were filming every movie on Halloween. Now, however, it's going to be hard for the Academy to ignore Burton's new film- definitely his best one. Sweeney Todd offers the unlikely pairing of musical and horror. And, man, it works splendidly.
The story begins with Benjamin Barker's arrest by Judge Turpin, a true personification of evil, a man who doesn't think twice in convicting Barker for a crime he did not commit. Sent away of London, he returns with a new facet: Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Until this moment on, his barbershop is scenery to grim assassination- through which the evidences of murder are kept hidden thanks to the help of Mrs. Lovett, the baker. Sweeney vows revenge against the judge.
Burton's direction is truly fantastic, exploring his already trademark visuals with bravura. This time, the dark pictures really suit the story, in a way that they both contrast each other; for no matter how dark the city is, it can't compare to the citizens that live within it. Sweeney, once a pure man, becomes the darkest of them all. And there is no better actor in the world that could portray this like Johnny Depp does. His performance is a defining one, one that goes far beyond the Jack Sparrows, Edward Scissorhands, or J.M Barries that Depp portrayed with perfection. Sweeney Todd is a man torn apart by vengeance, a man that answers only to the call of death. Depp illustrates the psychological factors of the character in subtle nuances, giving one of the greatest performances in the history of cinema. A true achievement that lives up to the excellence of the entire movie.
Live In Texas (with bonus DVD)
Linkin Park - CD
Live in Texas features material recorded during Linkin Park's Summer Sanitarium jaunt in 2003. It draws equally from the band's two studio albums, including past hits from Hybrid Theory and some soon-to-be's from the 2003 follow-up, Meteora. This makes it essential for any LP completist, but the casual listener might do well to steer toward the studio material. Vocalist Chester Bennington and MC Mike Shinoda play off of each other well enough, and their supporting players deftly recreate the layered, processed sound that has come to define Linkin Park. But this also works against the band, because its cool professionalism makes Live in Texas sound somewhat sterile. Sure, there's the usual stage chatter like "I wanna see your hands!" and "Alright, let's do this people!" -- there's even an encouraging pep talk before "Pushing Me Away," dedicating the track to "all the musicians in the house." But besides some impressive harmonies on that cut, as well as the undeniable closing trio -- "Crawling" (in lean and mean stripped-down form), "In the End," and "One Step Closer" -- Linkin Park don't generate very much energy on Live. Bennington seems to struggle with the melody to "Somewhere I Belong," and at times the band seems lost inside its own sound. The buzzing, processed guitars separate from the percussion while the samples and vague turntablist scratches seem like a studio loop on reset. This kind of nit-picking shouldn't matter to LP fanatics; Live in Texas will likely serve as a their memento of the tour. But it's clear that top-shelf production and mixing plays a significant role in making Linkin Park's albums so powerful.
St. Jude (2CD Special Edition)
The Courteeners - CD
couldn't have asked for more with this album. especially with the original recordings on disc 2. the northern accent thats so distinctive in every song does it for me. i just cant get enough of this band and their live performances. something great has come out of Manchester after years of waiting. the band has some great fast, pacey tunes like Fallowfield Hillbilly but then dums it down a bit with the slow ones like Please Don't and Yesterday, Today and probably Tomorrow. defiantely a band to look out for in 2008 but i feel like if this album doesnt do well then that could be that for the Courteeners. buy this album and you will not regret it
Wait For Me
The Pigeon Detectives - CD
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i went to see these live at the Manchester academy. they were absolutely brilliant. they played every song and were great with the crown. they get everybody going. this cd is really good. the lyrics are great and ones that i can relate to. mostly about girls and boys. the guitar solos are amazing and go with the songs really well.
Romantic Type - 10 - really good lyrics and a good opener to the album
I Found Out - 9 - really good lyrics again and a great guitar riff. the lyrics on this song are probably the ones that stand out to me
Don't Know How To Say Goodbye - 10 - a good 2 minute song that everybody must love
Caught In Your Trap - 7 - Can get a bit boring after a few listens but a good song nevertheless
Can't Control Myself - 8 - good build up to the chorus and good chorus but the verses are a bit bland
I'm Not Sorry - 8 - 1st single off the album and a good song, but a bit too overrated
You Know I Love You - 6 - a brilliant song but the demo version is miles better than the album version. same lyrics but different tune and new guitar bits i don't like
Stop and Go - 8 - good song but the lyrics are a bit crap. i have noticed that the lyrics are similiar in places the 'i found out'
You Better Not Look My Way - 9 - decent song. the lyrics are pretty good aswell
Take Her Back - 10 - one of my favorites from the band. brilliant song with magnificent lyrics
Wait For Me - 10 - great song and worth of the album title
I'm always Right - 8 - a pretty good song but one of the b-sides could of took its place easily
:et Go - 9 - a good album ender. slow paced and good to sing along to
as i say, go see this band live. they are miles better.
BUY THIS ALBUM!!
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alot of people believe that pro evo is better than fifa. or fifa is better than pro evo. im not entirely sure about which is better. i haven't tried the new pro evo but i believe there are a few glitches that spoil it. this game is a brilliant game. the off the ball AI is amazing and the new features and updated transfer bidges, players ect. really are amazing. i think its alot better this year aswell becuase when you are playing top teams like man utd, chelsea, ect. you have to try harder to get through the defence. its very realistic and amateur doesnt necessarily mean amateur.
Angels & Airwaves - CD
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i think that Angels & Airwaves have what it takes to be one of the best bands ever. there songs on this albums are amazing, especially call to arms and sirens. all the songs on the album keep you listening and by the end of the album your sad that its over.my one problem with this album is the live track at the end of it hurts, which was recorded in Leeds. Tom DeLonge's voice is mediocre at that and i think he could be better at live performances. what i dont understand is that if he can pull it off in the studio why cant he pull it off on stage. maybe its the booze hes drunk before coming on. maybe he should cut down a bit on the drinking.