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Drop City
Drop City
by T. Coraghessan Boyle
Edition: Paperback
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars weak, October 3, 2013
This review is from: Drop City (Paperback)
This look at hippiedom and communal life at the end of the 'sixties is little more than a 444 page cliche.

Eyes Open
Eyes Open
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars it had to happen, May 11, 2006
This review is from: Eyes Open (Audio CD)
Seen it all before. Honest, musically excellent, heart-on-sleeve band toils under the radar for years, finally hits paydirt, goes mainstream, production-happy, and loses its soul. For me, this is like the denouement of Supertramp in the early 80's, with similarities. Supertramp finally hit paydirt with the slick "Breakfast in America", but the band's co-founders couldn't agree on direction after that. A final album followed, far inferior to the epic, and the band splintered.

Now for Snow Patrol we have the aftermath of the brilliant Final Straw...Lightbody sacks original member bassist McClelland, throws himself into producer Jacknife's camp, and comes out with the formulaic Eyes Open. It is a cd devoid of soul. Where Final Straw had a dozen excellent tunes, Eyes Open has but two that interest me: "Shut Your Eyes" and "Make This Go on Forever." Sadly, I'll have to keep playing my Reindeer Section cds, Final Straw, and When This is All Over We Still Have to Clear Up and hope Lightbody learns from this egregious error and comes up with something less slick next time. Unfortunately, if this dreck sells well, he'll churn out more of the same. Ah well, Nobody's perfect, that's what I say. I'm sorry.

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