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Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year, September 27, 2013
This review is from: Run the Jewels (Audio CD)
Always on point, razor sharp, with the beats, with the rhymes, whatever.

I want another one next year. Please guys?

Fisher-Price Backyardigans Pirate Tub Time Adventure
Fisher-Price Backyardigans Pirate Tub Time Adventure
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My son likes it, March 9, 2010
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars 
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Yes, the sail comes off -- and Pablo's paint too. But my son, who's 3, isn't much bothered by any of that. He just likes playing with the ship, the treasure chest, and with Pablo -- in or out of the bathtub. So if he's happy I can't give it a bad review.

Now if they would just make Captain Austin and Captain Redboots from the Pirate Camp episode...

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Fisher Price Learning Home
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get it, August 29, 2009
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Fisher Price Learning Home (Toy)
This is the single most valuable toy I've ever bought my son. He got it for Christmas at age 1, and played with it literally every day for the next year. For a 3-month period after that, he played with it probably every other day. And for the last 6 months, he's again been playing with it on a daily basis. That kind of longevity of use is simply unheard of in our household -- nothing else even comes close.

He loves to put the various shapes in their holes, spin the hands on the clock face, play music, spin the sun/moon wheel, "play mail"...there are, luckily, so many things to do with it that the toy keeps him entertained again and again.

We paid half the price that it's listed for here; but even at that higher price tag it's probably still worthwhile. This one's a keeper.

Hasselblad Masters (Masters (teNeues))
Hasselblad Masters (Masters (teNeues))
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Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars, January 7, 2009
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I was actually a bit disappointed in this one. August Bradley shot the cover image (and a series near the end of the book), and I thought they'd all be as lush and beautiful as his work. They're not (though there are some nice images within; I liked what Julia Fullerton-Batten and Kevin Then had to show, for example).

If I had it to do over, I think I'd wait for a lower-priced paperback version.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Black, January 7, 2009
This review is from: Anticipation (Audio CD)
I'm more a fan of Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center Blues and The End of the Universe than I am of this one. It just seems a bit less polished, and the energy level never really builds terribly high.

I think Black senses this, and near the end of the album he sort of apologizes for the turn his act has taken in the last year toward what he calls more depressing material. He's sort of joking as he says it, and I think sort of not, and it's good to acknowledge.

There are some funny bits here (especially on the loss of his virginity, vinyl albums, and a newspaper article on a blueberry pancake episode that Lewis reads to the audience)...but it's not a non-stop riot. I'm not sorry to have the CD, I just think he's done better work.

Rising Down
Rising Down
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars, May 12, 2008
This review is from: Rising Down (Audio CD)
The production's stepped up a bit on this one and the beats are really nice...the guest stars (Peedi, Saigon, Wale, Mos) are used effectively and shine for the most part...Malik and Tariq are at the top of their game...the lyrics stay with you in a way that the past couple albums maybe haven't...this is the best Roots record in years.

E & A
E & A
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Getting there., December 27, 2005
This review is from: E & A (Audio CD)
Just to get this out of the way: I'm a fan of Black Star, The Roots, Common, Pharoahe, El-P, etc. At any rate...the problem that I have with this album (I'd really give it 3.5 stars, I like quite a bit about it) is that while Eyedea's, um, abilities are developing, he's not quite there yet.

Most of the songs, lyrically, are essentially in the vein of dissing sucker MC's -- as another reviewer pointed out, Eyedea is really still trying to be a battle MC. That's all well and good; but he's so obviously talented and full of potential that at a certain point, he simply needs to set a more ambitious agenda for himself and craft true songs with something more to say (remember that Canibus was also a highly-rated and much-talked-about battle-rapper...but his recording career went absolutely nowhere).

To be fair, Eyedea does try to develop a bit on some of the songs -- he diverges somewhat into relationship issues, and skims a political surface; but the treatment is more or less a raw one that isn't fleshed-out much (though he's only in his early 20s, and most people don't have much to say at that point). If he continues to evolve and branch out, which he should, then I fully expect great things from E&A in the future -- their next album or two could be great.

But to sincerely call *this* one great sets the bar a tad too low. Admittedly, there are a few songs on here that don't need a thing changed; but it isn't quite a coherent and consistent whole. And yes, they should get points for trying (and not just rapping about guns and pretty jewelry); but you need to fully earn the rest of your credit.

These guys are young and hungry, though -- and it's still very early in their careers; there's no reason not to expect good things in the future.
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Star Wars E3 BASIC FIG R4-P17
Star Wars E3 BASIC FIG R4-P17
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for what it is, December 1, 2005
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This is the (new-ish) R2 sculpt that they should use for every astro droid going forward. No complaints. Thanks, Hasbro!

Fantastic Damage
Fantastic Damage
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely crazy., March 7, 2003
This review is from: Fantastic Damage (Audio CD)
This album is on Darth Vader's Walkman. Buy it. Go.

What Am I Doing in New Jersey
What Am I Doing in New Jersey
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice non-review., March 6, 2002
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Hey, gop37 -- howsabout actually, I dunno...*reviewing the particular album in question*, instead of moping about a bad Saturday night you had 15 years ago(!) (Or am I somehow mistaken about the point of this particular exercise? Do we really get to just tell some stories?) Let's show some focus, huh?
And far from being the beginning of the end, this record marked a new beginning for Carlin. Not quite as precisely effective as either some of his later work nor his very early stuff, I'll grant you. Still, a definite improvement on the fairly lackluster "A Place for My Stuff" and "Playin' With Your Head", to be sure. He IS more passionate and more impatient here, yes -- and that's to the benefit of the material. (Just how good can your act be if you yourself are fairly dispassionate about it?) Bottom line, he's starting to try again. That's a good thing.
I found the first ten or so minutes to be particularly good, myself -- but that's coming from someone who values the social commentary side of Carlin's routine more than the "little things" part of the equation (ask yourself how many comics can do one, and how many can do the other). There's real substance there -- the material itself is meatier, so there's greater potential for it to effect you, as well.
And the pointing out of absurd hypocrisy (especially in the political sphere) is always good, powerful, resonant stuff. There's quite a bit of it at the album's beginning, and Carlin must've had a field day with it -- and it shows. Still, I'd recommend giving the whole album a once-over -- or more. I wouldn't necessarily rank 'New Jersey' up there with, say, 'Back in Town', but I definitely think it's worth picking up.

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