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Aerial
Aerial
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2005's must, January 31, 2006
This review is from: Aerial (Audio CD)
There won't be such a thing as 'pop music pre-Aerial and post-Aerial'. There won't be a new, punk-esque division of musical genres like 'proto-Aerial' and 'post-Aerial'. Nevertheless, this is one of the most solid albums released in 2005, and for its conceptual beauty, also hidden in its tiniest aspects, it didn't need to be groundbreaking to be considered superb. One of the most interesting things on Aerial is that, besides being all we want from a Kate Bush album (focused, melodically weird, full of her strange dreams and visions), it doesn't sound like the typical "let-me-do-what-made-me-famous-20-years-ago" comeback style (U2, anyone else?) and doesn't show that desperation to innovate, no matter what it costs. Instead, it sounds like the most natural collection of songs anyone else could deliver. The singing is excellent, more restrained than in some of her previous albums, and the arrangements are economic and tastefull, with piano-driven 'aerial' ballads, very nice drums, viola touches here and there. Songwriting is excellent, covering a miriad of thematics in her typical Bush fashion, with words projecting images, images reflecting sounds, sounds reinforcing words, in an album everyone should give a listen to.

4,5 stars.


20 Jazz Funk Greats
20 Jazz Funk Greats
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hot On The Heels Of TG, January 18, 2006
This review is from: 20 Jazz Funk Greats (Audio CD)
The poppiest Throbbing Gristle release ever, this is enjoyable from start to finish. They kept their arty pose, their performance artists pedigree and their weird lunatic essence, but the tunes are more accessible and traditionally melodic in its minimal fashion. This time they decided to create a listenable record without losing their integrity and indie-industrial credibility, and we have to give them credits for achieving this purpose so successfully. After listening to ''Exotica'', both ''Disciplines'' and ''Hot In The Heels Of Love'', it's hard to swallow contemporary minimal acts with nothing new to add to this noisy way paved by its masters.


End
End
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will know me again, January 18, 2006
This review is from: End (Audio CD)
One of Nico's best albums to date, ''The End'' was again produced by Cale, with help from mate Brian Eno and Roxy Music's Manzanera. Nico's music is still minimal, cold, full of fine synth textures and her spectral harmonica sounding in the middle of it all. The songwriting is among her strongest (''Secret Side'', ''You Forget The Answer''), and her take on the German anthem is a true reconstruction of the song, scary yet beautiful. Her cover version of the Doors-penned title track is a little bit too long, but the overall results of the record are impressive. Among the best and most innovative things I've heard in pop music, ever.
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KooKoo
KooKoo
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mess, January 17, 2006
This review is from: KooKoo (Audio CD)
Back then, everybody thought that an album produced by Chic's Nile Rodgers and performed by Debbie Harry on vocals would be an instant hit. Unfortunatelly it's just another record where the songs are simply too ordinary to let the project take off. Half of them co-written by Debbie, half by Rodgers, there is something strange in the air. Her vocals sound no more passionate then they did on 'The Hunter' (!), and the production is just average, with nothing here ressembling the energy of 'Good Times', 'We Are Family', 'Modern Love' or 'Upside Down'. First single ''The Jam Was Moving'' is almost catchy and still danceable, but it leaves the expectation that the second one finally delivers a portion of the album's best. What happens is that following 7'' release, the anemic ''Backfired'', is embarassing even for, say, a non-album demo B-side. ''Jump Jump'' is surely more fun than that, and was indeed released as a promo-only single, but after the disc flopped it seems that Chrysalis didn't want to release anything else out of this mess. It's not the worse of Debbie's solo albums, but unlike humbly trashy 'Rockbird', 'KooKoo' tries too hard to be the classic hit it has never been. For Debbie's huge fans or completists of either Harry or Rodger's work. 2,5 stars.
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Terminal City
Terminal City
by Dean Motter
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Modern life cliché party, January 17, 2006
This review is from: Terminal City (Paperback)
''Terminal City'' is probably not an original novel under any possible perspective, but besides being highly entertaining, it brings the literary tradiction of big-city-novels to the comic book world. No, I'm not comparing Motter to Joyce, Dublin or Dos Passos, but it's a rare fact among this specific sort of literature that the city itself represents its most important character. All the rest are secondary acts - the characters have no charisma at all, the argument is nothing special, but the metropolis in front of it all is what makes this novel enjoyable. It's a cold, futurist-retro environment (imagine something like Truffault's take on Bradbury's ''Fahrenheit 451''), with robots interacting with humans in some kind of (Hannah-Barbera's) The Jetsons style, where everything that happens is just surreal. Criticism on the cruelty of modern society and life in big cities are obviously unoriginal. There's someone running from criminals here with a briefcase attached to his arm with no explanation given, but it still doesn't generate any aprehension (no, this guy is no Kafka's K.). Anti-heroes and 'loser heroes' all over, it's so full of cliches that it's hard to believe it can be at the same time so special among comic books for grown up kids. The experience is indeed enjoyable, and won't hurt you at all. 2,5 stars.


Why I Hate Saturn
Why I Hate Saturn
by Kyle Baker
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why I love Saturn, January 17, 2006
This review is from: Why I Hate Saturn (Paperback)
This is really lots of fun, a book you'll wanna talk about with your friends. From the physical perspective, it's a very nice comic book, one of the coolest ones published by Vertigo in the 90s. Kyle Baker is responsible for both the argument and the drawings, which are specially expressive. The text that supports it all is absolutelly solid - catchy, funny, as intelligent as all good humour manifestations should be. The characters' somehow orthodox view on the modern society, the groupies' tendencies, interpersonal relashionships (love, sex, friendship, family) is f*** surreal, yet very centered and amazingly logical, and the whole development of the story leads to unexpected, delightful happenings which aren't as important as the dialogues in the middle of it all. It's hard to begin it and not to finish it in one take. Try it and you'll love Saturn.


Take No Prisoners
Take No Prisoners
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Swallow!, January 17, 2006
This review is from: Take No Prisoners (Audio CD)
'If you all expected that Metal Machine Music would have been the last surprise, just swallow it', Reed must have thought back then. He just strikes again by releasing a double album of live versions where, instead of performing (singing) his songs along with the very nice instrumental treatment they received from the band, he decided to simply speak most of the time. He criticises everything and everybody here, with no character/persona construction and no poses: it's simple Lou Read-himself, the man, and the many opinions he wants to share with you, like it or not. It's a really enjoyable experience for fans. The record gives the impression that you're there, in front of the man, sometimes laughing from his harsh words, sometimes wishing he would REALLY do your favourite song, sometimes imagining you're going back home to hear the definitive versions of the studio albums. But meanwhile you're travelling through the cover pictures and if it's your thing you'll like to spend this time inside of Lou's world. For casual listeners it can be a disappointment though. Begin elsewhere and then come check it later.


Metal Machine Music
Metal Machine Music
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too much for the masses and too much for any ear, January 17, 2006
This review is from: Metal Machine Music (Audio CD)
Ok. This album is worth for what it represents in the history of pop/rock or whatever genre you want and in Lou's carrer. It also marks an invasion of a conceptual, protest manifestation of an artist inside of the music industry world. It's a piece of art, and a part of a much wider conceptual happening: a PROJECT. It begins by its conception, its recording, the cover art designing, and the fact that you did buy it, listened to it and jumped out of your seat by screaming: WTF IS THIS CRAP??? It's all part of the project. So this is NOT a pop music record in the traditional sense of the expression. It is much wider art, and inspired a lot of discussions many people had with friends about artistic integrity. I don't really know one single person who REALLY enjoys listening to it frequently, and think again that the CD release is bizarre since the''grace'' of it was the ''eternal'' 4th side... and the fact that it was a double album of noise/riffs, released in THAT moment. Since it's not exaclty the most audible record in the world, the grace of owning it is more symbolic. Reed simply decided to provoke everybody by recording an album full of pure NOISE. Check the back cover and the credits: it's f**** full of bizarre technic specifications and descriptions that should lead the fans to buy this double album until they see that Lou is simply slapping them on the face and protesting against the music industry and the hitmaking rules of mainstream. Nowadays it's even being used in art museum exhibitions and all - with people picking it as a double CD! - and the project goes on.


Lou Reed Live: Extended Versions
Lou Reed Live: Extended Versions
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40 of 53 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Be carefull, it's NOT REALLY an extended versions collection., January 17, 2006
Hmmm... this one was, first of all, not nicely marketed. The real title of this album, as released in the 80's, is ''Lou Reed Live''. Its content is no more than rests from the ''Rock & Roll Animal'' sessions, which despite of being his best-selling album is not EVEN a register of one of his best live performances. The first time I saw this item announced here, with no cover picture and the 'live' thing excluded from the title, I instantly bought it hoping that it was a compilation of extended versions and that I would, for instance, get the complete sax session of ''Walk On The Wild Side'' and other nice stuff for freakie fans. But this has not been the case, and due to the misleading title I got a 3rd unnecessary copy of ''Lou Reed Live''. If you really know what you're getting here (so-so Reed live performances), then go ahead and complete your collection. Otherwise go check ''Take No Prisoners'' for the raw, real acid Lou or ''Perfect Night live in London'', ''Animal Serenade'' or ''Lou reed live Italy'' for more anthological live performances.


My Aim Is True
My Aim Is True
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The birth, January 17, 2006
This review is from: My Aim Is True (Audio CD)
I've heard questions about what is it that Elvis Costello uses to compensate his supposedly limited vocal range. I'd risk my answer: if there's something to be compensated vocally on him, it's done by his absolutelly clever and expressive use of that cool nasal voice. Costello's debut is a classic from start to end: sine opener `'Welcome To The Working Week'', every single track can be rated between very good and excellent. His economic and effective arrangements, the tastefull backing vocals all over create an atmosphere that puts past and future together in the shape of a revolutionary record. By listening to pearls like `'Blame It On Cain'', `'Mistery Dance'' and `'Pay It Back'', Costello's influences from early rock are water-clear, but newly processed, transformed, up to date. It seems that he wanted to show a little bit of what would come his the future albums by recording his debut: exuberant ballad `'Alison'' is 1,000 better than anything he produced during his then forthcoming crooner-wedding singer phase; `'Watching The Detectives'' is his coolest reggae-flavoured, ska revival song. In parts due to his winner formula of releasing LPs full of short nice songs, there's no way to get bored with this masterpiece and, since you're in front of one of the most solid rock albums ever recorded, pardon me if it seems that I'm raving too much about it. An absolutelly enjoyable experience.


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