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Cure (Dlx Ltd Ed) (Dvd)
Cure (Dlx Ltd Ed) (Dvd)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Smith Decides to Be Himself, July 5 2004
This review is from: Cure (Dlx Ltd Ed) (Dvd) (Audio CD)
Because Cure fans are fiercely loyal, they're also pretty harsh on new product. What if this album were a new release by a west coast "emo" band? The band would be hailed as the "new Cure," wouldn't they? But is this as good as "Pornography"? It can't quite measure up, because ... The Cure's style will never sound as new and original as it did back then. This IS a strong album from beginning to end, and more satisfying than the last two. Robert Smith has decided to relax a bit. "Bloodflowers" was a conscious attempt to recreate the style of Disintegration, Faith and like albums. It was good, but all that effort made it a bit labored. This album, recorded fast, is just a bunch of Cure songs. There's no heavy theme, and no claim that the band are breaking up. There is an unguarded emotionality in songs like "Lost," and the surest sense for melody in "The End of the World" and "(I Don't Know What's Going) On" we've seen since "Wish." So, be thankful, listeners, that The Cure are still doing their thing. No other band could have made this moving, sentimental, childlike cd.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly great singles band, May 9 2004
This review is from: Singles (Audio CD)
Suede epitomizes the glam-pop single. Their career began with three devastating hits - "The Drowners," "Animal Nitrate" and "Metal Mickey," each of which has mysterious, dreamy lyrics and Bernard Butler's brilliant guitar lines driving the hooks home. These songs epitomized fey teenage romance for all ages. "Stay Together," their not-on-any-album masterpiece, is another melody true enough to convince half the world's songwriters to give it up and take up needlepoint. Its lyrics are perfect Suede, with that element of the sinister built in - "There's a time bomb in the high rise"... "We will dance in the poison rain"... There's always something perverse and twisted in Brett Anderson's lyrics. Noel Gallagher even admitted to a journalist - "I write okay lyrics, but I'm not Brett Anderson." Suede's post-Butler career has been better than anyone could expect although never as peerless as their early work - the first two albums and the b-sides collection. This is a collection of stunning pop songs from Britpop's greatest singles band.

Heavy Night With
Heavy Night With
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4.0 out of 5 stars (4 1/2): NotJust a Party Album, Feb. 22 2004
This review is from: Heavy Night With (Audio CD)
So Jarvis of Pulp, after making one of the great pop albums of the '90s (Different Class), and other world class collections, got fed up with the music industry, the predatory English tabloids and the "hit singles industry." So, with a fellow Pulpster, he decided to turn up the volume and have fun. The result is loud and funny - some said the joke wasn't funny enough to sustain a whole album. But keep listening and these songs reveal Jarvis' peerless lyrical wit and ear for hooks. Okay - may as well admit that this won't be for every Britpop fun because the sound is closer to Marilyn Manson than Blur - but, overall: funny, cool, brilliant.

Camelot (Special Edition) [Import]
Camelot (Special Edition) [Import]
DVD ~ Richard Harris
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but pleasing melodrama, July 16 2003
Reviewers pick on the film's weaknesses, but overall, I think it is winning. Here are my top disagreements with fellow viewers:
1) Blue eyeshadow. This adds to the exoticism of the medieval setting, in which courtiers were often dandy types, and strange fashions came and went.
2) Stage cast vs. film cast. Overall, I'd say the film audience got the best of it. Most of all, Richard Harris, who campaigned for the part, plays Arthur with such puckish enthusiasm, dramatizing the conflict between the human boy/man and the beloved king. Famous and drunk, Richard Burton would never have brought so much charm to the role. (Later Harris became famous and drunk.) Vanessa Redgrave's ethereal yet sensual charmisma convinces us that she is the fickle queen who dismantled Camelot; Julie Andrews' girl next door quality would never have had the same magic.
3) Franco Nero was no Olivier, but his handsome doll-like appearance and stiffness actually drive the humor home in the hilarious "C'est Moi." He comes across as a slick and shallow narcissist, making us feel worse for the all-too-human Arthur.
4) Singing voices. In most musicals the singing voices are dubbed. Here they sang as they acted, giving the songs a rough but natural quality. Harris is a good singer. Redgrave's voice is delicate but this emphasizes her charm. Nero? Oh well.
5) The film could have benefited from some editing. It does get a little pompous. The score relies too heavily on the songs, sometimes forecasting them before they have actually been performed, which bugs me.
6) The highly detailed set is wonderful and has aged well.
Humor and sweet, manipulative emotion win the day. You have to be willing to go along with this film, as its original audience was.

God Save My Queen
God Save My Queen
by Daniel Nester
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars An edgy new art form, June 11 2003
This review is from: God Save My Queen (Paperback)
Daniel Nester is an obsessed fan. Nothing strange there - lots of music books are written by fans. The difference is that Nester - also a New York poet - takes his fandom seriously; he considers it a suitable topic for poetry. And why not? Post-baby-boomers tend to define themselves by their cultural affiliations - whether you like the Smiths or System of a Down, pop taste articulates your personality, your stance towards the world. Nester's prose poems - one for every Queen song - go well beyond the traditional tribute. They explore the odd, obsessive mindset of the fan, the curious distance and closeness he feels towards his chosen object. The poems are madly associative in the Beat tradition but also toy with a pedantic scholarly bent, particularly in the hilarious footnotes. This bold work deserves to be read and discussed.

Paper Monsters (+DVD)
Paper Monsters (+DVD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Monster's Ball, June 6 2003
This review is from: Paper Monsters (+DVD) (Audio CD)
Lots of listeners will be disappointed upon realizing that, either: a) this album is too much like DM and therefore not the surprising departure you'd expect from a solo outing; or b) this album does not have DM's unique, twisted point of view and is therefore not worth your time. BOTH WRONG!! Dave has produced a cd with a quirky sense of humor, catchy, simple song constructions and, of course, his matchless vocals. This collection has charms that you wouldn't find in a DM product - mainly, that it doesn't take itself so seriously. At the same time, it is laced with bluesy basslines and blue-eyed soul.

Vamps & Tramps: New Essays
Vamps & Tramps: New Essays
by Camille Paglia
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The world won't listen, June 2 2003
Camille Paglia's image is a blessing and a curse. Like Chris Rock, she can get away with telling the truth about our repressed, hypersensitive culture. Unfortunately, her audience expects her to say shocking things, therefore her broadsides have lost some of their impact. Her enemies, the Mackinnons and Dworkins, won the culture wars long ago. Their beliefs are now written into law, taught in college and inscribed in police procedure manuals. Critics like Paglia are a recognized but ineffectual voice, easily dismissed by the establishment. For these reasons, Ms. Paglia's essays and journalistic pieces may be slightly disappointing. The interviews and transcripts, however, are the real pleasure; they recreate the "dissident feminist" at her fearless, truth-telling best.

Bridges to Babylon - Ltd Ed Slipcase Ve3rsion
Bridges to Babylon - Ltd Ed Slipcase Ve3rsion
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's easy to harsh on the Stones, April 22 2003
...but check this out: if Primal Scream or the Black Crowes recorded this cd, with songs like "Saint of Me," "Out of Control," "Too Tight" and "Flip the Switch," they would be hailed as heroes. The Stones rock hard here and sound like tough old blokes who aren't trying to be young. The song about waiting for death - and not being afraid of death, "Flip the Switch," hits particularly hard, but Mick's attitude on "Too Tight" is convincing. When he sings "Dont' try to reel me on with all those charm school hooks/ I've seen it all a thousand times/ I've sung the song I wrote that ... book!" - we believe him! He's done it all, seen it all, and at this point, he just wants to lay on the beach with his woman and...
The Stones aren't making Let It Bleed anymore, because they aren't kids anymore and they know it. Mick shows a lot of vulnerability in the ballads on BtB, mostly stories about how he got dumped, got his heart broken. It makes him a more accessible character than the hipster who made Some Girls.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive, moody pop album, March 30 2003
I've always loved Barney Sumner's little boy singing and his peculiar lyrics which always sounded as if he made them up as he went along. I thoroughly enjoyed the first and second Electronic albums - as well as this one, but Twisted Tenderness is a little harder to get to, a little more experimental. Raise the Pressure was simply sparkling and sweeping synth pop. It may have sounded too '80s, but deserved to be called "music for pleasure." Twisted Tenderness is the work of two masters and rewards repeated listenings. One comment: the title track is a flawless pop song - but somehow was never released as a single. It is #1 material and should be re-released.

Once and Again: The Complete First Season
Once and Again: The Complete First Season
DVD ~ Sela Ward
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5.0 out of 5 stars A show about real people - not TV people, Feb. 13 2003
This stellar show is among the best TV ever offered. Oddly, it has no extravagant plots or earthshaking storylines. It's not a soap. Rather, a sort of chronicle about people. And these characters... they're not tainted by ideology or advocacy. This show neither buys into nor opposes politically correct perceptions of relationships or divorce. Instead it allows us to live through the emotions and difficulties of characters coping with post-divorce lives. The presentation of sex is neither prurient nor judgemental. I have never seen a film that depicts the obsessive quality of mutual desire in a budding relationship so faithfully. "Once and Again" deserves the highest praise.

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