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Dive
Dive
Price: CDN$ 18.11
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as the follow-up release, Dec 6 2014
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Not quite as good as the follow-up release, Awake, but going in that general direction. A touch lengthy and loose instrumental-wise. Good offering, but it needed a little more tightening and polish.

Awake
Awake
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing aural texture, infections ambient IDM., Dec 6 2014
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Excellent offering. Short, sweet and melodic. Addictive to listen to and enjoy repeatedly. Five out of five. One of the better offerings for 2014!

Nathan East
Nathan East
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4.0 out of 5 stars Instrumental wizardry, April 28 2014
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Wonderful solo debut album by a legendary sessions and touring musician bassist. Covers a wide range of musical styles and genres. I highly recommend track # 6. Some minor vocals, but they do not detract from the overall instrumentation and intent of the album. A very good pick-up for a fan of bass and music in general.

The Bright Spots
The Bright Spots
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good album. Smooth tunes, April 28 2014
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Good album by a well-known tune-smith. Well worth picking up. Fir fans of country and Southern pop, this is a solid album.

Voyageur
Voyageur
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5.0 out of 5 stars Artistic maturity and a new direction, Feb. 13 2012
This review is from: Voyageur (Audio CD)
As a huge Kathleen Edwards fan, I must admit this CD took me somewhat by surprise. It's a slight departure from her previous efforts and is largely a result of events in her personal life, rather than simple creative introspection. Much of the alt-country sound she is normally associated with has been minimized but not entiely lost. This is both a blessing and a curse. It's a blessing in that she is not limited creatively and musically, but a curse that some of the playful punchiness of previous discs is lacking. In other words, it's a more mature-sounding offering. And, this is a good thing.

In my view, the production values are quite good, but not perfect and her collaborations on certain songs are quite revealing. Overall, it's a very good effort and well worth picking up for its lush sound and dreamy, yet rocking quality. Naturally, there are certain segments or instrumentation choices on some songs that one could do without, but in the overall view of the album, one could certainly do far worse and still be considered good by the professional pundits. This CD surpasses that easy label quite easily and is definitely an album to pick up in 2012. In comparison to her previous efforts, this is certainly a departure, but in a good way.

Noteworthy tracks on the discs include:

"Empty Threat"
"Change the Sheets"
"House Full of Empty Rooms"
"Going to Hell"

Tracks that are very good but not great:

"Chameleon / Comedian"
"A Soft Place to Land"
"Sidecar"
"Mint"

Tracks that need a little work / reworking

"Pink Champagne"
"For the Record"

Since the rating system here doesn't allow for a 4.7, 4.8 or 4.9, I'll give it 5 out of 5, because giving it a 4 or 4.5 would not do the disc or the artist justice.

The Thing
The Thing
DVD ~ Kurt Russell
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Carpenter's Underrated Classic, Nov. 13 2011
This review is from: The Thing (DVD)
This is John Carpenter's underrated sci-fi horror classic. It is a tense, psychological thriller that never lets up and leave audience guessing to the very end. The setting, locale and ambience of the film make it one of a kind. Simply put, others may imitate it, but few can match it, and none can successfully duplicate it, except for the Thing itself.

Oceans Will Rise (Digi)
Oceans Will Rise (Digi)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great album by an underrated band, March 20 2011
This review is from: Oceans Will Rise (Digi) (Audio CD)
This is The Still third full-length studio release. It is a great step up from their previous 2006 release Without Feathers and their first on the Toronto-based Arts & Crafts label. This disc is an accessible alternateve rock offering that has some catchy hooks, good melodies and unexpected musical flourises. If you are a fan of The Sam Roberts Band, this group is in the same vein but more alternative leaning than straight ahead rock and roll. It's a wise buy for the casual listener. For the fan, it is a must-have.

25 - the Very Best of
25 - the Very Best of
Price: CDN$ 23.40
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great career retrospective., March 20 2011
This review is from: 25 - the Very Best of (Audio CD)
Simply put, a wonderful 25-year career oveweview. Great songs, good memories and a fitting bookmark to a highly underrated band. For the casual listener, it is a great two-disc primer. For the fans, it is a fitting farewell to a remarkable musical career.

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