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Thomas Frey "...and we will laugh...." (Tipperary, Ireland)

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Heart and Soul
Heart and Soul
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5.0 out of 5 stars The past has become the future., May 26 2004
This review is from: Heart and Soul (Audio CD)
First of all, I have reviewed several items and this is only the second time I have granted one with 5 stars (the other being The Wipers box-set) so don't confuse me with the kind of people who give an album five stars if they like the way a singer phrases some of the words on the fifth track. I only give the best 5 stars. This means, obviously, that this is the best. On disc one, you have Disorder, a song which takes the listener straight to Manchester at night time with all the shining lights being viewed from a passing car. I've yet to meet someone who doesn't see those things when they hear that song. Insight, Candidate, goes on & on. Interzone doesn't sound great on this disc compared to the version on disc three. The highlights, in my opinion, are New Dawn Fades, Day Of The Lords and Excercise One. One is shocked when they hear The Only Mistake or Something Must Break because you wonder how these songs were not included on any of the bands LP's. Disc two contains the most touching music I have ever heard. The Closer material is exceptionnaly astonishing. Sound Of Music is a very good rarity. Isolation is a song that nobody in this world could possibly dislike. Colony = adrenaline. A Means To An End is possibly my favourite JD song. Heart & Soul is one of Curtis' best pieces of poetry. Twenty Four Hours is another frantic slice of brilliance. Then come The Eternal and Decades - no words could describe, no actions determine. Love Will Tear Us Apart + These Days are just...unexplainable. Then comes disc three : absolute enjoyment. Lot's of intriuging stuff. The Drawback is great. These Days and Interzone sound better than ever. Transmission sounds a bit dull and flat but yet doesn't fail to arouse interest. It closes with Ceremony and In A Lonely Place, two songs that you will not care about the bad quality if you listen to the beautiful melodies. Curtis must have been aware of his fates coming, because Ceremony couldn't be more poignant. Disc four is unexplainable. Joy Division were a live band. No doubt about it. Just when Dead Souls sounds as if it's about to break, Curtis comes in and powers it straight ahead. Every song is breathtaking live. The only flaws are towards the end from the later concerts : Peter Hook has gone terribly wrong during Heart & Soul (what is he playing?) and Isolation sounds a bit lifeless although is still very listenable. This is more than just music. It's a whole way of life. There are hundreds of people out there waiting to hear this music and be taken away by it's stunning power and, whether you like it or not, as Curtis did, they will live and die for the unexplainable beauty that he sings about in the last verse of Isolation.

Wipers Box Set
Wipers Box Set
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5.0 out of 5 stars There is no way you cannot let these albums grow on you, May 11 2004
This review is from: Wipers Box Set (Audio CD)
The Wipers were the band I always needed to hear. They were frequently dropped as influences by various artists during the nineties including Blur, Nirvana, My Vitriol and more. This box-set brings you three of their most popular and well-known albums and more rarities than you could ever wish for. The first album, Is This Real?, is an enlightening and inspiring collection of classic pop-punk songs. The energy of Return Of The Rat, the alienation of D7, the anger of Mystery, the melancholy of Don't Know Who I Am and the pop brilliance of Let's Go Away. You will never fall out of love with this album. Then there's Youth Of America. It's quite different than the previous album but equally compelling. It tends to be slightly more of a challenge to get into but once you're into it, it's well worth it. The most accesible song is Can This Be, a stunning punk rocker that has some of Sage's best riffing. The title track, a ten minute-plus epic, is strange and interesting and eventually get's the listener hooked on it's unforgettable main guitar riff and great chorus. No Fair is your typical Wipers song. Taking Too Long features piano, Pushing The Extreme is enjoyable and closer (excluding bonus tracks) When It's Over is a beatiful instrumental which is well worth the listeners attention. Last is Over The Edge (my personal favourite). This has a raw production which may steer some listeners off, but is a unique blend of the two previous albums. I won't go into much more detail other than to check out absolute masterpieces like the beatiful The Lonely One, So Young and the Wipers best pop song, Messenger. If you love music, in it's purest form, more than anything else, you will adore The Wipers, one of the most passionate, energetic and inspirational bands of all time.

Room On Fire
Room On Fire
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Strokes Are A good band, Nov. 7 2003
This review is from: Room On Fire (Audio CD)
If you ask me, this record is very similiar to the substance
known to human beings as take it in, its really
nice and then it gets really warm and hot and you spit it out....thats it. You cant take the sheer intensity of this record in one have to put some away for later....its excellent.
There are good songs on it like Between Love & Hate and The Way It Is. If you dig this, you'll probably dig bands like Television,
Bob Dylan and Booker T & The MG's too. Enjoy my friends, because its not gonna be around forever.

Youth And Young Manhood
Youth And Young Manhood
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4.0 out of 5 stars It was only a matter of time, Aug. 27 2003
This review is from: Youth And Young Manhood (Audio CD)
Kings of leon are a southern band who play country and
blues style rock 'n roll with punk overtones. You've
probably heard about their background already so I won't
get into that. The LPs opener, Talahina Sky, is a slow
bluesy tune, but after that comes the fantastic Red Morning
Light, a fast more punky tune. The albums tone changes
but still it all gels together. California Waitin' edges
towards The Strokes, Mollys Chambers is the most poppyish
they get but its still great of course, Joe's Head (the
highlight for me) would make Bob Dylan proud and then there
are plenty more upbeat rawkers like Wasted Time, Happy Alone
and Holy Roller Novocaine. If you're into the whole 'garage scene'you'll probably like it but remember its best for true
rock 'n roll fans. A great record.

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