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Knives Dont Have Your Back
Knives Dont Have Your Back
Price: CDN$ 17.78
19 used & new from CDN$ 7.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, July 21 2011
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This is not Metric, this is not Metric, warn the aghast popsters. No, it is not Metric, but it is the pure, stripped-down creative genius upon which Metric is based. So simple and quiet, yet so devastating. I shiver in awe every time I hear "Crowd Surf Off a Cliff" - that voice, that piano part. It is always so interesting to have these proto-documents from artists that have made it in rock or pop: it's like going to wellhead, finding out where it all comes from. (Another example: Martina Sorbara's "The Cure for Bad Deeds": her later reincarnation -- Dragonette). Now if we could only have "Cut in Half and Also Double", which is well-nigh impossible to find. Emily, could you please pull a "Grow Up and Blow Away" and see that "Cut in Half" is reissued? I doubt it can be as good as Knives, but it sure would be lovely to find out.

Panic of Girls (Fan Pack)
Panic of Girls (Fan Pack)
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 124.50
3 used & new from CDN$ 83.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Blondie is back!, July 8 2011
I was somewhat amazed to discover Panic of Girls advertised here: so nice to learn Blondie are still in the game EIGHT years after "Curse". Eight years is not 17, but it's still a long time... This is a nice, relaxed, eclectic little package which strolls through the genres as it wishes. It's not really all that comparable to the other 2 post-reunion CDs, not as melodic and song-structured as No Exit, not alternately sweet and hard-driving like Curse. This band still knows how to surprise. We got rock, pop, reggae, Spanish salsa, a French ballad: one thing that's NOT here is Jazz Passengers-type vocal stylings by Deb as on the last two tracks of Curse. Just as well, I say. Rather have Latin salsa any day.
The big magazine that comes with the fan pack is really nice to have: it's got interviews, historical reviews of all the albums, history of the band, Debbie in film, Debbie as female pop icon & trailblazer, lots of new photos, you name it. What it does NOT have is any news about what happened to Jimmy Destri. You have to go to his website to find out he has become a licensed substance abuse therapist after going through his own particular drug ordeal. Apparently he "was asked" about rejoining around 2008, but must have declined, as that was when new keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen came in. The good news is that Katz-Bohen has written two VERY good pop songs for this album, one of which is damned near perfect ("What I Heard"), a fact which obviously was not lost on the other two ace songwriters this band has. This goes some way toward mitigating the loss of Destri's skills in that department... not ALL the way, but some way, and it is most welcome. But one wonders about the failure to mention Destri in the mag, except historically: I sure hope this is not a repeat of the ostracizing of Infante & Harrison, that would be a TOTAL bummer...
Clem is obviously busy exploring world music these days (remember "Jen-Jen" from Necessary Evil?): he's responsible for the gorgeous "Girlie Girlie" reggae being here (how anyone could dis this song - and it's been dissed in the UK - is beyond me), as well as Zach Condon from Beirut ("Sunday Smile" with its lovely trumpet part), & the Gainsbourg-flavoured "Le Bleu". It all just makes the disc all the more tasty. After the pure rock of the first three tracks, things seem to settle into this world ambiance. No complaints from me here. I think the best vocal performance from Deb is "Words in my Mouth" (Don't Put), where she adopts a character and plays it out perfectly.
All things considered, then, this is a very good, self-assured product from what continues to be one of the best pop bands in the world, and amazingly, a band that is still growing. Material has already been written for the next album! Please don't let it take another eight years! (after all, Deb just turned 66 - how much more time can they have?). Don't know if it's a "classic" as some reviewers are touting, but it sure is damned good. And it's good to have Blondie still with us after all these years!
P.S. The fan pack is considerably cheaper to order directly from Amazon UK, and they are fast about mailing it too.

Helplessness Blues
Helplessness Blues
Price: CDN$ 13.67
17 used & new from CDN$ 5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece, May 30 2011
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This review is from: Helplessness Blues (Audio CD)
Never have I so eagerly awaited a follow-up effort as I have Helplessness Blues. The Foxes' first CD & EP were so totally different from everything else on the market that I couldn't wait to hear their further explorations of their vision, for that is what Robin Pecknold is, an American visionary. The only comparison that comes to mind in terms of uniqueness of vision is maybe the first records of The Band, all those years ago, even though the music of the Band was so very different. But in terms of originality, as well as their interpretation of various American archetypes and myths, the Foxes warrant comparison with The Band. The music here is considerably denser, fuller, than the first album, and the harmonies even more lush, more gorgeous. All I can say is they have totally met the expectations kindled by the first album, and then some. This is spiritual music, "soul" music, of the highest order.

The Family Jewels
The Family Jewels
Price: CDN$ 9.90
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb stuff, May 30 2011
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This review is from: The Family Jewels (Audio CD)
I am amazed to see there are no raves for Marina yet on this site, so I feel honour-bound to get the ball rolling. The "Album Description" here puts it very well: she is absolutely delicious & has a personality that comes across in spades. You feel that you would just love to know this girl! Pop tunes that are lively and energetic and invigorating, even through the last three tracks where things turn a little darker. Do yourself a favour and check out the video for Shampain. She deserves to be as big a star as she wants to be. Highest recommendation.

Playboy & Playgirl
Playboy & Playgirl
Price: CDN$ 35.43
16 used & new from CDN$ 15.41

1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth bothering with, May 30 2011
This review is from: Playboy & Playgirl (Audio CD)
I foolishly bought this on the basis of its reputation at allmusic.com, which puts the band in the top tier of alt dance-pop groups. Found Playgirl at a cheap price in the store, so I chanced it. Well, the music is pretty cheap too. Paper-thin melodies, uninteresting chord changes, riff-sequence structure that is mindlessly repetitive, a recurring fast drum shuffle which is annoying and way too up front in the mix, cloying and self-consciously cute female voice. It's like music manufactured to follow some deluded recipe for fun. But it's not fun because there's no guts to it, nothing organic. Just look at the artwork & photos, inside and outside: it's all pose, style, fashion. Artificial. I gave it one listen-through, then decided I should give it another chance a few days later. By about track 5 on try no. 2, I felt I was wasting my time. If you want dance music with some drive and guts, try CSS. Those girls sound like they MEAN IT. I ordered "Sound of Music" through the mail, and I just hope that it is SOME improvement on this crap. If not, it will be joining Playboy on a trip to the second-hand CD store.

Happy Mondays 1990 Call the Co
Happy Mondays 1990 Call the Co
DVD ~ Happy Mondays
Price: CDN$ 19.39
16 used & new from CDN$ 6.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Sloppy glory of the Mondays, April 12 2011
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This is like a home movie of the 1990 American tour: jumpy with fast edits, songs interrupted by interview soundbites, sound quality that is far from perfect. DO NOT expect a clean-cut performance video where all tunes have an intact beginning, middle & end. Actually the music is a muddle: songs sound more the same than different, like it's just one groove careening on from start to finish. But in that sense it probably captures the impact and impression of the Mondays pretty accurately. This DVD offers the right visuals to go with the music, and no real fan would turn up his nose at it. But if you want the unspoiled glory of the music, get the CDs, because you won't find it here.

Fixin To Thrill
Fixin To Thrill
Price: CDN$ 11.08
17 used & new from CDN$ 4.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody marvellous, Sept. 30 2010
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This review is from: Fixin To Thrill (Audio CD)
What a joyous little piece of work this is, a lovely upper of an album, with melodic hooks & funky bass lines and Martina's voice cooing & squeaking in the midst of it all. Pure dance/pop, with one cabaret number (You're A Disaster) thrown in for good measure (like "Get Lucky" on Galore). I think the writing has gotten better since Galore. Great stuff. Go buy Fixin to Thrill & treat yourself to a real good time...

Speed Ballads
Speed Ballads
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 16.95
7 used & new from CDN$ 6.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, May 3 2009
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I got lucky and picked this up for a song, so to speak, from a seller. I see that the current price listings for it are pretty outrageous, so it's probably a rare item. I've always been fond of the first Republica album with "Ready to Go" and "Drop Dead Gorgeous", but this, my god, I think it's even better. Category a mix of dance/pop/electronica, but the kicker is the passion in Saffron's singing. She just grabs hold of you and gives you a good shaking. Two of these songs can only be called anthemic: Try Everything & Nothing's Feeling New. But the tempo's pretty high throughout (in keeping with that marvelous title). A mere 10 songs, but they leave you feeling exhilarated. This, my friends, is what music is supposed to do. Another of those bands whose short lifespan is to be eternally regretted. If you can find it at a reasonable price, GET IT!!

Best Of The
Best Of The
Price: CDN$ 9.04
4 used & new from CDN$ 9.04

5.0 out of 5 stars You cannot go wrong with this band, May 3 2009
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The personality of Patty Donahue and the songwriting of Chris Butler were the two sparks that made the Waitresses so damned good. Frankly I don't see how anyone could not fall in love with Patty. This discount CD is a pretty good deal since you get 9 songs from the 2 LPs plus three not included on them: Christmas Wrapping, Square Pegs and Bread & Butter. Seek out the Waitresses Live at Hurrah DVD, "Pocketful of Change" and you get two more "new" songs, not to mention a video record of the band, which you will cherish (despite its technical flaws: the DVD not the band) according to your affection for this band which was in existence for so short a time. They were unique - there's been nothing like them, before or since.

The Corrs: All the Way Home, A History Of The Corrs - Plus Live in Geneva
The Corrs: All the Way Home, A History Of The Corrs - Plus Live in Geneva
DVD ~ Andrea Corr
6 used & new from CDN$ 40.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up on documentary, thumbs down on concert, Sept. 14 2008
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True Corrs fans will consider the price of this product worthwhile for the History DVD alone, which is fascinating. It has everything you could want to know, including interviews and performance video right from the earliest days of the band. As for the concert DVD, true, it is nice to see concert performance of the Borrowed Heaven material, and I must say Sharon looks even more fetching as a blonde, but I must alas confirm the comments of another reviewer about camera angles. Basically, they suck. It seems like this whole concert was approached as if it were an MTV ad, with shots lasting 2 to 3 seconds max (especially bad on the instrumental numbers) and the camera jumping all over the place for no clear reason. The video on some shots visibly shakes, as if a hand-held camera were being jostled. In places the video just goes absolutely haywire and should have been edited out. In places they cut to black-and-white: why, god only knows. It all makes for an extremely infuriating viewing experience.
Another thing: Caroline is back, but only in a minor role: on secondary drums and bodhram. She doesn't get much camera attention. Her role here is the total opposite of her powerhouse performance on Live in London, where she's like a force of nature on the drums.
Final verdict: Get it for the History DVD, but if you see Live in Geneva being sold on it's own, don't bother. Live in London is far to be preferred (as is the Royal Albert Hall, from what I hear).

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