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ALLEGRI. Miserere.Tallis Scholars/Phillips
ALLEGRI. Miserere.Tallis Scholars/Phillips
Price: CDN$ 25.11
26 used & new from CDN$ 16.80

5.0 out of 5 stars To find fault with this recording..., April 21 2015
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To find fault with this recording is to find fault with music itself. The BBC chose this as one of the 50 greatest recordings ever made, and I am inclined to agree.

Nevermind (Remastered)
Nevermind (Remastered)
Price: CDN$ 7.99
59 used & new from CDN$ 4.49

1.0 out of 5 stars Great Album, Terrible Re-Mastering, Jan. 8 2015
Ce commentaire est de: Nevermind (Remastered) (Audio CD)
OK, Let's be clear here, the album itself is fantastic, 4-5 stars, depending on your tastes. But this mastering job is terrible. It is mind numbingly loud, the drums have flat dynamics, in short, the life, the musicality has been drained out of it. I swear I can actually hear digital distortion and clipping. If you have a terrible terrible music player, you might actually prefer this version. If you have yourself anything better avoid this like the plague, and purchase the original mastering. It was always a fantastically mastered album, and the original sounds dynamic and vibrant in comparison to the travesty.

ORICO 6518US3 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to SATA External Hard Drive Docking Staion for 2.5 or 3.5in HDD / SSD [ Lay-flat USB 3.0 Dock with 12V 2.5A Power Adapter, 4TB Support, Black]
ORICO 6518US3 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to SATA External Hard Drive Docking Staion for 2.5 or 3.5in HDD / SSD [ Lay-flat USB 3.0 Dock with 12V 2.5A Power Adapter, 4TB Support, Black]
Offered by ORICO Direct Store
Price: CDN$ 69.99
2 used & new from CDN$ 29.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I cannot get a USB 3 SuperSpeed connection + device failing, July 30 2014
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I have one significant problem with this product... I cannot get a USB 3 SuperSpeed connection from it. I have tried multiple computers, all the same issue. If this issue were solved, I would rate this a four start product, simply because the build quality seems a touch lightweight. Otherwise it is an attractive and practical product.

REVIEW UPDATE:

I have spent a significant amount of time being misunderstood by Orico customer support. My dock now powers off altogether intermittently, and is starting to become useless, after only months of light use. Orico's advice is to buy another USB 3 cable. They have offered no exchange, repair, anything. I was expecting much more from their customer service than suggesting their own parts may be faulty, and I should be replacements.

How to Be a Hit Songwriter: Polishing and Marketing Your Lyrics and Music
How to Be a Hit Songwriter: Polishing and Marketing Your Lyrics and Music
by Molly-Ann Leikin
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 30.32
29 used & new from CDN$ 6.29

1.0 out of 5 stars Very weak book, March 19 2014
I have just finished reading this book in about 20 minutes. A few things stand out to me:

1. The writer is badly out of touch with the realities of the music industry. She is clearly still stuck in the pre-Internet age, and even starts her book with a page on the evils of downloading instead of buying CDs.

2. The writer is neurotically self indulgent, assuming her personal experiences and emotional responses as the thoughts and feelings of her reader. She does this to point that borders on sexism.

3. The examples she provides are weak, not true hit songs.

4. Perhaps most importantly, the amount of content is scant at best. This is fluffy lightweight writing, way too many words, far too few ideas.

I highly recommend skipping this book.

Visual Research, 2nd Edition: An Introduction to Research Methodologies in Graphic Design
Visual Research, 2nd Edition: An Introduction to Research Methodologies in Graphic Design
by Ian Noble
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 55.95
31 used & new from CDN$ 53.03

1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible writing, Sept. 12 2013
Terrible writing, the worst kind of quasi-intellectual nonsense that pollutes academia. This verbose shell of hollow writing is pathetically light on content, with language that dilutes concepts and methods in a misleadingly simplistic manner. To top it off, the book is poorly designed, concerned with unrelated aesthetics more than anything else. The whole book represents the worst kind of self indulgent design and writing. Designers deserve and are capable of so much more than this.

Mass Effect Trilogy - PlayStation 3
Mass Effect Trilogy - PlayStation 3
Price: CDN$ 29.99
8 used & new from CDN$ 19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Best game ever?, Sept. 8 2013
Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Taken as a whole, I think the Mass Effect trilogy makes a strong argument for being one of the greatest games ever made. An action/role-playing epic (120+ hours) that spans the galaxy, minor shortcomings are made up with relentless ambition in scope, magnitude and emotional range. It starts slowly, and builds gradually into a juggernaut of a game. I look forward to whatever Bioware does next.

Yeezus
Yeezus
Price: CDN$ 10.00
58 used & new from CDN$ 5.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Second only to Dark Twisted Fantasy, June 22 2013
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Ce commentaire est de: Yeezus (Audio CD)
Not much to say. If you want to hear Kanye's first three albums again, so listen to them. If you want to hear one of the most interesting and talented musicians & producers at work today, you should at the very least give this a listen. So many interesting ideas. Not everything works, but you can see a master at work in everything.

Bon Iver
Bon Iver
Price: CDN$ 18.29
40 used & new from CDN$ 10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best album I've heard all year, Dec 28 2011
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Ce commentaire est de: Bon Iver (Audio CD)
What a pleasant treat for one of the last new albums I've listened to all year to stand out as the best. Layered, nuanced, subtle and overwhelming all at once. A much more ambitious and challenging album than it's surface veneer initially reveals, this easily trumps anything Bon Iver has done to date by a giant step.

Elephant
Elephant
Offered by dodax-online
Price: CDN$ 19.42
31 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

3.0 out of 5 stars Overrated, March 31 2004
Ce commentaire est de: Elephant (Audio CD)
Not a bad album, but really nothing great. Some good singles, but very inconsistent as an album. I think over time most of the White Stripes catalogue will fall into the novelty rack - this is at best gutsy and grabbing, but at worst poorly done. Yeah it can be fun, but doesn't go anywhere really. I heard this album was a huge breakthrough for them. I think the opposite. They were a novelty act, who when stepping up to the big time, are revealed for their thinness. I was dissapointed enough to sell it, but don't get me wrong, it ain't all bad, and can be fun if that's what you're into these days.

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