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Free Mars ~ Lusk
Free Mars ~ Lusk
4.0 out of 5 stars Sonic Sundae, July 15 2004
Listening to "Free Mars" by Lusk takes a bit of work and, but the payoff is worth the investment for those willing to make more than a casual effort. The sound is a sonic sundae, infused with psychedelic elements, layers of swirling sounds, and processed vocals that conjure up memories of early Brian Eno ("Here Come the Warm Jets," "Taking Tiger Mountain") but that sound modern, crisp, and well-thought out.
Harps, cellos, odd percussion, and horns round out the core sound built around guitars, keyboards, and electronic treatments. It's clear that there was quite a bit of studio time involved in getting these tracks in present form, and one can only wonder… Read more
Benefit ~ Jethro Tull
Benefit ~ Jethro Tull
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
"Benefit" remains my favorite Jethro Tull recording, likely for all the wrong reasons. First, this was the first session where Ian Anderson and his band mates embraced folk music over the blues-tinged sound of their earlier work. Next, Martin Barre sounds engaged, determined, and focused on guitar, and his strong effort here keeps the music well grounded (something that is a failing on some Tull recordings in my opinion). Third, John Evan's returns to the fold and adds some stellar work on keyboards that greatly enrichs the sound. Fourth, I liked Glen Cornick's bass lines better than those by any other Tull bass player. Fifth, Ian Anderson crafted some of his best lyrics for "Benefit,"… Read more
"How to Write and Speak Effective English" does not carry the same cachet as "The Elements of Style" or weigh of say "Hodges' Harbrace College Handbook." In some ways, though, it's a useful precursor to some of the more recent books on English usage such as Joseph Williams' excellent "Style" or the rather staid "Elements of Grammar."
The layout and design of this book work against it: small type, tight margins, and unimaginative design. But you might want a copy for your reference shelf if you are starting to gain experience as a writer, if you instruct others about writing, or if you wish to challenge yourself to improve your… Read more