Camel: a Nod and a Wink

Artist / Title: Camel: a Nod and a Wink Month Reviewed: August 2002 Format: CD Buy: Well, what a surprise! This is the bands 30th anniversary release and, as such, is a compendium of all their styles. It sounds like a ‘classic’ album and all the songs (7 of them) …

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Pink Floyd: the Final Cut

Artist / Title: Pink Floyd: the Final Cut Month Reviewed: May 2004 Format: CD Buy: This is one of those albums you either love or hate. As for me, I love it! This new re-master sounds fabulous and the single only When the Tigers Broke Free fits into the running …

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Jason Mraz: Mr A-Z

Artist / Title: Jason Mraz: Mr A-Z Month Reviewed: March 2006 Format: CD Buy: Wow! What an album this is! I first heard of this singer/song-writer by way of a cover he did of Queen’s ‘Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy’. Impressed by his vocal abilities, I nipped out and got …

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Spock’s Beard: Snow

Artist / Title: Spock’s Beard: Snow Month Reviewed: September 2002 Format: CD Buy: Finally received my copy of this album: look out for the limited edition 3CD package that comes in a nice box, with some stickers and the story! Very nice package indeed. And what of the music? Well, …

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Morrissey: You are the Quarry

Artist / Title: Morrissey: You are the Quarry Month Reviewed: July 2004 Format: CD Buy: Morrissey’s latest solo album is by far his best yet. In terms of sound and production, it is top notch: punchy and powerful. Vocally, he is in excellent form and delivers an outstanding performance. The …

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Pure Reason Revolution: the Dark Third

Artist / Title: Pure Reason Revolution: the Dark Third Month Reviewed: June 2006 Format: CD Buy: This is a totally fabulous album! – like early Floyd/Hawkwind/BOC served up in a modern Porcupine Tree style. Probably. Regardless, it is superb. Great vocal harmonies and catchy, melodic tunes. It sounds old, yet …

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Pain of Salvation: Be

Artist / Title: Pain of Salvation: Be Month Reviewed: October 2004 Format: CD Buy: Buy this album!!!!! Fantastic to the nth degree, this is truly one of the most progressive and awe-inspiring albums I have heard in a long time. Seriously heavy going and requires a good few spins to …

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Circulus: Clocks are Like People

Artist / Title: Circulus: Clocks are Like People Month Reviewed: September 2006 Format: CD Buy: Well, this album is quite the discovery! To the unprepared, it may even sound a tad bonkers. However, give it a few spins and is charms begin to sink in. Sounding not unlike a cross …

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Ben Folds: Live

Artist / Title: Ben Folds: Live Month Reviewed: November 2002 Format: CD Buy: Well, what can I say? This is a tremendous album – one of the best live releases I have ever heard. Yup, it really is that good. Initial purchasers note that you get a free 35 minute …

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Rufus Wainwright: Poses

Artist / Title: Rufus Wainwright: Poses Month Reviewed: December 2004 Format: CD Buy: Wow! What a great album. Featuring 13 songs sung with a rare passion and delivery, this is terrific stuff. Hugely melodic, complex, yet simple at the same time, this album is one of those that rewards repeated …

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Magenta: Home

Artist / Title: Magenta: Home Month Reviewed: November 2006 Format: CD Buy: I have enjoyed previous Magenta albums very much, but this one really hits the nail on the head: great playing throughout (some superb guitar solos!) and fabulous vocals from Christina make this a must buy for any rock …

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Dream Theater: Train of Thought

Artist / Title: Dream Theater: Train of Thought Month Reviewed: December 2003 Format: CD Buy: On first hearing, I was very, very disappointed with this album. Sure, it is very heavy, lyrically and musically, but there seemed to be a complete lack of melody. However, spin it a few times …

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Spock’s Beard: Octane

Artist / Title: Spock’s Beard: Octane Month Reviewed: February 2005 Format: CD Buy: I have to say this is extremely impressive, though bound to disappoint fans of the bands previous prog output. This is a ROCK record, sometimes a very heavy rock record. However, the first 7 songs (A Flash …

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Dream Theater: Black Clouds and Silver Linings

Artist / Title: Dream Theater: Black Clouds and Silver Linings Month Reviewed: June 2009 Format: CD Buy: Let’s start by saying that this is quite possibly the best Dream Theater album yet! As you would expect, the instrumental prowess on display is extraordinary, but what saves it from being a …

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Suede: A New Morning

Artist / Title: Suede: A New Morning Month Reviewed: December 2002 Format: CD Buy: Suede are one of those bands you either ‘get’ or don’t! This is their 6th album (I think) and, although not their best, it is still rather good. Standout track is the mesmerising ‘Astral Girl’. Pure …

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Francis Dunnery: the Gulley Flats Boys

Artist / Title: Francis Dunnery: the Gulley Flats Boys Month Reviewed: April 2005 Format: CD Buy: This is Francis Dunnery’s new album, a double, no less; though in truth it would all fit on one CD! Regardless, this is Francis’s mid-life crisis album and is full of pretty downbeat, looking …

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Diagonal: Diagonal

Artist / Title: Diagonal: Diagonal Month Reviewed: September 2009 Format: CD Buy: I first heard of this band via a track on Classic Rock Prog Magazine. I loved it straight away and sought out the album. First things first, this is unashamedly retro, pulling in influences from Pink Floyd (early …

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Radiohead: Hail to the Thief

Artist / Title: Radiohead: Hail to the Thief Month Reviewed: July 2003 Format: CD Buy: Well, a new Radiohead album is upon us. Would it be all barking mad electronica or a return to guitar based rock? The answer is a little of both. In some respects this album is …

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