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posted a review of The Temptations - The Best Of The Temptations Volume 1 - The 60's . over 2 years ago
The Temptations are another of Motown’s very best male acts. Like all of 20th Century Masters compilations, this offers a small selection of the group’s hit singles, each one being widely revered. As a sampler to the uninitiated, the compilation here ... See full review
posted a review of Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - The Best Of Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. over 2 years ago
Smokey Robinson was easily one of Motown’s most prolific songwriters and with his group, The Miracles, notched up a string of successful hit singles and albums, some of which are among the most remarkable recordings in the history of pop and soul music. ... See full review
posted a review of Madonna - MDNA. over 2 years ago
No one can deny Madonna's enormous impact on pop culture and very few can claim to be as consistently successful as the reigning Queen of Pop. Unfortunately, ageism and sexism runs rife, especially in the entertainment industry. Ten years ago, Madonna ... See full review
posted a comment on Grace Jones - Hurricane. over 2 years ago
Well, it's what you call my opinion, just as you have yours. Simple as that.
posted a review of Grace Jones - Island Life. over 3 years ago
This ten track compilation was released at the end of 1985. At this point in Grace Jones' career, her profile had been raised considerably thanks to her role as the totally insane May Day in the 1985 James Bond film, 'A View To A Kill', starring Roger ... See full review
posted a review of Danielle Dax - Comatose-Non-Reaction (The Thwarted Pop Career Of Danielle Dax). over 3 years ago
An extraordinary, artistic genius who amassed a large and loyal international underground cult following, but really should have broken into the mainstream. While her earlier albums, 'Pop Eyes' and 'Jesus Egg That Wept', were clearly not designed for ... See full review
posted a review of The Supremes - We Remember Sam Cooke. over 3 years ago
While it goes without saying that The Supremes didn't eclipse any of Sam Cooke's original classics on this LP, it still serves as a credible tribute - depending on your taste that is. Diana Ross' sumptuous vocals complement most of the material here and ... See full review
posted a review of The Supremes - Sing Country Western & Pop. over 3 years ago
While this is far from one of their best albums, this does showcase some excellent group harmonies more than any other of their LP's. Recorded in 1963, it wasn't released until early 1965 by which time they had become America's top-selling group. From ... See full review
posted a comment on The Supremes - Sing Country Western & Pop. over 3 years ago
Nicely reviewed and I agree - all three get chance to shine here.
posted a review of Kylie Minogue - The Best Of Kylie Minogue. over 3 years ago
Whether you love her or loathe her, no one can deny Aussie superstar Kylie Minogue has the midas touch. For over twenty-five years she has continued to be adept at adapting to the times and, like Madonna, has shrewdly re-invented herself to stay relevant ... See full review
posted a review of Madonna - The Immaculate Collection. over 3 years ago
By 1990, Madonna had easily become the top female single of the WORLD; she could do no wrong. Each and every release was greeted with a blaze of glory, surrounded by public and critical interest, and she always managed to pull out many surprises. This ... See full review
posted a review of Grace Jones - Hurricane. over 3 years ago
Now, the cynic in me was a little wary when I heard Grace Jones had released a new album back in 2008. I am mainly a fan of her work with Jamaican reggae masters Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespere, but following one of her greatest hits, 'Slave To The ... See full review
posted a review of Madonna - Like A Prayer. over 3 years ago
Once upon a time, everything Madonna released, musically, would be greeted with a wave of interest from the media and fly high in the charts. Failure was never an option. She continued to surprise with each and every release and she had a remarkable ... See full review
posted a review of Bob Marley & The Wailers - Legend (The Best Of Bob Marley & The Wailers). over 3 years ago
Jamaica's most gifted musical artist was undoubtedly the legendary Bob Marley. Marley and his dynamic backing group, The Wailers, became THE sound of Jamaica, taking reggae music into the mainstream. Deservedly hailed as the undisputed and unparalleled ... See full review
posted a review of Michael Jackson - Thriller. over 3 years ago
'Off The Wall' (1979) was an absolutely explosive album by the genius Michael Jackson. Produced by Quincy Jones, the LP was a blockbuster success on both sides of the Atlantic for the late King of Pop and featured a wealth of hit singles, including the ... See full review
posted a review of Marvin Gaye - What's Going On. over 3 years ago
The utter genius and legendary Marvin Gaye remains one of the most outstanding, influential and innovative artist's in Soul music; In fact popular music in general. His unparalled, undisputed talents set standards for generations to come and he continues ... See full review
posted a review of The Doors - The Doors. over 3 years ago
This classic, outstanding album, first released in 1967 on the Elektra label is, undoubtedly, one of the most impressive and compelling recordings in rock music history. It is also most certainly one of the very best first-outings by a rock group. ... See full review
posted a review of Grace Jones - Living My Life. over 3 years ago
Firstly, I have to admit that as much as I enjoy 'Living My Life', this is my least favourite in the trilogy that Grace Jones recorded with Sly & Robbie at the Compass Point Studios in Jamaica. It just doesn't quite manage to scale the heights that the ... See full review
posted a review of Kylie Minogue - Kylie Minogue. over 3 years ago
Wow! This was a long, long way from the likes of Kylie's PWL days churning out squeaky-clean pop like 'I Should Be So Lucky'. In fact listening to 'Impossible Princess' you'd be hard-pressed to realise this is actually the same artist. After Kylie fled ... See full review
posted a review of Danielle Dax - Pop-Eyes. over 3 years ago
URGH! What's with that gruesome cover you must all be thinking? Grotesque, to say the least! The answer is Danielle Dax gathered several images from a series of medical journals and used this as part of her "Meat Harvest" art collection. Yes, Dax was an ... See full review
posted a review of Danielle Dax - Jesus Egg That Wept. over 3 years ago
Many have declared this to be Danielle Dax's very best album. While 'Pop Eyes' was a minimalist affair all-round, 'Jesus Egg That Wept' boasts more full-bodied productions. But it's just as equally strange and ethereal as 'Pop Eyes' (which is certainly ... See full review
posted a review of Danielle Dax - Dark Adapted Eye. over 3 years ago
While her albums had largely been experimental affairs, by 1987 Danielle Dax began making more accessible music - not necessarily commercial, but certainly records that really SHOULD have cracked the mainstream. Following her excellent 'Inky Bloaters' ... See full review
posted a review of Grace Jones - Bulletproof Heart. over 3 years ago
'Bulletproof Heart', like 'Inside Story' (1986) before it, was another foray into mainstream pop, with sprinklings of R&B, dance-pop and jazz on some numbers. While much of her work before was unique and could only be Grace Jones, here this all sounds ... See full review
posted a review of Marvin Gaye - The Best Of Marvin Gaye - Volume 2 - The 70's. over 3 years ago
The late, great Marvin Gaye was an utter musical genius, his talents remaining unparalleled.He had progressed from the predictable sounds of Motown in the 60s to far more profound, socially conscious material in the 70s and was going from strength to ... See full review
posted a review of Grace Jones - Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions. over 3 years ago
In 1998 Island Records issued this double-disc collection of Grace Jones' legendary Compass Point Sessions in Jamaica. Jones' was teamed with reggae duo Sly & Robbie and worked with an assortment of top-notch musicians, some of whom had played on Bob ... See full review
posted a review of Various - The Best Of Motown 1960s, Volume 1. over 3 years ago
Who would have guessed that when Berry Gordy Jr set up a small record company called Motown with an $800 loan, it would become one of the world's leading record labels. Bridging the gap between black and white culture, Motown was the pioneering all-black ... See full review
posted a review of Madonna - Ray Of Light. over 3 years ago
Released in early 1998, 'Ray of Light' was greeted with universal critical acclaim, many hailing it as her most adventurous, artistic and accomplished album, which I'd most certainly agree with. Drastically different to anything she'd recorded ... See full review
posted a review of Kylie* - Kiss Me Once. over 3 years ago
While 'Kiss Me Once' is not nearly as consistent as her last contemporary project 'Aphrodite' it still serves as a solid and (mostly) entertaining album. Now I have to admit that it did take a few listens to grow on me, which is quite unusual for a Kylie ... See full review
posted a review of The Supremes - A Bit Of Liverpool. over 3 years ago
Not brilliant, but some of the material makes for a fun, engaging listen. Other parts, such as their rushed, uninspired take on 'A Hard Day's Night' come off less favourably. As many of the Mersey beat groups like The Beatles had declared Motown as being ... See full review
posted a review of Grace Jones - The Grace Jones Story. over 3 years ago
Well, the legendary Jamaican-born singer, actress and ex-super model Grace Jones surprised both critics and fans in 2008 when she returned to the music scene after a 19 year hiatus, seemingly with a vengeance, on what is arguably the best album of her ... See full review
posted a review of Grace Jones - Portfolio. over 3 years ago
Grace Jones' debut album is a bit of a mixed bag. Some of the disco recordings sound formulaic and lack the unique quality for which she would become renowned. Saying that, it's all purely dependent on what era of Ms Jones you prefer. For me, the ... See full review
posted a review of The Supremes - Where Did Our Love Go. over 3 years ago
Ladies & Gentlemen: The Supremes have arrived! A transitional album, as this combines some of their earlier minor hits like 'Run, Run, Run' and 'A Breath Taking Guy', alongside their Top 40 breakthrough 'When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His ... See full review
posted a review of The Supremes - Meet The Supremes - Expanded Edition. over 3 years ago
The Supremes before they were famous: Not all tracks are classics, but singles like 'Buttered Popcorn', 'Your Heart Belongs To Me', and 'Let Me Go The Right Way' beg the question as to why they weren't big hits. Interesting to hear the different styles ... See full review
posted a review of Danielle Dax - The BBC Sessions. over 3 years ago
By the mid 1980s avant garde musician and singer Danielle Dax had grown hugely popular on the underground scene. Her first two albums, Pop Eyes (1983) and Jesus Egg That Wept (1984) were both largely experimental affairs, leading many critics to describe ... See full review
posted a review of Danielle Dax - Blast The Human Flower. over 3 years ago
Firstly, although I don't usually like to begin a review on a negative note, I must say I was surprised to learn a minority of Danielle Dax fans considered this a "mainstream sell-out" and "too commercial"; it was as though they had something against Ms ... See full review