Trevor Horn and Friends: Slaves to Rhythm (DVD)

I have to admit, I had not heard of Trevor Horn before popping this DVD into my player. Turns out, ey was the co-writer for “Kiss From A Rose”, Seal’s hit, along with being associated with acts like The Buggles, Art of Noise, and Yes. This DVD links together Horn’s tremendous skill with a number of eir friends, in a list that includes the Pet Shop Boys, Grace Jones, Seal, Yes, and even Belle & Sebastian. The show was captured by LiveNation, ensuring that the quality of audio and video here is nothing less than stunning. Continue reading “Trevor Horn and Friends: Slaves to Rhythm (DVD)”

Blue Angel Vodka (80 Proof)

The bottle that we received of Blue Angel looks to have drawn influence from Grey Goose and the 700 Club; the frosted bottle and blue top will remind imbibers of the former, and the name, cloud motif and halo on the bottle will remind them of the latter. Compared to many vodkas, the astringent alcohol nose of Blue Angel is very mild, and even inviting. When the imbiber first gets a sip of Blue Angel into their mouth, one will be further confirmed that the quality of the spirit is superior than many on the shelf. While there is no denying that what one is sipping is alcoholic, there is a smoothness to the spirit that cannot be denied. Continue reading “Blue Angel Vodka (80 Proof)”

The Jayhawks – Music From the North Country: The Jayhawks Anthology (CD)

Despite releasing seven studio albums, and a catalogue of truly great alternative country songs, The Jayhawks were never able to move past the cult band status before going on hiatus in 2003. Listening to their just-released anthology – 20 songs culled from all of the band’s records – it’s a bit surprising that the Minneapolis band never reached rock star status. Continue reading “The Jayhawks – Music From the North Country: The Jayhawks Anthology (CD)”

The Mighty Boosh (DVD)

While I have heard bits and pieces about The Mighty Boosh before its initial American run on Adult Swim, I must admit I was by no means familiar with the show. Most American viewers will know the show from this run, as it really represents the pinnacle of post-2000 British comedy. While shows like Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and Look Around You were shown first on American television, I feel as if there is more of a story and more laugh out loud moments here than were present in either of these shows. Continue reading “The Mighty Boosh (DVD)”

Kaze No Stigma Volume 1 – Wind (DVD)

I know that this has been explored in previous reviews of anime that we have conducted here at NeuFutur, but I really love the fact that intrepid companies like Funimation are closing the gap between when the anime shows they release in the United States come out and when they originally were shown in Japan. This time, the break in time between the original and United States release is only a little over two years. Kaze NO stigma is an anime about Kazuma and eir cousin, Ayano. Continue reading “Kaze No Stigma Volume 1 – Wind (DVD)”

Utkins U.K. 5 Organic Vodka (80 Proof)

The versatility present in the Utkins U.K. 5 Organic Vodka is simply stunning. Where it will do fine when individuals sip at it on the rocks, I feel the spirit shines brightest in a shot or mixed drink type of setting. While the vodka has a pretty astringent type of nose to it, imbibers should look beyond this and dive headfirst into what is a pretty damn good vodka. At some point, the fact that is a favorite of The Prince of Wales should showcase its quality. Finally, at the most superficial level, those individuals that are fans of the whole organic lifestyle will be pleased that this is taken from 100% Organic sources. Continue reading “Utkins U.K. 5 Organic Vodka (80 Proof)”

Dream Theater – Black Clouds & Silver Linings (CD)

Dream Theater was always a band that a number of my friends like, but that I never found myself getting into. I was tapped to review this, their latest album, and am glad that I had a chance to review their tenth studio album. The album is expansive, with the band approaching progressive rock, traditional metal, and even more instrumental and ambient sorts of compositions over the course of the six songs on the album. Continue reading “Dream Theater – Black Clouds & Silver Linings (CD)”

This Is A Shakedown – Love Kills (CD)

It seems that 2009 may just be the year of Ohio bands breaking it big. Where Bobaflex first flexed their muscles on a national stage years ago, this year, both Kid Cudi and This Is A Shakedown look poised to make some major splashes in their respective genres. “Radio” starts off with solid interplay between the guitar and drums, while the vocals fit in to the mix in a way that links together Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, and MSI. The band creates tension before the chorus, opening things up into a more modern Orgy type of sound. “Circles” brings the industrial to “Love Kills”, but the members of This Is A Shakedown here are able to imbue the track with a funkiness that does not go away. Continue reading “This Is A Shakedown – Love Kills (CD)”

The Blackout – The Best In Town (CD)

“STFUppercut” is a fast bit of hardcore punk that never lets listeners take a break. However, unlike many of the bands that bring fury but little in the way of harmony, The Blackout is able to tie all constituent elements together to make for a sound that will appease all. “Save Our Selves” has all the trappings of a track that will be played on any rock station this summer. The band works perfectly together, with the vocals being properly bolstered by the resulting arrangement. Continue reading “The Blackout – The Best In Town (CD)”

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Soundtrack (CD)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has shown that sequels can do better than originals in all formats, whether it be special effects, storyline, or sheer amounts of money taken in at the box office. The same thing can be said for the soundtrack, which links together old and new, rock and emo, and keeps the energy up high through the entirety of the disc. Continue reading “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Soundtrack (CD)”