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      26.04.2012 19:08
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      Rihanna is now considered one of the world's most appealing superstar, and you can almost be certain that any material she produces, will be extremely successful. This album, Good Girl Gone Bad is great. I believe that the main reason why this album was so successful, was because it featured her most successful single, Umbrella, a track which is famous around the world, and especially in this country as it spent months at the top of the charts all the while the country suffered extreme rain. Along the song can be annoying, it is addictive, and once listened to once, you will find yourself humming away to the catchy chorus all day.

      Being listed as number one on the album, it is a clear statement as to how great the album as a whole is going to be. As with any album, and unless you are a die hard fan, there are really only a handful of tracks that you would recognise and apart from Umbrella, I would say that other two main tracks would have to be Up And Drive and Rehab. Although no where near as successful, as with good reason, as Umbrella, they are brilliant addition to Good Girl Gone Bad. In my opinion, I find that with this album, Rihanna firmly made her mark of the world of music, in terms of how the album is produced, lyrically, and her overall persona.

      Considering how successful she has become, and the release of other albums, I fear that Good Girl Gone Bad will be forgotten, which it definitely shouldn't be. It's a great album from an amazing singer, and it really set the benchmark for her more recent material. I love of this album contains a combination of tracks, from upbeat songs that will fill the dance floor, to more sombre slow songs. There is no doubt in my mind that the album should receive a definite 5 out of 5 star ratings, truly amazing.
      Outlined below is a track list of the album:

      1. Umbrella - Rihanna, Jay-Z
      2. Push Up On Me
      3. Don't Stop The Music
      4. Breakin' Dishes
      5. Shut Up and Drive
      6. Hate That I Love You - Rihanna, Ne-Yo
      7. Say It
      8. Sell Me Candy
      9. Lemme Get That
      10. Rehab
      11. Question Existing
      12. Good Girl Gone Bad
      13. Cry.

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      26.04.2012 18:48
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      Three years after Britney's true comeback record "Circus", she is back with new album "Femme Fatale", featuring a highly auto tuned and addictive sound, after hearing her snippets. It's the kind that you can't get out of your head! I wonder if the full songs will be as good!

      ~~~ALBUM COVER~~~
      The cover of her album is one of her best yet- very simple and stylish. Undeniably, she looks really pretty and soft, though a little dead in the eyes. With an album title named "Femme Fatale", I personally would've expected something darker and slightly stronger, but perhaps that will come through in her fierce music.

      ~~~TRACK LIST~~~
      The album contains twelve songs with the deluxe edition containing four bonus tracks:

      1. Till the World Ends 4.5/5
      The second single penned by autotune princess Ke$ha is a catchy offering, especially the repetitions in the pre-chorus and chorus. The "oh-oh-oh-oh-ohs" are addictive stuff! I've never been a fan of lyrics in Britney's songs, they just seem so shallow and superficial, but the line "see the sunlight, we ain't stopping, keep on dancing till the world ends" is pretty good- well done Ke$ha!

      2. Hold It Against Me 4/5
      Lead single "Hold It against Me" has a heavy beat which keeps you addicted throughout, but this is where the silly lyrics ruin the song. She sings "You feel like paradise and I need a vacation tonight" which is not something anyone would ever sing in a decent song. That said, this track has everything it needs musically to be a hit (and it is), I just can't get past that one line hence the 4/5.

      3. Inside Out 4.5/5
      As a softer song, 'Inside Out' is reminiscent of her 2001-2003 era of 'Toxic', 'Bombastic Love' and 'Overprotected', arguably the sound she achieved at the height of her career. This song is definitely less autotuned, which is the Britney I personally prefer, making this one of the better tracks for me.

      4. I Wanna Go 5/5
      One of the catchiest tracks on the record, I was hooked since hearing the snippet, and this song definitely doesn't disappoint. The chorus just gives you a "club with strobe lighting" feel, whilst the verse is slightly more raw and this contrast makes this the best song on the record and hopefully a future single.

      5. How I Roll 2.5/5
      The breathing sounds that start this song and the chant of a verse which ends with autotune craziness is like Britney is possessed by Ke$ha or something. I am completely turned off by the first twenty seconds or so but it does get catchier. Then the breathing sounds return and I have to skip it. This isn't a bad song, but just not my type, though it is addictive in some parts.

      6. (Drop Dead) Beautiful (ft. Sabi) 3.5/5
      The album is back on track with (Drop Dead) Beautiful which at first sounds like 2003 era Britney then launches into Lady Gaga territory with the "Drop Dead, Beautiful" repetitions in the chorus which remind me of "Beautiful Dirty Rich". Sabi (who is she?) comes in at just over two minutes with some rap which personally this song does not need and I would prefer it not to have. This is a good song, but not the best, again mighty catchy!

      7. Seal It With A Kiss 4/5
      The "o-oo-ooh" at the beginning threw me off a bit, I was thinking "Is this still Britney?" but the catchy stuff comes in and dominates. Another very catchy song with variation provided by the "o-oo-ooh" that returns in the chorus, though doesn't stand out in this album.

      8. Big Fat Bass (ft. Will.I.Am) 1/5
      The worst song on the album features Black Eyed Peas front man Will.I.Am who repeats "Big Fat Bass" at the beginning for far too long, though obviously this is targeted at club goers. The Britney parts don't even sound like Britney, and I can see Fergie singing this far better. Britney, next time, don't take BEP scraps. At first when I first saw this I read it as "Big Fat Ass" LOL, which this might as well be. NEXT.

      9. Trouble For Me 3/5
      Another club hit, the annoying beginning (what is that called? Dub step?) turned me off, but the rest of this song is actually phenomenal. If only those stupid intro things aren't so dispersed into this track!! I cannot stand them which is such a shame, this would've done better without them anyway and there are far too many club tunes in this record, it is overkill.

      10. Trip to Your Heart 3.5/5
      Yet another club track; the intro gives a "club green laser" atmosphere. This is far more listenable than 'Trouble for Me' but the sound of it isn't as catchy. The lyrics aren't bad here, but I personally would've liked this to be a ballad as this is all just auto tune club stuff which I'm not into, so again, wasted potential.

      11. Gasoline 4.5/5
      Britney is back on the 11th track of the record, this time 'Gasoline' has more of a 'Circus' sound which I really liked. Another upbeat catchy track which isn't overly clubby. The lyrics are a bit superficial but I'm so happy it isn't the regurgitation of club that it will suffice.

      12. Criminal 5/5
      Another misleadingly weird intro which turns into a stunning song. This album ends with a BANG thanks to Criminal which is thankfully not heavy in beat. A catchy tune with darker themes which this whole album should've been about.

      Bonus Tracks on Deluxe Edition:
      13. Up n' Down
      14. He About to Lose Me
      15. Selfish
      16. Don't Keep Me Waiting

      SONGS TO LOVE: Till The World Ends, Inside Out, I Wanna Go, Gasoline, Criminal
      SONGS TO SKIP: How I Roll, Big Fat Bass

      ~~~PRICE~~~
      The album can be purchased for under £10 online.

      ~~~OVERALL~~~
      With a name like 'Femme Fatale', this album really should showcase Britney's fearlessness, strength and evoke a darker theme to 'Circus'.

      Unfortunately it seems like every song on this record was intended to be used by any club in the world and some tracks are just overkill of typical club sounds (Big Fat Bass, Trouble For Me, Trip to Your Heart), rendering this album uneasy for those that liked 'Circus' Britney or expected a pop/dance sound, as this record has no other label than CLUB, written, stamped and etched all over it.

      Luckily, 'Circus' and 2003 Britney (at her best) tries to break through in several stand out tracks 'Inside Out', 'I Wanna Go' and 'Gasoline'. My favourite track on the record has to be 'Criminal' as I feel this song not only showcases Britney's vocal ability, reflects the genre she is best at (pop/dance) and sums up this album fantastically, both in theme and name.

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    • Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 / Speaker / 4 Readings / 1 Rating
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      20.04.2012 10:39
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      These are the most expensive speakers that I have ever bought. Paying over £99 for them, I was looking for speakers that would be an added edition to my self built stereo system, a product that would provide exception sound quality, and of course value for money.

      Not only best the most expensive speakers I have owned, I will state right now, they are also the best I have ever owned. I got everything I was looking for when I was shopping around. After using these speakers for over a year, and they have done everything I wanted to. They fit nicely on my sideboard.

      For the price, I would definitely recommend you buying these speakers, you will not be disappointed, I wasnt and I sure that anyone with experience likelike with agree. There are so many features with these features, but it basically the sound quality that I was amazed with, especially for the price. Thanks for readiing.

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      • VideoLogic Digitheatre / Speaker / 5 Readings / 2 Ratings
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        20.04.2012 10:37
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        These days, computer games are like films, and with that the sound quality has improved. However, my TV didnt allow the full allowance to hear the sound completely without a crackling noise. That is why I bought these speakers, so that I could enhance by gaming experience, and they definitely did the job. Of course, this is the only use for these speakers from VideoLogic, you can use them to enhance TV sound alone, plug into your stereo system, dvd players, pretty much most household electronics which produce sound. I did find it a little complicated when trying to set it up, but the instructions were a great help, and, I can connect my devices in seconds through the connections jacks supplied. I would definitely say that you should go and but this product, brilliant, I was happy with it. Delivers the sound quality that a custumer deserves and removed the crackling effect I had when playing my computer games, making my overall gaming experience all that more enjoyable. Thanks for reading.

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        20.04.2012 10:36

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        Dead or Alive 2 is an ok for Playstation 2, nothing fancy, and definitely not one of the best in the fighting game genre. This edition is pretty much the same as the first, basic to some up in one word. You go through the story, although its not much of a story, fighting various characters. The story itself is basic again, with the occasion dialogue, I really wouldnt get too excited over this game, I would much rather play other fighting games, the likes of Virtual Fighter and Tekken for example, two games that are worth bragging about.

        The gameplay is simple, with the control buttons easy to figure out, which is could say is a good thing. I wouldnt recommend going out and buying this game, thats if you could even find it in the first place, it really isnt up to much. There are so many other fighting games out there. As it can see, there is really only one word to describe Dead or Alive 2, and that is simple. Boring could be another. Thanks for reading.

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      • Crazy Taxi (PS2) / Playstation 2 Game / 4 Readings / 2 Ratings
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        20.04.2012 10:36

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        It might just be me, but I think that games released years ago can more often than not be better than one's brought out today. Crazy Taxi, to a certain extent is an example of such a game. This game is famous for being simply brilliant and a great game for Playstation 2, especially when it was released way back in 2000, seems like a life time ago.

        As formats go, this game is extremely simple, but dont take that as a disadvantage, as even though simple, it is highly entertaining. Basically, you play a taxi driver, and in order to collect as money money as possible, you must drive around, picking up fares, and dropping them off at their destination. Like I said, simple.

        You are set against the clock which each character that you pick up. It is such a good game, but there is a mjor downside. I do say fun, but fun for while. The game becomes repeative, having only one goal to complete. Its not like you can start over with a new story or try things differently. Its basically driving around playing a taxi driver. For about an hour is great, but after that, slowly becomes boring and you can quickly loose interest. When I pay good money for a game, I wanted more than an hour of decent gameplay. Fun then, probably not now though. Thanks for reading.

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        20.04.2012 10:35

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        Chapionship Manager 99/00 is an old school version of the type on football management game that we have today. These types of games are the best in my opinion, and being one of the first of its kind, I consider this game, not the best, but definitely the best way to start a management genre of gaming. I love the games of today, but I also like the simplicity of the 99/00 version. Back then, you bought, sold players, changed tactics and watch as the teamed you have built up played matches.

        Although included in more recent editions, I would liked to have seen much more control over the running of the team, like more in depth finances, player information, scouting and things like that. This was the first Championship Manager game I owned, im not even sure there was one before 99/00, and I loved it at the time. I dont have it anymore, and to be frankly honest, couldnt imagine myself playing it again, but it was still an amazing game.

        This game is way too outdated for me to recommend as a purchase for anyone, but if you do happen to come across in a games shop, it wouldnt hurt to give it a go, although you will probably be suprised at how basic it is. I should not that I wouldnt recommend paying any more than a couple of pounds for it, not even that, not worth really. Thanks for reading.

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      • Diet Cherry Coke / Soft Drink / 4 Readings / 1 Rating
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        20.04.2012 10:32
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        I tend to love drinks made by Coke, however, Diet Cherry Coke, is a drink that I just cant drink. I would even go as far as saying that I hate it. Have you ever shaken a bottle of coke, let it rest and then taken a sip. It would taste flat, no taste at all really. Well that is exactly how this drink tastes, and you dont even have to shake, it is made like that, very disappointing. Its strange though, as I love the normal Cherry Coke. The diet version however is so much different. If you have read my review of normal Coke Cola, you will have read me recommendation not to buy a supermarkets owned branded coke due to the low tasting quality, well I would put this drink in the same league. I put to terrible taste down to the removal of sugar from it, taking all the sweetness away.

        I drank it once, and I havent again. I thought it would be healthier, and to be truthful it probably is, but I would rather increase my calorie intake a bit and buy normal cherry coke. Waste of money. When it comes to the cost of diet cherry coke, it is the same as the other Coke Cola varieties, relative to the size of bottle.

        This drink really isnt for me. I wouldnt recommend it based on my experience, unless you like tasteless flat drinks. Thanks for reading.

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      • Cravendale Milk / Soft Drink / 2 Readings / 1 Rating
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        20.04.2012 10:31

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        Take my advice, next time you go to the shop to buy your milk, instead of picking your normal variety, pick up a carton of Cravendale. Honestly, I havent tasted milk like it. So much better than regular milk, you wont be disappointed. Cravendale Milk will be in the same place, in a white bottle, with a green or red label. It is some much more pure and healthier for you. I have heard some people say that all milk tastes the same, but it doesnt, the taste of Cravendale is of such a higher quality, I dont know whether its because of the way it is processed or if they added something during production, but it doesnt matter, its better and that is all there is too.

        I drink a lot of coffee, and even in a drink containing other ingredients you can taste the difference. The best way to enjoy the Cravendale is straight out of the fridge, ice cold, this way I could drink it glass after glass. So much so that I go through a least 3 bottles a week.

        I suspect that you normally pay about £1 for your milk, so it may discourage to buy Cravendale when I tell you that it is priced closer to £2 for a bottle. Although it is more costly, almost double, you should try it at least once, as a bottle can be kept for more than the normal couple of days, a week in fact once it has been opened.

        Cravendale is definitely worth paying the extra price, and I definitely recommend it, even my kids notice the difference and that is saying something, normally milk is just milk to them. Thanks for reading.

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      • Coca Cola Zero / Soft Drink / 10 Readings / 9 Ratings
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        19.04.2012 20:31
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        When it comes to the Coke Cola brand of drinks, Coke Zero is relatively new. I think that you must have to really like Zero in order to purposefully go out and buy it, as you would just buy normal Coke. In my opinion, there isnt really much difference in taste between the too. There is no sugar content in this variety, so it is healthier in a way, however it does still contain a high caffiene content, which is not so healthy. It do taste great, cant really tell that it has no sugar, which is a bonus as I like my drinks to be sweet tasting.

        I do have Zero on occasion, but like I said, wouldnt go out, walk into a shop just to buy it, it would be a random purchase. Even though there isnt really much of a difference, I opt to go for normal coke, as somewhere in the back on head, there is a nudge telling there is a difference, but there isnt.

        If I had to make a choice between Zero and another brand, such as Pepsi however, I would choice Zero, as like much of the Cola brand, tastes so much better. It isnt as gasy as normal coke though which is definitely an added bonus. You will notice this drink when you walk into a shop, as the label is completely black, with a little walk and the Coke branded colours.

        I would recommend Zero, especially for parents to give to their kids as a substitue to the sugar filled normal coke, its better for them. Thanks for reading.

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        19.04.2012 20:30
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        What is the point in having seperate device for printing, scanning and photocopying, when there are models like the Epson Stylus SX215 available to buy. An all in one printer is brilliant, it compacts all three devices into one, and not only that, it also compacts the price. For £60, you get all three, rather than paying probably the same for each individual product. With this model, you can print, in both colour and black & white, scan documents onto your computer, and make multiple copies of your document.

        Although it is relatively cheap, my main problem with this model is the ink cartridges. Again they are cheap, but you need to replace them quite often, so when you calculate how much you spend on ink, maybe another model would offset the cost a little. I know for a fact that other Epson models are also cheap and have low running costs.

        This printer is perfect for home use, and also for a small office, but if you are going to be constantly printing, I would advise another model, as printing times are long, and like I mentioned, ink prices. However, the printing quality is of a high standard, especially with photo printing, so you really need to weigh up all there prons and cons before you buy the SX215. A good printer for general home use. Thanks for reading.

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          19.04.2012 20:30

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          The HP Desktop F2180 all in one printer was one of the first models on the market which brought together three essential computer accessories, and put them all into one device. It was definitely the first all in one model that I personally owned, and lasted a good few years, but as technology advanced, it became outdated, and I wanted a newer model. HP are great manufacture, and have made a great product here, and still do, but at the time, the printer had run its course, and was time for a new one. In all the times I had it, there no major issues to complain about, apart from slight cosmetic damage. If you have a small budget, then this may be the printer for you, as it is still available to buy, but at cut down prices, like £30 on Amazon, and Im sure even cheaper on Ebay.

          One disadvantage I should tell you is the ink cartridges. The printer may be cheap, but HP inkis a little more expensive than its competitors. This model in particular takes specific cartridges 21 and 22, and they cost about £12, but it does vary. I would recommend recycling your old ink cartridges, which I do, and it does reduce the cost.

          Software provided with the F2180 is great, and takes you step by step when you want to scan a document, and explains how simple it is to copy. Printing speed, average I would say about 20 seconds per page, so not the best, but if you are using for home use, then not that bad. A definite recommendation. Thanks for reading.

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        • Logitech Webcam C200 / Webcam / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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          19.04.2012 20:29
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          If you have read any of my other reviews on products made by Logitech, you will have realised that I love them. Primarily because they are reliable and can be trusted, which is more than can be said for others out there. This webcam made by them is another one of there products which reinforces such an opinion. The thing about the C200 is that although it is a better webcam than others produced by Logitech, the price isnt much more, selling at around £14, and a bargain at that without a doubt.

          The main advantage of this webcam is the quality of the camera, which is of course of high importance in such a device. This model exhibits a 1.3 megapixel, which is evidenced in the quality of the pictures you can take with the webcam, just one example. When using the video on Skype, in is honest like looking into a mirror, the image of the screen is so clear, not fuzzy or pixelated, just a precise image. I have used this camera many times to take images and upload them onto Facebook, because as soon as you take an image, you can save into a folder, just as if you had uploaded from a digital camera.

          As we have a flat screen monitor with our computer (just like most these days), we can attach the webcam to the top of it, therefore reduces movement of videos and such, which makes the webcam fixed into a single solid position throughout its use. When not in use it can be unclipped and stored away. An extra added feature with the Logitech webcam is the inclusion of a microphone, yes not the best but the addition alone is an improvement. I would rather have one than not.

          A really decent piece of equipment, definitely gets my recommendation. Cheap yet amazing quality, certainly worth the money spent. Thanks for reading.

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          19.04.2012 20:28

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          Last month the cable that was provided with my desktop broke, so I urgently needed a new one so that I could connect my hard drive tower to my monitor, and the way I have my desk set out, I needed one that was quite long in length. The standard cables are only a couple of metres, so after extensive shopping online, I was pleased I found he Startech cable. The length was the main reason why I purchased it, even though I wasnt planning on paying for than £10, I ended up purchasing this product for £15 on Amazon. There was two different types of this cable, both the same, with different lengths, so even if you dont have the requirements that I did, then this model could be for you.

          I trust this cable, and am confident that it will last a long time, as the outer cabling is so thick, therefore providing the the wires on the inside, a great advantage in my opinion. Quality is perfect with this cable, both in terms on connection and video, something I thought was greatly important. You can use this cable with most models of computer models, but I would double check before making the purchase, you never know. Even though the cable was so thick, I was easily able to pin it away for safety, I didnt want a 15 metre cable hanging everywhere. All in all, this is a great product, I recommend it as a brilliant purchase. Thanks for reading.

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          19.04.2012 20:27

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          Last month the cable that was provided with my desktop broke, so I urgently needed a new one so that I could connect my hard drive tower to my monitor, and the way I have my desk set out, I needed one that was quite long in length. The standard cables are only a couple of metres, so after extensive shopping online, I was pleased I found he Startech cable. The length was the main reason why I purchased it, even though I wasnt planning on paying for than £10, I ended up purchasing this product for £15 on Amazon. There was two different types of this cable, both the same, with different lengths, so even if you dont have the requirements that I did, then this model could be for you.

          I trust this cable, and am confident that it will last a long time, as the outer cabling is so thick, therefore providing the the wires on the inside, a great advantage in my opinion. Quality is perfect with this cable, both in terms on connection and video, something I thought was greatly important. You can use this cable with most models of computer models, but I would double check before making the purchase, you never know. Even though the cable was so thick, I was easily able to pin it away for safety, I didnt want a 15 metre cable hanging everywhere. All in all, this is a great product, I recommend it as a brilliant purchase. Thanks for reading.

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