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Aerosmith-Music From Another Dimension

As as die hard Aerosmith fan and lover of music in general, I would like to get The Aerosmith reunion album “Music From Another Dimension” which was Released 2 Nov 2012, and is the first collection of new tunes since 2001. The album opens with Luv xxx which is an absolute classic Aerosmith track, Oh Yeah is another awesome bluesy track with huge depth and Out Go The Lights is an epic rock and roll song.’Closer’ also carries a bluesy edge and is a strong, slow-tempo song, while ‘Freedom Fighter’ is a pseudo-political rock number with Joe Perry on vocals.

However some songs don’t quite work, particularly the Diane Warren ballad. “Tell Me” which aims for the slow-jam style of their Alicia Silverstone years, and “Street Jesus” rewrites “Toys in the Attic.”. The duet with his fellow American Idol alum Carrie Underwood for “Can’t Stop Loving You” (rhymes with “because it’s all I wanna do”), is also a bit Roppey.

The best thing about Music From Another Dimension! is the chance to hear Joe Perry and Brad Whitford play guitar – always the best thing about any Aerosmith album. “LUV XXX,” despite the dippy title, revives the Rocks-style riff glory no other band can replicate. However the Best song by a mile (Or Kilometre & 3/8) is “Legendary Child.”

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ZZ Top – La Futura

Recently I have been listening to ZZ Top first new album in 9 years – La Futura.   ZZ Top broke through In the 1970 s with simmering Texas blues – and then, in the next decade, reimagined their sound as global beer-joint pop. produced by Rick Rubin La Futura  stands among the best they’ve done. Its guitars roar and growl, Gibbons’s voice a toxic gargle in counter to Hill’s higher, truer yell. And it begins with the year’s most unlikely cover version: I Gotsta Get Paid, a bluesy version of Houston’s DJ DMD ‘s 1990s crack-dealing hip-hop anthem “25 Lighters” which featured Lil’ Keke and Fat Pat.

ZZ Top’s 43-year stint as one of the world’s most recognisable rock’n’roll bands will also be honoured in London later this year, when they pick up the Living Legends gong at the Classic Rock Magazine awards. Watching them on stage, you see the affection in which they are held by very different groups of people of very different ages. The men the same age as them whoop for early blues like Waitin’ for the Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago; there are twentysomethings punching the air to the big hits from Eliminator – Gimme All Your Lovin’, Legs and Sharp Dressed Man. There are hipsters getting down to I Gotsta Get Paid. The album is full of sharp tunes, including “Chartreuse,” “Consumption”, and the soaring choruses of “Flyin’ High”. As a result The album is full of warmth, humor, blues, mystery and funk

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I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here

The final line-up of famous faces taking part in this years edition of “I’m A Celebrity, Get me Out of Here, which starts on Sunday 11th November was officially confirmed by ITV on Wednesday – Ooh Whoopee let’s throw a party! *rolls eyes*

Again hosted by Ant McPartlin & Declan Donnelly, The line-up includes Former Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan, ex Time Lord Colin Baker, controversial MP Nadine Dorries, Pussycat Dolls singer Ashley Roberts, former world heavy weight boxing champion David Haye, actor/comedian Brian Conley, EastEnders star Charlie Brooks, Made In Chelsea’s Hugo Taylor, former Birds Of A Feather star Linda Robson and darts champion Eric Bristow.

Will the internet/Tabloids be able to cope with the strain if either Helen Flanagan, Ashley Roberts or Charlie Brooks are photographed wearing bikinis, or will some excitable editors head explode. Will Ashley Roberts bikini be able to cope with the strain of Ashley Roberts? – can I even cope with the strain? Will Ant & Dec pause for even longer before they reveal who has been evicted?  is Former Time-Lord Colin Baker like the Tardis and bigger on the inside than the outside? and will he be suddenly materialising in the jungle.

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Tribute to Dylan Thomas

Acknowledged as one of the most important Welsh poets of the 20th century, the poet and writer Dylan Marlais Thomas sadly passed away on November 9th 1953. born 27 October 1914 in Swansea, Wales in 1914, he was An undistinguished student, he left school at 16, becoming a journalist for a short time. Although many of his works appeared in print while a teenager, it was the publication of “Light breaks where no sun shines”, published in 1934, that caught the attention of the literary world. While living in London, Thomas met Caitlin Macnamara whom he married in 1937. Their relationship was defined by alcoholism and was mutually destructive. In the early part of his marriage, Thomas and his family lived hand-to-mouth, settling in the Welsh fishing village of Laugharne.

His most famous works include the poems, “Do not go gentle into that good night”, “And death shall have no dominion”, the “play for voices”, Under Milk Wood, and stories and radio broadcasts such as A Child’s Christmas in Wales and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog. He became popular in his lifetime, and remained popular after his death; partly due to his larger than life character, and his reputation for drinking to excess. Although writing exclusively in the English language, Thomas has been Noted for his original, rhythmic and ingenious use of words and imagery, Thomas’ position as one of the great modern poets has been much discussed, though this has not tarnished his popularity amongst the general public, who found his work accessible

His radio recordings for the BBC during the latter half of the 1940s brought him a level of celebrity. In the 1950s Thomas travelled to America, where his readings brought him a level of fame, though his erratic behaviour and drinking worsened. His time in America cemented Thomas’ legend, where he recorded to vinyl works such as A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Sadly During his fourth trip to New York in 1953 Thomas became gravely ill and fell into a coma from which he did not recover. Thomas died on 9 November 1953 and his body was returned to Wales where he was buried at the village churchyard in Laugharne.