In That Other Dimension – Published!!

Hi everyone!

Many of you will have seen mention of my novel “In That Other Dimension” over the last couple of years. It was a story which I actually wrote originally on this blog. So WordPress has been extremely important in terms of motivating myself towards this aim.

Anyway, I don’t how many edits later (far too many!!) it’s ready to go, and here it is in all it’s glory 🙂

Amazon UK link

And yes, you can even buy it on the other side of the world! How cool is that?

Amazon US link

Anyway,  thanks a lot for all the nice comments and support I’ve had on the way! Hope you enjoy the final product!

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Blogging for Music, AC/DC – The Razors Edge

Aussie band AC/DC are one of those bands that I just can’t imagine how people could not like.

Everyone knows their biggest hits, and they have so many great songs that it is difficult to pick favourites, and every AC/DC fan has a completely different and justifiable one. Personally, my favourite AC/DC album is the one that got me into them – The Razors Edge.

razors edge

The Razors Edge was released in 1990, around fifteen years after AC/DC began and it launched them back into the limelight with some chart success. I discovered it about 4 years later as a young teenager just getting into rock music. At that age, what can be better than a good bit of dirty rock and roll, chunky riffs, cheeky lyrics and songs all about girls and booze.

I loved the infectious tunes and catchy riffs without doubt, but one of the things that I’ve always liked about AC/DC is the sense of humour that you always find in their music. The Razors Edge was no different, and as a teenager the cheeky “Mistress for Christmas” and “Got you by the Balls” were two of my favourites. The most distinctive song on the album is also one of their most famous. Almost any rock fan knows “Thunderstruck” within about three seconds of the first riff, and the way the song builds throughout the intro before launching into the chorus makes this a pretty special track. My personal favourite however, is the spooky title track “The Razors Edge”, the opening riff of which always makes your hairs stand on end. These two tracks, really stand The Razors Edge apart from any other AC/DC album for me, they offer something different and give the album a slightly different vibe to their others. Of course, the catchy choruses, delightful bluesy hard rocking riffs, ear-splittingly powerful vocals and fast, showy guitar solos are throughout this album in spades like any other AC/DC album (“Rock Your Heart Out” and “Moneytalks” are two prime examples of typical catchy AC/DC tracks), and these I love – but I always get something a little bit extra  from The Razors Edge.

My three recommendations:

The Razors Edge

Mistress For Christmas

Thunderstruck

Blogging for Music! Nirvana – In Utero

Hello, and a Happy New Year to you all! I hope everyone had a great celebration and isn’t feeling the after-effects too much!

In case you hadn’t noticed, I’ve not been very good with my blogging recently. In 2014 I am going to change that, and I have come up with a plan.

I’m a big lover of music, something that I’ve barely touched on in my blog yet. So this year I have decided to work my way through my music collection and write short reviews of them all. Hopefully this will get me blogging regularly again, and someone will find this interesting (including me, cos if I don’t it’s gonna be an awful experience!!)

I’ll start with the album that changed my tastes in music, and showed me that music did exist outside of the realms of Michael Jackson. Nirvana – In Utero.

in utero

Nirvana – In Utero

In Utero is the third and final studio album of the three piece grunge band, Nirvana, and on getting a copy of this on tape from my friend at junior school it changed my musical horizons forever. Gone from my mind was the spangly pop catchiness of Michael Jackson, and into my life came a never-ending trail of guitar bands and angst.

I will admit here, that like many others who were teenagers in the 90’s, that Nirvana were my favourite band for years. Unfortunately, being only 12 when he died and far too young to be allowed to go to a concert, I never had the pleasure of seeing them live.

To me, In Utero seems almost like a compromise between Nirvana’s other two albums. It contains much of the polish and pop styling evident in the breakthrough album “Nevermind” which can be seen in the ever catchy “All Apologies” and “Heart Shaped Box” which were both successful singles. Kurt Cobain’s anguished vocals and the all out guitar aggression in “Rape Me” and  “Milk It” are more reminiscent of their raw, punky debut album “Bleach.” It’s as if Nirvana had found the balance that really worked for them, and clearly for the millions of people that bought this album. From start to finish, In Utero is awash with whiny but tuneful guitars, driven and powerful drum beats and spades of emotional and catchy lyrics.

A feature of all Nirvana albums for me are the powerful lyrics. Kurt Cobain had a way with words that few others do, and lyrics like “I wish I could eat your cancer when you turn black” from the love song “Heart Shaped Box” are lyrics you will always remember. The line “I tried hard to have a father, but instead I had a dad” from “Serve the Servants” gives you an insight into where much of the angst and emotion that you find in a Nirvana record comes from. My personal favourite however, is from “Pennyroyal Tea.” I don’t really know why, but for years afterwards I was incapable of calling anyone a liar, they were always “a liar and a thief.”

Anyway, if you’re a fan of angst-driven, raw, melodic guitar noise, you won’t go far wrong by listening to “In Utero.” This album is likely to stay one of my favourites for all of time, partly in thanks for giving me a gentle nudge towards the world of heavy metal which makes up a large portion of my music collection.

My Highlight: Nirvana – Rape Me

Track List:

  1. Serve the Servants
  2. Scentless Apprentice
  3. Heart-Shaped Box
  4. Rape Me
  5. Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle
  6. Dumb
  7. Very Ape
  8. Milk It
  9. Pennyroyal Tea
  10. Radio Friendly Unit Shifter
  11. tourette’s
  12. All Apologies
  13. Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through The Strip