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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Inside Five Minutes
Stately Chaos Home
Makoto Recordings

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
If this isn't cock rock, I'm not quite sure what is. Aside from the guy sounding like a cross between Maynard and the singer of Seven Mary Three and the guitar riff from a song called "What Cha Given To Me" sounding like something off of Headbangers Ball circa 1996, there is just a total Marlboro and Miller Lite vibe going on here. This record was released last year but I'm positive I can dig up a few records that sound remarkably like this one that date back to 1993, and beyond. When Corrosion of Conformity broke into the mainstream with "Blind" they were headed in the same direction as Inside Five Minutes, and when Soundgarden released Louder Than Love they were a full eleven years ahead of the third track, "Olympians". At least Kim Thayl knew enough to sprinkle a few high end chords on his muddy Sabbath churnings. "Nervous Witch" is Tool's Undertow, without any of the proggy dynamics, blasted out of a Marshall half stack.

This record isn't terrible - it's pretty good for what it is and I'm sure I could probably round up a whole gang of Camaro drivers who would be blow away by Inside Five Minutes - but it is unbelievably unoriginal and completely unrelated to most of the bands name dropped in the press sheet. I might be intrigued by the ballsy dual axing of "Divination" if I were at an International Noise Conspiracy show, but I seriously doubt that any of Hot Water Music's fans would appreciate a track like "Send the Beggar", which could have slipped unnoticed on to Alice In Chains' Sap. I don't know, maybe it's just me, but I'm more interested in hearing music from 2002 than 1992.

Reviewed by Avery Jones


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