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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
Hypatia Lake
Your Universe, Your Mind
Sad Robot Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The opening song, "Everyone Has a Jeremiah Freud" (which begins with an opening monologue by someone sounding Jamaican) has a slight building anticipation that the conclusion doesn't quite live up to. The samples on Your Universe, Your Mind are overdone and consequentially counterproductive and ineffectual. The third track, "the Goddamn Factory and the Cog 'n' Wheel Day" is in the same question/answer form wherein the question is the introspective crescendoing high-pitched mellifluity and the answer is a gobbledy-gook of guitar and shouting crowds which doesn't live up to the question. Then comes the Jamaican again before the fourth track who is speaking about 'Hypatia Lake' which we gather is an analogy for the world where people walk along the shores gathering colored glass and holding on to them tightly, and how we are all children who have been told to grow up and that we remember when all we did was eat and sleep and everything was good... the usual 'gilded youth' fallacy.

There follows a few instrumental numbers, the second of which, "Temporary Things," isn't that bad, with attempts at God Speed You Black Emperor!, and then the damn Jamaican comes back in and you remember that the band is overshooting its own philosophical bounds. There are good moments presented here but 'Hypatia Lake' has set themselves lofty goals that they are unable to attain. In their press letter they compare themselves to Neutral Milk Hotel and it is obvious that they wished to make a similar sort of haunted spiritual statement of an album, but the attempt is too forced and obvious to be effective, leaving an aura of pretentiousness and empty rhetoric. And the samples have got to go, mon.

Reviewed by N.D. Burkey
A longtime infrequent contributor to LAS, Neil David Burkey is a painter, writer, sculptor and all-around artistic type. He currently lives in London, England, where he is, at long last, a legal resident.

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