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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
Embrace
Embrace (Digitally Remastered)
Dischord Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Let this story be told again:

After the fall of Minor Threat in 1983, Ian MacKaye took on a slower and not so aggressive project. This project was Embrace, and they were together for a short period of time in 1985 and 1986. But in this short period of time Embrace apparently, along with bands such as Rites of Spring and Dag Nasty, planted the seeds of a new genre of music. This music would eventually come to be known as 'Emo', which is a term that is short for 'Emotional'. Depending on where you're coming from, the birth of Emo was possibly the beginning of a great thing or the beginning of a horrible trend in watered-down punk rock. Regardless, the term 'EMO' has come to last and stick with a band for as long as they are around. Considering that almost any sort of music is expressive, all music is emotional, and therefore rendering the title 'EMO' a vague and useless oxymoron. Although people still use the term (excessively) to describe a wide variety of bands today, whomever coined the term was obviously lacking in intelligence and literacy.

Embrace is a mix of the styles of MacKaye's previous band, Minor Threat, and the band he would front later, Fugazi. Embrace was less experimental than Fugazi would come to be and it was also less aggressive than Minor Threat had been, treading somewhere in the middle of the two. A happy medium, if you will. Many of Minor Threat's fans came to curse and hate Ian MacKaye for becoming "soft" but for others this was not the case, as many punks were finding a new way to express themselves.

Shortly After Embrace disbanded MacKaye formed Fugazi with Guy Picciotto, Joe Lally, and Brendan Canty, ultimately becoming one of the most influential bands within the punk and hardcore scenes. The progression from Minor Threat through Embrace to Fugazi is a steady path, and the impact of MacKaye's projects is undeniable to anyone who is not too stubborn or "punk rock" to admit it. Embrace could be considered an essential component of any post-rocker's collection, and Dischord has now re-released the band's 1985 release, re-mastered and bulked up with two extra songs included. The sound quality on the re-mastered version is a noticeable improvement from the original, with much better volume and crispness.

Reviewed by Andy Vaughn
Andy Vaughn is a longtime friend of LAS magazine, where he has contributed occasionaly. He much prefers writing for The Toilet online, however that website seems to have died.

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