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Anatomy of Distance
Patsy/Stickfigure Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
A couple of Ninetynine's track titles can tell you a lot about the band. To get a gist of it, the second track is "Pale" while another is "Slow Song" and another is "Abstract." It would be perfect if yet another were titled "Boring" but, alas, no luck.

The entire album consists of old Ninetynine songs, either unreleased or from compilations and 7" singles. Included in this compilation are covers of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" and Echo and the Bunnymen's "Bring on the Dancing Horses". It is rare when an album made completely of b-sides and songs that probably weren't good enough to fit on a full-length is good itself, and this just isn't one of those occasions.

Ninetynine's songs are ethereal, similar to those of the Capsules, with the exception that Laura MacFarlane - formerly of Sleater-Kinney) - possesses vocals that aren't so nasal and annoying to listen to. There are quality aspects of Ninetynine, such as MacFarlane's pretty voice which, when used to sing on more upbeat tracks like "4AM", "Monopoly", and "Uno" does good, not evil. But there are also poor aspects of Ninetynine, one of them being whatever led them to record the unfortuneate "Iron Man" cover and another being that a lot of these songs are simply quite tedious to listen to.

All in all, hopefully, Anatomy of Distance is truly just a release to bide fans over until a Ninetynine record that isn't so bad.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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