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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Gadjits
Today Is My Day
Thick Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
"I've got the word/I've got the power" is how the first song off the Gadjits' latest goes. Word? Power? I was digging the song until that lyric popped out of my stereo. Could be... might be do you think? CHRISTIAN ROCK? I panicked, prayed: Dear God, make this not be Christian rock! But the more I listened to that first song, the more it made sense that it, in fact, was: the song really has a powerful gospel rhythm, despite my initial prediction that this was gonna be a blues-rock album (but after all, the line between blues, rock and gospel is exceptionally thin).

Later on in the album, my prayers were answered. The Gadjits let fly with this little lyrical chestnut a couple songs later - "I wanna make sure you go down for a long, long time" - tell me that isn't sexu-wul-wul-wul. Do God-rockers sing about blowjobs? I don't think so. Whew.

Getting back on the topic of the music, I must say that it's alright stuff. There are organs and rock-a-billy riffs and female backing vocals and country/blues riffs too, and Lynyrd Skynyrd comparisons would not be unapt. There's a punkish spirit to the lyrics, or maybe it's just an anti-consumerism theme (which isn't always the same thing). Either way, it's okee-dokee by me. On the excellent secret (ooh) song, dude goes "Nobody said nothin' ain't been said on TV first" - an excellent lyric, an excellent song. Another good tune is the John Milton-inspired ditty "The Fall," in which Mr. Lead Singer loses paradise, and you can dance to it!

Of course there are missteps - take the godawful "Talkin' Bout My Demographic," which actually isn't so godawful vis--vis the idea of the thing (the degeneration of rebellion to consumerism, so much so that in 2002 rebellion=consumerism), but the execution is dismal: just a bunch of 60's rock catchphrases rehashed and modified to an end that is extremely dull.

The high point of the album is "All the Way," in which the idea and execution mesh perfectly. The idea: sex as pure joy (none of that, yuck, none of that dark stuff). The execution: "Let's go all the way!" (that's how the chorus goes). A euphoric noise. Some weirdness, however: as the song progresses, the lyric becomes "Let's go all the way/on the MLK!" The MLK? Why the MLK? Seems a bit arbitrary and tossed- off, which, hey, is fine by me.

Reviewed by Matt Ozga


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