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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
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
The Society of Rockets
Where The Grass Grows Black
Underpop

Rating: 7/10 ?


April 19, 2006
Space rockers The Society of Rockets weave through ten tracks on their sophomore release, each one of which can be summarized: Cheap Trick, Wolfie, Sonic Youth, New Pornographers, BRMC, Phosphorescent, CCR, White Stripes, Galaxie 500 and Skynyrd. These threads are tied loosely together by a sense of youthful pop vigor and surprising atmospherics, creating not pale imitations but innovative new paths.

As you can imagine reading the above catalog of felt influences, much of Where The Grass Grows Black is highly energetic. The Society of Rockets have such zest and spirit, they thoroughly sell the differing musical movements. There's no refusing their charm or their ability, it's just a matter if you'll wear out before they do.

"Suicide Summer" and "The Longest Mile You'll Ever Walk" offer surprising reprieve, as these are the most opaque and overtly spacey tracks on the album. These linger in a different way than the insanely catchy moments, in that both are uniquely haunting and showcase the band's capable shoegazing and instrumentation skills. Without these hollowed-out moments, Where The Grass Grows Black may be too much to bear, but their impeccable placement gives the audience a chance to rest and reflect before the next refried flare-up hits.

Unafraid to play it clean, dirty or devoid, this firecracker of an album is worth it for the singles, but more so for the range and conviction of the album as a whole. Where The Grass Grows Black is recognizable in great ways, but achieves excellence when reaffirming the familiar on its own terms.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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