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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
The Potomac Accord
In One-Hundred Years the Prize Will Be Forgotten
First Flight Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
There are certain days, when the skies are dreary and you finally get some of the paperwork off of your desk, that music serves as a quiet bit of momentum. A wash of unassuming sound carries you through the day, not asking for attention, but softly offering a bit of company to get through the tedium. If looking for such a melodic aide, The Potomac Accord is a fine place to begin.

Slight, intricate and unpretentious, this sophomore release is notably passive. The inclusion of piano, violin, steady drumming, and quietly intense vocals provide a sparse-yet-shimmering backdrop to their mellow epics, though the songs are less about involvement than accompaniment.

In One-Hundred Years the Prize Will Be Forgotten allows you to put your day on slow simmer, go about your business, and check back for occasional stirring. Even at their most intense, the heightened crescendos remain welcoming. Like The Jim Yoshii Pile-Up or Low, the sound is bare and prolonged.

Revolving around a smooth, soothing mood as its definite strong point, its weakness is that it finds little variation along the way. Songs sound greatly similar, each with a slow piano accent that spurs on plaintive cries. The desolate warmth of "Newly Fallen Century", with its delicate guitar lines and sweeping drums, is perhaps the strongest track, though every endeavor shares a sense of modesty and learned instrumentation. While it may not ask for a closer look, without an eye for detail, One-Hundred Years may contentedly pass you by.

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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