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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
Fatboy Slim
Palookaville
Astralwerks

Rating: 6/10 ?


October 1, 2004
If you're not familiar with this type of music, here's a brief description: a DJ comes up with a beat that is mildly amusing then plays it over and over and over until you jab your ear drums out with a pencil - or, depending on how much E you've taken, dance all night and have an orgy.

Fatboy Slim is the worst/best of his genre - again, depending on how high you are. But Palookaville comes off as painfully mediocre. Even the songs that rise above the simple looped-beat formula don't have much to offer.

Rapper Lateef's lackluster lyrics on two of the songs send them spiraling from bad to embarrassing. He succeeds only at talking for a really long time without ever saying anything. A sample: "That was cool, but then I heard a rumor. Your crew was riding for the white cliffs of Dover." Huh?

At first, I was tempted to be impressed by the guitar-heavy "Slash Dot Dash," a would-be anthem for old men shaking their canes and raver kids shaking their asses in protest against the computer generation. The song was moving along nicely until I remembered that Fatboy Slim, who you can find out more about at fatboyslim.net, has made most of his songs on computers.

On possibly the only highlight of this otherwise forgettable album is the ironically-titled "Put It Back Together", which features Blur vocalist Damon Albarn. Still, his soothing voice can only do so much to heal this sore spot on Fatboy Slim's career.

Four years ago, Fatboy Slim rightfully sold two million copies of sample-laden Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars. This time around, he's tried to incorporate real instruments and original vocal tracks. Regrettably, it doesn't work. What he ends up with on Palookaville is some of the best background music ever made - no offense to intentional background music makers.

If you're stoned enough to not realize how boring this album is, and you actually make it to the end, Fatboy Slim has a reward for you. On the final track, he gives us the rare treat of Bootsy Collins singing "The Joker" by Steve Miller Band. In addition to the standard lyrics, Bootsy also squeezes in "For shizzle my nizzle my bizzle fizzle dizzle."

Umm… no thanks.

Reviewed by Taylor Loyal
The last we heard, Taylor was living in Nashville, Tennessee, home of the guitar-shaped swimming pool.

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