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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
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Engineers
Three Fact Fader
Kscope

Rating: 7.2/10 ?


December 14, 2009
While their brand of swelling, swirling psych-pop can test your patience and leave you disoriented, it's hard not to get sucked into the Engineers' vortex regardless. It's been four years since the UK band's stellar self-titled debut, but thankfully the template hasn't been drastically changed on their second outing. Whereas dream-poppers like Beach House opt for subtle splendor, Engineers strive for the grandiose heights previously scaled by shoegaze pioneers like Slowdive, Ride and especially Spiritualized.

The electro/downtempo flourishes of opener "Clean Coloured Wire" are inviting (albeit slightly misleading), but hint at the perpetual reverie to follow. Like Elbow's Guy Garvey, Engineers' Simon Phipps sings in a woozy, warming drawl that perfectly suits the morphine-drip melodies and atmospheres of "Helped by Science?" and "Brighter as We Fall"-two tracks most obviously informed by Slowdive's 1994 opus Souvlaki. Still, Three Fact Fader is hardly bound by reverence for the past, as the band proves on the bombastic, Floyd-like "The Fear Has Gone," in which they manage to squeeze in an epic buildup under four minutes' time without rushing things. In "What Pushed Us Together"--an upbeat number by their standards--synths percolating at hyperspeed collide with jangly Britpop and bring the various sides of the record full circle, breaking through the haze and somewhat stifling the mood. Depending on how interested you still are by the record's third act, this can be either good or bad. It depends on your taste for disorientation.

Reviewed by Kiran Aditham
When not contributing to LAS and other music/film publications, Kiran Aditham toils away during the day in Manhattan as a reporter for an advertising magazine…though he’d rather not say which one.

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