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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
The Winter Blanket
Hopeless Lullaby
Plow City

Rating: 7/10 ?


September 19, 2003
There's something strange going on with this record.

Odd occurrence #1: I remember being in a record store with a bad selection of used CDs (when I dare spend money on music they are almost always used unless I am feeling rich and willing to spend the extra.) I saw a CD by a band I thought was called The Winter Blanket and it was titled something along the lines of Lullaby for the Working Class. I'm almost positive that it's still there in the used section. The press sheet says though that this is the first album by this Winter Blanket and it also has the word "lullaby" in its title. Just some interesting coincidence.

Odd occurrence #2: each time I listen to this I like it and then the next time I hate it and the next time I like it again. Perhaps it's the sound system I listen to it on or something.

The Winter Blanket is expressly a slow core band. They claim their contemporaries in the likes of Ida, The Red House Painters, and Nick Drake. Indeed, to show that they are truly a slow core band they have drafted Alan Spearhawk from Low to produce the album. Spearhawk and Low's percussionist and female vocalist, Mimi Parker, have both made appearances in the music. While sounding over all very loose, sometimes totally unattached and out of tune, there are points that are tight and it all just comes together like the opening Red House Painters/Low style guitar part and the riff in the last minute or so of "Hopeless." Most of the music is actually pretty good, it has its slow mellow parts and faster more alive sections, most of the problem actually stems from the vocals. It sounds like the singers are gathered around and competing for a single microphone, a voice is either in the foreground, wavering, or too far behind, trying desperately, yet unsuccessfully to pull the lead back to the right key and time with the others.

This is actually an alright album this time around, but wait 'till I listen next and my opinion will probably change again. If you like Midwest slow core, you night as well check these folks out.

Reviewed by JJ Hamon


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