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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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Sub Pop
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
KittyKat DirtNap
I Am A Robot...
WonkaVision Records

Rating: 3/10 ?


March 10, 2005
I wish I could write something nice, something appropriate to please a band capable of piling up sheets of sonic sludge and mosh pit worthy guitar riffs and everything. But KittyKat DirtNap seems to have a problem creating relevant pregnant pauses to let the music breathe and procreate with the rhythm.

Formed during the summer of 2002 in Philadelphia, they have all it takes to break the college radio charts: a call-and-response guitar structure, fancy keyboards boosting the electronic parts, a male voice competing with a female one here and there, powerful drums perfectly communicating with way too safe bass lines.

This is precisely the problem: they are too perfect, too polished where they intend to sound rough, and everything is in an exact, right place. So in all, they're pretty boring most of the time.

Whenever I try to delve into songs like "(If I Had a Purse I Would Carry) Breath Mints (In It Too)" and "(Cookie Blocking) Java Scripts", I always conclude that the lyrics do aggravate their struggle to keep things boisterous and busy. In doing so, instead of showing punctuated, melodically fuelled inceptions and vague interludes, they end up sounding pedestrian.

One thing is noteworthy: they have a strong fascination with referential song titles. That is what puts a smile on your face and distracts you from the pop/punk pilgrimage-like chants enclosed here. But, while "(Getting Caught Enjoying) Phil Collins" or "(Hold Me Closer) Tony Danza" can put your obsessive soul to rest, when the record is over you can't help but feel like killing both the talk show host and the musician.

Robots or humanoids, they are dangerous if overexposed. And they have - or at least pretend to have - a congenital hatred of cats, which doesn't help at all. In this full-steam activity there are small pockets of sparse, atonal breaks but they don't last much. In a word, I Am a Robot. I Am Talking Like a Robot. I Am a Robot. has some feeling but lacks a little groove. "No surprise there since they're not humans," says the smart ass. Hell yeah!

Reviewed by Helder Gomes
Currently living on the south bank of the Tagus river, in Portugal, Helder Gomes is a working class hero. He is a journalist for the local radio station Rádio Nova Anten. In his spare time, he skates and watches many odd movies. He is in love with the French nouvelle vague, and the Danish/Swedish invasion. He writes for a number of publications, on the Internet or otherwise, notably the underground Portuguese magazine Mondo Bizarre, and the Jazz Review website. He is also the news collector and a staff witer for the adorable Lost at Sea. Oh, and there is also the Coffee Breakz radio show that he tries to host every Saturday.

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