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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
Pants Yell
Songs For Siblings
Asauras Records

Rating: 5.5/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Art school is not only a breeding ground for waiters, bartenders, pretension and artists, but also bands. Music is being created by the coming together or like minded individuals with similarly unusual haircuts, and extensive record collections. It's happening all over the place, and Pants Yell is another art school upstart.

Formed some time recently in Boston, the group has steered clear of the pretentious posturing and goofy haircut exhibitionism route and gone with something completely different. Pants Yell bust out unpretentious, no frills pop music. Fittingly recorded in lo-fi analog, the music sounds like something discovered on a tape reel collecting dust in a garage. Consisting of three members, they execute mid tempo 2 minute short to the point pop songs with the usual guitar, bass, drums and keyboards set up.

Though musical comparisons from the past 40 years of pop music come readily, the group sometimes sounds most like Belle and Sebastian minus orchestral embellishments. In fact, many times lacking much embellishment at all, the group comes off as a quirky folk rock combo with an over-earnest front man.

While the characteristics of this home grown quirky outfit could spell an impending recipe for disaster, the results are less frightening. Often, the group reaches something close to charming with its pretty and bright melodies and tales of long distance love. Musically and lyrically, it's all sweet.

However, the group's fault is not in its ability to play competent pop music, but its inability to take risks. This comes off as too safe; bland without a hint of excitement. As a group sticking close to convention, Pants Yell become an example of nice and safe throwback pop, but something short of outstanding.

Reviewed by Dan Williams
A staff writer based in Brooklyn, New York, Dan Williams is a frequent contributor to LAS magazine. He once lived in Köln, Germany for a semester, is currently persuing his MBA in New York, and recently switched sides and began working as a publicist for Special Ops Media in New York.

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