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Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Null Corporation
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Mister Blanding's Dreamhouse
99 Aprils
Lomo Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Mr Blanding's Dreamhouse is another one of those bands that skitter along. They sound like a lot of other bands, have some interesting parts and some typical ones. You can't be especially angry at them, because they really seem to be trying. At times their music is very happy and appealing, but it is mostly just another band coming along, sounding like other bands. How do you distinguish them from everybody else? If you are me, you have a really hard time. You write another review about a band that isn't all that bad, probably has a good fan base in places and maybe fairly enjoyable to see live, but don't have that "umph" of something to take them out of coffee houses and house parties. I don't want to say they are terrible, because they aren't. This band does have a little something to give. There is a spark reminiscent of early Poster Children, I think it is due to the bass and drums. The songs are poppy, they bounce around and mostly end up in the same sort of fuzzy chorus. All in all, pretty decent, but I can't really say it is exciting to these ears.

The album can easily work itself in and out of the consciousness of the listener. The first song, "Canyon Eyes" sounds okay, the second "Summer's Over" is much better with good guitar interplay. After this, it sort of blurs until you get to "Wait Outside Until You are Perfect." The bass really makes the song with an easy go lucky bass song that really drives the song. Also, they've got clapping. An excellent song for these two reasons. Although I don't much care for the chorus, which is mostly "ha he, yeah, ha he yeah, ha he, yeah", it is a good song, pretty standard, but well done. I appreciate clapping in songs, sometimes because it is so good and sometimes because it is so bad. This band does it good. I give them megabonus points for making clapping work.

Overall, the singing is decent, but I wouldn't get all skitty about it. Grace Sinclair's vocals sort of whale occasionally. The words bother me though. They stand out for all the wrong reasons. I am especially bothered by the lyrics to the song "Jealousy of me". Sinclair plays with the phrase "her jealously of me" and turns it into " a sea of me". It just doesn't work, especially with David Rogers backing vocals. Also there is "shot me in the head, shot me in the bed". I don't know, I am bothered. Anyway, I think maybe I get too hung up on lyrics sometimes, because lyrics are easy to get past. You don't buy most albums for the words, unless you're hung up on Dylan or Springsteen. This is definitely not Dylan or Springsteen.

Before you get all mad about those stupid Lost At Sea people dissing on most of the CD's they get, realize this - You don't have to listen to them. This CD loses itself in the land of pop, ska, and emo. I would not say it is bad or unlistenable, I would just say that it will not do the trick for your average Jimmy Joe Bob Underground I Like Cool Music. Like you.

Reviewed by John Steinbacher
The last we heard, Steinbacher was living in Minneapolis.

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