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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
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
Blueprint Car Crash
Rhetoric of a Marionette
The Militia Group

Rating: 6.5/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Attempting to be the next At The Drive-In is not a bad thing. There are worse idols to mimic, to be sure. Blueprint Car Crash aspires to just that, and luckily, they create enough on their own to shatter those comparisons by the disc's end. Taking it a step further, they leave their own stark but lasting impression.

Impressions are one thing Blueprint Car Crash excel at. This particular collection of songs elicit a reaction, if nothing else. Vivid images of death and sexual indulgence prevail in the blanketing themes of this EP. Even from the start, singer Mo Shahisaman depicts a dark world of obsession, addiction and deception. These situations weren't sought out; the sheer detachment felt from the hopelessness and inability to change them saturates every second.

Eeriness finds its peak on the pitch-black "Bel-imperia." The tale of sex and death, of urges and indulgence, teeters at the top without going over. Meaningless sex lies at the center of the debacle. Shahisaman exasperates, "You'd let me cum in your mouth but not touch your heart, baby." The carnal and primeval indulgences find their excuses in the detachment of body and soul, searching for control in total domination.

"Gun Moll" ends the record in a slightly less caustic manner. For the first time on the record, Shahisaman turns inward, resulting in current attachment to thoughts and feelings. However, the story reflected on, when he asks, "Why do I slowly blanket my naked flesh with another's thighs," abstains from describing the romance or pleasure surrounding the action, just the existence of it happening.

The all-inclusive ambiance of detachment and hopelessness makes Rhetoric of a Marionette an interesting listen. It's not a disc to put on in the background and let go; if you pick it up, be prepared to pay attention.

Reviewed by Natalie B. David
A fresh graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in her spare time she can be found clumsily manipulating words and phrases for LAS and Beautiful/Decay magazine, hungering for sushi, naming inanimate objects or pondering the existence of stiletto heels. If you see her, you should buy her a cup of coffee because, chances are, she probably needs it.

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