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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
Close
It's A Secret To Everybody
Moodswing Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Talk about a bizarre cover art decision and theme - It's A Secret To Everybody's front and back is made to look like a board game, while The Close's moniker is written in blocky, happy-go-lucky jumbled text. It appears more like the latest Asian Man release than a dynamic indie rock band, but then again, I once heard an old adage about books and their covers...

The Close are a uniquely talented group, changing masks often, sometimes before the ears can fully digest or the brain can identify what type of music it just consumed. There's a low-key aura about the band, misleading at times as The Close play edgy, moody indie rock, with great depth and touch. Each song has a sound similar enough to compile them together on a single album, but simultaneously diverse, shifting styles or adding moments of unexpected flare.

Keyboardist Theresa Marie Fedor provides subtle beats and melody, also offering her at times gothic voice as backing vocals, while singer and guitarist Brooks Meeks' voice is stretched and dense boarding between hoarse and melodic, traces of yearning throughout. Meeks is also adept at meshing intricate guitar into each song structure, with the entire band often times spilling into musical meanderings that are reigned back, never becoming excessive.

The Close have borrowed from other bands to form their own sound, the result a shifting complexity throughout, bouncing from sound to sound, one moment tense desperation, the next slow and moody, more akin to a brooding blues tune. The end result is a entertaining rock album that manages to maintain consistency and interest in its duration.

Reviewed by David Spain
Based in Chicago, Illinois, David Spain is a contributing writer for LAS magazine.

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