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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
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
AC Cotton
Half Way Down

Rating: 6/10 ?

November 20, 2001
While realizing that you most likely haven't, I must inquire as to whether or not you have ever imagined what the bastard son of Alkaline Trio and the Wallflowers would sound like? Yeah, I hadn't either, but if there was such a thing I'm pretty sure it would sound like AC Cotton, the name given to the bar band fronted by Al Charing of Portland, Oregon.

I've never been into bar music of any sort - hippie rock, stoner rock, alt-country rock - but AC Cotton has managed to come as close as possible to a respectable bar band, closer than I ever imagined possible. At their best they sound like the oddball offspring of Jacob Dylan's "One Headlight" and Matt Skiba's "Maybe I'll Catch Fire" - snarling and snotty, clad in shit kickers and ass-hugging boot-cut Levi's. At their worst they sound like a hokey mix of Tom Petty and a Wilco cover band. The second track, "A Lot of Water," lights up with blistering guitars, and the following "Rusty Chain" showcases Charing's lyrical and vocal prowess. AC Cotton craft convincing studio rock direct from America's hemp-collar heart, but Halfway Down ultimately fails to be much more than a stellar backdrop for knocking back bottles of cheap domestic ale and hitting on the dirty blonde 30-something house wife at the end of the bar with the bangs and sleeveless button down shirt.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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