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Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Don Giovanni
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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No Age - Everything in Between
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Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Atari Star
Prayer+Pretend
Johann's Face Records

Rating: 3/10 ?


January 19, 2005
Perhaps it's due to how busy I am lately, but something about this album grinds on me. I've been putting off writing a review of it because I don't have many positive things to say. Since it is Christmas time, I thought I would try to put a merry spin on this review and talk about what bands/albums influenced them to create this piece of work.

Atari Star tries really hard, which makes them sound too pretentious. The music they create isn't quite as good as the sounds they are obviously influenced by. When I listen to this album, some of those influences ring clear, others are a guess on my part, but to write a semi-interesting review, I will attempt to describe those influences:

Sunny Day Real Estate
On the slower songs, Atari Star try their darnedest to paint a bleak soundscape, but their metal influences hit in all the wrong places, making it sound too much like a fantasy Dungeons & Dragons world. Too dark, too brooding - but they try to create something with meaning. Instead, listen to How It Feels To Be Something On and you won't be as disappointed as I am with this album.

Helmet
As stated above, Atari Star has a fixation with metal guitar riffs which underscore teenage style artsy lyrics. The meaning doesn't hold much water while each song attempts to build a crescendo. A lot of the heavy guitar riffs remind me of Helmet's first hit song, "Unsung". I would much prefer to listen to that song 10 times in a row than the 10 songs on this album.

Rush
I hate Rush, but I can't help but hear some of their sounds in this album… I guess it goes hand in hand.

Mars Volta
I'm not a big fan of this band either, but the concept rock style they create is similar to what the Atari Star boys are trying here - the somewhat whiny, nasal vocal delivery is what really does it.

I wish I could say this band sounds like they enjoy what they're doing, but they don't seem to. I would advise to them: stop trying so hard and read some more about the world. We've all been through high school; our writing doesn't need to reflect that… and I find it hard to believe that a tendency toward the juvenile is your point.

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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