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Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
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Everything in Between
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
Milton Mapes
Westernaire
Aspyr Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Texas band/duo Milton Mapes, named for singer Greg Vanderpool's grandfather, make good, straight-up rock. Their Texas roots shine through on every track without overburdening the sound, and each song maintains a consistent level of quality. From the slow-pulsing opener, "Great Unknown," to the intense, guitar-heavy closer, "The Sad Lines," Westernaire provides a solid hour of low tempo rock that is wholly enjoyable. It is this very quality of inoffensive goodness that has given me a giant block on words - why is it that things which are pleasant, but not hyperbolically amazing, are so difficult to describe? There's always the tack of list a bunch of bands that have similar sounds, but what a cop-out. If you should run across a copy of Westernaire, take a listen, you will be pleasantly entertained, if not surprised.

Reviewed by Larissa Parson


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