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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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No Age - Everything in Between
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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
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Fat Possum
Gettin' Wise
Beggars Banquet

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Brassy has an image that lends it immediate hipster credibility. As Manchester's answer to the New York punk-funk movement, Brassy makes you want to dance (which is hip-tapping your foot and bobbing your head discreetly is so three years ago) while still maintaining your indie-cred (they've been compared to the Au Pairs, Tom Tom Club, and the Fall). Plus, Muffin Spencer is Jon Spencer's sister. This image and the cred that comes with it lends itself to hype, which, in turn, becomes to more hype (they've appeared in almost every publication around, from Spin to the New York Times), and soon enough, the near-inevitability of disappointment is born.

It would take a great band to live up to all of the hype that has started to surround Brassy, and, unfortunately, Brassy is not a great band. Like bands such as Radio 4, the idea behind their sound outdoes their music by a mile. Of course, the pairing of drums, bass, guitar, vocals, and a turntable on an album where scratching plays a dominant role sounds like it could be great. In practice, however, it doesn't work.

Brassy would fare better without the Muffin Spencer's metallic, annoying vocals. Widely attested to be the band's greatest attribute, Spencer sounds like a prepubescent boy trying to borrow Karen O's sexuality. The beats are pretty tight at times, and some songs are catchy as hell ("Hit 'Em Hard" is an example), but it's difficult to get over the vocals, and there are enough dance outfits around right now that this album isn't a must-have when its lacking the whole package.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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