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Castle Talk
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The Null Corporation
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No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
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Fat Possum
The Aeffect
Secrets and Lies
Hitchhiker Records

Rating: 5/10 ?

January 22, 2005
The old mp3.com was a great website; it provided a space for many small bands to get some great exposure. Fond memories of all the good music I found there still bring figurative tears to my eyes. It was with the help of mp3.com that I first heard the Aeffect a few years ago. I downloaded a few demos, and they were actually pretty dang good from what I recall - there was a fluidity and rawness to the mash up of their influences.

Suffice to say, the fluidity of those demos has been lost; what seemed effortless and fun has somehow meandered into a more contrived territory. At points, like the third "Complex Complications," the melody and underlying elements don't mesh together very gracefully. The bleep, blips, vocals and instruments seem to be mashed up with a certain novelty in mind, but once the listener gets past that, some songs can grow fairly tedious and tired.

Tracks like "Secret" and "Let Go" come off as easily forgettable and somewhat uninvolving. But on the opposing end, there are many nicer moments in the disc that are quite well executed. Even tracks like "Unprepared" do hint at a songwriting talent that doesn't rely wholly on any novel elements or obvious 'hooks' to drive the song forward. Still, the vocals feel forced and even tedious at times, not exactly complementing the music, but just haphazardly tossed into the mix.

Most of the songs get worn down quite quickly; there is a lot of room for improvement, as it seems it might benefit the band to wholly diverge and experiment with their sound on future releases. But for now, what makes this album stand out in a messy music canon full of electronic new wave mish mash and convergent rock strains?

Not too much - thus, this album gets a midway rating, which is indicative of a resounding "meh" from this particular reviewer. If influences like Joy Division, Bauhaus and Depeche Mode are your thing, then maybe give you should this one a try - but then again, the final product has little resemblance to these 80s deities beneath its surface. Although there are some highlights, this disc doesn't fare too well. It doesn't work as a cohesive whole, and leaves a lot to be desired.

Reviewed by Abi Huynh
A contributing writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Abi Huynh enjoys film and music that most people criminally ignore.

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