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Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
One must be especially careful when listening to Placer's Summer on repeat mode. Before you realize what's happening, it is prone to lulling you into a strange, hypnotic sort of déjà vu, wherein you feel like you've heard this song eight times before on the same album. Once the starting track makes its way around again, you realize how similar it is to the past half hour's play list, and how little has found its way to stand out.

Summer is not meant to be background music. Its gruff harmonies and sideways guitars are all reminiscent of Jawbox, in that this album could have been more appropriately called For Your Own Special Copycat. But, for the sole fact that tracks ramble on without real liveliness, you realize you are not listening to J. Robbins; and if you're like me, your boredom subconsciously mutes the proceedings.

It's not that Placer's efforts are necessarily bad, it's that their one-off formula doesn't work. If I knew Jawbox's song titles more readily, I could probably tell you the exact track they are recreating. While "See Through" and "Take This Ride" are quality tracks, their lack of flair makes them mediocre. Each attempt comes off brittle and uninspired, missing the passion of their peers. Cuts like "The Highway" and "Circles" are slow and deadening, attempting to intensify and catch interest, but ultimately result in a meandering sense of misdirection. By the time "Best Wishes" interrupts the trance with an unexpected acoustic guitar, the monotony has set in, and it becomes just another non-descript track.

I do not feel that this should be written off succinctly as a negative review. More than anything, it is difficult to put words to something bland and shiftless that is trying so hard not to be. Take it or leave it, but more likely, you'll pay no mind.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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