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Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Pleasure Forever
Self-titled
Sub Pop Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
As you may recall, I didn't really agree with the name this trio selected for their last incarnation. It seems the VSS trio may have taken my advice, as they are no longer known as Slaves. Instead, the San Francisco trio has taken on the moniker Pleasure Forever, an obvious takeoff of their Troubleman debut. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be much in a name, as Pleasure Forever offer up very little of what could be connected to the P-word for anyone outside the gates of hell. Indeed, as the attitude and ambiance portrays, these chaps are bleary and wretched, evil, dark and twisted.

Andrew Rothbard's vocals weave through droning guitars and spooky synth lines, painting an almost Doors-y picture of what the name and artwork suggest - fat, blathering, carnal excess. While most of the album is enjoyable when taken with a grain of salt- and a shot of vodka by black candle light- the trio does take the game a bit too far, pulling out more and more tired parlor tricks as the night and the album wear on. "Magus Opus" takes over eight minutes to unwind, all the while riddled with Rothbard's wheezy insistance that "You enchant the night".

Scattered with sweeping guitars, synthetic ambiance and enough low down drum beats to keep everyone awake, Pleasure Forever's new debut hits the mark regularly over the course of this album, but they also manage to make a bit of a mess here and there. Like watching your neighbor's kids, this album is both a breath of fresh air and a pain in the ass, all at the same time.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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