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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
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
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
The Rosebuds
Make Out
Merge Records

Rating: 8.9/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I trust the taste of the folks at Merge. They adhere to a very upstanding code where they only sign bands they like, just because they want to share. Aww, just makes you love 'em more, right? The Rosebuds are their latest find, and are just as endearing and loveable as those who preceded them.

Straight from the sparkling innocence of Beach Boys tunes about girls and cars, Make Out is a fun in the sun album, perfect for Beach Blanket Bingo and careful volume fidgeting as you pass the watchful cop cars. Indeed, it's music for dipping or driving, recreating a never-ending summer. The songs are light and fun, at times reminiscent of Belle & Sebastian or Spoon in that they're sweet, deceptively simple, irresistible indie pop.

One particular spectacle is "Waiting for the Carnival", which begins like an unassuming jangle pop number (complete with a heartened "Hey!" to kick things off) and matures into a wonderfully layered, lovingly indelible sing along. In fact, the aptly titled "Drunkard's Worst Nightmare" capitalizes on their singsong style by parading a series of "Woahs" and "Yeahs" to get stuck in the mind of the tipsy legions, causing amusing annoyance to all those in earshot.

When they leave whimsy in search of deeper emotion, they are just as effective. On "Boys Who Love Girls" and the closing "Make Out Song", they incorporate their love of jaunty tempos with heartfelt lyrics and surprisingly far-reaching sentiment. Like a comedic entertainer away from the stage, the Rosebuds are still those tomfools who made you laugh and smile, but they show great depth in their other facets.

An entertaining record with so much more depth to offer, Make Out is a must in the current heat wave, to keep your spirits up and your humanity in check.

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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