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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
»Deerhunter
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
Taylor Hicks
Taylor Hicks
Arista

Rating: NR/10 ?


January 30, 2007
Yes, friends, Taylor Hicks. I'll admit that the first draft of this review was already written in my head the second the American Idol guy's airbrushed eyes met mine, as his CD slid out of the plain brown paper envelope from the PR firm; basically this was going to be a paraphrased Hannibal Lecter deal, as in "The PR rep sent Taylor Hicks… to me? You know what you sound like, Taylor, with your good Magic Dick harp and your cheap Elvis?"

But life is for living, friends, and how are you supposed to hate this guy? It'd be like snarking away at Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for smiling and wooping around like a 12-year-old when coach let Vinny Testaverde throw that final touchdown pass this season and extend his streak. And how would you feel if you knew every snarkster on earth was hating your guts, mentally flipping you the bird because you're not as cool as OK Go or... well, Liberace?

Sure, this is a direct assault on the general IQ, a Disney-ized Michael Bolton doing harmless cover songs that'll only ever be seriously played during bean suppers at Saint Mary's, and he touches not on Iraq, drugs, lust nor even Paula Abdul's personal ad. But the nice white Christian minority has to have something to live for besides Dunkin Donuts, and I gotta tell... no. Wait. It's dumb. I couldn't listen to it twice through straight in the car and hammer out a few drum rolls on the dashboard. It wasn't me.

Later: Arista still releases records?

Reviewed by Eric Saeger
An LAS staff writer based in New Hampshire, Eric Saeger was named alt.flame\'s Newbie of the Year in 2000.

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