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Music Reviews

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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
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The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
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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
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Fat Possum
Orchard Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Thistupidream goads the listener into a dream-like state, a mood I at first thought was one of fatigue, but know realize is just surreal. It brings the same image into my mind every time I hear it, a night at a friends house where I felt so sick I almost couldn't walk. It got so bad I had to lie down, but through the closed door I kept hearing people walk past the room, so I couldn't really rest. I hadn't told anyone where I was because a few of my friends were already worried since I had been sick for weeks. I didn't want them to know I was feeling worse and hoped desperately no one knew where I was. I only lay there for about five minutes until I felt well enough to walk again. I don't remember thinking about the pain. All I really remember was listening to the music (a friend of mine had put on Amnesiac) and people's voices. I didn't think about the pain in my stomach or the things going on in my life, I just listened to the sounds permeating throughout the house.

I'm not sure if my illustration helps get this surreal feeling across, but hopefully it does. The first song on Thistupidream, "On the Last Day I Was Happy," kind of threw me. It is a mellow Brit-pop sort of song, and I think one of my favorites only because the others, except for "Driving to the Beach" (my least favorite, and again, Brit-pop), all seem to blend together in the mush that is my mind after listening to the album a few times. The best song on the album is the second track, "The Corporal's Daughter." Not yet, however, does the album have this surreal quality to it. Somewhere in between "Confession" and "Goodnight goodnight," BE's music blends together into a beautiful mélange of sound. This does not result from Thistupidream being an experimental record. It's not. Instead it is the way the drums, guitars, and, especially Talley Summerlin's vocals complement each other. Normally, I'd scoff at a band whose lyrics include "Someday we'll have nothing but good news/La, La, La, La", but the way Summerlin sings in "Goodnight goodnight," it not only seems appropriate, but gives the impression that any other grouping of words would sound brainless.

BE aren't doing anything new. I know that and surely they do as well, but they do something relatively rare nonetheless. They make, for the most part, a mood, and keep the listened suspended in that mood for almost an hour. You can lie in bed, listening to Thistupidream and the voices of people outside, almost in hiding, yet not think about anything but the sound, the sound that seems to envelop you, making however short a time seem infinite.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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