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Music Reviews

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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
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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
Evergreen Trio
For All Intents and Purposes
My Hero Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Someone overheard me listening to this disc and said "this sounds like the Alkaline Trio without distortion and slowed down." I said "ouch."

They have a whole different kind of creativity, different intent and purpose in their music. More of a midwestern town reality, not the anger, perhaps the frustration but willing to take the time needed in each song to explain what they mean in a way that they at least can understand. The songs aren't spilled/spelled out for just anyone and therefore can add meaning for everyone if they take the time to listen.

The sound effects and drum machines add an aspect of electronica to the otherwise emo sound and the only thing that could possibly pin them to The Alkaline Trio is the style of vocals which are also not unlike those of Mineral. At times I even feel as though I'm listening to a piece of the Red House Painters faster paced songs. The instruments are tight except for an occasional intentional looseness to allow space for a personal interpretation.

This album is a late summer listener. Days are just beginning to get shorter, the grass needs to be mowed a couple more times before the leaves are in the way. There is still playing to be done while waiting for the autumn to approach and with it bring a chill and a whole new emotion to the music.

Reviewed by JJ Hamon

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