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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
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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
Feud
Language is Technology
Insidious Plot Audio

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The Feud's electronic instrumental rock is a special find, refreshing and relaxing as it is exciting. Language is Technology is a spirited journey through mystery and danger. Soft jazzy parts implying serene and simple landscapes ("Tidy Sum") build up into monstrous, big rockin' mountain wars ("There Is No Sleep/Desized"). Many parts of The Feud's songs could likely be accomplished with a combination of a marching band and a jazz group, with the occasional overdrive for extra punch. Some, like "King Abner Soul Fist", employ the contained, introspective aesthetic found in parts of Joe Satriani's Crystal Planet.

The album opens with "N'finite Rug", a track that has a sort of Siamese Dream-feeling sunny calmness at the beginning before moving into dark and unfamiliar territory and action-movie soundtrack mode, giving us a fair sampling of what the rest of the album may hold. This work flows strongly throughout, but other standouts include "Tidy Sum" and "Citizen Beautiful Alien", both including the full range of aforementioned attributes. "King Abner Soul Fist" and "There Is No Sleep/Desized" work toward the gradual closing of the album. I recommend Language is Technology, not only for its diverse arrangements, but for its wide appeal to lovers of instrumentals.

Reviewed by Lance Birch


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