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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
Nowhere Man
Considered to Tears
I Like Red Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Vikas Pawa starts his monumentally long press kit by saying he's of Indian heritage, bred in Bangkok and Singapore. This already refutes his chosen moniker, which after hearing his music, refers more to the effortless brilliance of the Beatles tune than his global positioning.

Considered to Tears is as close as we'll ever get to Geggy Tah doing Beatles covers in the back room of a pool hall. There are waves of various genres, from World to hip-hop, pushing about, but truly his heart is in the uncluttered philosophies and experimentation of 60s love culture.

"100 Lies" introduces us to Pawa's thin and trying vocals, reminiscent of Elvis Costello before warming up. As the album continues, however, these strainings become less frequent, and his voice more essential to the rest of the sound. While the track plays like a skewed, slow take on the Monkees, it rebounds quickly as drums pound the way to an exploding chorus, and psychedelic pop sneaks beneath dirty guitars.

"Ornery" shows a deeper experimental side, full of dreamy synthesizers and more Costello meanderings. It is down-tempo and heartened, and begins to prove that his efforts are wholly sophisticated. What's more, nothing here is too complex or self-aggrandizing: he can play multiple instruments, weave textured pieces and varying influences, but still wind up with a classically simple, enjoyable cut. The tracks, while intricate, are easily devoured.

"Traveling Light" launches more of his trip-hop side, introducing a bit of ambience to his pop leanings, but never quite abandoning the comfort zone that allows listeners to adhere to his overall purpose. It is a lightweight, flighty tribute to pioneers like Amon Tobin, though it decomposes into a smooth, calming pop track by its end. No matter how far his songs wander, they always return to the security of naturally played pop, providing a safe bed from which his creations can flourish.

Considered to Tears is a surprisingly sweet, focused, and satisfying effort. Vikas Pawa has a knack for creating pleasant, experimental pop songs to disprove detractors or wary critics. Gifted like a genial Midas, everything he touches turns to candy.

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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