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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Rainer Maria
Atlantic
Polyvinyl Records

Rating: 8/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Surprisingly quick on the heels of Look Now, Look Again (which Spin magazine recently named to its Best of 99 list, per my prediction) comes a three song EP from the newly relocated Rainer Maria. Undoubtedly one of the best bands emerging from the played-out Great Lakes emo scene, the trio's transplantation from Midwest to East Coast should only help them climb the mountain that is rock and roll recognition. The progression from Past Worn Searching to Look Now, Look Again continues on through this single. The embracing vocals of Caithlin De Marrais are brought fully into focus, leaving Kyle Fischer to mumble around in the background. Whereas their early genius was in the dual vocal interplay, their most alluring asset is now Caithlin's newfound vocal confidence. "There Will Be No Night" is classic Rainer Maria, with its soothing vocals more whispered poetry than song lyrics, but with just enough of an emo undertone. The guitar melodies in "Atlantic" are perhaps a bit overused by Fischer but still fill in nicely behind "America the Beautiful" inspired lyrics. "Soul Singer" is both a tribute to the great Otis Redding and a farewell to Rainer Maria's former hometown, Madison, Wisconsin. (Redding and the small plane he was flying in were swallowed up by a frigid Madison lake years ago.) It would have been nice for this to have been released as a 7" single rather than a CDep, but I'm not complaining. Three new songs from Rainer Maria every few months could do us all good.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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