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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]
»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
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Anomoanon
Asleep Many Years in the Wood
Temporary Residence Ltd.

Rating: 8/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The brothers Oldham, most notably Will (aka Bonny "Prince" Billy) and generally referred to by the dynastic (like, as in a dynasty) moniker of Palace, have cut quite a wide swath across the belly of American folk music in the past decade. The honest, blue-collar farm hand virtues of Ned and Will Oldham's voices cry out across the land with tales of brawlin' and lovin', starvin' and feastin' off the land and each other. Organic, marketplace folk jams hee-haw across fruited plains and up craggy, snow-covered peaks. Put a bit of pep in the step of Pinetop Seven and replace the operatic vocals with the nasal storytelling of a Tom Petty protégé reared up right on the back 40 and you've got yourself The Anomoanon, complete with the sampled cries of an infant in the midst of the opening track "Sixteen Ways".

The cadence and power of the songs vary across the breadth of Asleep Many Years in the Wood. Personal favorites include the raucous "Kick Back" which comes with a basement casualness and a throat clearing, back slapping interlude. The vocals are somewhat disturbing, delivered in a shrill yet nasally hermetic Kentucky drawl, and the melodies are always bourbon-soaked and sweet enough to linger on in a drunken mid-day haze spent driving a lawn tractor around that dusty, mosquito ridden trailer court five miles out of town on the old state highway.

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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