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 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
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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
Divorcee
Lovesick
Self-Released

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Its no surprise Divorcee has included a blurred picture of a cupid-looking cherub-in-though on the cover of their first album. Each song on the band's debut is about lost love and Lovesick-ness, played in that classic Brit-pop style fans of Travis and Coldplay know so well.

The first song, "Writer," opens with an indication of what's to come. "Hear you've shacked up with a writer/have you lost all common sense" predates a chorus of "I long to be near to near you/long enough to know/it's silly to fall in love/most of all I miss everything about you now." But these aren't Weezer ditties about girls that Rivers admits don't exist. There's no denying Ryan Seitz is truly in love, almost kind of obsessed with this girl he's singing about, especially if it's the same girl throughout the record. You can kind of picture him recording in Semisonic's recording studio with Brad Kern, just kind of brooding quietly whenever he isn't needed. He sings with something like subtle experience in his voice, to the extent that by "Underground" rolls around, you find yourself thinking the otherwise quasi-cheesy "You light up the sky like the fourth of July" is one of the most beautiful and memorable phrases on the entire album. At the end of it all, Lovesick is an interesting album. You really find yourself believing what Ryan Seitz is saying. You find yourself able to picture the girl. I mean, you have to feel bad for poor Ryan! He's trying so hard!

There are definitely some good pop songs on this album, and they don't end somewhere in the middle. The already-mentioned "Underground" and the extra-poppy "Back Row" are two. The band is definitely treading near-stagnant water (see the Travis-sounding "Throw it all away"), and the waves they're making have surely been made before, but somehow they make what they're doing fairly appealing.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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