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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
Envy
Insomniac Doze
Temporary Residence Ltd.

Rating: 9/10 ?


August 17, 2006
This is some of the most beautiful music I have ever heard. Not a classical beauty, but one that is nevertheless undeniable in its urgency and emotion.

Hailing from The Land of the Rising Sun, Envy has created a distinctive and individual sound. While Tetsuya Fukagawa screams with enough passion and feeling to make me swoon, the rest of the band creates dynamic and engaging music that perfectly complements the rawness of the vocals. By building tempos up and down during songs, Envy creates an added immediacy to their music. Effortlessly shifting gears, the band can be affecting through both sheer power and force or by slowing things down and creating a gentle backdrop underneath a spoken word segment.

It is amazing that Envy has flown under the radar for well over a decade. They unquestionably surpass anything that has been categorized as hardcore or screemo in the United States. In fact, just lumping them in with such rote genres is a slight to the intense, yet intricate, music that Envy has produced over the last fifteen years.

Insomniac Doze may be sung entirely in Japanese, but music this good easily breaks the language barrier.

Reviewed by Kevin Alfoldy
An aspiring global adventurer who cut his teeth on the sandy beaches and dirty bitches of Southern California, Kevin Alfoldy now spends his non-vacation days in Brooklyn, New York, where he occasionally finds the time to rub the crust out of his eyes long enough to contribute reviews and feature articles for LAS. A longtime staff member, Kevin also captains the tattered, often half-sunk raft of EPmd, our irregular column of EP reviews.

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