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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
The Method and Result
The Things You Miss
Losing Blueprint

Rating: 5/10 ?


October 1, 2004
As shallow as it may seem, first impressions can, and often do, dictate our opinions about something or someone for months or even years at a time. It doesn't matter how deep or introspective or open you think you are, first impressions most certainly affect your opinions as well. Sometimes your initial impressions are wrong, and you're left feeling bad for not giving the person or thing a second chance sooner.

Case in point: In 7th grade there was this new guy named Alex all of my friends were talking about. "His sense of humor is dark, just like yours, Tim." "Dude, Alex is like so hilarious. You should hang out with him." They all said we were two of the same. Of course, I soon developed a predisposition to hate him. I didn't need another me running around making dark, sarcastic quips about everything. I did eventually give him a second chance, and now he's one of my best friends.

Of course, on the other side of the matter is something that makes a great first impression and leaves you expecting more great things, only to disappoint. I'm sorry to say that The Method and Result fall into that latter category.

The six-song EP opens with the superb "Party List." The lyrics aren't necessarily on par with Dylan, but the vocals complement them so well it doesn't matter, and it has a very infectious chorus. Afterwards, however, the tracks are lacking, dragging on into vagrancy and leading to nowhere. The backing music is inspired, but the other aspects become burdens, basically relying on the beats to carry the album - which they can, but only to a certain extent.

Tracks two through five seem to be too long, which is odd seeing as how the longest, "I Will Not Demand What I'm Worth," and the shortest, the instrumental "The Onion You are Eating Today Is Someone Else's Water Lily," clock in at 5:37 and 2:19 respectively. When four minutes seem like an eternity, someone isn't doing his job very well.

All is not lost, however: The closing track, "Everything Old is New Again," finds the duo at their peak with exalting drums and a return to vocal form.

Overall, most of the songs are too long and fast and become annoying. "Party List" and "Everything Old is New Again" have great potential, but the other tracks fail to impress, and are thus disposable. If you're not into Indie Electronica, it certainly doesn't warrant a purchase. On the other hand, if you're looking for something you've probably never heard of, you might find something to enjoy here.

Reviewed by Tim Smith
LAS\' resident television expert.

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