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Castle Talk
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The Null Corporation
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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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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
The Radio Goodnight
Caulfield Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Every record that I review comes with something called a one-sheet. In general, one-sheets offer a place for bands to use every adjective they've ever learned in the attempt to make themselves sound as a smart as possible (I've written some myself, and my own are certainly no exception). I don't know who reads the damn things, but they're all exactly the same, and they're all ridiculous.

Anyway, the m.i.j one-sheet is exactly what I've described above. In addition to name-dropping all the usual emo suspects, it throws in some bullshit about "Revolver-era Beatles" and Oasis. As a result, I was certainly not looking forward to checking the CD out. In general, I don't listen to this kind of stuff, especially when they try to pass it off as the Beatles.

However, that all changed when I put the CD in. Even though, m.i.j does their best impression of the Promise Ring and Sunny Day Real Estate, I can't help but like them. The album is nothing sophisticated, but its catchy as hell, and I really like the guy's voice. They switch things up nicely too, with some heavier stuff mixed in with gorgeous ballads like "sometimes in sleep." Power chords work when they're strung together in the right way, and they certainly work for me here.

In the end, I was pleasantly surprised by this album. It's one of the few things that I've reviewed recently that I pop in because I want to, not because I have to.

Reviewed by Steve Lamos
Steve Lamos, an infrequent contributor to LAS magazine, is most widely known for his prolific musical resume which includes work in American Football, National Skyline, the Firebird Band, Braid, Absinthe Blind and his solo project, DMS. Steve lives in Champaign, Illinois with his wife Tracy.

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