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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
Sterling Silver
Leave Before Its Black
Slowdance

Rating: 7/10 ?


May 26, 1999
One thing I am always afraid of being guilty of is not giving totally unknown bands a fair shake. If I've never even heard the name before I usually find myself being pretty wary of giving them an initial listen. I have only once in my life picked up a record for no reason (well, at least no musical reason - Andy Mueller had done the artwork) and that was the very first Jimmy Eat World album. Jeesh, since that turned out so well you'd think I would do it more often.

I had never even heard of Sterling Silver before the package from Slowdance plopped down on my desk and, after listening to Leave Before It's Black, I find myself wondering why in the hell I hadn't. Sterling Silver hail from the mecca of hipness that is San Diego, California (you know, the white belts, Rocket From the Crypt, and now Dave Brown), and they have definitely got their shit together.

The disc starts off with "Drone Cold" and rolls right on through the final "Beauty Sets Sail" with an unfailing aire of intelligence. I seem to have misplaced the press mailer that came with the record so I'm not sure what the four-piece's background is, but I can't help think that this must be their third or fourth album together. There is just such a sense of maturity and understanding in the interaction of each instrument.

One comparison I find myself wanting to make right away is to Rainer Maria. Both bands have that intelligent and developed feel to them from the first note - although the sounds can sometimes be raw, they have an air of being thought out. Both bands use a lot of dual male/female vocals to achieve a very smooth yet textured feel. Both bands get a lot of playing time on the office stereo as of late.

There isn't too much that I can specifically say about this record other than it is worth checking out. All of the songs could easily be my favorite cut from the album, and while none of them will wind up on a mix tape any time soon the fact that they are so evenly distributed is generally the hallmark of an album with staying power. "A Lesson In Melodrama" stuck out right away, but additional listenings caught my ear with "7th Standard" and "Traveling at the Speed of Light." This record is truly a rarity amongst offerings from San Diego in that it is very tight from beginning to end. I am waiting to hear more.

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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