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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
Dead Leaves Rising
Waking Up on the Wrong Side of No One
Plow City Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
There seems to be a lot of emotion going on throughout this entire album. Jon DeRosa pours his heart out on all eleven tracks of his second release Waking Up on the Wrong Side of No One. Jon is a 22-year-old folk singer/songwriter from New York City who is also in a band called Aarktica, and this is his "solo project" that many have compared to Johnny Cash, Red House Painters, and Will Oldham. I will agree with the comparisons for the most part. There are numerous amounts of instruments contained throughout this album, most of which are played by Jon himself, except for a couple played by a few select guests. I will mention that the artwork for the album seems very appropriate for the songs contained on this release. A melancholy sort of feel to it and is very well represented on the songs performed. The cover picture is of a shirtless man and it has a background image of autumn leaves around the entire album. Autumn = Dead Leaves, I'm assuming that that is what he was going for.

With the massive amounts of bands that have lead singers that have put out solo albums in the past year all of it will basically come out and not be noticed by the masses. Unless you are some big shot that was in some big shot band and have a big shot record label pushing it on everyone and their mother. I have basically given up on the whole new solo musician thing unless there is something that is so completely incredible and different about the person, an outstanding voice, original style, something. Hence, Bright Eyes. But this I'm afraid just doesn't really do that much for me. Maybe it is the timing of me listening to it or maybe it is the fact that I don't like every singer/ songwriter that I hear, just a select few that stand out in the whole genre. Or maybe it is the fact that I'm not depressed about something at the moment and I don't want to listen to something so slow that could actually make me find something to be depressed and down about.

Reviewed by Andy Vaughn
Andy Vaughn is a longtime friend of LAS magazine, where he has contributed occasionaly. He much prefers writing for The Toilet online, however that website seems to have died.

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