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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
Robbers on High Street
Tree City
New Line Records

Rating: 7/10 ?


March 9, 2005
Let's get it out right away, Robbers on High Street sound like Spoon. They are Spoon's affectionate little brother. If you wanted a powerhouse trio of bands to give you an old time yet cutting edge rock and rollover tour, I'd invite these boys, Spoon and I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness. All three have similar and enjoyable sounds and two of the three have Britt Daniel working for them, Robbers being the team who doesn't.

The music is positive and enjoyable. They've certainly laid a great foundation for a band with typical (or stereotypical) rock music elements. They seem to enjoy what they're doing and don't mind wearing their influences on their sleeves. Bravo for that. I hope they continue to grow while they travel down their musical path. They've got the chops to do it, but I have my fair share of complaints…

Tree City is leading the Worst Title of the Year contest, so far. The music within deserves a better album title, but Gimme Fiction! isn't that great a title either (take that, Spoon).

The 13 songs on this album could have been recorded in the same session as those in their previous release (The Fine Lines EP). The sometimes-bluesy piano backing the simple guitar chord and solid drum/bass backbone doesn't stray too far from the formula on either release. In fact, there is sort of a standard formula from song to song within this album. Both "Spanish Teeth" and "Killer Bees" have the exact same drum intro and mid-tempo pace. If anything, I hope the band gets a little more experimental in the near future. They need to vary it up just a touch.

For fun, I've listed the first ten song titles from this album - and songs done by Spoon that sound most similar. Compare and contrast at your own leisure. Sure they're not exact, but something about the songs are similar. I realize I could probably do this with any two bands, but know that this isn't supposed to be malicious. It's just that the brothers have that uncanny family resemblance:

Robbers to Spoon: "Spanish Teeth"/"Jealousy"; "Japanese Girls"/"Mountain to Sound"; "Beneath the Trees"/"All the Pretty Girls Go to the City"; "Amanda Green"/"Jonathan Fisk"; "Descender"/"Chicago at Night"; "Love Underground"/"The Way We Get By"; "Dig the Lightning"/"Chips and Dip"; "Price and Style"/"Believing is Art"; "Bring on the Terror"/"Something to Look Forward To"; "Big Winter"/"Laffitte, Don't Fail Me Now".

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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