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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
Sixteen Deluxe
Vision Take Me Make Me Never Forsake Me
Sugar Fix

Rating: NR/10 ?


February 14, 2000
According to the pages and pages of promo material that I got for this record, Sixteen Deluxe used to be a major label band at some point. After "splitting from Warner Bros." in 1998 (i.e. being dropped from WB in 1998), they bought their own studio and got to work on this album. What I can't understand is why a former major label band would put out a record with such awful production. No matter what I listen on (my home stereo, headphones, my car) it sounds like absolute trash. It is tinny, harsh, and awful. If a friend put this out as a demo I'd tell him or her to record it again.

The music itself isn't terrible I suppose. Female vocals with super-fuzzed out guitars spouting off the usual three-chordities. Still, I had to work awfully hard to make out most of the songs, and few left me feeling like it was worth it.

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.

See other reviews by Steve Lamos

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