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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
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Wandering aimlessly amongst the racks of CDs at Best Buy I am reminded of why I never buy records from the same place I buy my dishwashers, ironing boards, Zip drives and electric can openers. But my local indie record shop doesn't have the latest Moby full-length, so I press on. My Bloody Valentine ... Mudhoney ... the Monkeys ... Moxy Fruvous ... Moby!

If anyone is worth driving the six miles out into suburbia strip mall hell, it is undoubtedly Moby. In all my (admittedly limited) years I have never crossed anyone so genious at combining so many forms of music into one hell of an interesting sonic amalgamation. Hip Hop, Punk, Dub, Raggae, Gospel, Tribal, Country, New Age - you name it and Moby is well versed in it. He also plays every note of music in every song, samples aside. Moby is genre-less, transgressing every plastic subdivision music analists and record store owners can come up with. Think he's techno? "Find My Baby" proves you wrong. Think he's rock? That doesn't explain the soft strumming of "Everloving." Truth is Moby is all of these and none of these. The guy is simply the shit.

Radio friendly "Honey," already remixed a dozen times, starts things off right with a dance beat and infectious looping. "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" is a good example of what Moby is capable of, combinging the vocals of the Shining Light Gospel Choir, a soft piano and a looping low end into a smashing club track. "South Side" is a remarkable mixture of dance, goth, rap and rock that can appeal to just about any fan of any type of music. Probably the most straight up rock number you'll ever catch Moby doing, "Bodyrock" is my favorite of the 18 tracks, mixing indie guitar rock with a DJ beat in a way Limp Bizkit could only dream of. I've let this track run on REPEAT for an hour at a time. Calling to mind the opening scene of The Replacement Killers, "Machete" is a crazed, beat laden techno thriller complete with sound samples, distorted vocals and machine gun fire drum beats, vaguely impressing like the more club oriented Ministry tracks. "Inside could be score for anything from 2001: A Space Oddyssey to The Crying Game.

I could go on raving about every note in every song for hours on end. Fuck rap, fuck electronica, fuck punk, fuck goth, fuck country and western. This is the record of the year, bar none.

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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