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Music Reviews

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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
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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
Collections of Colonies of Bees
Fa.ce (a
Crouton Music

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Fa.ce (a is the third Collections of Colonies of Bees album, a side project of Chris Rosenau and Jon Mueller (two of the three members of Pele) on their Crouton Music label. Here, alternating, off-kilter drum beats intermingle with pretty, country-tinged acoustic guitar work, piano bits, electronics, while countless other sounds are layered and/or juxtaposed to create a beautiful, semi-ethereal and sometimes discordant sound.

In comparison to Collections of Colonies of Bees member's other projects, the bits of the album that sound most like Pele are on the songs with keyboards, like the third and fourth tracks - out of the eight tracks on Fa.ce (a, the first seven are untitled - and also the closer, "Murder."

I think its important to note that Fa.ce (a is one of those rare albums that actually has its peak towards the end of the record, the climatic moment probably being around the seventh song before winding down for "Murder." There's something about the seventh song that grabs hold on the listener, captivating enough that it even sounds louder than the other tracks. That doesn't mean, however, that Fa.ce (a isn't interesting as a whole, as it is a solid release that I'm sure fans of Pele and other Crouton Music releases will enjoy.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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