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Music Reviews

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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Sub Pop
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Capes
Hello
Hard Soul

Rating: 7/10 ?


April 18, 2006
Stop. You've heard this one before. You can look down your nose at the propelling electronics, post-punk guitars and plain hooks if you want, or you can let go and have a good time. It's up to you.

Digging the scenes of Bloc Party and XTC, Capes are nothing new, but will suck you in like each of their contemporaries did. Yes, every ounce is predestined, from their new wave flare up ("Super Girls") to their sly, 80s edge ("What You Want") to their Pixies mash-up ("Francophile v.1.5") and their warbling, sun-kissed sing-along ("Gimme"), but darned if it won't stick in your head.

With the energy of restless teenagers and a nostalgic hart, this high-octane album will have your head bobbing and your buzz-radio-listening friends asking who it is. If you can get past the repetition, Hello is nothing if not enjoyable, and while it's not demanding, it's not meant to be.

That's not to say Hello is incapable from being interesting - far from it - it's just easiest to enjoy on a surface level. Their ability to blend retro sounds with current innovation is laudable; their slanted key riffs and skewed narrative lyrics add layers to the hit parade. You may at first notice the lack of sonic filler in these irrepressible tracks, but digging in, you may just notice what makes Capes different.

In all, the album is a tasty confection; it's a party where everyone's invited, so just see which in-crowds show up. The real danger comes from those who decide they're partied out - for the rest of us, after-hours don't seem to endů and at least this is a hip place to go.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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