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Music Reviews

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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
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The Null Corporation
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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
Blueline Medic
A Working Title In Green
Fueled by Ramen

Rating: 7/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I had been waiting to hear this record for a while. Something about it intrigued me, but I'm not sure what. The name of the band sounded pretty cool, I guess. And they are from Australia so I was naturally assuming it wouldn't be more of the usual American (insert dirty three-letter-word here) rock. I don't know quite what I was expecting it to sound like, exactly. There is the whole subconscious "Australian" thing that everyone has, expecting it to somehow be different. But why would it be different? Are Silverchair or Men At Work any different than their American peers? Not really. There definitely is something of a British sound, but the Aussies have generally escaped generalization.

Blueline Medic have an "ex-Caustic Soda" card in their PR deck but, at least on this album, there doesn't really seem to be a need to play it. These four songs, the band's apparent debut and only release to date, have floated from the hands of Sony Australia into the hands of Fueled by Ramen who are developing quite a respectable catalog. These four songs soar on the wings of huge guitars and a low end that somehow gets the job done even though it generally sounds like mud. On the surface they sound a heck of a lot like Jets to Brazil, but that is only because Blake insists on singing in that ridiculous fake British accent. When you get down to it the guitars are what make Blueline Medic worth your time. Graceful guitars are the key here, winding up and down and all around each other and at times rightly pushing back the vocals. The standout track is definitely "Where You Are" - combining the best aspects of Jets to Brazil's Orange Rhyming Dictionary with Bob Mould's duality of pop sensibility and Hüsker Dü edge. At only 13 minutes this EP isn't much to get excited about but it does offer a taste of a potentially franchise strength rock outfit. Lets just hope that J Robbins doesn't mess them up with too much of his notorious studio gloss.

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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