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Music Reviews

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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Campground Effect
Flight Seat EP
The Local Cannery Recording Co.

Rating: 6.5/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Many, many lives were made better with the acquisition of Nevermind, Doolittle and Icky Mettle. The three of these are staples in most solid indie collections, never wavering, seldom leaving CD carousels and travel cases.

When listening to an EP that immediately conjures up these exact three albums, it's nearly impossible not to like it. Personally, it's got a sound I love. There are loud, skewered guitars, intense yowls and a fiercely slanted perspective.

Even if it sounded like my very favorite song played seven times, though, could I be objective? Isn't it still something I've heard before; done by bands I've come to revere?

The Flight Seat EP is difficult to review for just that reason. It rocks with vitality, in the undying spirit of that great rock tradition; beyond all this, though, it's been done (fantastically!). While very few could be in the same league as those forebears, Campground Effect seems simply contented in paying them homage, and I've decided that's good enough for me.

The opening "Sex is for Television" is straight Pixies, with a marauding bass line under a wailing guitar and bloodied, demanding lyrics. "Medical Miracles" is a potent cry against postmodern confusion, as Cobain would have championed in his day. "Lake" is obsessed with inserting the exact wrong notes into an undeniable, contagious format, just as Bachmann and company did.

Tracks in-between are a bit lagging; in particular "Sold Us a Marathon," whose chord progressions and paced delivery seem a step behind the rest of the CD in momentum and obscure charm. Overall, however, this EP is one to remember for when making a mix, looking to include new counterparts with old favorites. While not quite interchangeable, it's a nice addition.

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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