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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
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Best Boy Electric
Songs of Latitude and Longitude
Grand Theft Autumn

Rating: 8.8/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The only reason it has taken me three weeks to review this record is the fact that everyone in my house has been fighting over it since it arrived in the mail. After trips to four different states, it is finally back in my grubby hands where it belongs.

Very subtle, slow burning pop from this Madison quartet featuring former Low guitarist John Nichols. The minimalist sound belies some very competent pop songwriting and interesting musical interplay. Parasol touts this record as "sleepwaltzing."

Lumbering along at speeds approaching Mogwai-on-downers, songs like "Boxing Day" literally smell of a lazy Sunday drives down leaf-strewn highways in a maple soaked Quebec. The only downside is that three songs later on "Insect" you're still driving down the same leaf-strewn highway in Canada. Things never really reach any kind of tempo whatsoever.

Aside from a monotony that some people might fight unnerving, this is an excellent record for fans of Mogwai, Codeine and the like. Oh, and of course Low.

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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