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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
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Elf Power
Creatures
spinART Records

Rating: 8.5/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I love records that arrive at the beginning of a season and sound as if they were custom-made for that particular time of the year. Elf Power's Creatures, the band's fourth full-length and the follow-up to 1999's acclaimed Dream In Sound, is a stellar summer soundtrack. The Athens-based band borrows heavily from both The Hollies and The Zombies on the psychedelic, pop-laced Creatures. Utilizing melodic fuzzy guitar (occasionally with a bit of distortion), Casio keyboard, strings and easygoing hum-able male vocals, Elf Power has created an insanely catchy album that ranks among the best of any of the Elephant 6 releases.

Unlike their loud, rocking live show, singer/guitarist Andrew Rieger and company practice a healthy dose of restraint on this album, opting for subtly more often than exaggeration. The lyrics are largely forgettable interpretations of dreams, with tales of serpents, demons and Creatures being commonplace. Regardless, there is no denying the lure of a song like the aptly named "The Creature" which uses a big marching drum-like bass drum sound to propel the brisk beat and a blend of acoustic and electric guitars to paint a pleasant backdrop. For those who relish retro-pop with an emphasis on good songwriting in the vein of Everybody Uh Oh, Holiday, Apples In Stereo, New Order, and the heavier, early Neutral Milk Hotel, Creatures is a can't miss.

Reviewed by Doug Hoepker
A former staff writer for LAS whom we like to call Diggles, Mr. Hoepker is currently laboring away on various music-based projects. He now works in academic publishing (ahem), but is perhaps still best known by his DJ moniker, The Noiseboy.

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