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Music Reviews

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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Hidden Chord
The Captain and His Entourage EP
Level Plane Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
It usually takes me a while to be completely sure whether or not I like an album. If I don't like it immediately, I tend to listen to it over and over again, looking for an aspect of the album I find decent. Anything really, since I feel pretty bad getting those emails from bands saying things like, "Sorry you didn't like the album. Thanks for reviewing it anyway."

With The Captain and His Entourage, the only thing I questioned was how to go about writing the band name and album title, since I wasn't familiar with the band previously and it is written out as "Hidden Chord as The Captain and His Entourage" on the cover.

Once inside, right from the opening, albeit longwindedly-named "A Fictional Literature Dealing With the Problems of Dreams" until the last note of the closer "No Empathy," I knew this album was a keeper.

The Captain and His Entourage is an EP that, in its nearly thirty minutes of sound, eyes your attention, chews it up, and spits it back out after all seven songs are through. With influences ranging from the Beatles and the Police, to the Pixies and Sonic Youth and the Modern Lovers, Hidden Chord borrow from the past while still creating something great and fresh-sounding without straying too far from the post-rock mold that spawned them.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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