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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
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
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
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
Mojave 3
Spoon and Rafter
4AD Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Three years on the heels of the Halstead-hybrid album Excuses For Travelers the fossils of Slowdive return with a new, evolved Mojave 3 record. The band has shaken things up a bit in order to get their house in order, replacing much of fron tman Neil Halstead's acoustic guitar leads with Halstead's minimalist piano leads. The sparse melodies are wrapped in warm, dry currents of ambient lap steel, harmonica, banjo, cello, Moog, various keyboards and guitars, blowing in a soft howl. Bassist Rachel Goswell has been relegated to singing backups on this album, with Halstead taking the reins on his own to guide the band's meandering country/shoegaze freefall. Spoon and Rafter makes a powerful opening argument with the lengthy, lush nine-minute-plus "Bluebird of Happiness" shifting between languid yuppie pop and dusty Americana nuggets, setting the tone for the rest of the album.

Mojave 3 have grown considerably as a unit since Excuses for Travelers and I must admit that the previous album has itself grown on me since I stiffly reviewed it years ago. It is that familiarity, that worn understanding between artist and listener that can only be achieved after long nights, long drives and general drunken longing together. It has been said that familiarity breeds monotony, and Halstead and company have a serious vice of sticking to the straight and narrow. The Londoners have proven themselves masters at mixing the swirling hyper-pop of Lassie Foundation with Canyon's psychedelic barbed-wire twang, but it would be nice to hear them crawl out on a limb every now and then. Mojave 3 employ the soft lyrical delivery and sultry melodic drone to what fans of Wilco, Grandaddy and Dylan would consider great effect, and in all honesty you probably won't hear a better soundtrack for your depressing old home movies this year.

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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