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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Red Wolf Glass
Endearing Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
This CD begins gloriously. Within the first thirty seconds of popping this disc in, I was ready to sing praise to the heavens, for I had witnessed something that was truly beautiful. By about the minute-and-a-half mark, I was ready to throw the disc out the window. I somehow managed to restrain myself and, mustering up all the patience I humanly could, continued listening. The vocals sound at first powerful as they soar over the crashing waves of guitar and thundering rhythm section, but soon grow stale and over-blown as we realize that this singer, as well as the band as a whole, is a one-trick pony. Even worse, it's not even their trick.

Projektor hails from Winnipeg, Canada. Much is made, in the band's promo-sheet, of the individual members' previous involvement with other bands. They go on to inform us that these musicians are all of "seasoned veteran" status in the Canadian music scene (whatever that means). This is all well and good, I suppose, and the musicians' considerable experience is quite apparent when listening to this sparklingly produced collection of polished yet mediocre songs. This is a glaring example of style over substance-a flaw that is forgivable when the style is unique, but condemnable when the style is clichid and derivative. Catherine Wheel and Radiohead are mentioned in the promo-sheet, when they actually should probably be given at least partial songwriting credit.

This is not to say that Projektor don't occasionally achieve truly inspired heights--some of the instrumental portions, such as the disc's opening, are indeed quite breathtaking. However, the disappointingly vast majority of this album suffers from a failure to self-edit: only one of the disc's eight tracks is shorter than five minutes, and some are even longer than eight minutes. Long songs are fine, provided there is enough content to hold the listener's interest for the extended time period. The problem here is that there simply isn't.

Reviewed by Dheeru Pennepalli
A former contributing writer for LAS, Dheeru Pennepalli currently lives in Chicago where he performs music with one of the Matts from Re:Rec in a new duo called A Light Sleeper. One upon a time he was in a band called the Bargos Steeler and wrote songs with multiple titles, such as \"Poof! I Am Now a Firetruck\" or \"2 Robots To Do the Work of 3 Robots\".

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