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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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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Michael J. Sheehy
No Longer My Concern
Beggars/XL

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Michael J. Sheehy will never be able to erase the clause "former frontman of Dream City Film Club" from the end of his name. While the band's stint was completed in 1999, he is still tied to the name he formerly made for himself. As another chapter in his musical life comes to a close in this, the third of a self-confessed trilogy of solo releases, he continues to struggle to find his definitive place.

While his solo efforts have been fairly well-received, there is little here to help him stand out among the crowds of Tom Waitses, Simon Joyners, and Nick Caves who have already smeared the grit around. Still, his voice remains showcased, bare and reminiscent of a depressed Lloyd Cole wallowing in the pits of Tin Pan Alley.

At his best, Sheehy is ravaged by misery with darkly humorous and provocative lyricism, broken-hearted by seeming religious befuddlement. His talents shine in the more upbeat tracks, like "Pigboy", where he warps bizarre country rock with shallow Cure references and churning melodies. The same formula works well in the coda of his final track, aptly named "Twisted Little Man", where he recalls AM/FM in his song structure, but Black Francis in his rage.

However, when he is not in the heights of such passion, he is consumed by a lack of momentum, which unfortunately characterizes the majority of the album. While his lyrics remain top notch in their obscurity - about Donkey Rides Straight to Hell and Ballads of Pissed Apostles - he runs the risk of leaving the listener behind as he trudges through the mire.

A respectable bit of perversion, and a brutally honest confessional, though it would benefit from a better balance between alienation and intrigue.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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