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 » Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King's new novella questions mankind's ability to trust others.
[02.21.2011 by Bridget Doyle]

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 » The Top 30 Albums of 2010 - Fashionably, fabulously late, our favorite music (and believe me, there was a LOT) of 2010, the year that some have called the best year for music ever. And only some of those fools work here. Plenty of usual suspects, lots of ties and a few surprises that I won't spoil, including our unexpected #1.
[12.24.2010 by The LAS Staff]

MUSIC

 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
[11.04.2010 by Cory Tendering]

Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Respira
A Still Silhouette
Exotic Fever Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Sometimes, you just have to put an album in motion to really see what's so great about it. So, after a couple of abortive listens at home, I took this Respira disc and popped it into my car's CD player while driving through the midday sludge that is Washington DC in the summertime. And it worked. There is much to love about this album from California, most of which will appeal to the newly-licensed teenager in all of us, like the tinkly opening of the second track, "Healthy Kids," which drops off into guitar-rock assaults, then into that slow/fast build to the chorus which lets you put the gas pedal to the test with impunity. Then there is the laid-back "Fit to Panic," which combines a vaguely Fugazi-like guitar (no surprise, as the album was mastered at Fugazi-approved Inner Ear Studios) with emo-anthem lyrics ("Not to self-destruct/ In a desperate time/ The guilt won't quickly fade/ in this circumstance you've made"), and has a fabulous trail-off of an ending to boot. To sum up: A Still Silhouette is nice- although it takes the right mindset and some time to warm to, it grows on you.

Reviewed by Larissa Parson


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