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Music Reviews

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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
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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
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Fat Possum
Republic of Two
Kimchee Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Like a piece of cheesecake, drizzled in blueberries, staring you in the face at your local corner bakery, the works of Nedelle Torrisi may be partially good for you; but it's almost amusing in the face of being so irresistible. With classic jazz chords driving her angelic, soulful voice, she's got the musical nutrition covered - but her own sense of style and innocence makes for something downright special.

As a reviewer, I feel lucky when a debut CD is so ripe, vital and ready for release, which is where Republic of Two definitely stands. Describing herself as somewhere "between Ella Fitzgerald and Everything But the Girl, with vocal harmonies reminiscent of the Shirelles," it is almost surprising that she's actually dead-on in that description: her breezy, carefree blues slants match the sweet tones of her voice and her organic, sincere nature. What's more, the tracks are chic with a nod to trip-hop torch singers and sentimental lyricists, and she has enlisted members of The Moore Brothers, Call and Response and Karate to further ensure her staying power.

The daughter of a jazz drummer and a classical pianist, she's done her parents proud with this release. She sounds enchantingly like Bebel Gilberto on tracks like "Lament", with a light and tangy voice bewitching slyly dancing notes. Meanwhile, "My Tendency" could be a struggling, emotional aside to Chet Baker, matching "I Fall In Love Too Easily", tear for graceful tear. Every song rolls into the next for the same seamless quality befitting many classic releases, and she does such a fervent genre justice with ample grace.

Republic of Two is so versatile and so whole; its mellow, candlelit demeanor will not contentedly idle in the wayside, instead pulling out notes of easy, saucy color to draw you in. Please don't stray too far from sight, Nedelle, you have definitely established yourself as one to watch - closely and affectionately.

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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