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Law of Inertia Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Writing this review, I'm sitting on my boyfriend's couch (one of the most comfortable in the world). There's left over Chinease food sitting on the coffee table and the southern cold is creeping in through the sliding glass doors. A boring sporting event reigns over the television. The headphones in my ears connect to my discman, which is in a furious whir playing I Learned it by Watching You.

Of all the elements vying for my attention at this moment, Alli with an I is losing. Pop-punk bands are running rampant at all levels of music. Alli with an I is just another band contending in that marathon and as far as my ears are concerned, I Learned it by Watching You is easily lost in the crowd. Not that it's a terrible record. The band's playing is above average and they (more importantly) play with heart, but their sound just lacks something. There is no individuality here. I can't find any sparkle, anything to keep me intent on the music and not the guys on my TV struggling for a ball. I don't even like sports, but Alli with an I can't keep my interest. The words may be different, but I feel I've heard these songs before by other bands- bands who probably couldn't keep me interested either.

The main problem with Alli with an I isn't the usual pop-punk plague. The band members actually play their instruments well. Drummer Michael Sileno holds the songs together instead of spastically ripping them apart. Matt Sileno's generic pop-punk vocals however pull Alli with an I down. Even typical lyrics of heartbreak and childhood romance can be overcome with an engaging vocalist, but that isn't the case here.

Maybe go see this band live- the live setting almost always changes a sound, but as far as I Learned it by Watching You, I'd leave it sitting on the rack and wait to check out their next effort.

Reviewed by Natalie B. David
A fresh graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in her spare time she can be found clumsily manipulating words and phrases for LAS and Beautiful/Decay magazine, hungering for sushi, naming inanimate objects or pondering the existence of stiletto heels. If you see her, you should buy her a cup of coffee because, chances are, she probably needs it.

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