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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
H2O
Go
MCA Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
This is the perfect example of how you get the hook up if you are friends with the right people. The lead vocalist Toby Morse was apparently a Sick Of It All roadie along time ago and I'm sure that someone from the band introduced H2O to Epitaph and things began to happen eventually with enough harassment. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with knowing people that are directly connected to other people involved in the scene. But I personally find it more impressive when a band works all the way from bottom and get noticed for being a great band, not just someone's friend. As unfortunate as it is for bands who truly deserve recognition, one of the best ways to get what you want is knowing every person in the world.

With all that aside, H20 is another one of the bands that mix hardcore breakdowns, chanted chorus', burst of energy with melodic hooks and a positive message from a straight edge point of view. They fit in well with the other three million bands that sound exactly like this that continue to clutter and infect the world. The music is not lacking in production or lacking in skill, its just that this whole genre of punk music is way over crowded and has been for over 10 years and once a genre becomes over crowded it also becomes played out. The Chorus of the songs become repetitive after about 2 songs, the songs begin to run together by that time too. "GO" could very well be one extremely long song that never climbs to a high point or climax. If you are into this type of music and are not sick of every other band that sound exactly like this you will eat this up. Obviously people are still interested in this sort of thing or the band would not have just gotten signed to MCA or maybe MCA is just as far behind.

Reviewed by Andy Vaughn
Andy Vaughn is a longtime friend of LAS magazine, where he has contributed occasionaly. He much prefers writing for The Toilet online, however that website seems to have died.

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