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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]

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 » 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
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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
Holy Ghost
Broken Record
Clearly Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
It takes nothing at all to trick me. If a song has a long pause in the middle, I figure its broken, only realizing it was supposed to do that once it starts again, in full force, before I've worked up the energy to cross my room to see what's wrong. Broken Record is no different. "Gasoline" sounds completely mumbled and stifled, so I kept turning the volume up to hear it. Then it started skipping. I remember thinking, "How can I review the disc if I only heard the first song once?" Then "Mary Was a Maker" came on, full force. I realized the skipping... Broken Record... skipping... Broken Record, get it? Yeah. I feel like an idiot.

But back to the full force. "Mary Was a Maker" came on loud, really loud. I thought my speakers might blow since I just had to fix them. That would have sucked if they had, because the song was definitely not worth breaking your speakers over, if you know what I mean. It was all right, but the vocals were pretty poor. This isn't like Bob Dylan poor, the kind that makes the music sound good, that is supported by incredible lyrics or anything. This is just... I don't know. To give you an idea, I was playing it when some people were with me and they basically demanded I take it out because the vocals were so bad.

Personally, I wouldn't have gone so far as to give up over the vocals, but I can't deny they are sub-par on this album. Lyrics aren't really cutting it much either, some songs just consisting of fierce drum work, driving guitars, bass, and the words "Natalie! Natalie! Natalie! Natalie Wood!" (on the song "Natalie Wood").

The album is rock that has its share of screaming vocals at some points, but nothing that would allow anyone to describe it as hardcore at all. They seem to have a lot of punk influence, and at points seem a bit math-rock influenced as well. They sound similar to a softer Paper Chase. The album isn't bad, it just isn't great either. There's no one thing that really sets it apart, that would make it one of those exceptional albums in somebody's music collection.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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