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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
The Red Telephone
Cellar Songs
Raise Giant Frogs

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
As a rule of thumb I tell everyone that 90% of the records that come through here are bad. At times it seems like we've become known for, as one person put it, "hating everything". Of course that isn't the case. We came up with 90 great records (and even left a bunch off) from the past decade and many of us listed a bunch in our 20 of 2000 feature. I like a lot of stuff we get, but it is still a fraction of the number of records we get. On any given day the PO Box will have 4 or 5 packages (we've got one of the big boxes) and each will contain anywhere from 1 to 4 records. Very few of them are worth listening to more than twice.

Fifteen. That's how many times I've listened to the Red Telephone's latest album. Sixteen. I've just begun my sixteenth listening session. You may think that listening to an album sixteen times isn't a lot, but when they're mostly in the space of two days it takes on a different meaning.

The Red Telephone craft unpredictable atmospheric pop that sounds like a mixture of early 90's Creation bands and the stars of the recent subtle resurgence in rock on commercial radio like Coldplay. Bright, almost psychedelic guitars with a warm, familiar vocal element that at times tend to wander (the opening track, "Pennsylvania" is 8 minutes long), these twelve tracks have a luster uncommon amongst bands who have been dropped flat by major labels. For the Red Telephone it was Warner Brothers, the home of Collective Soul, Soundgarden, Madonna and Alice Cooper. Warner Brothers was a place that the Red Telephone did not fit into and luckily they were dropped, a drop from which they have clearly bounced back from.

One crucial ingredient that might be missing in this album is the talent for hooks, with most of the vocals lolling along at a lazy pace, chasing the guitars that they can never catch. Self-recorded, self-produced and self-released, this album is otherwise extremely well assembled.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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