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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
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
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
Edie Sedgwick
Her Love is Real... But She Is Not
DeSoto Records

Rating: 7.5/10 ?

April 15, 2005
Has the E! Entertainment Network always been so trashy? It may just be my memory playing tricks on me, but I swear I could recall a time when I'd actually tune in for a little insight. Now, it's all dish, dish, dish... and Michael Jackson.

Following in the footsteps of rock gods like Bowie and Hedwig, El Guapo's Justin Moyer has created a persona to try something different, and on Her Love is Realů But She Is Not, he uses it to have some fun and make some lightly profound statements about pop culture and its icons.

Each track named for a star - this indie pop Walk of Fame includes "Lucy Liu," "Michael J. Fox" and "Tim Robbins," - there's sniping, backbiting, humor and even wisdom set to a writhing electric dance beat. Those most under fire are cut politically, as the extended title of "Tim Robbins [Susan Sarandon, Charlton Heston]" lets no one off the hook, and the sarcastic, "everything's happy" attitude of "Martin Sheen" and "Arnold Schwarzenegger [I & II]" truly gives the superficial a hyperpolitical edge.

That said, not everything's so pointed: "Sigourney Weaver" is largely about an orgy in space, "Christian Slater" pokes fun at his lonely non-celebrity status, and "Robert Downey, Jr." acerbically vindicates the actor for continually trying to get clean, for "doing what he should" in a world where most people don't take steps to improve themselves.

There's more message than music here, though fans of El Guapo/Supersystem will likely be satisfied, there's a lot more to savor in the words than the beats. Similar to his work as Justin Moyer, Sedgwick's sounds feature creepy, warped electro-stammering, which would be somewhat hard to absorb if not for its cheekiness, and of course, the greater layer of lyrics. It's clear Edie's here to make a statement; it's even more evident that, in the ironic wrappings of her larger-than-life persona, she has plumbed the hidden depths of a surface industry.

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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