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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
Cold Sides
Cold Sides
Moment Before Impact Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
When I saw the artwork and layout of this album I was almost positive it was going to be a metal band or a sludge-core band. I would have never guessed that it was going to be an indie rock group. Sorry to pigeon-hole someone just because of the artwork but its a natural thing and I don't know of anyone that doesn't do it. I almost referred to the as Cold Sores a couple of times because I read it wrong. At a quick glance "cold sides" can be mistaken for "cold sores", right? Oh well.

Cold Sides features members of The White Octave. Does that do anything for you? It doesn't really do much for me. They don't really sound anything like the White Octave and what would be the point if they did? The whole 'features members of' thing is way overrated because if the band sounds anything like that other band then why even have a side project? Why not just put another full length. Basically 'features members of" is just a crutch to get a band off its feet and into the hands of people who are fans of that other band. Everyone is guilty of this. There is no way that you can tell me that if your favorite bands lead singer was in a side project, you wouldn't care at all. I am guilty of this too. That is why the 'features members of' prop is used, period. It gets attention. But it doesn't necessarily mean anything at all. It definitely doesn't make a band good or bad.

Cold Sides is from Chapel Hill North Carolina and it seems to show a little. When I think of North Carolina, Deep Elm comes to mind and a few other things. There are always bands that have a sound that is similar to other bands from that same area. This album is impressive musically and at the same time it lacks in that department, it just depends on what songs you listen to. Some are too slow and monotonous for my liking and some are more upbeat and pleasing. Now that I've listened to the album a little more often I can almost identify the White Octave member but its not visible enough to make them a rip off. If you are a big fan of the White Octave you will probably want to check this one out and add it to your collection. But otherwise I would recommend Lullaby for the Working Class, or Crooked Fingers. The album highlight is a song called "Puppets Song", I wouldn't mind having this song and not the rest of the album.

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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