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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
Go-Betweens
Bright Yellow, Bright Orange
Jetset Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
If you are not familiar with The Go-Betweens, you are missing out on an indelible piece of pop genius and endearing charm. After a twelve-year hiatus, these Australian do-gooders got together to create Friends of Rachel Worth in 2002, and have now followed it up with the feel-good-feeling-bad album of the year.

This record embodies a reunited relationship in the stages of comfortable bliss. If Friends of Rachel Worth showed the rush of happiness upon missed embraces, this follow-up shows the easy harmony of settling in. Forster and McLennan even share the vocal spotlight on "Old Mexico," and the pair sounds as relaxed and tailor-made as ever.

Inspiring the likes of The Verlanes, Billy Bragg, and The Commotions, the feel and texture of the album is similar to The Softies' It's Love. There is something shy and introspective in its tone, enveloped by lush, memorable pleasantries and blissful sugar-coating.

"Too Much of One Thing" is a true favorite, sharing the simple country-pop stylings of Mr. Bragg and Andrew Bird with the carefree, intelligent jangle-pop that is synonymous with their name. If strumming is an art form, this is their modern exhibit.

"Caroline and I" shares familiarity with many of their classic tuneful structures, finding its place among a near-perfect catalog of confections. It is a strong opening reminder of the necessity of their recommencement as a band. Wistful and lovely, it longs for the days of the C-86 movement, with the sweet ache that comes from simple beauty.

As a bookend, the closing "Unfinished Business" brings an ache of a different sort; the kind only brought up by the sparse, lasting repercussions of a simple piano ballad. There is something so honest about the intent of Bright Yellow, Bright Orange - it is a release with so much heart and pure emotion that it can barely be improved upon.

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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