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Country vs. City
Pop Sweatshop Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Salt Lake City is a town where the beer is watered down and religion is brewed at 9%. Magstatic is a band from SLC whose music is watered down and whose effort in writing music falls just under 9%. Ponder that for a minute… This is despite the press credentials of the band, which include tours with Sunny Day Real Estate, a 7" in the Sub Pop singles series and a song on one of Deep Elm's Emo Diaries comps. But so what- It's time for a quality call-out.

The album kicks off with the John Denver rip off "Country vs. City," exploring one of the great literary themes, right up there with Man vs. Nature, by intoning "Country road, take me home." Pure genius. The track chugs along with a Tom Petty-conceived guitar riff amounting to sort of a second rate "Mary Jane's Last Dance." Front man Terrance D.H.'s vocals recall a Perry Farrell who just isn't trying. "Jewelry Thief" starts out with some guitar and drum interplay that sounds like a Pinback outtake, but any of its charm is ruined once the vocals set in. "Speedboat" lives up to its kick-ass title with chunky metal bar chords thrusting like sex under the expected rockin' drums. The song tells a story about coming home from Disneyland to a house on fire but a speedboat safe in the garage while "daddy" mutters some words including the phrase "Hell no." Lookout Mr. David Berman, a new poet is in town.

Well, don't hate the band; hate the terrible music that they play. Or don't waste your time with negative thoughts at all and just pass this one up.

[Ouch! -ed]

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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