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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
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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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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Astropop 3
Allies and Stepping Stones
Planting Seeds Records

Rating: 8/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Crunchy guitars. Sweet melodies. Sing-along choruses. Late 80's Brit-Pop. Early 90's college rock. Static and feedback. These are a few of my favorite things. Astropop 3 have managed to bring all of these together like a combination platter at Golden Corral, and it follows the same rule as said restaurant: Eat until full, then repeat until you pass out.

The album kicks off with the fun, play-it-loud "Forget Tomorrow," which really brings to mind the glory days of bands like Toad the Wet Sprocket.

In fact, if Astropop 3 doesn't explode in the near future, I will be very disappointed. The songs are very, very likeable - even at first listen. They are catchy, they have nice melodies and they really suck you in. The laziest of listeners will enjoy the simplicity of the song structures; the musical scholars will love diving into the unique soundscapes found beneath the surface: The subtle feedback, the hints of static and the light sampling.

The highlight track for me is "Cubicles," a haunting, static-filled song about the "life" of big business. The rhythm builds and builds while static and chainsaws roar in the background, under the almost drone-like lyrics that frontman Dan Villanueva hypnotically churns out.

Astropop 3 prove that they can handle anything with the luscious indie-pop flavor of "Bubble Gum Breakup" which features the vocals of Angelique Everett and sounds like Dressy Bessy on the best day of their lives. It's full of that great now-famous Elephant 6 sound that everyone is crazy about (including me).

Overall, this is a really good record that goes across the genre board. It's a great listen from front to back, and is the perfect soundtrack to a lazy day at home or a long, lonely late-night drive.

Reviewed by Stephen Smith
In a recent staff survey Stephen Smith included a picture of his cat, Nikolai, since he said he didn\'t have any of himself.

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