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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
Cul de Sac
The Strangler's Wife
Strange Attractors Audio House

Rating: 7.5/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Years ago, during my high school days, I worked part-time at a local movie theatre. Every now and again, they would place me on "ushering" duty, which basically meant that the pleasure of picking up after movie-going slobs was all mine. I'd scurry around sweeping up popcorn, picking up candy boxes, and wondering how someone managed to smuggle in enough Chinese take-out to feed a small country - all while the credits flickered across the screen and the score ran out.

It was the soundtrack to What Lies Beneath that frightened me the most. I'd cautiously sneak peeks behind my shoulder and do my job as quickly as possible. I predict the same timid behavior will result in response to Cul de Sac's score for the film The Strangler's Wife. For this horror/thriller, Cul de Sac do an excellent job at creating the perfect atmosphere of tension and darkness. Listening to it, your heart will start racing. Your palms will begin to sweat. You will glance behind you - there's no threat, but, at times, this score will make you forget that.

Most of the soundtrack is intense, dramatic, and sharp, but this disturbed sound occasionally gives way to beautiful masterpieces like "Mirror II (Mae and Elena)," although, fittingly I suppose, certain tracks such as "Second Victim (Shower)" tend to come off almost more annoying than terrifying. Harsh cuts and occasional long gaps of silence (due to the disc, not my player) also detract from the album's cohesiveness as a whole. Such an obstacle to the flow of the record kept me from fully getting lost in the music itself.

However, the disjointed structure and the resulting changes of pace - one moment tense beauty, the next moment music that sends the pulse skyrocketing - adds greater depth and suspense to the album. Cul de Sac's cinematic sound fits perfectly for a cinematic endeavor such as The Strangler's Wife.

Reviewed by Natalie B. David
A fresh graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in her spare time she can be found clumsily manipulating words and phrases for LAS and Beautiful/Decay magazine, hungering for sushi, naming inanimate objects or pondering the existence of stiletto heels. If you see her, you should buy her a cup of coffee because, chances are, she probably needs it.

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