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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Null Corporation
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
Numbers
We're Animals
Kill Rock Stars

Rating: 4.5/10 ?


October 14, 2005
Everything about We're Animals points to a band on the rise. Numbers have stepped up their game for their latest release, progressing from blistering one-minute tracks to full-grown mid-speed songs. Reflected in this maturity is the band's switch from the Tigerbeat6 label to Kill Rock Stars, a giant leap in name recognition for an up-and-coming dance-punk band.

We're Animals could end up being Numbers' transition album. You can hear moments brimming with possibility on the album, especially on the danceable "I'll Love You 'Til I Don't," a bratty punk stomper that features a catchy, riffed-up chorus. Jumping back and forth between the manic and the melodious gives you the impression that Numbers can juggle several styles at the same time.

Sadly, this feeling doesn't follow the album throughout, and the fun-loving mood of songs like "I'll Love You 'Til I Don't" and the sweeping "Solid Pleasure" quickly evaporates. When you aren't catching these brief flashes of brilliance, you'll be stuck listening to the humming synthesizers that dominate We're Animals; rather than using this buzzing accompaniment to mold a discernable rhythm, the synths overpower every other instrument (including Indra Dunis' spacey voice) and make it almost impossible to tap your toes - even if you are prone to doing so.

The one track that escapes this pitfall, "The Fuck You Garage," is a bit of Rapture posturing with out of tune guitars, whiney vocals and angular beats. It's oddly out of place on We're Animals because it balances the freak with the funk. "Crows" attempts this same concoction and fails miserably. Whereas "The Fuck You Garage" is likeable with its spur of the moment dance party appeal, "Crows" goes overboard with electronic burps and tempo changes; it speeds up without any sense like an old lady on the freeway. Numbers tout themselves as a dance-punk outfit, but they won't get you on the dance floor anytime soon.

Reviewed by Andy Brown
A regular contributor to LAS, Andy Brown lives in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, but doesn\'t think he has an accent.

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