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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
End of Julia
Sunday Driver
My Hero Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Is it really that cool to have a band with a first name in it? If not then why are so many people doing it? The Juliana Theory, Girl Named Megan, The Gloria Record, The John Sparrow (a band I've never heard but is thanked in the credits for this album), The End of Julia - what's so neat about it? It seems kind of useless and misleading naming something inhuman like a band with a person's name (this from the guy who named his cat Gillian, having nothing to do with and no conscious knowledge of the actress of X-Files fame beforehand). The only time it may be amusing is if you're the person whom the band has been named for and in most cases, such as this one, that sucks.

For Julia, each song is in some way connected to her demise, and makes a listener wonder if it's her that is said to have her "arms stretched out to the sea. standing naked in all her glory." Of course, it can always be just a random band name having nothing to do with anything. This paragraph was not meant to put down any band that has a person's name. On the contrary, good luck with it. Ok, now what I should be focusing on is the music. There is some awesome stuff going on somewhere in here. Distorted power chords are the norm with a lead guitar over them just as the majority of rock these days and those parts are somewhat stale just as the previously mentioned rock majority. However there are bits of beauty evident like the last minute of "What Happened to Forever?" In such places the piano and voices work well together. The keyboard breaks are the redeeming quality that keeps the group from falling all the way down the hole labeled 'pop-punk.' The vocals are pretty typical of a pop-punk band and lyrics like the beginning phrase of "Maintaining Radio Silence" recall something along the lines of MXPX. When the guitars break down and play the arpeggios or whatever they're called on a stringed instrument there is a slight similarity to label mates The Evergreen Trio.

Bottom line is that this is a pop punk band, some songs are good some are bad, you just have to pick which you personally like. I won't sway you with my powerful opinion but for their sake don't base anything on their name.

Reviewed by JJ Hamon


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