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Music Reviews

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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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Halcyon Digest
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Morgan Finlay
Uppercut
Self-released

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
After hearing Uppercut's opener, "Zensong," I was driven to read Morgan Finlay's press packet. That probably sounds like a good thing at first (note to Morgan: Way to go! But you might want to stop reading right about now), but it was actually just to find out what the fuck is going on with our blonde-haired, hoop-earringed singing-songwriting friend. A cross between Creed and Nickelback, indisputably two of the worst modern-rock outfits putting out records right now, Uppercut is a terribly agonizing listen.

While "Zensong" is straight-up, modern-VH1-rock, the following track, "In a Perfect World," introduces Finlay's funkier side to the listener, which leads to unavoidable and unfortunate Maroon 5 comparisons. "The Reason Why" and "A Lesson" could both be missing tracks from Lifehouse's No Name Face, and if you're still listening by the time the last two songs, "Flow" and "Everything Will Work out Right" come around, you either are already a fan and will remain one or are some dumb-assed review-writing tool who has not been able to find one nice thing to say about it and won't be able to by the end of the record.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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