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Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
My internet connection sucks.

I wrote the closing paragraph of this review first, intending to do a little research on this band before shooting my mouth off. Admittedly, I almost never do this. But it seems that a certain member of Cardia used to be in a band that created, in my humble opinion, the single most influential album of all time. An album of stark beauty, closer to perfection than just about anything else I've ever heard. That was a long time ago, but it's still my favorite.

I'm almost positive he's using a fake name.

Rumors of this band have been circulating among the die-hard nerds; but the last I've heard is that the band we thought it was had surfaced, playing a few shows in New York and featuring the man himself--under his own name.

He's not credited with vocals, though I have to say I'm skeptical about that at times. Then again, I could swear at other times that I'm listening to the voice of a dead man.

So, you can see how confusing this all is.

It'd be stupid of me to throw around words like 'brilliant' and 'timeless', right? Especially considering the tendency of record labels (even some of the 'indie' ones) to purposefully misquote and even entirely fabricate 'press coverage' to suit their own needs. Especially considering my own tendency to procrastinate and waste time. This is, unfortunately, how things are. But they most certainly are not the way they should be.

Lest I start getting too philosophical for both our tastes, I'm going to cut this shorter than I had originally planned. This album just might be every bit as good as that old favorite of mine (and maybe even yours, too). The only real indicator of how good it actually is, however, is whether or not it can stand the test of time; because we all know that the truly great ones take the longest time to catch on. They don't need hype- they have something special.

So, I'll leave you with that. And my original closing paragraph:

There's a ghostly presence on this album. It's evident in the voices, in the melodies, in the songcraft. It's evident in the air of mystery that surrounds it all. Bits and pieces will remind you of long-lost loves, or at least the songs you were listening to when your teenaged heart was broken for the first time (yes, I am fully aware that this statement is unbearably melodramatic, but sometimes life is melodramatic- whether we like it or not). You will not mind, not in the least bit, that certain melodies and vocal inflections are almost note-for-note reproductions of those you loved so long ago and still love today.

This album is haunted; this album is haunting.

Reviewed by Dheeru Pennepalli
A former contributing writer for LAS, Dheeru Pennepalli currently lives in Chicago where he performs music with one of the Matts from Re:Rec in a new duo called A Light Sleeper. One upon a time he was in a band called the Bargos Steeler and wrote songs with multiple titles, such as \"Poof! I Am Now a Firetruck\" or \"2 Robots To Do the Work of 3 Robots\".

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