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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
Autodrone
Panic
Columbia

Rating: 3.5/10 ?


February 14, 2007
One minute, she's channeling her inner Gwen Stefani, and the next vocalist Rachel Luria evokes comparisons to Jewel. But mostly her performance remains incomparable as she yodels, yells and screams her way to the forefront of your attention.

And yes, the end result is as muddled as it sounds. Autodrone's latest EP, Panic, is most certainly muddled, marked by unstable levels of production, rock textures that won't meld, and Luria's vocal schizophrenia. Ultimately it all amounts to a highly frustrating listen.

"Panic" is the title track and easily the best of the six songs. It starts off well and Luria is slightly compelling here, although the music quicly shows that it isn't up to following her lead. Other songs like "Bend Me Any Way You Can" and "Forward Fever" only serve to confuse the audience as to which direction the New York quartet wants to go.

If chick-rock is your thing, there are much better places to satisfy that sonic craving; namely Catatonia, Tapping The Vein or even the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs. Even with its short length, Panic still isn't worth your time.

Reviewed by Matt Conner
A contributing writer, Matt Conner lives in Anderson, Indiana.

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