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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 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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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
The Icicles
Arrivals & Departures
Microindie

Rating: 7/10 ?


April 10, 2007
Contrary to what the band's name might imply, The Icicles' latest is anything but frigid. Arrivals & Departures is the equivalent to a summer breeze blowing through the open windows of a house. Indeed, as Gretchen DeVault sings in the opening track, "it feels like spring has wandered in."

This release brings to mind the songs of girl groups of the 1960s. The vocal blending between DeVault, keyboardist Joleen Rumsey, and percussionist Greg Krupp sounds very soothing; no one voice dominates the others. And like the girl groups of the 1960s there are slower numbers ("Nights Like These," "Fall Day"), but the energy the band produces does not diminish. Lyrically, the band steers clear of any controversial issues; most of the lyrics, like in the song "La Ti Da," revolve around the weather: "Things are lookin' alright today/ Sun shining and I'm feelin' ok." My only reservation about the album is that once the halfway point is passed, the keyboards begin to sound too similar, which takes away at least a little of that sonic summer feeling.

For anyone unable to wait for the backyard barbeques and long, windows-down interstate drives of summer, Arrivals & Departures is worth a spin. You may curse The Icicles for teasing you with a taste of summer, but you will be happy they reminded you that it is not far away.

Reviewed by Nate Logan
Hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana, Nate Logan is a contributing writer to LAS who will be going to Minnesota in the fall to pursue a MFA in poetry. He hopes to develop some weird accent as a result of his time in the North.

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