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The Power Out
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Rating: 7.5/10 ?

October 1, 2004

That's exactly how I feel about Electrelane's The Power Out, and it's the perfect feeling to have for it.

The second release from the Brighton, England indie girl group takes some chances lyrically as well as musically. No fewer than four languages appear on the record -beginning with French on the very first track, "Gone Under the Sea." German and Spanish also make a showing, along with the obvious English.

However, the mix of tongues seems perfectly at home with the general feel of the record. Traditional choral ensembles find their niche sandwiched between rhythmic upbeat indie Brit-rock and slow, sleazy grooves like "On Parade," which will stick in your head for days. To top it all off, the girls end the disc with three instrumental tracks that sound like so much more than merely instrumental.

The theme encompasses the whole album: this disc is indie rock, but so much more than all that tag entails. The Power Out is the island of misfit toys: what's out of place and unwanted elsewhere is uncannily and comfortably at rest here.

So you can see my position of ambivalence. It's fitting for a record of such variance and ambiguity. However, in a lot of ways, that's what always brings you back. Just when you get used to one sound, it shifts out of your grasp. If nothing else, The Power Out will keep you on your toes and, luckily for Electrelane, I always love the odd duck.

Reviewed by Natalie B. David
A fresh graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in her spare time she can be found clumsily manipulating words and phrases for LAS and Beautiful/Decay magazine, hungering for sushi, naming inanimate objects or pondering the existence of stiletto heels. If you see her, you should buy her a cup of coffee because, chances are, she probably needs it.

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