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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
Automato
Automato
Coup De Grace Records

Rating: 8.5/10 ?


February 2, 2005
There's something about underdogs that has always intrigued me: Tiger Woods, a young black kid, winning against old, white closet racists - and doing it without the goofy plaid pants and one of those caps with the fuzzy ball on top. The Greasers winning the rumble in The Outsiders. David knocking out Goliath. Anytime the girls win on MTV's Battle of the Sexes. And so maybe that's why I like Automato.

Automato - a group of Moog-rockin, backpack rappin' white boys - come off as outcasts in the current hip-hop climate. Much like Atmosphere, Aesop Rock and Sage Francis, Automato manage to make an album of underdog rap that is more than just different from what's out there - it's also better.

The songs on this self-titled album feature real drums, guitar, keys, bass and, yes, even a Moog. The lyrical style isn't particularly groundbreaking, but the words flow perfectly with the music and Automato takes listeners into some rare hip hop topics: hope, introspection and anti-gravitational boots.

The coolest thing about Automato is that they aren't afraid to stop rapping for a minute and rock out. (It's my guess that this would make them more endearing to that friend of yours who hates when you play hip- hop). But when they do decide to flow, like on "How to Read a Person Like a Book," they are undoubtedly nice - "My style is a combination between having a conversation with God and the alarm on a clock radio," they say before explaining, "on the account of that I am the sound that makes you open up your eyes."

Being the underdogs they are, Automato probably won't reach a large number of people with this album - I'd never heard of them until I got their CD in the mail. But for those of you who get the chance to listen, get prepared to open up your eyes...

"I take my feet out of my socks and put a pebble inside so even when I walk I've got a rock in my stride."

Reviewed by Taylor Loyal
The last we heard, Taylor was living in Nashville, Tennessee, home of the guitar-shaped swimming pool.

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