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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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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
The Poison Arrows
Poison Arrows
Sound On Sound Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The Poison Arrows are proud to claim a sound not completely like any other band. But just as other bands that have been able to claim that in the past like Hootie and the Blowfish and Everclear, it leaves room only for them to repeat the same song over and over. Where these bands got away with it because they sounded peppy and happy even though the subject matter (if any) usually wasn't and they were played incessantly on the radio to an audience of people who only wanted to hear something that sounded peppy and happy, the Poison Arrows do not sound remotely happy. Their songs drag by slowly, riddled with tales of fights, loneliness, alcohol, and drug abuse sung in Justin Sinkovich's smoky voice. This album seems to be a collection of old songs thrown together in an effort by the band to shed its former alias, Atombombpocketknife, and perhaps it's what they need to move on. There is no coherency between songs despite sounding remarkably similar. I am not saying these chaps should lay down their instruments just yet, in doses of two the songs are mildly depressing but ten analogous yet unrelated songs is too many. Better played privately as a self remedy.

Reviewed by JJ Hamon


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