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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
Nathaniel Green
Down to You Then, Supergirl
Subjugation Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Somewhere along the way, sensitive indie rockers decided to tackle folk music, combining acoustic based arrangements with introspective lyrics and heart on sleeve attitude. Some artists or bands have succeeded in their attempts (Kings of Convenience, Elliott Smith, and Bright Eyes to name a few), but, like Nathaniel Green, seem to come off like a 3rd rate high school talent show act fumbling through a Goo Goo Dolls song.

Falling somewhere between Billy Bragg and Dashboard Confessional, the two piece (and British to boot, mate!) acoustic emo band Nathaniel Green manage to make the first two Ben Lee albums seem like the second coming of "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

On their debut album, Nathaniel Green torture the music world with their "clever" combination of lame and calculated acoustical chord progressions and a Fender Rhodes electric piano, singing lovelorn lyrics about girls and, um, girls, and, uh, girls. The two obviously confused singer-songwriters have no idea how to be cocky and British, and instead attempt to win the hearts of girls everywhere by re-writing New Amsterdam's songs.

Honestly, this record is so bad, they make Coldplay and Travis seem ballsy and experimental, and Rocky Votolato and One Line Drawing seem like earnest and skilled songwriters. So, move over Dashboard Confessional, because Nathaniel Green has achieved the impossible- sucking worse than you.

Reviewed by Ryan Allen
A former staff writer with fabulous hair, Ryan Allen once fronted Red Shirt Brigade with his brother, Scott. He currently fronts the art/fashion punk band Thunderbirds Are Now!, with is brother, Scott.

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