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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
Gatsby's American Dream
Ribbons & Sugar
Rocketstar Recordings

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I must admit I'm a sucker for concept albums, and Ribbons & Sugar was presented as just that, based loosely on George Orwell's classic social commentary Animal Farm (see the men with pig heads on the cover? Hmmm... man-pigs wearing suits in a city setting... Orwell... hmmm). So with this double-shot of literary references, though a bit too easy, I was helplessly drawn in thinking it would be at least semi-brilliant. I never was quite able to make the Orwell connection besides the usual contempt and mistrust for the corporate world and the final track, "Snicker at the Swine," which is just obvious enough to capsize the ship. Ah hell, here are the whole lyrics to that one:

"Eating from the trough again/stuffing his mouth with glory/biting the hand that feeds him/because he thinks he's worthy/absorbed in his deceit/the lies are subtle in which he snorts/to justify his inadequate morals/he rolls in mud to rid himself of the shame/and cleanse his conscience/with his snout in the air/he knows/a hypocrite of his own breed/ pale pink skin covers up greed/he consumes yet does not produce/this sty is his pity palace"

Whoa. Let's see, is that a metaphor or a simile? I forget. Hulk MAAAAAAADD!!!!!!! I like that reference in the last line to "The Pitti Palace," though. Is that a knock to the Italians?

So the music isn't quite as revolutionary as the lyrics hope to be.

Reviewed by N.D. Burkey
A longtime infrequent contributor to LAS, Neil David Burkey is a painter, writer, sculptor and all-around artistic type. He currently lives in London, England, where he is, at long last, a legal resident.

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