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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
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
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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
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Fat Possum
Ran Away to Sea
I Won't Tell a Soul Except the World
Burnt Toast Vinyl

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
First off: bad band name and bad album title. I know that's some petty shit, but c'mon guys, at least slip that article into your name. While I'm being petty, 'except for the world' seems more appropriate.

There are usually three types of reviews. The first is 'Yes buy this.' The second is 'I wouldn't buy this but silly people like you might.' The third is 'This sucks.' This is going to be one of the third variety, so if you'd like to read more about me whining about how I don't like his album, read on. If not, hit the back key and check out another review, or better yet, go listen to the new Burning Airlines, which I find to be damn interesting.

If you're a white suburbanite and still haven't figured out that the true music of grieving over broken hearts is loud irrational screaming music and not whiny drawn out pop music then you might dig this. It fulfills every emo cliché in the book. In fact, I could probably make a list classifying the genre by analyzing this album.

The lyrics reek of sophomore-in-college journal writing: bad rhymes, lots of songs addressed to 'you,' cliché images of angels.

The songs all go from verse to chorus to verse to chorus to the tearful breakdown slow part that builds back into the same damn chorus except with more pedals hit or another guitar track layered onto it.

The drummer tries to pull a few too many fills.

The singer can't quite hit all the notes he tries to sing, but that doesn't keep him from keeping his vocals at the forefront of the sound, pop-single style.

The tempo plods with the overly-earnest intent of proving how serious this music is.

The worst thing is that they're pretty good at this music, the keyboards add some nice texture, the bassist occasionally pulls out some smooth moments. I could say that if there hadn't been fourteen thousand bands making identical music already that Ran Away to Sea could be good, but that would be wrong. They are fitting into a mold of what a genre of music should sound like. They are choosing to sound like another post-Jimmy Eat World, Sunny Day, Promise Ring band and the mold would not exist without the thousands of other bands.

Reviewed by Mathias Svalina
Living in Lincoln, Nebraska, Mathias Svalina is pursuing a PhD in creative writing at the University of Nebraska and also co-curates The Clean Part Reading Series and co-edits Octopus Magazine.

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