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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
»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
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Fat Possum
Sean Na Na
Family Trees or: Must CoPe We
Dim Mak

Rating: 5.5/10 ?

May 30, 2007
Sean Tillman, hanging up the ubiquitous Har Mar Superstar underpants for a bit, falls a little short on his third Sean Na Na release, Family Trees or: Must CoPe We. As silly as it may sound, even before listening the title itself (Must CoPe We is, apparently, a euphemism for "Coke Peppered Weed Mustache") proved less than engaging, which turned out to be a fairly accurate indicator of what could expect from the album.

That is not to say that Family Trees is devoid of any redeeming qualities. The best track on the album is the opener, "We've Been Here Before," an infectious number that had my head bobbing back and forth to the beat. It is also one of three tracks on the album that feature Tillmann and company singing some variation of "Ba."

Also of note is "Hairspray," a song that begins with soft snare playing rests on guitar chords throughout. The track is unique in that there are male and female vocals, and what sounds like steel guitar, elements that combine to give the track an effective distinction from the rest of the album.

But, overall, the fact that muliple appearances of "Ba" and a lone steel guitar are notable highlights perhaps best illustrate how little Family Trees grabbed my attention. The drug reference of the title and a few random moments in some songs proved moderately interesting, but the album is generally lacking. Tillmann himself might have summed it up best when he sings, in the album's closer, that "We ain't got no hope and that's the straight dope." Dope indeed.

Reviewed by Nate Logan
Hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana, Nate Logan is a contributing writer to LAS who will be going to Minnesota in the fall to pursue a MFA in poetry. He hopes to develop some weird accent as a result of his time in the North.

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