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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
»Deerhunter
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
Godhead
The Shadow Line
Universal

Rating: 6/10 ?


September 1, 2006
Supposedly it's gODHEAD, not Godhead, but maybe they gave that up when their industrial rubric got tattered in the wind. Either way I can't be arsed to indulge in someone else's idea of Rock Truthiness Through Fucked-Up Case Insensitivity, so we'll just keep this on automatic.

If House of Wax II is ever made, the inclusion of Godhead would make for intelligent product placement. Ill-conceived and unhappily been-there throughout, it's an ah-ha moment for a band that has at last figured a way out of their ill-advised Vegas-goth attempts at measuring up to Gravity Kills once and for all - even with plenty of handholding from Marilyn Manson, they've never gotten their gearbox out of first as far as aiming for the platform-shoe mindset.

And so The Shadow Line is a tendering of their resignation to the gothie patrol as they work feverishly to catch up with such axe-solo-avoiding nu-metal mediocrity as Staind, and you can just feel them hoping that maybe Paris Hilton will come back for one more vanity gig and get another spear through her forehead during the crescendo of one of these dreadful ditties. As such it's sort of a return to the noises they used to make, which has to make a person wonder why they ever went crypto-industrial in the first place, and while we're at all this, if Germany's Megaherz ever decided to drop their stubborn insistence on copycatting Rammstein insofar as writing all the lyrics auf Deutsche, they'd be too huge to handle.

Several melodies that popped into Godhead's collective heads during the writing process are comedic feasts in their final forms; for instance the piteous "Hungry Like the Wolf" ripoffage in "Trapped In Your Lies," and the one serious attempt to harness a little "Guilty"-like mayhem crashes and burns so spectacularly that one can picture a devil-horned Wayne Newton cackling over their fate ("Goodbye").

Doesn't it feel sometimes as though the entire music world sort of stopped spinning around 2000? You know, when there is no more room in emo/nu-metal hell, will the brain-dead clone themselves, walk the earth and madly contribute nothing new?

Reviewed by Eric Saeger
An LAS staff writer based in New Hampshire, Eric Saeger was named alt.flame\'s Newbie of the Year in 2000.

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