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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
Egon
Behind the Curtain
Has Anyone Ever Told You? Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
words, words and expressions
"I'm taken for granted/I'm gifted and talented/I'm better than any/And judging the many." Or so says Egon, a band that very well may be taken for granted, placed unfairly into the wrong category of music. Their music hints at many different kinds of music and is wonderfully easygoing. I have heard them unfairly judged as punk or emo, but they bear no resemblance to either one of these sub-genres. As well as being taken for granted, Egon also do quite a bit of judging on their album Behind the Curtain. They speak in antiquated parables. "Don't give the folks fish to eat . . . teach them how to fish" and "the good trees produce good fruit and the bad tree produces bad fruit". They also create some of their own - " ...you're human/you're stupid/don't think with your head" and "Take time maybe get somewhere/Slacking here and there and its all fine". Throughout, you get the feeling they might be trying to say something, not always golden, but there is a point and they will not slap you in the face with it. I mean you have to listen pretty hard to hear what they are saying, but they are definitely saying something.

melodies
They are not catchy like you would sing along, but the melodies have that unique ability to pull you in. This is one of those albums you listen to and keep getting drawn back to. I am not sure how bands do that sort of thing. Quite surprising. "The Finches have the Answers?" should help you in understanding what I am talking about. Sort of going in different directions, there is a relaxed feel to this band's music. Almost pretty songs that are all the better for not quite getting to some harmonious place.

players
The tenth song is a great example of the fortitude of the band. The guitars are wonderfully simple at some points and wonderfully strange at others. The bass, especially in the beginning, blurbs in and out to great effect. The drumming works very well, but really make the song in the end. They (the drums) stumble out of control sporadically and then into a perfectly restrained ending. Two great instrumental songs "Hostages to Progress" and "Hubbub" help solidify the album and the band, treating the ear to fine high hat drumming and well-crafted guitar lines.

lungs
Ah, the singing. Much like the melodies and obviously going hand and hand with them, the singing has a unique ability to draw the listener back. When I first heard them, I was thinking "weird?", but after repeated listens I am thinking "weird". The pronunciation makes words sound strange. Sort of high pitched drawl, with heavy emphasis on the consonants. Couple of times they made me feel like I was in the land of Built to Spill, where men have lost their private parts. Mostly they are sung like nobody else, in a way you may not have heard before. God bless them.

biased opinion
I honesty did not think I was going to like this album going in. It was surprising find out that I did. Mostly creative and smart, you can listen again and again. This band may be sent to the land of Emo, which would not be fair to them. They are much better than that. Help them out, they deserve an escape route.

Reviewed by JJ Hamon


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