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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
»No Age
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
Mood Elevator
Married Alive
Doppler Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Remember when it was cool to have good musicianship and offbeat, quirky lyrics? They Might Be Giants, anyone? Mood Elevator works in the same vein, though with less of the percussivity TMBG has, and with more of an oh-so-poppy indie feel. But their vocal delivery is too insincere to be anything but sarcasm, as upbeat and joyous as the sound may be. The lyrics are over the top enough to qualify as emo, but are thankfully spared that dreaded label due to the aforementioned sarcastic delivery: "The words just come out of my mouth/ But I don't mean it/ I know that I'm the jealous type/ It's one of my demons." Now picture those words (from "Guilty") sung over a straight-up rock line, not screamed, or whined, but nearly chanted. The drumming is crisp. The chorus gives away the game: "Guilty/ Guilty all the time/ Anxious/ Anxious kind of guy/ I'm no longer cool/ I no longer rule." Puh-lease!

Seriously, Detroit natives Chris Plum and Brendan Benson, the driving forces behind Mood Elevator (joined by Eric Pott on bass), have a fun thing going on here. The tunes often hover somewhere in Beach Boys territory; if the lyrics were not so wry, I might be overwhelmed by the pure pop power of Mod Elevator's harmonies. If you're in the mood for something a little fun, very much a pop record, a bouncing-along-the-road-in-the-sunshine album, this is a good pick.

Reviewed by Larissa Parson


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