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Shy Child
One with the Sun
Say Hey Records

Rating: 3/10 ?


January 24, 2005
One of the cheesiest, most overdone movements in situation comedy is the spit take. We all know how incredibly forced the action is, and how it's supposed to make for a cheap laugh that never usually comes. Granted, we do know its sentiment: complete surprise or perhaps outrage.

Shy Child is the musical equivalent of a spit take. Upon perusing their press sheet, you'll see references to Daft Punk, Silver Apples and even Timbaland. This could not be farther from the truth, and to be sure, the product of those three bands is pretty unfathomable. Drink some water…

The band is more about super synthetic hip-hop beats, plowing them under sharp art-punk staccato vocals and more kitsch than anyone should have. Cue reaction, and… ptoo!

To be honest, as I wrote down track-by-track commentary for One with the Sun, I started some shorthand to indicate my distaste - never in my many years of reviewing CDs have I written the word "yuck" so many times in a short space; anything more seemed like a waste of energy.

"Sunshine" is like a wedding polka, sped up and accompanied by broken record, repetitive vocals and accordion sounds. "Summer" is plodding and sing-songy to the point it's almost upsetting.

Even the best song, "Break Your Neck," has its flaws. It could be a good effort if it weren't set to such numbing disco beats and synthetic noise. "Institutions" could also be worthwhile with its angular, punky propulsion, but it doesn't do enough to salvage the album. The final "Take Me There" gives your ears a rest, with a confounding, quiet and somewhat dismissive capper, but it just feels out of place.

On the whole, Shy Child attempts to be ambitious, but is more annoying and discouraging than their experimentations would lend. You'll likely note that bands like !!! do this sort of fun, expansive rock much more stylishly, and otherwise, the only reason to turn your head for this release is to see where that racket is coming from.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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