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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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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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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Seemless
Seemless
Equal Vision Records

Rating: 4/10 ?


March 16, 2005
With the bad fashion 80s musical revival in full swing, nostalgia for the nineties has come a little too soon with Seemless. However, being out of vogue with hipster cred isn't the worst crime Seemless commits, it's making a bland album - a contrived rehashing of old styles with little original flair.

The entire album features distortion heavy riffing and the strong vocals of Jesse David. Sometimes Seemless sounds like a band that would've had a good chance landing a deal with Sub Pop circa 1993. More often, however, the group sounds like they are trying to piggyback onto the dinosaur playlist of "modern" rock stations that still throw cuts by STP and Pearl Jam into the regular rotation. Aiming to be the next SALIVA - while perhaps a noble calling for your dirtbag brother and his friends that hang at the mall - doesn't make for an album worthy of your attention.

The good thing about Seemless is that they do it well. David's vocals are usually restrained, but when he lets his pipes go, they could match well with Chris Cornell's. The guitar playing, while aping all those mid nineties bands and present day bands that just can't let go, is straight-forward and tight. Still though, it's impossible to get over the fact that the entire album is a tribute to the sound of an era, that should best be fully forgotten before being resurrected. Seemless is the sound of not just beating a dead horse, but pummeling the crap out of it.

Reviewed by Dan Williams
A staff writer based in Brooklyn, New York, Dan Williams is a frequent contributor to LAS magazine. He once lived in Köln, Germany for a semester, is currently persuing his MBA in New York, and recently switched sides and began working as a publicist for Special Ops Media in New York.

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