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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
Thee More Shallows
Book of Bad Breaks
Anticon

Rating: 7/10 ?


July 10, 2007
Speaking in the time previous to their new album Book of Bad Breaks, I would have said that Thee More Shallows had a very good chance of becoming very popular. They had a unique sound that mixed real instruments with more unconventional elements to construct songs that were full of melody and whimsy. Book of Bad Breaks has taken this formula and fractured it; now songs are just as unique, only in a harsher and more splintered way.

I don't mean to say that the album is of any less quality than any of the Thee's previous works, only to point out that along with a new label, the band has chosen to go in a new direction. Production and technology have been pushed to the forefront, creating a less organic sound. Previous albums had a mellow, dreamy vibe, while Book of Bad Breaks is more up-tempo and aggressive.

It seems fitting that Thee More Shallows have released this album with Anticon, as it has elements in common with the experimental feel that many of the other bands on the label's roster have. Even with the divergence from previous work, longtime fans of the band will still find a lot to like.

Reviewed by Kevin Alfoldy
An aspiring global adventurer who cut his teeth on the sandy beaches and dirty bitches of Southern California, Kevin Alfoldy now spends his non-vacation days in Brooklyn, New York, where he occasionally finds the time to rub the crust out of his eyes long enough to contribute reviews and feature articles for LAS. A longtime staff member, Kevin also captains the tattered, often half-sunk raft of EPmd, our irregular column of EP reviews.

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