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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
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
Sing Four Favorites
Downright Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
If I hadn't already known The Exit, I might have been a little discouraged by the casing of Sing Four Favorites. With plain, block letters and mediocre graphics, it was not aesthetically up to par. But I did know The Exit's music, even if just the one song, so I wanted to hear all of their debut release.

Sing Four Favorites is a 4-song EP (hence, the name) and is not incredibly well produced, which helps me imagine seeing them live in a really small venue, an idea I like a lot. Though they definitely play punk music, the bands influence from involvement with other types of music is clear. The lyrics are effectively written and very personal, telling stories that pull you into the songs, like those in "Susan."

The Exit, though consisting of two eighteen year olds and a twenty year old, holds a surprising amount of experience in its ranks. Benjamin Brewer (lead vocals and guitar) and Aren Gunnar (drums) are both former members of The Loose Nuts, while Jeff DeRosa (bass) used to play for The Vigilantes. Band members write theme songs to films and TV shows and play in numerous bands in different musical genres as well, including jazz, blues, and big band.

I was really impressed by The Exit's ability to, according to Downright Records, mix "pure pop sensibility with an aggressive sound" and can't wait to hear a full release in due time, especially following a little more maturation by such a young band.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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