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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]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
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
Salvo Beta
Abrasive Stuttering
Some Odd Pilot Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Abrasive Stuttering is often times a terribly appropriate title for this album, and that fact is the only reason that Salvo Beta's debut long-player didn't make it into my Top 10 of 2000 list. It is also, as I can only assume, in reference to the harsh skipping sounds that open the CD and reappear later on. I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why this process - which turns off indie rockers, house heads, fuzz poppers and electronica freaks alike - was included on an otherwise stellar debut from Sean Wolfe's cognomen Salvo Beta. From the sqeaky clean artwork to the super slick sounds, this album is going on.

Interchanging from Ministry's drudgy drive ("Loader") to Prodigy's brand of clever un-electronica electronica ("Eating the Last Marshmallow") and touching down on every variable in between while maintaining a European sensibility ("Network") throughout, Abrasive Stuttering is a creative find that never disappoints the crew on the dance floor. And it's as long and winding without being overly complicated as that last sentence, with cross-style gems like "Dying Quiet (Music For Rusting, Decaying Robots)" popping up after the better part of an hour's worth of music. Unfortunately, the aptly named "Bits" teams up with the opening scrapes to bookend an engaging and refreshing document with unbecoming rigorousness.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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