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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
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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
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Fat Possum
Rockets Red Glare
Moonlight Desires
Blue Skies Turn Black

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I guess I should be careful what I wish for. No sooner than I'd buried myself within Rockets Red Glare's self-titled debut, wanting another serving like some voracious Dickensian beggar child, I got it - in the form of their second and final release. Let's have a moment of silence, please.

But know that in this hour of grief, it's best to keep our thoughts on the positive. While it's really too bad we can't look forward to more from this Toronto post-rock outfit, at the very least we can take comfort that their swan song has not only matched, but surpassed the prowess of their first release.

Moonlight Desires is a furious and triumphant album of sharp turns and elegant post-rock. It's like a bag of needles disguised by a candy wrapper: Sure, there may be a sweet, residual smell, but be careful before you pour 'em into your mouth. You may be swallowing something a lot more dangerous than you think.

"Future Interior" is definitely that, a sugar coated, nearly mellow offering with a jagged, perilous center. By the time vocals infiltrate the seemingly calm exterior, you've bitten down too far. Extended, overdone metaphors aside, it's another indication of a killer album. The conclusion of the track turns the pulse-point rhythms into something loud and incensed, intensifying to a satisfying degree. These fellows have all the focus it takes to make good math rock, and the mischief to break the mold.

"Go Away Salt" gives the listener a real feeling of vertigo, of losing control over the switching rhythms and plummeting vocals. There is a very threatening air in the track, but also a sense of playfulness that such peril is fun through the eyes of the instigator. There is a murderous flair here that smacks of intense passion for what they do. Unmistakably, it is the lifeblood of the album.

The majority of the songs on Moonlight Desires are long and spellbinding, grabbing you by the throat. The exception here is "The Folding," which is by no means a reflection of its quality, but its relatively short three-minute duration. In that stint, however, comes one of the most vibrant and unrestrained tracks of the bunch; with winding, angular guitars and slipshod rhythms. Leaving the trade when at the peak of your ability is classy, as Rockets Red Glare thoroughly proves. If we can focus on the end result rather than the group's early demise, we see that they contribute a complex, striking album to wrap your brain around, as well as an endless amount of time to do so. What a way to go…

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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