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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
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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
Controller.Controller
History EP
Paper Bag Records

Rating: 8/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Let's just say this: Broken Social Scene kind of ruined music for a while. Being as great and as forward-thinking as they are, a lot of the more vibrant outfits seem a shade duller in their wake. They effectively raised the bar.

Controller.Controller's History EP is one of the few releases I've heard since You Forgot It In People that really picks up from the same place. Fittingly, they're on the same [semi-incestuous] label, and take the grand sensibilities of the BSS sound and shred it to stylish ribbons.

Picking up with the title track and the marvelous "Silent Seven", they mix lethal overdoses of disco beats with an unholy, stylish mix of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blondie, !!! and even (surprisingly) Sparta. In other words, they make a lot of kissy faces, they shake a lot of tail, and they could bloody up your face in the parking lot.

The tone of the album is slight and corrupted, and quite dangerous. Despite this unifying feel, surprises still crop up on "Bruised Broken Beaten" and "Disco Blackout" - the former is surprisingly dense and low-key, far more sedated than the disc's other offerings, and the latter escapes the grasp of disco for some Kills-inspired punk rock onslaught.

Controller.Controller is better than the majority of the neo-disco pack for its adventurism. With those sonic touchstones, it's revitalizing to see them take it so much further. This experimental tip of the hat gives them infinitely more staying power than their solely dance-minded peers. Nothing on the History EP is as simple as that, yet each track makes dancing and carefree enjoyment almost reflexive.

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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