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In Other Fictions

Rating: 8/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Aaaah, it is so nice to hear such a pleasant piece of work. Particularly coming from a Brooklyn band. Low-key and quiet, in the vein of, well, Low, among others, this lush, pretty, eight song album is the kind of music that reminds you of the sound of snow falling - until the guitars get loud, or the glockenspiel kicks in. While the primary pattern here is soft soft soft loud, there are moments of pulsating rhythm, there are vocal lines which sound nearly identical -- minus the Glaswegian accent -- to some Arab Strap song (in fact, I see many similarities here, but in a good way).

Yet, unlike Low or Arab Strap, listening to Argentine does not automatically reinforce whatever melancholy feelings may have been dwelling you. That's not to say you will jump up and do a mazurka, either, but you will be drawn along on the tether of their melodies, and emerge almost happy. The fifth track, "Slumberside," even has clapping in it, a sure barometer of a good song. Pick up a copy of In Other Fictions and listen to it when you want something quiet but not soporific. It is quality music.

Reviewed by Larissa Parson

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