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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
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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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
The Revolutionary Hydra
The Antiphony
Elsinore Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The Antiphony is the Revolutionary Hydra's first release and the first I have heard of them, however The Antiphony is this talent show of a band's second offering. It is a collection of tracks that analogizes Europe as much if not more than North America.

The revolution of this hydra's mind in my opinion must be the Vocabulary Revolution, using the extensive lists of words they were never taught in junior high in the most cruel and progressive ways. They seem to throw sizeable words in just to confuse the listener or to make the rhyme or the right number of syllables, things that don't matter one bit to a true poet or wordsmith… In all honesty I am impressed with the lyrics as far as the usage of vocabulary though the songs would do well not to have words since for the most part the words are an arrangement of syllables and don't mean anything but the out of the ordinary to the average listener. I am also awed with the instrumentation and chord progressions put forth here - swirling guitars, bouncing keyboards and drums rhythmic yet not tedious, and, yes the occasional banjo. When the masses are forced to shade their ears, it is not because of the band's sol-like quality as referenced, it is for lack of good voices, at least one of the three discernable vocalists is hard up for pitches that match the music at various points. Not intending disrespect, I think it may be that of the group's chief collaborator Chris Walla, rather I am partial to the female vocals such as on the title song or "Bunny Parade," which are much more bearable.

Reviewed by JJ Hamon


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