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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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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Fizzle Like a Flood
Golden Sand and the Grandstand
Unread Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The title of this album, whether it deals with the topic or not, does no justice to the music on it, the title is the worst part of the album. I almost want to rename it for Doug Kabourek's sake. He is the single member of Fizzle Like a Flood, calling himself The Laces for his two previous releases on Unread Records.

This disc is an ode to a closed racetrack that Kabourek passed daily on his way to school. Each song deals with some aspect of the track. A few of the songs are about people falling in love with each other or the sport at the track. Other songs wittily tell stories of characters such as Mr. Tizzy who wants the track closed for personal gain in gardening, and still others describe a fictitious film starring Tom Cruise that could have been made about the track to save it but ended up only aiding in its demise. The album is both a series of pop songs and a single story of the rise and fall of this racetrack.

Kabourek uses an infinite amount of instruments and tracks to create this, his masterpiece. Among the instruments, he boasts the use of the slide theremin the Beach Boys utilized on Good Vibrations. Each song contains an average of 40 tracks welded together on his computer turning out sounding like the flaming lips. Those that enjoy Fear of Pop will probably not be disappointed with the vocals. Only one or two harmonies have the Beach Boys feel that is written all over the press sheet. From the beginning doorbell to the cicadas of Believe in Being Barefoot to the final firecrackers, this is a dream of happy times at the track.

Reviewed by JJ Hamon


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