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[02.21.2011 by Bridget Doyle]

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 » The Top 30 Albums of 2010 - Fashionably, fabulously late, our favorite music (and believe me, there was a LOT) of 2010, the year that some have called the best year for music ever. And only some of those fools work here. Plenty of usual suspects, lots of ties and a few surprises that I won't spoil, including our unexpected #1.
[12.24.2010 by The LAS Staff]

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 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
[11.04.2010 by Cory Tendering]

Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Cranebuilders
Eight Songs
Devil in the Woods

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Overseas, where the constant drizzle splits a musical divide between hyper-psychedelic, synthetic Sunshine Rock and dreary, gray lament; NME and John Peel eat every bit of it up. Cranebuilders, the product of two Liverpool music shop attendants, Tommy Roberts and Simon Reynolds, wallows in the latter strain, clutching Joy Division CDs tightly against their chests as they rush through the soaking out-of-doors.

With a tear cast to the Smiths and a voice remarkably stirred to mix James Taylor and Scott Kannberg, their songs are doleful, minimalist, and monochrome in tone. Dusting off memories of The Magnetic Fields' Get Lost on "Radio," they roll right through a few interminably slow parts until their cabin fever catches up with them on the single, "Bitch," which gingerly picks up the pace in a reflection of frivolity and unshakeable indie pop.

However, from the remaining tracks, the tempo returns to its rumbling, low reprise. "Until the Morning" conjures images of a Yul Brynner showdown in West World, feeling dark, dusty, and distrusting; and "Bring Me Luck" continues in the low growl continually loosed by Idaho and Palace. Perhaps the best word for this album is brooding, in that just under the discontented surface, there is a wealth of emotion that can no longer be suppressed. Through every ominous shade of gray, the storm continues to rumble and brew, unassumingly mild and thoroughly dampening.

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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