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Castle Talk
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The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
"There's something that instrumental music does that vocal music cannot do," so sayeth the sample at the beginning of Ampline's record. All right here's the quiz...

01. Ampline is an instrumental outfit from:

A.) New York
B.) Arizona
C.) North Dakota
D.) Kentucky

The answer is D and if you guessed otherwise than you've obviously had your head up your ass since the inaction of the Slint Doctrine. The Slint Doctrine states that all instrumental music - whether hard rockin' or tear jerkin' - must come from Kentucky.

02. This CD is:

A.) Worth your time and money
B.) Worth your time
C.) Worth your money
D.) Worth a self inflicted punch to your own genitals.

The answer here is a bit more tricky, the answer is a little bit of B and D. Ampline do what they do well, but this doesn't sound like math rock or Slint noodling it sounds like an emo band in need of a singer. And I don't mean emo as in melo-dramatic, I mean emo as in a good well thought out rocking sort of way. These guys can play their instruments very well.

03. The sun.sea.sky rule of thumb applies here (see Proudentall review for an explanation of the rule):

A.) Well, the front cover is sturdy etched cardboard
B.) Well, the back cover is a piece of paper
C.) Well, the CD has a paper label on it
D.) Well, well, well looky what we have here.

Strangely we have a paradoxical answer. The sun.sea.sky rule sort of applies here because this disc has a nice fat cardboard cover upon which all text is etched into the surface. And I'm not going to dis a band for having a paper label on their disc, that just wouldn't be fair. So the sun.sea.sky rule applies in that this disc rocks but you can tell how much faith sun.sea.sky has in it from the packaging. It's not up there in the Proudentall "we believe in you fully" category, but it's close.

Reviewed by Christopher Ashworth
A native of Geneva (the one outside of Chicago, not the one on the lake in the corner of Switzerland) and former contributor to LAS, Christopher Ashworth enjoys listening to Mt. St. Helens albums and reading Cat Fancy magazine.

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