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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
Shiner
The Egg
DeSoto Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The Lost At Sea offices are located in sunny Champaign, Illinois, home of Braid, Castor, HUM, the Poster Children, DMS, Absinthe Blind and, more importantly, REO Speedwagon. This sector of the corn belt became an even bigger hotbed of rock when Shiner decided to record their new album right down the road in Tolono (yes, Tolono). Of course the decision had a lot less to do with the fine town of Tolono than it did the fact that HUM's Matt Talbot has a new studio located there. HUM, after all, helped draft the blueprints upon which a large part of Shiner's sound is built.

The Egg, Shiner's new album, was the fruit of those Tolono recording sessions, and it is a fine example of major label talent taying loyal to independent music. Having released albums on a handful of labels scattered from Washington DC (DeSoto) to Washington State (Sub Pop) and having turned away from courtship by countless more, Shiner are one of the few bands that roll with the punches and never stop growing. They have toured all over the world supporting acts like Sunny Day Real Estate, The Jesus Lizard, Girls Against Boys, HUM and Jawbox and could easily outplay any of them. Drummers come and go, the labels change with the release of every new record, and the juggernaut known as Shiner continues to grow. The lumbering, meaty sounds of their past albums are in full effect, tightly woven as ever. The bass and drums bulldoze straight lines that are complimentary to each other, creating a sort of parallel pathway that the guitars paint over, often spilling outside the lines. Fast or slow, the songs are always heavy without being sludgy, thanks to the underlying musicianship that couldn't be matched with a hundred Creeds. When a band possesses such technical prowess the vocals are often a hard thing to pin down, and the over-indulgence of vocal effects on The Egg does get a bit creepy, often leaving Allen Epley sounding a little bit like a Layne Staley wanna' be. Aside from the vocals and the unnecessary use of the momentarily-hip drum machine, this album is a collection of talented songwriting, top notch production and impressive brute force.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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