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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!
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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
»Deerhunter
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
Sing-Sing
The Joy of Sing-Sing
Manifesto Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


February 4, 1999
Being a big fan of Lush's Spooky, I was definitely interested in hearing Emma Anderson's new project Sing-Sing. When I heard the first few seconds of Sing-Sing's new full length The Joy of Sing-Sing I thought I had made a mistake and accidentally put in Finnestere, the new St. Etienne record. With Lisa O'Neil cloning Sarah Cracknell's voice, bouncy pop melodies, mixed rock and dance beats, and a dose of synth layering, Sing-Sing sounds exactly (I mean exactly) like St. Etienne. This can be a good thing and bad thing. If you like St. Etienne (which I do) you can't help but enjoy The Joy of Sing-Sing, but if you like Lush (which I do) you can't help but be distracted by the fact that O'Neil is stealing St. Etienne's mojo instead of playing up to her own potential and creating something a bit more original.

There are only two songs on The Joy of Sing-Sing that flirt with the direction Sing-Sing probably should have headed in. The first is "Tegan" a fuzzed up, synthed out, bass heavy rocker that sounds a bit like Curve- being fronted by Sarah Cracknell.) Garbage should take note. The second is "I Can See You" which also happens to be the best track on the album with it's huge 4/4 drum loops, fat bass grind, guitar fuzz, and layer upon layer of psychedelically hypnotic synthesizer washes that weave in and out of everything on the track. Very Nice. I personally find The Joy of Sing-Sing to be an appropriate title for this debut, but I really did expect so much more variety and innovation from O'Neil and Lush's Emma Anderson.

Reviewed by Lyle Hodges
An infrequent LAS contributor based in New York City.

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