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Don Giovanni
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The Curtains
Vehicles of Travel
Frenetic Records

Rating: 1.5/10 ?


February 17, 2005
What might be called mind-bending experimentation to some comes off like bizarre, half realized song sketches to others. This point is a matter of conjecture, but call it what you will, The Curtains are some weird dudes that like to make music that would fit for a truly fucked up children's puppet program.

This album is infantile, not just because of that puppet show vibe, but that most songs literally sound like they were made by infant hacks with keyboards and studio time. Most come off as one minute improv jams with a few random guitar plucks and plops on the keyboard.

The fact that the Curtains would even record this album - that a label would even release it -seems more like an act of self-sabotage than an artistic statement. Even when the band gets close to redeeming themselves with some weird and off-kilter actual pop songs, like "Personal Resources", "The Gadabouts", "City of Paris" and "Cops in Cologne," they cut themselves short, and the songs deteriorate without ever fully developing.

Why waste your time, and a label's money to release this? It's weird for the sake of being weird - but with songs that implode before they even get started even at that it's only a half-assed attempt.

Reviewed by Dan Williams
A staff writer based in Brooklyn, New York, Dan Williams is a frequent contributor to LAS magazine. He once lived in Köln, Germany for a semester, is currently persuing his MBA in New York, and recently switched sides and began working as a publicist for Special Ops Media in New York.

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