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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
Her Space Holiday
Manic Expressive
Tigerstyle Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
On Her Space Holiday's Manic Expressive Marc Bianchi steps it up a few notches from where 2000's decent double disc, Home Is Where You Hang Yourself, left off. At one point Her Space Holiday seemed to be chasing Cornelius around in circles in the race for a sound that blends drum n' Bass, hip- hop, and rock beats, with treated guitar drones and lush vocals. Unfortunately, before they both reached the finish line there where already a plethora of mediocre imitators that made it hard to discern the originators. While most bands chose to move their music into less saturated directions, Her Space Holiday accepted the torch and made the wise decision to develop the sound that they already had.

And develop it they did. Always one to avoid sounding cartoon-y, Bianchi added melancholy string melodies, tighter beats, and more personal lyrics to make songs like "The Ringing In My Ears" and "Polar Opposite"- songs that sound like Badly Drawn Boy's Damon Gough taking over the Looper camp. Manic Expressive is a fine piece of work that is mellow but at the same time upbeat, recommended for fans of the afore mentioned Looper, Badly Drawn Boy and Cornelius, as well as New Order and Spiritualized.

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

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