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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
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
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
The Saddest Landscape
The Sound of the Spectacle
Coptercrash Records

Rating: 8/10 ?

October 1, 2004
This has to be one of the most aptly titled records I've come across in a long time. On The Sound of the Spectacle, the Saddest Landscape make clambering emo-core that is comparable at some points to a child banging on pots and pans- only with more volume and anger. These four fellows just lay out the sonic assault, with or without approval. They just go at it, and although I can hardly understand the words or pinpoint a distinct melody anywhere, today, that's the way I like it.

The intensity on this record is the result of pure anger. Anger isn't beautiful or melodic. It's loud and all over the place; it cannot be contained. This record takes bands like Thursday and Taking Back Sunday and makes them sound as watered down as a giant movie theatre Coke after a double feature of Braveheart and Titanic.

The Saddest Landscape aren't a pleasant and relaxing band to listen to- but they're not supposed to be. They make it ok to scream and throw things and point fingers. This isn't self-pity music, but rather it's music for getting back at those evil bastards. It's music to rage to, not cry to. And today, it's just what I needed.

Reviewed by Natalie B. David
A fresh graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in her spare time she can be found clumsily manipulating words and phrases for LAS and Beautiful/Decay magazine, hungering for sushi, naming inanimate objects or pondering the existence of stiletto heels. If you see her, you should buy her a cup of coffee because, chances are, she probably needs it.

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