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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
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
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
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Playradioplay!
The Frequency
Stolen Transmission

Rating: 6/10 ?


June 13, 2007
If I were to describe for you a debut artist working with Garret Lee (U2, Snow Patrol, Bloc Party) on their first full-length effort and who also managed to secure a spot performing at both the Bamboozle festival and the Vans Warped Tour, had nailed down opening slots for Fall Out Boy, and had been seen hanging out with Avril Lavigne, the last person you would picture is 17-year-old Texan Dan Hunter.

Fortunately, the world of MySpace can make just about anything happen nowadays and certainly the birth of Playradioplay! qualifies as key evidence of that fact. In 2005, Hunter started making music on his Mac and within months was garnering over 30,000 plays per day. Fast forward to 2007 and his EP, The Frequency, can be found in Best Buy and his full-length is due out via the Island Records imprint Stolen Transmission this winter.

Also fortunately for Hunter (and perhaps unfortunately for music fans), it's not really all about the music. It can't be. The tracks on The Frequency are so thoroughly soaked in The Postal Service that Hunter is making his living masquerading as Ben Gibbard Jr. Of the tracks presented here "Compliment Each Other Like Colors" shows the most promise, but also sounds the most like everything else out there. "Confines of Gravity" tries way too hard to be something Gibbard would be proud of, but Hunter instead seems winsome for winsome's sake. The actual highlight on the disc is a cover of The Killers' "Mr. Brightside" which features impressive production work and thoughtful sampling.

The gimmick is what makes Playradioplay! work, which relies on Hunter simply relating to teens everywhere who long to do the same thing. Hunter's Christian faith also comes into play, declared in bold font on his MySpace page in a list about the things he abstains from (sex, red meat, smoking, drinking, drugs). Somehow he's likable and accessible on a computer screen and the music is just pleasant enough to make web kids fans. Unfortunately, this is a music review, and as such nice guys don't necessarily finish well.

Reviewed by Matt Conner
A contributing writer, Matt Conner lives in Anderson, Indiana.

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