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Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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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
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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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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Arlo
Stab the Unstoppable Hero
Sub Pop Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
For many, Arlo's opening set for The Shins was the highlight of the Albuquerque quartet's recent tour. While I wouldn't include myself in that bunch, I would say that Arlo have a good thing going on. But quite honestly, I'd also have to say that they sound better on record. The big riffs of classic '70s Cheap Trick and The Kinks are merged with even bigger vocal harmonies to create catchy arena-rock. It's not entirely different from the approach Weezer takes, but where Weezer has attempted to develop a bit of their own sound (for better or for worse), Arlo sounds like a Superdrag cover band devoid of any real inspiration to go for their own niche. Maybe I'm just an aging, jaded music fan who's heard it all before, but the wearing of their influences on their collective sleeve trick is one that wears on me quickly, even if the songs are cool and the melodies stick in your head. And that's the downfall of Stab the Unstoppable Hero - it is ultimately unoriginal and while a good time, it's also mostly forgettable. Sure, you'll have the chorus to "Little American" stuck in your head for a few days, but this is simply not a record you'll return to on a regular basis. That is, unless your record collection currently lacks any power-pop. If that's the case, don't hesitate to add this one, filing it under the likes of Superdrag, The Minders, Weezer, and Big Star.

Reviewed by Doug Hoepker
A former staff writer for LAS whom we like to call Diggles, Mr. Hoepker is currently laboring away on various music-based projects. He now works in academic publishing (ahem), but is perhaps still best known by his DJ moniker, The Noiseboy.

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