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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
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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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Slaves
Devil's Pleasures
Troubleman Unlimited

Rating: NR/10 ?


February 14, 2000
Is Gothcore a category yet? Because It seems to be gaining in popularity. I thought that We Ragazzi was kind of stepping into said genre, but people said NO and called me out. But Slaves land dead-center in my new handy dandy category.

What everyone is going to be writing, right off the bat, is that Slaves is three former members of the VSS, one of the most out-there and quasi-groundbreaking bands of the past decade. But when people spout off about the VSS you can tell them to cram it in their can - this ain't the VSS, baby. This is the VSS on commercial radio. This is, in the wake of the VSS way to approachable to be anything but a letdown. I liked the VSS, damn it.

There are some highlights here, tracks like "An Exact Seance" have the kind of dynamics and cutting creepiness to make the shit workable. Yes, there are dynamics in this house. "Kill a Pony" is another keeper from this album, it's hypnosis weilding bass and ethereal guitar tones rolling on and on.

Is it avante? Yes. Is it challenging? Not really. The dynamics are there, and are the only thing saving the Slaves from shackles (har, har) but the simplicity of the structures leave a lot to be desired.

And how PC is it to name your band Slaves, anyway?

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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