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Music Reviews

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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Fat Possum
Alfie
A Word In Your Ear
XL Recording

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Another British folk band that sounds similar to Belle and Sebastian and boasts praise by the likes of Spin and Alternative Press, Alfie plays the kind of music that is surely beautiful at times, yet is not striking in any sense of the word. A Word In Your Ear is certainly not that bad an album, but it definitely is not that good, either.

The album's opener and title track, "A Word In Your Ear," is fairly indicative of what is to come; Vocals are soft and delicate, combined with subtle, almost fragile guitar work, working together to lull nearly anyone to sleep, or at least into some sort of stupor. Unfortunately, the stupor is temporary, and not really all that tenacious, so by the time "Bends for 72 Miles" hits you are out and waiting for something new to listen to. There are, however, another seven songs to listen to on A Word In Your Ear, including the inevitable "The Reverse Midas Touch," a poppy number that, along with "Summer Lanes" proves to the listener that Alfie is much more effective with slower, more countrified numbers.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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