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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
»Deerhunter
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
Holy Ghost
Color Sympathy
Clearly Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Envision a well-motivated athletic team who has a sparkling effort their first time out. Clad in the bright colors of new uniforms and enthusiasm, they will often play harder in the late season to assure that they deserve the early hype. Much is the case from The Holy Ghost, whose second release of 2002 is deserving of all the praise they've accumulated from their recent debut, and the promise of more to come.

Captivating, fuzzy, and saved by the graces of broken time signatures, they wave the sword once wielded by Archers of Loaf in broadly crashing attacks. Their inspiration is heavily rooted in art rock and distortion, in the now-classic tradition of blatant post-punk rock.

Color Sympathy plays out like a love letter to the Pixies and the drunkenly raw swagger of bands like The Germs. The heartened question remains, "How do we let them now how much we love them?" The spirit of homage resounds in every track, peeling out in energized blasts and winding shrieks. The Holy Ghost captures a reflection of over-caffeinated cabin fever, wherein every jump shows they cannot sit still any longer. It is rock with both brains and unapologetically perfect impatience.

Even in lagging moments, such as "Summer Scars," the band refuses to back down from its tangents, reminding us that true art rock is a product of the musicians' expression, not our own sense of expectation: this is not about us, rather, we are left to savor and appreciate it.

With mastering by Chad Clark, a connection to Beauty Pill can definitely be made, as deliberate and brash elements meet with undeniable appeal. The danceability and fanaticism of contemporaries like !!! and LIARS can be found in tracks like "Snow White" and "Toledo", and are matched with a beautiful lack of convention and the passion that can only come from making good on what you love. Unique beats and irrefutable creativity set the stage for what is sure to be an adventurous and flashy spectacle. While almost painfully short and hurriedly presented, it leaves the audience craving another serving as quickly as it can be delivered. A highly addictive little pill of inspiration.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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