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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
Three In the Attic
Now That We Have Television
Happy Couples Never Last

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I like a number of kinds of bands, rather I have certain criteria for how or if I enjoy a band. Some of these criteria include the way they dress, whether or not they are attractive, and if they look good holding their instruments or wearing their headsets. Three in the Attic have passed with flying colors.

Some of the lesser criteria include if they are trying new and creative things-instruments, sounds, chord progressions, styles or words. Nick Iverson has come up with some of the best non-erratic lyrics and melodies I've heard in a long time, you can follow him and live along with him but they are still creative and personalized. Besides giving the lovesick heart new songs to sing, he keeps in tune with the concept of the album with great songs like i, the mechanical, and made with metal parts. The album is begun with flipping of television stations until the tube comes to rest on a surf-ish song called "I said, what about johnny?" and then launches into the catchy soundtrack song of my life on film. There are a few places where whoever is holding the remote switches channels for a second but it always comes back to Three in the Attic.

With this kind of genius in continuity and lyrics it is almost too much to ask that the songs would be danceable as well but it has been accomplished. These songs make you want to at least tap your foot or bob your head if your too shy for anything else. Your body can't help but admit that these songs, with their vocal style reminiscent of the Alkaline Trio, make it want to bounce. I apologize for any misspelled words, as I am listening as I write.

Perhaps the band is best described in their own words, as "catchy and melodic post punk with poppy hooks and sing-a-long choruses that make you smile." They fit in with contemporaries such as The Get-Up Kids, Lifetime, and Jimmy Eat World and rock out.

Reviewed by JJ Hamon


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