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 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
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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
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Driver of the Year
Some Girls Would Say...
Future Appletree Records

Rating: 3/10 ?


October 1, 2004
An unobjectionable pop album of musical half-measures, the wobbly sonics of Some Girls Would Say... come to a head in the feeble cry of "woo!" during the appropriately titled opener, "The Squeeler." It is a cry of rock and roll desperation.

Critastic reductology would focus on the singer's truly wretched voice, which is like a wheezier descendent of Doug Martsch without the Neil Young charm. "Rock n' Roll Revolution" (sic) may be the worst song in this respect, as the terrible lead vocals spar with some equally terrible "la-la-la" backings.

But the singing is just the tip of a melting iceberg composed of vaguely bouncy rhythms and thinly sliced guitars, sounding alternately faux-tough and plain dumb. The band's identification with confusing and dislocated 70s rock places them squarely in post-modern 2004, where rock 'n' roll is so ancient and vast that unfortunate musicians can get lost in a vague backwash of the past and mistake it for listenable music.

This might sound like harsh criticism for a mediocre pop album, but there's too many of these already. It's unlikely anyone will have much to say about this, least of all, girls.

Reviewed by Erick Bieritz
Erick Bieritz lives in Chicago, where is usually either very hot or very cold. He was the brainchild behind EPMD, where he wrote about EPs and singles for LAS, looking for overlooked or underappreciated non-album releases.

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