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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
One Star Hotel
Good Morning, West Gordon
Stereo Field Recordings

Rating: 7.5/10 ?

January 31, 2005
Grandma's home-cooked food, while delicious, isn't as practical as it used to be. People used to labor, they used to toil and burn off all that butter and lard and flavor. It seems almost decadent now to sink your teeth into a slice of homemade easy living, but that also heightens the pleasure of it somehow. Sometimes it's good because it's bad because it's good.

Out comes the rich flavor of One Star Hotel just as a nap is coming on. Dusty, laid-back Wilco styled country by way of Big Star and Elephant 6 pop. Easy, warm and filled with refried rock goodness.

Melancholia whips through the air, but the aroma is thick with honeysuckle - "Can't Be Trusted" is buzzing and sweet, no doubt about it. "Kings" will call you home as "River Drive" leaves a stinging, vibrant light on to welcome you from the darkness. There's always a road back from the depths, paved with rounded, poppy stones; despite it all, things are just plain good most of the time.

We get a Wall of Sound in "This Fall" that, whlie slow and sweeping, it doesn't take a harrowing turn to the bottom of a well or a pitcher - it's just lovely, deeply breathing away its time. Likewise, the thoroughly layered closer, "In the Spring" doesn't careen to a blackened country cliche, it's victorious - making One Star Hotel's final statement one of triumph and greatness. Yeah, the eyes are a little watery, but they're always looking ahead, and that subtle forward progress is enough to make the next day worth living.

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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