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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
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
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
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Fever
Red Bedroom
Kemado Records

Rating: 6/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Enough already. The '80s revival has run its course and only the originators (of the fad, not the sound, mind you) should be left standing. The Fever is good; the Fever knows their chops and has their production just right, but do we really need more of this? I guess it all depends: do you shop at Vice, wear a skinny tie, worship Hot Hot Heat, Moving Units, Interpol, the Faint, Soft Cell and The Cars? If you answered "yes" to any of these, perhaps the Fever deserve a place in the pantheon of revered bands. If you sneered and farted, skip this record.

Before anyone thinks music reviewers are mean and sex-starved (we are, but whatever), it must be stated that the Fever are actually not too shabby at their craft. Openers "Cold Blooded" (they're not Rick James, bitch) and "Gray Ghost" both intertwine spindly bass lines, jagged treble-guitars, and smirking vocals in a manner more deft than dense. Geremy Jasper borders on snotty scream and winsome whine as he lets loose in full-on hyperkinetic dance move influenced yelps. "Ladyfingers," also heard on the Yes New York compilation, a sort of ska-U2-disco hybrid, also appears on Red Bedroom. "Put You On" reconciles early-'80s punk with '50s melodies, a singular song on an album so full of frantic flailing. And in full "Faint four years ago" regalia, the band bust rails and synth-squeals on "Artificial Heart," Jasper's vocals reverbed to some outlying galaxy in another nebula.

When the band actually forsakes the spazz for a bit, as on the moody and slow-paced "Dream Machine," they seem to find their footing in ways that the rest of the album just doesn't offer. Again, the Fever is not a hack-job band. Quite the opposite; they play their brand of heavily-'80s influenced rock well, but there are too many bands doing similar things at the moment for it to really stand out brightly. If they keep writing songs like "Dream Machine," though, who knows, they just may surpass fashion parties and Brooklyn warehouse events.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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