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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
»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
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Atari Star
Shrp Knf Cts Mtns
Johann's Face Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Earlier this year, Kindercore Records Kings of Convenience not only released a great record, but made an interesting and significant statement, declaring "Quiet is the New Loud." With the barrage of nu-metal bands clogging the airwaves, like the severely perplexing Mudvayne and the Alice In Chains wanna' be dickholes in Staind, it seems as if the Kings might be a little confused with their declaration. This, however, would only stand true to somebody who flies closer to the main stream radar, than the strangely obsessed specimen known as the "indie rocker".

See, the indie rocker would know that there is a plethora of mesmerizing bands that preach the gospel of the hush hush loud enough to make an impact in this crazy rock universe. Bands like American Analog Set, House Painters, Lullaby for the Working Class, Bedhead, and Joan of Arc have been kicking around in Slow-core city for some time now, and apparently their rumblings have made their way to the ears of Chicago's the Atari Star.

With their first full length, the Atari Star deliver a slightly boring and plodding collection of songs that leaves one so uninspired and uninterested, that writing a review for it is almost a headache in of itself.

The Atari Star have a similar guitar centered approach to their moody pop songs as familiar purveyors of restraint Aden or American Analog Set, and add some spice to their very bland song writing pallet by sprinkling the release with organs, piano, strings, and synths. These lifelines, however, do not save the band from the downward spiral that essentially begins with the first track, "Friendly Fire."

The bass playing on the record may be it's only saving grace, with the ghost of Peter Hook and his up front low-end-as-melody-maker style of playing lurking on some of the records better tracks. This factor, however, does not rescue the album from the boredom that envelops it.

If quiet is the new loud, than the sounds made by the Atari Star should somehow, some way, be quashed even more, to the point where there is no sound being made at all.

Reviewed by Ryan Allen
A former staff writer with fabulous hair, Ryan Allen once fronted Red Shirt Brigade with his brother, Scott. He currently fronts the art/fashion punk band Thunderbirds Are Now!, with is brother, Scott.

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