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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
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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
The Catch
Get Cool
Made In Mexico Records

Rating: 6/10 ?


June 16, 2005
Female art-punks are a rare but beloved breed, from X-Ray Spex to the Kills and the works of both Kim Gordon and Kristin Hersh; there's a lot of variety between these brave, creative ladies, but the bond of nonconformity is strong. The Catch pledge their solidarity to this elite club on Get Cool, but only on a trial basis. The album is one part dirty, ill-fitting feminine case study and three parts accessible girl pop. And, while the more promising and fresh moments come when they indulge their arty side, it's unclear whether their heart lies with the challenging bits or the easy melodies.

At their best, the Catch shiver at the presence of the ghost of the Breeders' Pod; in their most undemanding moments, they tend to recall the spunky amicability of the Murmurs. Neither are too shabby, but the former has more depth. For every spooky, dungeon dwelling number like "Nothing But Time", we're greeted with a top-down summer anthem like "Wait", or a squeaky surf rallying cry like "All About Me", which is replete with the chant, "Let's go! Get cool," and tumbles into the chorus of South Pacific's "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair."

Thankfully, somewhere in between, they manage to be both moody and fun. "Hofmeister" may seem wholesome and doe-eyed on the exterior, with its over-the-top keyboards and infectious guitar riffs, but a sinister wind passes through it. Likewise, while "Between Friends" starts off with a deconstructed, labored verse, the song has handclaps peppered throughout and moves to become an inspired garage rock piece by its end. As it stands, the Catch sound most like Cub in that regard - silly and vibrant, but with enough edge to help fans keep their cred.

While its continuous ups, downs and costume changes make Get Cool uneven - admittedly more of a singles effort than a cohesive album - it does the trick much like a daiquiri popsicle: refreshing and tasty, if a little unexpected, and perfect for a summer's day.

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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