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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
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
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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
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Fat Possum
The Record Time
The Always
My Automation Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
The guys of The Record Time really do seem super-nice. Not only did they write me (well, not really me exactly, but rather somebody named Patrick who, coincidentally never existed at this magazine) a nice little note, but I noticed on the back of The Always that ten percent of all proceeds from the album go to the Plea for Peace foundation. Could this be an attempt to align the band somehow with the names of Jimmy Eat World, The Promise Ring, Coheed And Cambria, Cursive, The (International) Noise Conspiracy and Thursday - bands that are playing the Plea For Peace tour this year? Or are they just nice guys? Hmm...

This is the kind of stuff that proves how humans get to be biased, because (oh, how I hate to say this!) when I listened to The Record Time the first couple of times, I already had a pretty nasty review laid out in my mind. But after reading the note and the writing on the back of the album about the ten percent to the charity, I now feel pretty awful telling you, the loyal readers of this fine magazine, my real opinion, which is that this album is terribly sub-par.

But I guess that this is also the kind of stuff that proves humans can realize when they are being biased and compensate for it. As this compensation, I will tell you my true and initial feelings about The Always, yet I will also remind you that these guys truly do seem nice. They don't seem to be the annoying, pretentious guys who were too cool for everybody's sorry asses in college. They are those really sweet guys who were your friends in high school, who didn't just like you because they wanted a piece of action, even though they might have. I like that. Any girl would, in a world where if you're walking down the street with an ice cream cone you'll get thirty comments along the lines of "Oh, baby, I wish you'd lick me like that." But anyway… the music...

The Record Time are all about that power-pop scene that is so popular right now, down to the art on their record cover, their spiky, gelled hair and muscle shirts. There isn't that much to say about their music, other than the fact it packs a bit more of a punch than your average power-pop band. They're a little more rock and power than straight-up pop, as can be heard in the screaming of "a girl a rose a stage" and "I stayed home on new years."

The band seems super-nice, as I've mentioned abundantly now, and you can tell Grant Passmore really cares about what he's singing about, but The Always proves the Record Time to be about as underdeveloped as a prepubescent gymnast. If you want to go out and buy the album, I'd commend you for your compassion, but don't expect to have any good feelings about your purchase other than the fuzzy feeling you'd get after doing something for charity.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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